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Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs
Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very shallow and no direction, March 28, 2014
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The book started off well enough. I actually enjoyed the first part of the book where Steve Jobs was still alive. The rest of it is rubbish. No real insights into Apple under Tim Cook. Lots of stuff on Foxconn in China and rambling on about the trial with Samsung which felt like much ado about nothing. Had the potential to be really great but overall it just went on and on with no real focus and no insight into Apple Post Steve Jobs. To clarify no real insight over and above what you've already read in the media if you follow the news on Apple.

Give it a skip

Apple iPad Smart Case (Dark Gray) - MD454LL/A
Apple iPad Smart Case (Dark Gray) - MD454LL/A
10 used & new from $39.99

111 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightest Protective Cover I have come across, August 7, 2012
Simply can't understand the negative reviews for this case. It is light as a feather, fits very well (have had it on for well over a month and it has never come loose). I agree this case could be a little cheaper but honestly after spending so much on my iPad I really didn't mind forking out some extra cash for a cover that i'm happy with.

Here's why it deserves 5 stars:

*Extremely light - Adds virtually nothing to the iPad (i've tried the Speck Pixel Skin HD which is similar and it is really heavy). I read a lot on my iPad so I really find weight to be an important factor.

*Good looking - Nice colors available and the back and front both look really cool.

*Easy to clean - i've spilled on the case, held it with oily hands, and so forth and always has been extremely easy to just wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

*Feels good in the hand. I like the texture, its nice and grippy without feeling tacky.

*Durable - I am a heavy user and very few of my accessories look like brand new a month after I've had them, this case does.
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Eight Days in September: The Removal of Thabo Mbeki
Eight Days in September: The Removal of Thabo Mbeki
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poorly written book and little new information, April 10, 2012
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This book deals with a very interesting subject matter - the premature removal of President Thabo Mbeki from office. Indeed the period surrounding this removal was one of the most interesting in South Africa's recent political history. I really thought this 'insider's view' would provide new insight and never told before information. Instead what you get, in this very insubstantial, boring re hash of events, is a book on the logistics pertaining to Mbeki's removal peppered with unabashed praise for the former president. If you're interested in how soon Mbeki had to move furniture out of Mahlamba Ndlopfu (president's main residence in the capital), who the president was for the full 11 hours between Mbeki's effective resignation and Kgalema Motlanthe's signing in, re produced speeches and letters and other "archival" information, this book may have some value.

The book essentially (not literally of course) reads as follows "I have some interesting information about Mbeki's removal which I cannot share as it is classified and sensitive information that may lead to legal troubles etc. So instead I will spend the book talking vaguely talking about issues surrounding his removal, spending a lot of time repeatedly discussing the constitutionality of Mbeki's removal in various chapters of the book as well as the logistics surrounding his removal and the swearing in of a new president". The book then contains various logistical issues surrounding Mbeki's removal which are about as interesting as watching paint dry, followed by praise of Mbeki as a leader, followed by praise of what a devoted ANC cadre he was to just willingly agree to the ANC's decision even though he could legally challenge it, followed my more logistics, followed by more discussion on the constitutionality (legality) of Mbeki's removal, followed by even more praise of what a devoted ANC cadre Mbeki was. I think you get my point. The book is extremely repetitive, insubstantial, and quite honestly very boring.

Frank Chikane obviously has a lot of insight into Mbeki and his removal from office that would be very interesting to anyone interested in SA politics. However he is unwilling/unable to share this information as it is supposedly classified/sensitive. He mentions how sensitive this information he has not shared is at least 5 times within the book, in case you didn't get it the first time. Makes you wonder why did he write the book in the first place?

There are a lot of great books by South Africans about South Africa for those looking to understand the political landscape; this is not one of them. Give this one a skip.

An Inconvenient Youth: Julius Malema and the 'New' ANC
An Inconvenient Youth: Julius Malema and the 'New' ANC

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting overall, but lacks focus and depth, September 21, 2011
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Despite the fact that Julius Malema makes headlines everyday there is little information available on his history and his pre-ANCYL days. This book attempts to reconstruct Malema's past, his childhood days in politics, and his political rise in post apartheid South Africa. Fiona Forde has been fortunate to have close access to Julius Malema even before he became youth league president and she has also been able to interview his family and friends over the years. The interviews she had with his grandmother stand out as the most insightful of them. The picture that emerges is a politician of many contradictions, one who takes the line of the poor while living like the fabulously wealthy, one who talks about the traditions of the ANC and who is fond of quoting it's history yet rubbishes the culture of respect for the elders that was once a hallmark of the party. Malema, we learn, is a very complex man and despite what some would like to believe a very powerful one with a huge following. He is more intelligent than many give him credit for but also far more dangerous than we would like to believe. The portrayal of Malema, I think, is fair and the book comes across as very objective overall.

The book has another dimension which is that of describing the "New ANC", that is emerging, this is a more nationalist party in its outlook and is becoming increasingly heavy handed and autocratic and Forde makes some interesting observations about the tendencies that are steering SA towards a "managed democracy": a democracy in principle and on paper (free elections, multi-party state and so forth) but an autocracy in practice. The problems of a party state are very apparent throughout this discussion. Another aspect of the book is comparisons between the current youth league executive and the earlier influential league of Sisulu, Tambo, and Mandela. While there are some interesting points made on all these subjects, it is jarring the way the book moves between Malema's life, ANC history, and political speculation. The book has no real structure and while all of the subject matter is very interesting, the book lacks focus and does not deal with each aspect with enough detail to provide it with substance. The book seems like a hodge-podge of mixed ideas. The author seems to have had some interesting information on Julius Malema and thought to capitalise on it by writing the book, however, despite the interesting political ideas in the book, it feels like a lot of it was just filler meant to give the book enough length to be publishable.

There isn't much else in the way of books on Malema, so for those who take a very keen interest in Malema himself or in SA politics the book is still worth reading. However if you are looking for a well written, insightful biography of arguably the most controversial politician in SA politics today then sadly this book is not for you. Hopefully a better account will be written in time, as Malema is a fascinating character that occupies the mind of most South Africans on a daily basis. Malema could be responsible for the most dramatic shift in economic policy the country has ever known and he has already turned SA politics on its head. A more worthy account of him is in order; we'll just have to wait until that arrives.

Timbuk2 Nylon Kindle Envelope Sleeve (Fits Kindle Keyboard), Black
Timbuk2 Nylon Kindle Envelope Sleeve (Fits Kindle Keyboard), Black

280 of 282 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sleeve, August 31, 2010
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This is a very simple product and provides a good alternative to using a folio type case that holds the Kindle while reading. I have the lighted case which I love but I bought this as an additional case to carry my Kindle around and be able to read it naked when I feel like it. Here's what makes this case (or sleeve) 5 star worthy:

*Extremely light - almost too light to believe, this case weighs just over 3 ounces.
*Interior Tricot lining that feels smooth and will not scratch your Kindle.
*Great snug fit, with no extra space thereby preventing the kindle from moving around inside it.
*Velcro closing will keep your sleeve closed if it's in your backpack or suitcase or any place it might move around.
*Easy to remove and put back in case with no fuss.
*Feels like it provides good protection without being bulky - I would say enough padding to avoid scratches from minor bumps and falls. I would be comfortable tossing this in my car boot, backpack, or suitcase. This case like most others will not sustain major impact or weight on it.
*Good quality nylon that will work great for everyday use, will clean easily, and will last a long time.
*Cool looking, in a very minimalist sort of way (I bought the black/black/black)- Simple and functional.

Overall this is a fun, simple and functional case for Kindle nudists (those that like to read their Kindle naked). I dig this one and I highly recommend it.
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Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display
Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle 3 is a must have for every book lover, August 31, 2010
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Some bullet points on the K3 from a kindle 2 owner:

*The new screen is greatly improved - more pop, whiter background, and easier to read in low lighting.
*3G connection is much faster - I notice books download quicker and my device establishes a connection much faster (as an example with K2 after I bought a book, I had to wait around 30 seconds for the book to be downloaded, with K3 I click buy and when I go back to the home screen my book is already there).
*Better use of screen space - about 25% more text on page from my comparison to K2 (at the same size font).
*Device is comfortable to hold (without the cover), although I do have the lighted cover as well (have written a another review for the lighted case). K3 is lighter and has a nicer grip than the K2.
*Page Turns are lightning fast - you need to use the new kindle to understand how zippy the page turns are.
*New page turn buttons and button layout take a bit of getting used to but I like them much better than the K2's.
*Overall device navigation is very brisk.
*DID NOT EXPERIENCE ANY BUGS OR DEVICE FREEZE UPS - even using annotations, the web browser, dictionary etc

Why you should switch from paperbacks to a kindle:

-You will read more. With the sampling feature, book recommendations from amazon, and instant access to a huge online bookstore, you'll find you try more books in a broader range than you did before.
-Have your entire library with you everywhere you go. No more shuffling books around. What book should I take with when I go out for a coffee on a Sunday? Why don't you just take you entire library, you can with kindle.
-Look up words instantly. You'll never have to interrupt your reading to look something up in the dictionary. Just scroll to the word while you're reading and the definition will pop up instantly.
-Reading is more comfortable and more consistent than paperbacks - kindle is lightweight and font is adjustable to suit you.
-Instant access to worlds largest bookstore - Enough said!

Why kindle is better than other e book readers:

-Free wireless in over 100 countries
-1 Month battery life
-Access to the worlds best and most comprehensive online bookstore
-Customer service and support is unparalleled
-Screen is better than other e readers, and certainly better than reading on LCD screen (Ipad's are great but if you're a serious reader get a kindle)

The latest generation Kindle is beautiful, works well, and provides the best pure reading experience from all devices out there, and in my opinion it surpasses the joy of reading physical books. Buy the K3 if you don't have a kindle, upgrade if you have one and can afford it. I assure you you won't look back.
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Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Black (Fits Kindle Keyboard)
Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Black (Fits Kindle Keyboard)
11 used & new from $59.95

6,825 of 6,867 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lighted Leather Case - Two Important Concerns, August 31, 2010
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I've noticed that like myself customers have been concerned primarily with two things regarding the new lighted case from amazon. These are: 1)The weight and 2) The uneven lighting. My review will briefly discuss these two things.

1)The Weight - The lighted leather case is a nice weight, sturdy and comfortable to hold. In ounces it is about the weight of the kindle itself however don't let that concern you. With the case on it feels like a medium sized paperback, however it is far much more comfortable to hold. It's easy to hold the case open like a book (nice for couch and table type reading) or to fold the front back and close it with the bungee so that the bungee doesn't hang around (this is good for bedtime reading).Closing the front back with bungee keeps the case folded in position and you don't have to worry about it bothering you. BTW THIS CASE FOLDS BACK 100% - Very comfortable. In sum very comfortable to read with the case and very sturdy.

2) The uneven lighting - Amazon's pictures don't do this case justice. The light hits the ENTIRE screen. Yes if you look closely it's brighter in the top right corner than in the bottom left but Amazon's pics make it look the top is lighted while the bottom is dark. There is good light all over the screen. Trust me I'm fussy about these things - the lighting will not bother you, your entire screen will be lighted and it is extremely pleasant to read in the dark.

*Final Thoughts - Great case, good quality, works well, kindle feels very secure and protected (I would feel comfortable slipping this case into my backpack or suitcase and I think it would sustain some mild impact). Lastly hinges are a non-issue, casing of the kindle will not get damaged with normal or even slightly aggressive use. You could damage the kindle by trying to pull the back of the case but you'd have to really force it to cause any sort of damage to your kindle. The hinges work fine and should not be a concern to any case user.

Update 25th July 2011:

Have now been using the case for over 9 months. Leather still looks impeccable. Some people expressed concern that the bungee cord might loosen with use. I have not experienced any loosening so far. Quality of the product has proven outstanding. I've occasionally spilled or messed the cover, just a wipe with a damp cloth has cleaned it up, and the case looks like new. Have to admit I enjoy the feel of the case in my hand, there's just something great about taking your kindle to a coffee shop in this case, it just looks and feels so classy. Also with regard to the hinges: I have had no scratches on my kindle or any other issues, so I remain convinced that the hinges are a non issue.
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