Podcast: Nook vs. Kindle, future of Xbox, and settling in with our new devices

Has Amazon’s Kindle lineup distanced itself even further from Barnes & Noble’s Nook over the past couple months? Could the Xbox become an all-encompassing hub for home automation technologies? And how are our parents doing with their new smartphones and tablets?

Those are some of the topics on this week’s GeekWire radio show and podcast. We’re back with highlights from the tech news that broke over the past week, thoughts on the new devices in our families, plus the return of our App of the Week feature and Name that Tech Tune contest.

Special bonus: Our colleague Emily Shahan is in the studio this week, joining the conversation and bringing her latest app recommendations — including a crazy/fun game that we play on air.

Here are links to all of the stories we talked about, plus downloads for the apps we mentioned.

Rough holiday for Barnes & Noble: Nook sales fall 12.6%

Future of Xbox? Microsoft acquisition includes patents for ultimate home remote

Windows Phone Diary: Week 1 of an uncertain relationship

App of the Week: Spaceteam

Additional apps: Toca Band, Can I Stream It, and Pitfall.

Name that Tech Tune: Do you know this classic arcade game?

Listen to the show above or access it directly via this MP3 file.

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