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The Daily Slash: April 7th 2010

The Daily Slash: April 7th 2010

It's Wednesday. And interestingly enough, we're probably not the only ones considering today "the day before." The day before what? Well, it's the day before we get to fire up our legendary, homegrown liveblogging system again. We'll be at the iPhone OS 4.0 event, and hopefully you'll join us as we detail what's going down with the latest software update from Cupertino. Until then, we've got tonight's Daily Slash. As we go forth, we'll look into the best of the best in the R3 Media's network. And in the dredge net, we've got the most notorious eReader rumored to make a retail appearance soon, and we have Nintendo telling the world that the iPad isn't for gaming. Then we've got lightsabers that will save your from the dark. And finally, a cellphone that goes way out of its way to be ridiculous.

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Kindle for iPad & tablets detailed: screenshots, animated wallpaper, more

Kindle for iPad & tablets detailed: screenshots, animated wallpaper, more

Amazon have released early details of their upcoming Kindle app for tablets, which the bookseller is also hoping will see duty on the Apple iPad.  Screenshots of the app have been posted on the company's site, and they've apparently been demonstrating it to the NYT.  According to their report, Amazon have looked to make the Kindle experience more playful than on their standalone readers, taking advantage of the color display to add animated wallpapers and adjustable background colors.

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Color E Ink displays demonstrated to Amazon and B&N

Color E Ink displays demonstrated to Amazon and B&N

E Ink-owning heavyweight PVI have apparently been showing off their latest color ereader display prototypes to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, in both 6-inch and 9.7-inch sizes, ahead of mass production in Q4 2010.  The news follows earlier comments from PVI's VP of marketing that color E Ink devices would begin shipping in Q1 2011.

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Barnes & Noble eReader for iPad promised, but will Apple approve?

Barnes & Noble eReader for iPad promised, but will Apple approve?

Apple have made no secret of the fact that they're positioning the iPad as an ideal ebook reader device, but if Barnes & Noble have their way - and if they can navigate the App Store guardians - iBooks won't be the only way to buy ebooks on the tablet.  According to the retailer's blog, a version of their free B&N eReader app - already available for the iPhone and iPod touch - is in development for the iPad, and B&N expect it to be ready at roughly the same time as the iPad itself.

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Samsung eReader Partners With Barnes and Noble, Has EmoLink

Samsung eReader Partners With Barnes and Noble, Has EmoLink

This isn't the first time we've heard about Samsung's eReader. It's one of those pieces of technology that looks just as good as it's supposed to perform, and it certainly catches our eye. The sliding function might be a bit too much for some people, but we can't help but be attracted to it. It's different, is what it is. Samsung wants you to know that their eReader is coming, and it's changed in one major way.

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B&N nook in-store availability this week; “More In Store” content launching

Now that the nook firmware v1.2 is out, Barnes & Noble’s ebook reader is a whole lot more tempting.  So it’s a good thing that, starting this week, the retailer is aiming to get stock of the nook into all its bricks and mortar stores; B&N tell us that as of mid-week, the majority of stores will have the nook in.

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Barnes & Noble nook v1.2 firmware out: “noticeably faster”

An over-the-air update for the Barnes & Noble nook has begun to go out today, and according to at least one user with the updated firmware it leaves the ebook reader “noticeably faster” at loading pages, while the touchscreen interface “seems more responsive”.  nook firmware v1.2 also improves the general UI of the ereader, with clearer indications as to which ebooks can be lent to others, and more ways to sort side-loaded documents.

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Plastic Logic QUE official: wireless downloads, truVue e-magazines

Plastic Logic QUE official: wireless downloads, truVue e-magazines

Plastic Logic have officially unveiled their QUE ereader, and as expected they're heavily pushing their innovative touchscreen technology and flexible plastic e-paper.  In fact the QUE is not solely being positioned as an ebook reader; Plastic Logic have also given it email and calendar support, together with Outlook sync, and rather than clutter the all-plastic bezel with hardware controls the UI is 99-percent touch and gesture based.

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B&N nook preorders shipping in time for Christmas; new software root discovered

Barnes & Noble have been in touch to confirm that everybody who preordered a nook and was given a pre-Christmas shipping date will, indeed, get their new ebook reader in time for Christmas.  Meanwhile ongoing demand for the dual-display device means that the second batch of units won’t actually begin shipping until February 1st 2010.

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Nook 1.1-update enables connection to Barnes & Noble stores and performance improvements

Nook 1.1-update enables connection to Barnes & Noble stores and performance improvements

If you’ve been waiting to connect your Nook to Barnes & Noble wireless so that you can enjoy all the free browsing along with exclusive content and promotions – you can now do so after a quick over the air update with version 1.1 software. The update should also improve on core speed and performance improvements.

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Barnes & Noble nook gets working browser

Barnes & Noble nook gets working browser

The Barnes & Noble nook continues to show its true colors as a curiously hackable platform rather than a mundane ebook reader, with the artful nookDevs team now having unlocked browser functionality.  The hack follows on from Pandora streaming radio, which was added to the nook yesterday, and has allowed the nookDevs team to use Twitter, access Facebook and look at other sites.

Navigation is handled by the touchscreen, with the webpage content shown on the larger E Ink panel.  Since the nook has both WiFi and 3G, it's possible to browse even outside of your regular WiFi networks; however we imagine AT&T, who Barnes & Noble partnered with to provide the cellular coverage, won't be too pleased if nook owners begin hammering their data network.

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Barnes & Noble nook cracked open, rooted

Barnes & Noble nook cracked open, rooted

The lure of Android has brought hackers to the Barnes & Noble nook like piranhas to still-kicking meat, and it turns out there's plenty of intrigue inside the ebook reader.  Over at nookDevs they've not only stripped the device to its bare circuitboards, they've also managed to root it.

Points of note include Android seemingly being loaded onto a 2GB internal microSD card - potentially a cause of sluggish OS performance - and a Samsung S3C6410 processor that's actually capable of OpenGL ES 1.1/ 2.0 among other things.  The Android install itself, meanwhile, is a generic OS 1.5 build with some B&N customization on top

What should be interesting is how the nook gets hacked, especially given the interesting hardware.  The nookDevs contributors have already figured out a way to spoof the DNS and feed content to the nook as if it came from B&N.

[via odobooks and via Twitter]