All that Amazon Kindle 2 and Plastic Logic news yesterday managed to distract us from something potentially even more exciting: Fujitsu's first public trials of a color e-newspaper called the FLEPia. Running since February 4th, and scheduled to go on until the end of this week, the trial saw four of the devices - which use color epaper - left for customers at a Tokyo restaurant. Each has a "BB Mobile Point" wireless LAN connection to regularly update.
Fujitsu has been churning away at its FLEPia color e-paper technology for years now, and the company brought the latest fruits of that hard work to the e-Book Expo Tokyo in the form of a prototype ereader. The new 8-inch cholesteric FLEPia panel, DigInfo reports, boosts brightness, contrast and color accuracy over its predecessor, as well as offering speedier screen refresh rates.
After Fujitsu began their color e-newspaper trials in Japan a year ago we've been waiting for the technology to show up in a consumer device; it now looks like that could be fast approaching. Fujitsu Japan have been demonstrating a new prototype ereader using a color e-ink panel and with an ultra-slim chassis, that they apparently expect to reach the market sometime this year.
Hardware details for the device are unknown, and Fujitsu themselves don't seem to be saying much about its capabilities. For their e-newspaper trial the company were looking at wireless delivery of content, and the "Link" indicator on the prototype's front panel suggests it might have its own form of wireless too.
Boy have we got some tidbits for you today. More TouchPad posts than you can shake a stick at, T-Mobile's expanding their 4G network and their stranglehold on the Android world with a sweetest phone ever award being given to its new myTouch 4G Slide, and wouldn't you know it, we've got some Apple news! So just sit back and kick it while we hook you up with a couple ah links that'll have you reading all night long, and all day long, and all the livelong afternoon long.
Welcome to the dip! It's that time of year again where there's not that much basic tech news, but the news that DOES come out is a full plate of whoppers! What we've got for you today is no less than some Google+ stuff (that stuff is like gold!) and some unboxings and a full review of the myTouch 4G Slide courtesy of our good friends at Android Community! Can you even stand the wait? You're gonna have to, because this train continues below the cut!