The Skiff device is first to feature “metal foil” e-paper technology from LG Display, enhancing durability by eliminating the fragility of a glass display. This next-generation of e-paper display is based on a thin, flexible sheet of stainless-steel foil.
At just over a quarter-inch in overall height, the device is the thinnest e-reader announced to date. It features the largest and highest-resolution electronic-paper display yet unveiled in a consumer device, at 11.5” in size (measured diagonally) and a resolution of 1200 x 1600 pixels (UXGA). The device weighs just over one pound and lasts over a week of average use between charges.
The Skiff Service will deliver newspapers, magazines & books to the e-Reader via Sprint’s 3G Wireless Network. In addition to 3G, the Skiff Reader will also support wireless connectivity via WiFi.
The full touch-screen enables users to intuitively navigate and engage with the newspapers, magazines, books and other digital content they purchase through the Skiff Store, as well as personal and work documents.
“The Skiff Reader’s big screen will showcase print media in compelling new ways,” said Gilbert Fuchsberg, president of Skiff, LLC. “This is consistent with Skiff’s focus on delivering enhanced reading experiences that engage consumers, publishers and advertisers.”
“The forthcoming launch of the Skiff Reader is an exciting development for consumers who are looking for more and more choice in the arena of embedded devices,” said Dan Dooley, president wholesale solutions, Sprint. “We have witnessed a strong demand for e-readers in recent years and now Sprint is showing its commitment to Skiff by making this new device available on the 3G network and for sale in Sprint retail stores.“
Ready for your Kindle alternative? Skiff might be it. Might. We had a chance to sit down with the team to go hands-on with the 11.5-inch e-Reader. As a device, the near final prototype was big pushing an impressive 1,600 x 1,200 resolution -- enough to stuff an entire page of the New York Times up front including advertisements and still maintain readability. Mind you, it's not an exact republication, content has been modified to account for advertisements which, for better or worse, is part of the Skiff publishing model. Fortunately, we found it impossible to differentiate between the locally served ads and those you're already accustomed to seeing inside your favorite newspaper. But as far as competition goes, Skiff isn't hedging its bets on a single device -- this is a publishing platform. As such, Skiff showed us a total of four different devices accessing its content: a color e-reader prototype, and Skiff apps running on a Palm Pre, Viliv MID, and of course the Linux-based black and white reader launching sometime this year. They even promised an iPhone app as you'd expect with synchronization across all your devices (at least as many as the DRM will allow). Skiff tells us that an Android device is also in the works.
I just got a chance to play with the big-screened, touchscreened Skiff Reader, which is targeted at periodicals. It's incredibly thin, incredibly light, and they've even got a color screen prototype—Kindle and Nook should be scared.
Sprint just announced the addition of two new sleek and stylish messaging phones that offer touchscreen technology.
The LG Lotus Elite™ and LG Rumor Touch™ are successors to the popular LG Lotus™ and LG Rumor™
Available Jan. 10
The red LG Lotus Elite will be available Jan. 10, in all Sprint retail channels including www.sprint.com and 1-800-Sprint1 for $99.99 with a new two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate (excludes taxes and surcharges).
LG Lotus Elite will be available in black on Feb. 14.
LG Rumor Touch will be available in the first quarter; pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.
This phone has an external touchscreen that enables users to view emails, texts and pictures, as well as access voicemail without opening the phone. Customers can view Sprint TV®, listen to music and use Sprint Navigation from the external screen after starting the program using the main phone menu.
Offers features such as: • Sprint One Click menu, a highly customizable user interface that makes texting, Web access, email and other features easier to use • 2 megapixel camera and camcorder • Full QWERTY keyboard • SMS text messaging • Google Search
LG Rumor Touch facts
The LG Rumor series first launched in 2007 with the release of LG Rumor, a full QWERTY keyboard device that soon became one of Sprint’s most popular messaging devices.
Offers features such as: • A large 3-inch WQVGA touchscreen, • 2 megapixel camera and camcorder • MicroSD card slot supporting up to 32GB • Google Search and 3G data capabilities
LG Rumor Touch also offers access to Sprint Navigation, Sprint TV, Sprint Music and Sprint Mobile Email with personal and corporate calendar features. LG Rumor Touch will be available in blue in the first quarter, with more color options coming later in the year.
One Click is an award-winning interactive user interface design that lets users personalize the home screen on their phone. It provides one-click access to features and content, such as text messaging, Google search, Sprint Navigation, email, favorite Web sites, music and social networking.
With One Click, scrolling through the customized carousel-style menu on the home screen provides instant information related to each feature. For example, when a customer with text messaging on their home screen scrolls to that feature, he or she will see the number of new messages received. A single click takes the user directly to the feature selected.
Today at CES, Palm released big news. They are releasing improved development options, a $1,000,000 developer contest, full Flash support and video recording! Palm is expanding options for application developers, allowing you to use native code plugins when writing apps WebOS. This will mean more and better applications for you. To help spur development, Palm is sponsoring a one million dollar prize pool for the hottest new apps developed for the Pre and Pixi. You can find out more about this at http://developer.palm.com . The Palm App store is also out of beta and open for business with multiple sales channels open to developers. Read all about their exciting changes at the Palm Blog.
(Image courtesy Palm)
To showcase this new native code plug-in, Palm demonstrated new games for WebOS. Some of the upcoming games include Sims3, Need For Speed and Monopoly. These new graphic-rich games take advantage of the expanded development options and run full screen at full speed. The games are also phone friendly, pausing when text messages or phone calls come in. Flash support is coming from Adobe later this year. They announced that the Pre will be able to download a full version of Flash 10.1. This will enable rich interactivity on websites on your Palm Pre. Date is still TBA, but the Flash 10.1 upgrade will be available over the air in the Palm App Catalog. Engadget reports live from the CES presentation that :
"We're told that "lots" of games will be available in the App Catalog starting today, and the demo shown during the press event was remarkably lag-free. Another neat bit is the ability for games to integrate seamlessly in webOS, so any new texts you receive can be spotted while the game is playing, and if you switch cards to respond, the game just pauses until you return." http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/07/palm-gets-serious-about-gaming-on-webos/
Coming in February, Palm previewed one of the most demanded features for the phone – video recording and editing! With no hardware update, your current Palm Pre or Pixi will be able to record video using the built in camera. You can edit the video and share it directly from the phone to YouTube, Facebook or via SMS or email to your friends. The quick demonstration shown at CES was very promising. This looks like a great update to your current phone!
Palm also announced two new phones, coming to Verizon later this month. No word yet on exclusivity period or when they will be available to Sprint customers.
Pricing & Availability Beginning on Jan. 10, customers will be able to purchase Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot exclusively from Sprint for $99.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement. Customers in Sprint 4G service areas can purchase the device and sign up for 3G/4G plans at select Sprint retail stores, business sales, Web (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), and select Best Buy stores. Also beginning Jan. 10, Sprint will offer simplified 3G/4G data plans for consumers and businesses at $59.99 monthly (price plans exclude surcharges and taxes).3
News Highlights • Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless allows you to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously—including laptops, gaming devices, cameras and even smartphones from other carriers—through a single connection (via Wi-Fi)
• Up to 10 times faster than today’s 3G speeds from any national wireless carrier.1 • No need to wait for 4G devices to enjoy the benefits of 4G: Overdrive creates a connection between the Sprint 4G network and virtually all of the hundreds of millions of Wi-Fi-enabled electronics devices owned by or available to customers today.
What does it mean for you?
In the home: Through a single connection, you can bypass your cable provider and stream HD movies from content distribution providers (such as Netflix, Amazon and Blockbuster) right to your TV; connect your Xbox 360 and game real-time with someone located across the globe; move pictures wirelessly from your camera to a digital picture frame and surf the Web on your laptop while streaming Pandora.
In the dorm: Connect virtually anywhere on a campus with 4G coverage at 4G speeds: Turn your iPod Touch with Skype into a voice phone and make a call, or stream a live movie from Hulu or Netflix to your laptop.
On-the-go: Whether you’re on a long trip or running a busy day of errands, use Overdrive to keep passengers entertained in the car. Stream your favorite TV show from Hulu to your Netbook; use a PSP gaming device to access multiple games and content; download music to your Zune HD; and turn your 3G iPhone into a 4G device. It’s all very simple with Overdrive.
Mobile office: Join a video conference, download large files, conduct a virtual home tour and stay in constant contact with your office via unified communications.
Quotes: Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO “This device delivers the connected lifestyle to our customers in overdrive”
“The fact that it connects up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices is especially meaningful because at 4G speeds, customers can download and upload more data¬—gigabytes, not megabytes—in a matter of seconds. The Overdrive on the 4G network is made for the multitude of bandwidth-hungry applications customers want to access wirelessly, like video streaming.”
“4G beats 3G for speed and for value.”
Brian Dunn, Best Buy CEO "At Best Buy, we see an amazing amount of new devices and products from mobile phones to televisions to gaming consoles that are designed to connect and interact with each other. This kind of connectivity is very exciting, but it can also be complicated to maximize unless you actually see it and understand it.”
“In combination with Best Buy’s skilled and passionate associates, the Sprint Overdrive will allow us to showcase our in-store experience by demonstrating how various Wi-Fi- enabled products work and connect together, whether in the home, on-the-go or both."
Jason Cohenour, CEO of Sierra Wireless
“Sierra Wireless places a high priority on making our products simple to use, and we have put considerable time and effort into ensuring that Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot delivers the easiest user experience of any mobile hotspot on the market.”
“Its simplicity, combined with its compact portability, and security, makes Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot ideal for both personal and business use in a variety of situations.”
Sprint continues to blaze trails with 4G Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology. (View 4G coverage at www.sprint.com/4G)
Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. Sprint currently offers 4G service in 27 markets, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., San Antonio and Seattle. Sprint 4G is also offered in Abilene, Texas; Amarillo, Texas; Austin, Texas; Bellingham, Wash.; Boise, Idaho; Charlotte, N.C.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Greensboro, N.C. (along with High Point and Winston-Salem); Honolulu; Killeen/Temple, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; Maui, Hawaii; Midland/Odessa, Texas; Milledgeville, Ga.; Raleigh, N.C. (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Salem, Ore.; Waco, Texas and Wichita Falls, Texas.
Coming 2010 Sprint expects to launch service in multiple markets, including Boston, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.