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27Apr/110

Sony takes fight to Apple with launch of Android tablets|Lastest Ipad News]

Sony takes fight to Apple with launch of Android tablets
TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony launched its first tablet computers in an ambitious attempt to grab the No 2 spot in a market dominated by Apple's iPad and set to quadruple in four years.
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27Apr/110

Sony announce launch of two new tablets – both good as ereaders





Double screens to amaze us.. and one large screened one too:

Sony have just announced at an event in Tokyo that they will be launching two new Android 3.0 tablets onto the world later this year.

What we have here are the romantically named S1 and S2 Android tablets, well, these are their current names, but I suspect that at launch they will bear rather more appealing names, well, I hope so at least.

The S1:

The S1 is a large screened tablet(9.4 inch) which will come with two cameras, one rear facing, the other, logically, front facing, so you can indulge in the most extraordinary video chats with this baby.  I have not yet worked out quite why anyone would want two video cameras on their devices, but I assume it meets some deep seated need that I am not aware of yet.

The S1 will be completely focused on supporting Qriocity – Sony’s music, games, ebooks, and videos on demand service that’s just been launched in Europe- and will come preloaded with Playstation integration.

One nice touch with the S1 is that it comes complete with an infra-red sender, so you may use it to control all manner of house hold gadgets…TVs and so on…. Nice thought, eh?

And for reading ebooks?

All well and good, but will it be any use as an ereader?   Simple answer is yup, it will be.  It also comes with the Sony ereader software, so sorting out your ebooks on it will be as easy as on any dedicated Sony ereader, thus Sony are crossing over to the current trend of ereaders being tablets and vice versa.

As this device is about the same size and weight as an iPad, Sony have taken a lot of trouble to sort out the comfort in use problems of the iPad, and designed it in such a way that the weight is placed off centre and over the users hand and wrist, giving the feeling that it is much lighter, this they call the “wrap” form.   It is described as follows:

The tablet’s “wrap” design is meant to remind the owner of something personal in the way that it mimics an open paperback stuffed into the back pocket, or a magazine folded backward upon itself such that only a single page is visible to read. A design that also gives the tablet’s display enough angle to comfortably touch-type when placed on a table. It also makes one-handed operation a bit less taxing on the wrist by shifting the center of gravity to the bulbous edge of the device as in our mock-up above. A trick meant to reduce the torque that makes 10-inch tablets uncomfortable to hold one-handed for an extended length of time (when reading an ebook, for example). So even though the S1 is about the same size and weight as Apple’s iPad, we’re told that it feels lighter since most of the weight is shifted directly into the user’s hand and over the wrist. Naturally, the screen UI rotates allowing for right- or left-handed use and we’re told that it’s still comfortable to hold in landscape mode where the bulging edge is typically held at the top.

Source: http://www.engadget.com

The tablet itself, we’re told, is 100 percent focused on Qriocity,  It comes preloaded with Sony PS One games, a Bravia Media Remote, and PlayStation integration

Further, it has a touch screen wireless  and 3G connectivity and is in all respects a very advanced bit of gear, which given the rumored price it should be.  The rumours say it will go for about USD 600, so not really something you would buy without serious thought first.

The S2:


Now this is a weird one, it has two screens, relatively small (5.5-inch 1,024 x 480 pixel displays) which are built in a clam form, so you can simply click it shut and dump it in your pocket, much as with your mobile phone.

Sony takes advantage of the two screens with a custom book-style UI layout for its e-reader app, split keyboard and messaging displays for email, and split display and game controllers for PS One gaming. Both the S1 and S2 are PlayStation Certified, support DLNA, and are WiFi and 3G/4G “compatible” according to Sony.

Oh, all of this will set you back about USD 700!

So, two rather interesting devices coming soon to a store in your town – well that is if you live in Japan or America, Europe and the rest of us will have to wait a bit longer it seems before we can get our hands on either of these two marvels.

As ereaders?

Well, obviously both these devices are primarily intended as tablets, rather than ereaders – Sony have a complete range of dedicated and very good ereaders after all, but for those who simply have to have as many functions as possible united into one device, and are prepared to pay for this convenience, and are not worried by the problems of short battery endurance and the impossibility of reading in any bright sunlight situation, then either of these will be very interesting devices to own I feel.

Just to show you what they look like in action:

 

 

So, there you have them……..

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What are your views on such devices?   Are they the future for ereading or not?  Do let us know your feelings about this subject.




20Apr/110

Amazon to launch Library eBook lending service

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Amazon is partnering with libraries all over the United States to implement `Kindle Lending for Libraries`later this year. This new project will allow you to borrow Kindle eBooks from over 11,000 different libraries. You can then have these books sent to your Kindle e-Reader or any of the Kindle applications for Android, iOS, Blackberry and more.

Amazon is working with OverDrive, the leading provider of digital content solutions for over 11,000 public and educational libraries in the United States, to bring a seamless library borrowing experience to Kindle customers. “We are excited to be working with Amazon to offer Kindle Library Lending to the millions of customers who read on Kindle and Kindle apps,” said Steve Potash, CEO, OverDrive. “We hear librarians and patrons rave about Kindle, so we are thrilled that we can be part of bringing library books to the unparalleled experience of reading on Kindle.”

This is a great move for Amazon because currently with Library Lending the Kindle format for borrowing books has been absent. Most of the formats available to download are in ePub or PDF. This makes most books until Amazon launches their service later on the year incompatible with Kindle e-readers, which make up for most of the e-reader segment.

via Press Release


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20Apr/110

Xplore Technologies Moves Launch Of Its “iPad On Steroids” Rugged Tablet Computers To May 9|Lastest Ipad News]

Xplore Technologies Moves Launch Of Its "iPad On Steroids" Rugged Tablet Computers To May 9
Xplore Technologies Corp., a manufacturer of award-winning rugged tablet PCs announced recently that it has rescheduled the official launch of its newest line of rugged tablet computers to Monday, May 9, at 11:30 a.m. at the Harvard Club in New York City.
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20Apr/110

Amazon to launch library lending for Kindle books

ImagesFrom the press release:

Amazon today announced Kindle Library Lending, a new feature launching later this year that will allow Kindle customers to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 libraries in the United States. Kindle Library Lending will be available for all generations of Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps.

Customers will be able to check out a Kindle book from their local library and start reading on any Kindle device or free Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone. If a Kindle book is checked out again or that book is purchased from Amazon, all of a customer’s annotations and bookmarks will be preserved.

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” Marine continued. “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library. Your notes will not show up when the next patron checks out the book. But if you check out the book again, or subsequently buy it, your notes will be there just as you left them, perfectly Whispersynced.”

With Kindle Library Lending, customers can take advantage of all of the unique features of Kindle and Kindle books, including:

Amazon is working with OverDrive, the leading provider of digital content solutions for over 11,000 public and educational libraries in the United States, to bring a seamless library borrowing experience to Kindle customers. “We are excited to be working with Amazon to offer Kindle Library Lending to the millions of customers who read on Kindle and Kindle apps,” said Steve Potash, CEO, OverDrive. “We hear librarians and patrons rave about Kindle, so we are thrilled that we can be part of bringing library books to the unparalleled experience of reading on Kindle.”

20Apr/110

Amazon to launch library lending for Kindle books

ImagesFrom the press release:

Amazon today announced Kindle Library Lending, a new feature launching later this year that will allow Kindle customers to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 libraries in the United States. Kindle Library Lending will be available for all generations of Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps.

Customers will be able to check out a Kindle book from their local library and start reading on any Kindle device or free Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone. If a Kindle book is checked out again or that book is purchased from Amazon, all of a customer’s annotations and bookmarks will be preserved.

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” Marine continued. “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library. Your notes will not show up when the next patron checks out the book. But if you check out the book again, or subsequently buy it, your notes will be there just as you left them, perfectly Whispersynced.”

With Kindle Library Lending, customers can take advantage of all of the unique features of Kindle and Kindle books, including:

Amazon is working with OverDrive, the leading provider of digital content solutions for over 11,000 public and educational libraries in the United States, to bring a seamless library borrowing experience to Kindle customers. “We are excited to be working with Amazon to offer Kindle Library Lending to the millions of customers who read on Kindle and Kindle apps,” said Steve Potash, CEO, OverDrive. “We hear librarians and patrons rave about Kindle, so we are thrilled that we can be part of bringing library books to the unparalleled experience of reading on Kindle.”

15Apr/110

Weather Central & News Over Wireless Launch WeatherNOW Customizable iPhone & iPad Weather Apps for Media Companies at …|Lastest Ipad News]

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14Apr/112

Google to Launch eBooks (Google Editions) by Early Summer


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7Apr/110

Apple mainly responsible for Blackberry Playbook Launch delay

Research in Motion is all set to launch the PlayBook on the 19th of April though it now seems evident we wouldn’t have been kept waiting this long to lay our hand on a wonderful piece of hardware namely the PlayBook tablet PC. And believe it or not, Apple has something, or rather a lot of thing to do with the delay. Inadvertently it might be though its a mater of serious debate if Apple is really lamenting the way things have worked out in the last few weeks.

It all started with an acute shortage of touch panels, which again can be attributed to a sharp increase in consumer preference for tablet PCs. Obviously, touchscreen manufacturers have been caught off guard while Apple, making good use of its superior economic clout contracted for most of the touch panels the manufacturers are able to produce, leaving precious little for all the other to make do with. While the iPad and iPad 2 have been selling in millions, all the other tablets now available,  comprising of the Galaxy Tab, the XOOM along with the vast plethora of other Android tablet too lead up to a sizable demand for touch panels.

As a result of all this, RIM had no other choice but to push back the launch of the PlayBook by about a month. However, this isn’t the first time the PlayBook has suffered a delay as it had changed its chipset partner mid way while the tablet was still under development. So while its Marvell that was earlier contracted to supply the PlayBook’s processors, RIM later found favor with the 1 GHz Dual Core OMAP4430 processor from Texas Instruments. Not a bad move it now seems though it had added 6 months to the development time. The one months’ delay is also being attributed to the extensive software testing that the PlayBook was subjected to.

In the meantime, RIM’s development partners such as Quanta Computer or Foxlink that is supplying the connector for the PlayBook is seeing big opportunity in the PlayBook order. Quanta is already in the process of ramping up production to make the most of the PlayBook order. Also it is fair to note that RIM wanted the device to launch in the second quarter of the year in order to boost their profits.

via slashgear, via digitimes

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7Apr/110

Apple mainly responsible for Blackberry Playbook Launch

Research in Motion is all set to launch the PlayBook on the 19th of April though it now seems evident we wouldn’t have been kept waiting this long to lay our hand on a wonderful piece of hardware namely the PlayBook tablet PC. And believe it or not, Apple has something, or rather a lot of thing to do with the delay. Inadvertently it might be though its a mater of serious debate if Apple is really lamenting the way things have worked out in the last few weeks.

It all started with an acute shortage of touch panels, which again can be attributed to a sharp increase in consumer preference for tablet PCs. Obviously, touchscreen manufacturers have been caught off guard while Apple, making good use of its superior economic clout contracted for most of the touch panels the manufacturers are able to produce, leaving precious little for all the other to make do with. While the iPad and iPad 2 have been selling in millions, all the other tablets now available,  comprising of the Galaxy Tab, the XOOM along with the vast plethora of other Android tablet too lead up to a sizable demand for touch panels.

As a result of all this, RIM had no other choice but to push back the launch of the PlayBook by about a month. However, this isn’t the first time the PlayBook has suffered a delay as it had changed its chipset partner mid way while the tablet was still under development. So while its Marvell that was earlier contracted to supply the PlayBook’s processors, RIM later found favor with the 1 GHz Dual Core OMAP4430 processor from Texas Instruments. Not a bad move it now seems though it had added 6 months to the development time. The one months’ delay is also being attributed to the extensive software testing that the PlayBook was subjected to.

In the meantime, RIM’s development partners such as Quanta Computer or Foxlink that is supplying the connector for the PlayBook is seeing big opportunity in the PlayBook order. Quanta is already in the process of ramping up production to make the most of the PlayBook order. Also it is fair to note that RIM wanted the device to launch in the second quarter of the year in order to boost their profits.

via slashgear, via digitimes

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