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The holiday is a time when you buy family and friends gifts. Why not give the best educational gift to someone, an ereader – the Kindle. If you do not have a Kindle, or you have one but it is a current or older version, wait. Amazon is launching its premium ereader and it will be worth the wait. The Kindle Voyager 2 is coming!
We all know and experience this for ourselves at how technology is accelerating at a rapid pace. While this is true of computers, iPad and other devices, as far as in the e-reader space, they develop new technology every 5 years for the chip and every 3 years for the screen.
It is said that two important pieces of technology go into an e-reader: the electronic ink screen and the system-on-a-chip, which provides the device’s screen clarity, refresh rate, processing power, wireless capabilities, battery endurance, and more.
An update to Kindle’s processor and chipset is imminent
The last time these technologies saw major improvements was in 2013 and prior to that it was in 2010. So you see the reason for buying the Kindle Voyage 2 in 2016 will lead to overall better value and a longer device life cycle.
The world’s first processor and chipset-purpose-designed for electronic ink display management called the i.MX5 was released in 2010. Then in 2011 it was marginally improved by the introduction of i.MX6. This allowed battery life to last 4 -6 weeks, faster page turns, and few jarring page refreshes.
Here are reasons why you must buy the Kindle Voyager 2
The Amazon Kindle Voyage 2 will redefine what an e-reader is capable of in a myriad of ways. It will utilize the new Freescale I.MX 7 1 GHZ dual core processor which will dramatically increase the overall performance. This chipset has been optimized with eInk Regal and the end product will be true refresh free page turns.
In 2016 this changes, the i.MX7 begins entering products which will be more power efficient than the previous generation of e-reader processors. For one thing, it’s built on the 28nm production process (almost half of the 40nm used in the older i.MX6), and smaller is better.
The i.MX7 also introduces a new kind of design called Heterogeneous Multicore Processing Architecture (HMPA), which allows two processor architectures to operate simultaneously. Unlike older processors, the i.MX7 uses two processing cores: one core has a Cortex A7 architecture while the other has a more power-efficient Cortex M4 architecture.
It will represent the single biggest leap in performance and battery life in e-reader history
It is believed that emergent technologies would enable full color e-readers. One of these technologies is called Electrowetting, a technology invented by Liquavista, a subsidiary of Amazon.
Hang in there, the new Kindle Voyage 2 is coming. It will be a better ereader and will be a great gift to give that special person.
I am sure you will agree with me that boys’ aversion to reading, let alone to novels, has been worsening for years. The question we ask, Why are boys not reading anymore? There are several reasons for boys not reading anymore.
Here are some reasons why boys do not like reading
• I have heard some say that boys do not like to explore their emotions and feelings and therefore do not like reading fiction.
• One expert states that boys also do not have enough male role models for literacy.
• Boys prefer video games and ESPN to book versions of them. It is said that these knockoffs also lack the tough, edgy story lines that allow boys a private place to reflect on the inner fears of failure and humiliation they try so hard to brush over.
What are some of the factors that contribute to boys not reading?
Are the publishers targeting boys? It seems that publishers focus more on girls. A leading publishing company executive said at least three-quarters of her target audience were girls, and they wanted to read about mean girls, gossip girls, and vampires.
Editors who ask writers of books for boys to include girl characters — for commercial reasons — further blunt the edges.
Also, if we are to encourage reading among boys they need to be approached individually with books that deals their fears, choices, possibilities and relationships — the kind of reading that will prick their dormant empathy. It is important as well to involve them with fictional characters and lead them into deeper engagement with their own lives. This is what turns boys into readers.
Now what type of books do boys gravitate toward? Nonfiction. Over the years, it seems that schools favor classics over contemporary fiction. This is because they try to satisfy testing standards and avoid challenges from parents. To add to the problem, teachers don’t always know what’s out there for boys.
It would be good to see someone like a Justin Bieber promote reading among boys. And since majority of adults involved in kids’ reading are women, boys might not see reading as a masculine activity.
In addition to including the important people such as parents, librarian, teachers and communities in providing a solution, says Jon Scieszka, author of children’s books, suggests strategies to help boys read better: “clear, structured instruction; short bursts of intense work; specific goals; praise; hands-on learning; and use of humor.”
Understanding boys and reading
If we are to encourage boys to read, we must understand them and what gets them to read. According to Smith and Wilhelm in Reading Don’t Fix No Chevys: Literacy in the Lives of Young Men, boys differ from girls in the choices they make of reading material:
• Boys are more inclined to read informational texts, magazines, and newspaper articles
• Boys are more inclined to read graphic novels and comic books
• Boys tend to resist reading stories about girls, whereas girls do not tend to resist
reading stories about boys
• Boys like to read about hobbies, sports, and things they might do or be interested
• Boys like to collect things and tend to like to collect series of books
• Boys read less fiction than girls
• Boys tend to enjoy escapism and humor, and some boys are passionate about
science fiction or fantasy
Here are some suggestions that librarians can take to improve attitudes toward reading among boys. These include:
• planning programs aimed just at boys
• doing book talks in the classroom that include a lot of nonfiction
• buying American Library Association Read posters that feature males
• encouraging coaches of boys’ sports teams to participate in a Guys Read program such as having athletes read to younger children
• increasing the number of periodicals, magazines, comic books, and newspapers in the library
• actively recruiting boys to work in the library
• surveying boys about their reading
• buying books that boys recommend
• putting books where the boys are: next to the computers, copy machines, and study tables. Allowing boys to find reflections of who they are and what they like in a library may encourage a return visit.
A new study in the UK found that youngsters who used the new technology were more likely to have their nose in a story for longer, were more likely to say that reading is “cool” and were less likely to find reading difficult. The findings show that boys had a bigger attitude change towards reading after picking up an ebook than girls.
“It is important to recognize the increased reading opportunities that technology offers pupils and how it can help children who struggle to read, for example by giving them the option of increasing the font size of the text. This study indicates that technology has most potential to engage children, particularly boys, who do not enjoy reading.” According to research eBooks can help to boost boys’ abilities in reading and encourage them to enjoy the subject.
It seems that as parents, librarians, and teachers, we have our work cut out for us. We have to recognize the challenges facing why boys not reading anymore and take steps to help them change their attitude about reading.
There are reasons why it is important to use the kindle for better eye and general health. There are so many devices out there that one can use to read books. In one of my recent posts I wrote why the kindle is best for the eyes. At the end of the day, we like to look at the science before making any claims. Well, there are more and more studies that shows that reading the right device at night will prevent one from having health challenges, especially regarding the eyes.
Although there are other factors that contribute to eye and overall health challenges, staring at bright lights on iPhones and tablets play a role in our overall well-being according clinical psychologist and sleep therapist, Dr. Michael J. Breus. Studies have shown that all these artificial lights can result in disruptions of the circadian rhythm. (Cicadian means, “Recurring naturally on a twenty-four-hour cycle, even in the absence of light fluctuations”)
According to the experts, there’s a lot of evidence that blue light, emitted by smartphones, tablets, laptops, and many other electronic devices, is impacting on the quantity and quality of the sleep we are getting. Darkness is a natural cue to our bodies that it’s time for sleep.
What is Blue Light?
It is said that blue is the color between violet and green on the optical spectrum of visible light. Human eyes perceive blue when observing light with a wavelength between 450 and 495 nanometers. (A nanometer is a unit of spatial measurement that is one billionth of a meter) Blues with a higher frequency and thus a shorter wavelength gradually look more violet, while those with a lower frequency and a longer wavelength gradually appear greener. Pure blue, in the middle, has a wavelength of 470 nanometers.
What’s the problem with Blue light?
Blue light tells our brain that it isn’t time to sleep. According to the experts: “There are about 30,000 cells inside your eye that are reactive to the wavelength of light which would be considered blue,” explains clinical psychologist and sleep therapist, Dr. Michael J. Breus. “Blue runs in about the 460 nanometer range, in terms of the spectrum of light. That particular spectrum of light hits these cells and makes them send a signal to an area of the brain known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus and tells it to turn off melatonin production. Melatonin is the key that starts the engine for sleep.” What we are doing by reading using bright screens at night is that we are circumventing this process. According to an expert, Burkhart K, Phelps JR.:
“All light is not equal: blue wavelengths are the most potent portion of the visible electromagnetic spectrum for circadian regulation. Therefore, blocking blue light could create a form of physiologic darkness. Because the timing and quantity of light and darkness both affect sleep, evening use of amber lenses to block blue light might affect sleep quality. Mood is also affected by light and sleep; therefore, mood might be affected by blue light blockade. In this study, 20 adult volunteers were randomized to wear either blue-blocking (amber) or yellow-tinted (blocking ultraviolet only) safety glasses for 3 h prior to sleep.”
At The New York Blue Light Symposium convened in New York from June 26-27, 2015, it outlined three measures to counter consequences of artificial illumination faced by the global community. They were:
– MEASUREMENT: Scientifically prove the effects of blue light on human health through coordination with global researchers. – MANAGEMENT: Discuss blue light’s role in daily life and how to better manage consumption. – EDUCATION: Educate and spread understanding about blue light’s place in society.
It is hoped that this article will play a role in educating the public about the effects of blue light and how to counteract it. It is hoped that we will recognize the consequences of exposure to artificial blue light at night and that we will cut out exposure to blue light before going to bed. (According to the experts, the ideal is 2 hours) They do say that since this is difficult to do in modern society, use of protective glasses is recommended to minimize exposure to blue light at night. Other steps includes, beyond turning off all the light sources, use special filters, glasses, light bulbs, and even special software.
What to do at night when we want to read and still maintain good eye and general health?
So the question is what to do at night when we want to read that will help us maintain good eye and general health. Well, Amazon is bringing a brand new feature called Blue Shade — which alters display color and brightness for optimal nighttime reading — to its line of Fire tablets that will help in this regard.
“Blue Shade uses specialized filters to limit exposure to blue light. It also offers warm color filters and the ability to lower the display brightness to an ultra-low level for comfortable nighttime reading—even in a dark room,” Amazon said in an emailed statement. “Customers can also fine-tune the color settings to their personal preference, with the device intelligently adjusting the color filtering so that at any color or brightness, the blue wavelength light is always suppressed.”
So if you are an avid reader, and you love reading at night, and you are concerned about the health of your eye and general health, know that the bright light emitting from your device can, over a long period of time, will not contribute to healthy eyes and general health.
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