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Barnes & Noble adds maps to Nook with skobbler

Barnes & Noble adds maps to Nook with skobbler

Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablets are limited in their mapping abilities, currently relying on Google's web interface to access any kind of maps. That’s set to change today, as the company has announced a partnership with skobbler that will see the Nook tablets gain the ability to natively search and view maps. It’s an interesting move from Barnes & Noble to avoid using Google’s services, although we imagine the advent of the Nexus 7 and its low price point has made the company’s options clearer.

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Amazon stiffens Kindle unlimited Web access

Amazon stiffens Kindle unlimited Web access

Amazon truly innovated the market when it launched the original Kindle ereader back in 2007. Sure, there were other players on the market, not the least of which was Sony's Reader device that was a pioneer of ereaders (and now is merely a footnote in the market). But what really made the Kindle stand out was the ability to purchase new books seamlessly, no PC connection required.

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Amazon readying 5-6 new tablets says Staples exec

Amazon readying 5-6 new tablets says Staples exec

Amazon is readying as many as six new tablet variants according to retailer Staples, with a 10-inch model confirmed among the line-up. Five or six SKUs are in the pipeline, Retail president Demos Parneros at Staples told Reuters, with a range of sizes on offer as Amazon attempts to further milk the digital content market for music, video, ebook and app sales.

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New Nook will reportedly feature a “revolutionary” screen

New Nook will reportedly feature a “revolutionary” screen

Display quality is playing an increasingly important role for tablets, with manufacturers now moving towards higher resolution screens or adding other features that add to the overall experience. CNET has heard from a reliable source that Barnes & Noble is planning a shake up with its Nook tablets, saying that the company is aiming to introduce a new 7-inch tablet with “revolutionary screen technology.”

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Next-gen Kindle suffering screen-light setbacks tip insiders

Next-gen Kindle suffering screen-light setbacks tip insiders

Amazon's next-gen Kindle faces manufacturing delays because of its new e-paper illumination system, insiders in the production process are whispering, potentially pushing availability back into September. At fault is the front light system Amazon is reportedly implementing to improve low-light ebook readability, DigiTimes' sources claim, as the company takes on Barnes & Noble's NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight.

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iPad Mini still missing the killer context

iPad Mini still missing the killer context

Apple's iPad Mini plans are, if the leaks are anything to go by, shaping up for a launch later in 2012, but hardware is only half the story: Apple needs a solid context with which to frame its smaller slate. One of the company's most significant strengths is not only launching new devices, but telling us why we should want them and how they're "perfect" for our lives. However, with Steve Jobs' scathing comments about "tweener" tablets still ringing strong, how will Apple sell us that this is a sensible inevitability not a blushing backtrack?

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Sony PRS-T2 eReader spotted at FCC

Sony PRS-T2 eReader spotted at FCC

It’s been awhile since Sony released its last eReader, but a new arrival at the FCC may signal the company’s return to the family of devices. The PRS-T2 eReader appeared in the FCC database on Sunday night, although there isn’t anything terribly exciting to go off from the image as most of the information is restricted until September 29th. The design looks to be similar to the PRS-T1, however, and WiFi b/g/n is onboard.

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Barnes & Noble NOOK sales slump; pins hopes on GlowLight

Barnes & Noble NOOK sales slump; pins hopes on GlowLight

Barnes & Noble has reported its fiscal 2012 financial results, and it's bad news for NOOK as revenues from the digital ereader hardware business slump. While digital content sales grew year-on-year, up 65-percent for the most recent quarter, revenue from hardware sales dipped more than 10-percent. B&N says NOOK business sales overall were up in 2012 as a whole, but Q4 performance dived as retailers struggled to shift the ereaders.

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Kobo Vox adds Google Play support

Kobo Vox adds Google Play support

You may remember the name "Kobo" as the Borders equivalent of Barnes & Noble's Nook. But it wasn't actually a Borders-owned entity. Kobo has always been its own independent company, and it is trying to find a voice now that its strongest retail partner is gone. So it has entered the world of e-readers that are trying to function more like Android tablets than dedicated digital book machines.

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