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Samsung gets Galaxy S II party started (with bonus thumb research)

Samsung has given the Galaxy S II the smartphone equivalent of a champagne bottle across the bows, kicking off plans to launch the Android handset on over 140 carriers spread across 120 countries. Star of a media event in Korea this morning, the Galaxy S II not only offers a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display but the thumb-research to back up its usability. Apparently Samsung took its tape measure around Korea, figuring out that the average thumb is 58.6mm long, before green-lighting the huge display as suitable for one-handed use.

Those Korean thumbs will also get to use NFC for mobile payments and a DMB digital TV tuner; Samsung says the latter adds 1mm to the Galaxy S II’s waifish 8.89mm build. Other countries will get NFC, though Samsung is yet to confirm the definitive list. There was no sign of it in our European test model, certainly.

Nonetheless, we weren’t short on praise for the Galaxy S II when we reviewed the dual-core smartphone earlier this week; check out the full review for details. The Samsung Galaxy S II gets broad availability in the UK on May 1, though launches on US carriers haven’t been dated yet.

GeoHot Gives Left Over Donations to EFF

If you missed out on the Sony vs. GeoHot saga, let me quickly fill you in. GeoHot (real name George Hotz) was one of the first people to jailbreak the iPhone years ago. He’s been in and out of the jailbreak scene since then, but had recently turned his attention to Sony’s PS3.

After hacking the console, GeoHot released the code to the internet. Sony caught wind of this and took the infamous computer wiz to court. Hotz hopped online and asked for donations to help him in litigation, and received overwhelming support. He told supporters that he had received more than enough help to survive the first round of legal fees…

After what seemed to be a short court battle, a surprise out-of-court settlement brought the entire fight to an uneventful halt. This prompted a lot of questions from the supporting public. Why did he settle so quickly after all the aggressive comments he made like, “Help me own Sony in court.”What seemed to irk people the most were the donations he received. What was he going to quickly after all the aggressive comments he made like, “Help me own Sony in court.”

What seemed to irk people the most were the donations he received. What was he going to do with all of this left over money that was donated to him to support his fight against Sony? Would it be right of him to keep it? Many readers recommended that he give the money to charity.

Well apparently he was thinking the same thing. Yesterday, GeoHot posted on his blog that as promised, he gave the leftover donation money to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He even posted this screenshot of the PayPal transaction for the $10,000.00 contribution.

He notes that he is donating the left over donations (plus a little extra from his own pockets) to the EFF in hopes that one day America can be a shining sample of freedom. When asked if he would continue to work on Sony products he replied, “Nah, as much as I don’t respect the goons at Sony, I do respect the court.

What do you think? Is everyone finally satisfied with the outcome of this whole thing?

“iSteve: The Book of Jobs” official biography due 2012

Steve Jobs has green-lighted an official biography of his life, the first such work about the Apple CEO. Expected to be published by Simon & Schuster in early 2012, “iSteve: The Book of Jobs” by Walter Isaacson has apparently been a work-in-progress since 2009 and will feature content culled from interviews with Jobs himself, his family, and people at Apple and at its competitors.

 

Somewhat cheesy title aside, the biography is likely to be interesting not simply because of its topic – various unofficial biographies have been published over the years, including one by John Wiley & Sons which saw Apple ban the publisher’s catalog from its stores – but because of the hitherto unseen levels of access to which Isaacson has achieved. The ex-newspaper and TIME reported and editor, ex-CNN CEO and current CEO and president of the nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization the Aspen Institute has already written biographies of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin.

Neither Jobs nor Isaacson are commenting on the project, though expectations from the biography will be high. The news follows ex-Microsoft exec Paul Allen’s surprise “revisionist take” on the history of the company in his recent memoir.

BlackRa1n, LimeRa1n,.. RubyRa1n? – New Jailbreak?

Seems like GeoHot has been busy and might release a new jailbreak.  A new domain registration records reveal that Geohot has registered the domain Rubyra1n.com.  Will this be the Un-Tethered jailbreak that some of you are waiting for?  Or maybe an iPod Nano 6th Jailbreak!

Nothing official yet from GeoHot’s blog, but that doesnt mean RubyRa1n could be fake. Don’t forget about limera1n, It was also found that GeoHot owned it way before the official jailbreak release.

I guess this guy really likes ra1n…

Copied from [iEnthusiast]

Leaked iPad 2 Case Drawings

These are some of the Leaked drawings of  iPad 2 Cases. See and Stay Tuned!!

Via [9to5mac]

Mac App Store Cracked using “Kickback”! iOS Piracy Goes P2P with “Mobile Hunt”

Hackulous, the community behind cracking the Apple DRM have now developed software ‘Kickback’ for cracking un-leashed Mac App Store. In addition to it, the team is working on interesting “reverse BitTorrent” system ‘Mobile Hunt’ for jailbroken iOS devices which will increase cracked app availability on the Internet.

In the past, owners of App Store apps would have to crack the software using something like Clutch then patch, test, upload and submit it to Apptrakr in order to grow its database and enable others to download. But Mobile Hunt, a kind of ‘reverse BitTorrent’, is a clever way of utilizing an existing network of millions of peers to provide a solution to the app supply bottleneck.

“Essentially what will happen is when you’re using Installous you’ll get a little pop up that says ‘Hey, you have an application that Apptrakr doesn’t. We will add the application to a queue in the background (if you say yes) and it will start uploading tiny pieces of it, kind of like a torrent, up to the cloud’,” Dissident explains.

So, unlike BitTorrent, where one starts with a single file that multiplies the more people jump on the torrent, with Mobile Hunt the start point is perhaps hundreds or thousands of copies of the same piece of software, and little tiny pieces of each upload from each person’s device to the cloud in order to make one final copy, which will then become available from Apptrakr. From there it will be available for millions to download.

On January 6th, Apple will release the Mac App Store and before it’s even released; Hackulous have cracked its security with new software called ‘Kickback’, but will not be available before February 2011.

“We don’t want to release kickback as soon as the [Mac App] Store gets released. I have a few reasons for that,” Dissident explains.

“Most of the applications that go on the Mac App Store [in the first instance] will be decent, they’ll be pretty good. Apple isn’t going to put crap on the App Store as soon as it gets released. It’ll probably take months for the App Store to actually have a bunch of crappy applications and when we feel that it has a lot of crap in it, we’ll probably release Kickback,” says Dissident.

“So we’re not going to release Kickback until well after the store’s been established, well after developers have gotten their applications up. We don’t want to devalue applications and frustrate developers.”

 

iPod Nano Hacking

The springboard hack is just the removal of a app and creation of a blank space. Not that amazing, but whats important is the bypass of Nano’s cache comparison, which compares any modded SB file and reverts it if it doesn’t like it, this opens up the possibility of hacking and modding, while not adding bootloaders or any of that fun stuff.

Next is the discovery in some of the device’s plists of reference to support of Movies, TV Shows, Apps, Games, vCards, Calender events and so on, with a few other cool things like a passcode lock. With the bypass I figured out, I hope to enable these pretty soon. It seems like the OS is a rehashed version of the previous Nano’s OS.

If we can get a bootloader or something on it, I think it’d be an awesome device and may be easier as it has disk mode available. Seemingly there is a difference between the PC and Mac formats of the device.

Follow the new touch Nano hacking process at http://nanohack.me or follow me on twitter (@jwhelton) to track how J Whelton is doing. Best Of Luck!!

Sn0wbreeze Gets A New Mode

This has just come in ih8snow the maker of sn0wbreeze just tweeted that sn0wbreeze is gonna get a Mode Update and a GUI update also. The new mode would be Baseband Preservation Mode. This Mode would only preserve the baseband of the iPhone. it will not unlock it or jailbreak it. This is a good news and the users of sn0wbreeze will benifit a lot.

Thanks and Stay Tuned !!

The Mac App Store Opens January 6th!

Today Apple sent out a press release to confirm that the Mac App Store will be opening in 90 countries on January 6th. I’m excited to see what apps are available at launch and what the average price range for most apps are going to be. If you have an App for the Mac App Store you would like for me to review, send me an email. The press release is inside if you are interested in reading it.

Press Release:

CUPERTINO, California—December 16, 2010—Apple® today announced that the Mac® App Store will open for business on Thursday, January 6. By bringing the revolutionary App Store experience to Mac OS® X, the Mac App Store makes discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever. The Mac App Store will be available in 90 countries at launch and will feature paid and free apps in categories like Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities. “The App Store revolutionized mobile apps,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on January 6.” The Mac App Store lets you browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, view staff favorites, search categories and read customer ratings and reviews. Like on iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™, you can purchase, download and install apps in just one click and start using them immediately. Purchased apps can run on all of your personal Macs and updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store is available to Mac OS X Snow Leopard® users as a free download through Software Update. Mac developers set the price for their apps, keep 70 percent of the sales revenue, are not charged for free apps and do not have to pay hosting, marketing or credit card fees. To find out more about developing for the Mac App Store visit developer.apple.com/programs/mac.

Are you excited about the Mac App Store?

XWave Lets You Control iPhone Graphics with Your Brain

What if you could visualize what your brain was doing on the screen of your iPhone? That’s the promise of XWave, a strange-looking contraption you clamp onto your head that reads your mind.

You can see the results of its brainwave-reading magic on the free XWave iPhone app, displaying a graphical ball that you can raise by focusing your thoughts. Or so it seems.

Because it costs $100, we had high expectations for this XWave headgear, yearning to be amazed. Plugging it into the iPhone’s earphone jack, I clamped its headband onto assorted noggins to see what would happen. This slightly uncomfortable plastic thingamajig with a little earlobe clamp has a sensor that presses against its user’s forehead. Flip the switch, plug it into an iPhone’s headphone jack, and that’s when the fun starts.

The headband communicates with the free XWave iPhone app, and once it begins to receive the signal, it measures various brain waves. By changing your state of mind, you can affect the graphics on the screen.

For instance, on one screen, if you focus your mind, you can make a graphical ball move higher and higher on the screen. Another screen helps you achieve nirvana, measuring your degree of relaxation using pulsating color. The more relaxed you get, the more the color shifts toward the blue part of the spectrum.

Does it work? You can see the screens changing as you become more relaxed or focused. It feels like you’re making these things happen. In fact, one cerebral member of our group was able to bring both of the factors above 90%, far more than anyone else. It’s far from scientific proof, but that indicates there’s actually something going on here.

This is not exactly a scientific instrument, but we thought it was a lot of fun as a parlor game, and its results coincided with the personalities of some of our informal test subjects. The iPhone app is not quite perfect — for example, it won’t let you sign up for the service to save your results — but if you have an extra $100 to blow just for fun, this might be a good candidate.

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