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    iPad App of the Week: Pholium Creates eBooks Out of Your Photos

    Pholium is a new iPad app that helps users to create and share eBooks using the photos stored on their iPads. In the gallery, users can import pictures stored on their iPad, except for unprocessed RAW images. Images can be stacked, and brightness, contrast, and exposure settings can be adjusted. There are also some basic […]

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    The Ectaco jetBook Oxford+ educational eReader

    I’ve always thought that the natural place for eBook readers resides in schools, if only to prevent kids from the terrible backache caused by heavy backpacks. Ectaco have just announced an eReader especially for schoolchildren, the jetBook Oxford+ / jetBook K-12 (they don’t seem to have made up their mind on the title). What immediately strikes you about this is the design- it comes in its own stand with penholders and the Ectaco C Pen arranged to its side. It’s quite an eye-catching design, and the finish is ruggedized, to cope with all those knocks and bumps in the playground.

    The jetBook Oxford + comes preinstalled with a selection of books from the reading lists of states countrywide and has a 5 inch TFT screen, is 15mm thick and weighs in at 220g. It has been designed with the education system in mind, and this is evident from the number of thoughtful features included in the device. The included Ectaco C=Pen allows you to scan printed text and upload it to the eReader, which will enable students to put the majority of work they get given on their device, and get rid of all those ‘the dog ate my homework’ excuses.

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    Hands on with the Hanvon eInk colour Ebook reader

    For years the debate has raged- do you opt for the pretty (but tiring on the eyes) LCD eReader for eBooks, or do you go for the drabber but infinitely better eInk screen, which lacks colours. That choice just got easier with news of the Hanvon eBook reader which uses eInk AND has a colour screen. How does it achieve this? Very simply, actually- it simply uses a colour filter to display 4096 colours. They did look rather muted on the devices we got to play with, but we were told they can look brighter with different PDF’s.

    Hanvon hope that this option will change the way people choose which eReader to buy, as their reader will offer colour in combination with the 30+ days of battery time associated with most eInk readers.

    The eReader will play most common formats, including ePub, TXT and PDF files and will also display JPG’s. It features integrated WiFi to allow you to download easily from their eBook store, and their are plans for a 3G model in the works.

    The screen is 9.7 inches and has a digitizer touchscreen, and you can use your hands or the included stylus to flick through pages or surf. There’s seems to be quite a lag on the page turns however- we were quoted 2 seconds- which seems a long time to refresh, but hopefully this will be improved on. There’s an SD card slot so you can expand the memory, and a 3.5mm jack, as the reader can also handle audio.

    It comes preinstalled with a selection of games and books, and feels rather nice in the hand- substantial, but not too weighty.

    A release date has yet to be confirmed, but it will be on sale for approximately $500 from, Hanvon in China later this year.

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    EFun add two Android tablets to their Nextbook lineup

    Efun demonstrates that tablets are their preferred medium by adding two more to this year’s CES 2011 line-up. Their new tablets are both Android based and feature capacitive touchscreens for ease of use. The tablets on offer are the 10.1 inch High Definition Next4 and the 7 inch Next6. The former runs off Android 2.2 whilst the latter uses Android 2.1.

    What’s interesting about these is that they are trying to juggle both the tablet world and make dents into the growing eBook marketplace, as the tablets both come equipped with built in Wi-Fi and the Borders eBook store app. The Next4 features 8GB of flash memory whilst the Next6 has 4GB and they’re both expandable via an SD card slot. They come preloaded with 25 eBooks (most likely classics out of copyright) and feature Wi-Fi for streaming content. The tablet has multiple uses, as not only does it allow you to stream and browse the web, but it also acts as an alarm clock, weather station and photo viewer.

    Both devices feature built in speakers and a G sensor which acts as an accelerometer, adjusting the screen when you turn it.

    The new Next tablets will be available in Q2 of 2011, the Next4 for $349.99 for the Next6 for $269.99 from NextBook USA.

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    Mustek MER-6T is Yet another Black and White eBook Reader

    The Mustek MER-6T is yet another eBook reader for the masses. It’s not color, but it manages to sport a decent 800×600 resolution. The device has support for most popular eBook formats, including PDF (Free/DRM), ePub (Free/DRM), TXT, RTF, FB2, PRC,/MOBI, and HTML. It also has a built-in 2GB memory that will hold 1600 books, […]

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    Vivienne Tam’s Fall 2009 Collection Preview – Updated

    We might not be a fashion blog, but we enjoyed attending Vivienne Tam’s (Fashion Week) Fall 2009 Collection Preview tonight in New York. So what was Chip Chick doing at a fashion show you ask? HP brought together a group of women bloggers (and some guys too!) to come and experience Vivienne’s signature style in […]

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    Comic-Con ’09 – Great Costumes, Cool Software, No Gadgets

    We headed over to this weekend’s Comic-Con ’09 at the Javitz Center in New York, in search of some gadgetry. Unfortunately we were rather disappointed by the gadget turn out, granted it is a convention centered on Comics, Manga and other geeky stuff – But we figured we’d find something tech-worthy. Regardless, we can’t help […]

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    Wicked Lasers Executive Series Nexus Laser Pointer Review

    Being the technology loving connoisseur that I am, I never knew a subculture existed for laser pointers and the people that use them! I mean, I can vaguely remember attending my share of conferences, where the person giving the presentation used a laser pointer. Suffice it to say, the only thing that kept my attention […]

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    SpaceNavigator for Notebooks Review

    It is a pretty well known fact that the typical optical mouse can be a trying to work with in 3D environments. You just don’t have that much flexibility to rotate items or pan smoothly. Especially when it comes to being on the road and you only have your dedicated laptop trackpad, it can be […]

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    Spi Inc’s Pink Accessories Galore

    Spi Inc. is not a counter intelligence subsidiary as you may guess from the name. Rather, it is a female owned business whose products appear in many major US stores such as Sharper Image, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Neiman Marcus. Rocking their girl power, is a new line of pink ipod accessories. There are […]

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    Kensington Notebook Stand with USB 2.0 Review

    I enjoy the convenience of using a laptop computer; from composing this story from the confines of my sofa or surfing the web, a laptop computer gives you the choice of complete portability. However, there are times that I wish my laptop PC had the functionality of a full sized workstation PC. I found Kensington’s […]

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    BuiltNY Laptop Portfolio, Sleeve and Electronics Pocket Review

    Do you consider yourself fashionable but hip? If so, check out BuiltNY’s line of bags for laptops and other electronics. We got our hands on some of their bags including their Laptop Portfolio, Laptop Sleeve and their Electric Pockets. BuiltNY’s signature style includes a unique bone shape that shows up in both their sleeve and […]