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Sony Xperia tipo and tipo dual reach the US in unlocked form, give Americans a taste of dual SIMs

Sony Xperia tipo hands-on

Few of us who live outside of Asia or Eastern Europe know the potential convenience of a dual SIM phone. Own one and you can globetrot, or else keep separate home and work lines without the bulk of an extra device in the pocket. Sony is gambling that enough Americans have that multi-line desire by selling the Xperia tipo dual and its regular, single-SIM counterpart in the US as unlocked GSM models. Neither of the Android 4.0 phones is what we’d call a powerhouse with the same 3.5-inch screen, 3.2-megapixel camera and 800MHz Snapdragon inside, but both can latch on to HSPA 3G on ATT, refarmed T-Mobile coverage and 2100MHz carriers abroad, even if the single-SIM tipo curiously has 900MHz 3G support that the tipo dual lacks. It’s undoubtedly price that Sony is counting on more than anything: at respective contract-free prices of $180 and $190 for the tipo and tipo dual, the pair of Xperias may be sold most often as travel-only phones for the jet set.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/27/sony-xperia-tipo-and-tipo-dual-reach-the-us-in-unlocked-form/

Verizon FiOS TV Media Server due in the coming months, delivers content to 3rd party devices

Verizon FiOS TV Media Server to be out in the comming months, deliver content to 3rd party devices

Fall is officially here and we’re closing in on the final quarter of 2012, a time when products usually get real or fade into the vapor forever. One that we’ve been waiting to hear about just got a little more real as the Verizon Media Server (VMS), which Big Red teased last December and promised in 2012, got a little mention in the company’s latest comments to the FCC. While attempting to persuade the FCC to standardize an IP content interface and delay the December 2012 deadline, Verizon revealed that the rollout of its new product will begin in the coming months. The full feature set of this server is still unknown, but one interesting feature is its ability to stream multiple high-def stream simultaneously to 3rd party devices connected to your home network. Of course without a industry wide streaming standard — again, like Verizon is requesting the FCC to ratify — who knows exactly what devices could be in the mix.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/27/verizon-fios-tv-media-server-due-in-the-coming-months-delivers/

AT&T outs U-verse Easy Remote app for iOS, uses voice and gestures to take control

ATT Launches U-verse Easy Remote App

Latest U-verse Enabled App Includes Gesture, Voice Controls to Deliver Better and More Accessible Surfing Experience

DALLAS, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ATT* U-verse® is making it easier for U-verse TV customers, including those with disabilities such as vision and hearing loss, to control their TV with the new U-verse Easy Remote App. Available in the iTunes store, the innovative U-verse Easy Remote App lets customers easily use their iPhone or iPad as a U-verse remote control. Watch here to see the app in action.

ATT U-verse is the first major TV provider to allow customers to use voice remote control capabilities. The app was built with a commitment to universal design and is optimized to give all users access to features to control your TV, including:

Multiple screen color, button and font size choices which let you customize your iPhone or iPad screen for a better viewing experience.
A voice initiated remote control to perform a variety of commands, including Channel Up, Channel Down, Fast Forward, Rewind, Replay, Pause, Play, Record and Go to channel (name or number).
A voice command feature that lets you choose a show you want to watch by simply saying the show title or channel number into your device.
iPhone’s VoiceOver screen reader, enabling you to hear TV show and channel information as you scroll through your programming guide.
Gesture commands, which allows you to control shows you’re viewing with different gesture movements.
One-touch access to closed captioning.

“Most Americans rely on their television as a critical source of news and entertainment and it is important that these resources be made accessible for all users,” said Larry Goldberg, director of WGBH’s Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM). “It is great to see an app like Easy Remote apply many of the universal design features that improve access for customers both with and without disabilities.”

“We’re always looking for ways to improve the U-verse TV experience, and we knew this was an area where we could take a big step forward and use our IPTV platform to deliver a better and more accessible TV watching experience for seniors and customers with hearing and vision impairments,” said Maria Dillard, Vice President, U-verse and Video Products, ATT Home Solutions. “Voice command and one-touch access to closed captioning are just a few examples of how ATT is using universal design to develop innovative technology to improve the TV experience for all customers with and without disabilities.”

The U-verse Easy Remote App is the latest app to utilize the U-verse Enabled platform, which lets customers easily connect their iPhone or iPad to their U-verse TV receiver over their in-home Wi-Fi network. Because ATT U-verse is 100 percent IPTV, customers with a U-verse High Speed Internet account can connect their apps to any U-verse receiver in the home through channel 9301, without needing special equipment, such as Internet-connected receivers or TV sets. To access Easy Remote, customers must subscribe to both U-verse TV and U-verse High-Speed Internet.

The U-verse Easy Remote App was initially developed by researchers at ATT Labs. The Labs organization is home to some of the world’s best scientists and engineers who focus their unique research capabilities and expertise on enabling the network and empowering users with innovations, such as the Easy Remote app.

The voice control functions of the Easy Remote app are powered by the ATT WatsonSM speech recognition technology using ATT’s Speech API, which uses advanced natural language processing to recognize and understand spoken words. Also developed in ATT Labs, ATT WatsonSM speech recognition technology has been powering advanced speech services in the marketplace for many years and is now available for third-party developers to use in their own apps.

*ATT products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of ATT Inc. under the ATT brand and not by ATT Inc.

About ATT

ATT Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – ATT operating companies – are the providers of ATT services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, ATT is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, ATT also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the ATT U-verse® and ATT ?DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

Additional information about ATT Inc. and the products and services provided by ATT subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com. This ATT news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/gen/landing-pages?pid=3309 and as part of an RSS feed at www.att.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT.

Geographic and service restrictions apply to ATT U-verse. Call or go to www.att.com/uverse to see if you qualify. ATT U-verse High Speed Internet service is required to connect a qualifying device to an ATT U-verse receiver for remote control functionality. Data charges may apply.

© 2012 ATT Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. ATT, the ATT logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of ATT Intellectual Property and/or ATT affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/26/att-u-verse-easy-remote-app-for-ios/

Barnes & Noble hits the UK, launches Nook Simple Touch, Glowlight and a pair of HD tablets

Barnes Noble Launches NOOK® HD and NOOK HD+, Lightest and Highest-Resolution 7-Inch HD Tablet and World’s Lightest Full HD Tablet

Incredible Reading and Entertainment Like Never Seen Before on 7- and 9-Inch Tablets
Designed for Both Personal Use and the Whole Family to Share – Like Having Multiple Devices in One

NOOK HD Offers World’s Highest Resolution Display Ever on a 7-Inch Media Tablet
Starting at Only £159

NOOK HD+ is Lightest, Lowest-Priced Full HD Tablet Ever Starting at Only £229

Unbeatable Values for Top Quality Tablets and No Annoying Ads Coming to the UK This Autumn

New York, New York – September 26, 2012 – Barnes Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today introduced NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, the lightest HD and full HD tablets. The super-fast and lightweight 7-inch NOOK HD and 9-inch NOOK HD+ feature must-see displays for superior reading and entertainment and an instantly personalised tablet experience for each family member. In fact, NOOK HD boasts the world’s highest- resolution ever on a 7-inch tablet and NOOK HD+ rivals the industry-leading tablet’s display. Starting at the low prices of £159 for NOOK HD and £229 for NOOK HD+ – nearly half the cost of the leading large-format tablet – both products deliver an amazing value for customers, with no annoying ads. With more than 2.5 million books, a large selection of magazines and apps, as well as NOOK VideoTM content
coming this holiday, NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ offer virtually endless reading and entertainment at customers’ fingertips. Pre-orders will begin in late October at leading UK retailers and at www.nook.co.uk. NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ will be available through Blackwell’s, Currys, PC World, Foyles, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose beginning in late November.

The fantastic new 7-inch NOOK HD and 9-inch NOOK HD+ are packed with favourite tablet features that the whole family will love:

A Personalised Tablet Experience For Both Individuals and Families
According to research by Barnes Noble, more than 50 percent of tablet owners share their devices with others in their families every day. Half also say they would never let their child handle their device unattended. Not surprising, given that more than a third of tablet owners report having content on their devices they don’t want anyone else to see. NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ are designed explicitly to provide a personalised experience for individuals and their family members, allowing children to freely enjoy all the content they love without happening upon all that parents would rather they didn’t see. NOOK ProfilesTM instantly transform the device in hand to any family member’s very own tablet. With a quick tap on a profile at the top of the screen, the entire experience magically changes into that family member’s personal tablet as their own content – and personalised recommendations – appears on the display. Now mum’s NOOK becomes Jack’s NOOK, becomes dad’s NOOK and so on. In a blink, one device is like four, or five, or six. Adults can use their personal passwords to easily access their books, magazines, videos, apps and more. Children can dive into their collection of digital picture books, learning apps, and kid-friendly videos, while tweens and teens can access their chapter books, magazines, games and favourite TV shows. Enhanced controls with simple settings and password features empower parents to easily manage their children’s access to the web, content and shopping.

Must-Have Tablet Features
The new NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ are optimised to deliver unparalleled experiences in the areas that company research showed NOOK tablet owners use most: reading, Web, video and email. The reading experience is unmatched, offering beautifully rendered text, magazines in spectacular HD and lightning fast page turns. Thanks to top-end processors, the newly designed Web browser in NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ is super-fast, making it simple and smooth to surf favourite sites with a tap, pinch and zoom. Integrated into the Web browser, ArticleViewTM allows you to customise your online reading experience. Both NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ will offer access to a collection of popular movies and TV shows through new NOOK Video coming to the UK this holiday. And an all-new built-in email app offers new features in an easy-to-use, clean format that supports a host of popular personal and work- related email services including Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync.
NOOK HD – The Most Exceptional Reading and Entertainment Experience in a 7-Inch Tablet
Best 7-Inch Display: NOOK HD includes a newly invented, brilliant display that delivers the highest quality text, graphics and video experience in a 7-inch media tablet. Packed with pixels, every book read, every movie watched, every game played is rendered in a digital quality never before seen. NOOK HD offers the highest-resolution display ever on a 7-inch tablet at 1440 x 900, with an unprecedented 243 pixels per inch and HD video playback of up to 720p. It’s ultra-sharp with 25 percent more pixels than Kindle Fire HD for a better overall viewing experience. Building on the highly advanced laminated displays first seen in the 7-inch category on previous NOOK LCD products, NOOK HD features the most advanced IPS display coupled with world-class optical bonding technology with no air gap to deliver low-glare and a wide viewing angle for sharing.

Super-Light and A Joy to Hold: Weight matters, and no other leading 7-inch HD tablet is lighter than NOOK HD. By developing a breakthrough design that integrates the display into the device itself, Barnes Noble eliminated many components to keep NOOK HD super-light, yet durable. At only 315 grams and just 127 mm wide, it’s more than 20 percent lighter and one centimetre narrower than Kindle Fire HD. So, it fits the hand beautifully and is finished with soft-touch paint that makes it comfortable for even a young child to hold. NOOK HD is ergonomically contoured for comfort and slips easily into a men’s suit coat, a woman’s handbag or a child’s backpack.

Lightning Fast: Armed with a dual-core 1.3GHz high-speed processor, NOOK HD is lightning fast, highly responsive and smooth. With its more powerful processor, it’s not surprising that NOOK HD is faster than Kindle Fire HD for a nimble overall experience, and 80 percent faster when it comes to graphics processing for smoother, faster animations, renderings, apps experience and more. The 1GB of RAM allows customers to easily zip from one app to another and play movies.
More Choices: The world’s most exceptional 7-inch reading and entertainment tablet is now available for pre-order in two colours, “Snow” and “Smoke.” Starting at just £159 for an 8GB model and only £189 for a 16GB version – both featuring expandable microSD memory storage – customers can learn more about the devices at www.nook.co.uk and pre-order NOOK HD, as well as NOOK HD+, next month.

NOOK HD+ – The Lightest and Lowest-Priced Full HD Tablet Ever
Spectacular Full HD Display: For those who want to enjoy reading and entertainment on a larger scale, NOOK HD+ offers a must-see full HD 9-inch display with resolution of 1920 x 1280 and 256 pixels per inch for up to 1080p for movies, magazines and more. The fully laminated display reduces glare and provides excellent viewing angles, perfect for personal or shared viewing. This amazing display rivals the “resolutionary” screen of the leading high-resolution large-format tablet, but is offered in a device that’s more than 20 percent less weight and nearly half the price.

Incredibly Light Yet Powerful: Weighing in at only 515 grams, NOOK HD+ is big on display, yet lightweight, easy to hold and take anywhere. It is the lightest full HD tablet ever invented. NOOK HD+ is power-packed by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM for a fast, smooth customer experience, whether browsing the web, reading books and magazines, watching videos, enjoying apps or checking email.

Best Price Ever for Full HD Tablet: The beautifully designed NOOK HD+, offered in the colour “Slate,” features expandable memory for even more storage with options of 16GB for £229 and 32GB for £269 – two astoundingly low prices for a brilliant, super-light 9-inch reading and entertainment tablet.

Both NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ will be delivered to customers and in UK stores in late November, in plenty of time for Christmas. .

“With the combination of the highest resolution screen, lightest weight and expansive access to content rendered in a digital quality never before seen, NOOK HD is the world’s best 7-inch media tablet,” said William J. Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes Noble. “We designed our larger format tablet NOOK HD+, because we think there’s big demand from customers for a super-light, extremely high quality 9-inch tablet, at half the price of the iPad. Both our 7-inch NOOK HD and 9-inch NOOK HD+ deliver an exceptional customer experience and we enthusiastically encourage customers to go to nook.com and learn more about them,” said William J. Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes Noble.

Announcing Even More NOOK Content and Services to Enjoy

As part of the launch of NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, Barnes Noble also announced significant new additions and advancements to the NOOK content ecosystem:

A Growing and Diverse Digital Catalogue: The NOOK StoreTM now offers more than 2.5 million books including bestselling books, new releases, classics and enhanced titles with special content; a large collection of best-loved English-language children’s interactive picture books; comic books and graphic novels; and picture-perfect art, photography, travel guides and cookbook titles.

NOOK Video: Beginning this holiday in the UK, NOOK Video will offer customers their favourite standard and HD movies and TV shows for streaming and download to watch in spectacular colour and stunning definition on NOOK HD and NOOK HD+. Both devices are designed with an HDMI compatible port to allow customers to easily connect to their TVs to watch movies and shows in up to full 1080p.

Magazine 2.0: NOOK NewsstandTM has a large digital collection of favourite UK magazines available for both digital subscriptions and single copy sale. With NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, the industry- leading magazine experience just got even better. A new visual table of contents lets customers view thumbnails of the entire magazine and simply tap the article they want to read first. Magazines feature a super-fast, 3D-like page turn and include built-in hot spots for readers to quickly jump to specific articles and to go deeper on a subject or story through audio, video and web linking. NOOK’s innovative ArticleView lets the reader focus only on the text, customised to their needs. The company also introduced a breakthrough NOOK ScrapbookTM, where magazine readers can virtually clip pages of interest and save them in customised digital scrapbooks.

Excellent Newspaper Experience: Extra! Extra! NOOK Newspapers make it easier and more fun to read newspapers digitally. Customers can view and choose each of the paper’s sections on the left column to tap and read in a snap. The large selection of daily and weekly newspapers are available through subscription or single copies and are automatically downloaded via Wi-Fi® to the device when available for reading with morning coffee, on the commute home or anywhere in between.

Top Apps: NOOK AppsTM features a wide range of titles for the whole family, including the hottest games, as well as lifestyle, productivity, news, entertainment and reading apps. Customers will find a broad collection with all the most popular and bestselling top 100 app titles for tablets available anywhere. . In fact, only the NOOK Store provides helpful age recommendations for parents and lets customers browse by subject area to find the perfect app for their child among the broadest and the most curated app collection of kids’ educational apps on any Android store. With games and activities focused on language, math, puzzles, reading, art and more, NOOK provides families with hours of playful learning that helps kids make the most of their “screen time.”

NOOK Store – A Better Way to Shop Find Content: NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ bring a new level of personal shopping service to the device experience. Customers can tap on the Your NOOK TodayTM icon on the home screen to reveal fresh content and personalised recommendations each day. This includes their latest newsstand subscriptions delivered virtually, plus cool apps and new titles matched to their profile.

And just like a great bookshop, the NOOK Store is a place of continuous discovery. The new store experience allows customers to easily shop by department or explore new NOOK ChannelsTM, a pioneering recommendation system that combines the unrivalled knowledge of Barnes Noble booksellers with advanced algorithmic technology to create an unparalleled, curated browsing experience. Targeted by interest and sensibility, each NOOK Channel programs a rich stream of reading and apps – and soon movies – that includes the latest releases as well as backlist gems, bestsellers as well as offbeat treasures. Customers can browse and shop Channels that will expand their passions for the authors and subjects they love, from Paranormal Romance, War Stories, and Books to Talk About to Jane Austen Heirs, The New Classics, History by Plot and Books Every Kid Should Know.

NOOK Cloud: All NOOK content is delivered via Wi-Fi and safely stored through NOOK Cloud, making NOOK Books, videos, apps and other content accessible across NOOK, personal computing and mobile devices using free NOOK Reading and NOOK Video apps.

Additional NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ Highlights
? Battery Life that Lasts: Both devices feature extra-long battery life optimised for extended use. NOOK HD offers up to 10.5 hours of continuous reading and up to 9.5 hours of video watching, while NOOK HD+ boasts up to 10 hours and up to 9 hours for reading and video, respectively, all with Wi-Fi off.
? Expandable Storage: In addition to generous onboard storage, NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ also feature expandable memory using a separate microSD card (up to 64GB) – another feature not offered on Amazon’s tablets. NOOK gives customers an economical and flexible way to carry their personal content, PDFs, music, videos and more anywhere.
? A Better Value, Ad-Free: NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ offer brilliant displays so customers can enjoy their favourite content and personal photos, not annoying ads as with Amazon’s tablets. And with low prices starting at £159 and £229 respectively, always ad-free NOOK tablets are a better value than Amazon’s. For example, in the US where the product is currently available, Amazon currently charges customers an additional £9 for freedom from advertising offers on their tablet home page.
? Ready for Power: Barnes Noble also knows that customers prefer to charge their tablets quickly with an AC adapter; every new NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ has one included at no extra cost. Amazon charges £18 for their tablets’ adapters sold separately.
? Superb Sound: To deliver excellent audio, NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ are designed with customised speakers and utilise SRS TruMediaTM* to create a wide sound field, deep bass, clear vocals and strong midrange performance. Whether listening through the device’s speakers, a pair of headphones or on a Bluetooth-enabled speaker, customers will enjoy a rich audio experience watching videos, listening to music, reading children’s picture books or playing games.
? A NOOK of One’s Own: Gallery has never been so personal with instant access to cherished memories from popular photo sharing and social networking sites. Customers can add even more photos to the Gallery from their computer or emails. NOOK becomes each family member’s very own when they pick a favourite photo for the home screen and screensaver for each individual
profile – instead of annoying ads. NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ also make it easy to share photos via
email or in person, by connecting NOOK to a TV.
? Easy to Use Interface: Both new tablets feature a beautiful “paper-like” user interface that gets
customers right into the content they want, and allows quick access into core applications: Home, Library, Shop and Web. The experience is intended to make NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ the easiest tablets on the market to use, empowering customers to take advantage of its extensive functionality and enjoy a reading experience that far surpasses that of any other tablets.
? Stay Connected More Easily: The email app on NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ lets customers stay connected with what’s happening at the office through support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. Customers can check business email and sync calendar and contacts, too. NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ also support email, calendar and contacts syncing for popular services like Gmail, Hotmail and Outlook.com, as well other popular POP3/IMAP email services like Yahoo!, AOL and more.
Pre-orders for NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ will begin next month for customers in the United Kingdom, as the products will be available in late November there through leading retailers and www.nook.co.uk. NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ will be offered through in more than 1,600 shops and online through Blackwell’s, Currys, Dixons, Foyles, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/26/barnes-and-noble-uk/

Report: Sharp increases layoffs number, aiming for profitability by March 2014

Report Sharp cutting 11,000 jobs, 19% of its workforce, by March 2014

Japanese electronics giant Sharp is reportedly planning a major restructuring to bring the company back to profitability by 2014, as reported by Kyodo News. Said restructuring will see Sharp cut nearly 11,000 (10,966) jobs from its 57,170-person workforce by March 2014 — just under 20 percent of all employees — and sell off various assets, resulting in ¥213.1 billion ($2.7 billion) of much needed capital from lenders. Named assets to be sold include international manufacturing plants, and shares in other Japanese electronics company, Toshiba. The company also plans on shuttering its international manufacturing plants, as well as once again cutting employee wages.

So, what’s gonna save Sharp from more turmoil? A rethinking of its LCD TV business, apparently, as well as a “strengthening” of the company’s smartphone LCD offerings. Sharp’s also moving away from solar batteries, selling off its US-based solar firm Recurrent Energy LLC. Company prez Takashi Okuda will head up the massive restructuring, leading an “emergency management committee” starting in October. All of this adds up to Sharp expecting a return to profitability by next April. You’ll forgive us if we’re a bit wary of that prediction, but our best wishes are with those impacted by the chaos.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/25/sharp-restructuring-2012/

Kobo Touch, localized e-bookstore reach Portugal through FNAC

Kobo Brings eReading to Portugal in New Partnership with FNAC

FNAC Portugal to offer the award winning Kobo Touch eReader at all FNAC stores, and on www.fnac.pt, from €99.90

Lisbon, September 24th, 2012 – Today Kobo, a global leader in eReading, and leading retailer FNAC announced a partnership that will revolutionize reading in Portugal. FNAC, in partnership with Kobo Inc., will offer the first localized eReading experience with local content, including favorite authors and books in Portuguese. FNAC will be selling the award-winning Kobo Touch, named Wired Magazine’s 2012 Editor’s Pick for Best eReader and the industry’s first touch-screen eReader – bringing a world class eReading experience to Portuguese booklovers. The Kobo Touch comes in four stylish colors: black (on black), silver, blue and lilac (on white) and is available online at www.fnac.pt and in-store today from just € 99.90.

“This is an exciting time to be in the eReading market, with significant growth in readers turning to eBooks in Europe and around the world. With our global experience, combined with our partnership with FNAC, I believe we can revolutionize reading in Portugal.” said Michael Serbinis, CEO, Kobo Inc.

“The Portuguese language is the common heritage to four percent of the seven billion inhabitants of the planet, across five continents. We feel this entry into the Portuguese eBook market is a priority for FNAC due to its growth potential. We are confident that this great partnership with Kobo can help transform the reading experience in Portugal while also further growing the number of titles available in Portuguese”, said Cláudia Almeida e Silva, General Manager FNAC Portugal.

The relationship between the FNAC Group and Kobo began in FNAC stores in France in November 2011, and has proven a great success with eBook sales having tripled this year in France. Portugal is now the second country in Europe where Kobo and FNAC are partnering to offer a range of services and products for the eReading market.


With a revolutionary touch screen experience, the Kobo Touch makes eReading easier than ever. Created for readers by readers, the beautiful design provides the ultimate in reading comfort. The easily portable eReader is thin and light, and travels comfortably anywhere.

The Kobo Touch by FNAC uses infrared touch technology to make the experience of reading on Kobo, just like that of reading a real book. With the use of Pearl eInk™ technology, reading on the Kobo eReader is just like reading print on paper –and it is easy on the eyes, even in bright sunlight. It includes Kobo’s latest software with more ways to personalize the reading experience, get recommendations and discover new content. It weighs only 185 grams, has a battery life up to one month, and holds up to a thousand eBooks, with storage of up to 30,000 books with expandable memory.


Kobo’s focus from day one has been to bring reading to more people in more countries around the world. With today’s exciting announcement, Kobo is one step closer to making that happen. The Kobo Touch eReader is available in multiple Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Italian and now Portuguese. With Kobo, readers will enjoy a localized user experience, local content, recommendations, and a local store experience.


Portuguese readers will now also have access to Kobo’s world class catalog of nearly 3 million eBooks – of which more than one million are available to download and read for free. Kobo offers content for everyone from new releases, to the hottest bestsellers, romance, suspense, and more. At launch, thousands of titles will be available from popular local authors in Portuguese including eBooks from favorites such as José Saramago, Memorial do Convento and João Ricardo Pedro, O Teu Rosto Será o Último. Available at www.kobobooks.pt and at www.fnac.pt this represents the largest collection of Portuguese language eBook titles in Portugal.


Kobo has over 10 million registered users in 190 countries worldwide, offers one of the world’s largest eBook catalogs, and a line-up of easy to use, award winning eReaders, featuring an eReader for everyone. Kobo offers readers the freedom to choose which device they want to read on, whether it’s an eReader or through Kobo’s free eReading applications available for most popular device; including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. Content purchases are stored in the Kobo cloud, making the Kobo library accessible anytime, anyplace


Kobo has quickly established itself as the global leader in social reading with its Reading Life™ and Kobo Pulse™ features and as the official eReading partner of Facebook, Kobo transforms a solitary pastime of reading into a dynamic, engaging, social experience to be shared with friends online.

Readers can choose to track their personal reading history, earn fun and exciting awards for simply reading, and with Kobo Pulse engage in real-time discussion with friends or the Kobo community within the pages of a book – just like a virtual book club. Readers can also choose to share books, favourite passages, awards and more with their friends on Facebook.


The Kobo Touch by FNAC comes in four stylish colors: black (on black), silver, blue and lilac (on white) and is available for order online at www.fnac.pt and in-store as of today from just € 99.90.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/25/kobo-touch-localized-e-bookstore-reach-portugal-through-fnac/