TechBytes: Nook Color E-Reader Gets Tablet Features

New update offers apps, e-mail and more.

April 26, 2011— -- In today's TechBytes: the Nook Color e-reader gets an upgrade. Creator Barnes & Noble adds an applications store, Flash video and an email program, making it more like a tablet. The upgrade is free for existing Nooks.

Shift 2: Unleashed

In today's video game review, "Shift 2: Unleashed." The racing video game is the 17th in the "Need for Speed" series. CNET's Dan Ackerman says, "Shift 2" can draw you in and make you physically react, more than other racing games with an inside-the-car view.

This one takes it one step further and has what is called a helmet cam, which is a camera that feels as if it's attached to a driver's actual helmet. So it kind of moves back and forth and bobs up and down as you drive. It looks into turns while you're turning, and the end result is a very realistic experience. "You really feel like you are in the cockpit of that car, hurtling around the track," said Ackerman.

But Ackerman acknowledges that with 150 different cars and dozens of tracks, "Shift 2" may be a little overwhelming.

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