Ep. 922: Where Wilson is the 1% Video
Believe it or not, the fourth host on today's episode of CNET's The 404 Podcast is the Nook, Barnes & Noble's e-book reader with a color touch screen and Wi-Fi. The device is currently sold out and on back order throughout B&N, so it wasn't easy to obtain. We had to walk 500 miles and battle a Nazgul to get it, but the in-studio demo was worth the wait. If you haven't seen a Nook up close, you're in for a treat.
This week on the Roundtable, we discuss the future of book publishing. Guests Andrew Savikas from O'Reilly Media, and our own executive editor David Carnoy, talk about the upcoming Barnes and Noble Nook, the continued success of the Amazon Kindle, the anticipation over a rumored Apple tablet device, and electronic books in general.
Wilson insists on waiting until tomorrow for the return of Tang That Tune, so today's stories include Justin Timberlake investing in the return of MySpace, a TIL about the etymology of popular software company names, and the long-awaited review of the HP TouchPad tablet.
Anthony David Adams joins us on today's episode in hopes that one of our listeners has the next object that will allow him to trade his way into space. He started with a toy spaceship and five trades later, he already has a ticket for a One Zero G Space Flight. Listen to today's episode of The 404 Podcast to find out how you can win a free Barnes & Noble Nook e-Reader and a watch from Nooka!
Bridget Carey makes her first appearance on CNET TV today. She's the host of an upcoming daily tech news show on CNET called Checked In, so be sure to follow her on Twitter so you don't miss the first episode. She'll help us out with our story rundown today and gives her take on Lavar Burton bringing back Reading Rainbow as an iPad app, an LA film studio constructing an underground "post-apocalyptic" fortress, and the resurgence of AOL e-mail addresses as a pre-Internet status symbol.
With Justin out for the rest of the week, today we bring in CNET duo Bridget Carey and Mark Licea to run through the ashes of Amazon's Kindle Fire announcement with price cuts for both the BlackBerry PlayBook and the Barnes and Noble Nook Color.
The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet hopes to be a Kindle-killer this holiday season. The Nook Color and Nook Simple Touch also get updated features and lower prices.
MySpace and Facebook are hooking up? In a way. Maybe. But the real meat of the news today is all the e-book hype. Barnes and Noble will sell the Que, Bridgestone has a color one coming out, and Barnes and Noble may not always have its own Nook eReader. But does anyone want them?
Barnes & Noble has officially introduced the Nook Color, a $249, Android-based color e-reader with a 7-inch screen that will ship on November 19.
On today's episode of The 404 Podcast, hosts Jeff Bakalar and Wilson Tang welcome Justin Yu back into the studio. He chats up his skydiving adventure and life on the West coast, and the crew also discusses the usual stories from the Internet including Paul the Octopus predicting the entire World Cup, the recent never-ending heat wave, and a Japanese senior citizen arrested for hitting a student who wouldn't give up his seat on the bus.