Another day, another NOOKcolor hack, and now it's the ereading tablet's Bluetooth capabilities that are getting unlocked. Out of the box, B&N leave the embedded Bluetooth chip deactivated, but occip of xda-developers has managed to turn it on and get it to scan and connect to other devices.
Barnes & Noble has announced that its NOOK range has become the retailer's biggest selling line in the company's history, with the NOOKcolor taking the number one spot as the best-selling gift of the holidays. Meanwhile, almost one million B&N ebooks were purchased on Christmas Day, despite widespread reports of server issues plaguing the service for the holiday weekend.
Updated with B&N statement on the server outages after the cut
Barnes & Noble has been on a trademarking spree, applying for names including NOOK2 - suggesting a second-gen ereader - along with Nook Smart, Nook Cook and even Nook Kids. Pocketnow have dug through the USPTO applications, and reckon that while the Nook Kids description matches that of the presumably hardware NOOK2, it may well be a content-only platform and companion iPad app.
Barnes & Noble's calls for the Spring Design lawsuit that claims the retailer stole design ideas to use in its original NOOK ereader have been denied, leaving the case - in which Spring Design claim misappropriated trade secrets, breach of contract and unfair competition - to continue. Spring Design allege that B&N stole ideas from their Alex ereader during a period of co-development in 2009, with a judge deciding there was "significant factual dispute" over whether the NOOK's design was influenced by ideas shared under NDA.
It seems that while Barnes & Noble's finances have been rescued by the NOOK range, the book retailer's servers haven't been quite so resilient. Multiple reports have been hitting Twitter over the past few days, complaining that the NOOK activation and ebook download systems have been offline or overloaded, presumably with the weight of new users attempting to set up their NOOK and NOOKcolor purchases and buy content.
Barnes & Noble's NOOKcolor has acquired a hacked version of Android 2.2 Froyo, upgrading the touchscreen ereader's software and taking advantage of the recent NOOKcolor root. Jesse Vincent has the instructions, though be warned, they're not as straightforward as most ROM reflashes we've grown used to; so far there isn't a public, distributable Froyo ROM for the NOOKcolor, so you'll have to compile your own with a few potentially dangerous modifications along the way.
So you were hangin around when they said "The next NOOK will be NOOKcolor!" and you were on the edge of your seat when they announced "Developer Support!" you're really gonna jump for joy now - NOOK SDK v1 is available for download RIGHT THIS INSTANT. All your developer doors are about to be opened. Get those idea bags open and make some reader-centric apps for Barnes and Noble to make their NOOKcolor the explosively reader-centric reading device they mean it to be!
You sassafrass you, NOOKcolor! Last night we spoke about how NOOKcolor had been rooted and presented to you the final chapter in our "A Week With" reviews of that device, but what's this?! I snuck another one in on ya! A Week with NOOKcolor: The Missing Link – Viewing Manually Loaded Books and What a Root Means for the Future. Then there's news about how NOOKcolor saved B&N's butt financially this year, and the iPad responds with a magazine - it's got TRON on it! Maybe not a direct response, and I know it's released by Richard Branson, but, you know, but I don't think iPad is worried about the B&N competition. Then we've got some Farmville news and some NASA news about what might be aliens - this expressing the range of information we present here at the R3 Media Network. ALL THIS AND MORE on the SlashGear Morning Wrap-up!
Barnes & Noble has announced its latest quarterly financial results, and the retailer has its digital arm to thank for its 1-percent year-on-year sales growth. According to the results, online sales - including NOOK and ebooks - increased 59-percent over last year, whereas in-store sales decreased by 3-percent. B&N now reckons it has around 20-percent of the ebook market.