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Kindle gets 85% more battery life, PDF support

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2009

Kindle gets 85% more battery Life, PDF supportAmazon has announced a hardware update that will up the Kindle’s battery life by 85%. That’s roughly about 7 days instead of 4. The battery life for sleep mode is unchanged. And you should know that the first Kindle won’t benefit from the power management update.

Users have also been waiting for PDF support for the Kindle and Kindle 2. Now you can copy PDF files via USB and use them. You can also convert PDFs to the Kindle format when sending an email. This PDF support is basic: it’s not easy to zoom, create bookmarks and the PDF files can’t be indexed for search.

Barnes & Noble taking gift cards for ebook purchases in December

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2009

Barnes And Noble e-Book reader revealedThere have been some rumors lately that Barnes & Noble wouldn’t be accepting its own gift cards for ebook purchases, but the company now denies those claims. The company says that they will be accepting physical gift cards and online gift certificates as payment for ebooks very soon.

The cards will work on purchases made on B&N’s website and also for sales through the Nook itself. It also applies to other devices that use B&N’s eReader software. The new policy goes into effect in “mid-December.”

Dulin PocketBook 301+ and PocketBook 360 eReaders now available in US

Posted in ebooks by Shane McGlaun on November 9th, 2009

pocketbook360-sgMany are predicting that some of the most popular gadgets this holiday season will be eReaders. With a wealth of new devices like the Kindle, Nook and others on the market, many will find a new eReader under the tree this year. Dulin is now offering a couple new eReaders in America.

The readers are the Pocketbook 360 with a 5-inch e-ink Vizplex display and a 400Mhz Samsung processor. Memory for the device is expandable to 32GB and it comes in black or ivory colors. The PocketBook 301+ is very similar.

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Creative unveils plans for Zii MediaBook

Posted in Creative by Shane McGlaun on November 2nd, 2009

creativeziimediabook-sgThe eBook market is quickly getting as hot as the netbook market with new eReader coming to market all the time. Over the last few weeks, the Kindle has had its price cut and Barnes & Noble has announced the Nook. Today Creative has announced plans to bring its Zii MediaBook to market.

The MediaBook will be a touch screen device with a color screen that offers much more media functionality than existing products reports Creative. The MediaBook will let users surf the net, access Twitter, and Facebook.

Nokia Storyplay wooden e-reader for kids

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on November 1st, 2009

Nokia Storyplay wooden e-reader for kidsWe adults have the Kindle and the Nook, along with other e-readers. But what about the kids? It’s the kids who we want to get reading. Nokia is at least thinking about the children.

The Storyplay e-reader is a new take on storytelling and reading. It will feature Elmo from Sesame Street on a removable paper book that’s attached with magnets. The reader has two screens. One will display Elmo and his antics, while the second screen will display a live video screen. (Displaying what?)

Creative Zii MediaBook with eBook and PMP features

Posted in Creative by Conner Flynn on November 1st, 2009

Creative Zii MediaBook with eBook and PMP featuresWe don’t have many details, but what we do know that Creative has been busy developing a “MediaBook” that aims to combine video, pictures and text into an eBook form factor. The company is talking with publishers, primarily in Singapore, where they already have several e-learning initiatives.

Thanks to Engadget we have a nice blurry pic of the Creative UI, but that’s about it. There’s a touchscreen, making it different than an ebook like the Kindle and similar to the Nook.

ECTACO unveils jetBook-Lite eBook reader

Posted in ebooks by Shane McGlaun on October 28th, 2009

jetbooklite-sgMost of the eBook readers on the market have a lot in common. They have the same types of screens and sell for very similar prices. The Barnes & Noble Nook has that color screen and the Kindle has 3G connectivity with both selling for $259. A new eReader from a company called ECTACO was announced today with a significantly lower price of $149.

The reader is called the jetBook-Lite and it sports a 5-inch screen and gets power from normal AA batteries rather than a rechargeable. The device can read the eReader DRM file format that Barnes & Noble uses in its online bookstore.

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Amazon cancels US-only Kindle

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2009

kindledx-sb1We knew that the Nook would shake up the e-reader market, but it looks like it is having a major effect very quickly. Amazon will be canceling the US-only Kindle by consolidating their family of 6″ Kindles, lowering the price to $259 from $279.

On top of that, in some countries limited web surfing has been unlocked on the device so that they can take full advantage of the Kindle. The competition is heating up.

HP Compaq 21-inch Multitouch L2105tm display for $300

Posted in monitors by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2009

HP Compaq 21-inch Multitouch L2105tm Screen, $300So now we have two major manufacturers offering multitouch displays. Who will be the third? HP Compaq’s L2105tm is available today for $300. This display is fully certified for Windows 7 and features a 1920×1080 resolution, 1000:1 contrast, 5ms response time, and sports VGA, DVI-D with HDCP connections.

It supports one and two-finger control. If you are old school there’s a plastic stylus hidden in a nook around back.

Computer Solves the Game of Checkers

Posted in News,Science by Chetz on July 20th, 2007

Computer Solves the Game of CheckersAfter 18 years spent playing the game and millions of matches won and lost, a computer has now solved the riddle of whether there can be a perfect game of checkers. Computer scientists working at the University of Alberta in Canada used a program called Chinook to factor out the 500 billion positions possible in any one game of checkers. The result was that it is possible to reach a draw against your opponent but it’s exceedingly rare to happen. Chinook was able to plot out every possible move and reach the …

PS3 Launch Date for Europe Released

Posted in News,PS3,Sony by Darrin Olson on January 24th, 2007

PS3 Europe, Australia, Asia Launch Date has been Announced for March 23Sony has announced a March 23, 2007 launch date of the Playstation 3 game console to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. This launch comes a little over two months after the PS3 release in Japan and in the US.

The release had been rumored for some time in March of this year, but until now an exact date for the release had not been set. The console will go on sale priced at €599, £425, AUD 999.95, NZ 1199.95. This price …

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