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Preston Gralla is a contributing editor for Computerworld, a blogger for ITworld, and the author of more than 45 books, including NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly 2012) and How the Internet Works (Que, 2006).

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Android Tablet Sales Skyrocket -- Look Out iPad

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Microsoft Embraces Phone Jailbreakers and Kinect Hackers, Everybody Wins

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