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Barnes & Noble nook cracked open, rooted

Barnes & Noble nook cracked open, rooted

The lure of Android has brought hackers to the Barnes & Noble nook like piranhas to still-kicking meat, and it turns out there's plenty of intrigue inside the ebook reader.  Over at nookDevs they've not only stripped the device to its bare circuitboards, they've also managed to root it.

Points of note include Android seemingly being loaded onto a 2GB internal microSD card - potentially a cause of sluggish OS performance - and a Samsung S3C6410 processor that's actually capable of OpenGL ES 1.1/ 2.0 among other things.  The Android install itself, meanwhile, is a generic OS 1.5 build with some B&N customization on top

What should be interesting is how the nook gets hacked, especially given the interesting hardware.  The nookDevs contributors have already figured out a way to spoof the DNS and feed content to the nook as if it came from B&N.

[via odobooks and via Twitter]

Sony VAIO X teardown reveals huge engineering ingenuity

Sony VAIO X teardown reveals huge engineering ingenuity

While we always enjoy the post-launch teardown photosets that spring up following a particularly noteworthy piece of hardware, sometimes we wish there was an engineer to hand to tell us whether what we're looking at really is all that impressive.  TechOn did just that with Sony's indecently-skinny VAIO X, in a seven part hands-on and teardown that pits an unnamed engineer - who, from the sound of it, works for a rival OEM - against Sony's ingenuity.  In case you hadn't guessed, the VAIO X really is a masterpiece of manufacturing.

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