by George Heymann

Nook Color updated to V1.4.1 featuring over 100 enhancements including Netflix support.

Barnes and Noble recently released a firmware update V1.4.1 for the Nook Color that touts over 100 enhancements, including reading Nook books in portrait and landscape modes, direct look-up of words in the built-in dictionary, increased font selection and more.

Other new features and enhancements include:

  • Access to popular movies and TV shows streamed through Netflix
  • NOOK Comics including a large collection of Marvel graphic novels
  • PagePerfect NOOK Books – a whole new category of NOOK Books including select multi-media features

The software update is scheduled to be rolled out over the next week and will automatically install when the device is idle. Once the update has been installed, you’ll see a small green “n” on the left side of the status bar.

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Shopping choices get easier

by George Heymann


Expect to see big crowds out shopping for e-readers or tablet computers this holiday season.

The flurry of product announcements from Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble is revving customer interest in devices that already are hot sellers.

I get asked all of the time for recommendations for both e-readers and tablets.

My answer usually begins with at least two additional questions:

What do you want to do with it?

How much money do you want to spend?

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Barnes & Noble officially releases $249 Nook tablet, lighter and faster than Nook Color

by George Heymann

Technology Headlines

Barnes & Noble CEO, William Lynch, took the wraps off of the new $249 Nook tablet at this mornings press event in New York.

The announcement confirmed the Nook tablet specs that had been leaked last week. The Nook tablet will feature a dual-core 1.2GHZ processor, as well as a VividView 1024×600 IPS display (better viewing angles). It’s also slightly thinner and lighter than the original Nook Color, a mere .48 inches thin and weighs in at just 14.1 ounces down from 15.8 ounces. The tablet also features 16GB of internal storage and can accept up to a 32GB microSD card. Like it’s predecessor the Nook tablet fully supports Wifi b/g/n for wireless connectivity.

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Nook tablet to be sold through TigerDirect and CompUSA

by John Roberts

Technology Market

Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest bookseller, in collaboration with TigerDirect and CompUSA, has announced that they will be bringing the company’s award-winning line of Nook eReading devices and related accessories to retail stores nationwide including TigerDirect and CompUSA, and online at and, beginning in December. Customers will now have access to a wide array of popular and innovative Nook devices designed for readers of all ages.

Nook devices are the perfect choice for anyone who wants access to their favorite reads anywhere they go. Customers seeking a simple, easy-to-use, dedicated reading experience will love the Nook Simple Touch Reader, an ultra-light, portable 6-inch eReader with the most-advanced E Ink Pearl display and the longest battery life of any eReader. With a simple tap, it’s intuitive and easy to navigate, shop and read.

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Barnes and Noble “very special announcement” reportedly a new tablet which is “significantly different” than the current Nook Color.

Barnes & Noble reportedly will be announcing a new tablet at its press event in New York Monday November 7, according to Jeffrey Trachtenberg in a WSJ report.

I’m curious to see what direction Barnes & Noble chooses for its Nook line of tablets and e-readers on the heals of Amazons complete revamp of its E-ink readers as well as the introduction of its first Android color tablet the Kindle Fire.

We will post an update following the press event Monday with details of the announcement.

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Unrooting and updating the Nook Color

by George Heymann

Barnes and Noble recently released a firmware update for the Nook color which added several new features. The latest firmware V1.2.0 upgrades the Color Nook to Android 2.2 Froyo and adds an integrated Nook email client, an enhanced web browser with Flash and access to a limited curated Barnes and Noble app store as well as other enhancements.

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Top 5 most read stories on Technology-Headlines for January 2011

  1. SuperOneClick released provides 1-click root/unroot for most Android handsets!
  2. Rooting the Nook color
  3. Android Live Wallpaper favorites!
  4. *#*#4636#*#* Android Secret codes!
  5. Nook color more than just a color ebook reader

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Rooting the Nook color

by George Heymann

Just last week, I decided to postpone my plans to root my Nook Color e-book reader. That was before several users had reported that the rooting procedure could be reversed — that is, the Nook Color could be returned to a pristine factory state.

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Calibre open-source ebook management

by George Heymann

Calibre is a free open-source e-book management program that makes it easy to download web content and convert it to e-book format for import into your e-book reader of choice.

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Nook color more than just a color ebook reader

by George Heymann

Barnes & Noble recently announced that millions of Nook ereading devices had been sold — making the Nook line the company’s biggest seller in its almost 40-year history.

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