Netronix's FCC confidentiality agreement with the FCC has expired, and that means we get to see the WiFi-toting ereader first spotted back in early June. Although various model numbers are mentioned, most eye-catching is this, the booq WiFi, which obviously has wireless connectivity as well as an E Ink display.
Back in June, things got pretty exciting in the eReader market. There were price drops happening all over the place, especially as some major players in the market started showing off new hardware at cheaper price points. And then in July, Amazon managed to throw in a new model of the Kindle into the mix, and successfully kept both models under the $200 mark. But back in June, when the price wars were getting under way, a couple eReaders were left in the dust. Primarily, the Kobo eReader and the Aluratek Libre.
Even if tablets are seemingly the focus of the tech industry right now, and even if most of those tablets work just fine as eReaders in of themselves, that's not stopping the eReader market from pumping out more and more of the devices. And truth be told, there's nothing wrong with a specialized device -- not everyone wants all of their goodies in one package, so to speak. So here comes Sharper Image with their own version, dubbed the Literati.
When you stay at a major hotel now-a-days, you expect more than the normal amenities of yesteryear. In today's world, we expect new and shiny toys to keep us busy while we're in our rooms, or walking around the grounds. Those comfortable robes just don't cut it anymore. And if you're looking for a nice little treat, then maybe your next stay should be at a Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, as the lodging has just announced a partnership with the Canadian-based Kobo, as well as Random House to make sure that guests are well taken care of.
Well, here we are. At the end of the week, looking ahead to the weekend. Two days of good, old-fashioned relaxation. Unless you have to work. Then, well, ignore all of that. Either way though, welcome to tonight's edition of The Daily Slash. While we're not going to officially give it a nickname, but you could call tonight's Slash the Robot Night. In the Best of R3 Media, we've got an eReader app launching on Android, some miserable numbers for the Kin, and some good news for Motorola (maybe). And then, in the Dredge 'Net, we've got the Hyperion 4-legged robot, a super-device, and mini dancing robots.