Amazon Might Acquire TIs Mobile Chip Business

By Robert Vamosi | 10/15/12 3:50 AM

Sources say Amazon maybe be close to acquiring Texas Instruments’ OMAP chip division, giving the company in-house design capabilities for its upcoming Kindle-line of products. Previously, DeviceLine reported on Amazon's rumored line of mobile phones.

The Israeli site Calcalist says that TI has been open about getting rid of its OMAP division. If Amazon is to become the owner, this could make Barnes & Noble particularly vulnerable since its Nook line of products also uses OMAP chips.

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Microsoft Takes B&N's Nook Off Android

By Robert Vamosi | 5/1/12 6:39 AM

Microsoft thinks it has the perfect iPad-killer tablet, and best of all it's already on the market--but under a different name and operating system.

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An Easy Hack Gets You the Full Android OS on the B&N Nook Color Device

By JDavis | 2/16/11 7:29 AM

For those who want the new Android Honeycomb tablet for a fraction of the price, TechRepublic reports an easy hack that can run the full Android OS on the $250 Barnes and Noble Nook Color device. Out of the box, the Nook Color tablet is built to be a basic e-reader, but it actually runs the Android system on the back end. Once you’re able to hack the Nook Color into the full Android system, you can install your favorite Android apps as well as other e-reader apps, so that you’re not constrained to the Barnes & Noble library.

The hacking process is quite simple, requiring minimal tools and time for the user. Provided by TechRepublic:

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