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A Week with NOOKcolor: The Missing Link – Viewing Manually Loaded Books and What a Root Means for the Future

As you may well know if you’ve been following especially closely, we were supposed to be FINISHED with our review of the NOOKcolor – the final word was just laid down earlier today, right? It went by the name A Week with NOOKcolor: 3rd Party Apps and Final Wrap-Up and spoke of everything that was outside the hardware and the reading experience. But what’s that? You say I’ve forgotten to talk about reading books you’ve downloaded from sources outside of Barnes and Noble? And wait, what happened at basically the same time that post was posted – a root? Let’s talk!

Let’s talk first about loading some books you’ve downloaded some books and documents and such in PDF form and you’d like to know if you’d be able to read them on NOOKcolor – the answer is yes. You certainly do not get the same controls over the text that you get over Barnes and Noble distributed books, magazines, and newspapers, but you do get another set of controls that, hey, aren’t all that bad.

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Each PDF book I’ve downloaded here has opened without hassle. If you remember the battle it is to get a video file working, you’ll know that this is an excellent sign – just as easy as it was to get photos and music files loaded, come to think of it. Each PDF not only loads seemingly as quick as the last, but flicking through pages (up and down, not left and right as you would in a B&N book), is quick and nice too. Each PDF file is instantly added to your library in the Books section, but does not appear to show up on your desktop with your recently read or updated items. Inside each book, full color works, and there’s that BACK BUTTON!

I KNEW it had to be somewhere here in the system, that ever-helpful back button that should, by all means, be present in the rest of the OS. But I’ll settle for knowing it exists here for now. It is a bit confusing to see it exist only here though, as it doesn’t just pull you back out of a PDF, it brings you back from the PDF menu too – this tells me the back button might be working everywhere by the time they send out an update for this device.

In the controls for how you’re able to view these unofficial books, you’re able to zoom in close, fit a single page to page (helpful single button incase you’re zoomed WAY in,) fit width incase you just want to get that far out of a large vertical document, go to page (allowing you to go to any page by just typing in a number), properties (this is neat and strange in that it just tells you the name of the file you’re looking at and how many KB in size it is), and About.

What About tells you is that you’re not just looking at this document in some no-name document viewer – nay! You’re viewing it in Quickoffice. It’s Quickoffice 3.3.44 to be precise, and I’m sure it’s directly to thank for the excellence found in this viewing of third-party documents. OH and also you can turn NOOKcolor on its side and view pages in landscape mode the same way you’d be able to if you were viewing a children’s book or magazine.

What the Root?

If you’ll take a look over to this NOOKcolor Rooted! thread, you’ll see that indeed those clever turnips over at XDA Developers Forum have discovered their way into the insides of the NOOKcolor, allowing first and foremost a playable NOOKcolor version of Angry Birds. What does this mean for NOOKcolor? It doesn’t mean much at all for the people who aren’t verst in the dark arts, aka those who are ballsy enough to hack their $250 devices in a way that might wreck them forever.

But for those who WOULD hack, well then, look at it this way: NOOKcolor is, once uncaged from its Barnes and Noble bonds, a perfectly wonderful Android tablet – and it’s cheap! Those unsure of why they’d want a $250 e-book reader now see that they might be able to use it for so much more than Barnes and Noble’s target audience would ever dream of. This is definitely a whole new consumer door opened for Barnes and Noble (whether they like it or not.) Will you buy one because of this? Remember that roots don’t always stick.

Now that our “A Week With” cycle is really REALLY complete for NOOKcolor, take a look at all of the posts in turn:
A Week with NOOKcolor: Hardware
A Week with NOOKcolor: Reading (aka Core Apps)
NOOKcolor Unboxing and Hands-on
NOOKcolor Demo
A Bit of Extra Clarity for Would-be Developers of NOOKcolor Apps
and of course A Week with NOOKcolor: 3rd Party Apps and Final Wrap-Up
PLUS BONUS A Week with NOOKcolor: The Missing Link – Viewing Manually Loaded Books and What a Root Means for the Future

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The Daily Slash: November 29 2010

Today was quite the day. On this day we had not only our A Week with NOOKcolor: 3rd Party Apps and Final Wrap-Up final verdict last chapter in our extended week of reviewing NOOKcolor, the folks over at XDA Developers rooted it! Can you believe it? Then Plantronics hosts a sweet gameface contest for fabulous prizes, and we’re knee-deep in columns: We Need To Talk by Philip Berne, Why Apple’s all-SSD, Light Peak MacBook Pro makes sense and In Search of Solder and a Sense of Achievement both by Chris Davies. All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!

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Aw crap. Apparently Comcast Corporation has begun setting up a fee on Internet middleman responsible for delivering part of Netflix streaming video content, this company, named Level 3, is being charged by Comcast whenever customers request content. The amount they’re being charged isn’t apparent, but is also completely irrelevant, as they (and basically the rest of the sane internet) believe this situation to fall under Net Neutrality laws that aught, we all say, to have been enacted long ago. This vote appears to be scheduled for December 21st 2010, and will supposedly decide whether phone and cable providers should be allowed to interfere with legal traffic traveling through their networks. Some of the folks on the side OF Net Neutrality are: companies led by Google Inc., EBay Inc. and IAC/InterActiveCorp, President Barack Obama, most of the internet, and your humble narrator.

[Via Business Week]

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Sprint 4G Now Available in 6 More Cities
LG Unveils Korea Only LU3000, faster than Galaxy S
Sony Ericsson rolling out Android update for Xperia X8 and X10
Fujifilm offers doctors new way to see x-rays and more from Android phones
Sharp Galapagos tablets due in Japan on December 10
Nexus S hits the FCC again, this time with new antennas
HTC G2 Free at Best Buy
Android Magazine banned from Apple App Store
Lockscreen Gestures coming to DROID via CyanogenMod
Install the Android Market on the Android Emulator
Further details released of Motorola Olympus and Etna devices
Gingerbread GRH47B Build Spotted
Ameri-Smartphone Moon over Japan – Sharp Corporation to Release Galapagos Android Devices
HTC Desire Z now available from Vodafone UK [Updated]
NOOKcolor Rooted! [WOO!]
New LG Star Pictures and Details Leaked
iControlPad Confirmed to Hold a List of Smartphones, Many of them Android Based – Release Date Q1 2011?
Acer CEO Speaks on Their Wait for Honeycomb, Google Chrome OS
Android Users Are Not Loyal to their OS, iPhone Users Are
AT&T states Motorola Olympus will launch in December/January via Facebook
Android on Track to Pass iOS and Symbian in Europe
Sharp IS03 get’s some Japanese air time with new Lady GaGa Promotion
Android Outselling Windows Phone 7 handsets 15 to 1
Root Google TV and Add Third-Party Apps, Get $1,000

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Windows Phone 7 outsold by Android 15:1 in UK suggests retailer
ASUS Eee Note EA-800 hits Taiwan this week for $228; US debut in Q1 2011
Crazy gold watch plays music and costs $1.2M
OMG…Aliens Pulse Rifle replica from ThinkGeek is epic
Facebook Skype integration tips “Face me” video chat
AMOLED panel firms actively developing more capacity
SlashGear Cyber Monday Round Up [FEATURED]
Apple masses legal team ahead of Nokia patent showdown
Toshiba crams battery inside new TVs for viewing with no power
comScore says online spending on Black Friday hit $648 million
Ocosmos OSC1 Oak Trail tablet detailed: due Q1 2011
Samsung Super AMOLED production up 10x in 2011 as company posts record small display profit
Chinese Government directly responsible for Google-hack says WikiLeaks [WHAAAT?]
Microsoft physical touchscreen patent app tips dynamic Surface
iPhone 3GS & 3G get iOS 4.2.1 carrier unlock with new redsn0w tool
Why Apple’s all-SSD, Light Peak MacBook Pro makes sense [COLUMN]
Richard Branson vs Rupert Murdoch in iPad Magazine Wars Soon
In Search of Solder and a Sense of Achievement [COLUMN]
MacBook Pro refresh with SSD, Light Peak & no DVD in April 2011? [BIG FAT NEWS]
George W. Bush Visiting Facebook HQ [LIVE VIDEO]
iPad Magazine PROJECT to Launch Tomorrow with TRON Legacy Cover Story
TRON: Legacy Light Cycle USB Drives Light Up When Connected
A Week with NOOKcolor: 3rd Party Apps and Final Wrap-Up [FEATURED]
HTC HD7 for T-Mobile Suffering from Death Grip Syndrome [Video]
Woman Gets Ownership of the Sun Notarized
Plantronics Plans GAMEFACE Contest for Fabulous Prizes [FREE STUFF]
Jaguar C-X75 Features Four Electric Motors
Nintendo Sells 1.5 Million Consoles Over Black Friday Week
We Need To Talk [COLUMN]
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Windows Phone 7 private beta group app testing coming to Marketplace

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29Nov/10Off

Now playing in iOS Game Center: Your real name

A quiet change to the terms of service to Apple's iOS feature that links up iPhone game players means that when adding or accepting friends, they get to see the real you.

Originally posted at Circuit Breaker

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AT&T and T-Mobile Considering the Acer Liquid Metal?

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Brighthand is reporting that a senior Acer official noted that the Acer Liquid Metal might be heading to the United States sometime soon at the company’s Q&A session following their press announcement last week (where we were treated to two new Android tablets and a new Android handset.) Rogers is said to be getting the device in Canada sometime soon, and in the same breath Aymar de Lencquesaing – president of Acer’s smartphone unit – mentioned that AT&T and T-Mobile would be likely candidates for release in the United States due to their GSM networks. The phone is already out in parts of Europe – the most notable being France – but we assume Acer doesn’t want to miss the “affordable smartphone” boat currently setting sail and – as such – won’t let their new high-end offerings completely overshadow the cheaper ones. We’ll be on the lookout for any confirmation regarding United States availability.

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New LG Star Pictures Turn Up, Isn’t Stock Android, Runs Froyo, Performs Well in Benchmarks & Has HDMI Port

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We only got a couple of non-functional profile shots of the device before, but one of our members over at AndroidForums.com managed to get two of these unreleased beasts and has quietly put out new pictures which confirm new details. Firstly, it has an HDMI-out port, something we didn’t know previously. You can see a door with the text “HDMI” on it covering up what we suppose is the port.

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It’s also not running a slightly tweaked stock version of Android as we previously heard, and this particular model is infused with Froyo (but could easily be stepped up to gingerbread before it launches, I suppose.) The Tegra 2 that packs this thing is living up to its hype as it brings about a nice score on quadrant, and berryjuice – our benefactor today and new AndroidForums member (Congrats!) - says it completely outclasses their Galaxy S.

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Be sure to stop on over to AndroidForums.com where these images were posted and watch out for new information from one of our very lucky users.






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Southwest Airlines App for Android Released

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Southwest.com – the airline with the catchy and funny commercials that really do make me want to fly with them – has released their Android app for all to book flights, reserve cars, check up on their rewards programs, and more. It’s a 1.5MB download and sounds like it’ll be well worth the space it takes up if you’re a fan of low rates and free bags. It’s on!

*Manage air reservations
*Manage rental car reservations
*Check in for flights
*Check flight status
*Review flight schedules
*Access your Rapid Rewards account
*Access helpful contact information

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George W. Bush Visiting Facebook HQ [LIVE VIDEO]

For those of you who read books written by former presidents regularly, you probably know the George W. Bush has a book out at the moment and is touring the country trying to sell it. Today, he’ll be stopping at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto to have a few words with the world. Facebook users will have the opportunity to ask Bush questions – but good luck. This is the first time a U.S. President will appear on Facebook liveCheck out the live feed below.


Be kind, don’t swear, listen to the nice man, etcetera. Also remember that the book this man is promoting is several times proven plagiarized, and that just this past October http://wikileaks.org/ released a large batch of classified US military documents detailing 109,032 deaths in Iraq over a period of six years, “comprised of 66,081 ‘civilians’; 23,984 ‘enemy’ (those labeled as insurgents); 15,196 ‘host nation’ (Iraqi government forces) and 3,771 ‘friendly’ (coalition forces).” The man who was the President of the United States during the time these deaths occurred is now chilling with Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook in Palo Alto. Take that how you will.


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iPad Magazine PROJECT to Launch Tomorrow with TRON Legacy Cover Story

Last we reported, Richard Branson would be releasing his iPad magazine by the name of “Project” as soon as this week. Turns out that’s pretty much the truth, as word now is that the first issue is due tomorrow (November 30, 2010) or the next day (December 1, 2010 is what the cover appears to read) with a cover featuring none other than Jeff Bridges and a cover story on TRON: Legacy. Take a peek at the teaser video of what appears to be the front of the magazine below, and freak out because it’s no static cover, if you know what I mean.

According to a source speaking with 9 to 5 Mac, this link [right here] is set to send you to the iTunes store where the magazine will be available, and the link will be active tomorrow in the morning (USA morning I would bet.) The cover story’s title reads [BACK IN THE GAME] JEFF BRIDGES REBOOTS TRON. Above that is a Jaguar 205MPH hypercar, a story about the world’s coolest record label being French (I’d bet they’re talking about Ed Banger Records – how much you want to bet? And a story called The Superchef Who Serves Soil.

On the other end there’s a story about searching for Earth 2.0 “Nope, not enough beaches.” A 3d Tour of Secret Tokyo (this could be majorly exciting depending how how well the interactive elements in this magazine work), and along the bottom there’s The World’s Suckiest Ads, The Plan to Nuke Alaska, and The Biometric Wallet. All seems exciting. This magazine promises to deliver Design, Entertainment, Technology, and Entrepreneurs (news for them, news by them, etc.) Exciting!

Click here to view the embedded video.

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BlackBerry Empathy Concept Device Can Determine Your Mood [Video]

Sometimes, the mood you’re in can determine how you use your phone. Who you talk to, text, or even whether or not you browse the Web while you are out and about. And sometimes it can be frustrating that your phone doesn’t feel you. Well, thanks to a pair of designers, that could change some day. This fresh new design for a smartphone, called the BlackBerry Empathy, is designed to not only read your mood, but also react to it.

Daniel Yoon and Kiki Tang are the designers behind the Empathy, and their main focus was a device that not only “feels you” and your emotions, but that can react to them. While you use the device, or interact with it in any way, a biometric ring will tell the device how you’re feeling at any given moment. As it does, the ring will feed the data to the device, and thanks to the transparent OLED display, will be able to change features, as well as details, in real-time, based entirely on your mood.

Probably most interesting, despite the fact the whole concept is out-of-this-world intriguing, is the idea that if you know someone else who has the Empathy, you can see on your own device how they are feeling. You can also see the emotion they were feeling before their current state of mind. This will help you gauge what’s going on in that person’s day, and help you determine whether or not you want to talk to them. Check out the video below to see the concept design in action.

[via UberGizmo]

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TRON: Legacy Light Cycle USB Drives Light Up When Connected

If anyone thought that the marketing push for the upcoming movie TRON: Legacy was going to die down, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon. Which makes sense, considering the movie is just about to launch on theater screens around the world. And, while perhaps having the “look” of a TRON-themed gadget may be enough, we fully expect a TRON-themed device to light up in some fashion or another. And thankfully these USB drives do just that.

Other than the fact that these USB drives look like the light cycles you’ll find in the upcoming movie, there’s probably not a lot going for these small-sized drives. You can choose from the 4GB Sam Flynn model, or the 8GB Kevin Flynn version. If you choose the smaller version, you’ll have to drop $24.99 to make it yours, and $34.99 for the larger version. They’re available right now, though, at your local Toys ‘R’ Us. So, the next time you have your computer in the dark, you can plug one of these drives in, and experience TRON in your living room.

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