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Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society | Year: 2014

The validity of the Alaska record for single-day maximum precipitation is studied using two objective analytical techniques. The study focuses on a single station in Angoon, southeast Alaska whose Cooperative Observer (COOP) precipitation observations are outside of climatological bounds and where one observation established the Alaska single-day precipitation record on October 12, 1982. Researchers conducting the study attempt to establish the validity of the observations at this station and whether the state-record precipitation event is erroneous. Several community volunteers have recorded weather observations in support of the COOP program over a period of time in Angoon. The investigations reveal that a key technique for establishing climate observation reliability is to perform statistical analysis on the data to determine the probabilistic likelihood of those observations occurring.

Spring Design | Date: 2015-09-01


News Article | March 2, 2011
Site: techcrunch.com

Barnes & Noble this morning announced that it has settled a lawsuit it was served by Spring Design back in November 2009 in connection to the latter’s Alex Reader (which, perhaps not so coincidentally, is in the process of being phased out). Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Spring Design will grant B&N a “non-exclusive, paid-up royalty free license” for the entire portfolio of the company’s patents and patent applications. Other terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The settlement agreement announced today resolves all claims brought by Spring Design, which will be dismissed with prejudice. The news comes a few months after Barnes & Noble failed to dismiss Spring Design’s lawsuit. Spring Design claimed the bookseller illegally copied its screen design for the nook electronic book reader, accusing the company of misappropriating trade secrets, breach of contract and unfair competition. Alex is, or rather was, an e-reader device that combined two displays (an e-Ink display mainly for reading, and an LCD screen for browsing). One could view content on either of the screens and use a button to flip the display back and forth between the touch color screen and EPD screen. In its complaint, Spring Design said it had shared the dual-display design of the device with Barnes & Noble when the companies held potential partnership talks back in 2009, prior to the launch of the nook. The company said Barnes & Noble later incorporated features of the Alex Reader into nook, breaching a nondisclosure agreement. Spring Design on its website says it is discontinuing retail sales of the e-reader in order to focus its resources on developing “next generation eReader products and services” with ReadMate, the underlying technology used in the Alex Reader.

News Article | January 6, 2010
Site: gigaom.com

The Alex e-reader is getting some content thanks to Google (NSDQ: GOOG). Just ahead of CES, parent company Spring Design has partnered with Google so that users of its device will be able to directly access more than one million public domain e-books via Google Books. Several other e-reader manufacturers boast similar agreements. Sony (NYSE: SNE) and Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS), for instance, both offer access to Google’s public domain books via their respective e-book stores. Spring Design’s deal with Google, however, gives some heft to the company’s plans for the Alex. When Spring Design announced the Alex back in October, there was some speculation that Spring Design had rushed the announcement solely in order to protect its intellectual property — and wasn’t actually planning to bring the device to market. Soon afterwards, Spring Design sued Barnes & Noble, saying that Barnes & Noble had copied some of Alex’s features in the design of its own e-reader. Spring Design has said that it will begin to sell the Alex by the end of the year; the device’s “official debut” is expected at CES this week. Here’s the release.

News Article | January 8, 2010
Site: gigaom.com

We showed you Alex, the cool dual-screen e-book reader from Spring Designs. Alex looks like a good reader with that large second color touchscreen. Content is king in the e-book world and the Borders bookstore has been signed up to supply content for the Alex. “Our agreement with Spring Design represents another step in our digital strategy, which continues to focus on offering book lovers-including our more than 35 million Borders Rewards loyalty program members-high quality content on the device of their choosing,” said Borders Group Chief Executive Officer Ron Marshall. “We look forward to bringing a world class eBook experience to Alex users.” Alex will go on sale February 22nd for $359 from the Spring Designs online store.

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