So that $50 NOOK has malware….

new_nookIf you had wondered if that NOOK $50 tablet was too good to be true, turns out you were right. Remember last month’s story on that ADUPS malware that was infecting the Blu R1 HD phones and sending data back to China? Yeah, that one. Well, as it turns out, the same malware is affecting the NOOK BNTV450. And, unlike the BLU scenario where an update was issued, 9 to 5 Google is reporting that there seems to be no way to disable the ADUPS on the NOOK device.

If you want the technical info on the malware, there’s a lot more information on the issue in the Linux Journal article that apparently broke the story. The article notes that Google has blacklisted the ADUPS agent and that a user can expect “zero privacy” from a device with this agent installed. Barnes and Noble has yet to comment on the story.

Since I bought one of these last month, I am not a happy camper. Although I hadn’t had time to do much with it (maybe a blessing in disguise), I was already past the 14 day return window that the online store allows. I have performed a factory reset on my device while I reach out to Barnes and Noble on the matter.  I suggest you do the same or use at your own risk. While the ADUPS does not seem to be active at the moment, that can change at any time.

To reset the device, go to Apps> Settings>Backup and Reset. (Note that the correct one is the grey option that says just settings, not the green NOOK settings option.) Everything will be erased from the tablet, so make sure to transfer any files you want to keep.

More on this as it unfolds. I will update with any news from Barnes and Noble. I am off to change passwords. 😦

See an update to this story here.

Daily Links and Deals: Only one book has made the Amazon Top 10 every year for the past decade

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, December 21,  2016:

Android eReader Roundup – List of 6-inch Android eBook Readers (The eBook Reader) Not for the faint of heart, but if you are interested in an e-ink e-reader that does not belong to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Kobo, here’s a list.

SF Public Library revives plan to install microchips in books (SF Examiner) Kind of speechless at the privacy implications of this one….

Only one book has made the Amazon Top 10 every year for the past decade (Quartz) Um, why? And whys is this Kindle book selling for $20?

AT&T unveils network-level robocall blocking, call spam warnings (Ars Technica) Good idea. But why don’t they have this for landlines? All they have is the number block feature.Oh, wait. They don’t like landlines.

Sling TV accidentally reveals its set-top box for cord cutters (Engadget) This looks interesting, particularly as I thought Sling TV was awful to use on a Roku. Hopefully, the box will be better.

Family-friendly streaming service VidAngel refuses to shut down, despite court order (Techcrunch) Not a fan of censorship in general, but flouting the law is really going too far.

PersonalData.IO helps you get access to your personal data (Open Knowledge) Want to find out how companies are using your data? This may help.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain by Marc Morris.

In Today’s Deals, an Anime lover’s extravaganza: movies, seasons and more.

More device sales before the holidays! The Kindle Paperwhite is on sale for $20 off. There are also deals on Fire tablets: The Fire 7″ for $40, the Fire tablet variety pack (3 tablets) for $180, the Fire HD 10 for $200 and the Fire Kids Edition for $90. There is a Fire Tablet, 7″ (16 GB) for $50.

Alexa devices: You can also get the Amazon Echo for $140 ($40 off), the Amazon Tap for $90 ($40 off) and the Echo Dot for $40 ($10 off.)

You can still get 12 months of Kindle Unlimited for the special price of $88.99 – that’s $30 off the regular price.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is a collection of 17 Assassin’s Creed comics for just $0.99 each! The Romance Daily Find is A Christmas Bride by Jo Ann Ferguson.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

The new NOOK Tablet is available and is only $49.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Patriot Threat A Novel (Cotton Malone Book 10) by Steve Berry. The Extra Daily Deal is The Innocent: The Fifth Ryan Lock Novel by Sean Black.

Until December 25th, the waterproof Kobo Aura H2O e-reader is on sale for $159.99 (with free shipping).

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is still out of stock until early 2017.)

iTunes’ iTunes’ Great Books, Amazing Deals under $3.99 includes Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10. Through December 22nd, you can also rent various Harper Teen books for 24 hours for 99 cents.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.