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[News] Customised Ubuntu Linux Runs Photo Frames

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RedPost Launches Wicker: A Customized Ubuntu for Digital Signs and Photo 

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| RedPost inc., an Indiana-based web startup, today announced the launch of 
| Wicker, their customized version of Ubuntu that runs on their digital signs. 
| Eric Kanagy, CEO, led the project to develop Wicker. "We've customized Ubuntu 
| to make it work like a digital sign or photo frame and we figured we may as 
| well offer it to the world. It's nothing too fancy -- it just does what it's 
| supposed to do."   


If it ran Windows, half the frame (or about 40%) would devolve and become a
zombie. Spam-spewing photo frames... there's a thought!


Smart Photo Frames

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| I envision a wireless mobile system connects you to the Web and lets you 
| communicate with family and friends as easily as it can display your photos. 
| In a recent column, I posited that digital photo frames might possibly become 
| essential digital screens for homes of the future. I briefly described my  
| thoughts on what I called "smart photo frames" and pointed out that if you 
| gave these screens more processing power, a Linux OS, and a consumer-friendly 
| UI, as well as a wireless connection to the Internet, they would become very 
| versatile home screens.    


Your wallet-sized photos are going digital 

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| And now even your wallet-sized photos are going digital. EmTrace has created 
| the Widget One, a wallet-sized device that will gladly show photos and do all 
| sorts of Linux-powered goodness.  


Linux-based photoframe boasts WiFi, video support

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| AgfaPhoto is shipping a Linux-based digital photoframe developed by Sagem 
| Communications and powered by Freescale Semiconductor's i.MX31 system-on-chip 
| (SoC). The AgfaPhoto AF5080W is said to offer an 8-inch, 800x600 SVGA 
| display, WiFi, and playback of MP3 music and MPEG 1/2/4 video.   


The Ultimate Wallet-Sized Photograph

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| EmTrace has created the Widget One, a wallet-sized device that will gladly 
| show photos and do all sorts of Linux-powered goodness. 


E-paper support for Linux

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| One of the electrophoretic display controllers for which Linux support has 
| been posted (tarball) is a controller from E-Ink called Apollo. This 
| controller is interfaced to the host through 8-bit data and 6-bit control 
| over General Purpose IO (GPIO) interfaces.   


Linux-based eBook reader leverages lightweight browser

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| The NetFront browser enables users to click through to linked reference 
| sites, such as Wikipedia, while they are reading.  


Amazon's Kindle eBook Reader

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| But in the final analysis, the point of the thing is to be a better book. It 
| does this very well. Everything else is just icing on the cake, which is, in 
| this case, not a lie.  


Down with paper: A review of the Sony Reader

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| Not only does the new Reader sport an SD card slot alongside the Pro Duo 
| slot, but it plays AAC and MP3 files; ATRAC doesn't even make an appearance 
| on the spec sheet. Oh, and did I mention that the Reader is Penguin-powered?  


Sharp intros RD-CX100 dictionary / e-book reader

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| It may not boast quite the versatility of its souped-up
| Linux-based "electronic dictionary," but if you're just looking for
| some basic e-book reading capabilities along with your
| multi-lingual dictionary, Sharp's new RD-CX100 looks like it
| may fit the bill.


HP offers peek at next-gen gadgets

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| HP has unveiled some of the gadgets it is working on in its worldwide 
| laboratories.
| [...]
| The e-book attracted most interest from delegates at the HP Mobility
| Summit in Shanghai. It uses touch sensitive strips on the base of
| the rectangular unit to select books and turn pages, runs a Linux
| OS and has a USB port to install new titles.


Kindle sold out

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| There is no telling if this is a consequence of consumer demand exceeding 
| Amazon's forecasts as to how many people would want this thing, or if Amazon 
| is taking a page out of Nintendo's book and creating a little product 
| scarcity to drum up business. All I know is I got mine in the mail today, and 
| I'm already in love.    
| Flop? I think not.


Amazon.com Launches Wireless Reader

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| The Linux-based device weighs 10.3 ounces, can store 200 titles on its 250 MB 
| of onboard flash memory, and its battery can hold a charge for two days with 
| the wireless feature on and seven days with it off, Amazon said. The reader 
| is made by a Chinese OEM and can be purchased on Amazon.com for $399.   

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