Use Amazon’s Apps To Send Content To Your Kindle

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I’ve had a Kindle for years, and the only way I’ve ever put non-Amazon content on it has been through Instapaper’s Kindle delivery feature. But that requires saving things to Instapaper first, and then waiting for the scheduled delivery to my Kindle – not ideal if I need it go through now, and Instapaper doesn’t support PDF documents.

But I just discovered this handy set of apps and browser extensions from Amazon which allow you to send content from your web browser, computer, or email straight to your Kindle.

With the browser extension for Google Chrome, you can send any blog post or article on the web to your Kindle for reading later. The PC and Mac apps let you send documents by right-clicking on them, and the email feature will add the appropriate attachments to your Kindle’s library.

Sell Your iPhone to Gazelle And Trade Up

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Thinking of trading up to the new iPhone when it comes out next month? Don’t want to deal with the hassle of selling your current iPhone on Craigslist? Gazelle has an offer you can’t refuse:

For those planning on upgrading to the next iPhone model in September, Gazelle is taking the gamble out of early trade-ins with an extension of its price-lock guarantee.

Consumers who plan on selling a used iPhone to Gazelle can get a price quote locked-in now, but don’t have to mail in their iPhone until October 1. It’s widely rumored that the next iPhone model will go on sale September 21. If rumors are true, this would give sellers enough time to hold onto their current iPhone before replacing it with a newer model.

As of today, a 16GB iPhone 4S in “good” condition will fetch $277 on Gazelle, more than covering the expected cost of a new (subsidized) iPhone. If you’re not eligible for an upgrade, it could at least take some of the sting off the $600+ off-contract price.

How Mat Honan Recovered From His Epic Hacking

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In a follow piece for Wired, Mat Honan, whose online life was basically wiped out when hackers socially engineered their way into his Amazon and iCloud accounts, describes the process of piecing things back together:

When my data died, it was the cloud that killed it. The triggers hackers used to break into my accounts and delete my files were all cloud-based services — iCloud, Google, and Amazon. Some pundits have latched onto this detail to indict our era of cloud computing. Yet just as the cloud enabled my disaster, so too was it my salvation.

If you haven’t read the original piece yet, go ahead and do so. It should be required reading for anyone with cloud-based accounts such as Dropbox, iCloud, and Gmail/Google Apps.

Square Offers Flat Monthly Pricing With Zero Swiping Fees

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The hits keep coming out of Square’s headquarters. Just a few days after raising $25 million in funding and announcing a landmark deal with Starbucks, they’ve just launched a new pricing plan aimed at small businesses.

From Square’s press release:

One monthly fee and 0% processing is the first pricing option that gives small businesses a lower processing fee than bigger merchants. Square is committed to offering prices that eliminate uncertainty and are lower than those traditionally only available for big businesses. In an industry that until now has only offered a per transaction fee, now merchants who process up to $250,000 per year can pay one flat $275 fee per month with no fee per swipe.

The Power User’s Guides to Firefox and Chrome

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Lifehacker maintins a number of “Always Up-To-Date” guides covering a range of topics such as jailbreaking your iPhone or building your own PC. Their power user’s guides to Firefox and Google Chrome are particularly useful, since most people spend the vast majority of their computing time either in a web browser or in an email client such as Outlook.

Firefox and Chrome bring a great deal of features that trump Internet Explorer (on PCs) and Safari (on Macs), including speed, stability, and a variety of options to extend their functionality with browser add-ons and extensions. For PCs, we recommend using either one over Internet Explorer (except when using IE-only websites, such as banking sites). On the Mac, we recommend Chrome primarily for its speed and stability, but it brings the same features and familiar interface from the PC version.

If you’d like to get more out of your browser and unlock its power features, check out the guides and let us know how things go.