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Barnes & Noble reveals Microsoft’s Android patents in detail

Last week Barnes & Noble lobbied United States regulators to investigate Microsoft, on the basis that its lawsuits and licensing agreements with Android OEMs constituted monopolistic behavior. The first fruit of this effort is a detailed look at the patents that Microsoft has been using to pressure manufacturers into licensing deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Barnes & Noble seems determined to keep from paying Microsoft for its Nook line of e-readers and tablets.

Hulu Plus also coming to the Amazon Kindle Fire

hold your horses, Barnes & Noble: you're not the only e-reader/tablet game in town with access to Hulu Plus.  Amazon has just announced that the popular streaming service will also becoming to the Kindle Fire. Barnes & Noble ad previously highlighted built-in apps for Hulu Plus and Netflix for its upcoming Nook Tablet, but those advantages have quickly gone by the wayside. Both devices will be released next week.

Barnes & Noble fires back at Microsoft, calls for investigation

At least one manufacturer isn't kowtowing to Microsoft's Android licensing push: Barnes & Noble is actively fighting Microsoft's patent litigation in court. As an added bonus, the bookseller has urged US regulators to investigate Microsoft's patents and the claims therein. B&N asserts that Microsoft is trying to drive up the price of the Android devices it competes with, thereby making its own Windows Phone 7 more attractive to manufacturers and consumers.

Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet hands-on roundup

We don't have a catchy name like the Fire to have a play on words, but it doesn't need to as the new Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet aims to do all the talking itself and start its own fire. Today at the NYC event B&N unveiled their newest 7" Android tablet, some might still want to call it an e-reader although its more of a consumption device and tablet than anything. This tablet tablet comes rocking a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor to help it become much more than just an e-reader. We have some hands-on impressions below

NOOK Color officially drops to $199, goes head to head with Kindle Fire

Just like the leaked internal deck predicted, the venerable Nook Color is getting a price drop now that the Nook Tablet is official. The original will cost just $199, going head-to-head with the Amazon Kindle Fire while the Nook Tablet competes with some superior specs at $249. The price has already dropped on Barnes & Noble's NOOK website. Also included is a major update to the Nook Color software, which is still getting some impressive support a year after its initial release. Netflix support is coming in the next firmware update, with Hulu Plus support scheduled in the next few months - both of which the Kindle Fire lacks, relying instead on Amazon Instant Video.  The ebook and app libraries already on offer will be streamlined with new interfaces and social suggestions. At this point, the two bookselling giants have products that directly compete at the $200 level, while Amazon dips below $100 with the ad-based Kindle and Barnes & Noble taking the high road with the Nook Tablet. All the models of the Nook, including the Nook SimpleTouch at a reduced $99, run modified versions of Android, making them prime targets for enthusiastic modders and ROM developers. At $199 for a light tablet with an IPS screen, the Nook Color is still a pretty good deal - unless you're already set on Amazon's universe of content and apps.

Android-based NOOK SimpleTouch drops to $99 on improved hardware

The Kindle portfolio is presenting a real challenge to Barnes & Noble, but they aren't taking it lying down. This morning at the NOOK event in NYC, they took a little time in between singing the praises of the Nook Tablet and telling you why you shouldn't buy a Kindle Fire to officially lower the price of their e-ink model, the Nook SimpleTouch. The 6-inch reader will drop to a price of just $99.
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