After splitting off its Nook division last fall, Barnes & Noble appears to be entertaining getting out of the digital business altogether in a possible sale to partner Microsoft valued at as much as $1 billion.
While Apple's share of the tablet market has dropped in recent months, there seems to be little for Cupertino to worry about -- the iPad is still the king with nearly 50 percent of the market, with Samsung a distant second.
On the heels of Blockbuster's recent announcement of 300 more stores to close across the country, bookseller Barnes & Noble unveils its own plans to wind down up to 20 stores per year for the next decade.
The release of the iPhone 5 has helped keep the iPad mini rumors at bay, but Barnes & Noble is stirring the pot again on Wednesday by introducing a pair of high-resolution tablets squarely aimed at Amazon and Apple.
Doesn't it feel a little bit like the calm before the storm? We pretty much know that OS X Mountain Lion will be arriving on our favorite Mac computer next week unless Apple pulls a rabbit out of its hat later this week, and the tech world is enjoying a somewhat quiet lull otherwise. But that doesn't mean we can't scrounge up some worthy contenders for today's recap, so read on for everything happening this Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
After two years of bromance, Target and Amazon bid farewell to seek other mates. Target, which began selling Amazon’s Kindle and Kindle Fire in stores in June 2010, announced last week that it’s halting shipments of Kindle products to its stores due to a competitive conflict. As Kindle products have grown from simple e-readers into full-blown tablets, with apps which link Amazon stores replete with competitive products, Amazon has become a threat. Likewise, Target is favoring Apple more and more these days, giving the Cupertino-based company a stronger focus in stores and promoting sales for iPads over Kindles.
With their patent battles now behind them, Microsoft has teamed up with Barnes & Noble to spin its NOOK business into an as-yet unnamed subsidiary -- and that $300 million investment will at the very least nab Redmond a cool NOOK app for Windows 8.
There’s no denying that Apple makes a fascinating subject for authors, and it seems more books are being published attempting to demystify the company’s secrets and methods than ever before. Author Ken Segall has just debuted another one entitled Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success.
Where tablets are concerned, it’s all about the display, the primary part of the technology we interact with. The new kids on the block are Amazon’s Kindle Fire and its direct competitor, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, which feature smaller seven-inch screens at a more wallet-friendly price. But are they a match for Apple’s market leading iPad 2?
An "unproven source" delivered a tip that Apple is considering buying Barnes & Noble for approximately $1.5 billion. Interesting idea, as Apple could absorb B&N's vast ebook library into iBooks, and possibly convert several of the retail stores into new Apple stores.
Apple certainly has the money, could this be one of the "strategic opportunities" Steve Jobs was alluding to?