Android Atlas Weekly 34: Google grants (a few) of our Android wishes (podcast)

The Android guys dig into Google's latest Honeycomb announcements and take a look at the new Android Market web store. In related news, hackers beat Motorola to the 'first Honeycomb tablet' punch with an unofficial 3.0 port for the NOOKcolor. Later, Justin Eckhouse and Antuan Goodwin ponder the merits of 3D technology for portables and debate the usefulness the Motorola Atrix 4G's wacky laptop dock in this week's edition of Android Atlas Weekly.

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Ask Maggie: Kindle vs. Nook, waiting for the iPad 2

E-readers and tablets may be the hottest gifts of the 2010 holiday season. And if you're having a hard time deciding which one is right for you or your loved one, you aren't alone.

In this week's Ask Maggie, I offer my advice on whether to get the Amazon Kindle or the Barnes & Noble Nookcolor. I also advise another reader considering the iPad to wait just a little longer for the new version of the iPad that's expected early next year. And I help another figure out a good electronic reader for her father in-law … Read more

How to embarrass someone with an iPad

Links from Wednesday's episode of Loaded:

Barnes and Noble announces the new touch-screen Nook Color

T-Mobile customers will be able to use their phones to tether the Net to other devices starting November 3

The white iPhone 4 is delayed until the spring

You can get free laser engraving on the iPad

MySpace gets a much-needed makeover

Yahoo Mail also gets a makeover--with social networking to Facebook and Twitter

LimeWire is ordered to shut down all sharing features, leaving only the music store up and running

The Sony Walkman apparently is not dead in the U.S. The cassette … Read more

Barnes & Noble unveils Nook Color

Last week, CNET broke the story that Barnes & Noble would be introducing a $249 Android-based color e-reader for the holiday buying season. That product, the Nook Color, has just become official, with Barnes & Noble showing off the new device at a press conference at its flagship Union Square store in New York City today.

After a picture of the Nook Color was leaked to CNET, the biggest mystery surrounding the product was what type of screen it would sport. As we anticipated, the screen is a 7-inch touch-screen LCD, and not something more exotic like a color e-ink or a Mirasol display, which won't be available until next year. Barnes & Noble told CNET that this is a next-generation LED-backlit display supplied by LG, which is bright yet energy efficient. The product's designers added a special layer of laminate to the glass that covers the display to help cut down on glare and improve off-axis viewing.

A lot of people wondered whether this would be classified as an Android tablet, and while the device does run on Android 2.1 (it will be upgradeable to Android 2.2 next year) and offers additional functionality such as Web browsing, audio and video playback, and some basic games, Barnes & Noble is spinning it as a "reader's tablet." The Nook Color has built-in Wi-Fi but no 3G, and comes with 8GB of internal memory, plus the capability to expand capacity via a microSD expansion slot tucked into the bottom of the device near its "corner slot."

Here are its key specs:… Read more