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Wysips Solar-Powered Screen Cover to Add $1 to Smartphone price [ALPHA]

There are more details coming out over the Wysips Solar Powered screen for smartphones we reported on last week. According to this hands on, done by Laptop Magazine, the photovoltaic screen will be included in new smartphones within a year and promises to only add about $1 to existing cellphone prices. The hands on shows a smartphone mockup with an amp-meter attached to it, showing the fluctuating voltage as the device moves in and out of exposed light. Wysips also says that the solar film isn't only being developed for for smartphones, it'll have applications for tablets and eBook readers as well.

HTC App Store in development tip insiders

HTC are tipped to be readying an App Store of their own, which would offer ebooks and applications according to the Financial Times' sources. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, HTC is apparently hiring content editors for an online store; that team will begin with a small number of Taiwan-based staff, but is expected to grow to around 100 people spread around the world. HTC will only say that the company is "growing very fast" and that it is "hiring for a variety of positions including marketers, developers, technical writers and many others. We are always exploring new areas we can add value to our customers but we can’t comment on our future plans." The latest version of HTC Sense, as on the Desire HD and Desire Z, includes the HTC Hub, a download-style store with various wallpapers, themes, ringtones and other content. [via Recombu]

Kindle for Android Now Available for Download

Well, that came out of nowhere. Despite the fact that Samsung announced the Vibrant for T-Mobile, which is coming pre-installed with Kindle Editions, no one assumed that the application itself would just magically appear in the Market overnight. But, sure enough, there it is, ready for you to download.

Free Android Kindle app coming this Summer

Amazon has confirmed that their Kindle for Android ereader app will be released this summer, offering Android device users the chance to not only read existing titles on their smartphones but to buy them and download them direct to the handset.  The new app will also use Amazon's WhisperNet technology to synchronize all copies of the ebook - whether on a dedicated Kindle, or being read on another Kindle app - up to the last-read point. Amazon currently offer versions of the Kindle app for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and BlackBerry, together with Mac and PC versions.  However not all are integrated with the retailer's ebook store for on-device purchases.  The app itself will be a free download; you can sign up for status updates on its release here. [via SlashGear]

Barnes & Noble Nook will hit Best Buy Soon

If you’re in the market for an eReader, the Barnes &Noble Nook is the perfect choice for you. This Android powered eReader will be available for sale at Best Buy on April 18th. The Nook will cost $259.99 and will also be on sale at Barnes & Noble's website and 723 bookstores.

Alex eReader Orders Begin Today, Coming To Borders Stores Soon

After many delays, Spring Designs are finally ready to release the Alex eReader. This device gained popularity at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but issues with e-commerce website delayed its release. You can't have an eReader without eBooks. Spring Designs has two content partners for the Alex in Google Books and Borders. Orders placed today will take up to four weeks to be delivered. Its ability to offer content in Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Korean and Hebrew is contributing to this delay.

Dual-Screen enTourage eDGe

This hybrid of a traditional e-reader and netbook can be yours. It's powered by Android and can handle internet, ebooks, games, music, videos and notes. Shipment starts within the next few weeks and comes in a variety of different colors.
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