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Sony unveils e-paper watch

"One of my predictions for next year is that fashion is going to play a huge part in shaping the tech industry," Stuart Miles said.
By Brooks Hays   |   Nov. 28, 2014 at 1:15 PM
TOKYO, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The entirety of the new watch by Fashion Entertainments is a screen -- wristband and face. But while it uses e-paper, enabling the wearer to change the watch's appearance, it has limited functionality compared to other smart watches.

E-paper, also called intelligent paper or electronic ink, is a display technology that offers the appearance of ordinary paper -- in this case, an electronic, adaptable screen that looks like a regular watch. Perhaps the most impressive of its limited features is that it turns on or off depending on how its positioned. As a user turns his or her wrist to check the time, the smart watch's screen clicks on. Reportedly, this trick allows its battery to last 60 days with one charge.

In a review of the e-paper watch, which can take on 24 appearances, CNET's Rich Trenholm writes that it looks "more like a prototype or even a toy than devices such as the Apple Watch or Samsung Gear S."

But the e-paper watch essentially is a prototype. It has not yet been mass-produced, and it's not clear if it ever will be. The product was recently featured on Makuake, a Japanese crowd-sourcing site similar to Kickstarter. In three weeks, the watch earned $30,000.

It's a good haul for a small Japanese startup, as the venture portrayed itself on the fundraising site. Only Fashion Entertainments isn't a startup, but a branch of Sony.

"We hid Sony's name because we wanted to test the real value of the product, whether there will be demand for our concept," a person involved in the project recently told The Wall Street Journal.

Fashion Entertainments says it's also working on using e-paper to develop other wearable products, including shoes, glasses and bow ties.

"One of my predictions for next year is that fashion is going to play a huge part in shaping the tech industry," Stuart Miles, a gadget writer at Pocket-lint, said. "Having a phone that's big and square is one thing, but if we're actually wearing things, it has to look good."

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Uber disables app in Nevada after judge issues preliminary injuction

"We remain committed to working with Nevada's leaders to create a permanent regulatory framework," an Uber spokesperson said.
By Brooks Hays   |   Nov. 28, 2014 at 12:27 PM
RENO, Nev., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The services of mobile ride-sharing app Uber are no longer available in Nevada. The company disabled their mobile application late Wednesday night for the Silver State after a judge there issued a preliminary injunction.

"It's unfortunate that Nevada is the first state in the nation to temporarily suspend Uber," Uber spokeswoman Eva Behrend wrote in a statement. "That means nearly 1,000 jobs just disappeared overnight and those residents lost their ability to earn a living. On the eve of Thanksgiving, when Nevadans should be celebrating with family, now many are worried about how they're going to pay their bills."

Nevada's attorney general filed a suit against Uber not long after the company began operations in the state this autumn. The state argues Uber is evading safety standards and infringing upon the franchise rights of traditional taxi companies that operate under Nevada's strict common carrier regulations. Under Nevada rules, cab drivers must pass a series of tests and have their vehicles inspected.

After Washoe District Judge Scott Freeman agreed to the state's request for a preliminary injunction, while both parties prepare to go to trial. That decision was appealed, but the Nevada Supreme Court declined to overrule Freeman's decision.

Uber has promised to find a way forward and resume operations in the state as soon as legally possible.

"We remain committed to working with Nevada's leaders to create a permanent regulatory framework that affords Nevadans the flexibility and innovation offered by Uber," Behrend said.

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
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