Monthly Archives: February 2012
The pictures below are a collaboration of all the pictures our group (of 6) took that day (only a small fraction of them are included, as there were way too many!) We named our group ‘wolfpack’! : )
[taken Feb 5]
People in my group (left to right in above picture): Me, Zeeshan, Binthu, Abdullah, Jonathan, Ehsan
6 Natural textures:
Click “Read the rest of the entry” below to view the artificial textures!
Pictured above, the Kobo Touch Edition
Headquartered in Toronto (Canada), Kobo was founded in 2009 with the aim of entering the eReader market which seemed to be dominated by the Amazon Kindle, Sony and the Nook by Barnes&Noble at the time. Around a year after Kobo announced their first eReader, the Kobo Touch was revealed to the public on May 23, 2011.
The new Kobo was quite an improvement over its predecessor, utilizing a 6-inch E-ink touch screen, having reduced weight at the same time increasing overall storage capacity.
|Available Colors||Lilac, Blue, Silver and Black|
|Processor||Freescale 508 Processor|
|Device Size||114mm X 165mm (4.5 in. X 6.5 in.)|
|Device Depth||10mm (0.4 in.)|
|Weight||185g (6.5 oz.)|
|Diagonal Display Size||6″ Pearl high contrast E Ink display|
|Screen Grey-Scale||16 Level|
|Storage||2GB – 1GB is available to store content (over 1,000 eBooks)|
|Memory Expansion||Up to 30,000 eBooks with a 32 GB SD Memory Card|
|Connectivity||USB, Wi Fi|
|Battery Life||1 month (Dependent on individual usage. Actual results may vary.)|
|Supported File Formats||Books: EPUB, PDF and MOBI
Images: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP and TIFF
Text: TXT, HTML and RTF
Comic Books: CBZ and CBR
|Pre-Loaded eBooks||15 Hand-Selected Free Previews|
|Fonts||7 Font Styles, 17 Available Sizes|
|Software||New & Improved Free Kobo Desktop Software|
The only software associated with the Kobo Touch in terms of installation is the Kobo Desktop Software which is used to setup the eReader and associate it with your Kobo user account. The application also lets you build your own digital library and shop for eBooks on your Mac or PC.
Unlike the previous Kobo, the Kobo Wi Fi, the Touch edition also comes with a beta browser that might’ve been Kobo’s way of experimenting to provide the users with a proper browser in their next Kobo model, which came out to be Kobo Vox. General public feedback has shown the browser to be a little tricky and sluggish at times, but after all it is meant to be a basic web browser and was more of a side-feature to their product.
Reading life, a social networking-like nifty tool, is also part of the reader. It tracks your reading stats in detail, letting you know when your prime reading times are as well recording your reading speed and average time spent per books. On top of this, readers also earn awards on completing certain tasks on the reader in the form of badges, in a sense encouraging you to spend more time reading.
Kobo, like the Barnes&Noble and Amazon, also offers apps for the iOS, Android, Blackberry and even WebOS so you can easily sync your Kobo library across any of these devices; however, you cannot sync eBooks you externally added onto your Kobo eReader aka. which were not bought from the Kobo store.
There are also quite a few neat extras hiding in the Touch, one of them being a pre-loaded Sudoku game under the settings menu on the 4th page of the ‘About Kobo Touch’ option. One of the names under the ‘Special Thanks To’ credits on the last page has a smaller font compared to the others, tapping it starts the game! A sketchbook is also included where you can scribble notes and save them to your library.
As previously stated in the system specifications, the Kobo Touch has a crisp 6-inch E-ink Pearl display using 16 levels of grey. What E-ink really does is create a contrast ratio that resembles that of a paperback book, even letting you read the text and graphics in direct sunlight.
On top of the 1GB storage space for content, the Touch also has a slot for expandable storage on its left side; users can insert up to 32GB MicroSDHC cards into the slot, allowing you to store approximately 30,000 books on your device (sounds like enough content for an average user).
Like the Nook from Barnes&Noble, the Kobo makes use of the same Neonode’s zForce infrared touch technology. Due to Kobo making the move to a touch screen interface, it was able to make the device much smaller in size and reduce the weight at the same time. As Kobo puts it:
“The Kobo Touch eReader has just one button, making navigation easy. Books don’t have keyboards – neither should your eReader.”
Arguably the most convenient feature of eReaders like the Kobo Touch is the fact that you could be anywhere at all and as long as you have WiFi you’d be able to download books onto your account. Add the fact that it supports all current wireless standards as well as 802.11n which is not fully finalized. It provides the user with peace of mind knowing that their investment will not get outdated anytime soon as far as network capabilities go.
Users also have the option to load external content such as PDF files or e-pub (extension .epub) files and transfer them to their kobo reader via the Micro-USB-to-USB port at the bottom of the Kobo Touch.
Considered to be a downside by most users, the Kobo doesn’t seem to have PC-free operation like the Amazon Kindle. However, once your kobo account is setup you’re able to sync your library with devices such as your iPhone, Android or Blackberry phone or even desktops or tablets.
Tried out a bunch of ideas, then got my friend to take pictures of me playing table tennis and I thought I’d stick with that! Changed the tone curve, saturation and luminance of the RAW file in Adobe Camera Raw and that was about it! This was part of a photography assignment. Picture taken with a Canon T2i.
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