Day: December 10, 2018

  • December 10, 2018

    Microsoft Edge as an E-reader

  • One month after it announced a large Nook tablet, Barnes & Noble today revealed a smaller 7-inch version which may make more sense for its customers. “The new NOOK 7-inch tablet is a lightweight and affordable option for book lovers who also want the ability to browse, send emails, and listen to music,” B&N’s Bill Wood says. “We think this new tablet will delight both current NOOK users as well as introduce new customers to this affordable NOOK device.” The new Nook 7″ tablet is an alternative to Amazon’s line of Kindle Fire HD tablets. But it comes with a major advantage: It’s a real Android tablet that comes with the Google Play Store. So you run any Android apps you want, including the Kindle app if you’re so inclined. Via Thurrott
  • The Newton Mail subscription service might be dead, but its owner just found an unusual lifeline. Essential has acquired Newton developer CloudMagic for an unspecified amount. The phone maker didn’t say just what it would do with its new purchase, but said it was constantly searching for companies that could “accelerate [its] product roadmap.” Terms of the deal aren’t public. This doesn’t necessarily herald the revival of Newton Mail. While it had clever features (such as resurfacing unanswered emails and recalling sent messages), it had roughly 40,000 paid subscribers — and some of its features were available for free through competitors like Google’s Gmail. However, it does hint that Essential might be looking for more ways for its devices to stand out. The Essential Phone had eye-catching industrial design, but its only distinguishing software feature was a camera app that was widely regarded as sub-par. This might give it email features that you don’t always see out of the box, such as emailing people on your behalf. Essential is making the acquisition at a difficult time. Although the company is starting to hint at plans for a new phone, it has largely been quiet since releasing its first handset in 2017. Sales haven’t been stellar, and the company recently laid off nearly a third of its workforce. Moreover, it’s still dealing with accusations of sexual misconduct against its founder Andy Rubin. The firm is clearly betting that investments now will help it provide more compelling products and convince the public to focus on its future, rather than its troubled past. Via Engadget