Today, Barnes & Noble announced a new upgrade to the (pretty excellent) Nook Simple Touch ebook reader: illumination. The Simple Touch With GlowLight, as it'll be called, is in just about every way the same as the non-bright Simple Touch, except it has a little LED at the top of the screen so you can read it in the dark without an external light source.
Today at an event in New York, Barnes & Noble's CEO showed off the company's new tablet: the Nook Tablet. The name signals a change--this isn't an ebook reader with a color screen, but a full-on tablet. Yes, it's very much like the Kindle Fire, but then, the Kindle Fire is very much like the Nook Tablet's predecessor, the Nook Color. Updated with impressions.
Well, that didn't take long. Only two weeks after Barnes and Noble's Nook e-Book reader hit the shelves, hackers have already posted instructions for converting the machine into an Android tablet PC with a free cellular Internet connection. And while no applications currently exist for the reset reader, that's sure to change.
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