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YotaPhone double-sided epaper smartphone arrives

YotaPhone double-sided epaper smartphone arrives

The dual-sided YotaPhone, which slaps a 4.3-inch E Ink display on the back of an Android smartphone, has gone on sale, with the ability to switch content between its double screens. Revealed at CES back in January, the YotaPhone is up for order now priced at €499 ($679) in Russia, Austria, France, Spain, and Germany, targeting frequent readers who want to prolong battery life by using the more frugal monochrome epaper panel on the back cover.

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Plastic Logic titillates travellers with always-accurate digital timetable

Plastic Logic titillates travellers with always-accurate digital timetable

Flexible display specialist Plastic Logic has cooked up a new, weatherproof and permanently-connected display that aims to keep public transport users up-to-date while remaining vandal resistant, as the company's technology gradually makes it out into the mainstream. The ZED (Zero Energy Display), produced in partnership with signage specialist SERELEC, is expected to show up at bus stops and tram stations in Q2 2013, pairing two 10.7-inch monochrome Plastic Logic panels into a display with clear outdoor visibility and super-frugal power consumption.

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E Ink grabs majority share in SiPix for e-paper dominance

E Ink grabs majority share in SiPix for e-paper dominance

E Ink is grabbing a majority share of fellow e-paper maker SiPix Technology, the company has confirmed, and aims to snatch up 100-percent of shares in a deal worth around $50m. The agreement, which his expected to be  finalized by the end of the year, is part of E Ink's aim to corner the e-paper market, and will see SiPix tech - including that of its SiPix Imagine subsidiary - integrated into future E Ink products.

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Plastic Logic color video-capable e-paper hands-on

Plastic Logic color video-capable e-paper hands-on

Plastic Logic revealed a big shift in strategy last month, pushing its own flexible plastic-based epaper displays for third-party products, and its new video-capable color panels are top of the agenda. SlashGear caught up with Plastic Logic at the company's Cambridge, UK, R&D center today to see one of the very first demonstrations of the new screen, a flexible panel that can support color video playback at up to 12fps. Read on for the video demo.

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Wexler launches Flex ONE as first flexible e-reader

Wexler launches Flex ONE as first flexible e-reader

LG's flexible ePaper technology has been in development since 2010 and now the first ebook reader to sport the screen has arrived. Designed by Moscow-based brand Wexler, the Flex One is not only the first flexible e-reader but also claims to be the lightest and thinnest e-reader in the world. It weighs only 110g or 3.9oz with a thickness of only 4mm or 0.16-inches. In contrast, a Kindle Touch weighs almost double at 213g or 7.5oz and is more than twice the thickness at 10mm or 0.4 inches.

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Plastic Logic quits ereaders and turns to tech licensing

Plastic Logic quits ereaders and turns to tech licensing

Plastic Logic may have demonstrated a flexible color epaper display earlier this week, but don't expect to see it show up in an own-brand ereader; the company has confirmed it is quitting the market. "Plastic Logic will cease its e-reader product development activities and focus on other applications for its flexible plastic displays" the company said today, instead going on to "actively develop licensing and technology partnerships to exploit its e-reader related capabilities in terms of rugged, plastic displays as well as driver and viewing optimisation software."

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Bridgestone exits e-paper business entirely

Bridgestone exits e-paper business entirely

This week the folks at Bridgestone have made it clear that they and their AeroBee technology will be out of the e-paper business inside the year. This news comes at a time when tablets appear very much to be dominating the market while e-readers in general are moving toward a more colorful future. Bridgestone will instead be focusing on its "core business" to provide "maximum value" to its shareholders as well as its customers for the near future.

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Plastic Logic color flexible e-paper revealed

Plastic Logic color flexible e-paper revealed

Plastic Logic has been running in quiet mode since their new funding and push for the education ereader market in 2011, but the company has a new color flexible e-paper panel with which to tease us this week. Using the same 10.7-inch plastic transistor technology as the company's previous monochrome panels, the new screen Plastic Logic has revealed can display 4,096 colors and runs at a comparatively low 75ppi.

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LG flexible epaper devices promised for April launch

LG flexible epaper devices promised for April launch

LG Display has launched a new, 6-inch flexible epaper display that the company expects to show up in bendable products by the beginning of next month. The panel, a 1024 x 768 monochrome sheet, can be bent up to 40-degrees without breaking; in addition, because LG Display has used a flexible plastic substrate rather than the more traditional glass, it's less than half the weight of a traditional epaper panel.

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Koobe Jin Yong eReader fourth to deliver Qualcomm’s mirasol

Koobe Jin Yong eReader fourth to deliver Qualcomm’s mirasol

Qualcomm's mirasol color e-paper technology has found its way into another device, the Koobe Jin Yong eReader, a 5.7-inch XGA slate targeting ebooks, digital comics, animated picture books and magazines. The Koobe model is the fourth to use Qualcomm's screen tech, and like models from Kyobo it runs a reskinned Android 2.3 on top of the chip company's 1GHz Snapdragon S2 processor.

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