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NOOK Color Developer Program Ramps Up Vital Connections

The fine folks at Barnes & Noble have just updated us on how their Developer Program is shaping up, a whole new phase of said program starting very soon. This second phase will include a brand NEW suite of tools and services that'll allow developers to create lovely reading-related apps for the NOOK Color specifically. This update also includes a new open door for "qualified third-party developers and content providers." What that means we're soon to find out!

Nook Color to get B&N app store support and Flash in April

If you like the idea of the Android powered Nook Color becoming a cheap Android tablet, that idea is even more appealing now. The Nook Color will be getting access to a custom Barnes & Noble app store and Flash support in April. That would mean you can play games and watch Flash video and more from the eReader.

Barnes & Noble’s PubIt! for Digital Books (for NOOK) Launches First In-Store Event — OHH FREE COFFEE!

Apparently the creators of NOOKcolor (and Nook) are continuing to insist that these aren't simply Android tablets locked up and ready for reading. Can you imagine? Indeed there are big initiatives being set forth by Barnes & Noble, in all seriousness now, to push their Self-Publishing Author program PubIt! to the forefront. In the Android Community there's been a big bunch of excitement at the hacking and freeing of the NOOKcolor as of late, but we've got to remember that indeed this device was made for reading books, and it does continue to do so. Barnes & Noble is holding their first in-store event for Pub-It tonight.

NOOKcolor Root for DIY in-Auto Awesomeness [Video]

Oh you didn't know that NOOKcolor had been rooted and taken far beyond its innocent book-reading beginnings? Oh it's been brought far, far beyond. In a video posted by juicedigital, a rooted version of the Barnes & Noble Android tablet is shown to not only be rocking pretty hard playing music, surfing the internet, and downloading apps from the Android Marketplace, it's essentially nearly got GPS map functionality and is changing the in-car life of this intrepid hacker / modder.

NOOKcolor Shipments Halted – Why?

News has it that Barnes & Noble have stopped shipments of their successful NOOKcolor Android tablet ereader. This color reader has seen great coverage in the Android developer community because of its enticing hardware and locked nature. While Barnes & Noble have intended this device to be used strictly for reading, sharing, and purchasing books (and down the line apps for reading as well,) it's been met with some fast moving code tricks and hacks that have allowed avid coders to break its system wide open. When open, this ereader becomes more of a fabulous looking, nicely sized, fully functional Android tablet. What's all this got to do with shipments?

NOOKcolor firmware v1.1.0 adds pinch-zoom, more

Barnes & Noble has released a new firmware update for the NOOKcolor ereader. v1.1.1 mainly consists of tweaks and bugfixes, but those using the 7-inch slate primarily as a tablet will likely be pleased by the addition of pinch-zooming support in the browser. The full changelist is below, and you can download the update here.
NOOKcolor Ver1.1.0 update contains enhancements to improve the overall performance, including:
  • Improved performance of Wi-Fi connectivity, Home and Shop.
  • Ability to pinch and zoom in browser.
  • Enhanced reading experience for magazines and children's books.
  • Access helpful NOOKcolor related information and support tips on the new default browser home page.
  • Reduce mistyped passwords with "show password" option during registration and Wi-Fi set up.
  • Easily identify NOOK kids Read To Me™ books with a new text banner next to the titles in Shop.
  • General bug fixes and performance improvements.
[via Gear Diary]

3G Nook Discontinued Due to Lack of Demand

We've heard countless reports of just how well the NOOK eBook reader has been doing. It seems that Barnes & Noble were not even expecting the numbers they are seeing. But with an Android-based color eReader, how could they go wrong? Well it seems the 3G version isn't selling as much as expected and it's on track to be discontinued.

Hack Brings Bluetooth to NOOKcolor

The NOOKcolor is sure a focus of the hacking community, and the most recent hack is unlocking the eReader's Bluetooth capabilities. The NOOKcolor's Bluetooth chip is deactivated out of the box, but now thanks to XDA member Occip the chip can now be activated allowing the eReader to connect to other devices.
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