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Thursday, 22 December 2011 12:13

Nook and Fire “upgraded” with reduced functions

Written by Nick Farell



Jailbreakers locked up again


Ebook sellers Amazon and Barnes and Noble have worked out a way of locking up jailbroken Kindle Fires and Nooks.

Yesterday Amazon was rolled out the Kindle Fire 6.2.1 update which killed of root access, to prevent people jailbreaking them. Barnes and Noble swiftly followed suit making it impossible for side-loading apps from stores other than the official Barnes and Noble app store.

This is all a little annoying because the Fire update that Amazon promised last week was important because it improved performance of the Silk browser and allow you to customize the carousel of 'recently used things' that dominates the Fire's homescreen. It was also supposed to password protect Wi-Fi access. All useful stuff only if the Fire is rooted, the update will unroot it, at least until the hackers work out how re-root it. Given that Christmas is here we would have thought the hackers would be a bit busy.

The Nook is supposed to provide minor enhancements based on early customer feedback. All these seem to be is removing root access and the ability to sideload apps from Android Market and Amazon's Appstore. We can't think which customer asked for this but someone should have taken him out and roughed him up a bit.

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0 #1 magius 2011-12-22 16:17
It's a shame they've gone and done this. They are probably doing it in the name of anti-piracy (to keep their books, music, and movies out of cheap bastards' grubby hands) but in the end it will affect would be customers too.

I confess I bought mine to tinker around with but I have also been checking out their book selection and purchased some books. Now with this update they might have lost a paying costumer.
 
 
0 #2 gsacks 2011-12-22 17:16
I kind of understand this move. It would be great to have a totally open system, but it is well documented that Amazon is basically selling the device just above cost. They are expecting to make their profit by selling content in their store. To the regular consumer, it is a pretty fair business model. To the hacker, this is clearly a pain in the ass, but hacker is not Amazon's target market.
 
 
0 #3 GrumpyOldMan 2011-12-23 05:08
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I really dont like the default "1-click" purchasing.

Anyone know what kinda drm is on the books I "own"???

wish I can have it in pdf form.

any help appreciated.
 

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