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    NOOK Color 1.2 Update Includes E-Mail, Flash Support and 125 Apps

    This morning, the NOOK Color’s software was finally updated with a slew of new features, courtesy of the 1.2 update. To sum up, the 1.2 update more or less helps unleash the NOOK Color’s potential to become a full-fledged tablet. The 1.2 update includes several new enhancements, including a fully functioning email client, support for […]

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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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    iRiver Unveils the Highest Resolution E-Reader in the World

    For you ebook readers who can’t turn the pages fast enough, iRiver unveiled the world’s first 6” XGA (768×1024) eBook reader with 63.8% more pixels and faster page turns than the competition. This LG and iRiver collaboration guarantees “high performance with an advanced i.MX508 eReader applications processor from Freescale Semiconductor based on ARM Cortex technology […]

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    iArm Provides Users with a Third Arm to Hold Their iPad or eReader

    The iArm could be the best Apple accessory to date because this forearm mount provides you with, well, an extra arm. It attaches to iPads, tablet PCs, eReaders, cell phones, and more. Weighing just 4.5 lbs. and being fully adjustable, the iArm lets you take your favorite gadget with you, and with the optional “multi-mount,” […]