Kindle eReader gets a massive bump as Amazon's library ebook lending scheme is initiated at over 11,000 libraries across the United States. Through this program, libraries will be offering ebooks for checkout for periods of time similar to what a normal book checkout would be. This will more than likely also boost physical library attendance as folks with the Kindle hardware will be encouraged to actually visit the locations to pick up the ebooks. This program is also working starting today on Android apps for devices of all types.
an invite to a Sprint event to be taking place on February 7, 2011 that promised no less that an "industry first" in wireless, this event to be joined by illusionist David Blaine. Now we may have (MAYBE) put the puzzle pieces together in an older post (old as in November 2010) which pointed toward an HTC phone with 3D capabilities.
job advert has tipped the company's interest in alternative panel technologies, calling for a "Baseband Design Engineer" who will be responsible for the integration and evaluation of "new display and camera technologies for next-generation mobile devices."
"This engineer will work with other baseband engineers and other disciplines to design, architect, and evaluate advanced phone concepts. The qualified candidate will have experience in specifying the optical properties of mobile cameras and displays, be capable of measuring the performance of mobile cameras and displays, and be capable of integrating those components into prototype phone designs." HTC listingAs well as regular TFT-LCD, PMOLED and AMOLED displays, as we've already seen on HTC handsets, the company would prefer that the engineer also have aptitude with E Ink and "3D display and imaging technologies." Of course, it may be over-ambitious to assume an E Ink or 3D Android smartphone might be on the cards, but there's interesting potential for low-power displays used as at-a-glance status screens. [via Pocketnow - thanks Toby!]