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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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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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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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Target drops eReaders left and right

Target drops eReaders left and right

This week we're to understand per an announcement from Target themselves that they'll begin dropping ereaders from their stock starting this spring. The first of these will be the Kindle with the rest of the ereader line Target carries likely to follow. The motivation for this dropping could be one of three things, two of them being big-name brands you've certainly heard of Target tying with before.

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Barnes & Noble CEO says NFC coming to the Nook

Barnes & Noble CEO says NFC coming to the Nook

Barnes & Noble has been doing very well its Nook line of the readers. The company CEO, William Lynch, is talking about the future of the Nook and giving hints about what we might see in the future for the line. One of the things that he says is coming to the company the rear term is NFC technology.

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Nook wont be “entrenched” with Windows says B&N CEO

Nook wont be “entrenched” with Windows says B&N CEO

Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch has today all but confirmed that the Nook hardware will never carry Windows 8 or any version of Windows in the future. Speaking with Fortune Magazine, Lynch let it be known that the primary reason Barnes & Noble and Microsoft are pairing up is their ability to bring the Nook ebook software to "millions of screens and windows." The Nook ereader hardware, on the other hand, will continue to run the open-sourced software known as Android through the future.

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Microsoft Nook interaction only apps deep

Microsoft Nook interaction only apps deep

Though it might seem like the obvious next step in line for Microsoft to push Windows 8 to the Nook hardware after they invested millions into Barnes & Noble's newly formed NewCo for the hardware and subsequent apps, it's simply not in the cards that tablet. With Barnes & Noble having already invested heavily in the idea that their bookstore and app environment works with Android - not exactly like Google would like it, but still - they're not likely to move with Windows 8 for future ereaders any time soon. Instead it's the apps we'll be seeing integrated for Nook, the Barnes & Noble library of content, and Windows 8-toting hardware galore.

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Apple, not Amazon, is Microsoft’s NOOK Motivation

Apple, not Amazon, is Microsoft’s NOOK Motivation

Barely was the e-ink dry on Microsoft and Barnes & Noble's $300m NOOK agreement when pundits were questioning the wisdom of adding Amazon to the software company's existing roster of big-name rivals. Microsoft is already under attack in mobile and computing, so the commentary went; throwing one of the biggest retailers around into the mixture was at best foolish and at worst evidence of Microsoft spreading itself thin when it needs to be extra lavish with its strokes. That analysis is wrong, though. Make no mistake: Apple, not Amazon, is in Microsoft's sights today.

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Microsoft: No NOOK Windows 8 tablets… yet

Microsoft: No NOOK Windows 8 tablets… yet

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble may have co-launched a digital NOOK business together, but the two firms say it's still too soon for talk of Windows 8 on NOOK-branded tablets. Speaking on an investor call about the deal, Microsoft's Andy Lees said neither company would be talking product roadmaps today, and pointed out that Microsoft has not done a teardown on the NOOK devices to see where they are in terms of Windows 8 requirements.

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Microsoft invests $300m into Barnes & Noble subsidiary

Microsoft invests $300m into Barnes & Noble subsidiary

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have today announced a joint partnership to form a new subsidiary. The new subsidiary doesn’t yet have a name, but is said to bring together the digital and college sides of the Barnes & Noble business. Microsoft will make a $300 million investment in exchange for a 17.6% equity stake. Barnes & Noble will own the remaining 82.4%, with the subsidiary having an “ongoing relationship with the company’s retail stores.”

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