The Nook HD and HD+ got a great update late last night (via Engadget), as Barnes & Noble finally moved away from its closed and system-specific app and media ecosystem. The two Android tablets now offer Google Play, and new devices will ship with the app pre-loaded, while existing owners can get it via a software update over-the-air or via direct download.
"We had a human/computer interface a hundred years before we had computers. When computers came into being around the time of the Second World War, humans, quite naturally, communicated with them by simply grafting them on to the already-existing technologies for translating letters into bits…
Body/Mind/Change (BMC), a digital extension of TIFF’s exhibition David Cronenberg: Evolution, immerses audiences in a “Cronenbergian” world inspired by the film Videodrome, re-imagined for the 21st century and brought to life across three platforms— online, mobile, and real-world. Co-produced by the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) with creative direction by Lance Weiler, Body/Mind/Change features plot lines and game mechanics involving biotechnology start-ups, body enhancements, emotional learning systems, and presents the plausible science fiction found in Cronenberg’s work as scientific fact.
Two years have passed since Amazon entered the tablet market with the Kindle Fire, only to be rivaled by the Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble relatively fast. And then came the customizations, hacks and ways to get stock Android on them. Today we learn that those products haven’t been forgotten and there’s even Android 4.3 for them.
We will notify eligible customers when the credit is applied to these accounts. While we will not know the amount of each customer’s credit until the Court approves the settlements, it is estimated that it will range from $0.73 to $3.82 for every eligible Kindle book that was purchased. To be eligible, customers must have a U.S. billing address and must have purchased a Kindle book published by Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin or Macmillan between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012.
Kobo is one of the largest online booksellers in the world and currently has over 3.5 million titles available. Over the course of the last few years, the company has been depending on GoodReads for book reviews and ratings. This has populated millions of titles with user generated data that influences peoples buying decisions. Michael Tamblyn, Chief Content Officer at Kobo, has just confirmed that the company has suspended the GoodReads API.
But now it looks like Trader Joe’s is being something of a trademark bully, suing the interestingly named “Pirate Joe’s” store in Vancouver, British Columbia. There are no Trader Joe’s stores in Canada, and entrepreneur Michael Hallatt realized that this was a market opportunity. He regularly drives across the border, fills up his panel truck with goodies from Trader Joe’s in the US, drives back across the border and sells it at a decent markup in his shop. He suggests he’s spent somewhere around $350,000 at Trader Joe’s over the past two years, making him one of their best customers (and possibly their best overall customer). And they sued him, claiming trademark infringement.
Interesting piece on branding, piracy, right of first sale and ....well, Trader Joe's ~ eP