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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: The Best Choice Among E-Ink Screens

Recently, Amazon released its newest e-ink-based e-reader – the Kindle Paperwhite. It is a far cry from the Kindle Touch in so many ways.

The two devices, which were released a year apart, have numerous striking differences. The Paperwhite is smaller, thinner (6.7” x 4.6” x 0.36”), and black as opposed to Touch which is 6.8” x 4.7” x 0.40” and slate gray. What is more, the new Amazon Kindle has the Kindle logo at the bottom edge. It also takes away the audio-out capabilities and home button found in the Touch. Though the screens have similar sizes, the Kindle Paperwhite has built-in light inside the grayish display.

Connection

The new Amazon Kindle, like the first Kindle launched in 2007, have offered e-readers free access to the Whispernet – the 3G network of AT&T. The Paperwhite’s Wi-Fi/3G version still works well with the Whispernet as long as there is decent connectivity. Generally, its Wi-Fi connectivity works smoothly and connects easily home and office networks.

If you love shopping, Kindle Paperwhite gives you convenience. There is e-ink-style scroll in the touchscreen. The image blinks when you scroll or select books. You can easily see the list of Best Sellers, Deals, New Noteworthy, new Serials, Magazines, Newspapers, among others.

Like Barnes and Noble’s Nook Simple Touch Glowlight, the new Amazon Kindle can be bought for $139. There are special offers where you can get the 3G model for $179 and the Wi-Fi version for $119.

Light

The Kindle Paperwhite, like the Nook Glowlight, includes a series of LEDs which are found at the bottom edge. The light spreads evenly across the 6-inch display because of the patented fiber-optic technology. As a result, you can read Kindle books without any external light source.

Unlike the Nook Glowlight, the Paperwhite is almost white at its full brightness. The effect is further enhanced by the black body, which is unlike the blotchiness in the light coverage of Glowlight. Moreover, both e-readers allow you to adjust light brightness through the touchscreen. However, only the interface of Amazon Kindle explains which light setting is right. You can experience this using the easy-to-use slider that commands you to use low setting in dark rooms and high setting in brightly lit rooms. The idea behind this is that the brightness should match the light of the surrounding to achieve maximum comfort for the eyes.

Touch

The new Amazon Kindle is an impressive touchscreen device because it responds very well to gestures and taps. It is faster than the Kindle Touch and is actually a little better than Nook Glowlight.

Like the previous Kindle, the Paperwhite maintains a user-friendly touch interface. You just have to tap at the top of the screen to display the full menu which includes Home, search, shopping, reading options, Go-to, font sizes, light control, X-Ray feature and Share options. Moreover, you can use the device to tweet and update you status in Facebook.

The interface is also made better with the addition of Reading Progress. You can access it from the menu’s main drop-down. With it, you have the option to display the feature in the manner that you want like the original Location in the book. Other smart additions are Time Left in Book and Time Left in Chapter. It will tell you how long it takes to finish a chapter or the entire book based on your reading speed.

Lastly, the X-Ray feature allows for a snapshot of the how often a character or topic appears in a chapter or the whole book.

Very clearly, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite is better than Barnes and Noble’s Nook Glowlight in terms of screen quality and useful features.

SlideShare 3D: Leveling Up Presentation Styles

Through SlideShare, it is now possible to create or convert slide presentations into 3D. SlideShare 3D is an internet tool that helps generate better and more animated presentations. In fact, a slide show can be portrayed in cinema mode without much difficulty.

Slide share 3d is as also allowed on touch-screen devices like smart phones and tablet PCs. This is so that users can just tap or swap their screen when moving slides. In addition to that, the presentation slides are demonstrated in simple HTML, which can function on any type of browser used today including tablet computers and cellular phones.

How to Use this Program

To begin with, open the site and key-in or paste the URL of the presentation you are working on in the box provided. And then, hit the “Magic Wand” button to convert the slide presentation into 3D format. By then, images and figures will be enhanced. You will notice that these are depicted in movie-like fashion once the background is dimmed, which make the entire show more impressive.

And what’s more amazing is that slide share 3d has shifted to HTML5-based plug in from the previous Flash player. This makes the individual slides rendered as sequenced images. In addition, this tool makes use of reveal.js to convert illustrations into HTML slide display.

Why SlideShare is Much Recommended

A number of users prefer to enhance their slide presentations using SlideShare 3D especially those which have been prepared using PowerPoint. You can easily upload docs and files through this web tool. It delivers embedded codes to exhibit presentations on various websites while still having the highly sophisticated features. Furthermore, this site can take your presentations into the next level whereby slides are made into visually engaging figures through a 3D appearance.

Another interesting thing is that this tool can also create QR coding for tablets and mobile phone so you can view and process slide presentations through these devices. Thus, just by sliding and tapping your fingers on the devices’ screen, you can watch different presentations.

Be a Polished Presenter

By using slide share 3D, your presentation material is certainly made more beautiful and compelling. As a result, you can be a convincing presenter with the material you have and the method you use. Bullet point techniques are already obsolete once you use images and figures that will never be forgotten by your audience simply due to the way they are shown. Thanks to the magic brought about by SlideShare 3D.

Making the Most Out of YouTube Advertising

Videos are always a good option for advertisement. That’s why millions of people subscribe to YouTube. No wonder YouTube is one of the most popular websites on the Internet. If you want to advertise your products and services, YouTube is the best social networking site to advertise in. Now, YouTube is offering a different option for business owners. You get to display video ads like the Instream Ads. They are the ads usually found either before or after a video. There are also some ads placed in the middle of the video. For longer videos like short film movies on YouTube, advertisers can put series of Instream ads. There are different layouts of YouTube Ads.

  • Homepage Masthead Unit
  • The homepage masthead unit is about 970×250 in pixel-size. Basically, it occupies the full width on the top portion of the YouTube homepage. It could easily be found by YouTube users because it’s just below the navigation bar. This is a great option because YouTube users will not fail to look at your ad.

  • Homepage Expandable Masthead Unit
  • If you are open to spending more money, invest in the expandable homepage masthead. It’s 970×250 in size and occupies the entire width of the homepage. The only difference with the latter is that it’s twice in size. This is where you can include a video and YouTube links to your video. This option allows better brand interaction with YouTube Users.

  • Standard Instream Ads
  • Here’s a little overview ads. Video URL is needed so you must upload a video in YouTube. A click-through URL is also necessary but a companion banner is optional. The companion banner can be a JPG, 300×60 in size and has a file size of 50kb. The companion banner can run for about 30 seconds. Bear in mind that a third-party is served. When it comes to the video ad, it could be linear or pre-fetch. Yes, VAST tags are available but limited. The Instream ads you have could only run with Partner Watch pages you have. For a short video that runs around 10 minutes, you could have an InStream ad that lasts for 15 seconds.

    These are just some options you can choose from. Hold a bit a longer because YouTube is trying out a different style of advertising. Such style allows YouTube users to choose the kind of invideo advertising they want. They could opt for a very long commercial and watch a video without getting interrupted. They could also opt for multiple commercials that appear in different periods of the video.