Why Amazon might buy TI’s mobile chip business

Reports of Amazon considering the purchase of Texas Instruments’ mobile chip business for billions of dollars may not make sense at first glance. But there are several reasons why such a deal could make sense for Amazon in both devices and cloud computing activities.

A better recipe for digital cuisine

Digital recipes and cookbooks need to emulate the world of digital music. By creating a standard recipe format similar to the MP3, we could overcome the artificial barriers between cooking Websites, apps and our bookshelves. Only then could we be build truly comprehensive digital cooking libraries.

So I turned my Galaxy Tab into a Kindle Fire

Although I like the Kindle Fire, I purchased a 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab last year, and there’s just way too much overlap between the two devices. I decided to change that, by adding some of the Amazon Kindle Fire software and user experience to my Tab.

Updated Nook Color shows a smart $249 tablet strategy

The Nook Color gains new magazines with enhanced interactivity, along with performance updates, in a software update today. At $249, many iPad competitors could learn from the “tablet that’s not a tablet” approach: Focus on key features at a reasonable price and customers will see value.

Anyone can turn Nook Color into an Android tablet for $35

While it’s relatively easy to turn the Nook Color into a full-fledged Google Android tablet, non-techies may want a foolproof solution. Starting at $35, the Nook2Android microSD card offers just that. Pop it into a Nook Color, power up and choose either e-reader or tablet mode.

Is the NOOKcolor Actually the iPad’s Greatest Threat?

How much would you pay for media and the web in your pocket? $500 for the iPad? $229 for the iPod touch with its much smaller display? For $249, though, you can get a 7-inch display and many of the same features. How? The new NOOKcolor.

Will ePubs Replace Your Library?

The idea of reading on mobile devices is not new. Devices like the Amazon Kindle and the Sony eReader have been around for a while, but with the buzz surrounding iBooks sparking more interest, are digital books worth it?

Amazon Previews Kindle App for iPad (and Other Tablets)

It may not be ready in time for the launch of the iPad, but Amazon (s amzn) wants you to know that its Kindle app will be worth the wait. That’s why it’s created a special preview page of the upcoming software, dubbed “Kindle Apps for Tablet Computers” with “Including the iPad” in much smaller font beside that primary title.

So its clear that while Amazon wants to capitalize on the iPad’s hype and pre-release popularity, it also doesn’t want to go as far as helping Apple (s aapl) convey the impression that it’s the only tablet game in town. To me, the “Including the iPad” sounds like a begrudging admission of the “I was wrong and you were right” variety. Read More about Amazon Previews Kindle App for iPad (and Other Tablets)

Gatekeeping the iPad: Apple Being Shrewd About What Will Appear at Launch

How do you control what will and won’t appear on your brand new platform on launch day if you’re Apple (s aapl), without outright banning apps in a way that might invite accusations of attempting to start a monopoly? If it’s the e-book market you’re after, apparently all you have to do is limit pre-release device access.

Amazon (s amzn) was not one of the select few companies that got access to pre-launch hardware with regards to iPad development. Neither was Barnes & Noble (s bks). That honor was reserved for others, like Major League Baseball, the New York Time (s nyt) and the Wall Street Journal (s nwsa). None of which, you’ll note, directly compete for dollars with anything Apple will be offering on the platform. Read More about Gatekeeping the iPad: Apple Being Shrewd About What Will Appear at Launch