NOOK Color Now Has Double the Apps in its Market

Since introduced in the spring the selection of Nook Apps for the NOOK Color has doubled, Barnes & Noble announced in a press release issued earlier today. The announcement comes in conjunction with the introduction of several popular applications to the Nook Apps catalog, including Evernote, Seesmic, and Fandango. B&N also announced the addition of […]

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Since introduced in the spring the selection of Nook Apps for the NOOK Color has doubled, Barnes & Noble announced in a press release issued earlier today. The announcement comes in conjunction with the introduction of several popular applications to the Nook Apps catalog, including Evernote, Seesmic, and Fandango. B&N also announced the addition of 15 new interactive Disney titles and 50 installments of the “I Can Read” series to their eBook catalog. Full-color, interactive versions of New York and Motor Trend have also been made available.

The latest additions all come on the heels of an apps boom that has seen millions of downloads in the past months as the retailer has re-positioned their color e-reader as a full-fledged tablet alternative. See the press release below for even more details.

Barnes & Noble Adds Great Selection of New Apps and Colorful Content for NOOK Color Reader’s Tablet

Millions of Third-Party NOOK Apps™ Downloaded; Now Double the App Offering with Popular Additions Including Fandango, Evernote, New Games and More

Exclusive Disney Cars and Cars 2 Interactive Children’s Books Zoom Into Expansive NOOK Kids™ Catalog, Plus 50 “I Can Read” Series Favorites

Offers New NOOK Books™, Magazines, Plus Exclusive Content in Barnes & Noble Stores

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, continues to make its bestselling, critically acclaimed NOOK Color Reader’s Tablet even better, delivering customers a wide array of high-quality apps, books, interactive children’s books, magazines and more. The company announced it doubled its number of NOOK Apps since recently introducing a broad collection of popular apps, and NOOK Color customers have downloaded millions of paid and free NOOK Apps in that time. Barnes & Noble also announced it has expanded its world’s largest collection of digital picture books with more than 15 of the first-ever interactive Disney Cars and Cars 2 titles and 50 “I Can Read” favorites, and many more. And for NOOK Color customers who love magazines, the company added new full-color, interactive versions of New York magazine and Motor Trendamong many others. All of this exciting content is available to customers who own NOOK Color, the best tablet value on the market at just $249.

“NOOK Color is a tremendous product, offered at a terrific value, for people who love to read everything in rich beautiful color, stay connected, be entertained or learn new things anywhere and everywhere. Whether reading a bestseller, the latest issue of a favorite magazine, checking email or playing a brain-teasing game, we continue to build upon our fantastic array of fun and engaging NOOK Apps and content for NOOK Color customers to enjoy,” said Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products, Barnes & Noble. “Since we added our customers’ most-requested tablet features just a few weeks ago, we’ve had an amazing response, particularly to our growing array of popular apps that give customers the ability to do even more with their award-winning, best value Reader’s Tablet.”

Barnes & Noble has added a host of new NOOK Apps for NOOK Color customers in the past few weeks, each optimized for NOOK Color’s stunning 7-inch color touchscreen. Apps such as Fandango, Evernote and Seesmic, along with games including Aces® Hearts – a NOOK Color exclusive – and Astraware Tradewinds 2, as well as a number of highly requested bible-centric apps are among those recently added to the growing collection of high-quality apps offered by third-party developers and content providers for NOOK Color. Children will enjoy new apps such as Hangman, new Dr. Seuss story apps, along with apps featuring the Berenstain Bears.

Among NOOK Color customers, the top five paid NOOK Apps are Angry Birds, Astraware Mahjong, Quickoffice Pro, Drawing Pad and Aces Jewel Hunt. The leading free apps are Fliq Calendar, Fliq Notes, Pulse News, NOOK Word of the Day™ and Fliq Tasks. Through Shop on NOOK Color, customers can find a variety of apps in categories including Play, Organize, Learn, Explore, Lifestyle, News and Kids – with more to come. Approximately half of NOOK Apps are $2.99 or less and the vast majority are priced at $5.99 or less.

For children, just in time for the debut of the highly anticipated Disney Cars 2, Barnes & Noble is the first to offer a collection of more than 15 interactive NOOK Kids titles featuring four-wheeled friends from both Cars and Cars 2. Beginning readers will enjoy a collection of more than 50 “I Can Read” series titles featuring Fancy Nancy, Splat the Cat, Marley, Biscuit and more, and new additions expected in the coming weeks. Barnes & Noble has also added nearly 35 new professionally narrated Read To Me™ titles featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, Frog and Toad, Thomas and Friends and others, as well as new Read and Play™ books featuring activities along with the story for Harry The Dirty Dog, Barbie: Fairy Secrets and others. Barnes & Noble offers the world’s largest collection of digital children’s content, now with more than 475 NOOK Kids digital picture books and more than 12,000 children’s chapter books, available for NOOK Color, with most available to be enjoyed by iPad owners using the free NOOK Kids for iPad™ application (www.nookkids.com/ipad andwww.itunes.com/appstore).

The popular NOOK Newsstand™ continues to grow with exciting, full-color digital versions of more than 165 periodical titles. Among the latest popular brands added in the last few weeks are Discover, Automobile, Billboard, Astronomy, Birds & Blooms, and The Hollywood Reporter. Customers can celebrate 25 years of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” with the O, The Oprah Magazine official commemorative issue digital edition, available exclusively on NOOK Color for a limited time. All periodicals are available for subscription with a 14-day free trial or via single copies. Current NOOK Magazine™ bestsellers include Us Weekly, Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, O, The Oprah Magazine and OK! Magazine, and top-selling NOOK Newspapers™ include The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and USA Today. In addition to NOOK Color, most NOOK Newsstand titles are also available to Android™ tablet users through the free NOOK for Android™ reading app.

And for book-loving NOOK Color customers, Barnes & Noble continues to offer more than 2 million books, including most of The New York Times bestsellers. Recent NOOK Book bestsellers are Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy, Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo, One Summer by David Baldacci and Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich. Barnes & Noble also added more than 130 new titles to its growing collection of enhanced book featuring in-page videos. Current bestsellers include Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin, The Fort by Bernard Cornwell and Bossypants by Tina Fey. NOOK customers will also find more than 100,000 exciting self-published selections available through Barnes & Noble’s PubIt!™ digital platform. Barbara Freethy’s Don’t Say A Word recently held the title of the top-selling NOOK Book, a first for a PubIt! title. Current PubIt! bestsellers include Switched by Amanda Hocking, Area 51 by Bob Mayer and Divorced, Desperate & Delicious by Christie Craig.

Exclusive More in Store™ Content
Barnes & Noble also announced its new More In Store content for June, exclusively available for NOOK Color and NOOK™ eReader customers in any of Barnes & Noble’s more than 700 stores by connecting to the free in-store Wi-Fi® service. This month, feast on contributions from bestselling author Gary Shteyngart, author and now, first-time novelist, Senator Bob Graham, author of the books that inspired the HBO smash hit “A Game of Thrones,” George R.R. Martin, spiritual leaders Gotham Chopra and Deepak Chopra, and hilarious bestselling author, Jen Lancaster, among others. More In Store content is updated weekly and each new feature is available for four weeks on a rolling basis. Once a customer downloads the content to their NOOK device, it is saved to their digital locker and can be accessed at any time. NOOK customers can always check the recent content by visitingwww.bn.com/moreinstore.

About NOOK™ from Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble’s NOOK brand of eReading products makes it easy to read what you love, anywhere you like™ with a fun, easy-to-use and immersive digital reading experience. With NOOK, customers gain access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive NOOK Bookstore™ of more than two million digital titles, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices. The award-winning NOOK Color™ Reader’s Tablet™, the best-value on the tablet market ($249), features a stunning 7-inch VividView™ Color Touchscreen to read all of the content you love, shop popular apps, connect via email, browse the Web and more. The All-New NOOK ($139), the Simple Touch Reader™, is the easiest-to-use 6-inch touch reader, with the longest battery life of any eReader. In Barnes & Noble stores, NOOK owners can access free Wi-Fi connectivity, enjoy the Read In Store™ feature to read NOOK Books™ for free, and the More In Store™ program, which offers free, exclusive content and special promotions. Barnes & Noble was the first company to offer digital lending for a wide selection of books through its LendMe® technology, available through NOOK eReading products. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at http://www.BN.com, as well as at Best Buy, Walmart, Staples and Books-A-Million.

In addition to NOOK devices, Barnes & Noble makes it easy for customers to enjoy any book, anytime, anywhere with its free line of NOOK software, available atwww.bn.com/freenookapps. Customers can use Barnes & Noble’s free eReading software to access and read books from their personal Barnes & Noble digital library on devices including iPad™, iPhone®, iPod touch®, Android™ smartphones and tablets BlackBerry®, PC and Mac®. Lifetime Library™ helps ensure that Barnes & Noble customers will always be able to access their digital libraries on NOOK products and software-enabled devices and BN.com. Barnes & Noble also offers NOOK Study™ (www.nookstudy.com), an innovative study platform and software solution for higher education, NOOK Kids™ (www.nookkids.com), a collection of digital picture and chapter books for children, and NOOK Books en español™(http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooksenespanol), the first-ever Spanish language digital bookstore in the United States.

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Archos 80 G9 and 101 G9 Honeycomb Tablets Revealed, 250GB Hard Drives, Android Market in Tow

Well would you look at that, a couple o’ Android tablets for you to be glancing at. These tablets were foretold back on the 1st of this month and foreseen for months. What we’ve got here is two tablets, one of them an 8-inch tablet by the name of 80 G9, the other a 10-inch […]

Well would you look at that, a couple o’ Android tablets for you to be glancing at. These tablets were foretold back on the 1st of this month and foreseen for months. What we’ve got here is two tablets, one of them an 8-inch tablet by the name of 80 G9, the other a 10-inch tablet by the name of 101 G0. Both of these tablets have Android 3.1, both of them have the Android Market inside out of the box, and both have the option to work with a 250GB hard drive.

This harddrive, one of the two most fabulous features on these tablets, add approximately 3mm to either of the basic versions. There’s also a 3G USB-based stick that you can work with here, the image below showing you how you’ll be jamming it in to your cool new tablet. Both of these tablets are ready to roll on 3G, though no specific carriers have been announced thus far and the option of adding the stick, for $49 that is, will give you a Pay as you Go plan. Then as you may already know, these two tablets mark the first Android tablets made by Archos have had access to Google’s Android Market.

Both of these tablets are packing the same dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processors at 1.5 GHz, and both of them have a – yes I love this – kickstand installed on the basic hardware. Both devices will be playing 1080p videos in any of the following formats with an “optional plugin”: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, MKV, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, and WMV. The displays are thus: 80 G9 with a 1024×768 pixel resolution 4:3 ratio display, the 101 G9 having a 1280×800 pixel resolution 16:10 ratio display. Both devices have HDMI out that’s also capable of outputting 1080p.

Plug it in!

The standard versions of both of these tablets, if you don’t decide on the magnificently large 250GB hard drive addition, will contain 16 GB of flash storage. Have a look here at a teaser video as presented by Archos:

And check out these surprisingly affordable prices: the 8-inch tablet starts at $279 and the 10.1-inch tablet starts at $349. Fantastic! Both tablets will be available at the end of September. Plug and play – rock and roll! Can’t wait to check em out!

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Need a Few Skins for the Animated Weather App? Here ya go!

Seems as though the hits on my recently published article for Animated Weather Widget&Clock took off fast. I thought I might make your life a little easier and post up an image and QR Code for a few of the skins you can find in the market. In no particular order, here are a few I found:   Application: White Inverse Developer: Mobilityflow Arts Cost: FREE   Application: Green Digits Developer:…

Seems as though the hits on my recently published article for Animated Weather Widget&Clock took off fast. I thought I might make your life a little easier and post up an image and QR Code for a few of the skins you can find in the market.

In no particular order, here are a few I found:

 

Application: White Inverse
Developer: Mobilityflow Arts
Cost: FREE

 

Application: Green Digits
Developer: Mobilityflow Arts
Cost: FREE

 

Application: Freeze
Developer: Mobilityflow Arts
Cost: FREE



I’m not to keen on the Inverse White personally, but that’s the beauty of Android, we are free to make it look how ever we want. All three QR codes are listed below for you to easily install any or all of the three skins above.

Archos Announces Two Android-Based Home Devices

One might think that Archos would call it a day after announcing a pair of super-affordable Honeycomb tablets, but no, not them.  Rather, they still had another two Android devices up their sleeves, the ARCHOS 35 Home Connect and the ARCHOS 35 Smart Home Phone. The ARCHOS 35 Home Connect is a cute little Wi-Fi […]

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One might think that Archos would call it a day after announcing a pair of super-affordable Honeycomb tablets, but no, not them.  Rather, they still had another two Android devices up their sleeves, the ARCHOS 35 Home Connect and the ARCHOS 35 Smart Home Phone.

The ARCHOS 35 Home Connect is a cute little Wi-Fi device that designed for streaming music providing news and weather, games and more. Place one of these beauties in your kitchen or living room and play music through the high-definitions speakers or set it on the nightstand and use the alarm clock. You can also make and receive video calls using the front-facing camera. Play a ton of games, whatever. We’re not going to tell you what to do with it, that’s entirely up to you. Expect to be see these in September with a ballpark price of $149.

The Android-based DECT phone ARCHOS 35 Smart Home Phone makes it cool to own a home phone again. With a reasonable $159 price tag, this guy brings a bunch of your favorite Android features to your landline, including MP3 ringtones, photo caller ID, internet, email, and, of course, thousands of apps. Just remember to leave it at home. Look for the ARCHOS 35 Smart Home Phone in September as well.

Read the press release here.

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Animated weather widget, clock

Living where I do — in Halifax, Nova Scotia, nice sunny days are kind of a rare thing now, and knowing when they are coming so that I can plan ahead to enjoy them is a good thing. Right now there is a multitude of weather apps in the Android Market to choose from, some better then others but today I decided to give Animated Weather Widget, Clock by Mobilityflow Arts a shot to see how I like it. It has plenty of features included and the animations thus far look great on my Desire HD:

  • Desktop widgets with digital clock
  • Animated daily weather forecast
  • Realistic Video effects of cloudiness, rain and snow
  • Multiple scene landacapes
  • Custom (user-defined) backgrounds
  • Global world weather
  • 50000+ locations worldwide
  • Auto update forecast
  • Data in Metric/Imperial
  • Geolocation (GPS Search)

The app is offered in both a free and paid version, the free version does lack some of the features such as the ability to view a full forecast and has an upgrade ad right at the top but for my purposes I really don’t mind the ad. Read on past the break for more info and screenshots.

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Imerj Smartpad Prototype Takes a Stab at Dual-Screen Android

Is there an Echo in the building? We could have sworn the last time we saw this design it was a bulky, battery-sucking Kyocera design destined for Sprint, but what you see above is actually a joint effort by the teams at Imerj and Frog. The phone doesn’t have a name yet or even a […]

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Is there an Echo in the building? We could have sworn the last time we saw this design it was a bulky, battery-sucking Kyocera design destined for Sprint, but what you see above is actually a joint effort by the teams at Imerj and Frog. The phone doesn’t have a name yet or even a model number, but the dual-screened handset being referred to as the 2-in-1 Smartpad is the latest attempt at shaking up Android phone design.

Engadget got hands-on with the device and were surprisingly praiseworthy, calling it a “very different device” from the Kyocera Echo despite its looks.  It runs on Android 2.3 optimized for a multi-screen experience. The design aims to provide both a phone and tablet-like experience depending on how you orient its screens. We’re still not sold on this sort of form factor, so excuse us for not getting too excited. You can get your fill over at the source link below.

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