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More than a year after it dropped the Que, Plastic Logic on Monday showed the results of its Russian cash flow by planning a new e-reader destined for schools. The Plastic Logic 100 has one of the largest e-paper screens yet with a 10.7-inch display that can show textbooks at high quality. Its creator's uniqueness comes into play through the use of a plastic base; by using the more flexible material instead of glass, the screen is resistant to shattering.
Plastic Logic has reportedly secured an additional $150 million in equity financing, in a new investment agreement with the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (Rusnano). Combined with $50 million in equity investment from Oak Investment Partners, the funding will help Plastic Logic establish its second factory in Zelenograd, Russia.
The rumored talks between Plastic Logic and Russia's RUSNANO have proven true, as the two companies have announced a partnership. Under the agreement, the two will produce a factory to build Plastic Logic's next-generation plastic electronic displays, as the promised QUE ProReader e-book reader was stillborn. RUSNANO will make a significant investment in the company as part of a large-scale investment, though specific numbers were omitted.
LG in a recently discovered SEC filing confirmed that it plans to mass produce its flexible e-paper and more before the end of 2010. The company plans to make both its 19-inch grayscale but bendable screens as well as firm, 9.7-inch color displays in a similar timeframe. What devices would get the screens wasn't mentioned.
Plastic Logic today decided to drop its originally planned QUE ProReader altogether. The e-paper firm said it would instead focus on a new generation version of the QUE. The market has "dramatically changed" since the QUE was made public in January and needs a reader that reflects it, chief executive Richard Archuleta explained.
Low-cost computer chip and e-reader device screen maker Plastic Logic is in late-stage negotiations on selling a majority stake of its company to Rusnano, the Financial Times reports. The Russian state-owned nanotechnology would allegedly get control over the UK-based chipmaker. Under the conditions mentioned by the deal, next-generation Plastic Logic chips would have to be produced in Russia.
Despite a delay of its first and only product, the QUE proReader, Plastic Logic has said it plans on beginning mass production of its successor. It would sport a color e-ink display, with manufacturing slated for late in 2011 and a commercial release sometime in 2012. The color panel will be based on Plastic Logic's own technology, developed in its Cambridge laboratory.
Plastic Logic appears to have narrowed the shipping time-frame for its upcoming QUE proReader e-book reader, which is now expected to ship late in June. A customer who pre-ordered the device early in the year reportedly received an e-mail notification with an updated schedule, according to Engadget. Customers are still presented with an option to opt out of their purchase, as the company initially claimed the devices would be on-track for April
Plastic Logic, maker of low-cost computer chips and the Que e-book reader, may be up for sale. Hermann Hauser of Amadeus Capital Partners, which has a stake in Plastic Logic, didn't name any interested companies who are in negotiations regarding the sale of Plastic Logic, but did say he hopes more significant announcements will be made in the fall. The Que proReader, its only product, hasn't yet been released, as it's due out this summer.
Plastic Logic chief Richard Archuleta sent notice late Thursday to customers that the QUE proReader has been delayed from mid-April to an unspecified point in the summer. The executive didn't specify the exact reasons behind the delay but claimed it was to "fine-tune the features and enhance the overall product experience." More details are expected to follow within the next month.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE