teh31337one (1590023) writes "While Motorola and even HTC are busy locking down their phones, it's refreshing to see that Sony Erricsson will allow their upcoming xperia devices to be unlocked. There are a few conditions. like your phone not being SIM-locked to a carrier, and the bootloader can be unlocked by connect your device to the Fastboot tool in the Android SDK.
@nenolod explains on his website: The Motorola(r) sholes platform uses a trusted bootloader environment. Signatures are stored as part of the CDT stored on the NAND flash. mbmloader verifies the signature on mbm before passing control. mbm verifies all other signatures before allowing the device to boot.
There is a vulnerability in the way that Motorola generated the signatures on the sections stored in the CDT. This vulnerability is very simple. Like on the PlayStation 3, Motorola forgot to add a random value to the signature in order to mask the private key. This allowed the private key and initialization vector to be cracked.
This comes at the time when HTC are also stepping up their attempts at locking down their phones. The recently released LTE flagship — ThunderBolt is their most locked-down phone to date... They made signed images, a signed kernel, and a signed recovery. They also locked the memory." Link to Original Source top
teh31337one (1590023) writes "Motorola's 32GB Xoom tablet running on android 3.0 "Honeycomb" will retail for $799 when bought with Verizon Wireless 3G (upgradeable to 4G LTE) or $600 for the WiFi-only version, chief executive Sanjay Jha said on Wednesday.
The price of the wifi only version matches matches the 32GB iPad directly, however the 3G/4G Xoom is $70 more expensive than Apple's wifi only iPad" Link to Original Source top
teh31337one (1590023) writes "Low-cost computers are to be offered as part of a government scheme to encourage millions of people in the UK to get online for the first time. The cheap computers will run open-source software, such as Linux, and will include a flat-screen monitor, keyboard, mouse, warranty, dedicated telephone helpline and delivery.
The 12-month trial is part of the Race Online 2012 scheme, which aims to reach out to the 9.2 million adults in the UK who are currently offline. Prices will start at £98 for a refurbished PC, with subsidised net connections available for £9 a month." Link to Original Source top
teh31337one (1590023) writes "Earlier today, Google released a video of android 3.0 Honeycomb the next version of the Android platform, designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets.
Motorola have officially announced the Motorola Xoom tablet for Verizon. It is slated for a Q1 release, and the 10.1 inch tablet features a dual core 1GHz Cortex A9 Tegra 2 chip, a 1280 x 800 resolution capacitive multi touch display, 5 megapixel camera, 720p video recording and 1080p video playback, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 32GB of onboard storage. 4G connectivity will be made available as an update in Q2 following a Q1 launch.
teh31337one (1590023) writes "Engadget have the scoop, on what they claim to be the playstation phone.
It features a 3.7-4.1" screen, 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM. It runs on android, and has slide out game buttons. The prototype looks very similar to PSP go." Link to Original Source top
teh31337one (1590023) writes "Microsoft has complained to the ITC over a total of nine alleged patent infringements by Motorola in its Android devices, specifically relating to "synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power."
teh31337one (1590023) writes "Outgoing Nokia Exec Anssi Vanjoki has likened manufacturers who've embraced Android, to Finnish kids who "pee in their pants" for warmth during the winter, claiming it won't pay-off in the long run.
The big question facing Nokia has been: should the company give up on its own software and put Google’s Android operating system on its phones instead? Combining Nokia’s great hardware with Google’s software could do wonders for sales. As for margins, Nokia sinks a tenth of its handset division’s revenue into research and development, three times as much as Apple. UBS reckons Nokia could cut annual R&D spending by about €1bn a year if it stopped working on software, lifting the division’s operating margin by 400 basis points." Link to Original Source top
Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen Sues Tech companies
teh31337one (1590023) writes "Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen has filed suit against nine companies over patent violations. Through his current firm, Interval Licensing LLC, Allen is suing Apple, Google, AOL, Facebook, ebay, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube (which is a subsidiary of Google). The claims involve four separate patents, most of which cover integral parts of how the companies named do business. For example, one patent allows site suggestions for consumers based on things they're currently viewing, while another allows related articles to be delivered while reading news. All in all, it sounds like Allen's patents — if they're indeed found to cover these technologies — are seriously vast. The suit, which was filed today, does not name any specific amount of damages he is seeking.
teh31337one (1590023) writes "Pirates looking to illegally copy Android applications are about to face a new challenge: today, Google's Android team announced that it is releasing a new application Licensing Service for Android.
The service, which is meant to help developers secure their applications from piracy, forces apps to ping Google's home server at regular intervals to verify that they were legitimately purchased. Fail that check, and the app can lock you out.
According to the Dev Guide, developers are free to decide how they want to deal with an application that is deemed to be pirated (a developer could disable the app entirely, or perhaps they could activate a trial mode prompting the user to purchase the real thing).
teh31337one (1590023) writes "Engadget writes:Headline says it all folks. Obviously the company is going to be getting out in front of this antenna drama (finally). We've been invited and we'll be there, presumably reporting live! It all happens at 10AM PT, Friday the 16th." Link to Original Source top
teh31337one (1590023) writes "XPRT Ventures has filed a $3.8 billion suit against EBay Inc, along with affiliates PayPal, Bill Me Later, Shopping.Com and StubHub, for infringing on six patents related to PayPal and other payment systems. Not only did EBay use XPRT's technology, the suit claims, but knowingly implemented it in their own patent application, "Method and System to Automate Payment for a Commerce Transaction."
teh31337one (1590023) writes "Techcrunch are reporting that Google has quietly (secretly, one might say) invested somewhere between $100 million and $200 million in social gaming behemoth Zynga, we've [Techcrunch] confirmed from multiple sources. The company has raised somewhere around half a billion dollars in venture capital in the last year alone, including $150 million from Softbank Capital last month and $180 million late last year from Digital Sky Technologies, Tiger Global, Institutional Venture Partners and Andreessen Horowitz. The Softbank announcement was never officially confirmed by the company, however, and the Google investment was likely part of that deal as well.
The investment was made by Google itself, not Google Ventures, say Techcrunch's sources, and it’s a highly strategic deal. Zynga will be the cornerstone of a new Google Games to launch later this year, say multiple sources. Not only will Zynga’s games give Google Games a solid base of social games to build on, but it will also give Google the beginning of a true social graph as users log into Google to play the games." Link to Original Source top
teh31337one (1590023) writes ""Today at the VidCon 2010 conference, youtube announced support for videos shot in 4K (a reference resolution of 4096 x 3072), meaning that now we support original video resolution from 360p all the way up to 4096p. To give some perspective on the size of 4K, the ideal screen size for a 4K video is 25 feet; IMAX movies are projected through two 2k resolution projectors."
teh31337one (1590023) writes "Four short months after Opera 10.5, the latest version of Opera's lightweight web browser has been released. It not only claims to be the fastest browser, but the features the first final browser with WebM video support. It's available for Windows, Mac and Linux over on their site." Link to Original Source top
teh31337one (1590023) writes "YouTube always has had a way with pranks. Some time in the last hour, the world’s largest video portal activated a new button on some videos that looks like a tiny soccer ball. Clicking it will activate an endless, incredibly annoying sound that sounds vaguely like a swarm of insects. Or, for anyone who has been watching the World Cup, like the dreaded Vuvuzela — an instrument commonly played in South Africa at football (soccer) games. South Africa is, of course, the host country for this year’s World Cup, and fans watching the games have been subjected to the vuvuzela’s mindless drone for hours on end.
The noise is so annoying that television networks have taken measures to filter it out, and guides have popped up showing viewers how to block it from their TV sets and computers.
I’m not seeing the button show up on all videos, but it is definitely appearing on some clips that aren’t soccer related. Here’s one that has it." Link to Original Source top
teh31337one (1590023) writes "George Ou writes for Digitel Society: Something didn’t feel right about the advertisement and promotional video Apple used to promote the iPhone 4’s new “Retina display” so I went back and examined the ads in detail. After close examination, it appears that Apple is showing 3 to 5 times the Pixels Per Inch (PPI) in their ads when they should only be showing 2 times the PPI." Link to Original Source