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Anti-iPad: Three Android Alternatives

Anti-iPad: Three Android Alternatives

You'd be forgiven for thinking the new iPad was the only tablet around, given the furore - and the sales success - of the third-gen model, but what if, for one reason or another, you're left unswayed by Apple's shiny slate? There's a world of tablets outside of the iPad, and for the moment Android is the main competition. Read on for our top three picks for the iPad-avoider.

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B&N NOOK could hit UK in late March

B&N NOOK could hit UK in late March

Barnes & Noble's international launch plans for NOOK could see the 7-inch NOOK Tablet arrive in the UK later this month, it's suggested, with a developer workshop in London planned to encourage app submissions. The workshop, taking place on March 19 Ebook Magazine reports, doesn't specifically mention the UK release of the NOOK line-up, but does hint that developers in the country could hope for similar success to their US counterparts.

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Barnes & Noble Nook Touch gets ‘fast refresh’ hack

Barnes & Noble Nook Touch gets ‘fast refresh’ hack

Hackers come in all shapes and sizes, and so do the devices they toil away on to try to gain some sort of Internet fame or just personal satisfaction. In that context, the Nook Touch isn't exactly the place for a hotbed of hacking activity but someone has still managed to pull off an exploit that's pretty interesting. The hack involves exponentially increasing the e-reader's refresh rate.

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Barnes & Noble NOOK $199 tablet a godsend

Barnes & Noble NOOK $199 tablet a godsend

Though Barnes & Noble's earnings call appears to have turned up sour for the most part, the NOOK lineup may have saved the book company from going Borders way. Having tested the original NOOK Color out back at the start of 2011 when it was released, giving a run down through and through, I can comfortably say the following: $199 for an upgraded version in the NOOK Tablet is quite the deal. You've got a high quality tablet that interacts with the Barnes & Noble store like no other, it costs the same as its biggest competitor, and it's not the same shape as the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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B&N NOOK only bright spot in drooping earnings

B&N NOOK only bright spot in drooping earnings

Barnes & Noble's cheaper NOOK Tablet can't come too soon: the book retailer's overall sales increased in the most recent financial quarter, but that wasn't enough to avoid a drop in net income. B&N's NOOK business - including digital ebook sales, other downloads, and accessories - rose 38-percent in Q3, pushing sales to $542m, with hardware growth up 64-percent year-on-year. Nonetheless, pre-deduction earnings dipped year-on-year, from $170 million to $150 million.

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NOOK Tablet 8GB official for $199

NOOK Tablet 8GB official for $199

Barnes & Noble has officially confirmed the new NOOK Tablet 8GB, a $199 version of the existing NOOK Tablet that brings the 7-inch ereader-slate down to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire. Meanwhile, the ebook retailer has also slashed the price of the NOOK Color, bringing it down to $169. The new NOOK Tablet 8GB has the same 1GHz dual-core processor of the original, together with a battery rated for 11.5hrs of ebook reading.

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Cheaper NOOK Tablet 8GB tipped for Wednesday

Cheaper NOOK Tablet 8GB tipped for Wednesday

Barnes & Noble is reportedly readying a cheaper version of its NOOK Tablet for launch this week, with the 7-inch ereader/slate dropping onboard storage so as to shave away at its price. The new 8GB variant will be officially unveiled on Wednesday, February 22, according to internal Walmart documentation shared with The Verge, though there's no indication of quite how much cheaper than the existing $249 NOOK Tablet the new entry-level version will be.

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Barnes & Noble claims against Microsoft apparently tossed out ahead of trial

Barnes & Noble claims against Microsoft apparently tossed out ahead of trial

In November of last year, Barnes & Noble called for a US investigation of Microsoft over the use of Android patents. The call for investigation had to do with patent licensing fees for Android and kicked off shortly after Barnes & Noble entered the Android market with the Nook Tablet. Barnes & Noble decided to go at Microsoft with a patent misuse defense. Barnes & Noble didn't make it to court with that claim, an ITC judge has seemingly thrown those claims out before an evidentiary trial even started.

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New Nook Reader Tipped for Spring

New Nook Reader Tipped for Spring

The New York Times tipped that a new eReader from Barnes & Noble is currently in the midst of getting its final touches. The new eReader from Barnes & Noble will be the fifth in its line of digital reading devices called the Nook. The details of the eReader are scant, but what we do know is that it is set to launch sometime this spring.

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