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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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Samsung ElectroWetting tech destroys e-ink in 2013

Samsung ElectroWetting tech destroys e-ink in 2013

It's been announced this week by Samsung LCD Netherlands R & D Center (SNRC)'s Johan Feenstra that the company will begin mass production of their own next generation e-reader displays starting in 2013. Through the company that Samsung purchased specifically to make their own company bring such technology to the market, we've already had a glimpse of what was once just known as Liquavista's ElectroWetting display. This new-world e-reader-bound technology is able to not only display text and black and white images with great success and next to no power consumed, it's able to play videos and flip through pages of content without the relatively massive refresh time an e-ink display still does today.

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Rumors hint at Windows 8 eReaders

Rumors hint at Windows 8 eReaders

Microsoft has made no secret about its plans for a single unified ecosystem for multiple platforms using its operating system. In years past, there were multiple versions of Windows depending on the market served. It easy enough for us all to picture Windows 8 running on desktops, laptops, and tablets. It takes a bit more imagination to see Windows 8 operating on other devices such as smartphones, eReaders, and smart TVs.

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FAA reconsiders ban on passenger electronics

FAA reconsiders ban on passenger electronics

Anyone who has flown knows the drill, while the Aircraft is loading, and you sit in your seat waiting to take off, you're welcome to use most electronic devices. However, once the plane is ready to roll away from the terminal the flight attendants start telling people to turn off their electronic devices. Once the aircraft reaches cruising altitude, people can again use some electronic devices. However, the FAA has already cleared the iPad to be used by pilots in the cockpit during all phases of flight.

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NOOK Tablet 8GB official for $199

NOOK Tablet 8GB official for $199

Barnes & Noble has officially confirmed the new NOOK Tablet 8GB, a $199 version of the existing NOOK Tablet that brings the 7-inch ereader-slate down to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire. Meanwhile, the ebook retailer has also slashed the price of the NOOK Color, bringing it down to $169. The new NOOK Tablet 8GB has the same 1GHz dual-core processor of the original, together with a battery rated for 11.5hrs of ebook reading.

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Cheaper NOOK Tablet 8GB tipped for Wednesday

Cheaper NOOK Tablet 8GB tipped for Wednesday

Barnes & Noble is reportedly readying a cheaper version of its NOOK Tablet for launch this week, with the 7-inch ereader/slate dropping onboard storage so as to shave away at its price. The new 8GB variant will be officially unveiled on Wednesday, February 22, according to internal Walmart documentation shared with The Verge, though there's no indication of quite how much cheaper than the existing $249 NOOK Tablet the new entry-level version will be.

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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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New Nook Reader Tipped for Spring

New Nook Reader Tipped for Spring

The New York Times tipped that a new eReader from Barnes & Noble is currently in the midst of getting its final touches. The new eReader from Barnes & Noble will be the fifth in its line of digital reading devices called the Nook. The details of the eReader are scant, but what we do know is that it is set to launch sometime this spring.

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Qualcomm acquires Pixtronix for future Mirasol display tech

Qualcomm acquires Pixtronix for future Mirasol display tech

There's been a purchase, according to reports, by Qualcomm of a group by the name of Pixtronix, known for their PerfectLight displays using MEMS-based digital micro shutters for modulation of RGB LED backlight. What that means in slightly less wordy terms is that the displays we saw at CES with the name Mirasol attached to them will be markedly improved in the near future. If all goes well, this improved technology should be hitting the market inside 2012 or at the start of 2013 at the latest.

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Tablet and eReader ownership surged over 2011 holidays

Tablet and eReader ownership surged over 2011 holidays

Tablet and ereader market share in the US almost doubled after strong holiday 2011 sales, new research suggests, with 19-percent of adults now owning at least one of the devices. Lowered cost of dedicated ereaders contributed to the increased demand, Pew Research claims, while low-cost tablets such as the NOOK Tablet decreased the cost of entry to slates and helped drive demand for Android models.

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