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Briefly: Cheaper Nook, Twitter Instagram, xMac to USB 3.0

updated 12:17 pm EDT, Sat November 3, 2012

Barnes and Noble cuts prices on 8GM, 16GB Nook Tablet

Barnes and Noble is reducing the prices of some of its e-reader devices again. The price for the Nook Color will drop on November 4 to $139, the 8GB Nook Tablet will be $159, and the 16GB Nook Tablet will fall to $179. The cut arrives nearly in parallel with the shipment of the Nook HD and HD+, both available on November 8.

New York Times: Twitter building its own Instagram-like filters

According to the New York Times, Twitter is going to introduce a set of photo filters similar to Instagram to its mobile apps. The move is likely in response to Facebook's purchase of Instagram, and a fear of being disconnected from the Twitter-Instagram integration it enjoys right now. According to the same sources, Twitter is reportedly exploring adding other tools to its mobile applications, including the ability to upload and edit videos without having to go through a third-party such as YouTube.

Sonnet xMac Server Expansion upgraded to USB 3.0

Sonnet announced that its xMac mini Server, a combination PCI Express 2.0 expansion system and 1U rackmount enclosure for Mac mini computers with Thunderbolttm ports, is now USB 3.0-compatible. The case connects to the Mac mini's Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, and USB interfaces and extends them to panel-mounted connectors on the front and back of the unit. Sonnet's USB 3.0 upgrade is available with all currently shipping units. Sonnet will offer existing xMac mini Server customers an upgrade path with a replacement cable kit. The user-installable kit (Part No. XMCBL-3USB3) replaces the existing USB 2.0 cables, and requires only a screwdriver and nut driver to complete the task. The kit, priced at USD $39.95, is expected to ship in mid-November. The xMac mini Server Expansion System retails for $1,295.



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