New Kindle Paperwhite Is a Snappier, More Capable E-Reader

The new Kindle Paperwhite has a faster processor and a better screen than its predecessor. Should you upgrade?
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Pebble, the Kickstarter-Funded Smart Watch, Comes to Best Buy

Pebble, the E-ink “smart” watch that started shipping back in February, is finally coming to retail stores. The $150 watch will be sold at Best Buy stores starting on July 7. The exclusive partnership is Pebble’s first retail launch of the device, after raising more than $10.2 million on Kickstarter last year (previously, the Pebble could be ordered through the company’s own website). The watch, which connects with iOS and Android smartphones via Bluetooth to alert the wearer to app activity, will be available in jet black and cherry red.

E Ink Hopes New Display Will Help It Nab Share of Wearable Market Everyone Is Talking About

The flexible display maker hopes the wrist of the future will have room for one of its new 1.7-inch screens.
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Dueling Korean Robots Among the Hidden Gems on Barcelona Show Floor

AllThingsD’s Ina Fried wanders the Mobile World Congress show floor in search of the quirky and quixotic.
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Pebble Watch Will Finally Ship on January 23

Pebble, the E-Ink “smart” watch that generated more than $10 million in preorders on Kickstarter last year, finally has a ship date: The company says it will go out Jan. 23, and that all 85,000 backers should receive their watches within six to eight weeks. The $150 Pebble is compatible with iPhone and Android, using Bluetooth to send alerts from smartphone to watch, and includes magnetic compass-like technology as well as light sensors.

TV Commercial Shows Off New Kindle Devices Before Amazon Does

A new e-reader and possible a larger screen tablet, but maybe not everything they plan on announcing at tomorrow’s press conference.
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Managing Expectations for Amazon’s Upcoming Kindle Event

Let’s recap what we know ahead of Amazon’s Sept. 6 press conference.
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New Sony Reader Gets Social

Sony’s latest e-book reader goes on sale today, and features Facebook and Evernote integration.
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Pebble Smartwatch Launch Delayed

The creators of the Pebble Smartwatch revealed today that it will miss its original launch date of September. The team did not set a new target, but noted on its Kickstarter page that “our current schedule has us on track to go from manufacturing zero to 15,000 Pebbles per week as soon as possible.” The Pebble Smartwatch features an e-ink screen and displays information from iPhone and Android smartphones. The project raised $10 million in pledges, breaking a funding record for Kickstarter.

Barnes & Noble Wants to Be Amazing in Bed, With New GlowLight Nook

Following disappointing sales of the first Nook Touch, Barnes & Noble is launching a new Nook Touch that combines E-Ink with a glowing screen.
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Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs Live at D8

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