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Meet the New Amazon Kindle, Control Your Android With Your Voice… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 12-04-2016

The next Amazon Kindle has leaked, control your Android without using your hands, share Dropbox files using Facebook Messenger, the Vista nightmare is ending soon, and Softcore Henry has a boring office job.


The Kindle Oasis Has Leaked Online

The new Amazon Kindle, which Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos teased last week, has leaked online. Called the Kindle Oasis, the latest Amazon eBook reader changes things up considerably.

The Kindle Oasis weighs in at 131 grams, sports the same 300 PPI (pixels per inch) screen resolution as its predecessor, has improved back-lighting, physical page-turning buttons, and a built-in accelerometer for when you change hands. Yes, the Oasis is designed to be held in one hand, as most people hold real books Books Suck: Why I Love My Kindle More Than Dead Trees Modern e-readers hold thousands of novels, weigh next to nothing, have built in lights, and don't give you a concussion when they hit your nose. Read More .

Rather than being of a uniform thickness, it’s chunkier on one side, redistributing the weight so you can hold it in one hand more comfortably. This bump is where the battery lives, which should enable Amazon to offer a similarly impressive battery life to that of the Kindle Voyage Amazon's New Tablets and E-Readers: Everything You Need to Know Read More . This battery life can be extended further by using the click-on cover, which attaches via magnets.

We don’t yet know the price of the Kindle Oasis, but Amazon is set to reveal all by the end of this week anyway, so we shouldn’t have long to wait. In the meantime, The Digital Reader has lots of pictures of the leaked device.


Google Offers Android Voice Access

Google has launched a new app designed to help you use your Android phone without ever touching it. Called Voice Access, the app helps you navigate around your smartphone with verbal instructions such as “Go Home,” “Scroll down,” and “Open Chrome”. Numbers are assigned to action points, such as apps or menu options, on the screen, allowing you to simply say a number to operate your handset.

Voice Access is primarily aimed at people who have “difficulty manipulating a touch screen due to paralysis, tremor, [or] temporary injury”. However, there’s nothing to stop anyone from using it, perhaps to aid multitasking Single- vs. Multitasking: What's Best for Productivity? Multitasking is a common method to increase productivity. Turns out it's not necessarily the silver bullet for productivity. The key is to know when to multitask. Read More , perhaps to prevent dirtying their smartphone, or perhaps because they’re simply too lazy to swipe and type. That is at least once Voice Access is released to the general public.

For now, Voice Access is only available in beta form to a handful of testers, and applications to try it appear to be closed for the time being. However, we will be sure to mention it again once it shows up in the Google Play Store. In the meantime, Google is keen for you to learn more about its efforts to make technology more accessible to more people, regardless of their physical limitations Accessibility on Android: Make Your Device Easier to Use Android includes features to make sure that everyone can enjoy their phone. Even if you aren't disabled, the Accessibility menu holds some neat tricks to look into. Read More .

Share Dropbox Files Through Messenger



You can now share Dropbox files Don't Be A Dropbox Jerk: Cloud File Sharing Etiquette You Should Know Are you annoying the people you share files with services like Dropbox? Maybe; here are some things you do that may bug others, and some rules you can use to avoid doing so. Read More right from within Facebook Messenger, saving you all of, ooh, three seconds. Rather than having to copy and paste links, you can now browse your files within Messenger, select the one you want to share, and then hit Send. Simple, effective, effortless.

Stan Chudnovsky, head of product for Messenger, said in a Dropbox Blog post:

“We want people to communicate just the way they want to on Messenger, with everyone they care about. Giving our users the ability to share their Dropbox videos and images in Messenger threads with just a few taps will help them bring more style and personality to those conversations.”

This feature is available in Messenger (unless you prefer alternatives Don't Want to Use Facebook Messenger? 10 Slick Alternatives to Try Facebook Messenger isn't perfect. Why keep using it? Here are the best alternatives to Facebook Messenger. Read More ) on Android and on iOS, and simply requires the latest version of the Dropbox app. To access your Dropbox files simply tap the More button in Messenger and you’ll see Dropbox appear as an available source.

Windows Vista Is Almost Dead

If you (doubtful) or anyone you know (possible) is still using Windows Vista, you should know you (or they) are living on borrowed time. That’s because Vista, often painted as the most hated version of Windows ever, will be completely dead within 12 months.


Microsoft ended mainstream support for Vista in August 2012, and on April 11, 2017 even extended support is coming to an end. Just as it did for Windows XP Windows XP Lasted Longer Than World Wars I & II Combined Think Microsoft is letting Windows XP die too soon? You're not alone. Many think this is a cash grab. What if I told you Windows XP is the longest supported version of Windows ever? Read More in 2014. This means that it’s now time to upgrade to Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10, depending on your personal preference.

To be fair, just 1.5 percent of PCs now run on Vista, so this shouldn’t be too big of an ask.

Meet Hardcore Henry’s Boring Brother

And finally, we meet Softcore Henry, the man who would be Hardcore Henry if he didn’t have a boring office job to go to. To understand this video you’ll have to first know about the aforementioned Hardcore Henry, a new movie shot to look like a fast and frenetic video game 5 Video Games That Should Be Movies [MUO Gaming] Many modern video games play out like movies, with strong storylines, fleshed-out characters, and action sequences that surely give even Michael Bay pause for thought. And yet when it comes to actually making movies from... Read More .

All caught up? Good. Now, Hardcore Henry is a ludicrous action movie that is likely to leave you feeling queasy and worn out. Softcore Henry is not. Instead, we see a guy getting up in the morning and doing the usual activities we all do on a daily basis. Which is more interesting than it sounds thanks to the first-person perspective! [H/T The Awesomer]


Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you excited by the look of the new Kindle Oasis? Do you want to test out Google Voice Access? Will you be sharing Dropbox files via Messenger? Are you, or anyone you know, still using Windows Vista? Have you seen Hardcore Henry yet? If so, what did you think?

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  1. Anonymous
    April 12, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    I was really hoping that Amazon would refresh its Fire HDX line. It more or less owns the e-Reader market, but it's been a couple years since it released a high end Android device.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      They still might, to be honest, as just this one product has leaked. Although I suspect Bezos would have teased a new tablet as well as a new e-Reader.