TechHive: Reality Check: How E-Readers Can Fight to Stay Alive

TechHive: Reality Check: How E-Readers Can Fight to Stay Alive

The e-reader is one of those rare niche gadgets that can and should have a place in our tech lives.



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May 1, 2012

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble take on Amazon’s Kindle with $300m deal

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble take on Amazon's Kindle with $300m deal

Microsoft is investing $300m (£185m) in Barnes & Noble’s digital and university book business, giving the book shop chain’s e-reader Nook more firepower to fight competition from Amazon’s Kindle.

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April 30, 2012

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble Create E-Book Partnership

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble Create E-Book Partnership

Coming up first: A Metro-style Nook e-reader app for Windows 8 that will be available to U.S. and international users.



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April 30, 2012

Amazon Kindles ‘go unused’ after Christmas

Amazon Kindles 'go unused' after Christmas

Amazon’s Kindle e-reader was among the most popular gifts at Christmas, but many have gone unused, a survey has found.

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January 21, 2012

Barnes & Noble Nook Now Free — Sort Of

Barnes & Noble Nook Now Free -- Sort Of

Subscribe to the service, get the e-Reader essentially free; is this deal alluring enough to snag anyone? Please?



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January 12, 2012

Solar-powered Kindle cover dropping at CES


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With the first solar-powered Kindle cover debuting at CES this week, the “e” in e-reader could also stand for “eco-friendly.”

The SolarKindle cover allows you to read all the Al Gore and Bill McKibben titles you can download in the greenest manner imaginable–no trees ground into pulp for the pages, no coal burned in power plants to charge up your Kindle’s battery. In fact, the solar cover comes with a guarantee of three months of unplugged Kindle use under “normal sunlight environment”–I’m guessing that environment doesn’t include Seattle in winter.

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January 8, 2012

InnoTab Learning Tablet : Baby iPad?

InnoTab Learning Tablet : Baby iPad?

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As all parents know, since the day they’re born, our offspring want to play with our electronics.
Little ones are so clever, they often can’t be fooled with a “toy” phone, or plastic tablet.

Vtech recommends their new InnoTablet, a colorful version of Mommy’s iPad, for ages 4-9. I suggest age one, before they make a grab for our technology.

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November 17, 2011

PlayBook, TouchPad steal share from Android tablets

PlayBook, TouchPad steal share from Android tablets

Android’s recent success in the tablet market seems to have hit a minor roadblock, as increased competition from RIM’s PlayBook and now HP’s fire-saled TouchPad chip away at its slice of the pie. Apple seems unaffected for the time being, with its market share increasing quarter-to-quarter.

Apple took a 68.3 percent share in the second quarter, up about 3 percent from the previous period, according to research firm IDC. Android tablet share on the other hand dropped significantly, falling to 26.8 percent from 34 percent in the first quarter.

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September 15, 2011

ABBYY FineReader now supports popular e-reader formats

ABBYY FineReader now supports popular e-reader formats

Moscow-based optical character recognition specialist ABBYY has released a major new update of its renowned OCR application. ABBYY FineReader 11 Professional Edition, which allows users to convert images or scanned documents into editable text, boasts improved processing speeds of up to 45 per cent thanks to a new black and white processing mode.

Version 11 also adds an ebook creation tool and direct support for OpenOffice Writer, plus incorporates a tool to improve the bulk processing of documents while promising to improve the accuracy when scanning and formatting complex documents.

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September 3, 2011

Trash that rooted Nook Color, Lenovo A1 is cheapest brand name Android tablet

Trash that rooted Nook Color, Lenovo A1 is cheapest brand name Android tablet

Barnes and Noble’s Android-powered e-reader, Nook Color, gained considerable popularity in the Android community for being a relatively cheap device ($249) that could be rooted to become a full-fledged Android tablet that runs surprisingly well, considering the device’s somewhat limited 800MHz processor.

But today, Lenovo just completely smashed the Nook Color by revealing to the media at IFA Berlin the price for its baseline model IdeaPad A1 Android tablet will be just $199.

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September 1, 2011