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Samsung to Launch Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition

Posted: 10 Aug 2012 07:14 PM PDT

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With Nexus 7 ruling the roost in the 7 inch tablet segment, what do other players in the segment do to make their products noticeable? Slashing prices has been the most favored and time tested method of increasing sales, though there is also the option of adding a few more accessories to the package while keeping the price the same. Samsung has opted for the latter with its Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 while re-christening it as a special Student Edition.

Everything with the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 remains the same except for two enhancements; a full sized USB port that will allow for attaching external devices and a keyboard dock with a full QWERTY keyboard and Android function keys. The keyboard may not be the same as we have seen with the Transformer line of tablet PCs from Asus, though it is handy in its own way. So while the keypad for Galaxy Tab does not include a battery pack of its own, it is rigid as well and won’t allow the display to be closed as with a laptop. The keypad will still benefit those who need to type frequently, such as students.

Price has been kept at 9 with specs being the same as the standard version. Sure, with a 1 GHz TI OMAP4 dual core processor and a 1024 x 600 pixel display, it can match the Nexus 7 (which is a generation ahead with a 1.3Ghz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core chip and a much more lively 1280 x 800 pixel display). However, the Galaxy Tab scores with front and rear cameras and a microSD card slot. The tablet will also have a 1 GB RAM with 8 GB of internal memory.

So those who are looking for a proper tablet without having to empty their wallets, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition may just be it. Also, according to engadget, the tablet is slated to arrive at Best Buy from Aug 19.

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How PlayBook LTE Stacks Up To Its Competitors

Posted: 10 Aug 2012 05:40 PM PDT

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One of the recent developments in the tablet sphere is the launch of the LTE version of PlayBook. The 4G compatible RIM tablet came in almost unnoticed perhaps because it came along more than a year after RIM had first stated they are into developing such a thing. Of course a lot of water has flown under the bridge since then so that its now quad core CPU’s and high resolution displays — read retina display — that has come to be associated with tablet devices among many more. In view of the recent launches that we have come across in the tablet scene along with a few more upcoming devices, the PlayBook does seem to be from a bygone era though the tablet in itself is a step ahead of its 3G stable mate. In fact, it can be worth comparing the PlayBook 4G to many of the tablets currently available including even the chart topper iPad 3.

First things first, the PlayBook 4G is almost the same device that RIM had launched in 201,  but has an upgraded CPU and the ability to connect to 4G and LTE networks. This makes the device a bit more special than its 3G compatriots thought its makers may have goofed things up on the pricing front one more time. The tablet is priced at 9 without any carrier contract which makes one wonder if there will indeed be many takers for it. Or whether 4G capability alone along with a more powerful processor (1.5 Ghz Dual-core chip against 1 Ghz for the 3G PlayBook) is worth the quite hefty price tag. That is the price that would fetch one the 32 GB version of the tablet. For comparisons sake, the 4G iPad 3 with 32 GB storage will cost 9 though that is a vastly better device with the best display, better processing capability and a comprehensive tablet app ecosystem.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is cheaper at 0 in spite of featuring a bigger and better display while also owing allegiance to a better ecosystem. Or if you would like to be in the vicinity of a 7 inch display, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE is also cheaper at 9.

Coming back to PlayBook and its 4G capability, the tablet does pack a punch here and delivers good download and upload speeds. Couple that to its improved processing capabilities and what you have is a tablet that boasts of speedy performance.

About its OS, the PlayBook 4G is exactly identical with its stable mates in that it also runs the PlayBook OS 2.0 that had brought some degree of respectability to the tablet. This has enabled the tablet to run some Android apps and while that does add to the tablet’s appeal, the PlayBook, or for that matter RIM is still way behind its competitors as far as availability of apps is concerned. Android and iOS is far better on this while Windows 8 is catching up fast.

Externally, the PlayBook 4G is the same as its other version but for a micro SIM card slot that is housed at the base where the ports are located. However, a good thing with the PlayBook 4G is its 9 hours of battery backup times which again puts it in the league of the iPad.

Overall, the PlayBook 4G isn’t the most advanced 4G tablet that your hard earned money can buy right now though it still has its pluses. It boasts of a solid build quality, fluid multi-tasking, good performance and acceptable battery life. However, the one thing that PlayBook lacks the most is the availability of quality apps so that users have a lot more interesting things to do with the device.

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Sony PRS-T2 Specs Revealed – Order Today via Shop e-Readers

Posted: 10 Aug 2012 04:05 PM PDT

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The Sony PRS-T2 is the direct successor to the PRS-T1 that came out last year. It was Sony’s first e-reader that had built in wireless access to let you tap into the Sony Bookstore, Google Books and Overdrive. Today, we are pleased to provide you with the hardware specs of the new Sony PRS-T2!

The Sony PRS-T2 features a six inch e-ink Pearl Display with a resolution of 600×800 pixels. It will utilize Clear Touch Infrared Technology, which will offer you pin-point procession in interacting with the screen. There is 1.3 GB of internal memory and a MicroSD to further enhance it up to 32 GB. The battery will last around two months of constant use and even comes with a free Harry Potter Book.

You have two choices of ecosystems to get your new eBooks. Sony has revised its online store on the reader. This will give customers in Canada, UK, USA and Europe a chance to buy books directly through Sony. The company has spent a copious amount of money revising their entire online eBook store. There is a new Overdrive app showcased on the T2, that will allow customers to borrow books from the library, right on the device.

This new device should be hitting the market really soon! Sony has recently discontinued the original Sony T1 Wireless Reader and all of the accessories.  You can pre-order the Sony PRS-T2 right now on Shop e-Readers, and they will ship to any country in the world. />google_ad_client=”pub-5776314496161013″;google_ad_slot=”5610832462″;google_ad_width=468;google_ad_height=60;

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Census Bureau releases first mobile app, offers real-time stats on the US economy

Posted: 10 Aug 2012 03:43 PM PDT

US Census Bureau releases America's Economy mobile app, offers realtime stats on the go

The US Census Bureau just released its first public API last month, giving web and mobile app makers access to its vast stores of statistics, and it’s now also gone the extra mile by releasing its first mobile app. Dubbed America’s Economy, the app draws on data from the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor to provide a real-time picture of the US economy, offering details on everything from the country’s gross domestic product to housing sales to the unemployment rate (all presented with the requisite charts and graphs). That’s available for Android smartphones and tablets right now, while an iOS app promised in the “coming weeks.” It’s also the first of three planned apps from the Bureau — the others are said to be coming over the next several months (both of which will also be available for both Android and iOS).

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Essay: An American High Schooler In Hong Kong That Loves Watches

Posted: 10 Aug 2012 02:32 PM PDT

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The below essay is a contribution from Evan Tich:

My name is Evan Tich, and I am currently living in Hong Kong and will be for the remainder of my high school years. I have relocated many times in my life due to my father's job. It came as no surprise to me when my dad sat our family down and broke the news, again. Different cities ideas flew through my head, but never in my life would I have expected to move to such a foreign place as Hong Kong; however, I have been living here for three years as a student, a soccer player, and, most importantly, a watch enthusiast – and have been loving every minute of it.

When I made the long trip to Hong Kong International Airport, it was no surprise that there were many things different to that of which I was accustomed to in the United States; however, the longer I rested in the city of Hong Kong, the more accustomed I grew to it. My quick assimilation into Hong Kong culture brought along with it a keen curiosity of certain aspects of Chinese culture. The superficial image or “face,” as my father calls it, is one of the most pertinent aspects of Chinese society.  The way other people view you, your outer image, is defined by what you wear: clothes, a watch, a bag, etc. or what you drive: Ferrari, Bentley, Rolls Royce, etc… The Chinese are willing to spend large amounts of money on what they wear or their “face,” which makes for the fact that Hong Kong has the largest population of Rolls Royce than any other city in the world no mystery at all.

Due to my youthful age my curiosity was left un-phased by the luxurious cars, which I had seen before often in the United States. A young mind always needs something new, out of the ordinary to attach to, and that is just what mine did. The watch, something I always viewed as a time piece, a way to know when to go from one appointment to the next, to know when to pick up laundry, or to know when to go to soccer practice, now held a completely new definition – and I needed to accept that there were many different interpretations of this very word. With the passing of time I began catching on to the “Hong Kong” definition of a watch, and to my father’s dismay, I too wanted a luxury brand watch on my wrist. In my mind, I would no longer be sitting on the sidelines, watching as billion-dollar men walked by with their million dollar watches, but would buy a watch of my own to assimilate even deeper into the Chinese culture.

With the technology era in full stride, many people, children in specific, do not share the same view as I do, and would rather read the time from a digital watch or phone than an intricately engineered piece of machinery. I realize; however, that the watch has a multitude of different meanings, and although many are switching from a watch to a phone to tell time does not at all belittle the watch. In my opinion, I believe that there will always be a group, me included, who would rather read the time from a timepiece than from a phone. The future of the watch companies is rather bleak because of the fact that the world is in a rush. People do not have time to stop and read a watch, and, for this reason, the watch indeed has a dismal future. Although I have seen many different definitions, many interpretations of the watch, there will always be one that I will go by. A watch represents the need for the world to slow down and realize that even though a person is wearing a watch, time is not always the most important thing.

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The Two-in-One Team

Posted: 10 Aug 2012 12:55 PM PDT

Love this simple and functional induction cooker called Two any One. Basically it's an indoor induction cook top with cooking plates that detach and fold up for portability. They rely on an in built-charging mechanism; hence you don't power out or need cords when using it outdoors. How cool is that!

Designer: Kim Yo Hwan

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The Modern Man’s Pocket Watch

Posted: 10 Aug 2012 11:23 AM PDT

The Meanwhile timepiece collection combines the traditional characteristics of pocket watches dating back as far as the 16th century with modern minimalism in a series of designs that are as bare as they are beautiful. Like the original designs, these watches lack a minute hand and are secured by leather straps but differ from their overly decorated, chained ancestors in their simplicity and mixture of modern materials like polished steel and concrete with traditional brass.

Designer: Nimrod Or

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Sprint’s Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE detailed: 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, QWERTY keyboard

Posted: 10 Aug 2012 10:58 AM PDT

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Sprint CEO Dan Hesse already confirmed that the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE was coming “very soon,” but now we’re able to affirm even more details surrounding the launch. With Sprint’s LTE network finally live in select cities, employees are now undergoing training regarding the device — something that typically means that a launch onto store shelves is imminent. Thanks to our source and the photos seen here, we’ve been able to confirm that the 4.3-inch superphone will ship with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1,785mAh battery (non-removable), WiFi, GPS, 3G / 4G LTE radios, 8GB of internal storage space and built-in NFC. Perhaps the most prominent feature is the five-row QWERTY keyboard, alongside the adjustable LED edge lighting. Other specs include an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, an “HD” front-facing camera and perhaps most curiously, a skinned version of Ice Cream Sandwich that fails to mention the word “Motoblur.” We’re still trying to lock down an exact price and release date, and will update this post if and when those tidbits roll in.

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How Uninformed Digital Authors Destroyed LendInk

Posted: 10 Aug 2012 09:49 AM PDT

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When authors submit digital ebooks to Barnes and Noble or Amazon, they have the option to “Opt in” to their books being loaned out. Both companies allow purchased books to be lent out one time per customer, for up to two weeks, and then the book is unable to be loaned out ever again. There are many websites that offer this type of service that in essence connects users up who don’t know each other, but enjoy the same type of books. Lendingbook, ebookfling, and LendInk are among many companies that make next to nothing and offer the service for free. Disgruntled authors waged an online campaign that resulted in LendInk being shut down, but was it right?

Many digital authors who submit the books to Amazon and Barnes and Noble don’t often read the small print or worry about boxes that are check-marked by default. They are more concerned with their cover art and formatting, so the book looks airtight. Many authors we have spoken with had no idea they had ever opted into Kindle Lending or Lendme by Barnes and Noble. B&N has taken the lending of books one step further and developed on every e-reader and tablet an online portal to make lending books even easier.

Amazons terms state that “Kindle books can be loaned to another reader for a period of 14 days. The borrower does not need to own a Kindle—Kindle books can also be read using our free Kindle reading applications for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android devices. Not all books are lendable—it is up to the publisher or rights holder to determine which titles are eligible for lending. The lender will not be able to read the book during the loan period. Books can only be loaned once, and subscription content is not currently available for lending.”

Amazon’s terms of service seem fairly straightforward, but authors went on an online rampage saying that this website was pirating books, because the authors did not approve it. On the Kindle Boards one author said that “I noticed my work there and sent the site a Cease and Desist Notice, giving them 48 hours to remove my work or face prosecution. They were in breech of copyright and deserved to be shut down. Am I proud they have been shut down? Am I proud to have stood up for my legal rights as author? You betcha! If they were a legitimate site and had written consent from each and every author to display their work for free (forfeiting their royalty income as a result) then I doubt very much that the site would have suddenly disappeared overnight. I am tired of plagiarism, book piracy and cheap-*ss scum bags who won’t part with a measly .99 or .99 to support authors and show respect for their hard work, not to mention the graphic artists, editors, photographers who also contributed to the birth of an author’s ebook.”

This is one author of many that took to Facebook, Kindle Boards, Barnes and Noble forums and anywhere else they normally self-promote their books in the hopes that someone will purchase a copy. Cease and Desist orders were sent to LendInk’s ISP and even their Facebook page went down. Chalk up another victory for authors fighting the scourge of piracy, right?

It is no secret that Good e-Reader had purchased Lendingbook.com last year and our website functions the same as LendInk. People who purchase lending enabled books have the option to share them for up to two weeks with friends. Our website’s premise to connect up people who don’t know each other but have the same taste in books. We help authors gain sales by plastering BUY IT NOW for both Amazon and Barnes and Noble Books. Often, when someone reads the first book in a series and really likes it, they will purchase other copies instead of waiting. We literally provided authors with over ,000 in revenue in 2011 and made nothing in return.

All the time authors send us emails asking why their books are listed on our website without their permission. It is fairly simple to explain they opted into digital lending, but most don’t understand the underlying semantics and how lending actually works. LendInk was destroyed because they were blissfully unaware of the negative backlash until it was too late and instead of waging a PR campaign, they threw in the towel and gave up.

There are a number of highly competitive websites out there that compete with each other to provide a mostly free service to borrow and lend out ebooks. This has nothing to do with piracy and everything to do with giving authors wider exposure and facilitating the lending process, which is very complicated via Amazon.

Dale Porter, the owner of Lendink, stepped forward to fend off some of the negative backlash of the piracy claims. He was asked by authors that since his website was down, he must have been a pirate. Dale retorted “Really, this is proof that we were pirating ebooks? The fact of the matter is that our host company was so overwhelmed with hate mail and threats of lawsuits that they felt they had no choice but to suspend the site. These hateful people did nothing but harass and threaten LendInk and our host company to the point that it just didn’t make sense to keep the site online. For those of you on this site that are patting yourself on the back for bringing Lendink down, shame on you. I only hope at this point that you see the same results with your books and your writing career.” For everyone that thinks that websites like Lendingbook and LendInk make tons of money he said “Lendink is a California based company and as such, was cut off from earning money from sales when Amazon and the State of California disagreed over the collection of State Sales Tax. Amazon cut off all of their California affiliates from earning money via their affiliate program. It was not just Lendink. This only prevented us from earning money via Amazon. It did not however stop use from matching people for book lending.”

At Good e-Reader, we love promoting indie authors and have been been profiling them on our main website for over two years. We write book reviews and even connect up authors with editors and book cover artists to help in their quest to write an awesome book. In many cases, most authors are not technically savvy and have to rely on other people in the pipeline to help with the book. Destroying a small company because of perceived piracy and running someone out of town for doing nothing but facilitating the lending process is really disappointing to me.

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Bavarian Crono Focke-Wulf FW 200 Watch

Posted: 10 Aug 2012 08:11 AM PDT

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When it comes to using bits of historical aviation equipment in the physical construction of a watch, it would seem Bremont has some competition, and from Germany no less. We have showed you watches from Bavaria Crono in the past and today’s watch features a handmade dial which uses original metal from the last known Fock-Wulf FW 200 Condor. The Condor was a very advanced (for its time) commercial airplane and is known for being the first airplane to travel from Berlin to New York without stopping.

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The Bavarian Crono Aviator´s Focke-Wulf FW 200 is a 46mm stainless steel watch powered by a lightly-decorated ETA 6498 hand wound movement. Along with sporting original metal from an actual FW 200 Condor, the FW 200 watch features a hand design which is similar to that seen in the gauges of the original plane and the hands, minute and chapter markings have been fully lumed for low-light legibility. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal while the display case back employs a mineral crystal to allow a view of the internals.

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The Bavarian Crono Focke-Wulf FW 200 is limited to only 500 units selling for 1990€ each (~00 USD). A portion of the proceeds will be used to support the restoration of the original plane, which was salvaged in 1999 and has been in various phases of restoration since 2003. Even with the bits vintage plane used in the dial, the FW 200 seem really expensive to me, especially given its ETA 6498 movement. Hand wound pilot’s watches are not exactly in short supply and I feel that while the Bavarian Crono FW 200 is an interesting and attractive spin on the Flieger design, I also feel that its success will be limited by its lofty price tag.

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