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Pixel Qi demo 3Qi indoor/outdoor/e-ink netbook display

Pixel Qi demo 3Qi indoor/outdoor/e-ink netbook display

Pixel Qi have finally demonstrated their clever 3Qi screen, which mixes together indoor and outdoor readability together with an e-paper mode.  The same panel is used in both halves of this picture: on the left, it's set to full color saturation with its backlight on, while on the right the backlight is off and the panel is in e-paper mode.  The latter will be incredibly power-frugal, as e-paper only draws power when changing the display, not to maintain an image.

After the cut, outdoor readability demonstrated

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Plastic Logic e-reader gets 3G, new UI [Video]

Plastic Logic e-reader gets 3G, new UI [Video]

Plastic Logic brought along their latest e-reader prototype to the D7 conference, and they've spilled a few more details ahead of the E Ink slate's 2010 launch.  The touchscreen device now has an on-screen QWERTY keyboard and a pop-up toolbar with navigation options; there's also confirmed WiFi and 3G data.

Video demo after the cut

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Phosphor release new E Ink watches

Phosphor release new E Ink watches

It's been almost 18 months since Phosphor launched their first E Ink watch, and since then the technology has grown in public awareness - thanks in no small part by the Amazon Kindle - to the point where people might actually know what you're talking about when you gesture wildly at your new watch.  Phosphor have returned with two fresh models, the Digital Hour (left) and Calendar (right).

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BeBook Mini & BeBook 2 with 3G get video demo

BeBook Mini & BeBook 2 with 3G get video demo

The BeBook Mini 5-inch ebook reader has been caught on video in an interview with the company's CEO, together with the BeBook 2.  As well as the smaller E Ink device, the 3G connectivity in the upcoming BeBook 2 was discussed; the company is apparently in negotiations with European carriers, and is expecting to offer the device in France and Germany with inclusive 3G connectivity (as with the Amazon Kindle in the US).

Video after the cut

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Verizon Samsung Alias 2 on sale: $79.99

Verizon Samsung Alias 2 on sale: $79.99

Verizon Wireless have launched the Samsung Alias 2, the distinctive dual-hinged clamshell with an E Ink QWERTY keyboard.  Available now priced at $79.99 after an $50 online discount, the Alias 2 has a 2.6-inch QVGA display, 2-megapixel camera and Bluetooth, including support for the stereo headset profile.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 19 2009

We've had some much-anticipated and long-awaited gadgets land at SlashGear this week, so we've gone overboard with unboxing videos and hands-on galleries.  The Verizon MiFi 2200 only had its official announcement earlier this week, but we've been waiting for the Novatel EVDO-hotspot for so long you must forgive us some excitement.  Meanwhile the Vodafone HTC Magic has the honor of being only the second Android phone to the market, while the Tonium Pacemaker manages to offer something unique in a sea of PMPs.

Color e-paper launch delayed to 2010; large-screen Sony ereader in 2009?

Bad news for anybody hoping for PVI's color e-paper before the end of 2009, as the company has pushed back the launch until 2010 having encountered "barriers to achieving satisfactory results".  To make up for the disappointment, however, PVI have tipped a larger ebook reader from Sony later in 2009, to compete with the recently-announced Amazon Kindle DX.

Samsung Alias 2 gets video E Ink keyboard demo

Samsung Alias 2 gets video E Ink keyboard demo

The Samsung Alias 2 isn't officially meant to go on sale until May 11th, but that hasn't stopped one Verizon rep from selling one a few days early.  That lucky shopper turned out to be JenJen from HowardForums, and she put together a demo video of the Alias 2's E Ink keyboard in action.

Video demo of the Alias 2 after the cut

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Samsung Alias 2 and Motorola Rival caught in wild

Samsung Alias 2 and Motorola Rival caught in wild

Live shots of the Samsung Alias 2 U750 and the Motorola Rival a445 have leaked, ahead of their official release on Verizon.  The Alias 2 is a dual-folding clamshell with an E Ink keypad that offers both numeric and QWERTY layouts; according to phoneArena's source, the keys refresh "very smoothly and flawlessly".

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Only 300 students to trial Kindle DX

Amazon's textbook push with the Kindle DX will kick off not only with a publisher partnership but in a headline-grabbing real-world trial at six partner universities.  However according to information from one university exec, only around 300 students will be given the 9.7-inch E Ink Kindle DX to try out - and that's the number across all of the institutions, not at each.

Amazon Kindle DX Video hands-on

Amazon Kindle DX Video hands-on

After the official announcement we had the chance to go hands-on with the new Amazon Kindle DX, and despite the overall family resemblance it feels a very different device to the Kindle 2.  Where that e-reader prioritizes the hand-feel and portability of a paperback, the Kindle DX feels decidedly more work-oriented.  The bigger screen - which refreshes a little slower than that of the Kindle 2, but not frustratingly so - is 1,200 x 824 resolution and 150ppi, and while still grayscale feels far more useful than that of its smaller sibling.

Full Kindle DX live gallery and demo video after the cut

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Amazon Kindle DX official images & specifications

Amazon Kindle DX official images & specifications

The official images of the Amazon Kindle DX are out, and as you might expect it looks like an overgrown version of the Kindle 2.  The specifications tell the full dimension story, though: the Kindle DX measures 10.4 x 7.2 x 0.38 inches, versus the Kindle 2 which measures 8 x 5.3 x 0.36 inches.

Kindle DX hardware specs after the cut

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