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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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: There’s E Ink everything now, even wallets

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, November 30,  2016:

How a Grad Student Found Spyware That Could Control Anybody’s iPhone From Anywhere In The World (Vanity Fair) This may be a bit TL;DR for some, but it is fascinating case study on malware and cyber security issues.

Netflix for Android now lets you download videos to watch offline (9 to 5 Google) This is huge!  Related: How to watch Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services offline with PlayOn Cloud (from PC World).

Spotify is using billboards to call users out on their questionable listening habits (The Next Web) Funny? Yes. But the privacy concern outweigh that. And it skates dangerously close to shaming people for their music choices.

There’s E Ink everything now, even wallets (The Verge) Um… I am kind of scratching my head at this one. I get the premise, but black and white e-ink? Seriously?

Twitter now ranks your conversations based on who replies (Engadget) Why won’t they just leave Twitter alone?

Yes, the U.K. now has a law to log web users’ browsing behavior, hack devices and limit encryption (Techcrunch) This Investigatory Powers law is pretty scary, especially because of how many people can access the information without a warrant.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals features popular reads on Kindle for $2.99, including Mr. Mercedes: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy Book 1) by Stephen King.

In Today’s Deals, Sony H.ear on Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (only the Charcoal Black ones are on sale).

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully by Arielle Eckstut, David Henry Sterry. The Romance Daily Find is The Forbidden Man (Edge of Scandal Series #1) by Elle Wright.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth. The Extra Daily Deal is Come Home to Sweetgrass Boxed Set: Books 1-3 Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs (plus bonus Christmas novella) by Jean Brashear.

You can buy 2, get 1 free and save on Fern Michaels’ holiday romance titles until November 30.

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’ still has a collection of limited-time deals that includes Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(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.)


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Daily Links and Deals – DRM: You have the right to know what you’re buying!

daily_links_1Today, The EFF want the FTC to force labels identifying DRM restrictions. Also, Microsoft has changed the Windows 10 rules (again), Target starts selling Kindles again and the those software bundles you install may be worse than malware. In deals, an automatic pet feeder, select Crayola products and deals on Mountain House Emergency food bundles. Amazon also still has savings on Fire tablets as well.

Daily Links for Monday, August 8, 2016:

Google: Unwanted bundled software is way more aggressive than malware (ZD Net) You may want to think twice about installing that software bundle….

Microsoft’s giving you just 10 days now, not 31, to change your mind about Windows 10 (PC World) This is the friendlier, less pushy and aggressive Microsoft, right?

Target starts selling Kindles again after a four-year break (Engadget) This makes it easier to try before you buy.

DRM: You have the right to know what you’re buying! (EFF) Organizations are putting pressure on the FTC to make sure we know what our rights are before we buy.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde.

In Today’s DealsArf Pets Automatic Pet Feeder Food Dispenser for Dogs & Cats, up to 50% off select Crayola products and savings of up to 40% on Mountain House Emergency Food Supply. Amazon also has the Fire HD 6 (my favorite Fire tablet) for $69.99. The Fire HD 10 Tablet on sale for $50 off.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson. The Romance Daily Find is Crashing Down by Cathryn Fox.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks. The Extra Daily Deal is The Devil in Winter:  Wallflowers (Book 3) by Lisa Kleypas.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(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.)


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Daily Links and Deals: Unemployed Detroit Residents Are Trapped by a Digital Divide

daily_links_1Today, a look at how the digital divide is affecting the unemployed in Detroit. Also, stories on outsmarting malware, PayPal shutting down its app, Dropbox’s new access requirements and more. In deals, a refurbished pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Professionl Studio Headphones (these are fantastic!).

Daily Links for Thursday, May 26, 2016:

Unemployed Detroit Residents Are Trapped by a Digital Divide (New York Times) Between the skills gap and lack of access to the internet, Detroit residents are hurting without access to the digital world.

How do you outsmart malware? (Techcrunch) Does predicting past malware work to prevent future ones or do we need an entirely different way to circumvent malware?

PayPal is shutting down its Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon apps (The Verge) The PayPal app will be Android or iOS only as of June 30th.

Dropbox Wants More Access To Your Computer, and People Are Freaking Out (Motherboard) This is worrisome. I am considering a Chromebox for my next desktop so Dropbox will be a must. But this kind of access?

US government is spending billions on old tech that barely works, says watchdog (ZD Net) This will make you feel so much better about still using that old laptop that runs Windows XP….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes the modern classic The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver for $2.99.

In Today’s DealsAudio-Technica ATH-M50X Professional Studio Headphones (Black)(Certified Refurbished).

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is  Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn Series #1) by Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Keeper’s Reach by Carla Neggers for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Bones and Roses (The Cypress Bay Mysteries) by Eileen Goudge for 99 cents.  The Extra Daily Deal is Fatal Whispers – Megan Scott/Michael Elliott Mystery (Book 2) by Sandra Nikolai for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Tox-Sick: From Toxic to Not Sick by Suzanne Somers for $1.99.

Google is running a Summer Kick-Off Sale promotion.

(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.

Daily Links and Deals: The Life and Death and Life of Magazines

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, February 16, 2016:

Beware This Android Malware That Erases Your Phone With a Single Text  (Gizmodo) – A reminder: Don’t open MMS messages from people you don’t know!

Library hires employee to work with homeless, at-risk people (Chicago Tribune) –  At today’s libraries,  this is becoming a more frequent response to serving the needs of homeless patrons.

The Life and Death and Life of Magazines (Atavist) –  Thoughtful piece on the diminishing role of the magazine in our culture.

Three Ways Publishers and Libraries Can Work Better Together (Publishers Weekly) – Interesting article that also talks about how pricing affects collections and therefore, readers.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes Kill the Dead: A Sandman Slim Novel by Richard Kadrey for $1.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War by Jacqueline Winspear for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Hot Property (Molly DeWitt Series #1) by Sherryl Woods for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Final Scream by Lisa Jackson for $1.99. Kobo is also having a Grow Your Library For Less sale with books priced at 99 cents and up.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Next Always by Nora Roberts for $1.99.

(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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: How to watch Super Bowl 50 for free on almost any device

daily_links_1Daily Links for Saturday, February 6, 2016:

How to watch Super Bowl 50 for free on almost any device (CNET) – Possibly useful for Sunday, LOL?

A Fine mess: how not to assert your copyright in the YouTube age (The Verge) – As more and more people are creators, we are going to see more and more of these kinds of issues.

I almost managed a week using only my iPad… but one thing held me back (The Next Web) –  And this is why the PC and the laptop aren’t dead yet….

Twitter’s timeline will soon show tweets out of order (The Verge) This is going to be a big problem for a lot of people.

Review: 2 low-cost Windows 10 laptops challenge the Chromebooks (Computer World) –  I love my Chromebook, but they don’t do everything.

The Internet Archive Opened an Online Malware Museum (Motherboard) – Who wants to see really old malware from the 80s and 90s.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes books from The Huntress/FBI Thriller Series for  $1.99 each.

You can also find refurbished TIVO systems priced from $29.99 to $89.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Chaos and Moonlight by A.D. Marrow for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer for $2.99. And Until February 19th. you can buy two romance themed novels and get one free.

And, thrugh February 14, 2016, you can get the Kobo Glo HD e-reader for $109.99 (includes free delivery).

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The One You Fear by Paul Pikington for $3.99

(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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.