Featured Articles

5th Generation Broadwell 14nm family comes in three lines

5th Generation Broadwell 14nm family comes in three lines

Intel's 5th Core processor family, codenamed Broadwell, will launch in three lines for the mobile segment. We are talking about upcoming…

More...
Broadwell Chromebooks coming in late Q1 2015

Broadwell Chromebooks coming in late Q1 2015

Google's Chromebook OS should be updating automatically every six weeks, but Intel doesn't come close with its hardware refresh schedule.

More...
New round of Nexus phone rumour kicks off

New round of Nexus phone rumour kicks off

Rumours involving upcoming Nexus devices are nothing uncommon, but this year there is a fair bit of confusion, especially on the…

More...
Nvidia officially launches the 8-inch Shield Tablet

Nvidia officially launches the 8-inch Shield Tablet

As expected and reported earlier, Nvidia has now officially announced its newest Shield device, the new 8-inch Shield Tablet. While the…

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
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.

blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments