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iPad Mini still missing the killer context

iPad Mini still missing the killer context

Apple's iPad Mini plans are, if the leaks are anything to go by, shaping up for a launch later in 2012, but hardware is only half the story: Apple needs a solid context with which to frame its smaller slate. One of the company's most significant strengths is not only launching new devices, but telling us why we should want them and how they're "perfect" for our lives. However, with Steve Jobs' scathing comments about "tweener" tablets still ringing strong, how will Apple sell us that this is a sensible inevitability not a blushing backtrack?

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Sony PRS-T2 eReader spotted at FCC

Sony PRS-T2 eReader spotted at FCC

It’s been awhile since Sony released its last eReader, but a new arrival at the FCC may signal the company’s return to the family of devices. The PRS-T2 eReader appeared in the FCC database on Sunday night, although there isn’t anything terribly exciting to go off from the image as most of the information is restricted until September 29th. The design looks to be similar to the PRS-T1, however, and WiFi b/g/n is onboard.

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Barnes & Noble NOOK sales slump; pins hopes on GlowLight

Barnes & Noble NOOK sales slump; pins hopes on GlowLight

Barnes & Noble has reported its fiscal 2012 financial results, and it's bad news for NOOK as revenues from the digital ereader hardware business slump. While digital content sales grew year-on-year, up 65-percent for the most recent quarter, revenue from hardware sales dipped more than 10-percent. B&N says NOOK business sales overall were up in 2012 as a whole, but Q4 performance dived as retailers struggled to shift the ereaders.

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Kobo Vox adds Google Play support

Kobo Vox adds Google Play support

You may remember the name "Kobo" as the Borders equivalent of Barnes & Noble's Nook. But it wasn't actually a Borders-owned entity. Kobo has always been its own independent company, and it is trying to find a voice now that its strongest retail partner is gone. So it has entered the world of e-readers that are trying to function more like Android tablets than dedicated digital book machines.

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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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SlashGear Mother’s Day 2012 Guide to Gadget Gifts!

SlashGear Mother’s Day 2012 Guide to Gadget Gifts!

It's almost Mother's Day, and so we've taken a look through the products we've most loved over the past few months and have put together a guide for what'll work best for you to give your mom this weekend! It's just that simple, folks, and it's time to get on board with electronics for moms. We'll move through a few different categories and, by the end of the guide, you'll know exactly what Mom will want most - or what'll be best to get her, at least!

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Target drops eReaders left and right

Target drops eReaders left and right

This week we're to understand per an announcement from Target themselves that they'll begin dropping ereaders from their stock starting this spring. The first of these will be the Kindle with the rest of the ereader line Target carries likely to follow. The motivation for this dropping could be one of three things, two of them being big-name brands you've certainly heard of Target tying with before.

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Microsoft: No NOOK Windows 8 tablets… yet

Microsoft: No NOOK Windows 8 tablets… yet

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble may have co-launched a digital NOOK business together, but the two firms say it's still too soon for talk of Windows 8 on NOOK-branded tablets. Speaking on an investor call about the deal, Microsoft's Andy Lees said neither company would be talking product roadmaps today, and pointed out that Microsoft has not done a teardown on the NOOK devices to see where they are in terms of Windows 8 requirements.

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NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight Review

NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight Review

Bedtime reading with an e-paper based ereader has always been something of a throwback: either you leave the lights on, or you clip on a retro-style book light. The alternative until now has been a tablet, though many find that the same bright backlighting which makes screens look great for games, videos and browsing, doesn't work so well for casual reading. Into the fray steps Barnes & Noble with the NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight, an updated version of the original Simple Touch ereader that pairs e-paper with a special frontlight system. Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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