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As Amazon looks to be launching a tablet, Barnes & Noble is improving the pure e-reading experience with a new $139 Nook. The touchscreen device boasts 80 percent fewer page refreshes, a Wi-Fi radio and 2 month battery life. But as tablets mature, will e-readers keep selling? Read more »

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Bucking the trend of e-readers that run apps like tablets, Kobo today announced a new device called the eReader Touch Edition. Priced at $129, the e-reader marries an e-Ink display with touch capabilities, but it’s not a touch screen. Instead, infrared sensors detect taps and swipes. Read more »

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Onavo, a free iOS app that launched last month, claims to help iPhone and iPad users reduce the amount of monthly bandwidth on their 3G-enabled devices. Onavo compresses application data in the cloud and has already saved iOS owners 500,000 MB of data in three weeks. Read more »

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Android owners love their third-party keyboards, and the best I’ve found is SwiftKey, due to its personalized, self-learning word prediction feature. A new private beta version is in the works, but you can get in on the action with the right invitation code, today only. Read more »

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Listen in on the live podcast and participate in the show via the chat room as Matt and Kevin share thoughts on all of this week’s mobile technology news. Plus: hands on with the Nexus S 4G, HTC Flyer and the MetaWatch prototype wearable display. Read more »

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Smartphones, tablets and Chromebooks had center stage at Google I/O, but don’t count out the robots! A 40-minute session captured on video explains how Google will help enable a new robotics era thanks to the Android platform, smartphone sensors and vast amounts of cloud intelligence. Read more »

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Motorola’s Droid X2 lands on Verizon Wireless next week for $199 after contract, but you’d be hard-pressed to see the difference between it and last year’s model. Two hardware upgrades make for an uninspiring new handset at a time when Motorola’s peers are pushing the envelope. Read more »

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Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play hits Verizon Wireless May 26, with pre-orders starting a week earlier. As the first PlayStation-certified handset, Sony Ericcson hopes to boost flagging smartphone sales with the unique device. And unlike prior SE handsets, the Play launches with Android 2.3. Read more »

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Slingbox founder, Blake Kirkorian has a knack for turning hobbies into products. His latest, called R2, is an Android application that interfaces with Crestron home automation systems, turning a handset or tablet into a remote control that can tap the system from anywhere in the world. Read more »

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If netbook sales are declining, why would Google announce, not one but two new Chromebook devices with Chrome OS? Google’s web expertise has turned data synchronization into a core feature instead of a useful, but tricky add-on that traditional netbooks don’t deliver out of the box. Read more »

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Making wireless payments using near field communications just became a little easier for customers of Carta Worldwide, a global payment solutions provider that is the first company to integrate with MasterCard’s Mobile Over-the-Air Provisioning Service. Could NFC payments arrive sooner rather than later as a result? Read more »

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Google outlined Honeycomb 3.1 features today, which rolls out now to Motorola Xoom tablets on Verizon’s network, with other devices to follow. There are noticeable improvements in the operating system, including support for USB add-ons, but consumers need more tablet-optimized third-party apps from developers. Read more »

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All thoughts will be on Android at tomorrow’s Google I/O developer event, as Android smartphones are outselling all other platforms while tablets haven’t yet found their legs. Here’s what to expect from one of Google’s keynote sessions that will focus entirely on the Android platform. Read more »

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