Over-the-air Windows 8 updates have been dancing in my head.
The announcement that Microsoft & Barnes and Noble are going in together on what essentially amounts to a spin-off of B&N's Nook business could prevent an ugly divorce in my household. For those who know me personally, don't worry, my wife and I are getting along just fine, but I can't say the same for me and my Nook Tablet.
Shortly after the Nook Tablet -- an updated version of the popular Nook Color e-reader -- was released in November, one showed up on my doorstep as an early holiday gift from a family member.
At first, I was swept off my feet -- as a writer, I'd resisted the temptation to buy an iPad or comparable Android tablet, holding firm to the close relationship I've developed over my career with hard-wired keyboards, so this was essentially my first relationship with a touch screen.
I was in love with the 7-inch form factor -- the iPad had always seemed just a bit too much -- and loved that the Nook came with beefier specs and better responsiveness than Amazon's Kindle Fire. Reading my daughter an animated bedtime story before switching over to some "Daddy time," browsing full-color magazines, seemed like it would become a new nig... [Read more]