New HTC One sees double with two rear cameras

CNET Update is double the fun:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn the purpose of the two backside cameras on the new HTC One, according to a flier published by GSM Arena.

- Keep up with the streaming radio race to see which services are more popular in the U.S.

- Pair a Jawbone Up24 fitness bracelet with an Android phone for the first time.

- Update the original Kindle Paperwhite to get the software perks of the second-generation model.

- Broadcast your Titanfall battle (or any other game) with the Twitch app for Xbox One.

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Amazon updates first-generation Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon released a software update Tuesday for the first-generation Kindle Paperwhite.

The the e-reader now supports many of the popular features of Amazon's second-gen Paperwhite, including Goodreads integration, FreeTime parental controls, and Page Flip. The update also brings a Smart Lookup feature and Cloud Collections, which lets users organize content in to custom categories.

The Paperwhite update is available as a free automatic download, but Amazon also has a link on its site for those who want to manually download the upgrade.

(Via Pocket-lint)

Amazon said to be working on new high-res Kindle Paperwhite

Less than two months after unveiling a new Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon is said to have another refresh in the pipeline for next year.

Sporting a high-resolution 300-pixel-per-inch screen, the new Kindle Paperwhite is expected to be released in the second quarter of 2014, TechCrunch reports. The new screen will put Amazon on technical par with the 265ppi Kobo Aura HD, which formerly boasted of the highest-resolution display available in an e-reader. The Kindle Paperwhite released in October features a 212ppi screen.

In addition to an improved screen, the new model will resemble the Kindle HDX and be lighter than the … Read more

Kindle Paperwhite update brings Goodreads support

Kindle Paperwhite owners can grab a new update Tuesday that carries with it two major features.

You can now directly participate in Goodreads, a community of fellow e-book readers that offers information and discussions on your favorite titles. The integration lets you share passages from a book with your Goodread friends, see what other people are reading, learn about new books, and review the books you read.

The update also provides Kindle FreeTime, a service that should interest parents eager to get their children to read more. You can pick titles for your kids to read, set daily reading goals, … Read more

Microsoft buys Nokia, next Android named KitKat

CNET Update breaks off a piece:

In this episode of Update:

- Mark your calendar for the new, colorful iPhones to be revealed September 10.

- Prepare for Microsoft to make its own Windows Phones now that it bought the mobile division of Nokia.

- Take a break before reading this story: Google's next version of the Android operating system will be called KitKat.

- See what's different in Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite e-ink reader.

- Buy a cheap digital version of your printed Amazon books starting in October with Kindle MatchBook.

- Follow CNET's live coverageRead more

Amazon offically announces all-new Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon has officially announced its second-generation Paperwhite after the company mistakenly released details earlier today.

Eagle-eyed spotters over at a Croatia-based forum noticed that Amazon had posted an image to its site on Tuesday promoting a new Kindle Paperwhite. That image included a picture of the device, along with a laundry list of improvements customers can expect when the device is expected to be made available later this month.

Although the image was taken down, Amazon on Tuesday announced that the device is real, and all of the details included in that leak are accurate. The new Paperwhite will come … Read more

Here's the flexible E Ink screen that could be in the 2014 Kindle

Not too many people are talking about the future of dedicated e-readers these days, which is why I decided to meet with the folks from E Ink, the company that produces the displays found in the Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and plenty of other e-ink e-reader devices. I asked Giovanni Mancini, E Ink's director of product management, what Amazon would be releasing this holiday season because, well, Amazon wouldn't tell me.

"I can't tell you, either," he said. "We can't comment on customers plans."

I expected him to say that, but I figured … Read more

Always On sweepstakes is back!

For this season's round of giveaways, we'll start it off with the Kindle Paperwhite. After being named "the classic beach device," this thing almost handled itself in the face of turmoil. While the sun, heat, and lava rock were mostly a breeze, the Kindle fell at the hands of the Pacific Ocean. If a lucky new owner can somehow get the thing working again, we'd love to see it live long enough to pump out one more good read.

While the Samsung Galaxy S4 had a bit more trouble in one of the most intense … Read more

Episode 41: Underwater iPhones and rugged cameras

Most of you are probably just gearing up for your summer vacations, but we here at Always On have already had ours. It's all for you, dear viewers; it's all for you. On this week's episode, we visited Hawaii's Big Island to road-test gadgets meant for sun and water fun. And not to be all lowest-common-denominator, but that last sentence basically translates to an entire episode filmed in swimsuits. Just saying.

First up, we went snorkeling with three underwater cases for the iPhone: the $20 Proporta BeachBuoy, the $89 Hitcase, and the $329 iGills SE-35, to … Read more

Amazon Kindle debuts in China

The Amazon Kindle has officially landed in China.

On Friday, both the Kindle Fire HD tablet and the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader popped up for sale on Amazon's Chinese Web site. The Fire HD tablet costs 1,499 yuan ($244) for the 16GB version and 1,799 yuan ($293) for the 32GB version, while the Paperwhite e-reader costs 849 yuan ($138).

The Kindle devices will also be sold locally through Suning and Tesco Shi, two retail chains in China, according to Chinese news site Sina Tech. Chinese consumers will be able to find the Kindles at stores in Beijing, Shanghai, … Read more