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14Mar/110

Apple’s iPad 2 Hits Shelves Today|Lastest Ipad News]

Apple's iPad 2 Hits Shelves Today
Apples (AAPL) iPad 2 goes on sale today. The next generation of the tablet computer went on sale [...]
Read more on Forbes


14Mar/110

Apple’s iPad 2 hits stores|Lastest Ipad News]

Apple's iPad 2 hits stores
Apple's new iPad went on sale on Friday as the gadget-maker seeks to stay a step ahead of its rivals in the booming market for sleek touchscreen tablet computers.
Read more on AFP via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News


12Mar/110

Asus Eee Pad TF101 hits FCC

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By Sovy

Asus, a strong contender for the tablet crown of 2011 has reason to rejoice. Its Eee Pad TF101 tablet PC has now gone past the FCC hurdle in time for its intended April launch. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer has got approval for its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality though extensive details of the tablet are yet to come by.

The Eee Pad TF101 comes with a 10.1 inch tablet, a first from Asus. The tablet also scores another first from Asus, the only tablet to be based on dual core NVIDIA Tegra processor. The Eee Pad TF101 also has another claim to fame – it includes a detachable keyboard which when attached will make the tablet mimic a notebook PC, something that earned the tablet the Transformer tag.

To be based on Windows 7 operating system, the Eee Pad TF101 tablet is likely to be priced anywhere between 9 and 9, which if true will truly make it an attractive proposition. The tablet was last seen at the recently concluded CeBIT show.

via liliputing via wirelessgoodness

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10Mar/110

Lenovo LePad 2 to come later in the year, hits FCC as the Skylight

While the long awaited Lenovo LePad has already gone on sale in the Chinese markets, the company has already got into the process of developing the next generation LePad. This they believe will put them in good stead in battling the mighty iPad 2. However, the LePad 2 is now nowhere near completion and is expected to reach markets only later in the year. For the time being though, the company exuded confidence they will have no problem taking on the iPad in the domestic market. As Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing points out, “We are confident that the LePad that will be launched this month has its unique advantage over iPad. I hope you can see the launch of our LePad 2 this year, too.” By ‘unique features,’ Yang was obviously referring to the LePad’s Adobe Flash capabilities along with its ability to support multiple video formats. The LePad’s compatibility with dual 3G technology (EV-DO and WCDMA) also makes the LePad have an edge over the Apple offering, Yang believes.

As Yang also points out, “Many Western Internet companies have difficulties in competing with Chinese rivals, which gives Lenovo a unique advantage in the home market.” Yang announced their ability to strike a nice working relationship with Chinese Internet companies such as Baidu and Tencent will provide the LePad with an advantage that other non-Chinese players will have difficulty getting into.

Meanwhile, in another development, the LePad has also made it to the FCC though under the cover of SilverLight. This surely makes the tablet a good head-start as SilverLight will have a better acceptance in the US than LePad.

Everything else though remains the same. Like the same 10.1 inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels upfront with a 1.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8650A chip making up the core. RAM strength is 1 GB while the tablet gets its power from a 27 Whr lithium polymer battery. Among the other features the Silverlight alias LePad also comes with include a 2 megapixel camera, WiFi and Bluetooth, a built-in mic along with stereo speakers. Then there is also a 3-axis gravity sensor with compass support as well.

However, there is some disappointment on the OS front as here its still going to be Android 2.2 Froyo though there will be a custom software layer built on top of it to ensure a good all-round tablet experience. Surely, the new LePad will come ported with HoneyComb right out of the box.

via engadget via androids.in

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5Mar/110

The eBook revolution hits Montana|Lastest Ebook News]

The eBook revolution hits Montana
MISSOULA - Just one year ago, the Best Buy store in Missoula offered one eReader and still had a book section. But now, there are over nine eReaders and the book section is gone.
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2Mar/110

Quanta’s own tablet hits the FCC

Taiwan based manufacturers it seems have upped the ante as far as tablet PCs are concerned. Quanta Computers is the latest to come up with its own tablet PC, in much the same manner as many of its domestic compatriots like ECS or Netronix have done in recent times. And the good thing with the Quanta QV3A (until it gets a proper name) is that the tablet has already made it to the FCC, which raises the chances of the tablet actually going on sale.

However, there isn’t a lot of information available of the tablet just yet. And the only few bits that has come out into the open include the QV3A packing in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities both of which has secured FCC certification. Its not knwn as of now if the tablet will also come with 3G or 4G capabilities.

Also, while still not confirmed but the QV3A seems to also include a front facing camera, a microSD card slot, a micro USB port, as well as a headphone jack. Then there are four buttons along the bottom bezel which is suggestive of a version of Android earlier than Android 3.0 being part of the picture. Lastly, while there is no information about when the tablet will eventually be launched or what it will be priced, there are unconfirmed reports of the tablet actually making it to the market towards April 9. However, it will be interesting to see if the QV3A tablet makes it to the market carrying the Quanta brand name considering the the company is an original equipment manufacturer engaged in manufacturing tablet PCs for several companies.

via wirelessgoodness

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24Feb/110

Amazon hits at iPad’s readability again in new TV ad|Lastest Ipad News]

Amazon hits at iPad's readability again in new TV ad
Amazon took its second opportunity to skewer the iPad's readability in as many ads with a new TV commercial for the Kindle (below). The 30-second ad was mostly positive but points to the Apple tablet's glossy LCD as a weakness. The e-paper on the Kindle reader has "no glare" to interfere with the reading and can be read in bright sunlight, the ad said without a voiceover....
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11Feb/110

The Daily, the First iPad Newspaper, Hits the Virtual Streets|Lastest Ipad News]

The Daily, the First iPad Newspaper, Hits the Virtual Streets
The Daily, the first digital newspaper designed exclusively for the iPad, hit the virtual streets this week for a annual subscription rate, comparable to what the San Francisco Chronicle charges and cheaper than the New York Time's annual fee of .
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27Dec/100

New ereader app hits the iPad: iFlow

Screen shot 2010-12-27 at 11.01.24 AM.pngeBook Magazine is reporting on this ereader app. It’s been out for the iPhone for a while, but the iPad version is new:

A new ebook app combining a bookstore for new purchases with the ability to import titles purchased from any retailer which supports epub files protected Adobe DRM launched earlier this month for Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

By mimicking the ‘buy anywhere, hear here’ approach of standalone ebook readers such as those from Sony, the free iFlow Reader app follows txtr and Bluefire in ending the segregation of books within vendor-specific apps.

iFlow also offers readers to look up words and phrases on Google, Wikipedia, or dictionary.com as well as integration with Facebook allowing the sharing of excerpts and comments via the social networking site

The iFlow website is here.

22Dec/100

Kno ereader starts shipping today – Huge thumps as monster ereader hits doorsteps





Well, it has been a long time coming, but the Kno is now a reality:

The biggest ereader in the world, the impressive 14.1 inch two screened Kno ereader is now shipping to all those students and teachers who have been patiently waiting its arrival for many months now.

I received a Press Release yesterday from them in which they say – among other things – the following:

“Since launch, we have been encouraged by the positive response to Kno and we are excited to deliver the first units to our most passionate customers – students and educators,” said Osman Rashid, CEO and Co-Founder of Kno, Inc.  “Over the next month, we plan to deliver units to pre-order customers and work closely with them to ensure a great user experience.”

“Designing and developing the Kno has been a collaborative 18 month process with students, partners and publishers, and it’s exciting to see our vision come to fruition,” said Babur Habib, CTO and Co-Founder of Kno, Inc.  “We look forward to hearing from our first customers and working with them to continue to innovate on the product.”

So, it has happened, the ereader that I referred to as an “ereader on steroids” all those months ago when I first discussed it (ereader-on-steroids-a-monster-from-kno/) is actually in boxes and on the way to those hopeful individuals who placed a Pre-order for their very own Kno ereader.

An intriguing process:

I have been watching the unfolding story of the development of the Kno and its supporting content ever since it was first announced, and to be honest, I really doubted if it would ever see the light of  day;  it is such an unlikely device, vast, unwieldy, expensive,and aimed at such a very specific market that I was sure it was just another nice idea… but no more than that.  There have been so many “nice ideas” in the world of ereaders over the last 12 months that have faded away to nothing…

But this one seems to have made it to the point of birth…… and it  would seem to be a hale and hearty baby as well.

Thus in the next school term (semester for those who are not English) we should see the libraries and lecture rooms of universities all over America filling up with people whose noses are buried in one of these enormous devices.

In the Press Release, they go one to describe what it is they are offering the world.s follows:

Kno, short for knowledge, is a unique 14.1 touch-screen tablet that blends textbooks, course materials, note-taking, web access, educational applications, digital media, sharing and more into a more powerful and engaging educational experience. Kno also offers a digital bookstore, www.kno.com/store/books, which includes tens of thousands of textbooks from most of the major publishers, with new books being added regularly.  Digital textbooks typically cost between 30 and 50 percent less than physical textbooks and the Kno pays for itself in 3 semesters with the money students save in textbook costs.

The Kno tablet is available as a single and dual 14.1 inch screen and costs 9 and 9, respectively. Currently, the Kno tablet is available in limited quantity and is now available by invitation only.  Shipments to pre-order customers will be staggered over the next month and new customers interested in purchasing a Kno tablet can go to www.kno.com to complete a request for purchase form.

As you will have gathered if you have been attentive, there are two versions of this ereader, a single screen one and a double screen one.  In fact apart from the number of screens, the two models are identical in all other respects, so it is really a case of how much you are prepared to spend I suppose…….  $ 300 difference between the two models, not a small sum for a student I would suggest.   But perhaps American students are richer than their European counterparts, who  would find it hard to pay even $ 599- aw the  hell with it, lets stop this silliness, we mean $ 600, not $ 500, I hate companies attempting to trick us like this.

A side moan:

When companies price devices in this manner, as in this case, $ 599, they hope that we are stupid enough to see the $ 500 bit and sort of ignore the $ 99 bit, and thus feel we are paying about $ 500, not about $ 600.  Personally I find this both infuriatingly condescending, and also just plain stupid.  And in this case, given that they intend these devices to be purchased by Students and Academics, I find it even odder…..  One would think that their intended client circle was made up of the more intelligent of us….. and thus not likely to be fooled by this silly marketing trick.

But I digress…….

Whilst my first reaction to these enormous ereaders was one of some incredulity, I have come to realize that in fact they are not a silly idea at all, but actually quite practical, if one is concerned with reading text books, and other large format media, especially media that is heavy  on the images side…..

Further, given that I would expect a lot of the ebooks they will use on these devices will come in the form of PDF files, then such large screens will be a real boon to the user, no more scrolling left and right, up and down, as is the case with every other ereader out there.

What will the end users make of them now they have them in their hands?

I await with real interest the first reactions to actually owning one of these ereaders from those lucky enough to have one now,  but we shall have to wait a while before we can discover this..

Specifications:

  • Dual 14″ capacitive touchscreens (1440 x 900 resolution)
  • Tegra 2 processor
  • 16GB on-board storage
  • OS: Linux variant
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • Battery: 6-8 hours
  • Support for Flash, HTML5, PDF, and ePub

Prices:

Single screen version: $ 599

Double screen version: $ 899

Links to previous posts:

Kno single screen: kno-are-hedging-their-bets-promising-us-a-single-screen-monster-ereader/

Kno two screen : ereader-on-steroids-a-monster-from-kno/

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