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Old 02-20-2020, 09:10 PM   #46
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Old 02-21-2020, 09:39 AM   #47
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It was 4 years ago, so yes the Kobo firmware may well have changed since then.

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I've had my AuraHD since it was released, and 90% of my books come from somewhere other than Kobo. All of my books have always worked to show the cover as "screen saver". Maybe something was wrong with the formatting of your books?

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Old 02-21-2020, 10:56 AM   #48
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I examined firmware 5.12.4 and it has a number of changes related to the user interface update known internally as Kindle++. I assume that it what is being referenced by the above "What's New" item.

Here are some interesting things I found. I don't know when or if these features will be activated.
  • Options to control features like "Popular Highlights", "Word Wise", and "PinYin" moved to the Aa menu.
  • Contrast setting with 5 choices: -2, -1, 0, 1, 2
  • "Set the cover of the title you are reading to appear on your lock screen" (It's about time!)
I think that this is a highly misleading post that has been rampantly reported on ebook sites (digital reader etc.), Reddit etc. over something that is essentially speculation.

If I read your post quite carefully it looks like what really happened is that you found some code perhaps just commented out or is unused that suggests these title cover and contrast setting options. Would that be about right?

The firmware doesn't actually support these features. Maybe down the road an update will and again maybe not.

I don't know how many times I have coded a class or a function and then never used it because I found a better way to do it or just abandoned the whole idea. A huge grain of salt really needs to be taken here.
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Old 02-21-2020, 11:09 AM   #49
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I think that this is a highly misleading post that has been rampantly reported on ebook sites (digital reader etc.), Reddit etc. over something that is essentially speculation.
Please note the ff statement from jhowell's post:

I don't know when or if these features will be activated.
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Old 02-21-2020, 11:09 AM   #50
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I think that this is a highly misleading post that has been rampantly reported on ebook sites (digital reader etc.), Reddit etc. over something that is essentially speculation.

If I read your post quite carefully it looks like what really happened is that you found some code perhaps just commented out or is unused that suggests these title cover and contrast setting options. Would that be about right?

The firmware doesn't actually support these features. Maybe down the road an update will and again maybe not.

I don't know how many times I have coded a class or a function and then never used it because I found a better way to do it or just abandoned the whole idea. A huge grain of salt really needs to be taken here.
I'm assuming you missed the part where jhowell says "I don't know when or if these features will be activated."

I, for one am very appreciative of his efforts in unpacking and analyzing the update.

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Old 02-21-2020, 11:10 AM   #51
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or if these features will be activated
Doesn't seem misleading to me.
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Old 02-21-2020, 12:13 PM   #52
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The post is not misleading at all. It's not jhowell's fault that we have all gotten over-excited about the possibilities.
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Old 02-21-2020, 12:13 PM   #53
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Please note the ff statement from jhowell's post:

I don't know when or if these features will be activated.
Oh.

Oh, no.

Would be nice, though, we'll wait and see.
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Old 02-21-2020, 12:16 PM   #54
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Anyway, hopefully all the buzz created thus far will nudge amazon to actually activate these features pronto!
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I think that this is a highly misleading post ...
How can a post that is not the least bit misleading be highly misleading?

jhowell's posts are among the very highest signal to noise ratio posts at mobileread. The referenced post is no exception to that and I am glad it got posted.
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I looked a bit more at the lock screen book cover feature to see what else I could discover. From what I could tell ads must be disabled and the book cover feature must be enabled remotely for this to work..
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I think that this is a highly misleading post that has been rampantly reported on ebook sites (digital reader etc.), Reddit etc. over something that is essentially speculation.
Yes, speculation. I was not trying to be misleading and others seem to have understood the caveat.

I did notice that Goodereader's story based on my post eliminated my disclaimer, making it appear that these features are all going to be made available in the current firmware release.

I believe that Amazon is likely to release these features at some point, but it make take another firmware release or two for them to work all of the bugs out.
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Yes, speculation. I was not trying to be misleading and others seem to have understood the caveat.

I did notice that Goodereader's story based on my post eliminated my disclaimer, making it appear that these features are all going to be made available in the current firmware release.

I believe that Amazon is likely to release these features at some point, but it make take another firmware release or two for them to work all of the bugs out.
Being able to have my current book cover as the screensaver will be a very welcome addition for me. It is mind boggling that they took this long to allow (support) that!
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No, because that only exists because MS ditched the QA dept. Also they ignore feedback of broken stuff when it suits them. That's really a marketing / bean counter / crowd sourced solution rather than proper testing.
Also there isn't any sensible criterion for joining. Mostly MS Fans and many are only wanting extra new features rather than being representative of the user base or qualified to test.
W10 is the worst OS ever from MS for rolling out stuff to the public that doesn't work, disables drivers, deletes files etc.
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