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IAC & Netronix E-Book readers: touchscreens, WiMAX, EVDO & HSPA

IAC & Netronix E-Book readers: touchscreens, WiMAX, EVDO & HSPA

The Amazon Kindle may be sitting pretty as the best-known ebook reader out there right now, but all that could change if some of the new breed of e-ink devices have their way.  Computex 2009 has seen a few new designs introduced, often packing various wireless technologies and/or touchscreens.  IAC stacks up the wireless, with WiMAX, EVDO and WiFi, while Netronix has been showing multiple sizes from 6-inches through to 9.7-inches.

Video demos after the cut

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iRex promise color ebook reader in 2011: 3x brighter than rivals

E-reader manufacturer iRex have announced [pdf link] that they intend to have a color, writable ebook reader on the market by 2011.  The device, which is currently unnamed, will use a system of  subtractive color mixing which, according to iRex, results in three times the brightness of existing additive color electrophoretic displays. 

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Pixel Qi 3Qi prototype gets video demo

Pixel Qi 3Qi prototype gets video demo

It may look like a slightly washed-out standard netbook screen, but this is actually one of Pixel Qi's amazing 3Qi indoor/outdoor/e-ink panel prototypes being shown at Computex.  As well as being usable as a standard LCD display, the 3Qi panel can be flipped into a monochrome e-ink mode that's incredibly power-frugal and very easy to read even in direct sunlight.

Video demo after the cut

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Amazon Kindle DX shipping June 10th: first come, first served

Amazon have confirmed that the Kindle DX ebook reader will begin shipping on June 10th.  Available to preorder since its announcement back in May, the Kindle DX features a larger, 9.7-inch E Ink display than the Kindle 2, and retails for $489.

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Kindle e-paper makers PVI buy E Ink for $215m

E Ink, the e-paper specialists behind the displays used in Amazon’s Kindle ebook reader, Sony’s Reader, the keyboard of the Samsung Alias 2 cellphone and various other devices, has been acquired by Prime View International (PVI).  The deal, which valued E Ink at $215m, sees the e-paper IP and technology specialists now combined with the manufacturers of the panels themselves.

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Color Kindle won’t launch for “multiple years”

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has suggested that a color Kindle will not reach the market for “multiple years”.  Speaking at the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting this week, Bezos told investors that he has “seen the color displays in the laboratory” but that they are “not ready for prime time”.  The CEO also suggested that sales figures of the Kindle ebook reader will never be officially released.

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Pixel Qi demo 3Qi indoor/outdoor/e-ink netbook display

Pixel Qi demo 3Qi indoor/outdoor/e-ink netbook display

Pixel Qi have finally demonstrated their clever 3Qi screen, which mixes together indoor and outdoor readability together with an e-paper mode.  The same panel is used in both halves of this picture: on the left, it's set to full color saturation with its backlight on, while on the right the backlight is off and the panel is in e-paper mode.  The latter will be incredibly power-frugal, as e-paper only draws power when changing the display, not to maintain an image.

After the cut, outdoor readability demonstrated

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Plastic Logic e-reader gets 3G, new UI [Video]

Plastic Logic e-reader gets 3G, new UI [Video]

Plastic Logic brought along their latest e-reader prototype to the D7 conference, and they've spilled a few more details ahead of the E Ink slate's 2010 launch.  The touchscreen device now has an on-screen QWERTY keyboard and a pop-up toolbar with navigation options; there's also confirmed WiFi and 3G data.

Video demo after the cut

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Phosphor release new E Ink watches

Phosphor release new E Ink watches

It's been almost 18 months since Phosphor launched their first E Ink watch, and since then the technology has grown in public awareness - thanks in no small part by the Amazon Kindle - to the point where people might actually know what you're talking about when you gesture wildly at your new watch.  Phosphor have returned with two fresh models, the Digital Hour (left) and Calendar (right).

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BeBook Mini & BeBook 2 with 3G get video demo

BeBook Mini & BeBook 2 with 3G get video demo

The BeBook Mini 5-inch ebook reader has been caught on video in an interview with the company's CEO, together with the BeBook 2.  As well as the smaller E Ink device, the 3G connectivity in the upcoming BeBook 2 was discussed; the company is apparently in negotiations with European carriers, and is expecting to offer the device in France and Germany with inclusive 3G connectivity (as with the Amazon Kindle in the US).

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Verizon Samsung Alias 2 on sale: $79.99

Verizon Samsung Alias 2 on sale: $79.99

Verizon Wireless have launched the Samsung Alias 2, the distinctive dual-hinged clamshell with an E Ink QWERTY keyboard.  Available now priced at $79.99 after an $50 online discount, the Alias 2 has a 2.6-inch QVGA display, 2-megapixel camera and Bluetooth, including support for the stereo headset profile.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 19 2009

We’ve had some much-anticipated and long-awaited gadgets land at SlashGear this week, so we’ve gone overboard with unboxing videos and hands-on galleries.  The Verizon MiFi 2200 only had its official announcement earlier this week, but we’ve been waiting for the Novatel EVDO-hotspot for so long you must forgive us some excitement.  Meanwhile the Vodafone HTC Magic has the honor of being only the second Android phone to the market, while the Tonium Pacemaker manages to offer something unique in a sea of PMPs.

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