The latest edition to the Amazon Kindle range of tablet and readers is the Voyage; it is the next generation of paperwhite display devices offering high resolution and contrast in a nice compact six inch screen. It is safe to say that the Kindle has grown up and this model is a sort of mash up of the tablet and reader devices available, one model offering the best of both worlds. There is 4 GB of built in storage, which is enough to store thousands of books in fact you could have your entire library stored on the one device how’s about that for saving space and everything is done through a wireless connection.
Because it’s an Amazon built and marketed device the buyer will be getting enough free cloud storage for all of the users Amazon content that has been purchased, even if it is free. The Voyage will fully charge in around three hours via a USB cable, this charge will last up to six weeks depending on how it is used. This all new Kindle device measures in at 162 mm (L) x 115 mm (W) x 7.6 mm (H) and it weighs in at 180 grams for the Wi-Fi model and 188 grams for the Wi-Fi with free 3G version. Buy it now on Amazon prices start from just £169 Wi-Fi only model and rise to £229 for the Wi-Fi with free 3G model.
When it comes to tablets, the eight inch version is fast becoming very popular as the tablet of choice for consumers as they offer portability and usability all rolled into one handy device. This new tablet from Asus comes with Microsoft Office 365 pre installed so it offers all of the features such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. This is just the beginning of the VivoTab experience. The ASUS VivoTab 8 comes with a neat 8 inch LED screen with a backlight WXGA display offering a 1280 x 800 of pixel resolutions, IPS Panel and 10 finger multi-touch support. It is running on the Windows 8.1 operating system and powered by the Intel Atom Z3745 quad core processor with a speed of 1.86 GHz.
There is a choice of either a 1 GB or 2 GB of internal storage, with 32 GB of eMMC available and 5 GB Life Time ASUS Webstorage Space. For great images, there is the 2.0 MP front camera and the same at the rear. Connectivity comes from the WLAN802.11 a/b/g/n and the low energy Bluetooth V4.0. It has eight hours of power from the 15.2 Wh Li polymer battery, it measures up at 124.9 mm (W) x 211.7 mm (D) x 8.8 mm (H) and it weighs in at manageable 330 grams. The ASUS VivoTab 8 comes in Black, White, Purple or Gold.
There is a need for minimal designs when it comes to buying a stand for your tablet or Smartphone, but there are not many designs that fit the bill at the moment. However, there is the Seta in the works and it is due to hit the shelves before the end of the year. The Seta is made from aircraft grade aluminium with NanoSuction pads to prevent marking and scratching furniture, these pads grip onto the tablet what at the same time will grip onto the surface furniture. Yet are not sticky to the touch!
It will works with most tablet devices with the exception of the Kindle and it will work with most hard cases too, which is handy because you do not want to be removing the case just so the device can be placed onto a stand, no matter how good it looks. There is a T Channel, which is virtually compatible with all OEM tablet charging cables. Finally, it has that timeless design that will work with just about device new or old.
There are two models in the range, the Seta 7 for smaller tablets and the Seta 10 for larger tablets. The Seta comes with the following colour choices; Black, Silver, and White. The Seta Stand should be in the store by the end of the year, but for a while, the Seta 7 can be pre ordered in black, white or silver from just $49.
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The Kindle Paperwhite is a great ereader as you can use outside in the bright sun without losing anything from the display. So that makes it great for holidays, but there is a risk here as taking it holiday means relaxing on the beach, by the pool and in the bar, all these places have liquids that can play havoc with electrical devices.
However, there could an answer from Waterfi and its the standard second generation Kindle Paperwhite device that has been fully waterproofed, so this means that water or any other liquid is not going to touch this Kindle Paperwhite at all. This means that this device can be taken just about anywhere without the fear of it being damaged by liquids.
So, now this Kindle can be taken where no other Kindle Paperwhite has gone before, the pool, the bath and on the beach, should the worse happen and for some reason it is covered in water, it does not matter. In fact, this waterproofed Kindle Paperwhite is good down to a depth of 210 feet, so a little spill is not going to make any difference.
The great thing is that if you leave the beach and your new Kindle is covered in wet sand, all you have to do is rinse off under a tap of running water and then let it dry out in the sun. You friends, family and anyone else will be standing there in total amazement at what you are doing. So when the device switches on with no problems, they will all be impressed.
The cost of this Kindle is around £150 or $240, which is about 50% more expensive than a regular Kindle Paperwhite device, so the initial outlay could be worth it in the long run, if you are planning on taking the device where there is water or other liquids freely flowing.
Around seventy million people around the world use sign language to communicate, this is fine if the person that they are trying to communicate with can understand what they are saying, otherwise it is just another language and the message is not getting through.
There is hope in the pipeline, from a start up called MotionSavvy they have the idea of using the technology available in tablet devices together with their clever software to make communicating through sign language easy for all. It works because the tablet is able translates the sign language into either text or voice.
However, it will also work the other way around, using the tablets built in microphone MotionSavvy is able to translate the voice into text. It might be slower than having a face to face conversation, but it is much better than struggling to get people to understand each.
MotionSavvy provides some common ground allowing those who use sign language as their primary method of communicating to speak to anyone and visa versa, this one idea that really could change the lives of millions of people forever and that is something that does not come along every day.
It is early days for MotionSavvy at the moment, so it is not available just yet. However, they have secured some investment and therefore it should be well on the way very soon and we cannot wait to see how this device progresses over the next few months.