We’ve seen people design eBook readers around Raspberry Pi hardware before. But there’s still something pretty nifty about seeing a new open hardware project that shows you don’t need to settle for buying a Kindle, Kobo or other name-brand device to read eBooks on an electronic paper display.

Redditor /u/thataintthis shares details of DIY piEreader made from a combination of off-the-shelf and custom-designed components. There are a bunch of exposed wires, because right now the prototype is a proof of concept. But honestly that just gives it a bit more of a cyberdeck feel which adds to its charm.

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

Pi based eReader that supports EPUB, PDF, CBZ, and more [/r/raspberry_pi]

This DIY eReader proof of concept is powered by a Raspberry Pi and features a 4.2 inch ePaper display, navigation buttons, a bunch of concept parts and support for EPUB, CBZ, PDF, and other eBook formats. Visit Reddit to see a short video showing a prototype in action, or check out GitLab for documentation and design files. 

Framework Next Level Event [Framework]

Framework, makers of the modular, repairable, upgradeable Framework Laptop, have scheduled a “Next Level” event for March 23 to announced what’s next from the company.

New features in ChromeOS 111 [About Chromebooks]

Among other things, Fast Pair comes to Chromebooks, allowing you to quickly pair some Bluetooth headphones and other accessories when they’re nearby, and the text app adds support for keyboard shortcuts.

Pixel 7a specs leaked [@Gadgetsdata]

Google Pixel 7a will allegedly bring display, processor, and camera upgrades with a 6.1 inch FHD+ 90 Hz display, a Google Tensor G2 chip and 64MP primary camera (plus 12MP ultrawide). 5W wireless charging too.

Mobile Linux camera pt6 [Martijn Braam]

The developer of the Megapixels app for Linux phones notes that the postprocessing tools developed for the PinePhone don’t work well on the Librem 5. But testing is underway on an updated version that should work better on Purism’s Linux smartphone. There’s also an alternate camera app called Millipixels for the Librem 5.

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  1. I’m hoping Framework makes a laptop with a 360 degree hinge and stylus support.
    They’re one of the few laptop manufacturers whose use of usb-c for charging doesn’t cause me to be worried about using the laptop while charging because I can just get a replacement port module.
    Ryzens or an SBC carrier module would be nice too for battery life, but wouldn’t be compelling as the ability to rotate the screen around for me.

  2. “Google Pixel 7a will allegedly bring… …5W wireless charging too.”

    So, Forward to the Past? Their 2013 Nexus 5 had this – how is this still considered a “new” feature?

      1. Every other feature mentioned are labeled as “upgrades,” so when it’s mentioned at the same time that implies it’s also an “upgrade” (a.k.a. a feature the predecessors didn’t have, and thus a new feature), “genius.”

        1. Except nothing implies it’s an upgrade, it was mentioned in addition to the upgrades. Sorry your ESL self could not comprehend that.