If Air Display for the iPad caught your fancy but you have a Kindle DX rather than Apple's tablet, how about turning that E Ink ereader into a secondary screen instead. Arguably a whole lot less practical for general use, the nonetheless clever hack detailed by TinyApps involves jailbreaking the Kindle DX and then using a VNC viewer to set it up as a remote screen for your Mac.
While Kindles have been enjoyed in Best Buys for a little while now, an official announcement at the end of August confirmed that the prodigal eReading device from Amazon would be making an appearance in Staples locations nation wide some time in the Fall. And now that Fall is officially upon us, an official date has been finally figured out. And for those waiting to check out the device in Staples stores, you won't have to wait much longer.
Amazon's Kindle software just got updated on the Android platform, bringing with it plenty of new features, and now the hardware version is getting something special, too: it's first paid app from a third-party publisher. It comes from EA, and it's something you might have heard of before. A little thing called Scrabble. The application is available right now for the third and second generation Kindles, as well as all generations of the Kindle DX.
Although Target had a good run to be the only brick-and-mortar retail location to sell Amazon's top-selling Kindle device, it looks like they don't have much longer to shine in the limelight. According to a new announcement from Staples, the nation wide retailer is about ready to start selling the eReader device. And, not just the Kindle, either, but all three of the available models.
Amazon's second-generation Kindle DX is already shipping out to buyers, and one of the first is Lisa over at MobileTechReview. She's put up a video review of the new e-reader, and first impressions are that there's not much change from the outgoing model; however, a side-by-side photo on Flickr shows just how much difference there is between the two E Ink displays.
Video review and close-up display comparison after the cut
Happy Fourth of July to readers in the US and welcome to another Week in Review! Apple announced on Monday that it had sold a whopping 1.7 million iPhone 4 smartphones in three days. I knew they would sell a lot of the things, but didn’t think it would be that many. Monday we posted up our review of the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. We liked the device, but it had some occasional issues with CPU lag to sour the overall enjoyment somewhat.
E Ink has announced its next generation of ereader display, Pearl, and while the press release doesn't spell it out in so many words, the claim that the contrast is around 50-percent greater than the previous generation leads us to suspect this is the screen technology in the new Amazon Kindle DX. According to E Ink - formerly known as PVI -Pearl is now the whitest reflective display in the industry and even more like regular printed paper.
After the price-spat with Barnes & Noble saw Amazon's Kindle drop to just $189, the larger Kindle DX was beginning to look a tad ridiculous up at $489. Now Amazon have unveiled an updated Kindle DX, with a lower $379 sticker price and a 9.7-inch E Ink display that, they claim, offers 50-percent better contrast than its first-gen predecessor.
For US owners of the Amazon Kindle, the update to 2.5 has been a very unique one. While it showed up on a Kindle DX for one lucky customer, so far reports haven't been all that "standard" for people with the Kindle waiting to get updated to the latest firmware. Of course, we're sure it's out there, somewhere. Making a few people happy. And while this download link has been available for a little while now, we wanted to go ahead and bring it to our international readers out there, that if you've got the right model of Kindle, you can manually update your eReader to the latest firmware.
Amazon's Kindle 2.5 firmware update is finally filtering out into the wild, with at least one unit - a Kindle DX - getting the new software. Engadget reader Andreas is the lucky owner; his device can now share passages with social networks like Facebook and Twitter, as well as have multiple ebooks organised into various Collections.
Amazon have announced a new firmware build for their Kindle ereader, currently in private beta, which adds social network sharing, improved ebook organisation tools and more. Kindle Version 2.5 will be released for both the Kindle and larger Kindle DX models in late May 2010; one of the headline features is the ability to share book passages on Facebook and Twitter directly from the Kindle itself.