Amazon has just released a new version of its Android APP store that lets you try and app before you commit to the purchase. This feature is in beta phase and only works on select phones and tablets. This is a great new enhancement because you don’t have to waste your money on a particular app, only to find out it does not suit your needs. Amazon intends on refining this cloud based feature in the coming months and rolling it out to more devices. For now, it is all about trial and error to see if it works on your particular device. You can download it right now from the Good e-Reader App Store, or better yet, download our Android Client.
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The Good e-Reader Android App Store client was officially updated today for both Android and the Blackberry Playbook! We have augmented our existing Android app so there is now an optimized mobile and new Honeycomb version. All of the new versions give you many new enhancements and features.
One of the main new elements of our store is that is now completely now optimized for mobile phones and tablets. We know a ton of people use their Kindle Fire, Kobo Vox and many other tablets. Our mobile version also has been updated that makes it look even better on your smartphones or Android tablets. You will get the best experience with Android 2.1 – 2.3 and 4.0. We have also created a brand new Honeycomb version for people who still have those.One of the main new features we have introduced are fixes to Popular Apps and New Apps. In the past no matter what version of the client you had, it showed apps from both our Playbook and Android sections. We thought this confused many users and amended it so if you have the Android Client you will only see Android apps. We have also revised the way text is displayed in the App descriptions. It now maintains proper paragraph form and line spacing. Finally, we have added a new Splash screen image and added new enhancements to the auto update feature when an app you have as an update.The Good e-Reader App Store features over 1500 apps for both Android and the Blackberry Playbook. You think of our app market as a veritable editors choice of the best apps on both platforms. Here at Good e-Reader we put a heavy emphasis on reading and news apps, but we have tons of games and other content too. Whenever a new version of an app is released we always are one of the first app markets to update our apps. Our Playbook App Market is currently rated the #1 store of its kind, as voted by Crackberry.You can download the Mobile Android Client from Google Play HERE or from our web based store HERE. You can download our Honeycomb version from our App Store HERE and from Google Play HERE. Finally ou can download our official Playbook Client HERE.[ad#After Post 3]
A few days ago we announced that Aluratek was going to be releasing two new tablets that gives you Android 4.0 and some decent specs. Today the company announced its content distribution platform to get new apps on your device. It seems Getjar will be the platform of choice and will be bundled all on tablets that are shipping now.[ad#After Post 3]
Research in Motion has had piracy on its radar for a number of months. One of the largest concerns for the company in courting new developers for its BB10 platform has been piracy. The company has publicly stated on many occasions that Piracy is one of the things running rampant on the Android platform and they would do their darnedest to make sure their ecosystem does not turn into a cesspool. It seems that in conjunction with a major announcement that all App World purchases for the Playbook will be encrypted in the near future, a major Playbook pirate website was taken down.This website has been running for the last four months and specializes in apps and games ripped off from the Playbook App World. Their main priority was popular games such as the entire Angry Birds franchise, but basically had every single paid app available for free download on their website. This website was a thorn in the side of RIM in order to appeal to more mainstream developers to make apps for their own ecosystem. The company has made no public comment if they were the owns serving the DMCA notice to the owner of the website.RIM intends on implementing a new encryption system on their Playbook App World this July. In essence this will prevent people from pirating any new or exiting content from their store by disallowing anyone, but the purchaser from running in on their tablets. This will effectively nullify 3rd party websites that purvey pirated applications and games.Many people were blissfully unaware that PBVN.Net even existed but remained a constant source of disdain for RIM in their quest to lure more developers. The Waterloo company now realizes that in order for their market share to return to former glories they need to lure major apps like Skype, Pintrest, Temple Run and many more on their platform. When we talked with representative from RIM they said that many companies they spoke with were unwilling to develop for the platform because of rampant piracy and the ability to sideload in your own apps. RIM has confirmed that they will not disallow the ability to load in your own Android apps but they are working hard on their new encryption system to prevent future cases of piracy.[ad#After Post 3]
Aluratek is best known for its extensive line of e-readers that have been available on the market for the last three years. The company has just released two new models of their CinePad line of Android 4.0 tablet computers! They have both a seven and a ten inch model and both have some solid hardware and low prices.The first model they have out is a seven inch version with a resolution of 800 x 480 and the official name is the AT107F. It features a five-point capacitive multi-touch screen. It is powered by a Boxchip A10 cortex A8 1 GHZ Processor and 512 MB RAM. You have around 4 GB of internal storage for your media, books, and music. You can elect to expand it via the MicroSD Card up to 32 GB.There are a number of cool hardware features found on this model, such as a Mini-HDMI to give you hi-definition video on your television. It also has a speaker, microphone, WIFI, 3.5 MM headphone jack, and front facing webcam. It has a solid battery life via the 3.7V / 3000mAH battery, which should give you around seven hours of constant use. Finally, it is shipped with Android ICS and fully supports HTML5.The 10 inch model is dubbed the AT110F and it has a bit better of a processor—the Amlogic cortex A9 1 GHZ edition. This model has a 10 point multi-touch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The RAM is also boosted on this model with a very respectable 1 GB. You can store way more media with the 8 GB of internal memory and support for 32 GB of microSD expandable storage. There is also a ton of ports and extras, such as micro-HDMI, USB, Bluetooth, WIFI, and VGA-Webcam.The CinePad line of Ice Cream Sandwich tablets has been a long time coming and they finally have a solid line of tablets. The pricing structure is fairly solid, with the seven inch model costing only $149.99 and the ten inch edition is $219.99.[ad#After Post 3]
Bridgestone has been demonstrating its color e-paper technologies for a few years at various conferences and trade-shows. We have caught up with the representatives on many occasions and talked to Bridgestone’s major partners like Delta Electronics. Today Bridgestone announced that they were getting out of the e-paper arena and leaving their partners to fend for themselves.The company has made this decision after careful consideration of its options and a desire to stay in accordance with its management principal of “selection and concentration,” which Bridgestone is implementing to put an increased focus on its core businesses to provide maximum value to its customers and shareholders. Due to increasing competition and rapidly declining prices in the liquid crystal panel business, the company decided that the best course of action for its overall business is to exit the electronic paper market.Bridgestone, best known for making tires, had developed QR-LPD (Quick Response Liquid Powder Display) screen technology that was created through a joint partnership by Bridgestone and Vivitek. It’s basically a screen and a logic controller system for electronic readers that promotes a low power consumption while displaying 4096 colors. One of the big new factors in this technology is the .08 second page update and supports different types of page refreshes. It can do partial page updates, full page updates, and supports touch screen and stylus interactions. The screen technology can support from 8 inches all the way to 21 inches and does around 4 levels of gray-scale. Like Pixel Qi, the big selling points to clients wanting to employ QR-LPD is the ability to read it in direct sunlight.All of the companies involved in this new breed of technology developed e-readers as small as six inches and as large as 21 inches. It really was the 21 inch model with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,920 pixels for the mono panel and 1,280 x 960 for full color that drew the largest amount of industry attention.None of these devices, after three years of development, really ever saw the light of day, but Delta Electronics did issue the Aerobee e-readers that never saw market penetration. It is a shame that this technology really never took off. It had tons of potential but no one really invested a large amount of capital into consumer releases. When we spoke with Delta and Vivitek, their priorities were never the public but instead focused on niche segments like real estate and education.[ad#After Post Add]
Welcome to another Good e-Reader Exclusive Video Review! Today we check out the brand new Barnes and Noble Simple Touch Reader with Glowlight and conduct a battery of nighttime reading tests!The Nook Glowlight is the first e-ink reader in the world to utilize LED lights built into the bezel to give you the ability to read in the dark. How does this compare to book lights which have been on the market for a number of years? We compare the Nook Glowlight with the standard LED Book Light. We also compare it to the brand new Solar Focus Kindle case with built in Book Light. Finally, we check out how it rates against the Nook Tablet and iPad 3 for reading at night!We really put this device through all the paces comparing it to most 3rd party accessories that would give your normal e-reader the ability to read at night. Many people buy tablets because they also allow you to read without depending on having a lamp on or external lights. If you are thinking of buying an e-reader or tablet to read at night, this is the best test to help you make the decision.[ad#After Post Add]
Welcome to another Good e-Reader Video Tutorial! Today we teach you how to load eBooks on the new Barnes and Noble Simple Touch with Glowlight! We use three different programs that handle your book loading process quite differently. The ones we focus on today is Calibre, Adobe Digital Editions and Windows Explorer.The Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight primarily handles EPUB and PDF books. These are two of the most commonly found digital book formats on the internet. Having the Nook really allows you the freedom to not be locked into any particular ecosystem. You can buy books form other online retailers, as long as their books are in EPUB. Kobo, Smashwords and many other websites sell books in this popular format.Calibre is a free open source ebook management software suite. It provides maximum flexibility in handling your book libraries. The essence of this program is using it with DRM-Free books, or books you downloaded from the internet that do not have encryption.We show you how to find this program on the internet and the basic functionality. The main aspects of this program is being able to edit the title, author name, book series and add cover art. We show you how to do all of this and then some! Also, when you are done editing your books, you can easily save it directly to your Nook.Adobe Digital Editions is a free program that you can install on your PC. The essence of this one is to copy books to your device that you have purchased on other bookstores or borrowed from the library. Once you install the program and attach your Nook Glow to your PC you should see it appear. You can then import your books to your stage and then drag and drop them to your e-reader. Books tend to be copied over super fast and we show you all the steps involved.The last program we use is good ole Windows Explorer! This provides the least flexibility in handling your books, but it is the most commonly used method people use. We show you the directory structure of your Nook and where exactly to copy the books.[ad#After Post Add]
Engadget posted a video today of Plastic Logic’s prototype flexible color ereader. The screen, which boasts over 1 million transistors and has over 4,000 hues, can maintain its flexibility and its image integrity at the same time.This development was possible in part due to the success of Plastic Logic’s basic ereader, the Plastic Logic 100, that made its way into Russian classrooms to deliver digital textbooks to the academic setting. The shaved model, which doesn’t have wi-fi and relies on cable to transfer texts to the device, was funded partly through a large investment from Rusnano; the success of that transaction and resulting device set the stage for the new flexible screen device.Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader had a concise explanation for why Plastic Logic’s screen is able to pull off that level of hue with a plastic screen:“The color is provided by a filter laying on top of the grayscale screen. The screen underneath the filter has a resolution of 150 ppi, and that gets cut in half because you need 3 pixels to do red, green, and blue. There’s also a 4th pixel which is left alone (it shows the white/black of the underlying screen. The RGBW are arranged in a 2 by 2 grid in the layer on top of the Plastic Logic screen…This is a flexible screen, and so is the filter laying on top. Plastic Logic had to design the filter so it flexes at the same rate as the screen so it wouldn’t get bent out of shape. That is an interesting trick.”In theory, this would achievement would improve the e-reader display while possibly reducing the cost, once it’s available for mass production of course; neither the price nor the launch date for mass market hasn’t been released yet. However, the scaled down device that Plastic Logic made available in Russian classrooms was still upwards of $400 per unit, so don’t count on a huge savings just yet.[ad#After Post Add]
The Blackberry Playbook got a second lease on life when the Android Emulator hit the scene via the OS2 update. In the last four months, our very own Good e-Reader Playbook App Store has attained over 700 fully functional Playbook Apps that have been converted from their native Android. Our top 10 list runs down the most downloaded apps in the last month.Text Me! – Free Texting + SMS for Playbook – One of the leading free SMS and text messaging apps.
My Baby Piano – A really great piano application designed for kids!
Google Maps – This app is updated a ton and we have the latest version. Check out your neighborhood and discover new ones, fully functional.
VLC Direct – Easy and powerful streaming client and server application.
Google Voice – Make cheap international calls with your Google number. Send free text messages.
Amazon Kindle – Simply one of the best e-reading applications for the Playbook. A great alternative to the native Kobo ecosystem found in the App World.
Dropbox – Access your Cloud from the Playbook! Get access to your documents, music, video, and more!
Words With Friends – Play Words With Friends Free, the #1 mobile word game, with both your Android and iPhone/iPad-toting friends.
Crime City – Want to build a criminal empire and crush your rivals?
Talkdroid: MSN Messenger – One of the best MSN clients on the Playbook!
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