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  • Digital reading room: Rock 'n' read

    [As tablets get more powerful, with more memory and sharper-looking screens, their apps are getting a makeover. Increasingly, mobile apps employ multimedia--combining words, pictures, audio, and video--in new and interesting ways. In our Digital Reading Room series, we'll look at some eye-catching multimedia apps and tell you which ones deserve a place on your mobile device.]

  • Kindle Fire: What the critics are saying

    Gadget gurus have been testing out Amazon's Kindle Fire media tablet ahead of the device's Tuesday ship date and the consensus is that it's a solid alternative to the iPad for some environments.

  • First Impressions: Nook tablet is the value tablet to beat

    The $US249 Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet may look like its predecessor, Nook Color, but that's where the comparisons stop. When I picked it up the Nook Tablet it was clear that this tablet was leaps ahead of B&N's first-gen effort. That said, the Nook Tablet is not a full-featured tablet and lacks built-in Bluetooth, stereo speakers, GPS, and front- and rear-facing cameras.

  • Kindle Fire's a hit, sight unseen

    Few people have seen Amazon's Kindle Fire in person, and even the press haven't tried it yet. But that hasn't stopped the newly-announced 7-inch tablet from becoming a hit before its November 15 launch, according to reports.

  • Amazon Kindle Fire First Impressions: Solid but Limited

    The wraps are finally off Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet. Its splashy entry into the tablet firestorm was hard to miss--Amazon made quite a statement with its $199 price--and yet I'm underwhelmed. Although reporters were not allowed to touch the Kindle Fire during the demonstrations following Amazon's <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/240752/meet_amazons_four_new_kindles.html">New York launch event</a>, I spent considerable time observing the tablet in action, and grilling Amazon executives about different features. My gut reaction to what I saw today: This is not the Amazon tablet we've all been looking for.

  • Amazon announces $199 tablet, new Kindle E-readers

    After months of hype, Amazon today announced the Kindle Fire, a 7-inch tablet with a $199 price tag. Amazon also refreshed its line of e-readers with a $149 Kindle Touch 3G, a $99 Kindle Touch without 3G, and a non-Touch $79 Kindle.

  • Here's how Kindle tablet could shake up the market

    Amazon's unveiling of a Kindle tablet would shake up the industry and pose one of the biggest threats to the Apple iPad -- which is why the technology world has its eyes on the online retailer as it prepares for a media gathering in New York this week ahead of the holiday season.

  • Nook Color 2 coming this month?

    Barnes & Noble's Nook Color e-reader has proven to be a favorite among consumers and critics alike. With its 7-inch capacitive touchscreen and Android 2.1 operating system, it blurs the boundaries between e-reader and tablet. In fact, with a few simple hacks, it functions as a capable Android tablet.

  • Amazon Kindle book sales soar

    During its earnings announcement today, Amazon released some tantalizing tidbits that show just how its book business has evolved in the past year. The company still won't discuss hard and fast numbers for actual Kindle devices sold, or books sold for that matter, but that doesn't make the new information any less noteworthy.

  • Apple pushes color e-books; Where's Amazon?

    Playing up one advantage of the iPad over E-ink readers, Apple said on Tuesday that it will launch more than 100 color e-books in its iBookstore. And not just children's books, either -- among Apple's new offerings are "Ad Hoc at Home," a cookbook by famous chef Thomas Keller; "Beginnings," by photographer Anne Geddes; and Ansel Adams' photo collection, "In the National Parks."