B and N says they already fixed the NOOK malware issue, but….

nook_boxYesterday I posted a story about the new NOOK branded tablet coming with malware pre-installed. Barnes and Noble says that the device had already been update prior to its initial sale and that an new update to remove it completely is forthcoming. Here’s their response to 9 to 5 Google’s request for comment:

“NOOK Tablet 7” went on sale on November 26. By that time, the device automatically updated to a newer version of ADUPS (5.5), which has been certified as complying with Google’s security requirements, when first connected to Wi-Fi. ADUPS has confirmed to Barnes & Noble that it never collected any personally identifiable information or location data from NOOK Tablet 7” devices, nor will it do so in the future.

Finally, we are working on a software update to remove ADUPS completely from the NOOK Tablet 7”. That update will be made available to download within the next few weeks, but in the meantime customers can rest assured that the device is safe to use.” – Fred Argir, Chief Digital Officer

The problem with this is that Charles Fisher, the engineer who broke the story on Linux Journal, says that ADUPS 5.5 is not version that was on the NOOK BNTV450.

A new Android Central article notes that the shipping version for the tablet was 5.2.0.2.002. Evidently, there was some sort of an update, as their post goes on to note that “the version in the update file we received last night is 6.0.” While they state that the update should solve the ADUPS problem, they are still saying avoid this one:

But there are plenty of reasons to still not buy this tablet. Beginning with the fact that it’s still 100% vulnerable to CVE-2015-6616. In human language, that means the Stagefright exploit. The Android version (6.0 in this case) should be at least partially patched, but there are security updates for the processor which have not been applied.

The bottom line is that there is just too much uncertain about this tablet. I am sending mine back.From comparing them side by side, the $50 Fire 7″  was faster anyway….

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Daily Links and Deals: Radio Garden Lets You Instantly Tune into Radio Stations Across the Entire Globe

daily_links_1Daily Links for Thursday, December 22,  2016:

Google Drive offers sweet prepaid subscriptions for 100GB and 1TB users (PC World) You can find some good prices here if you are a power user and need more cloud storage. The 100 GB deal is indeed sweet.

The votes are in: Which mobile data provider is best? (Computer World) It is interesting to see what people think about the various carriers.

More online shopping means more delivery trucks. Are cities ready? (The Conversation) This is a really important issue for those of us who like to shop online.

Christmas Fiction Is Vital Subgenre for Religion Publishers (Publishers Weekly) I never realized that this was such an important category for publishers.

Radio Garden Lets You Instantly Tune into Radio Stations Across the Entire Globe (Open Culture) The great thing about technology is that it can make the rest of the world accessible. This is fantastic!

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals features 30 romance deals (these seem to all be from Harlequin imprints).

In Today’s Deals, save up to 93% on select digital subscriptions for crafts, personal training, meditation and more. Also, an ILIFE V3s Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for Pets and Allergies for just $127.

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.) All of the three of the Alexa devices are sold out until after Christmas. The sale is still on, so if you want one and are willing to wait, it is still a good deal.

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 14 (Taylor Jackson Series #2) by J. T. Ellison. The Romance Daily Find is A SEAL’s Surrender (Harlequin Blaze Series #739) by Tawny Weber.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Girl With No Name by Diney Costeloe. The Extra Daily Deal is The Killing Game by Toni Anderson.

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 A History of the World in 6 Glasses: From beer to Coca-Cola, the six drinks that have helped shape human history by Tom Standage.

Google Books has a selection of Up to 85% off Great Reads.

(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.