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text 2018-10-10 09:40
PocketBook Touch HD 3 – PREMIERA już w listopadzie

 

PocketBook Touch HD 3 to następca obecnego na rynku od roku modelu Touch HD 2. Producent zdecydował się również serię HD wypuścić w zmodyfikowanej obudowie, jaką znamy z innych tegorocznych premier – Touch Lux 4 oraz Basic Lux 2.

 

PocketBook Touch HD 3 w wersji miedzianej (źródło: mat. prasowe PocketBooka)

 

Obudowa PocketBooka Touch HD 3 jest bardzo podobna do wspomnianych modeli. W porównaniu do poprzednika - Touch HD 2 - daje to przede wszystkim mniejsze rozmiary, mniejszą wagę oraz mniejsze przyciski zmiany stron pod ekranem. Dwie wcześniejsze tegoroczne nowości PocketBooka poza wyglądem zmieniły się nieznacznie. W przypadku PocketBooka Touch HD 3 sytuacja jest inna. W środku, pod względem sprzętowym, to całkiem nowy czytnik. Pokazuje to poniższe porównanie z poprzednikiem.

 

Porównanie parametrów modeli PocketBook Touch HD 2 i Touch HD 3

 

PocketBook Touch HD 2

(PB 631)

PocketBook Touch HD 3

(PB 632)

ekran (przekątna)

15,24 cm (6”)

15,24 cm (6”)

ekran [piksele]

E-Ink Carta

1448 × 1072 (300 ppi)

E-Ink Carta

1448 × 1072 (300 ppi)

płaski front

nie

nie

ekran dotykowy

tak

tak

wodoodporność

nie

tak

wbudowane oświetlenie

tak

tak

regulacja temperatury barwowej oświetlenia

tak (SMARTlight)

tak (SMARTlight)

pamięć wewnętrzna [GB]

8

16

procesor [GHz]

1,0

1,0 (dwurdzeniowy)

pamięć RAM [MB]

512

512

masa [g]

180

155

wymiary [mm]

175 × 113,5 × 9

161,3 × 108 × 8

fizyczne przyciski zmiany stron

tak

tak

czujnik zamknięcia okładki

nie

tak

audio

tak (MP3)

tak (MP3, M4B)

przez adapter lub BT

kolor obudowy

brązowy, czarny, czerwony (Ruby Red)

miedziany, szary

dodatkowe uwagi

karta microSD do 32 GB, Send-to-PocketBook, Dropbox,  wybudzanie przez okładkę, TTS (Ivona)

Send-to-PocketBook, Dropbox, akcelerometr, wybudzanie przez okładkę, BT, TTS (Ivona)

premiera rynkowa [rok]

2017

2018

cena katalogowa

699 PLN

699 PLN

 

Niezmieniony pozostał ekran (choć inaczej rozwiązano reakcję na dotyk) i wbudowane oświetlenie z regulowaną temperaturą barwową. Z nowości, warto zwrócić uwagę na wprowadzenie wodoodporności (technologia HZO, norma IPX7). Obok modelu Aqua 2, to obecnie drugi czytnik marki PocketBook mający tę cechę. Nie bez znaczenia dla użytkowników powinien być także nowy, dwurdzeniowy procesor. Może on zauważalnie przyspieszyć działanie tego czytnika w porównaniu z poprzednikiem. Na rosyjskojęzycznej stronie firmowej, napisano m.in., że przyspieszenie jest dwukrotne (ros. "скорость работы устройства выросла примерно в два раза по сравнению с моделями предыдущего поколения"). Ma to być osiągnięte przy lepszym gospodarowaniu energią (rzadsze ładowanie akumulatora). W wersji czytnika na rynek rosyjski nie ma np. łącza bluetooth, więc w czytniku sprzedawanym w Polsce zużycie energii może być większe. Sprzedawana u nas wersja PocketBooka Touch HD 3 umożliwiać będzie odsłuch audiobooków (MP3, M4B) przez głośnik lub słuchawki bezprzewodowe.

 

PocketBook Touch HD 3 w wersji miedzianej (źródło: mat. prasowe PocketBooka)

 

W środku PocketBooka Touch HD 3 zamontowano większą kartę pamięci (16 GB, przy dotychczasowych 8 GB), akcelerometr (automatyczna zmiana orientacji strony tekstu) oraz czujnik reagujący na zamknięcie okładki. Nie można dołożyć własnej karty pamięci, bo zabrakło gniazda microSD, które miał poprzednik.

 

PocketBook Touch HD 3 w wersji miedzianej (źródło: mat. prasowe PocketBooka)

 

Można się spodziewać, że również ten model otrzyma z czasem wsparcie dla wypożyczalni Legimi. Zapewne trzeba będzie na to poczekać do pierwszej aktualizacji oprogramowania wewnętrznego czytnika. W PocketBooku Touch Lux 4 na wprowadzenie obsługi Legimi czekać trzeba było około sześciu tygodni. Być może i w tym przypadku będzie podobnie.

 

Sugerowana cena detaliczna czytnika na polskim rynku to 699 PLN. PocketBook Touch HD 3 ma trafić do sklepów w naszym kraju na początku listopada.

 

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text 2018-10-03 18:36
PocketBook TOUCH LUX 4 otrzymuje LEGIMI

PocketBook Touch Lux 4 już w momencie polskiej premiery w połowie sierpnia, miał zapowiadane wsparcie dla wypożyczalni Legimi. Dziś ukazała się aktualizacja oprogramowania, która integruje tę usługę z oprogramowaniem czytnika. Uaktualnienie, datowane na 28 września 2018 r., dostępne jest w postaci OTA. Aby go pobrać, czytnik musi być podłączony do internetu. Oczywiście powinien mieć także naładowaną baterię (przed rozpoczęciem aktualizacji).

 

PocketBook Touch Lux 4 oficjalnie ze wsparciem dla wypożyczalni Legimi (źródło: legimi.com)

 

Producent udostępnił jednocześnie plik instalacyjny na oficjalnej stronie produktu. Firmware można pobrać do samodzielnej instalacji w wersji 5.18.502. Plik ma ok. 224 MB. Ja akurat tego czytnika nie mam, więc nie podzielę się z Wami wrażeniami z działania nowej wersji oprogramowania. Jeśli ktoś posiada PocketBooka Touch Lux 4 i korzysta z Legimi, to proszę o komentarz.

 

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review 2018-09-28 21:20
Audiobook Review: A Touch of Cinnamon (Three Sisters Catering, #2) by Bethany Lopez (Author), Susan Marlowe (Narrator)
A Touch of Cinnamon - Bethany Lopez

 

 

In times of heartache, it's the people we love that give us the strength to fight another day. Bethany Lopez has the Midas touch when it comes to writing sweet stories with spicy characters. A Touch of Cinnamon brings a second chance for a love affair that abruptly ended, but refuses to die. A tragic twist of fate cut short what was meant to last, but years later could the force that tore them apart, be the one that reunites them forever? Of all the ironies in the world the love is the greatest puzzle. Ms. Lopez tries her hand at solving that with her humorous look at romance and the healing power of love.

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text 2018-09-28 18:28
Friday Reads - September 28, 2018
The Siren - Kiera Cass
Presumed Guilty - Tess Gerritsen
A Touch of Midnight - Lara Adrian
Kiss Me Hard Before You Go - Shannon McCrimmon
Fairest - Marissa Meyer
Croc's Return (Bitten Point Book 1) - Eve Langlais
Eighth Grade Bites #1: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Graphic Novel - Julia Laud,Heather Brewer,Tony Lee

My AF library is losing subscriptions to a number of databases/ebook services due to budget issues at USAFE HQ, so my Halloween Bingo list went to crap. I had hoped to use much of my library's eboo/digital audiobook stock to get my card to black out, but now I am combing through my own books to replace those that I lost access to.

 

This week I DNF'd two books for Halloween Bingo (Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury and In the Woods by Tana French). I have an alternative for the carnival square, but I am just not cut out to read Noir, so I am leaving this square blank. I've read The Siren by Kiera Cass (Drowning Deep square) last week and Presumed Guilty by Tess Gerritsen (Diverse Voices), so reviews to follow.

 

This weekend is the our Cub Scouts pack's Rain Gutter Regatta, and the kids and my husband had a lot of fun building their boats for tomorrow. On Sunday, I am pulling babysitting duties for friends' so they can have a kid-free trip to the Harry Potter Studio tour, the last "To Do" item on their UK list before they move back to the States next month. 

 

So this weekend's/upcoming week reading:

1. Touch of Midnight by Lara Adrian (Relics and Curiosities)

2. Kiss Me Hard Before You Go by Shannon McCrimmon (Creepy Carnivals)

3. Fairest by Marissa Meyer (Grimm Tale)

4. Croc's Return by Eve Langlais (Shifters)

5. Eighth Grade Bites by Tony Lee et al (Dead Lands)

 

I have Seduction in Death (#13) for the Unlucky 13 square and Leverage in Death (#47) by JD Robb for the New Release square on request/wait list at the library. Fingers crossed they come into my possession sometime this week.

 

Continued good luck to those participating in Halloween Bingo and Happy Reading to all!

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review 2018-09-27 04:08
good book and characters
Touch the Sky - Kari Cole

Hannah’s mother asked her what she was doing in the private bathroom in her father’s law office. She said she would be out shortly. Then her mother told her to hurry up as her father’s guests were  arriving. Hannah had never been so sick. She couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her. Werewolves didn’t get viruses. Every since her afternoon coffee fix she had gotten worse. It was the law firms annual holiday party and it required all hands on deck to charm the clients into more billable hours. Her father introduced her to a new client - Macon Crawford and she wanted to shake hands with him. His ring pressed against her skin and seared her flesh as if he’d electrocuted her. When Hannah shut her eyes horrors she couldn’t explain invaded her mind, her mouth flooded with bile. She couldn’t speak or scream , then her whole world went black. Eight months later- Vaughn Ellis was at The Golden Claw where shifters and humans went. They all scrambled out of Vaughn’s way as he managed to intimidate everyone.  Vaughn was the sheriff and he represented his pack as well as the whole county. His mother and aunt Veronica gets mad when he scares their customers. Vaughn was the offspring of an eagle and a werewolf. He wasn’t supposed to exist as different wereanimals weren’t supposed to have children together. Four months ago a company named Apex was behind a land grab -Vaughn told his Alpha -Luke  in the packs territory Apex had brought in soldiers and incited a group of traitors within the pack. Among the many crimes that could be laid at their feet - the traitors had murdered Luke’s father and Vaughn’s uncle- the previous Alpha and Beta. Since then Vaughn has been trying to track down the werewolf who led the rogues anyone connected to the company. Hannan had a full grown timber wolf Frost at her side. A few months back Hannah would have joined in the fun. But now she was in thrift store clothes and no money Then her mother’s cousin Jesse saw and came up to Hannah. Then Hannah told Jesse she needed her help. Hse needed to know how to control her abilities. Her mother had basically made Jesse leave when Hannah was twelve. Hannah tells Jesse her gran had left  her a letter after her gran had passed away with Jesse’s address and phone number. Hannah had psychometry. It made her pass out if she wasn’t careful and see things benign and terrible. Psychically is reading the history of objects, it can be intense even horrible but having to wear leather gloves? Hannah said she was trying to control it but it became uncontrollable. Then Hannah was introduced to Rose while talking to Jesse. She heard a noise and then knew they had found her, she dove to the floor and after the gun exploded pain ripped through her right side. Then someone stepped on her arm, her hair, and skin. A tennis shoe collided with the side of her head. Then a huge man came up to her and told Frost to shut up and he did. The male had storm colored eyes and pressed a cloth to her side and Hannah passed out. When Hannah came to she tried to get up a healer came in and told her she was going to end up ripping out her stitches if she didn’t stay still then Sarah would have to put them back in. The guy who had sent Hannah all her fake paperwork had been adamant she always have matching documentation. Discovery was less about skill of a tracker, more about the stupidity of the runner. Of the runner. Luke said she’s hiding something but Vaughn already knew that. When Vaughn was working he hunted the traitor werewolf and Apex. Caine’s sometime  partner and his only equal in Apex was Jackson Knoll. Dr Hermann was working on the serum, running tests on shifters. The submission factor was proving problematic over a prolonged period when combined with the factors for enhanced abilities and strength there was a significant instability. Dr. Hermann said they were closer than ever to recreating the previous serum and perfecting one for mass use. Once Hannah got to Jesse’s house she got on her laptop and Raze had typed Where have you been? Hannah had not met Raze in person she didn’t know if he was human or what. He assured ehr Apex didn’t know she was there yet but she had better hurry and learn what she needed to. Raze kept her one step ahead of Apex and it’s hunters. There was a pack run and Hannah had been invited to attend by the Alpha for jumping in and defending Sarah the healer and her pups. Dean was the Beta of the pack and Sarah’s mate and one oh Vaughn’s deputies. When Hannah got there Vaughn showed he other single male wolves she was his and for the first time ever both eagle and wolf agreed on a woman. Hannah was having serxy thoughts about Vaughn and he her. Vaughn and Hannah were being playful then they slipped away to be alone.

I really liked this book. I liked the plot a lot. This did drag for me at times. I advise you to read the first book in this series for a smoother read. I loved Frost in this book and felt he really added to this book. I think Hannah should have told Vaughn she was a witch and a ware when he told her he was a double shifter. I loved the intrigue and suspense. I would have liked to know a little less about the bad guys so there was more mystery. I felt bad for how Vaughn was treated for something from no fault of his own- being a double shifter. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend this.

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