Saturday, March 29, 2014

Top 10 New Android Apps of the Week – March 29 2014


There has been some very big new titles hitting iOS this week, such as Angry Birds Epic and Supercells Boom Beach. It looks like Android gets the short end of the stick, but there are a number of new and notable titles to hit the Good e-Reader App Store.

blinkbox books from Tesco – The new blinkbox books service from Tesco helps you find stories you'll love to read on the train, in the bath or on the sofa late at night. Create your own eBook library on your Android mobile, tablet or Hudl and enjoy the most popular bestsellers at your fingertips, from Dan Brown, John Grisham, Sylvia Day, and David Walliams to the classics of Jane Austen and William Shakespeare.

Star Wars: Assault Team – Assemble a powerful team of your favorite Star Wars™ heroes, and battle enemies and other players across the galaxy in STAR WARS™: ASSAULT TEAM! Strategize to give your team the winning edge in this unique, turn-based combat game from Disney Mobile in partnership with LucasArts!

Cut the Rope 2 – Cut the Rope 2 brings fresh challenges and unanticipated obstacles to the candy crunching, physics-based phenomenon that has delighted millions of players around the world! If you like Cut the Rope, you'll love Cut the Rope 2!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Play as Captain America and lead your S.H.I.E.L.D. Strike Team as they struggle to contain a massive attack on the World by several nefarious crime organizations. Stop the attacks and then take the battle to your enemies.

METAL GEAR SOLID V: GZ – Extend the world of "METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES" (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360*, Xbox One) into the palm of your hands.

They Need To Be Fed 2 Free – Gravity in all directions means you can never fall off, but that's not to say the game is easy. This is the sequel to the original They Need To Be Fed, which received much acclaim. They Need To Be Fed 2 is bigger, better, full of new surprises but also "more of the same"!

Earbits Music Discovery Radio – Earbits is a free music discovery app designed to make it dead simple to find new bands and connect with them. If you are tired of ads and commercials on Pandora give Earbits Radio a try. It is 100% commercial and ad free.

Zombie Gunship Zero – Zombie Gunship puts you in the gunner seat of a heavily-armed AC-130 ground attack aircraft. Strategically fire your powerful guns to slay endless waves of zombies and protect the remaining survivors of the zombie apocalypse!

Max Axe: Quest For Loot! – Tired of lame-axe games? Get ready for MAX AXE! Throw axes with your finger to slay foul beasts, collect REDONKULOUS treasure and score BILLIONS of points to outrank your friends!

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Russia Technology Fund Buys 25% Equity in YotaPhone


The Yotaphone was the first commercially viable Android driven smartphone that had two screens, color and e Ink. The company has been making waves in the technology industry due to the innovative design and emphasis on mobile reading. Yota has only been selling the device in their home country of Russia and just expanded into Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, UK and some Scandinavian countries. In order to facilitate growth, Rostec, the Russian state-backed technology investment group, has invested in Yota for a 25%
equity stake.

According to the Financial Times “Mr Martynov confirmed that Rostec had exercised an option to acquire a quarter of the company, which he said was a legacy of Rostec's participation in the restructuring of Russian internet services provider Scartel, the former owner of Yota.

The YotaPhone has a 4.3 inch screen with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels on the front and a 640 x 360 display on the e-ink panel. Text can be fuzzy very hard to read, there is hardly any options to augment the text size. Underneath the hood is a dual core chip rated at 1.7 GHz does a good job at keeping up performance. Honestly, the entire control scheme of the phone is the worst I have ever seen. There are no physical buttons, and instead you have to gesture on the bezel upwards or double tap in an indeterminate area to access the e-ink screen. In some cases, you have to swipe left or right to turn pages while reading a book. Some books require you have to turn pages using the volume keys, so there is no consistency in the eBook reading experience.

Vlad Martynov, chief executive of YotaPhone said the goal of the first generation device is just to build awareness. The company’s priority is developing a more solid second generation model that is due out at the end of the year. The prototype was shown off at Mobile World Congress in Spain last month. One of the big selling points is the e Ink screen will be touchscreen and readers can interact with it via pinching and zooming.

The Yota is an interesting phone, as a novelty item. Customers would be better served waiting for the second generation mode, instead of spending £419, since the costs to produce the phone were higher than average, given the extra materials needed.

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e Ink Reports 10% Quarterly Loss


The dedicated e-reader market is shrinking and the companies heavily invested in this space are diminished from the boom period of 2011 and 2012. e Ink is the primary player in this sector, their screen technology can be found on the Kindle, Kobo, Nook and Sony readers. Chief Financial Executive Eddie Chen recently told investors that e Ink’s revenue is expected to plunge 10% on the next earnings call.

E Ink has been seeing a cumitive decline in sales as their primary customers get more heavily invested in tablets. This has warranted a restructuring of their business and North American operations moving to a singular building.

The company is still heavily invested in the e-paper space, with 80% of their revenue still deriving from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. Taipei-based Horizon Securities analyst Stanley Hsu said “shipments of e-book devices reached a peak of 20 million units in 2012 and then fell to 16 million units last year.”

One of the ways e Ink intends on turning things around is via the red hot mobile phone industry.The company began shipping e-paper products to Russian smartphone vendor Yota Devices last quarter and is hooking up Onyx with their e-Paper Android phone.

e Ink continues to make most of their money from royalties, based on the sales performance of mainstream e-readers. They have also raised capital from new investors in Taiwan and even received an income tax refund.

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PressReader Secures Deal with Future for Properties such as Edge and T3


PressReader is the leading player in the digital newspaper space with thousands of international editions available on a all you can read basis. The company is not that well known in the magazine space, with only a few hundred in their portfolio. Today, PressReader has signed a deal with UK based Future to incorporate over 50 new titles into their library.

Future won Digital Publisher of the year in the UK for 2013 and has a number of great properties. Some of the most notable include PC Gamer, T3, and Edge Magazine, which have a massive subscriber base. By joining the PressReader network, Future will benefit from the additional international exposure through PressReader’s established global business channels that include over 15,000 hotels, libraries, airlines, airport lounges and cruise ships from around the world.

“We are excited to partner with such a well-respected international media brand as Future Publishing Limited and to be able to offer our readers an expanded collection of special interest content.” said Nikolay Malyarov, chief content officer for PressReader. “Because of our rapid expansion into new markets and business verticals, we are focused on diversifying our content and growing our selection of magazines and newspapers to attract a wider audience with a variety of interests.”

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Home automation. For your Enterprise-class starship.

This is a work-in-progress from Ludwig Boltzmann. And we love it. Ludwig says he will upload his code to Github when he’s satisfied it’s properly polished, but we liked what we saw in this video at this unfinished stage so much that we wanted to show it to you now.

Can it be used to play Lifeforms so we can sing along, Ludwig?

Read more about how Ludwig’s making this system work over at YouTube.

10 Free Nook Books – March 29th

Below is a list of free Nook ebooks as of March 29th, 2014. Please note that some of these ebooks are free for a limited-time only and could expire at anytime. Make sure to double-check that they are still free before purchase. Subscribe to The eBook Reader Blog to keep updated on future free ebooks […]

Office For iPad Already a Hit


Microsoft's move to launch Office on the iPad seems to be paying off rich dividends, with the app already featured among the top free apps for iPad. Word has emerged as the most popular at the No. 1 slot, followed by Excel and PowerPoint at the 3rd and 4th slots, respectively. The Office app is a free download but that will only allow for opening and viewing documents; an Office 365 subscription is required to do anything meaningful, including editing or formatting a document or creating one from scratch.

The Redmond-based company is also benefiting from a new and steady stream of income from Office 365 subscriptions that costs $9.99 a month or $99 a year. Of course, Apple is benefiting from a 30 percent share for every in-app purchase, creating a win-win situation for both Apple and Microsoft.

Microsoft, it seems, is open to adapting to a fast changing tech scene. As for the app itself, Office for iPad impresses with the features and functionality that it offers, all of which has been optimized for touch based operations.

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