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Hardware mod bypasses Nook Tablet’s locked bootloader

This one is not for the faint of heart. After Barnes & Noble released the upgraded Nook Tablet in November, early buyers were surprised and angry to find a locked bootloader and a mere 1GB of user-accessible storage. Now a brave XDA modder has combined some of the latest software tricks with an actual physical modification of the main circuit board (remember those, console gamers?) to make a permanent custom kernel. Forum poster "hkvc" calls his solution NOP Based Security Bypass.

Barnes & Noble NOOK Developer hooks up with Appcelerator

When you think of the NOOK or the NOOK Color, you think of reading. When we first looked at the NOOK Color, we found that not only were you able to read ebooks, you were able to work with text in many different ways, look at brilliantly colorful and digitally active magazines, and even interactive childrens books were part of the equation. Now we know this tablet to be much more versatile than that even, holding apps for games of all types as well. Today Barnes & Noble has announced a partnership with the well known development platform Appcelerator to further their dive into the much wider world of Android apps!

Barnes and Noble Nook Color 2 in the works

It appears that the booksellers Barnes & Noble have another Android tablet in the works, this next generation Nook Color 2 (or whatever it may be called) appearing to be set to be released as early as this month, so says Digitimes in Taiwan. It is in Taiwan that manufacturers are said to be speaking about a brand new version of what we know as a quite decent eReader and undeniably hackable Android tablet. Details on the next eBook reader are at the moment still sparse, but we're to understand that this new device will have the same 7-inch display size as the current generation, companies TPK Holdings and Inventec responsible for touch panels and the device's assembly process respectively.

NOOK New York Times Subscribers Given Web-Based Bonus

All those of you lucky enough to already have gotten access to The New York Times on your Barnes & Noble NOOK device, be it the original NOOK, the new generation NOOK, or NOOKcolor (aka NOOK Color), will now be given access to NYTimes.com - joy of joys! For those of you that don't know, the NYTimes.com website is a subsciption-based website the same as their physical paper and their ereader based papers are. What this announcement does is give those already subscribing to the NOOK-based NYTimes complete access to the NYTimes.com website as well. What a deal!

NOOK Color Gets Fandango, Evernote, and Several Exclusives

That wily Android tablet we all know and love, the one put out by Barnes & Noble by the name of NOOK Color (or NOOKcolor if you remember how it was written at the onset) is now popping with several new titles this week! Included in this release are several apps that we'll get to later in this post and some excellent digital picture books with over 15 never-before-seen interactive Disney Cars and Cars 2 titles. PLUS there's 50 new "I Can Read" books - that being books that help your kids read, of course, plus brand new interactive versions of New York magazine, Motor Trend, and more.

Barnes & Noble May 24 Event Invite: NOOKcolor 3G with Honeycomb?

Might as well toss out a few guesses here, educated as they are - a new device is about to be released, some sort of tablet device, and it'll be coming out May 24th. That's what we learned was the situation back on the 5th of May via a sales call with Barnes & Noble themselves. What we've just received now is an invite to an event that takes place that very day at a Barnes & Noble location of utmost secrecy!

The Amazon Tablet is a rumor that refuses to die

DigiTimes is reporting that Taiwan based Quanta Computer has received a monthly order from Amazon for up to 800,000 tablet PCs at peak production. The tablets are expected to ship in the second half of 2011, making an Amazon Tablet ready to hit the market just in time for the holidays. Quanta is no stranger to tablets, being an OEM partner for both RIM and Sony. So, is it a credible rumor? Well, the touch screens are expected to be made by E Ink Holdings, which provides the screens on the Kindle. They use an electrophoretic display supported by Fringe Field Switching technology, which is just a fancy way of saying they've got great color gamut and bright, bold colors, according to Wiki.

Barnes and Noble announcing new e-Reader tablet May 24th

It looks like a little news has slipped up that Barnes and Noble plan to announce a brand new e-Reader tablet on May 24th. So all you NOOKcolor lovers don't have to wait long for the good news. For now we don't have much to go on and this is really all that has been said. We still don't know what they are planning, but with the success of the NOOKcolor I can only imagine they want to keep things going strong.

NOOK Color to be Sold at Staples

In a move that should strike some as odd, Barnes & Noble has moved to partner with Staples in a sales venture that'll have their famed color touch Android tablet for reading being sold in Staples stores as well as at their Staples.com website. One of the reasons yours truly thinks its odd is that Barnes & Noble has thus far been pushing the device as one you'd carry with you everywhere, but especially whilst interacting with Barnes & Noble's physical locations - the ability to do such things as preview books in the store built in.
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