You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.
Today we dream more reasonably than in the past about future advancements in technology. The optimistic outlooks of the 1950s -- flying cars, robot servants, and UFOs -- have been replaced with more educated hopes for the coming years. But once in a while even those predictions can fall flat, and for Sean Buckley that is color e-paper technology: a series of dimly hued electronic-paper technologies that teased a future of low-power gadgets with beautiful, sunlight-readable matte displays. Read on for more.
You've read all about the crash and burn of color e-ink technology and, now, you're surely interested in hearing the current state of the black and white market. The e-reader space is crowded today, with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Sony all fighting for greater marketshare. Kobo -- the company behind this year's Aura HD a pricey, high-spec, 7-inch device -- unveiled its new Aura e-reader a few weeks ago, and we got the chance to review it. The device has seen a few upgrades since its predecessor, but do the new features justify a $150 price tag? Click on through for our full review.
LG's newest entrant into the tablet market was announced prior to IFA 2013, but the tradeshow was our first opportunity to manhandle the aluminum encased device. Weighing in at just 338 grams, LG is positioning the G Pad 8.3 to be the first full HD tablet in the 8.0-inch category. The 8.3-inch, 1,920 x 1,200 IPS panel provides vibrant colors and excellent viewing angles, just like we've seen on on other LG devices like the Optimus G Pro. Head on up for our full hands-on, and first impressions.
Samsung's S View cover debuted alongside the Galaxy S 4 just over half a year ago, and made such an impression that the Korean company has decided to give it a bigger role on the Galaxy Note 3. So what's changed exactly? Just like the GS4 version -- the cover integrates a removable back -- but also includes a "window" on the front which takes advantage of a special film that recognizes S Pen touches. Read on for more details, and a quick demo of the new accessory.
LG G Pad 8.3
Samsung Galaxy Note 3