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Kobo ereader Bluetooth flaw undermines wireless use

Kobo ereader Bluetooth flaw undermines wireless use

Kobo's $150 ereader isn't expected to arrive at Borders in the US until June 17th, so hopefully that will give the manufacturer a little time to finesse the firmware.  According to one thread over at MobileRead, the Kobo's much-touted Bluetooth connectivity - allowing for short-range, cable-free transfers of ebooks to the device - has a significant flaw in that it won't update its books list after wireless use.  Ironically, the only way at present to force an update is to plug in a USB cable and unplug it.

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Kobo ereader hits Borders preorder for $150

Kobo ereader hits Borders preorder for $150

Kobo and Borders have announced that the Kobo ereader is now available for preorder, and will begin shipping from June 17th 2010.  Priced at $149.99, the Kobo lacks WiFi or 3G but does at least come with Bluetooth, for wireless transfers of ebooks from your computer to the device; those ebooks, Borders hope, come from their own selection of over 1m titles, though you can also load up any DRM-free ePub or PDF content.

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Spring Design Alex Review

Spring Design Alex Review

Two screens, Android OS and ebooks a-plenty: no, not Barnes & Noble's nook, but the Spring Design Alex. Promising extra flexibility than its big-name rival and an imminent partnership with Borders, the Alex nonetheless has to deliver if it's going to live up to a whopping $399 price tag. Can it hold off not only the Kindle and nook but the iPad currently looming over the ereader market? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Bookeen Cybook Opus Color not as exciting as name suggests

Bookeen Cybook Opus Color not as exciting as name suggests

When we're waiting with no small amount of eager anticipation for the first color E Ink based ebook readers to arrive on shelves, Bookeen's decision to call its new range the Cybook Opus Color seems destined to confuse.  The "color" part of the title refers to the new flourish of case finishes for the 5-inch ereader, not any exciting upgrade to its display technology.

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B&N nook v1.3 released: browser, games & Read In Store

B&N nook v1.3 released: browser, games & Read In Store

Barnes & Noble have announced a new firmware version for their dual-screen nook ebook reader.  nook firmware v1.3 adds a new (beta) web browser, which uses the E Ink display for content and the touchscreen color LCD for navigation, together with faster page-turns, speedier ebook opening and some new games.  Meanwhile the Read In Store feature - which allows nook owners to preview entire ebooks while connected to B&N store WiFi - has now been activated.

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Marvell Moby MED multi-display medical tablet outlined [Updated]

Marvell Moby MED multi-display medical tablet outlined [Updated]

Marvell have already shown us one new Android tablet reference design, the Marvell Moby, but the company have a second concept, the Moby MED which sounds a whole lot more interesting.  Targeted at "telehealth" use, Marvell envisage the Moby MED as having "multiple simultaneous" LCD or e-paper displays, together with 1080p Full HD encode and decode, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and an integrated camera for web conferencing and remote diagnosis.

Updated with official Marvell Moby MED image.

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E Ink next-gen displays get video demos

E Ink next-gen displays get video demos

E Ink have carved quite a niche for themselves providing displays for the majority of big name ereaders - they supply Amazon and Barnes & Noble, among others - and have been showing off some of the tech they reckon will hold off rival panels like LCD, Pixel Qi and mirasol.  The Red Ferret Journal grabbed some eyes-on time with the new prototypes, including a monochrome panel with twice the contrast of current-gen e-ink screens.

Video demo after the cut

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Fujitsu demo color ereader prototype; launch in 2010

Fujitsu demo color ereader prototype; launch in 2010

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.

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Spring Design Alex ships today

Spring Design Alex ships today

If you eschewed Kindle, nook and iPad last month and instead slapped down your money for Spring Design's Alex dual-display ereader, then the good news is that your new toy is expected to ship out today.  Up for preorder since March 16th, the $399 Alex runs Android and - unlike the nook - allows for full internet access over its WiFi connection.  Spring Design have also confirmed that their international multi-language versions will be made official "shortly".

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