Monthly Archives: February 2012

Nook Touch 1.1 Rooting News For February 23, 2012

Note that these posts have moved on to Nook Touch with the 1.1 update. If your Nook Touch has a version prior to 1.1, see older posts in this series. It would be best to update to 1.1, however, if your Nook Touch has not yet been rooted.

Also see past posts in this series because I do not follow up on all threads mentioned in past posts. There are likely updates to many subjects.

There’s a lot of information after the break, but it’s really not as intimidating as it seems. Many people, by carefully following instructions, are happily using a Nook Touch turned into an Android tablet with an eInk screen.

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eInk Screen Demos From 2009

I’ve been going through over nine-hundred(!) YouTube Favorited videos. Several of them were interesting eInk demos of features we now take for granted here in 2012.

For example, here is a touchscreen eInk display from 2009:

They are other videos, after the break, one of which is from 2009 showing non-flashing page turns on an eInk screen!

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Occupy Wall Street: Gun Violence?

The Drudge Report obviously has difficulties with reading comprehension.

Look:

People reading that are going to wonder what the hell is going on.

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eInk Screen Acts Nearly Like An LCD Screen

Normally I would hold this until I’m doing a new rooted Nook Touch post, but this YouTube video just made my jaw drop:

Sony managed to make eInk do some tricks, but this is beyond everything I’ve ever seen eInk do. This even goes beyond what Bookeen recently did with animation and eInk.

Really, I think this is now going to sell even more Nook Touch devices for rooting.

For more information about how this being done, see this XDA Developers forum post.

Previously here:

B&N Nook Touch Rooting Category

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How To Fail In The Media Business

The media business is different from other businesses.

Other businesses operate on the maxim of, “Find a need a fill it.”

Media businesses operate on the maxim of, “Create a need.”

Oh, yes, they create needs.

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NookColor Price Slashed To US$169.00

As part of its introduction of a new US$199.00 Nook Tablet with half the storage capacity (8GB) of the original (16GB), Barnes & Noble also slashed the price of the NookColor by US$30.00:


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I’d like to note here that the Nook Tablet does not have any Bluetooth whatsoever in it. So if you’re thinking of buying one for rooting, understand that it cannot be paired to a Bluetooth keyboard like the NookColor. Otherwise, it’s superior to the NookColor with a faster and dual-core CPU and longer battery life.

If you’ve been thinking about buying one of the current low-end Android tablets (Coby, Cruz, Pandigital, et al), a rooted NookColor would provide a superior experience in many ways — if you have the time and patience to devote to rooting.

Barnes & Noble Nook page

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LG Announces A Crazy Five-Inch iPad!

LG Announces the Optimus Vu, 5″ Android Smartphone With a Unique Aspect Ratio


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This is a “phone”(!) with a five-inch 4:3 aspect ratio screen that has the same 1024 x 768 resolution as the iPad 1 and 2!

Here is a size comparison:

LG Optimus Vu: 5.49″ x 3.55″ x 0.3″
Sony Reader Pocket 2: 5.75″ x 4.12″ x 0.34″
Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0: 5.56″ x 3.07″ x 0.46″
Kindle Touch: 6.8″ x 4.7″ x 0.40″
Kobo Touch: 6.5″ x 4.5″ x 0.4″
Nook Touch: 6.5″ x 5.0″ x 0.47″

This is crazy. That’s not a phone. It’s what Barnes & Noble should have been introducing this week instead of another Nook Tablet with less storage.

Someone at Mobile World Congress next week needs to get some iPad screensnaps and display them on that and take pictures to simulate what a 5″ iPad would be like.

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TV: Endgame, Season Two?

Update: Search engines keep sending people to this post. This is the final word: TV’s Endgame: No Second Season.

More moves ahead for Hulu hit Endgame?

TV Feeds My Family has learned, however, that renewed interest in the show after a recent launch on the U.S.-based Internet streaming service Hulu has the producers seriously contemplating resurrecting the series.

Endgame was one of the shows flashed on giant screens at Hulu’s Television Critics Association press tour panel last month in Pasadena, Ca. Word is that the series ranked in the Top-10 of all shows streamed at Hulu after it premiered.

Hulu, a service that is geo-blocked from Canadian screens, offers thousands of TV shows from Fox, NBC, CBS and many other broadcasters. It would be ironic if a service Canadians can’t access winds up saving a Canadian series.

According to the source, if the series continues to trend on Hulu, a second season will be ordered. Credit was also extended to a persistent Save Endgame fan campaign which has collected thousands of signatures on Facebook and other social media sites.

Endgame‘s cancellation was unwarranted.

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Suzuki Beane: The TV Pilot!

I remember being exposed to this book as a kid. And for ages it’s something I’d meant to look up on the Net but never got around to it.

Then tonight I tripped over this on YouTube and my jaw is still off its hinge:

Look at that pilot! There’s more intelligence, creativity, and style in it than in two TV shows I recently posted about! I’m convinced that if Suzuki Beane had gone to series, it would have changed history.

Someone must bring that book back into print — especially as an eBook.

Suzuki Beane wikipedia entry

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Site Of The Former Borders

That was Borders last year.

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