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Amazon Kindle Scribe review

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The Kindle Scribe is Amazon’s first 10-inch e-book reader with a pen. The hardware shows itself to be at the usual high level in the test, but the software still has to add a lot to the pen input and note function in particular in order to deliver the promised benefits in practice, starting at 369 euros.

design and finish

From its design, the new Kindle from Amazon could at first glance be considered a new generation of the Kindle Oasis (test).

The 10.2-inch display of the new e-book reader is also completely surrounded by aluminum. While the back and the side frame of many models in the tablet sector are made up of two segments, the case of the Scribe is made entirely of one unit. The edge protrudes slightly beyond the inside, but this is not really a problem due to the rounded edges.

The new Kindle Scribe from Amazon

What is more striking is the non-centered display and the thick border on the left side. This division is a bit unfortunate, since the left thumb has to travel a long way to scroll while the same finger on the right almost triggers incorrect inputs. In general, the new offspring from Amazon looks valuable and, above all, stable.

Only at second glance does it become apparent that the “bulge”, which is characteristic of the Oasis, is missing on the Scribe. This also makes sense, since Amazon primarily markets the test candidate as a digital notepad and it must therefore be able to lie on the table like a sheet of paper – a curved back would only be annoying. However, this is not quite flat, as a precaution the developers have attached rubber knobs to each of the four corners. This should prevent the Scribe from slipping when writing, which works quite well. However, the reader can still be moved with a certain amount of pressure, which is certainly what is wanted – it should also be possible to push it to the side.

The back of the Scribe is quite smooth and therefore slippery
The back of the Scribe is quite smooth and therefore slippery

With a width of 196 mm and a height of 229 mm, the Scribe is larger than some tablets with the same display dimensions, but it is thinner at 5.8 mm. With a weight of 433 g, on the other hand, both Technologys are again very close. Users who come from a smaller Kindle will first have to adjust to the weight and dimensions, as the new representative of the Kindle series is by no means as handy as a Paperwhite (test) or an Oasis.

The smooth back also contributes to this, with dry hands and due to the combination of low thickness and weight, the Scribe can literally slip through the fingers of the user. Some representatives with a roughened or rubberized plastic back clearly have an advantage here. Users who switch from such a device to the now largest Kindle might find the aluminum case a bit too cool on their fingers. In contrast to its brothers Paperwhite and Oasis, the Scribe also has no water protection.

The nubs ensure better adhesion to the surface when writing
The nubs ensure better adhesion to the surface when writing

The new reader only has a button and a USB-C connection, so the scroll buttons known from the Oasis are missing. This makes it immediately clear that the Scribe is operated either with the fingers or the stylus. This is included in the price in two versions and will be examined in more detail later in this test.

variants and prices

In terms of price, the new Kindle Scribe* is well within the range known from Amazon. The Oasis from Amazon already has an RRP of 229 euros in the smallest memory size with 8 GB – and that with a 6.8-inch display. The 369 euros* that the online retailer calls for the 16 GB version of the Scribe don’t seem overpriced at first – especially because the pen is included in the price. It works completely inductively and therefore does not require its own electricity. If the pen is not needed, it is simply attached to the right half of the device and held there magnetically.

The pen is available in two versions, with the Premium variant differing from the normal one in that it also has an eraser on the top (which saves going to the menu) and a programmable shortcut key. With the more functional pen, the price then rises to 399 euros, with a larger memory of 32 GB or 64 GB, 419 euros and 449 euros* are then due – these are only available with the premium pen.

The case of the Kindle Scribe
The case of the Kindle Scribe

Accesories

Amazon offers both a fabric and a leather case for the Scribe. Even if these leave a noble impression visually, they could not convince in the test. On the one hand, they are not exactly cheap at around 63 euros and 90 euros, on the other hand, the reader is only held magnetically on the back wall. In general, the Scribe sits quite firmly, but the device can come loose from the case even with light impacts. So if the reader slips out of the user’s hand and can just about be held by the lid, the Scribe will very likely come loose from the case – damage cannot be ruled out. Thus, this case offers a rather deceptive security.

In addition, with the reader, basically only the back and front as well as the upper and lower edges are protected, while the sides are open. Storing the stylus, which is pushed into a small flap at the lower end of the case, is just as unsuccessful. Put in a pocket, it is not protected in the form used. Simply attached to the half of the case as described at the beginning, the pen also protrudes from the case, which also offers no real protection.

The leather sleeve for the Kindle Scribe offered by Amazon
The leather sleeve for the Kindle Scribe offered by Amazon

For the reasons mentioned alone, the buyer should rather look around for a case that encloses the entire reader from one of the already numerous third-party manufacturers.

A slight tug and the Scribe comes off the case all too easily
A slight tug and the Scribe comes off the case all too easily

In contrast to the cases we are used to from tablets, the version from Amazon is not folded to the side, but upwards. There is a reason for this: The lid can be folded back and fixed with a magnet to support the reader, which is only an advantage when reading. With the case closed, the Scribe goes into standby mode after a few seconds and wakes up immediately when the case is opened.

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Creek Technologies acquires Imburse to improve the payment experience

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Operation of great importance in the insurance industry. Smart solutions provider, Creek Technologys, has just announced the definitive agreement of the purchase of Imburse Paymentsa modern payment platform based in Switzerland.

The payment solution software-as-a-service (SaaS) native on the cloud de Imburse is designed for the insurance sector. It offers greater ease and efficiency in insurance transactions end to end. In addition, Imburse enables insurers to quickly connect to the entire payments ecosystem at lower cost, seamlessly integrate into existing financial infrastructure and processes, and manage multiple partners for collections and disbursements, all in one place.

The platform is consumer-oriented and offers policyholders a flexible and easy-to-use checkout experience, as well as the possibility of directing payments quickly and safely.

As part of Duck Creek, Imburse will continue to serve its current customer base and markets, while accelerating expansion goals to new customers throughout Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. Although Imburse will continue to be available as a standalone, the platform will be fully integrated with Duck Creek’s suite of technology solutions, further enabling insurers’ digital transformation goals through modern tools.

Product for the global industry of the sector

“Imburse has developed a great product for the global insurance industry that is not only easy to integrate and implement, but also offers insurers incredible flexibility and payment options”said Mike Jackowski, CEO of Duck Creek Technologys. “Imburse has a robust team that represents the core values ​​of Duck Creek. They have deep experience across the payments ecosystem and will help extend Duck Creek’s leadership in the insurance industry.”

“Being a part of Duck Creek will further accelerate our mission to simplify the way businesses around the world access the global payments ecosystem,” said Oliver Werneyer, CEO of Imburse. “We are excited to be a part of Duck Creek and to work together to deliver modern technology innovations that will transform the insurance industry of the future.”

The acquisition remains subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close during the second fiscal quarter of 2023.

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The Community of Madrid chooses EAE Business School as project accelerator

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EAE Business School Madrid, which is part of Planeta Formación y Universidades, has been chosen by the Community of Madrid What innovative project accelerator of entrepreneurship, in collaboration with other prestigious entities such as Lanzadera and Wayra. This initiative is expected to contribute to accelerating 50 new ideas and projects.

Within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, financed by the European Union – Next Generation fund, the business school has been chosen as the head of this initiative in Madrid whose objective is to promote entrepreneurship and the talent of the region, strengthening the value chain of the cultural and creative industry and, therefore, stimulating the recovery of the Spanish economy.

«Being the only educational institution chosen by the Community of Madrid as an accelerator agent is an important recognition of which we are very proud. Collaboration in this project reinforces the great work that EAE Business School Madrid is doing to promote entrepreneurship and innovation, vital aspects for our school. In addition, this initiative reinforces our commitment to position EAE Business School Madrid as a key school for attracting young entrepreneurs with disruptive and creative ideas that will lead the future of the business and economic ecosystem in Madrid and, therefore, in Spain.”says Javier Almazán, Director of EAE Business School Madrid.

Flexibility and adaptability of business projects

The accelerator and its development programs will contribute to increasing the flexibility and adaptability of new business projects, in a global context of continuous change. Its objective is not only focused on providing capital through seed investmentsbut also in accompanying ideas with high growth potential in order to implement them successfully.

To this end, EAE Business School Madrid will play the role of mentor and tutor to entrepreneurs, offering intensive training programs and thus contributing to generating an ecosystem of cooperation and communication with other agents and strategic entities.

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In addition, this mentoring will boost the transformation of cultural activities towards digitization thanks to the incorporation of new Technologys in projects, favoring synergies between the cultural and creative industry with other economic sectors. For this reason, the collaboration of EAE Business School Madrid will improve access to financing for cultural projects, accelerating the professional growth of entrepreneurs and companies.

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Tilby, new POS software in the cloud for commerce

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The consumption habits of the clients of hotels, restaurants and retail trade they are changing to forced marches after the pandemic, where customers use multiple channels to make their purchases and interact with the establishment.

In this new scenario, a simple cash register or POS is no longer enough. Small hospitality and retail businesses need solutions with which to efficiently manage all their sales channels -physical establishments, online stores, apps, click & collect, delivery chains…-, facilitate the purchase process and build customer loyalty.

We are experiencing a true digital transformation of small businesses, which need to move towards a management model that provides a 360º and omnichannel vision.

Tilby, the cutting-edge POS software in the Zucchetti Group cloud

In order to respond to this need, Zucchetti Spain has incorporated into its portfolio of solutions Tilby, the innovative cloud POS software from the Zucchetti Group. This POS solution in the cloud differs from other solutions due to its quick start-up, its easy handling and because it simplifies daily work by allowing sales analysis, improving customer service and billing.

Tilby’s innovative cloud technology allows you to manage reservations, orders, stocks and sales from a tablet, computer or smartphone, in order to facilitate management. Thanks to its features, there is quick access to accounting, statistics and much more, for all sales channels. The possibility of access with mobile phone to monitor stores at any time and from anywhere is particularly useful.

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The solution is very intuitive and easy to use. Its implementation is very fast; All you need is a tablet (IOS or Android), computer (Windows or Mac) or smartphone and internet access. Thanks to the API’s, it can be integrated with other software solutions such as ERP’s or PMS’s or with the main delivery chains, something that is increasingly demanded by the consumer. In addition, it has analysis functionalities for a correct follow-up of sales, customers and employee performance.

This revolutionary solution is compatible with Windows, Android, macOS and IOS and also covers businesses that work in international environments.

A deep knowledge of the sector

The Zucchetti Group has in-depth knowledge of the hotel, restaurant and retail market, and has extensive experience developing and implementing software for this sector, with four powerful POS solutions for all types of businesses and more than 44,500 customers worldwide.

In our country, Zucchetti Spain guarantees a close and personalized service through its team of 300 highly qualified professionals.

A promotion for the digitization of Spanish bars, restaurants, hotels and shops

In order to promote the digital transformation of small hospitality and retail trade in our country, companies that hire Tilby before March 31 will benefit from a 25% discount. A unique opportunity to adapt to the new market and be able to compete with the large companies and chains in the sector.

In addition, Zucchetti Spain accompanies this launch with the publication of a didactic guide in which it analyzes the strategic role of POS software and provides the keys for a new omnichannel management. The Guide “POS software for small hospitality and commerce” is now available for free on the software manufacturer’s website.

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