Borders Taking Pre-Orders on Libre eReader

Borders has its own eReader called the Kobo that it unveiled last month. The company plans to offer a good, better, best line up of eReaders at a digital section of the store. One of the readers that will be offered alongside the Kobo is the Libre Pro eReader.

Borders is now taking pre-orders on the Libre at a price of $119.99. The eReader is the same Aluratek Libre that was unveiled a while back. The Borders version is black and has a 5-inch monochrome reflective light display that promises to look like paper and be easy on the eyes.

The battery in the Libre is good for 24 hours of continuous use and the device measures 6″ x 4″ x 0.5″ and weighs 7.6 ounces. The reader has 256MB of internal memory and can be upgraded with 32GB SD card. The device has 100 books pre-installed on it from the classic library. Borders will ship the Libre on July 2.

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Microsoft responds to Google moving away from Windows, calls it ironic


Google made some waves earlier this week by reportedly moving employees off of Windows and onto Mac OS X and Linux machines — although the company wouldn’t confirm the switch, the move was said to be precipitated by security issues after Chinese hackers attacked the search giant back in January. Now, that wasn’t the only reason mentioned in the report — Google apparently also wants employees to use home-grown products like Chrome OS, and it’s sort of weird for Google to buy tons of software licenses from a major competitor — but the implication that Windows isn’t secure enough for Google seems to have raised Microsoft’s hackles: a new post on the Windows Team Blog says the irony of the move is “hard to overlook” as Gmail and Google Docs have privacy and security issues of their own, offers a point-by-point breakdown of all the ways Windows 7 is more secure than the competition, and goes on to suggest that a recent piece of shady Mac OS X malware is “a future sign of things to come for Apple and security.” Meow. Now, we honestly think the real story is as simple as Google not wanting to write Microsoft a really big check, but we’re not going to say no to a little fight here — Eric, Steve, you have anything to say?

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Rogers Now Offering the Acer Liquid e

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Not even a week ago, we learned Rogers began training their employees on the Acer Liquid e that was rumored to launch for the carrier. Today, they’ve announced the availability of the phone for $49.99 on a three year voice and data plan with a minimum monthly service fee of $45.

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Rogers has also announced they’ll be carrying the device exclusively, which is probably what that “e” stands for (or maybe not, but it would still be fitting). We’re not sure if the newly announced “Ferrari” edition will be going to Rogers, as well, but it’s something to ponder if you like what that phone has to offer.

The Liquid e features a 3.5″ touchscreen and runs Android 2.1. It also has a 5-megapixel camera, WiFi, GPS, and the ability to view high-definition videos. It’s also a recognized member of the “Social View” line of smartphones that Rogers offers, which gives you all the tools you need to keep up with your friends and family wherever they are.

Grab your own now by heading to Rogers today.

http://phandroid.com/2010/06/02/rogers-now-offering-the-acer-liquid-e/

Rogers Now Offering the Acer Liquid e

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Not even a week ago, we learned Rogers began training their employees on the Acer Liquid e that was rumored to launch for the carrier. Today, they’ve announced the availability of the phone for $49.99 on a three year voice and data plan with a minimum monthly service fee of $45.

rogers-acer-liquid-e

Rogers has also announced they’ll be carrying the device exclusively, which is probably what that “e” stands for (or maybe not, but it would still be fitting). We’re not sure if the newly announced “Ferrari” edition will be going to Rogers, as well, but it’s something to ponder if you like what that phone has to offer.

The Liquid e features a 3.5″ touchscreen and runs Android 2.1. It also has a 5-megapixel camera, WiFi, GPS, and the ability to view high-definition videos. It’s also a recognized member of the “Social View” line of smartphones that Rogers offers, which gives you all the tools you need to keep up with your friends and family wherever they are.

Grab your own now by heading to Rogers today.

http://phandroid.com/2010/06/02/rogers-now-offering-the-acer-liquid-e/

Motorola Flips Out Its New Android Phone

Motorola is set to rival HTC in the ability to crank out Android phones at a breath-taking pace. Motorola has introduced a new phone called Flipout that features a pivoting pop-out keyboard and a compact touchscreen display.

The Flipout will have a 2.8 inch screen, 3 megapixel camera, video recording capability, Wi-Fi and GPS. It will run the Android 2.1 version of the operating system.

The phone will also have the Motoblur Android skin that we have already seen on other Motorola devices such as the Cliq and Backflip. Motoblur aggregates e-mails, messages and status updates from different social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Myspace to present it as a stream of data on a single screen.

With its square form and social networking features, the Flipout seems like a good alternative to Microsoft’s recently launched Kin Two phone. But it is not clear if the device will make it to the U.S. Motorola already has Backflip, a device with a nifty mode that allows its to be placed on the desk like an alarm clock and the Cliq, the first of its phones featuring the Motoblur skin.

Sure, its about giving consumers choice but with the Cliq, Backflip, Devour and Droid already out, is there such a thing as too many phones from a company? Especially when the features start to blur and minor tweaks in hardware design are all that sets one device apart from the other.

The Flipout will launch in the next few weeks in “certain regions around the world,” says Motorola. The company won’t disclose pricing either but that’s likely to depend on the deals it can ink with the wireless service providers.

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Radio Shack to open at 6AM for Evo 4G

htcevo4g-ctia.jpgOn Wednesday Radio Shack said it would open 1,600 of its retail stores across the country at 6AM on June 4th to accommodate pre-orders for the HTC Evo 4G. As a reward, the early buyers will get a 15 percent discount on all accessories for the handset purchased on June 4th. Those who didn’t pre-order the phone but want it can still buy it on the same day, as Radio Shack said it ordered extra stock….

http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/06/02/radio.shack.opens.at.6am.for.evo.4g.release/

Webia Technologies Brings Us a $50 Android-Powered Set-Top-Box Video

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Webia Technologies introduced their budget-priced Bonux set-top-box prototype at Computex 2010 and it’s showing a lot of promise. The device is running an ARM11 SoC processor clocked between 700-720 mhz and the demo that they showed was speedy enough to make more than just a few people notice.

The STB was running a build of Android 2.1, although it wasn’t fully customized for a TV experience just yet (there was an attractive looking video browser, though). We expect that they’ll be working with Google to get the device going with Google TV sometime down the line, but it’s showing a lot of promise for now. The demonstrator showed off some HD video content and it displayed beautifully in full 1080p. The’ve partnered with several outlets to enable and optimize Android for HD video playback that rivals what you’d see on some higher end devices.

You can expect the STB to ship with a unique remote control that comes with a touch-enabled QWERTY keyboard so you can use various apps and do web browsing with ease. They’re also considering providing 2.4ghz wireless keyboards to help keep costs down on keyboard options, but I can’t imagine they would block support for modern Bluetooth keyboards that you can buy from other vendors.

Other additions include HDMI-out, Skype (no video initially, but that’s planned down the line) and the standard set of Android’s default applications. There’s no word on the Market being included, but from what we could see, applications scale nicely to a 16:9 aspect ratio running at a maximum resolution of 1920×1080. I can’t wait to see more devices like this that showcase what Google TV is all about and what we should hopefully be seeing available in early 2011, at the latest.

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http://phandroid.com/2010/06/02/webia-technologies-brings-us-a-50-android-powered-set-top-box-video/