Tablet News Week in Review: Kindle Sales Up, Kobos on Sale and Pocket eDge Spotted

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The reemerging tablet market is full of rumors, speculation and news bits that we may have missed. That’s why each weekend, we round them all up for the Tablet News Week in Review.

  • Asus is turning to Nvidia Tegra 2 chips for its upcoming 10-inch Eee Pad, according to the DigiTimes. The report states that Nvidia has received orders from the company requesting “at least 200,000-300,000 chips.” Dell, Samsung Electronics, MSI and Toshiba have all chosen Tegra 2 for their tablets as well.
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  • Huawei S7The 7-inch Huawei Android tablet has been picked up by Best Buy and will start shipping on November 7th. The device will cost $300 and you can check out our S7 review before you decide to buy.
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  • Amazon has launched its new Windowshop app for the iPad. The app has all the same features as the regular Amazon, but with a more touch-friendly interface. 
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  • Although they continue to hold back concrete sales numbers, Amazon is trumpeting the new third-generation Kindle’s success. According to the online retailer, in the first three months of release, the new Kindle has sold more than the previous Kindle during the holiday season. Also, Amazon claims that eBook sales of top 10 bestsellers beat physical copies by more than two to one.
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  • Look for major deals coming up as Borders slashes prices and throws in added incentives regarding some of its eReaders. The Kobo and Cruz eReaders will now cost $100 and $170, respectively. Meanwhile, those picking up the $300 Cruz Tablet receive a $25 gift card with purchase. 
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  • Speaking of the Kobo, it will be getting newspaper and magazine content for its Kobo Wireless and smartphone apps.
  • Could Fusion Garage be producing a second Joo Joo tablet? That’s the rumor, and this time around the device will be powered by Android.
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  • It was revealed by Texas Instruments this week that the upcoming Nook Color would run on its ARM Cortex A8-based TI OMAP3621 800MHz processor.
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  • Eking is looking to replace the traditional pen-and-pencil style of note taking with its S600 E-notepad. The seven-inch device sports a color display that supports active pen input, 3G/Wi-Fi, finger print security and a three-megapixel camera.
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  • Amazon will soon offer a Kindle app for the Windows Phone 7 OS. According to the press release, the new Windows Phone 7 Kindle app will have a few new features, including “personalized book recommendations on your Kindle app home screen and the ability to send a book suggestion to a friend from any book in your library without leaving the app.”
  • Pocket eDgeThe enTourage Pocket eDge is now for sale on HSN.com (that’s the Home Shopping Network’s website) for $399, even though enTourage has yet to publically announce the device. The new dual-screen tablet/eReader hybrid is a smaller version of the original eDge complete with Android OS and Wacom digitizer and stylus.
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