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A Week with NOOKcolor: Reading (aka Core Apps)

A Week with NOOKcolor: Reading (aka Core Apps)

Welcome to the second installment in SlashGear's "A Week with" review session with NOOKcolor, a device which Barnes and Noble promises will be for customers the culmination of all their knowledge on how people interact with what they read. This device is a reader-centric tablet, made by the world's largest bookstore for the people who enjoy reading the most. Today's review session revolves around the way you the user will potentially interact with the reading materials you'll be using while utilizing NOOKcolor. As this device is aimed not at those who wish for an open Android tablet experience, this review will for the most part assume that the people who will buy this device are the same people Barnes and Noble intends to market to. On the other hand, I and we know there's a large population of tech-smart individuals out there who indent to try this device out as a hacked device. While I won't be hacking into this device for your pleasure, we will be keeping you in mind.

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Disposable E-Paper on the Prototype Tip

Disposable E-Paper on the Prototype Tip

So you're totally tired of all the old ways. Books? Useless. You're not into the whole "retro" thing, and you want people to know that you're on the cutting edge. The technology edge. So what do you think that heavenly next thing is? How about some disposable e-paper? University of Cincinnati electrical engineering professor Andrew Steckl decided he wanted that too. So what did he do? He demonstrated that electrowetting works on a paper substrate just as well as it does on glass. What's that mean? It means there's going to be some e-paper on paper.

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A Week with NOOKcolor: Hardware

A Week with NOOKcolor: Hardware

Welcome to a super amazing extended review of the brand-spanking-new NOOKcolor. Let me begin by assuring you that the name is "NOOKcolor" all one word rather than "Nook Color" as I'd originally assumed in posts of the past. Then, let me let you know that this is not the first multi-post review we've done of a bit of gear - search for the term "A Week with" - our most recent project being the HTC HD7. Now we move on to this NOOKcolor, Barnes and Noble's full-color eReader, on its way out on the delivery trucks as we speak, just in time for the holiday season. This first post we'll discuss a bit about the hardware - how the item feels, works, and functions in the real world.

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Conceptual Hybrid Display Phone Works with Both AMOLED and EInk

Conceptual Hybrid Display Phone Works with Both AMOLED and EInk

Oh conceptual design, how awesome thou art. This is the "Second Life Mobile Phone Concept" by Cho Sinhyung & Jeon Jungjae, a phone that employs both a lovely AMOLED screen in glorious full color when it's active, and an E-Ink display when it sits in standby mode. Juice saver deluxe! Furthermore, the degree of transparency in the screen shows the percentage of battery remaining. Fade away like you're Marty McFly. Futuristic.

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University of Cincinnati Researchers Create Zero Power Display

University of Cincinnati Researchers Create Zero Power Display

While companies try to figure out ways to pack in more pixels per inch, as well as deliver resolutions that make crystal clear images, there is still a strong push on the other side of the spectrum: offer up color and video, all with a low power consumption equivalent to e-ink. A group of researchers at the University of Cincinnati have unveiled a project seven years in the making, announcing the creation of a new electrofluidics display.

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Ectaco Jetbook Mini eReader Available for Pre-Order Now for $99

Ectaco Jetbook Mini eReader Available for Pre-Order Now for $99

When the story of the Ectaco Jetbook Mini eReader broke cover, we were pleasantly surprised by the mini eReader that managed to hide under our radar for so long. While the initial story didn't give us much in the details department, we did manage to catch it on video, and since then we've been waiting to see whether or not this little eReader makes it to the market. Today is the day for those looking to get their hands on an eReader, but want to pay even less than $139.

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Amazon’s Kindle Goes Head-to-Head With the iPad in New Ad [Video]

Amazon’s Kindle Goes Head-to-Head With the iPad in New Ad [Video]

With Amazon recently launching their brand new revision of the Kindle electronic reading device, we should have known they'd kick off a brand new marketing campaign in the process. While their previous commercials may have emphasized the fact you can take your reading anywhere, this new commercial manages to do the same, while still throwing a couple of punches right towards Apple's magical and revolutionary tablet device, the iPad. Trying to read the iPad in the sun may be a pain, but thanks to the Kindle's E-ink display, no worries there.

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Seiko E Ink Watch Due by End of 2010

Seiko E Ink Watch Due by End of 2010

There are plenty of design concepts out there, but it's not all that often that they get pulled out of the concept stage and put firmly into the retail market. When it comes to the Seiko-branded E Ink "active matrix" watch, it looks like good things do happen to those who wait. It's been confirmed that the watch is heading to retail shelves later this year.

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LG to Begin Manufacturing 9.7-inch Color, 19-inch Flexible E-paper Displays by End of Year

LG to Begin Manufacturing 9.7-inch Color, 19-inch Flexible E-paper Displays by End of Year

The market for displays is definitely a lot broader than it used to be. With LCD still primarily being used, some people just don't think it makes sense for some devices out there. For example, eReaders are still a specialized field that, for the most part, is overrun with devices that lack the LCD technology, and focus on displays that utilize e-ink.. LG has just made it known that they plan on bringing both color and flexible e-paper displays to the market by the end of this year.

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Huawei T62W eReader Sails Through FCC with Touchscreen, WiFi, and 3G in Tow

Huawei T62W eReader Sails Through FCC with Touchscreen, WiFi, and 3G in Tow

eReaders are all the rage, so it surprises not that a company such as Huawei would want to get into the fun, too. This new eReader, which is the first from the company, actually looks pretty nice in the whole aesthetics department, even if the white-on-gray-screen has been done once or twice before in the past. That aside, we could see this little guy finding its way into plenty of folks' hearts, especially with some of the features its packing.

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