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by George Heymann

Nook tablet to be sold through TigerDirect and CompUSA

by John Roberts

Technology Market

Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest bookseller, in collaboration with TigerDirect and CompUSA, has announced that they will be bringing the company’s award-winning line of Nook eReading devices and related accessories to retail stores nationwide including TigerDirect and CompUSA, and online at TigerDirect.com and CompUSA.com, beginning in December. Customers will now have access to a wide array of popular and innovative Nook devices designed for readers of all ages.

Nook devices are the perfect choice for anyone who wants access to their favorite reads anywhere they go. Customers seeking a simple, easy-to-use, dedicated reading experience will love the Nook Simple Touch Reader, an ultra-light, portable 6-inch eReader with the most-advanced E Ink Pearl display and the longest battery life of any eReader. With a simple tap, it’s intuitive and easy to navigate, shop and read.

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HP to keep PC division

by John Roberts

Technology Market

HP has announced that it has completed its evaluation of strategic alternatives for its PC division, Personal Systems Group (PSG), and has decided the unit will remain part of the company.

“HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG. It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.”

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iPhone 4S first weekend sales top 4 million

by John Roberts

Technology Market

Apple has announced it has sold over four million of its new iPhone 4S, just three days after its launch on October 14. In addition, more than 25 million customers are already using iOS 5 in the first five days of its release, and more than 20 million customers have signed up for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices. iPhone 4S is available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK, and will be available in 22 more countries on October 28 and more than 70 countries by the end of the year.

“iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend—the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever.”

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JooJoo successor Grid-10 tablet computer launched by Fusion Garage

by John Roberts

Technology Market

Fusion Garage, the company behind the Linux-based JooJoo tablet, launched the innovative Grid-10 tablet computer while also revealing itself as the brand behind TabCo, the parody company that captured industry and consumer attention over the past eight weeks. The Grid-10 is Fusion Garage’s second generation tablet and brings a host of new features to the tablet market including a new operating system, a dynamic user interface based on the semantic web that offers “predictive intelligence” and the highest resolution display available.

On the same global webcast, Fusion Garage CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan demonstrated the Grid-4 smart phone, a standalone smart phone that also works in tandem with the Grid-10 tablet. The Grid-4 and Grid-10 take advantage of the company’s new Seamless State capability. Seamless State lets users consume content on a Grid-10, pause, and pick up that same content exactly where they left off while switching to the Grid-4.

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BioWare announces Mass Effect 3: Galactic War

by John Roberts

Technology Market

BioWare, part of Electronic Arts, today announced the arrival of a multiplayer mode in the hit series Mass Effect. Within the gameplay of Mass Effect 3: Galactic War, players will fight for the survival of the galaxy against the Reapers in the single player campaign and a series of games and applications Mass Effect.

Essentially, Earth has been invaded and the galaxy is on the brink of destruction. You, Commander Shepard, have the difficult task of organizing the cons-offensive to retake the Earth.

Progress in various parts of the game will be directly reflected in the main season of the player. Help Commander Shepard to rally all the forces of the galaxy for the final disposal Reapers. Mass Effect Option 3: Galactic War can be activated via the online code included with each copy of Mass Effect 3 or buying the Online Pass separately.

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Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook debuts for $899 in North America

by John Roberts

Technology Market

Acer America has announced the North American availability of its first Ultrabook, the Acer Aspire S3-951. The featherweight Ultrabook powers on instantly, connects to the Web in seconds and provides up to 50 days of stand-by time, or 6 hours of continuous usage.

As slim and easy to carry as a magazine, it includes a powerful Intel Core i5 Processor, speedy solid state drive for quickly booting the operating system, roomy hard drive, and essential USB and HDMI ports.

“The combination of extreme mobility and affordability found in the Acer Aspire S3-951 Ultrabook will undoubtedly change the way people think about mobile computing,” said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product marketing, Acer America. “Consumers are going to love the value they find in the freedom and capabilities it offers.”

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Apple to launch iCloud on October 12

by John Roberts

Technology Market

Breakthrough set of free cloud services includes iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud

Apple has announced that iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services, including iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud, that work seamlessly with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices, will be available on October 12.

iCloud stores your music, photos, apps, contacts, calendars, documents and more, keeping them up to date across all your devices. When content changes on one device, all your other devices are updated automatically and wirelessly.

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Epic Records to release Immortal, the new album from Michael Jackson, on November 21

by John Roberts

Technology Market

On November 21, Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release Immortal – the highly anticipated musical tapestry for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour. Immortal will be released as both a deluxe double disc version and single disc.

Led by esteemed musical designer Kevin Antunes (Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Madonna) Immortal takes a fresh, creative approach in redesigning and re-imagining more than 40 of Michael Jackson’s greatest original recordings into a compilation that allows listeners to experience his music in an entirely new way.

After spending a year in the studio working with Michael’s original multi-track master recordings, Kevin created Immortal which offers listeners a new soundscape to Michael’s artistry while preserving the power and familiarity of his unparalleled voice and his legendary tracks.

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Rhapsody to acquire Napster

by John Roberts

Technology Market

Rhapsody, the nation’s largest premium on-demand music service, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Napster, a unit of consumer electronics retailer Best Buy. Under the terms of the agreement, Rhapsody will acquire Napster subscribers and certain other assets, and Best Buy will receive a minority stake in Rhapsody. The transaction is expected to close on or around November 30, 2011.

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VMware extends enterprise social and Cloud-based applications to iPad and Android

by John Roberts

Technology Market

Advancing its vision for the future of applications in the post-PC Era, VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced new iPad and updated Android applications from SlideRocket and Socialcast that will help modern businesses empower a more agile, productive and connected enterprise.

“Modern business users are looking for more effective ways to connect to their applications and share information with their co-workers, partners and customers on mobile platforms,” said Brian Byun, vice president and general manager, Cloud Applications, VMware. “SlideRocket and Socialcast will enable this new, more connected way to work in the post-PC era.”

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