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January 4, 2010 at 1:34 PM

CES: A peek at Hearst’s Skiff reader

Jumping ahead of the pack of e-readers expected to debut this week at CES, LG, Sprint and Skiff today previewed the Skiff Reader they’ll be showing in Las Vegas this week.

The one-pound reader, designed for newspapers and magazines, measures 11.5 inches diagonally and a quarter inch thick, with a resolution of 1200 x 1600 pixels and a touchscreen. Skiff claims that it runs a full week without recharging.

The Hearst Corp. started the project, initially called “FirstPaper,” and spun Skiff out as a separate company earlier this month.

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Pricing is not yet available, but Sprint plans to sell the devices through its stores later this year. Sprint’s also providing 3G wireless connectivity to the devices, which also have Wi-Fi radios.

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It’s based on a display that LG has shown in recent years at CES, using a thin, flexible sheet of stainless steel foil.

Skiff, a venture based in New York and Palo Alto, Calif., hopes to get its technology and services for distributing content onto other companies’ consumer electronic devices.

From today’s release:

The Skiff Reader will feature the Skiff service and digital store, allowing consumers to wirelessly purchase and access a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, books, blogs and other content from multiple publishers. Newspaper and magazine content delivered by Skiff will feature visually appealing layouts, high-resolution graphics, rich typography and dynamic updates, supporting key design qualities that help publications differentiate themselves and attract subscribers and advertisers.

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November 17, 2009 at 10:28 AM

AT&T boosting 3G network in Seattle region

Relief is coming to iPhone users and others using AT&T’s heavily used 3G wireless network in Seattle. The company today announced a “substantial upgrade” of its network in the Puget Sound region from Everett to Tacoma, using additional wireless spectrum in the 850 MHz band. “While specific benefits of the additional spectrum will vary by location, AT&T…

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October 7, 2009 at 11:28 AM

T-Mobile’s G2 Fender edition

T-Mobile USA today announced its holiday phone lineup, including the Android-based Samsung Behold II and Motorola’s Cliq. The company also said its 3G USB stick is now Mac compatible. But the coolest thing in the batch may be the new Fender Limited Edition of the myTouch 3G, with a “guitar-inspired wood-grain finish.”

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May 27, 2009 at 10:40 AM

AT&T upping 3G speeds, but you’ll need a new (iPhone)

Download speeds of up to 7.2 megabits per second (theoretically) will be available on AT&T’s 3G network after upgrades are completed this year, the company said today.

The catch is you’ll need a new phone or laptop card to get the fastest speeds. Users should also expect “typical real-world” speeds to be “less than the theoretical peak and will vary based on a number of factors, including location, device, and overall traffic on the local network at a given time.”

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March 5, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Seattle area getting faster Clearwire later this year

Clearwire’s finally bringing its faster broadband service to its hometown this year. During the company’s earnings report today, it said Seattle is among the metro areas getting the faster service it now offers in Portland and Baltimore. A spokeswoman couldn’t provide specific timing but said Seattle will get the service in the second half of 2009. Clearwire also…

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