B&N, Samsung Partner On Nook Tablet

Last week, Barnes & Noble and Samsung unveiled a co-branded tablet called Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook that eventually will replace the bookseller’s Nook tablets. The 7-inch tablet offers the best of both worlds with an Android tablet (optimized for reading) and Nook’s vast content.

This new Nook will sell for $179 (after a $20 instant rebate), and for the first time will have 1.3-megapixel front-and 3-megapixel rear-facing cameras. It features the same specifications as Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, including built-in GPS capabilities, a suite of Google applications, the Chrome browser and the ability to multitask between apps. The tablet comes with $200 of free content from the Nook Store, including best-selling books, TV shows, magazines and more. Of course, as an Android device, you’ll have access to Google Play Store.

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Samsung Galaxy 4 Nook
PHOTO COURTESY BARNES & NOBLE

Barnes & Noble stated that it will continue to provide customer support to Nook devices, and this new product will be sold alongside its popular $99 Nook GlowLight eReader. You can find this new co-branded tablet at your nearest Barnes & Noble store or online at bn.com or nook.com.

On another note, in collaboration with this product launch, Barnes & Nobles is kicking off its #Nookfaces contest. You can enter by using the #Nookfaces hashtag on Twitter and Instagram through Sept. 22. The prizes include a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook and Barnes & Noble gift cards.


Click Chick’s Mobile App of the Week: Pushbullet

There are multiple ways to share files between your phone and computer, but the Pushbullet app gives you a seamless option.

Setting it up is a breeze. First, on your computer, go to the Pushbullet website (pushbullet.com) from a Chrome or Firefox browser and install the Pushbullet extension, then download the app from your phone.

Once the extension is up and running, you choose Pushbullet and the name of your phone from the menu to send your file straight to it. When you open it from your device, it appears right in your default picture viewer. The same goes for links — right click on the link you’re about to visit and send it to your phone (you’ll also see an option to take a screenshot of your browser window instead).

If you’re using Chrome, Pushbullet uses the rich notification system to show you notifications that have been mirrored from your device or sent from the Pushbullet app. Firefox has a similar function but not as good. Chrome allows you to dismiss a notification on your phone from your desktop, whereas Firefox does not.

Pushbullet allows you to set up just about any notification, ranging from stock prices, weather, tracking packages (FedEx or UPS) to letting you know about missed calls or texts. My favorite function is the ability to create a to-do list in the notification shade. As busy as I am, sometimes I just need a to-do list in my face so I don’t forget things. These checklists can be created from either the app or extension.

Additionally, you can copy files directly from one device to another. This is nice, since there is no “middle man” between your devices. Pushbullet is steadily growing, and I’m sure we’ll see more functionality added on frequently.

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