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It seems things have suddenly picked up the pace at Asus. It was just a week ago that the company came up with the name of the device that we now know as the Eee Note EA800 digital notebook – a tablet PC with an 8 inch LCD display having a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels and running the Linux operating system.

A good thing with the Eee Note is that it is reasonably priced at around $230 (NT$6,999) and will go on sale this week, though only in Taiwan.

Among the other key features of the Eee Note EA800 digital notebook include 4GB of internal memory that is further expandable by way of microSD memory cards, a 2-megapixel camera, and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Eee Note also includes an active digitizer given the note taking device that it is and packs in a microphone too that can be used to record notes along with a 3.5 mm headphone jack for subsequent playback. Battery life is a quite commendable 13.5 hours which in itself might not be great compared to many a monochrome e-reader but isn’t bad either given the wide applicability that the Eee Note EA800 digital notebook enjoys.

Next in line to have the Eee Note in their markets is Hong Kong and as per Asus, it’s going to take place soon. The Eee Note will then be seen appealing to consumers in Germany, Italy and Russia either towards end 2010 or early 2011 followed by a launch in the US and China in the first quarter of 2011.

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Our Japanese friends have yet another new option in the quest to find a new Tablet PC. The tablet being referred to is the Malata T2 and it packs some potent hardware that can shame some of the biggies around.

The Malata T2’s front is taken up by the 10 inch touchscreen having a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The tablet runs the latest Android 2.2 Froyo and is centered around a NVIDIA Tegra 2 Corex-A9 dual core chip having a speed of 1 Ghz. System memory amounts to 1 GB while onboard storage stands at 16 Gb. While more here would have been definitely welcome, the saving grace is the Malata tablet includes a Micro SD card slot that can support up to 32 GB cards.

As for connectivity, the T2 includes Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and Wi-Fi. The tablet also features a GPS, a 1.3 megapixel webcam and is known to be compliant with Adobe Flash 10.1.

The tablet has already gone on sale in Japan where it costs 49,800 Yen which translates to around $592. However, the Malata T2 tablet is currently available only within Japan and there is no news how long this is going to continue. Sure, those in the US or Europe would have been eager to pick up one of these though that seems unlikely as of now.

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Notion Ink Adam news

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The Adam tablet PC continues to make noises from behind the scene while we know the tablet is currently undergoing trials under the watchful eyes of FCC guys. Also, its here that Notion Ink has some kind words to share as the manufacturer of the Adam would like us to believe that the tablet has been subjected to all the tests that FCC puts any new gadget of the type of Adam to and the tablet passed through all of them with flying colors. So we can expect the Adam to come out of the FCC bottleneck in all its glory and with the least of glitch. The only question is, when is that thing going to become a reality.

Also, while we wait for that big bang of a news, in the meantime here is some aspects of the Adam that company founder Rohan Sharavan has shared with us via the weekly special blog entries that he has been doing for some time now which in turn happens to be the only official insight that we get of what’s going on at the other end.

So among the new things that has come to the fore about the Adam tablet are:

>> There is a new section added to the recently launched company website dedicated to the Adam tablet device. This section termed ‘Features’ provides a healthy dose of some of the key features that has gone in the making of the Adam and which aims to make the tablet to stand apart from the rest.

>> The Calendar incorporates some smart design elements that enables one to make pretty complex entries without having make elaborate usage of the on-screen keyboard. Instead, the application has been made ‘tap’ friendly so that entries like “Meeting with Nikolas Tesla in Missouri on 10th July 1856 : High Priority” can be accomplished with just 6 taps.

>> Next, font have been improved so that they do not tend to loose out on such aspects like font hinting or sub-pixel rendering with the latter coming into play more when the screen orientation is changed to portrait mode. This is something that can be attributed to the Android OS itself which is made for smartphone like devices though Notion Ink says the issue has been taken care of adequately to make for a nice reading experience, which, as per Shravan, is better than most of the Android tablets now available.

>> Then there is the ‘The Canvas’ which is a photo editing + paint application and will launch depicting the last artistic adventure that you have indulged in. Also, this is one more area where Android itself had posed problems as it was not built for photoshop like applications and Notion Ink guys had to deal with Android’s memory management to get things right.

>> Formats that the tablet supports is one more thing that many Adam fans are curious to know about and thankfully, Shravan has some good news here. Like the Adam’s Office suite will be compatible with 35 Languages and in all major formats as well as zip files. Format types supported also includes docx, pptx, pdf, and so on which will also come in handy when it is about doing business.

These apart, there are some other areas as well that Shravan has shone light on such as the Payment Gateway, Panel Engine, CPU Hot Plug, Liveshare by cooliris and so on.

For more details, catch up with the post here while we await for a new post next week with new details of the Adam, which for Notion Ink is just the seed that will germinate to spawn a whole range of devices in future.

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Welcome to another edition of the Good e-Reader Radio Show, in this episode we talk to you about our experiences with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Barnes and Noble Nook Color!

We give you all of the scoops with this edition of our show, we even give you news on rooting options for your Barnes and Noble Nook Color, that will allow you to install the Dolphin Web Browser, Angry Birds, Youtube Player, and tons of other Android apps you can install on it, if you possess the necessary technical skills.

Kindles are sold out via Amazon, we give you buying alternatives as well as estimated ship dates, as well, if you have an Apple iPad, we go over the new 4.2 Firmware updates and the essential news on what you can expect from it.

As always, we play songs, rant and rave and more! Join in on the fun on our E-Reader Forum and check our book clubs, get technical help and more! Only at Good e-Reader!


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Japanese electronics company Sharp now feels the Galapagos tablet that it has been developing for some time now is now matured enough for a stint in the markets and can stand up to the likes of the iPads and the Galaxy Tabs on its own. However, it will be seen only within Japanese territory, at least for now

The date has been fixed as the 10th of December when the Galapagos tablet will be entering retail sphere in its 5.5 inch and 10.8 inch versions. However, the real surprise lies in the price tag that the tablets would be coming with. For at 39,800 yen and 54,800 yen for the 5.5 inch and 10.8 inch Galapagos respectively, it’s definitely not cheap. This comes out to a quite staggering $480 and $650 respectively in US dollar terms. But then, electronics goods in Japan were never known to be cheap. In fact, the smaller Galapagos is about a $100 more expensive than the base iPad in spite of it having almost half the display area and half the storage capacity. Pre-orders  for both the devices will begin to be accepted from December 3.

Coming to the tablets themselves, both the Galapagos seems to be made more for e-book reading than anything else, which is in contrast to the iPad that it intends to rival and which is more of a general purpose mobile computing device. That said, the Galapagos too features a web browser and is known to have decent media capabilities. Also, with Android being the default OS, one can expect all the goodies that one can generally associate with the Google software. However, Sharp is yet to reveal the exact version details of the Android OS that will be doing duty on the tablets and whether one can have access to the Android Market. Sharp has also announced a relatively new format – XMDF that the new tablets will be compatible with. Both the tablets will have digital versions of magazines and newspapers delivered automatically in the new format that is known to be capable of handling advanced layouts. Social networking is another area that sources close to Sharp mention has been accorded special treatment.

Now, as for the tablet’s specifications, though nothing is available in details, what we do known is the the smaller Galapagos has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels which is quite impressive considering it has got just a 5.5 inch display. This is far batter than what is available on many a large sized tablets. The tablet weighs a handy 280 gms and comes with features like 802.11b/g/ WiFi, and internal memory of 8 GB microSDHC card, a trackball, and a battery life of 7 hours.

The larger Galapagos tablet with a 10.8 inch display and a resolution of 1366 x 800 pixels shares a few similarities with its smaller sibling in that its storage remains the same at an 8 GB microSDHC card while for connecting to the internet, it too features the same 802.1b/g WiFi capabilities. It weighs around 765 gms and will have a battery backup time of about 10.5 hours.

No word yet as to when it can be seen in its Pacific neighbors, in the Americas. A device from Sharp was seen with the FCC though sources point out the company is in no hurry to launch the device in the United States. However, one can expect prices to be considerably lower in the US where its Verizon that tipped to be the carrier of choice.

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nook color rooted

It looks like the boys up XDA Developers Forum have gotten the brand new Barnes and Noble Nook Color rooted already! They got a fair number of Android Applications already running, such as the runaway game sensation “Angry Birds.”

The rooting process with the Barnes and Noble Nook Color will allow for a ton of Android Applications to to be installed on the device. People already have gotten the Dolphin Browser working, Angry Birds and Live Wall papers, along with a back and forward button.

It is unknown at this time if Barnes and Noble will close this gap in the firmware with a mandatory update, but it looks like right now the going is good on the independent development front to turn your Nook Color into a full fledged Tablet PC. Right now from reports it looks like this device runs things just as smooth as the $600 Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Now some people might think rooting the device is a sweet idea to get basically a Android Tablet out of your Nook, with the ability to install other Android Applications such as the Kindle Reader, Kobo Reader and many other e-reading software. Also you can now get the Android Market, Youtube and Gmail and other apps.

For one, it voids your warranty so use the first round of rooting with some trepidation. Also, you need a bit of Android or Linux skills to get this going at this time, although a Micro SD solution might be around the corner, so all you have to do is buy a Micro SD card and throw the software on it, and there you go! If you feel brave enough to get rooting your Nook Color on your own right now, take a look at THIS.

Check out our full Review of the Barnes and Noble Nook Color. Also, if you have NO CLUE what rooting a device means, TalkAndroid wrote a great introduction to the process HERE.

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Welcome to another Good e-Reader Video Tutorial! In this video we show you three different ways to copy ebooks to your Nook Color e-reader using Adobe Digital Editions, Calibre and Windows Explorer.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Color is the new LCD e-reader released a few weeks ago! We show you all of the most popular programs that enable you to copy the ebooks that you have either downloaded from the internet or purchased from other stores outside Barnes and Noble.

The first program we teach you how to use is Calibre. This program is one of the best ebook management open source software suites. It allows you to do such things such as Changing your Cover Art, Changing the Authors name, editing Meta Data or adding an ISBN number. We show you the entire process to copy ebooks to your Nook Color using this program.

The second program we use is Windows Explorer; it is one of the easiest methods to utilize if you know the book you downloaded does not need any editing via Calibre. We show you how to navigate your Nook Color and what proper directories you should use in order to copy an ebook currently. We also give you added info on what other types of media the Barnes and Noble Nook Color uses, such as video, pictures, wallpapers and so on.

The Third method we show you is how to use Adobe Digital Editions. This is the best program to use if you have purchased ebooks from outside Barnes and Noble, either because you have another e-reader, or you just want to buy an ebook from other company.

As always, with Good e-Reader we produce videos with e-readers we own. Other blogs may just write about this type of stuff, but we are the only one that brings you how-to advice like this video tutorial.

If you would like to purchase the Barnes and Noble Nook Color, please visit our retail partner at www.shopereaders.com and check out our Review of the Barnes and Noble Nook Color


Entourage has come up with the refurbished, refreshed and reconfigured dual screened e-book reader and tablet combo device in the form of the Pocket Edge. The device though shares many or perhaps most of the features of its bigger sibling, the original Entourage Edge and the only remarkable difference between the two is the smaller size of the Pocket Edge, which justifies the Pocket tag of the device. But is the Pocket Edge as good or as bad as the original Entourage Edge. Or is it something that would make for a sensible buy. Hopefully, we can reach to that by the time we are towards the end of this review.

Overview:

As has already been mentioned, the Pocket Edge is a dual screened device that includes a 6 inch E Ink screen with a Wacom touchscreen on the left while the right is taken up by a 7 inch LCD touchscreen. Both have been ‘pocketized’ from the earlier 9.7 inch e-ink display and 10.1 inch LCD screen that the original Edge came with. The two screens are hinged at the center that allows them to be folded like a book or spread them open a full 180 degrees. The device is still targeted at the student fraternity or anyone who finds the device appealing enough. Sporting compact dimensions, the Pocket Edge measures 5.5 x 7.5 x 1.0 inches and weighs a quite convenient 1.35 lb. Both the screens measure half an inch in thickness.

Behind the hood, the Pocket Edge comes equipped with a 4 GB internal memory though its only 3 GB that is usable, which again can be worked upon further by way of the micro SD card slot. Then there is a standard USB port, a mini USB port, a 2 MP camera that is both video and still picture capable, integrated microphone and stereo speaker, as well as a 3.5 mm headphone jack. There is also a USB-Video adapter that will allow one to project presentations for a larger audience.

The Pocket Edge can connect to the internet through 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi while 3G is out of the loop. The Pocket Edge also supports Bluetooth.

Also, while Entourage is not claiming access to the Android Market with the the Pocket Edge for downloading apps, the device on its own comes pre-loaded with a quite a few essential apps such as calculator, dictionary, contacts, web browser, email, youtube, notepad and so on. Entourage though has its own store front that has on offers a sizeable collection of e-books, music and periodicals.

In fact, Entourage is claiming a huge collection of over 250,000 trade books along with a vast array of New York Times best sellers. These apart, the store also boasts of more than a million free public domain books that have been digitized by Google. Also available are over 1,300 newspapers sourced from as many as 82 countries and in 39 languages. Then there is something for the music buffs as well as the store has on offer in excess of 8 million music tracks and albums featuring all major and independent labels.

As an e-reader

The e-reader part of the Pocket Edge is made up of a 6 inch sized e-ink enabled screen with a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels having 16 shades of gray. Also, with the e-ink display, the usual benefits associated with e-ink is also there for the taking in Pocket Edge. These include, a glare free display, ability to read even in bright sun light along with extremely frugal battery requirements. The e-ink screen is also Wacom Penabled that allows one to easily take notes and annotation with the stylus that comes bundled with the device when it is in Journal mode. This technology also allows users to mark documents such as notes, recipes or contracts, as well as shares these with friends and contacts as PDF files. 

As a tablet

The Pocket Edge lays claim to the tablet tag on the back of a 7 inch LCD Resistive touchscreen that is receptive to both finger or stylus inputs on screen. There is also an optical finger pad as well. The tablet is Android-based and can play back movies or MP3 files, organize your books, notes, and pictures, or send messages and e-mails. One is also able to do all that that can be done on the internet with the Pocket Edge. The tablet’s built-in audio recorder enables users to record lectures for playback or sharing later on while the integrated video camera allows for recording still images or movies as MP4s or 3GP files. The tablet part also includes a virtual on screen keyboard to type instant messages or emails or for those who’d prefer a standard keyboard can also have them attach to the Pocket Edge via USB.

The two screens also interact with each other in a unique manner. For instance, users will be able to search a particular term or any key words from e-books in Google, or the built-in dictionary or via Wikipedia on the tablet side.

Battery life

Powering the Pocket Edge is a Lithium-ion polymer battery. However, being a twin screen device incorporating two different technologies, backup time depends solely on how the device is put to use. Like the Pocket Edge will continue to operate for 6 hours on a single full charge with both its screens being put to use. Also, usage time will go up considerably to 11 hours if the Pocket Edge is used only as an e-reader. No surprises here as the power saving qualities of e-ink is already well known. However, on the flip side, the battery is not user replaceable though Entourage is claiming the battery will be good enough at least four years before its performance begins to degrade.

Formats supported

Entourage is marketing the Pocket Edge as a multi-purpose device that can be a single answer to a lot of requirements. Its a device that can be used to read e-books, write notes, surf the web, record and play back audio as well as video, take photos and view them, create word, excel and powerpoint files and so on. And for the Pocket Book to be able to accomplish all of these, the device is found to be compatible with different file formats. For instance, the tablet part of the Pocket Edge can decipher files types MP3, WAV, 3GPP, MP4, AAC, OGG, and M4A. Similarly, the Pocket Book as a tablet can play back video file types such as 3GP, MP4, Adobe Flash Lite® (H.264), AVI (DivX or Xvid encoded), MOV, and WMV.

However, as an e-reader, the Pocket Edge has been found compliant with only ePub and PDF. Also, its here that the Pocket Edge throws up some interesting facts as unlike the original Entourage Edge, the Pocket Edge has been made for a more general application unlike the former that is targeted primarily at the student community. This is in spite of the fact that while the Pocket Edge does allow for the PDF files to be zoomed in and zoomed out, but there is no way one can reflow the text to make them adjust to the display on smaller sized screens.

Pluses

>> The device feels rugged as a whole.

>> Chances of the screens getting damaged is virtually non-existent as both close in on each other and is not exposed.

>> First device to offer both an e-ink and a LCD screen is now even more pocket friendly.

>> At $399, its not too pricey to have a device that is both an e-reader and a tablet device at the same time.

Minuses:

>> Android 1.6 OS which is almost historical.

>> At half inch when open, the device is a lot chunky compared to the more recent e-readers we have come across.

>> The LCD touchscreen does not support pinch and zoom feature.

>> Lack of 3G.

>> No access to Android Market.

A good buy?

Unfortunately, this can’t be answered with a simple yes or a no. Rather, its a question of whether the Pocket Edge suits your requirement or not. Or whether, you need the Pocket Edge. If you have lived with the original Edge and found it convenient enough, the Pocket Edge can make things even more better for you as its now more compact and light. Its also easier to carry around now. The OS, in spite of it being still Android 1.6 is a lot faster than the original Edge, which is all the result of a thorough optimization job accomplished on the Google operating system on part of Entourage. Sure there is no Android Market here but the Entourage online shop is enough to take care of most of your requirements if not all. Its not without its own shortcomings. But that’s how the world’s smallest dualbook device is and at $399, its something that you can definitely consider trying.

via entourage edge blog via cnet

samsung galaxy tab vs the apple ipad

Welcome to another Video Production by Good e-Reader! In todays video we battle head to head the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

In these two videos we take a different approach and compare the devices from many different facets. We look at the differences in hardware, elements such as a camera, operating system and internal memory.

We also compare the two application stores and give our opinions on the iTunes and Apple App Store, vs the Android Market.

We also compare the speed in internet browsing, keyboards, switching between landscape and portrait mode. We also show off head to head battle, such as youtube browsing, internet browsing, and ebook turn speeds and lots more.

If you are thinking of buying either the Apple iPad or the Samsung Galaxy Tab, this is a great video to see the differences between both pieces of technology.

If either of these two devices interest you, unlike allot of other websites that never actually get their hands on the devices that they talk about, we always do hands on reviews of all of our e-readers or tablet computers. Check out our Samsung Galaxy Tab Review and the Apple iPad Review.


Welcome to another Good e-Reader eBook Preview for December 2010, where we mainly look at the next month’s electronic books that will be coming out to all online retailers for your e-reader!

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, Book 6) by Rachel Mead
Release Date: December 7, 2010

The epic finale in Richelle Mead’s #1 international best-selling Vampire Academy series.

Dead or Alive (Jack Ryan) by Tom Clancy
Release Date: December 7 2010

For years, Jack Ryan, Jr. and his colleagues at the Campus have waged an unofficial and highly effective campaign against the terrorists who threaten western civilization. The most dangerous of these is the Emir. This sadistic killer has masterminded the most vicious attacks on the west and has eluded capture by the world’s law enforcement agencies. Now the Campus is on his trail. Joined by their latest recruits, John Clark and Ding Chavez, Jack Ryan, Jr. and his cousins, Dominick and Brian Caruso, are determined to catch the Emir and they will bring him in . . . dead or alive.

Witch & Wizard: The Gift by James Patterson
Release Date: December 13, 2010

When Whit & Wisty were imprisoned by the wicked forces of the totalitarian regime known as the New Order, they were barely able to escape with their lives. Now part of a hidden community of teens like themselves, Whit and Wisty have established themselves as leaders of the Resistance, willing to sacrifice anything to save kids kidnapped and brutally imprisoned by the New Order.

But the One has other plans in store for them: He needs Wisty, for she is “The One Who Has the Gift.” While trying to figure out what that means, Whit and Wisty’s suspenseful adventures through Overworld and Shadowland lead to a jaw-dropping climax and conclusion: the highly-anticipated fulfillment of the heart-pounding opening prologue of book one

Entice by Carrie Jones
Release Date: December 14, 2010

Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that’s not quite how things have worked out. For starters, well, Nick is dead. Supposedly, he’s been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it’s taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla? And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there’s that other small problem: Zara’s been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn’t turned into just any pixie.

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
Release Date: December 7, 2010

The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does—an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me—to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, carefree daughter when she hugs my parents good night? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

Ruthless Game (GhostWalker #9) by Christine Feehan
Release Date: December 28, 2010

GhostWalker Kane Cannon’s mission plunges him into a hot zone more personal than he anticipated: the hiding place of Rose Patterson-hunted fugitive, ex-lover, and a fellow GhostWalker desperate to save the life of her unborn child. “Kane’s Child.”

No Place to Run by Maya Banks
Release Date: December 7th, 2010

The last person Sam Kelly expected to save was Sophie Lundgren. Once they shared a brief, intense affair while Sam was undercover and then she vanished. She’s spent the last few months on the run, knowing that any mistake would cost her both her life and that of their unborn child. Now she’s resurfaced with a warning for Sam: this time, he’s the one in danger.

Promise Canyon by Robyn Carr
Release Date: December 27th, 2010

After years spent on ranches around Los Angeles, Clay Tahoma is delighted to be Virgin River’s new veterinary assistant. The secluded community’s wild beauty tugs at his Navajo roots, and he’s been welcomed with open arms by everyone in town—everyone except Lilly Yazhi.

Lilly has encountered her share of strong, silent, traditional men within her own aboriginal community, and she’s not interested in coming back for more. In her eyes, Clay’s earthy, sexy appeal is just an act used to charm wealthy women like his ex-wife. She can’t deny his gift for gentling horses, but she’s not about to let him control her. There’s just one small problem—she can’t control her attraction to Clay.

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apple ipad mute button

Many people were asking us via e-Mail and by our Good e-Reader Forum about the latest Apple iPad 4.2 and 4.2.1 iOs updates causing a loss of sounds on their device. Some people reported issues like lost sounds on the keyboard, or other menus, including some games.

The solution is Apple changed the way Orientation locks via their built in accelerometer. Before you installed this update, there was a button above the volume control on your iPad that would lock your orientation, either in portrait mode or landscape. The button has been changed to mute your device or to unmute it. So if you had locked your device in one of the two modes before you installed this update, after the update your iPad would have muted all the sounds. The solution for this is obviously to unmute your iPad.

Now here is the main problem, if you want your orientation button back you have two options, either install the earlier firmware on your iPad or Jailbreak your iPad and download a new app called, you guessed it “NoMute” this is available for free at the Cydia store.

If you do not care about getting the button back, there is an option to fix this on your iPad, but it takes a few extra steps. First, you have to double click the main iPad HOME button, the big circle, it will then give you a toolbar at the bottom. Simply scroll to the left, via the proverbial iPad sweeping gesture and you will see the orientation lock displayed on the far left. You can click on it to lock the device to whatever orientation is displayed at the time you hit it. Although it takes a few extra steps to lock your orientation, and is really inconvenient, currently this is the only way possible to do it at the moment.

Many people on the internet including myself is up on arms about this casual decision to change the way we lock our orientation. We have received plenty of messages about how irate people are. People reported that they lock their orientation sometimes 10 to 20 times a day, and normally never mute the device.

There is a big movement to send Apple Feedback to reverse this in their next 4.3 iPad firmware update. The obvious question is whether they will listen to their customer base on the internet, which is notoriously fickle. It would obviously make more sense to relegate the mute button to the navigation bar and settings menu. Mainly because having mute, right next to the volume button makes the whole audio management process a little bit redundant.

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Sony might be charming book lovers the world over with its alluring range of e-book readers though strangely, the same couldn’t be said of its own backyard. The electronics behemoth had pulled back its e-readers from the Japanese market in 2007 citing lack of adequate demand and had set out in search of greener pastures.

However, now with as much water that could flow under the bridge in three years time, Sony is claiming to the market to have matured and expanded enough to warrant re-launching its e-readers once again. Perhaps the meteoric rise of the new age gadgets like the iPad or the Kindle range of e-readers has something to do with the change in user preference of the usually tech savvy Japanese consumers that has led to wider acceptance of these devices. And now, Sony too wishes to have a pie of the lucrative market and has set itself a rather ambitious target to control at least 50 percent of the booming tablet and e-reader market. In numeric terms, that turns out to anything in excess of 300,000 e-reader shipment each year.

Electronic books represent the biggest change since (Johannes) Gutenberg invented the printing press,” stated Sony Electronics Senior Vice President Fujio Noguchi who is the man in charge of the company’s e-reader business and further added: “We want to take advantage of this opportunity to spread Japan’s book culture to the rest of the world.”

Sony will start off December 10 when it will make available its Reader Pocket Edition with a 5 inch display which has been priced about 20,000 Yen or $240. The larger device with a 6 inch display will cost about 25,000 Yen or $298. Sony’s earlier attempt at the domestic e-reader market had bombed as the LIBRIe e-reader that it had launched had failed to click with consumers.

However, Sony is not the only one eager to catch on with the rise in demand for e-book reading devices as other players too are set to storm the segment. So while Samsung is readying the Galaxy Tab for a market assault, Sharp too is getting into the act with its Galapagos range of tablet/e-readers while NEC Biglobe Ltd. will be launching its Smartia tablet on the 6th of December. While most of Sony’s competitors are entering the fray with tablet PCs that also include e-book reading functionality, Sony, on the other hand, is relying on its e-readers to do the trick for it.

“We have pursued readability with the Reader. Many people say that they want a specialized terminal for reading,” said Noguchi.

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barnes and noble nook color

Welcome to another Good e-Reader video! In this video we unbox the brand new Barnes and Noble Nook Color Android 2.0 Color e-Reader! Check out the latest offering from the company that brought you the Nook 3G and the Nook WIFI e-Ink e-reader!

In this video we show you what comes with the unit, as well as instructions on how to properly use your USB Cable! We show you also the first things you see when you power the unit on the first time!

Stick with Good e-Reader for all your news on E-Readers, Tablets, Digital Publishing, Videos and Podcasts! Where most other sites only parrot the reviews they post, or never get their hands on what they are talking about, here at Good e-Reader we actually buy the devices we talk about and give you extensive information! Make Good e-Reader your definitive source for all things e-Readers.

Check out our Full Review of the Barnes and Noble Nook Color.