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Amazon's New Kindle Shows E Ink Progress

adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes | more than 4 years ago

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adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "If Tuesday's launch of the new Kindle says anything about Amazon, it's that they want to continue focusing on reading. According to a hands-on, the device is very similar to previous versions, but better in several important ways. The most significant change in the new Kindle is the size, the device is 21 percent smaller than the previous version, making it much easier to slip into a coat pocket. The best part about this is that the screen size was not compromised and remains at six-inches. Moreover, the new Kindle is 15% lighter, weighing in at At 8.7 ounces. Answering to the previous complains, Amazon has upped the contrast by 50% — hence making it a little less grey. From the software perspective, version 3.0 provides improved font handling and faster page turns. The company developed two new, proprietary text handling technologies called the Waveform and Font Hinting. There is a slight improvement in the Wi-Fi features aswell, logging into a network pretty straightforward and downloading books is quicker. Browsing on the other hand is still experimental"

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TFA goof (1)

jhantin (252660) | more than 4 years ago | (#33075490)

Font hinting is not proprietary to Amazon. It's been a feature of TrueType for a long time, and the patent on bytecode-based hinting just expired in May, so maybe that's why they've enabled it.
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