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Wistron confirmed as Polymer Vision buyer: foldable e-paper in development

Wistron confirmed as Polymer Vision buyer: foldable e-paper in development

The unnamed Asian company which acquired ailing foldable e-paper startup Polymer Vision has been outed as Wistron.  Polymer Vision declared bankruptcy back in July, and were acquired in early September; the deal is now known to have been worth €12m ($17.75m).  Integration of the two companies actually began taking place last month, but right now it's still unclear whether the Polymer Vision brand will be maintained.

Spring Design Alex Android ebook reader gets video demo

Spring Design Alex Android ebook reader gets video demo

Spring Design's Alex dual-display ebook reader was a surprise announcement earlier this week, seemingly diving into the public eye to make some headlines before Barnes and Noble's nook grabbed all the attention.  The company have followed up their render with a jerky video of the device in action, demonstrating its smaller Android display and how you can shoot content from the web-browser up to the larger e-ink panel for easier reading.

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Barnes and Noble nook hands-on [Video]

Barnes and Noble nook hands-on [Video]

Barnes and Noble's nook may not be the first wireless ebook reader we've seen, but with its dual displays, color touchscreen, compact form-factor and Android OS it's perhaps the most distinctive.  The nook isn't expected to launch until the end of November, but SlashGear were at the B&N launch event in NYC today.  Check out our coverage - and some first impressions - after the cut.

Updated with video after the cut

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Barnes and Noble nook gets official: $259 for dual-screen Android ebook reader

Barnes and Noble nook gets official: $259 for dual-screen Android ebook reader

Barnes and Noble have officially announced their ebook reader, the Barnes and Noble nook, complete with dual displays and free 3G and WiFi b/g wireless.  The nook has a 6-inch E Ink Vizplex E Ink display up top and a 3.5-inch color touchscreen underneath, with the whole thing based on Android and measuring 7.7 x 4.9 x 0.5-inches while tipping the scales at 11.2oz.  B&N have partnered with AT&T for the nook's 3G access, and owners will be able to use the retailer's in-store WiFi connections for free as well.

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B&N Nook ebook reader trademark unearthed, expected later today

B&N Nook ebook reader trademark unearthed, expected later today

We're ramping up to what looks like the launch of the Barnes and Noble Nook - in fact our own Vincent Nguyen is in New York today for the company's press event - and as you'd expect the ebook geeks aren't content to take the news when B&N feed it to them.  After the WSJ broke the news that the upcoming dual-display device will be, bafflingly, called Nook, our friend (and general malcontent) Mike Cane dug up the company's trademark application.

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Barnes and Noble Nook dual-display ebook reader outed: $259 this week

Barnes and Noble Nook dual-display ebook reader outed: $259 this week

Further details about the expected Barnes and Noble ebook reader launch have emerged, this time courtesy of the Wall Street Journal who are claiming to have prematurely spotted a full-page ad for the device.  They suggest that the dual-screen device will be priced at $259 and be called the Barnes and Noble Nook, which has to be one of the more ridiculous names for an ebook reader right now.

Spring Design Alex dual-display Android ebook reader: headed for B&N?

Spring Design Alex dual-display Android ebook reader: headed for B&N?

Remember the Barnes and Noble dual-display ebook reader spotted in concept form last week?  There's obviously something in the water, as Spring Design have just announced an ebook reader, the Alex, with both a 6-inch E Ink panel and a 3.5-inch color touchscreen, based on Google's Android platform and with integrated 3G and WiFi.

The touchscreen can be used to browse the web and grab clippings, which can then be viewed on the e-ink panel.  Spring Design have also developed what they call Link Notes, a hybrid of traditional ebooks, clippings, multimedia and user notes.  As for production possibilities, the company claim to be in discussion with "selected strategic partners" and "major content" providers, with a release expected by the end of 2009.

Storage is via SD card, and there's a headphones socket and full smartphone functionality.  Spring Design call the dual-display system Duet Navigator, and as well as being used to pull up related photos, news articles, media content and more, it will also aid in annotation and searches by offering an on-screen keyboard.

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