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Language authorities break rules, add 'tweet' to Oxford English Dictionary

Authorities on the English language — the folks behind the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), to be specific — have once again seen it fit to acknowledge the existence of some terms which techies have been mumbling (and typing) for years.Yes, that's right — you can finally talk about "big data," "crow Full story

Reading on Tablets Easier for Older Eyes

People young and old prefer reading paper books to tablets and e-readers, but older individuals could find themselves reading faster and with less effort on a tablet. The news came from a small study released this week in PLOS ONE from researchers at the historic epicenter of the printed word — Joha Full story

Peacock feathers form basis for reflective displays, could bring color to e-readers soon

Structural color -- that's engineer speak for a reflective display that mimics iridescence. And tech of that very sort could be trickling down into future generations of e-readers, thanks to current research by the University of Michigan. Using the "refined hairline grooves" of a peacock as a templ Full story

Books Lose Out to E-Readers

Did an e-book reader or tablet find its way under your Christmas tree this year? If so, you're in good company. As of November 2012, a third of American adults owned e-readers or tablets, according to a new survey. Two and a half years ago, only three percent of American adults owned such devices. Full story

FCC Chairman Asks FAA to Ease In-Flight Electronic Restrictions

The days of powering down your e-reader or tablet during airplane take-offs and landings may soon be a thing of the past. Yesterday FCC chairman Julius Genachowski sent a letter to the head of the FAA, asking him to "enable greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices" during flight Full story

New E-Reader Display Aims at Video and Color

A new prototype e-reader display offers a small window into the future of these evolving devices. It's able to show new pages quickly enough to play videos, and its white background is brighter than a magazine's white pages — an important component for making color e-readers, says the prototype's le Full story

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  Kindle Paperwhite is the new king of e-readers

The new batch of e-readers have built-in lighting, so you can read in the dark. But getting it right isn't easy. NBCNews.com's Wilson Rothman shows you why the new Kindle Paperwhite beats all challengers.

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