Thursday, May 14, 2015

Artist Photocopies his Kindle to Make a Physical Backup


When Kindle owners purchase an e-book the book is merely licensed and not truly owned. Some people opt to strip the DRM from their books to have a backup, whereas others take a more novel approach.

Artist Jesse England decided that stripping the digital rights management from his copy of George Orwell’s 1984 was too simple. Instead, he painstakingly photocopied each page of the e-book and made a print version of it.

What prompted him to do this? Well, In 2009, some Amazon Kindle users found their copy of George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm had been removed from their Kindles without their prior knowledge or consent; those particular copies were offered for sale by a publisher who did not have the proper rights to do so. After consumers spoke out about having a book taken from them without their consent, Amazon later reinstated the copies taken from those who purchased the book or offered gift cards as compensation for the inconvenience, and promised never to repeat such an event in the future.


Jesse thought this whole situation was rather ironic and was the catalyst for making a print version of his photocopied e-reader.

To make things even more meta, after making his physical copy England then uploaded the scanned version back to his Kindle, creating a hall of mirrors effect and one very hard to read book.

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Sony Digital Paper Being Embraced by the Health Care Industry


The Sony Digital Paper 13.3 inch PDF reader was designed to be a professional device, whereas the Kindle, Nook and Kobo are aimed at consumers. This gives Sony a massive advantage to target industries that have been mostly neglected by the tablet industry. Health care is something that is critically important and the Digital Paper is slowly making inroads in this sector.

The $15.8 billion urgent care industry is expected to grow 6 to 8 percent annually through the opening of new clinics and a spike in patient volumes, and new technology is necessary to support this rapidly growing market segment.  In order to take advantage of this sector Sony has just signed a new agreement with a company called T-system.

T-System has a product called T-Sheets, which are PDF templates for unscheduled care (emergency and urgent care), sometimes also termed episodic care. The principle concept is that the templates are structured documents relating to a chief complaint. T-System has developed unique templates for all complaints that a patient might present to the ED/UC with. The contents on the template help guide the clinician through asking the right questions and documenting the correct information to ensure complete, accurate, and thorough documentation of the patient encounter, to ensure quality care, and deliver optimal reimbursement.

T-System is very established in the health care industry and this the first time that the Sony Digital Paper has been used in this manner.

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Are Some Anime Overrated?


You hear of it, time and time again. Everyone is talking about this anime, everyone is demanding you see it. It's the greatest thing ever, you hear. It's a classic, you hear. It will revolutionize the way we watch anime, you hear. Yet, upon watching, you find the anime isn't all that. You might think it's a little dull. You might not even like it, at all.

It's a case of being overrated. It happens in every corner of entertainment. It happened to Hollywood hits, like Frozen and The Avengers. It usually leaves a strong backlash by the people who didn't find it that good, and people become divided over the story being the best thing or the worst thing ever. It usually happens regarding popular shonen anime, such as Naruto or Bleach. Most recently, it's begun to happen to Attack on Titan.

Too much hype can ruin the experience of watching an anime for you. But does that make the story actually bad? The anime won't change, regardless of how many people talk about it. And sometimes you have to take a step back and think, if you had gone into this experience with no expectations, would your opinion of the anime be different?

At the heart of the matter, what it comes down to is personal tastes. Everyone likes different things and everyone has a different opinion of what is good. If an anime with a story you don't particularly enjoy is being oversold, of course you're going to dislike it. You'll dislike it even further if it gets more attention than the anime you really do like.

So, when you find the hype growing on a certain anime, don't let yourself be sucked in to the expectations. Look at it from an outside perspective. If it isn't really your style of story, choose not to watch it or keep that in mind as you do watch it. And don't let the hype build up your excitement and make you believe it's the 'best thing ever' before you even watch it. Enjoyment of anime is always higher when your expectations are lower, as terrible as it sounds. The sensation of being pleasantly surprised is always better than bitter disappointment.

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Amazon Giving Away $110 in Paid Apps & Games

Once again Amazon is giving away a bunch of paid Android apps and games for free through the Amazon Appstore. Normally the apps sell for over $110, but from now until May 17th you can download as many of them as you want for free. There are apps for kids, along with a few utility […]

Kobo Glo HD Review and Video Walkthrough

Review Date: May 2015 – Review unit purchased from Chapters.Indigo Overview The Kobo Glo HD is only the second ebook reader behind the Kindle Voyage to use E Ink’s highest resolution 300 ppi screen, which helps makes text look clearer and sharper than older displays. The Glo HD is a second generation model that replaces […]

Price cut! Raspberry Pi Model B+ now only $25

When we announced the Raspberry Pi 2 back in February, we said that we’d continue to support its predecessor, the Raspberry Pi Model B+. Since then, we’ve sold well over a million units of Raspberry Pi 2, but Model B+ has also continued to sell very well, despite also costing $35.

$10 cheaper, but just as much fun

$10 cheaper, but just as much fun

A side effect of the production optimizations that allowed us to hit the $35 target price for Raspberry Pi 2 is that the Model B+ is now much cheaper to manufacture than it was when it was introduced. With this in mind, we’ve decided to drop its list price to $25. If you’re looking for a Raspberry Pi with networking and multiple USB ports, and don’t need the extra performance or memory that the Raspberry Pi 2 brings, you might want to check it out.

The Raspberry Pi product line now stretches from the Model A+ at $20, via the Model B+ at $25, to the top-of-the-range Raspberry Pi 2 at $35. The new pricing will take effect across our partners’ websites over the next few days, but right now RS Components in the UK and MCM Electronics in North America look like your best bet.

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