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The All-New NOOK hands-on and unboxing video

The All-New NOOK hands-on and unboxing video

Barnes & Noble's original NOOK threw complexity at Amazon's Kindle to try to carve a spot in the growing ereader market. A dual-screen device pairing both E Ink and touchscreen LCD panels, it found some favor among users but undoubtedly intimidated others looking for a purist reading experience. No such complaints about focus with the All-New NOOK, however: a simple, black-framed e-paper square with discrete touchscreen control and its attention fixed on reading. Check out our unboxing and first impressions after the cut.

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Nook Touch has a hidden web browser

Nook Touch has a hidden web browser

There are many reasons that makers of the gadgets we all know and love start building cool features, then hide them away deep inside the heart of the gadgets, and never talk about them again. Often the reason for this is that the feature sounds like a good idea and then the devs either can't make the feature work correctly or simply run out of time and can't finish the project. One of these hidden features has been found on the new Android-powered Nook Touch tablet.

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3G on my Ereader, not my Tablet

3G on my Ereader, not my Tablet

Amazon and B&N are taking pot-shots at each other this week, each competing on whose ereader lasts longest. As ereaders gain in popularity and become more mainstream, too, I'm increasingly asked which model I'd go for and, more often, whether I'd pay extra for those with integrated 3G or save my money and opt for WiFi-only instead. Funnily enough, my stance on 3G ereaders is the complete opposite of my thoughts on 3G tablets.

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NOOK battery whips even recalculated Kindle insists B&N

NOOK battery whips even recalculated Kindle insists B&N

The aftermath of the new Barnes & Noble NOOK being announced has seen the ebook retailer locked in a battery life battle with arch rival Amazon, as the two firms spar over whose ereader lasts longer. Having seen B&N launch the touchscreen NOOK with the claim it would run for up to two months on a single charge, Amazon tweaked its own Kindle battery life estimates to match based on the presumed usage equation: wireless off and 30 minutes of use a day, or half what it had originally accounted for with the Kindle figures. Turns out, though, B&N is using no such sum, and reckons the new NOOK has demonstrably more stamina.

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Barnes & Noble hiring team for cloud service build out

Barnes & Noble hiring team for cloud service build out

Cloud services are a big deal today for a lot of consumers and companies that sell tech. Storing things on the cloud has a lot of promise to allow documents and files to be shared easily, and it makes for easy streaming of your own digital content including movies and video to any device wherever you might be. Amazon has its own cloud service that helps provide services to users of the Kindle and it seems Barnes & Noble wants some of that action too.

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