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4Apr/110

H O A X – April 1 orig’l date The AMAZON BLAZE ANDROID PHONE? With MIRASOL? April 4 story, Not April 1

The Gadgets.Net's James Cushing reports that "Amazon is entering the smart phone business, and their entry is bound to make a stir once you get a look at “Amazon Blaze” Android phone!

He reports that photos and specs were leaked.  The pictures are not exactly particularly unofficial, unless someone put together a hoax, but rumors have been rife that Mirasol was hooking up with a maker for a device to be announced next week, and while some hoped it would be Amazon, there was speculation another vendor was involved.  But it apparently IS Amazon, if this is not a game someone's playing.

THE REST OF THE H O A X
   Most of us were expecting an Android tablet (larger size) but this is very interesting.   Here are some excerpts (go to the site to see all the photographs). What they got shows:

' a Dual-Core handset with some very impressive hardware and some rather interesting features that just make you the envy of your friends when you show this bad boy off.  The Blaze will feature a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8660 processor with a 4.3-inch Mirasol display. '

MIRASOL - A really different type of smartphone. A real First, if true.  But Qualcomm hinted last year and I reported here that Amazon was the one. It's e-paper technology that has the advantages of e-Ink:

. readable in sunlight
. fast enough to do full-motion video
. great battery life (unlike with AMOLED screens)
. not expensive
while being in COLOR -- somewhat subtle and muted from what I've seen in a recent showing at a consumer electronics show, but the article says it "can handle bright, vivid colors."


[ Now I see why the hoaxer mentioned "bright, vivid colors" ]


' If this isn’t enough for you, the Blaze will also have 512MB of memory, 5 Megapixel rear and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, NFC support and…yes…a rear-mounted solar panel for keeping the phone charged!  Just imagine how this is going to stand against the battery sucker Androids all around as it already has got a very power-efficient display...

The Blaze is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has HSPA+ data services and access to your Amazon and Google accounts.  It’s also been rumored that Amazon will provide regular software updates to prevent fragmentation and here I predict that the Android Market will be replaced by the Amazon’s Android App store.

  From the advertising graphics, it appears that the Blaze will be available via AT&T and Verizon.  No word on pricing but it does look like you can expect the phone in the early fall.  It must be noted that this could be an April Fool’s prank by Amazon, but if it is it’s a very elaborate one. '

He's somewhat disbelieving too, but the timing is right for the announced Mirasol unveiling. H O A X [Log kept for now though. Sorry if I helped get some hopes up.  Maybe I should have an image of an omelot on face here!]

22Mar/110

Kobo reader app for Samsung Windows Phone 7 out now!

kobo book reading app

If you are no stranger to the e-reading app culture you already know that Kobo has some of the best quality ebook reading apps available. They have e-reading applications for Blackberry, iOS, Android, PC, MAC, and have exclusive apps designed for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Blackberry Playbook and the Sharper Image Literati. Rounding off their portfolio they have now issued a new reading app for the Windows 7 line of phones, made by Samsung!

If you are looking for a quality company to do business with that has all of the latest bestsellers, newspapers and magazines, check out the Windows Phone Marketplace. The Kobo app is a free app, but of course it costs to buy the books.

This application does not really look or function like any of the other Kobo apps on the other platform. On most menus and even the main GUI there is no word even of Kobo at all. It features a main screen with your new books listed and contains a bookshelf to show you all of the books stored in your library.

While reading books it has settings to change the book color background and a slew of new features. You can lock the orientation of the book within the app, so you don’t need to lock your main phone rotation settings, the app does it for you.

Aside from these functions you can add bookmarks, look up words in the dictionary and more. The website below made a step by step review of the app in action, check it out.


Related posts:

  1. New Kindle for Windows 7 Phone App to launch soon
  2. Kobo Android App updated
  3. Kobo Wireless VS. the Original Kobo e-Reader
  4. Kobo and Swindon team up to bring Kobo Wireless e-Reader to Hong Kong
  5. Kobo Introduces Reading Life for the Apple iPad
  6. Kobo releases Reading Life for the iPhone
6Feb/110

Dell Streak 7′s secret phone app

Dell Streak 7 has a hidden feature. Hidden because Dell has not gone around town telling people their latest tablet offering comes loaded with phone features. The reason why they haven’t done so is simple, the feature is only there to add some cosmetic value and won’t get you connected with anyone. Or maybe Dell introduced the non-working feature to let self entrepreneurs to have something to apply their skills on.


Whatever the reason might be, the credit for the discovery goes to Henn K. Lee from Streaksmart, who it seems had tapped on the phone icon and ended up being witness to something that no one has had before. What come next is the contact manager complete with a user interface that mimics a phone. There is also a dialer and a show voice mail feature. However, the excitement dies down soon as each time a phone call is initiated, things come to a naught.

Already there are several theories going round to explain the presence of something that has no value. First, Dell might have missed out on getting rid of those few line of code from the Android 2.2 operating system that has to do with phone functionality and so on. Or maybe it was deliberate in that Dell might invoke the feature at a later time or in specific cases. For instance, Dell might be open to the use of the Streak 7 to be also used as a smartphone in some countries and only as an Android tablet in others. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab can already be used as a smartphone all over the world except the US. Now the only thing that remains to be seen is whether anyone would be willing to use something as big as the Streak 7 as a smartphone if Dell eventually decides to unlock the phone feature.

Related posts:

  1. Dell Streak 7 to cost 0
  2. Froyo update for Dell Streak coming soon plus more news
  3. Rogers to launch Dell Streak early November
  4. Dell Streak 5 Coming This June
  5. Rogers brings Dell Streak to Canada
  6. White Dell Streak to be available at Best Buy stores

4Feb/110

Ebookanoid now available on your mobile phone!!





Yup, its true, you can now easily read this blog on your mobile phone…..

In our continuing attempts to take over the world of blogging, we have added what we hope will be a useful function to this blog.   If you look to the top right of the page you should see a rather curious looking square made up of blobs – this is in fact a sort of bar code, which if you follow the instructions, will enable you to access ebookanoid on your mobile phone – neat idea, no?

If you want to get an idea of how it will look, right at the bottom of the page (scroll down as far as you can go),  in the black bar at the bottom, you will see a link “switch to our mobile site”.   If you click on this, it will open a page that is the same as the page you will see if you use a mobile phone to visit this blog.   Sort of, obviously, as each mobile phone has its own way of showing blogs, but it gives a good indication of how it looks and works.

So from now on you need never be far from the latest posts on ebookanoid…   Which is surely cause for celebration – I hope!

We hope that this will be a useful additional function to this blog for you guys, probably the first of a number of what we hope will be useful additional functions that we are contemplating.

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If you try this out, I would be very interested to hear from you, telling me how it works for you and if it is actually a useful function here. Also I would be interested to know of any problems you might experience with it as well, so we can fine tune it all to give you the best results possible.




5Jan/110

Kindle app for Windows Phone 7 available

images.jpgFrom the press release:

Customers can already read Kindle books on their Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, as well as their iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry and Android-based devices. Today, Amazon’s wide selection of free “Buy Once, Read Everywhere” Kindle apps is expanding to include Windows Phone 7 devices. Kindle for Windows Phone 7 is the first major eBook application available for Windows Phone 7, and includes new features built into a Kindle app for the first time, including personalized recommendations integrated into the Kindle app home screen and the ability to send book recommendations to a friend without leaving the app. Customers can learn more about Kindle for Windows Phone 7 at www.amazon.com/kindleforwindowsphone and can download the free app from Windows Phone Marketplace.

30Dec/100

Set Up and Get to Know Your New Android Phone [Merrychristmahanukwanzaakkah]|Lastest Ebook News]

Set Up and Get to Know Your New Android Phone [Merrychristmahanukwanzaakkah]
# merrychristmahanukwanzaakkah Sweet robotic joy—you just unwrapped an Android phone and, man, is it shiny. Here are our suggestions for apps to grab, settings to tweak, and really nifty things you can do with your Google-powered mini-computer. More »
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28Dec/100

Local phone books in CDROM format could prove handy, save trees

100_5210While I was out and about last night, I happened to notice a CDROM stand on the counter of a local print and copy shop. It was a free CD version of “Names & Numbers”, one of the local telephone directories. Curious, I picked it up and took it home to give it a run-through.

ScreenClip(1)Though I have only taken a cursory glance over it, I am actually fairly impressed. Though the device has a Windows autorun and installer built in, it can also be run off the CD without needing to be installed. At heart it seems to be implemented in simple HTML, meaning that it should be compatible with anything that has a CDROM drive and a web browser.

ScreenClip(2)Even the directory pages themselves are in HTML—not some encapsulated, DRMed format that can only be read or searched with an executable. (A far cry from some early PC phone book apps I played with back in the late ‘80s to early ‘90s.) They’re formatted to impersonate the look of a white pages or yellow pages page, but at heart they’re unencrypted plain vanilla HTML; viewing source reveals the names, addresses, and phone numbers of everyone right there in plain text (albeit with a lot of HTML style stuff surrounding that text). The white pages and textual entries in the yellow pages could quite readily be data mined if someone wrote the right programs

There is also a search box that lets you search the directory—it takes longer if you’re browsing on CD than if you install it on the hard drive, of course. It seems to work pretty well. In fact, it works better than the search function on Names & Numbers’s website, which couldn’t find my uncle’s number when I punched his name in at all whereas the one on the CD pulled it right up.

I have a number of ordinary tree-killing paper phone books in my apartment—I can’t seem to avoid getting them; they get left on my doorstep every so often whether I want them or not.  And I’m not entirely averse to having them.

ScreenClip(3)Sometimes I’ll still go and look in one from time to time—while it’s easy to dig up the phone number of any specific place online if I know the name (even if I’m away from the ‘net, I can text the name to 466453 and have Google look it up for me), paper phonebooks still rule the roost when it comes to having all the numbers in a given yellow pages category available at my fingertips at once. (I should get around to sticking one in my car, for use with my cell phone when I’m not able to get to the Internet, too.)

But this might just be a better alternative to the paper phone book for me. I get the advantage of all the numbers in a category at my fingertips, plus I can copy and paste the phone number into Google Voice to make a call.

And who knows, it could save some trees.

28Dec/100

Local phone books in CDROM format could prove handy, save trees

100_5210While I was out and about last night, I happened to notice a CDROM stand on the counter of a local print and copy shop. It was a free CD version of “Names & Numbers”, one of the local telephone directories. Curious, I picked it up and took it home to give it a run-through.

ScreenClip(1)Though I have only taken a cursory glance over it, I am actually fairly impressed. Though the device has a Windows autorun and installer built in, it can also be run off the CD without needing to be installed. At heart it seems to be implemented in simple HTML, meaning that it should be compatible with anything that has a CDROM drive and a web browser.

ScreenClip(2)Even the directory pages themselves are in HTML—not some encapsulated, DRMed format that can only be read or searched with an executable. (A far cry from some early PC phone book apps I played with back in the late ‘80s to early ‘90s.) They’re formatted to impersonate the look of a white pages or yellow pages page, but at heart they’re unencrypted plain vanilla HTML; viewing source reveals the names, addresses, and phone numbers of everyone right there in plain text (albeit with a lot of HTML style stuff surrounding that text). The white pages and textual entries in the yellow pages could quite readily be data mined if someone wrote the right programs

There is also a search box that lets you search the directory—it takes longer if you’re browsing on CD than if you install it on the hard drive, of course. It seems to work pretty well. In fact, it works better than the search function on Names & Numbers’s website, which couldn’t find my uncle’s number when I punched his name in at all whereas the one on the CD pulled it right up.

I have a number of ordinary tree-killing paper phone books in my apartment—I can’t seem to avoid getting them; they get left on my doorstep every so often whether I want them or not.  And I’m not entirely averse to having them.

ScreenClip(3)Sometimes I’ll still go and look in one from time to time—while it’s easy to dig up the phone number of any specific place online if I know the name (even if I’m away from the ‘net, I can text the name to 466453 and have Google look it up for me), paper phonebooks still rule the roost when it comes to having all the numbers in a given yellow pages category available at my fingertips at once. (I should get around to sticking one in my car, for use with my cell phone when I’m not able to get to the Internet, too.)

But this might just be a better alternative to the paper phone book for me. I get the advantage of all the numbers in a category at my fingertips, plus I can copy and paste the phone number into Google Voice to make a call.

And who knows, it could save some trees.

30Nov/100

Leather Folio Pouch Protective Carrying Cell Phone Case for Apple iPad 3G / WiFi 16GB 32GB 64GB AT&T – BLACK


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