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Sony Reader T1 Hacked 50

Posted by timothy
from the oh-no-now-it's-more-useful dept.
Nate the greatest writes "It's been just over a month since the T1 launched and only a couple weeks since it shipped — and it has already been hacked. A video has surfaced that shows the T1 running a number of apps, including a new home screen, AW Launcher, and a couple of different reading apps. It can't run Angry Birds just yet, but this is still great news. There aren't any details yet on when you'll be able to hack your T1, but I bet they'll be filtering out fairly soon."
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Sony Reader T1 Hacked

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  • by jhoegl (638955)
    Is.... is that grayscale?

    What is this, the way back machine?
    • Re:B&W? (Score:4, Informative)

      by erayd (1131355) * on Saturday October 15, 2011 @07:29AM (#37722968)
      It's an e-ink reader; it's supposed to be greyscale. While colour e-ink screens are now available, they're still *very* new technology, and not yet present in any currently shipping devices that I'm aware of.
    • by JavaBear (9872)

      It's a book. An electronic book, but still essentially a book. And unlike the tablets, these can run for weeks on a charge.

      You really don't need colours for a book. Well, most people don't, some need pretty pictures to understand the story, at which point you probably need colours too.

      • by jhoegl (638955)
        In a book, take a look...
  • OK, technically interesting, but these are the people who build notebooks where the letters rub off the keys and ship rootkits.

    Friends don't let friends buy Sony.

    Ganty

    • by fotoguzzi (230256)
      Thanks, Ganty. I had almost forgotten about my friend's old Sonly laptop that overheated. About one day after the warranty expired, Sony's price for a motherboard went from ~$100 to ~$1200.

      Brings back fond memories!
  • The What reader? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by sirwired (27582)

    So, did the one person who purchased one hack it? The marketshare of this thing is so tiny in the U.S., I can only imagine Sony continues to distribute them here out of some sense of corporate stubbornness, just as with their ATRAC music players that for years could not play an MP3. I can only imagine that these have some kind of viable market in Asia, where the Kindle and Nook don't exist. (do they?)

    I suppose it's not entirely broken by design (previous models in the line had serious shortcomings), but t

    • Re:The What reader? (Score:4, Informative)

      by Kartu (1490911) on Saturday October 15, 2011 @07:44AM (#37723002)

      Regarding TFA, it was "rooted" "old, non-android way", used to flash custom firmwares for earlier models.

      Up to T1 model, Sony (well not exactly Sony, Kinoma) was using proprietary engine. (that also ran on other platforms, including Windows) They've sw

      Offtopic:
      x50 line of Sony Readers is actually superior to both Nook and Kindle and has quite a number of followers, also in US.
      Product having little market share has more to do with marketing, than actual quality. (I find sony walkman (yep, they also do mp3 player, imagine that) vastly superior to apple/samsung's offerings.)

      • by Fartalot (19158)

        I agree. I started from nook classic to kobo, then SONY Reader prs-350, and the last one wins in every category (battery, page flip speed, build quality, etc).

        Sony Reader + Calibre combo is the "free" version of closed Kindle and the likes.

        • Sony Reader + Calibre combo is the "free" version of closed Kindle and the likes.

          Agreed. Throw in the Calibre plugins to automatically strip DRM (google Apprentice Alf) and you've got the perfect setup. Ebook purchase -> Kindle4PC / ADE -> Calibre -> Sony Reader is literally a one minute operation. It's almost as easy as using the Kindle, and a lot better as you end up with a future-proof copy in your archive as well. As a voracious reader who likes to pay for his books I'm in heaven :)

      • by Nyder (754090)

        Regarding TFA, it was "rooted" "old, non-android way", used to flash custom firmwares for earlier models.

        Up to T1 model, Sony (well not exactly Sony, Kinoma) was using proprietary engine. (that also ran on other platforms, including Windows) They've sw

        Offtopic:
        x50 line of Sony Readers is actually superior to both Nook and Kindle and has quite a number of followers, also in US.
        Product having little market share has more to do with marketing, than actual quality. (I find sony walkman (yep, they also do mp3 player, imagine that) vastly superior to apple/samsung's offerings.)

        ya, except i'm going to pay $79 for a kindle, not $130 for a Sony.

    • by Kartu (1490911)

      Care to name a few "broken by design" points of the previous models? 505 and 650 in particular.

    • by JavaBear (9872)

      Their readers are the odd ones under the Sony umbrella. Open format support, plays MP3 and AAC, not ATRAC, and they use SD cards. (MicroSD in the case of the T1).

      The Kindle is a different beast, closed without open format support. The Kindle is pretty much everything we usually hate about Sony and Apple.

  • Hackers add end-user value to product (by making it more flexible and/or versatile).

    Next up: manufacturer works hard to reduce product's end-user value to what it was before.

  • Can't see the NookTouch mentioned on this particular thread so I'll mention it here. I've got it doing these things already, including VNC to Firefox for when you get tired and your laptop screen goes fuzzy, RSS readers, better PDF support, dropbox, Bitcoin wallet and tickers, ssh tunnelling, offline maps via MapDroyd (can see in sunlight), ReaditLater & Kindle.

    Rooting is very simple, but the Sony build quality might be better. Things would be simpler if both devices had Cyanogenmod7.

    Feel free to join

  • I'm sorry, but saying "SONY Got Hacked" is like saying "Microsoft Did a Business Deal". What did you expect out of your day?
  • this is the sony reader that's being discussed here yes? http://www.pronto.com/product/sony-prs-t1-6-digital-p_2006115718 [pronto.com] i currently have the nook color and for a similar price, i'd say it's a far better deal just the fact that you can access the b&n store is advantageous, i'd say

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