PopSlate to celebrate its two year anniversary by finally shipping its ePaper smartphone case

popslateWhen it comes to crowd funded hardware projects, there are the projects that fail and projects that ship, and then there is PopSlate, the Schrodinger's cat of crowd funded hardware projects.

For the past two years Popslate has been neither dead nor alive, but that could change shortly. Word on Twitter is that someone is about to open the box. Continue reading

InkCase Plus Delayed by Manufacturing Issues

InkCase_E-Ink_Smartphone-500x340Originally scheduled to ship in October, the InkCase Plus E-ink smartphone case has hit a minor production snafu but will be shipping later this month.

The makers of the InkCase, Gajah, posted an update on the Kickstarter campaign with an explanation for the delay. They're having trouble manufacturing one of the modular components of the InkCase Plus: Continue reading

E-ink-Equipped InkCase Plus Clears the FCC, Ships This Month

InkCase_E-Ink_Smartphone-500x340Gajah's E-ink case for smartphones cleared one last hurdle this week when it showed up on the FCC website.

The InkCase Plus is designed to be a universal smartphone case which adds a secondary E-ink screen to almost any smartphone. Launched as part of an incredibly successful KickStarter campaign in July 2014, this smartphone accessory is scheduled to ship to backers in October and hit store shelves. Continue reading

New Leak Reveals a Square iWatch Design Which Won’t Go Into Production Until January

Bz2ajzj[1]With Apple's next press event less than 24 hours away, a new leak  may just have offered the first proof that the mounting rumors are true: there is an iWatch in the works.

A couple hours ago an anonymous redditor posted a set of slides which may show parts from the iWatch. Continue reading

Amazon is Facing Boycotts, Cries of Blackmail from Japanese Publishers

8493641623_5efb926d54_b[1]Never one to fight a single battle at a time, Amazon is in conflict with publishers in multiple countries, including Bonnier in Germany, Hachette Book Group in the US, and (reportedly) unnamed publishers in the UK.

And now we can add Japan to that list.

The Asahi Shimbun is reporting that Amazon has launched a new ranking system which has Japanese publishers up in arms.  Continue reading

eReader Maker Oaxis Launches Kickstarter Project for E-ink Smartphone Case, Hits Funding Goal in 3 Hours

inkcase plusIf you are in the market for a case which adds a second E-ink screen to your smartphone then you might want to head over to Kickstarter tout suite. There's a funding campaign going on right now which is already oversubscribed and is about to run out of prizes. Continue reading

Alcatel’s 3.5″ eReader Made an Appearance at Computex, Now Known as the e-Card

alcatel e-card 2The Alcatel Magic Flip was one of the high points of CES 2014, and I have just learned that this smartphone accessory slash ebook reader showed up at Computex last month.

The MagicFlip is now called the e-Card. From what I can tell it's still not available yet, but on the plus side this ereader now works a lot better. Continue reading

Gajah Unveils the InkCase Plus – Adds an E-ink Screen to Nearly Any Smartphone

Lastgajah inkcase IC3510 summer Gajah (aka Oaxis, their consumer brand) unveiled a trio of smartphone cases which added E-ink screens to the back of the iPhone 5 and 2 of Samsung's smartphones. As cool as these products may have looked, they suffered from an unfortunate limitation: they only worked with specific models.

Gajah is back again today with a new modular case system that overcomes this limitation.

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Hands on With the Pocketbook CoverReader (video)

The Ukrainian gadget _pocketbook_cover_reader_frontmaker Pocketbook sent 2 gadgets to CES 2014, and one worked a lot better than the other.

I spent some time today with the CoverReader, Pocketbook's entry into the smartphone case market, and I'm not terribly impressed with the idea. Sure, the demo unit worked okay, but I've begun to realize that I think there's a better option than adding an E-ink screen to a smartphone case. Continue reading