Can Ectaco’s jetBook Mini compete with Amazon’s Kindle?
Oct23

Can Ectaco’s jetBook Mini compete with Amazon’s Kindle?

If you wish to pacify your fiancé with an economical gift or present your globe-trotter friend with a pocketable device then you just need to shell out around $100, and beam over “Thanks”. Ectaco has introduced the lightest ever eBook reader jetBook Mini for those who want to stay and travel light. Some of its enticing features make you believe that this new entry into the eBook readers’ market is “the thing”, but what has kept Kindle at the top of the charts is its crisp e-Ink display. Ectaco is lightest and cheapest with a  long battery life! Now, this is not all that Ectaco’s invention is all about, but it definitely highlights what Kindle is not. This new device can be easily obtained by anybody, even those who love reading only while traveling. The price has been kept low for this e-Reader to reach the maximum number of people. It weighs just 5.7 ounce, thus you can travel pretty light and easy. The best part is that if you are on a very short trip then you need not care about your jetBook going blank as it provides you with 90 hours of non-stop reading. You just need to use four AAA Energizer batteries to charge it up. Some more tempting features: Ectaco’s jetBook Mini sports a 5inch reflective TFT display. Being an LCD screen page turn is faster compared to e-Ink displays, proclaims the official website. We all know the benefits of e-Ink display that it is best to read it in bright sunlight, and doesn’t strain your eyes. The most promising feature is that of “all-way reading”, wherein this mini e-Reader allows you to read in all 4 different directions. Now, even if you are a leftie you can operate the device without any trouble at all. The Ectaco’s e-Reader has a microSD card slot which can be used to expand the memory up to 2GB. This ultra portable eBook reader supports file formats like MOBI, ePub, HTML, PRC, and PDF among others, and provides you with the multi-language interface option too. It also has a built-in clock, and it provides you with ample options for line spacing, changing font size and line breaks. Ectaco’s jetBook Mini packs in all the notable features in its light and slim design. The doubts although still prevail over its ability to usurp Kindle’s popularity and majorly the display features. It will be interesting to see this market getting hot with new introductions and innovations in the...

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Seiko Active Matrix EPD watch-change your taste to digital E-Ink watches
Oct05

Seiko Active Matrix EPD watch-change your taste to digital E-Ink watches

Yes, you read that correct. The E-Ink technology is no more limited to e-Book Readers like Kindle, but experimental heads like Seiko are going beyond the’ impossible’. It is not the first time that Seiko has launched an E-Ink watch, but this time by implementing advanced technology the concept watch, Seiko Active Matrix EPD, is all set to reach the retail outlets. How does it work? Seiko has successfully integrated the high resolution active matrix E-Ink screen technology in its watch. Following are the three highlights of its efficient functioning: Great display: This non-analog quartz timepiece doesn’t have a name yet, but the term EPD in its present name stands for “Electrophoretic Display”. It is the preferred method of using E-Ink technology. You are gifted with an easy-to-read screen with a clear display. Battery not required: The active matrix display in the Seiko EPD watch allows the screen to refresh itself “actively”. This facilitates in displaying information on the screen without draining the battery. If you change the display it is then that the battery is used. Moreover, this exquisite digital watch is powered through a solar cell! Always accurate time: Seiko Active Matrix EPD watch is radio controlled. It receives local time from the nearest atomic clock. Accurate time is guaranteed for you if you select Seiko’s watch over the analog one. Features Check out these amazing features of Seiko E-Ink timepiece: LED light to see the screen in the dark Power reserve of 9 months and 41 months when in ‘sleep’ mode Perpetual calendar with year, month, date and day of week Dual time function Alarm settings World time in 32 cities Sound demonstration function Battery level indicator Overcharge prevention function If you are a wrist watch connoisseur and love collecting timepieces then you can’t escape Seiko’s trap. If you desire to wear a digital watch with retro looks, yet innovative at technology then be on alert for the grand launch of Seiko Active Matrix EPD watch. It is not going to be highly priced and the year end is round the corner when the E-Ink watch will hit the...

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BlackBerry PlayBook – Ready To Beat iPad?
Sep29

BlackBerry PlayBook – Ready To Beat iPad?

Well, compare some specs, and it would seem so! RIM has declared an open war. If you are still clueless then just think. To begin with, when some big-shots start flooding the market with a similar product with some tweaks here-n-there then what happens. Yes, healthy competition increases, and we as customers get the best of the lot. I am talking about the world of tablets. Market is already witnessing sparks flying rave with the announcement of BlackBerry PlayBook tablet by RIM, and more so, as Apple’s iPad is going to face a tough call. Smaller Screen Increases Portability Are you already comparing iPad with PlayBook. Anyway, just check out the following details: RIM’s new gadget measures 5.1”x7.6”x0.4” and weighs less than a pound which is much lighter and slimmer than iPad. The 7” LCD (iPad has 9.7” display) is a WSVGA capacitive multi-touch screen with gesture support. The tablet is ultra thin and portable. It can be easily packed into your briefcase without having to worry about the weight. iPad’s Pain Points Are Highlights Of PlayBook RIM is targeting the business customer through its BlackBerry tablet. It features not only corporate applications and advanced data-security features, but ensures that the device is convenient for both, work and play. BlackBerry PlayBook provides you with uncompromised, true web experience as it supports Flash Player 10.1. Adobe Mobile AIR and HTML 5 (iPad has been criticized for not supporting Flash). The premium multimedia features make it all the more attractive with dual HD cameras – 3MP front facing and 5MP rear facing – supporting 1080p HD video recording along with video and audio playback. Interestingly the BlackBerry OS 6 of BlackBerry Torch is replaced by BlackBerry Tablet OS which is QNX’s software. You can connect the BlackBerry Tablet using Wi-Fi hotspots and easily sync it with the BlackBerry Smartphone using Bluetooth. This BlackBerry device may prove as an innovative game-changing product for this growing niche market. So, keep your ears opened for the announced date when BlackBerry PlayBook will be available for you to purchase. If you are not a die-hard fan of iPad then you are bound to lay your hands on this amazing gadget. Buy...

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Dell Streak – Striking Smartphone
Jul20

Dell Streak – Striking Smartphone

What do you generally prefer in a smartphone? It should be thin, light, with a big screen real estate, and packed with features. Don’t you desire to be centre of attraction with a smartphone in your hands when in a crowd? What can be better to become an eye candy when your phone has a large screen which Dell Streak provides along with a striking design? Screen and Design It is indeed the 5 inch, 800 x 480 LCD WVGA capacitive multi-touch display that grabs the attention of one and all. Dell has launched its Android based 9.98 mm thick and 220g phone in stiff competition with iPad. Dell’s product is very much pocket-able. The device has three capacitive buttons – back, menu and home – mic, volume rocker, power and camera buttons, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. In addition, there is a mono-speaker that produces loud sound and at the same time suppresses a good amount of background noise. Web browsing on this gadget is an exhilarating experience in itself. With the comfort of viewing on a large screen (display is really good even in bright sun) and that too in any of the two modes – landscape or portrait – you can enjoy e-book reading and video playback. There is a VGA front-facing camera which enables video chat and it is equipped with apps such as Fring and Qik. Another 5mp auto-focus camera with dual flash light is at the back. Software Dell Streak with 1GHz Snapdragon enables you to pinch-zoom and its performance is pretty fast. Apart from the pre-installed Facebook widget and Twitter widget there is preloaded QuikOffice that facilitates you to view Microsoft Office documents. Dell’s smartphone offers you with pre-loaded 30 days trial of Touchdown which facilitates contacts, calendar and mail sync via Exchange ActiveSync. You can enjoy AcroSoft Mobile Media Gallery as a ‘Photos & Videos’ app along with the Android Market. To top it all you have Google Maps for navigation with turn-by-turn voice direction. Battery and Memory With 1530mAH battery Streak has 512MB RAM. The phone has 2GB of system storage along with a micro SD slot for up-to 32GB cards. Now, the most amazing feature is the battery life of Dell’s smartphone. Any guesses? Well, well, you get a good 12 hours per charge. Apart from the usual Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth, 2.0+ EDR and GPS, digital compass, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor what you can enjoy the most is YouTube videos on a larger screen. The choice is clear. You can have immense fun with the efficient and smart Dell...

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Use Octovo’s Solis to Snuggle with your Kindle 2
Jul14

Use Octovo’s Solis to Snuggle with your Kindle 2

Beware of playing a prank when your partner loves his or her Kindle 2! Once, I turned the main power switch off at night to trouble my room-mate. I used to envy his Kindle. The very next moment, he brought out a sleek light and went back to reading. Next morning, I caught a glimpse of his chic gadget. It was Octovo’s Solis, an LED light for Kindle 2. Stylish Look and Feel It is exceptionally light, weighing a mere 24g, made of plastic and robust aluminum. With smooth edges and brushed aluminum it is pretty strong and durable. The device uses, the readily available, single AA battery to light up. At an average, you can use it for up-to 25 hours and enjoy reading in the soft tone light. Kindle 2 Compatible Octovo’s Solis has been specially designed for Kindle 2. The E-book readers that use E-ink display fail when there is no surrounding light in the absence of back-light. In the airplane or in the evening, when there is less brightness, you can simply use your portable Solis and cuddle up with your adorable Kindle. Octovo has designed the light cleverly with the mount having rubber ‘bump’ that not only protects your Kindle from scratches, but also provides a firm grip on your E-book reader. The mount is angled at 15 degrees to prevent the screen from glare. If you place the Kindle 2 on table then you are bound to get that glare, but who does that when it is so comfortable to just get in the bed with it. The light has to be mounted at the top right side of your Kindle for its arm to provide light at the centre of the display. This placement doesn’t obstruct the usage of Kindle’s power button or headphone jack. The arm swivels out at 90 degrees, and the LED is powered on automatically. The LED lights up your Kindle screen uniformly. At-least, thirds of the screen is well lit up and the end of it is also not dark. The modish Octovo’s Solis indeed complements your stylish Kindle 2. It is easy to carry and even easier to use. You can light up your Kindle 2 anywhere and anytime when you need more brightness or need to make your partner feel...

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