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May 7, 2013
by sjvn01
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New software upgrade turns Nook HD into good Android tablet (Review)

I was pleased that Barnes & Noble (B&N) had updated its HD line with Google Store. I knew this software upgrade would make the low-priced HD, usually $149—$199 until May 12—a truly usable Android 4.x tablet. What I hadn’t realized … Continue reading

December 27, 2012
by sjvn01
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Good-bye books, hello e-books

Readers. it’s time to turn a page. In a December 27, 2012 report entitled, “E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines,” the Pew Research Center found that “the number of those who read e-books increased from 16% of all Americans … Continue reading

November 21, 2012
by sjvn01
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Best 7-inch tablets for Black Friday buyers

Many people love the full-sized iPad, but some of us, likes yours truly, prefer smaller, 7-inch tablets. Over the last few months, everyone, even Apple, has decided that small tablets are great. Since then, I’ve bought several of the latest … Continue reading

October 3, 2012
by sjvn01
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Five great Android tablets you can buy today instead of waiting for the iPad Mini

I like iPads. I own one and often use it. That said, I never cared for its size; Apple’s locked-in, proprietary software ecosystem; and lately Apple’s iOS updates have been including a lot of sloppy mistakes. So it is that … Continue reading

May 2, 2012
by sjvn01
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What’s what with Barnes & Noble and Microsoft

Last year, Microsoft sued Barnes & Noble for breaking patents in its Android-based e-readers. Most companies, like Samsung, when sued by Microsoft over similar claims folded and paid off Microsoft. That’s why Microsoft makes more money from Android than it … Continue reading