While eBooks are generally cheaper than their printed counterparts, audiobooks can still be rather pricey. Take Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, for instance. Amazon charger $10 for the Kindle eBook, $12.64 for the paperback edition, $21.21 for a hardcover copy, and $29.95 for the Audible audio edition.
Or you can name your price and get it for as little as a penny… along with at least 4 other audiobooks. The latest Humble Bundle offers up to 8 DRM-free audiobooks.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Humble Audiobook Bundle
Humble Bundle typically offers name-your-price bundles of game downloads, but the team has branched out into books in the past. Now they’re offering DRM-free audiobooks in MP3 format. Pay more than the average price and you get a total of 8 audiobooks.
- Android 4.5 could (temporarily) break many apps that require root
Android developer/hacker Chainfire notes that some changes in the Android code could mean that developers of apps for rooted devices may have to make some changes if they want their software to continue working on future versions of the operating system. [+Chainfire]
- Apparently tired of benchmark-related leaks, Sony bans AnTuTu on prototypes
Benchmarking apps that store test scores (and device stats) in an online database are becoming an increasingly common source or pre-release info about upcoming gadgets. Sony seems to be making a pre-emptive strike. [Android Police]
- How to use a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch with a Google Nexus 5 phone (mostly)
Samsung’s smartwatch is only designed to officially sync with a handful of Samsung phones. But with a bit of elbow grease you can convince it to pair with and show notifications from unsupported devices. [SmartWatch Fans]
- This might be what Samsung’s new Android home screen will look like
Samsung’s phones may use Android-based software. But the company has a habit of adding its own features, customizing the user interface, and generally making it clear that you’re using a Samsung device first and foremost. These leaked photos of a new home screen show what could be the next step in the evolution of Samsung’s phone software. [The Verge]
- Mad Catz MOJO Android game console rooted
The new $250 video game console from Mad Catz runs Android… so of course someone figured out how to root it. They also figured out how to access some apps from the Play Store that wouldn’t otherwise be available. [Android Police]
- FriendlyARM NanoPC is a $69, Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core powered mini PC
And it just sounds so Friendly… [CNX Software]