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eReader: 7 Tips To Help You Read Effectively in 2015

I have to admit, I am a total gadget nerd, somehow find peace and solace in exploring new tech toys. Today, I was reading a book, on my e-reader of course, and realized that it has been nearly a decade since the official launch of the first electronic reader and this unique piece of technological […]

Mobile Apps
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Amazon Stops Hiding eReader Apps

In its AppStore, Amazon chose to never show its competion’s eReaders apps: Wattpad’s, Kobo’ reader, and Bluefire ePUB and PDF reader. After some talks of Amazon and Wattpad, the alternative eReaders now showing in the Amazon’s collection of apps, apparently available to download to Amazon Kindle Fires.

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Kobo’s eReader launching Saturday: An entire platform, not just a device

Kobo launched in Dec 2009 as a division within indigo books. They later spun off and have operated as their own company. That doesn’t mean Indigo is no longer part of the picture, as a matter of fact they plan to launch the Kobo eReader Saturday May 1 across Canada. Borders in the USA is expected to also carry the eReader, but that is about a month away.

Since the beginning, Kobo was a platform. The eReader hardware only came in to the picture later on, as a way to affordably introduce people interested in the technology. Kobo eReader is already available for the Apple iPad, and they intend to release their app for other platforms like Android. Eventually making themselves known as an eReader OS for third-party devices sometime this summer.

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Kobo’s $150 eReader: First hands-on

This is it my fellow book worms, the newest contender on the ebook shelf. Up against Sony’s Reader, the Barnes & Noble Nook, and Amazon’s Kindle, we welcome the Kobo: with a slim stylish 6-inch E Ink display to read your ebooks on and at a price no one has yet to beat.

The first time I saw E Ink I thought it was amazing. It’s almost like looking at a photo copied piece of paper, but on an electronic device. You see, E Ink has a chillingly inanimate way about it. If an LCD were to be dead, E Ink could be an LCD’s resurrected zombie.

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Should Kindle be afraid of the $150 Kobo eReader?

It seems that new ebook device releases are not going to slow down anytime soon, Wired is arguing that the Apple iPad will not be a Kindle killer. It’s in a different segment altogether. Instead, they’re saying that Jeff Bezos and the Amazon crew should be fearful of theKobo eReader.

As a quick refresher, Kobo is a global eBook retailer with support from Chapters/Indigo, Borders, REDGroup Retail, and Cheung Kong Holidings. It already supports the major ebook readers (and smartphones) on the market, but it seems that Kobo wants some hardware of its own.

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Samsung eReader with text-to-speech technology unveiled

Samsung Electronics of America today unveiled their eReader tablet computer for the US market. With a name far less revolutionary than others, Samsung’s eReader should still give the Kindle a run for its money.

The compact portable Samsung eReader sports a 6-inch e-Ink display capable of 600×800 resolution with 8-gray scale shades. This is a more traditional eBook screen primarly to be used for newspapers, paper back novels, and simple image viewing, unlike Apple’s iPad offering more colorful, rich-media interaction for the end user.

Technology
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How to Get $100 for Ordering the Nook eReader

Well, I guess the title of this post is a little misleading, since your opportunity to get a “free” $100 has pretty much passed you by. Even so, this seems to be an interesting strategy on the part of Barnes & Noble when it comes to its new dual screen-wielding e-book reader. The Nook is […]

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Fujitsu Debuts 2 More eReaders

I’m not too keen on an eReader the size of an iPod, but Fujitsu has something bigger in mind: two new eReaders from one of the industry’s leaders allow reading at A5 and A4 size—which is to say paperback and hardback size. That’s welcome news despite the rather unappealing name of FLEPia. These “portable information […]

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How Book Reading Apps Can Benefit Students For Long Term

We’re coming into an age where you can get books on almost any technological device you can own. From your computer to your phone, a book is just a click away. While many think this is a shame that regular paper books are being used less, there are actually many benefits to the fact that […]

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E-zines: Your Favorite News & Magazines Delivered Straight to Your Pocket

  When eReaders were first released, all but the biggest bibliophiles were hesitant to shell out the cash for something they didn’t think would get much use. Now that smartphones and tablets are all but ubiquitous, however, digital media has never been more accessible. What once called for an entire separate device now fits neatly […]

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New Sony E-Reader Adds Facebook Social Features and Much More

When it comes to reading in the digital age, generally most users either turn to an e-ink reader or use a tablet. For those that love e-ink, Sony has a brand new Sony Reader PRS-T2 which includes 2GB onboard storage, microSD for expansion, public library leading and new enhancements which include paper-like page turns and optimization to its 6-inch screen that is supposed to work better for long-term ad-free reading. For good measure, a few new social features are coming to the e-reader as well.

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Floater ePhone Concept Adds Slide-Out eBook Display

You may have noticed that smartphones are getting increasingly larger displays. We used to think that a 4-inch screen was pretty big, then along came 4.3-inch screens, then the 4.65-inch Galaxy Nexus, and most recently, the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III. But we don’t always want the giant phablet experience that something like the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note may provide. We only want that bigger display sometimes.

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CES 2012: What Not To Expect

When we cover shows like CES, there’s always an anxiety for us not to overlook or miss something worthy, or simply deserving special attention. With a small team on the show floor just walking around a vast sea of gadgetry within acres of indoor Vegasness, it’s easy to let things slip by.

Android
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Consequences Of Android’s “Openness”

rguments of both analysts tend to agree that the openness of Android as its strong point is suddenly nowhere to be found when business and market considerations prevail. Sure, from a business standpoint, it really doesn’t matter what platform and development models are used in a given product: it’s an impact of a product itself that has an importance.

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The Next Wave Of ePaper

The next wave of ePaper may be losing some of that old fashioned appeal. Current ePaper readers such as the Kindle need light in order to be read, just like when you’re looking over an actual newspaper. With an increasing amount of eReaders (tablets) boasting backlight displays, most of us like to keep eInk a bit more traditional; like having to read with the aid of other light. Reading without backlighting is also easier on the eyes.

TABLETS
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T-Mobile Springboard Springs into existence

Because we needed yet another tablet on the market, especially one of the Android variety, T-Mobile has announced the launch of SpringBoard on its network, and they have also released banned down under Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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iPad continues to drive growth of media tablet shipments

Media tablet shipments have increased worldwide by almost 90 per cent on a sequential basis, and year over year by about 300 per cent in the second calendar quarter of 2011 to 13.6 million units. Because of the strong performance that leads to a positive outlook for the gadget for the second half of the year, IDC made a forecast of 62.5 million units being shipped all over the world. The iPad is driving this growth.

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i2R e-paper is re-writable with heat, works without electricity

Even though many people have started to use tablets, the e-paper technology found within several e-readers is still quite remarkable. A group of scientists from Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute have developed a new form of rewritable electronic paper that does not require any electricity at all.

MOTOROLLA
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Over 100 tablets unveiled at CES 2011

We knew that this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was going to represent the year of the tablet. We knew that just about everyone was jumping on board this newfound goldmine, but we had no idea how big this would become. How big? Well, there were over 100 new tablets revealed at CES 2011.

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Google eBookstore launches, not as open as you think

Amazon may have helped to jumpstart the e-book industry with its Kindle, Apple may have helped it along with iBooks. Now, search engine giant Google is putting its monumental name into the hat with the official launch of Google eBooks. It’s not like Google is new to digital books, but this is a different beast.

Technology
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Disposable electronic displays made possible with paper

The proposed e-paper uses electrowetting (a process of moving colored pigments from pixel to pixel using electronic charges) on a paper substrate. Electrowetting consumes lesser power and outperforms the present day E-ink electrophoretic screens in terms of better color, faster response times and video capability.

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CTL starts shipping 2goPad SL10 Windows 7 tablet for $499

The hardware design is pretty much par for the course when it comes to tablets, but you’ll notice that the 2goPad SL10 (they really ought to come up with a better name) is packing a full build of Windows 7 under the hood. The rest of the specs sound like a decently-powered netbook with an Atom N450 processor, 2GB of RAM, 250GB HDD, and a front-facing VGA camera.

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Kobo WiFi edition is cheaper, faster and sharper

Kobo is launching the Kobo WiFi edition, adding wireless connectivity to the tiny e-reader and giving it a price drop. But is it enough to keep Kobo in the e-book game? The company launched the Kobo software for mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android, Mac, PC, Linux and soon BlackBerry PlayBook.

BLUETOOTH
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BlueAnt Q2 Bluetooth headset enables noise-free calls

Blueant’s new Q2 bluetooth wireless headset may not be as crystal clear as having a person next to you, buts its claiming to be the closest out there. 1.5 years after the Q1 was released, Bluant has revealed the new Q2, and if it all works out as they have planned, the wait will well worth it.

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A new $139 Kindle to kill the iPad?

Apple’s iPad was always expected to be the Kindle Killer, but never really disrupted the Amazon’s sales of its eReading tablet. In fact Amazon sells more Kindle books than they do hardcovers, and expect that number to “surpass all paperbacks sold sometime in the next nine to twelve months” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder & CEO. Kindle sales tripled in June when Amazon lowered the price to $189, we can only imagine what will happen now that the price has been reduced to $139 by simply dropping 3G and giving a Wi-Fi only version.

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Augen GENTOUCH 7-inch Android tablet $149 at Kmart very soon

The name Augen doesn’t ring any bells, although it does sound like something a player would scream out loud in a Street Fighter II match. The company is based in Hollywood, Florida, and has products ranging from eReaders, Netbooks, to Internet Tablet PC’s. Their latest incarnations that peaked my interest are the 7-inch Android tablet “GENTOUCH”, and 7-inch e-Reader “TheBook”.

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Stores soon to get cheap e-Paper price tags

With oil prices fluctuating daily effecting food prices across the board, how do retailers manage to keep their pricing relevant without too much man power? Nempotic, maker of a high-tech display called Binem Active Matrix E-Paper has been supplying European and Asian grocery stores with these tiny remotely updatable price tags, which also happen to be a tree-free solution.

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Acer’s LumiRead enters e-Reader race

The rising sun marks the end of night just as the birth of digital brings forth the death of paper. Well maybe not quite so dramatic, but eBooks are definitely changing the way we read. With more and more companies jumping on board the cost of eBook readers have been steadily decreasing, and now there is another company on the eBook wagon; Acer, with its new LumiRead to go on sale towards the end of 2010.

Printers Reviews
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Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 mobile scanner

With a small but steadily growing population of the computing force being Mac users, it’s nice to see Fujitsu thinking of us by offering a serious mobile scanning hardware solution. The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 is just under $300, and will appeal not only by Mac users, but any mobile professional serious about document processing.

The S1300 is silver and gray. It folds down nicely in to a compact 11.18 x 3.90 x 3.03 inches and weighs in at 3.08 lbs. It’s a little bit thick at 3.03-inches, but will fit in to larger laptop bags, perhaps even a large briefcase. I think it could have been a bit thinner, but Fujitsu did a good job of keeping it looking sleek.

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Review: Plustek MobileOffice AD450 scanner

Plustek has been manufacturing digital imaging products since the mid-80s. Their latest group of scanners are part of the Mobile Office line, the one we are looking at today: the Plustek MobileOffice AD450. An automatic document feeder (ADF) scanner capable of 600 DPI resolution and 20 sheet capacity.

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Apple iPad review: The future is in your hands

Apple’s mysterious new “magical” device has created a big stir across the world. What are we supposed to do with this thing? Is it going to replace my desktop? Probably not. How about my laptop or netbook? Still no. So what is it good for? Well, that’s the magic of it. It does many things, but it’s not here to step on anyone’s toes.

The name iPad is strangely clever. It probably took Apple an entire 5 minutes to come up with the name. It’s clearly not a notebook computer, and we already have the iBook. How about that other relative, the notepad. Ideas went around, and voila – Apple’s latest thing is the iPad. Names aside, what the heck is this thing good for anyways? What am I supposed to do with this iPad?

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Will RIM release a BlackBerry tablet to join the iPad?

To many people, the Apple iPad is little more than an oversized iPod touch, but it seems to represent a whole new niche in the market. It’s not an eReader, because the screen totally rocks and you need two hands to operate and hold it. It’s obviously not a netbook since there are no dedicated keys, but something in between. This means companies are going be scrambling to capitalize on this interest with iPad-like devices of their own, whether or not we know what the heck to do with them.

Rumors have surfaced that Research in Motion is working on a tablet of its own.

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HTC HD2 exclusively on T-Mobile March 24

T-Mobile’s hosting a special event in New York City on March 16th to lay to rest all the rumors swirling around the HTC HD2 launch date. We are expecting a March 24th release date according to a leaked roadmap, but a twitter post says it could be as early as March 23rd. The HTC HD2 is quite the monster, it’s got a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 4.3 inch high-resolution capacitive touchscreen, WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, a microSD slot bundled with a 16GB card, and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash.