New e-reader chip brings page layout to the (E Ink) screen

via DVICE Atom Feed by Peter Pachal on 11/2/09

New e-reader chip brings page layout to the (E Ink) screen
One of the issues many newspaper readers have with the current crop of e-readers (growing by the day) is that they don’t do page layout very well. On a newspaper page, changes in text position and point size subtly give signals about which stories are less or more important, while on an E Ink screen headlines are generally all given equal value.
That’s changing with the introduction of a new kind of e-reader processor. Chipmaker Marvell recently unveiled its Armada 166E processor, which integrates the e-paper display controller into the chip itself. It created the chip in partnership with E Ink, the company behind the display technology of pretty much every e-reader on the market. Part of the package: FirstPaper software, which supports larger screens, graphics and flexible page layout. One of the first e-readers with the Armada will be the Entourage Edge.
What does this mean to you? Expect even more e-readers at cheaper prices and better technology in the coming year. With technology changing so rapidly in this category, does it make much sense to buy a Nook or IREX reader now, or hold out for a few months?

Amazing architecture: Floating building as traveling exhibit space

via DVICE Atom Feed by Charlie White on 11/3/09

Amazing architecture: Floating building as traveling exhibit space
Leave it to Australian architects at Peddle Thorp to prove that houseboat architecture has come a long way. They’re calling this starship-like floating exhibition space “Fluid,” and once it’s done showing off its beauty at the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu, South Korea, it’ll be unmoored from its dock and floated to other Asian cities.
Check out the gallery below, and you’ll notice that its interior is even more magnificent than its exterior, taking the theme of a whale to the extreme. We love floating buildings. Bring this beauty to the states!