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.
Just because they have billions in the bank, that doesn't mean Apple wants to share it with the record labels. The big news Thursday was a new report that sheds some light on Cupertino's lowball tactics as it works to launch a rumored music streaming service. Will the iPhone maker get its way? As with most things, only time will tell. Until then, get caught up on what you might have missed before heading into the weekend...
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.
As anyone in the publishing business can tell you, it's expensive to print magazines -- particularly when so many of them wind up unsold in the first place. The publishers of Newsweek know this all to well as they transition to all-digital next year.
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.
It’s no secret that iOS developer Marco Arment has no interest in porting his popular Instapaper app to the Android platform -- so he got Mobelux to do it for him. On top of that new release, the iOS version also added background update locations over the weekend.
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.
Amazon pulled an App Store end-around today and quietly launched the Kindle Cloud Reader, a web based version of the Kindle app.
The web app supports Safari or Chrome browsers, as well as Safari on iOS 4+, and is specifically "optimized for iPad." Any book shopping you do on the web app on your iPad, though, bypasses the App Store and goes straight to Amazon's Kindle Store for Tablets.