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iRiver Story HD discounted at Target to $49.99

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 06:46 PM PDT

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The iRiver Story HD is one underrated e-reader with the ability to download books from Google Books and read a multitude of formats. Target is the only company in the USA that offers this device and it recently came down in price to a solid .99!

The iRiver Story HD since it came out last year has been discounted deeply on three different occasions. It originally hit the store at 9.99 and then discounted towards the end of last year to a solid .99. The discount to .99 today brings it to the lowest price point on the market today for a quality e-reader.

What I really like about this HD e-reader is the 1024×768 on a e-Ink Pearl display! Comic book, ebooks and graphic novels really look amazing. Most menu navigation speeds along quite well on the Freescale 800 MHZ processor.  Currently only Sony and iRiver allow you to natively browse and buy books via the Google Books ecosystem.

Like any e-reader the iRiver Story HD has its share of drawbacks. It is not touchscreen which may turn off a fair number of users. It also takes a bit of time for books to load and it is a bit sluggish navigating menus and settings. With all of that aside, for .99 you can’t get any cheaper for a quality WIFI enabled e-reader and I would recommend to take the plunge and pick one up. />google_ad_client=”pub-5776314496161013″;google_ad_slot=”5610832462″;google_ad_width=468;google_ad_height=60;

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Data Conversion Laboratory CEO Mark Gross and the Future of Reference Material

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 05:11 PM PDT

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"Clearly the trend of reference books over the last few years has been to move to electronic editions which are sold on subscription basis to individuals, or bundled by aggregators for licensing to various institutions. DCL has converted a half dozen specialized encyclopedias just in the last year," explained Gross today. "For general encyclopedias &  reference books – for which students are the biggest consumers –they have gotten used to reading everything online. And for specialized references – the advantages of online are just overwhelming – they can be kept updated regularly, and the cost of short-run printing is eliminated. For publishers it can be a windfall; it means that they can bundle their content to attract markets they never could reach before, and can afford to publish long-tail content for which they could never find enough customers."

As more and more mainstays in reference material shift to strictly online formats, what will that hold for academic institutions and reference libraries?

"How we read or interact with e-text will always change as the technology changes, readers could become nearly paper thin someday, or may be built into heads-up displays in glasses – or maybe just implants with direct feeds – all that's a little unpredictable. What's interesting to me though is that content doesn't change as quickly – and while there is demand for the latest, there's also demand for 50-year old newsreels, for revolutionary war documents, and great-grandmother's memoirs."

"But once you organize your information and factoids into a content management system you can make product in many forms and in many collections – it becomes trivial to create year-books, or even month books. What's also clear to me is that it's not all about automated generation of content – in fact as more information comes on stream the editor's role of curating content, and identifying what's important and what's trivial, becomes even more important. Britannica's core competence of organizing important information might become even more important in the coming years as the information deluge continues."

As for the future of reference books and consumers' changing perceptions of what a print book is even for, Gross made some enlightening predictions about where the technology may take us.

"As e-capabilities are added to books, markups will become more sophisticated. e-Texts will have audio- and video capabilities and will interactively link students to authors, instructors, databases, websites, and other students. They will also have the ability to enlarge type, view text in different languages, and let students write margin notes that can be saved. But the most important I think is the ability to search and find massive amounts content with a few key strokes – that by itself is the killer app."

"We just need to look at the events of the last year, and what's gotten traction to see much of what the next few years will look like. Within the next two to three years just about all reference materials will be electronic – the reasons to do so are just too compelling, and the rapidity with which people are adapting and expecting electronic products is much higher than anyone expected. It used to be said that older people wouldn't adapt, or that teachers wouldn't want to modify their approaches – it's just not true. The Britannica ending print production is just one example of an organization breaking multi-century traditions to make e-products." />google_ad_client=”pub-5776314496161013″;google_ad_slot=”5610832462″;google_ad_width=468;google_ad_height=60;

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Canada relaxes rules on foreign ownership of wireless companies, plans spectrum auction for first half of 2013

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 03:14 PM PDT

The Canadian government made a major announcement on telecom policy late this afternoon, revealing a change that opens the door to more foreign ownership of wireless companies — an issue that’s been a point of contention for some time. As The Globe & Mail reports, the new rules will allow for 100 percent ownership of companies with a market share of ten percent or less — something that can then grow beyond ten percent, so long as it’s not done through mergers or takeovers. Previously, total foreign ownership in telecom companies has been restricted to 46.7 percent.

Along with that news, the government also confirmed that the anticipated 700MHz spectrum auction will take place in the first half of 2013 (with a 2500 MHz auction to follow within a year), and that there will be caps in place that are said to “effectively ensure that new wireless entrants and regional providers have access to prime spectrum.” The auction will also have some conditions intended to bring service to rural areas, and there will be a block of spectrum reserved for public safety use. All of this, the government says, is intended to “provide Canadian families with more choices at low prices,” although we’ll naturally have to wait and see if that last bit pans out.

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Devon Tread 2 Watch Hands-On

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 12:26 PM PDT

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About two years ago the watch world was greeted with a strange announcement that Scott Devon was building a ,000 (now a bit more expensive) electro-mechanical wrist watch in California. For the most part the Swiss and other Europeans dismissed the news and went on with their lives. Then the Tread 1 watch came out. It was totally novel in its design and engineering – and ended up not only getting a lot of attention, but also a few very prestigious awards. The quirky and super cool timing machine had a larger impact than anyone could have imagined – and now Devon has released a follow-up model called the Tread 2.

The Tread 1 is a large and interesting watch that I reviewed hands-on here. It has an imposing squarish case and can sound like an adding machine on your wrist. The Tread 2 on the other hand is smaller, designed with a different ethos, and priced about ,000 – ,000 less than its big brother. While it is less expensive, I feel that it is a better timepiece for most people. This is not only because it fits on more wrists, but because of its increased utility as a daily wear.

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One thing was clear when Devon was making the Tread 2, it was supposed to be smaller, and have two, versus three belts systems. The Tread 1 has a dedicated belt to indicate the seconds. Logical, but noisy. It now has a “silent” mode where the seconds are not displayed, but when they are the watch sounds like someone who is very slow at typing is living on your wrist. This has to do with the small one-step motors in the case and the “bullet-proof glass plastic” crystal. It actually didn’t stop that many people from wearing the watch, but for the next model Devon wanted to build something more quiet. The Tread 2 does not have a second’s belt. However, there is a function to turn the minute belt into a seconds indicator if you want to measure seconds. As for quietness, the Tread 2 is not only more quiet because it is missing a seconds belt, but because it now has a different case and sapphire crystal that insulates the sound much better.

Reading the time is quite easy, and various models of the Tread 2 are available with different color steel cases and numeral colors printed on the belts. Size-wise the case is 38mm wide by 42mm tall and it is tonneau-shaped. Not a small watch at all, it does feel petite next to the much larger Tread 1. The case is also a totally new design. Feeling futuristic in a bit of a 1980′s modernism manner, you’ll find that a lot of high-end Swiss watch brands are also offering watches that focus on this era’s design aesthetic in 2012.

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The case here is seen in both DLC black and mostly polished steel with some DLC black components. The strap is rubber and the watch is more comfortable than ever. Even the Tread 1 was surprisingly nice ergonomic given its size. However, the Tread 2 is more universally attractive and feels more cohesive given the compact design. While it doesn’t have that wrap-around crystal that the Tread 1 has, the Devon Tread 2 still offers a neat view into the movement where you can see the little one-step motors in action. There is also some water resistance now. Not much at 10 meters, but you can safely wash your hands with it.

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Rather than a crown the Tread 2 offers a pusher and two way lever that allows you to adjust the time and access the features of the watch. Devon’s engineer really improved the user experience with the Tread 2 making the watch more logical to operate and simple at the same time. It takes only a few minutes to fully grasp what it does and how to use it.

Like the Tread 1 the Tread 2 is powered by a lithium ion battery that is rechargeable via a magnetic-induction dock. The battery is rated to last about 2 weeks with average use. That seems appropriate, and during my test of the Tread 1 I found that charging it on the dock was a simple matter. For those who were intrigued by the Tread 1 but perhaps put off by the size or price have a new and expanded opportunity to enjoy the Devon concept with the Tread 2. It is not cheap, but priced at around ,000 is is certainly a more accessible price than the Tread 1. Look for the Devon Tread 2 to be commercially available a bit later in 2012.

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Keep Moving

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 10:52 AM PDT

The Osca Task Chair is the result of a study into how a seat could be designed to encourage active movement during a static task, such as desk work, versus current market designs that do little for the dynamic nature of the human body. A rocking base encourages movement and balance while contoured cushions embrace the form of the body for enhanced ergonomics. The final product is not only functionally healthy, but aesthetically distinct from the classic, banal office chair.

Designer: Jessica Cassar

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Graphic Paper Weight

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 09:17 AM PDT

In the perfect world, a weighing machine would be my friend that displays ego-friendly numbers and makes me happy and light. Sadly, this isn't the perfect world yet. It can become one, when the numbers are replaced by sketchy graphs that show if I have slightly gained weight or lost oodles. This is the world of The Weight Recorder, a machine that tackles weight-issues in a sensitive manner.

The machine can be used to record some specific events. For example your child's weight chart, a pregnant lady's stats or even your luggage! I like it!

Designer: Weiche Wu

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HSPA+ BlackBerry Playbook hits the FCC

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 08:55 AM PDT

RIM has been promising an HSPA+ capable BlackBerry Playbook for over a year, and it looks like it’s now one step closer to actually being released. A tablet from Research in Motion recently made its way through the FCC’s approval process and, if the test reports are any indication, it’s a tablet with built-in HSPA+ connectivity. Unfortunately, the FCC hasn’t revealed much else just yet, but earlier rumors have suggested that the new tablet will also see speed bump of another sort: an upgrade to a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, as well as the addition of NFC. A leaked RIM roadmap that surfaced earlier this year also suggested that the tablet would be released in mid-2012.

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Pre-packaging Intelligence

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 07:43 AM PDT

The Virtual Intelligent Projector is a brilliant concept and a very helpful aid to designers. Umpteen hours go into designing the packaging of a product and the impact can only be known after samples are printed. This device basically eliminates the process of printing a sample as it projects the virtual packaging label to the box. It can cast color drafts onto six sides of blank color box.

As the designer explains, "it enables designers to determine the reference in the real environment, instead of by using real pictures. The biggest advantages of virtual intelligent projector is that it can cast color draft files onto transparent plastic or glass, then intelligent data analysis of color draft documents will be projected to geometric surface. This method is fast and efficient, and the most important is that it is environmentally friendly. The recognition of this new process is called ICS."

Designer: Liliquan

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The 10 Most Downloaded Blackberry Playbook Android Apps

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 06:07 AM PDT

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Since the Blackberry Playbook received the fabled OS2 update last month, the tablet has had a new lease on life. It helps when most retailers are now selling it for 9 and it was the top selling tablet in Canada in February.  We have been fervently converting Android Apps over to the Playbook BAR format for the last month and have noticed a trend with the most popular apps available. Below is an indication of the ones that are most in demand according to our readers.

Google Maps – The popular Maps app on the Playbook gives you GPS and tons of cool features.

Amazon Kindle – Over 13,000 downloads on this reading app and it is a crying shame Amazon will not make an official app for the Playbook, but they did the HP Touchpad. Go figure.

IMDB Movies – Watch trailers and check our your favorite authors, works great on Playbook.

Dropbox – Popular file sharing and cloud storage locker proves to be very popular with over 7,500 downloads.

Android PDF Viewer – The Playbook has a tremendous shortcoming with quality PDF apps and the default Adobe version is not up to snuff. This app continues to be the most popular PDF reader on the Playbook.

Skype for Playbook – You can’t make calls or do any audio functionality, but people continue to enjoy the SMS style messaging aspect of it.

Twitter – Continues to be one of the most popular social networking apps and has no problems running on your device from the converted Android file.

WhatsApp Messenger – Currently one of the most coveted Playbook apps with the ability to share a slew of different media options.

Pandora – One of the definitive music apps comes to the Playbook by way of Android.

eBay – PAYPAL and EBAY are two of the major platforms not to be found anywhere on the Blackberry QNX Platform. You can enjoy the shopping, payment, and everything else through this app. />google_ad_client=”pub-5776314496161013″;google_ad_slot=”5610832462″;google_ad_width=468;google_ad_height=60;

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Encyclopedia Britannica moves into an Exclusive Digital Format

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 04:33 AM PDT

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Encyclopedia Britannica which has been in print since 1768 has decided to suspend making print editions. The company has decided to focus on an exclusive digital format with membership subscriptions to its website and its wide range of apps for tablets and phones.

Every two years Encyclopedia Britannica printed a 32 volume set that retailed for around 00. Most people can admit they at one time or another have purchased these books in the past and sparked a huge influx of traveling salesman earning commissions.

Encyclopedia Britannica around 20 years ago saw the writing on the walls as its business suffered from the advent of the internet. Many people who once depended on their publications often found people using Wikipedia and other websites.

The company intends on focusing on its own applications going forward which range in cost from .99 to .99 every month. Users can still subscribe to the website which is fully featured for .00 per year. Right now Encyclopedia Britannica says that over 100 million subscribe to its digital publications and they see the business growing in the next few years. Jorge Cauz the President of the company said "A printed encyclopedia is obsolete the minute that you print it," Whereas our online edition is updated continuously." He went on to say that "To me, the most important message is that the printed edition was not what made Britannica," Cauz said. "The most important thing about Britannica is that Britannica is relevant and vibrant because it brings scholarly knowledge to an editorial process to as many knowledge seekers as possible." />google_ad_client=”pub-5776314496161013″;google_ad_slot=”5610832462″;google_ad_width=468;google_ad_height=60;

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