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YotaPhone 2 enters the US via Indiegogo

YotaPhone 2 enters the US via Indiegogo

After months of waiting, years if you count the first YotaPhone, the two-faced, and we mean that kindly, smartphone is ready to enter the US market. But now, you won't be able to get the YotaPhone 2 off your favorite carrier or from a retailer. At least not yet. Russian company Yota is perhaps still testing the North American waters and will be coursing the dual display AMOLED and e-ink smartphone via an Indiegogo campaign instead. Which should probably give them a more or less accurate assessment for the YotaPhone 2's demand.

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popSlate Review – iPhone gets an E Ink case

popSlate Review – iPhone gets an E Ink case

The back of your iPhone is little more than an advert for Apple, so why not make it functional? As YotaPhone has demonstrated, there’s no shortage of things you can do when the back of your smartphone is a display as well, but tempting iPhone owners to cross the aisle to Android is a tough sell. Enter popSlate, a crowdfunded success story that embeds an E Ink screen into an iPhone case. It’s taken a little longer than planned to reach the market, so is it a case of too-little, too-late?

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YotaPhone 2 gets the teardown treatment at FCC

YotaPhone 2 gets the teardown treatment at FCC

The dual-screen e-ink toting YotaPhone has been one of the more interesting smartphones to enter our radars for the past two years. Happily, it is making its way to the US this time around. But, naturally, the YotaPhone 2 has to stop by the FCC first for certification. And quite surprisingly, the smartphone's filing has more information than FCC sightings usually yield, including some photos of the innards of the device, as well as the user manual that clues us in on how the smartphone's rather ingenious features are meant to work.

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YotaPhone 2 launches, available in Europe this week

YotaPhone 2 launches, available in Europe this week

Russian company Yota has finally taken off the veils from the second generation YotaPhone in two consecutive events in Moscow and London. The YotaPhone 2, one of the brighter stars in this year's CES and MWC expos, gives more class and more power to an already appealing concept. Aside from having a second screen driven entirely by e-ink technology, YotaPhone adds touch to that display, giving users practically two touch screens, switching between the two as the need arises and conserving power along the way.

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Sony tipped to be considering an “all e-ink” smartwatch

Sony tipped to be considering an “all e-ink” smartwatch

Smartwatches might be useful, at least to some, but their battery lives are nothing to write home about, given the available space you can cram a battery into. Some smartwatch makes, most notably Pebble, have opted to stay with the colorless but more power-efficient e-ink types of display. Based on an insider source, Sony might be eying something similar too, but with an intriguing twist. It won't just be the watch face that will be using e-ink, but the whole wrist band itself as well.

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Mirasol production doused as Qualcomm chases licensing instead

Mirasol production doused as Qualcomm chases licensing instead

Qualcomm has quietly confirmed that it is backing out of mirasol display production, instead looking to license the color e-paper technology amid struggles to mass-produce the screens. The news was announced by Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs as part of the company's financial results call last week, and described as being a strategy to "better align our updated roadmap with the addressable opportunities."

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Ricoh color e-paper display promises 2.5x brightness

Ricoh color e-paper display promises 2.5x brightness

Ricoh has revealed a new color e-paper technology that, the company reckons, offers 4x the color range of existing systems, along with 2.5x the white reflectivity brightness for cleaner text and images. On show at SID 2011 this week, the new display uses a lamination electrochromic method of production which forms separate cyan, magenta and yellow organic layers between two substrates.

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Qualcomm mirasol gets intelligent LED lighting; in ereaders this fall

Qualcomm mirasol gets intelligent LED lighting; in ereaders this fall

Adding illumination to e-paper screens seems pretty counter-intuitive - after all, what makes the display technology special is that it looks like paper and doesn't need backlighting - but that's just what Qualcomm has done with its latest mirasol prototype. It makes sense, too, The Digital Reader discovered when Qualcomm whipped out the ereader mock-up at CES On The Hill this week; rather than backlighting the display, the new mirasol model actually has an embedded front light.

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Apple hybrid e-paper/LCD display plans tipped in new patent application

Apple hybrid e-paper/LCD display plans tipped in new patent application

Talk of an e-paper based iPad has rumbled around since the reveal of the first-gen model, but so far Apple has proved unwilling to move beyond its multi-purpose IPS LCD display and consider either monochrome or color e-ink panels. According to a freshly published patent application by the company, however, they've at least given thought to the merits of electronic paper; in a submission titled "Systems and Methods for Switching Between an Electronic Paper Display and a Video Display" Apple describes a layered display sandwich which would combine traditional LCD and e-paper screens.

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Samsung’s Liquavista buy-out official: color video e-paper and more in pipeline

Samsung’s Liquavista buy-out official: color video e-paper and more in pipeline

Liquavista has confirmed that it has been acquired by Samsung, as was reported earlier this week, with the electrowetting display specialists now a fully-owned affiliate. According to Samsung's press release, it will use the electrowetting tech to produce devices - presumably including ereaders and tablets - that can support color video playback with e-paper displays. Meanwhile, future applications include transparent, transmissive and transflective displays.

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