Some of my favorite kinds of freeware apps to find (and install) are the ones that build new functionality into the Windows operating system. I'm running Windows 7 right now, but even this latest version of Microsoft's OS has substantial room for third-party improvements.
It's not difficult to find free or open-source apps to boost the common interactions one has with one's operating system. The tough part is in the classification: I'm really not sure how to best lump this week's applications together, save for the fact that they're all awesome ways to enhance Windows with new and useful features. And I'm not talking about super-complex, command-line scripts or what-have-you. No, these apps are all super-easy to use-if you even see them at all, given that most will modify some form of your Windows OS without needing any further interaction past the installation screen.
Anyway, if you can think of a better way to classify this week's Freeware Files other than, "Apps that Make Windows Rock," I'm all ears. Otherwise, click the jump and get ready to take your operating system to new places!
Rumors had been floating around last week about a possible hack that would allow iPhones to install a custom version of Android, but without proof it was pretty much dismissed out of hand.
Well imagine our surprise when we saw the folks over at Andriodalot release a 68-step guide, along with a video walking users through how to convert a second-generation iPhone into a hardware masterpiece for the competition. It may not be easy, or even practical, but it certainly is entertaining to see Apple's flagship phone rocking Google's Android OS.
We haven't tried the hack for ourselves, but we'll accept the video as proof of concept, and the fact that the phone can dual boot to either OS at startup just adds to the appeal.
To check out the blurry video walkthrough in all its glory, and the OS in action check out the videos after the jump.
On Saturday morning, Apple's iPad left the stable and went on sale. A little over 24 hours later, MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev-Team said he had cracked the iPad by exploiting unpatched security flaws that migrated from iPhone OS 3.1.3 (the iPad uses an updated iPhone OS, version 3.2).
According to MuscleNerd'sTwitter update, it appears he used a variation of the same "Spirit" jailbreak recently applied to iPhone OS 3.1.3, taking advantage of the same browser-based exploit in order to gain root access and let unsigned apps run on the tablet.
It doesn't come as any surprise that someone managed to jailbreak the iPad, especially considering Apple neglected to plug a handful of security holes in between firmware releases. What is surprising, however, is how quickly this was done. Whether or not this hack will be made into an automated program remains to be seen.
It was a cyber attack that sparked the current row between Google and the Chinese administration, leading Google to redirect all searches coming from China to its uncensored Hong Kong-based site. And the day began with the Guardian breaking the news of what appeared to be a fresh cyber attack against Google. The internet giant's corporate information sites were appearing in Chinese.
ASRock recently stated it wanted to start targeting the enthusiast crowd, and making good on that intention, the company will start slapping a new UCC chip onto its motherboards.
So what's the big deal? UCC stands for Unlock CPU Core, and as you might have guessed, it's designed to make easy-work out of turning AMD's triple-core processors into unlocked quad-core parts. All you do is go into the BIOS, enter one of the options, and if the parts play nice together, you'll be sitting pretty with four cores where previously there were three.
The best part about this is ASRock said it intends to plop the UCC chip onto entry-level motherboards too. This tactic of putting high-end features onto lower-priced parts has helped ASRock build a following, and something like this could go a long way in upping the company's geek cred.
One of Mozilla Firefox's bigger advantages over Google Chrome has just been wiped away and, dare we say, Google Chrome has actually one-upped its rival in terms of overall usability and ease-of-installation. We're referring, of course, to Greasemonkey. You might have heard this name echoed across tech and tweak sites far and wide. As well you should have--the functionality you can achieve by this upgrade to your surfing experience is simply unsurpassed in its depth or scope by any conventional add-on or extension.
Sound good? Because now, Google Chrome users have the ability to tap into Greasemonkey scripts as much as any other browser user. You don't even have to install a separate add-on, since scripts work natively in the browser!
But here's the catch: not all Greasemonkey scripts work perfectly in Google Chrome. The running estimation is that roughly 20 percent of what's out there is currently broken for Google's browser. That's not great news for a person who's easily frustrated by failure. However, here's where Maximum PC comes into the picture. We've run through a large swath of awesome Google Greasemonkey scripts to achieve two key goals: to see what works and to see which scripts, of the 40,000+ available, are awesome tweaks for your browser. Click the jump for a look at some of the top Greasemonkey scripts you could (or should) be slapping into your Google Chrome browser right now.
Wh...what's this? A piece of open-source software from Microsoft that adds speed and portability to the standard Windows 7 installation process? It almost sounds too good to be true, but it's not! There really is such a utility, and it really has been delivered by the Windows 7 manufacturer itself, and it really is open-source!
I might sound a little too excited about this entire concept, but that's just because this tool--the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool--is actually a great replacement for what is otherwise a semi-complex (and hard to remember) series of console commands. If you think I'm exaggerating just for the sake of fashioning up a fun article to read, you're wrong. I couldn't tell you off-hand how to create a bootable USB drive with a preloaded Windows 7 disc. I usually just turn to this series of steps as a general walkthrough.
While the Microsoft tool isn't perfect, in that it won't automatically rip the contents of your Windows 7 CD and fashion a bootable USB key out of that, it's still an awesome way to automate this entire process using a friendly GUI. But don't think that you can just use this tool to make bootable USB keys of any ol' ISO file sitting around on your hard drive. In fact, you can't even rip the Windows 7 DVD and use the subsequent ISO file as the basis of your bootable USB key. Not without some tweaking, that is...
Stealing Internet service is serious business, especially when you've made a business out of allowing others to hop online for free. That's what 26-year-old Matthew Delorey of New Bedford, Mass., is accused of doing, who was arrested for allegedly selling hacked cable modems that gave customers free Internet access. Charged with one count each of conspiracy and wire fraud, if convicted, Delorey will face up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.
Delorey's undoing was when he sold a pair of modified modems to an undercover FBI agent, according to authorities. The U.S. Department of Justice says Delorey ran a website called Massmodz.com, where he allegedly sold cable modems that had been modified to spoof the device's MAC address.
But that isn't all that has Delorey in hot water. He's also accused of posting instructional videos on YouTube titled "How to Get Free Internet Free Cable Comcast or any Cable ISP -- 100% works" and "Massmodz.com How to bypass Comcast registration page with premod cable modem SB5100, SB5101."
Should a court ultimately find Delorey is guilty, what do you think, does the potential punishment fit the crime? Hit the jump and sound off!
A few of you were pretty pissed off to learn that your foul vocabulary isn't welcome on the Nexus One, and that the smartphone's built-in voice recognition automatically filters curse words. We imagine Google will eventually release an update giving you the option to disable the filter, but until then, you're #### out of luck. Kind of.
While there's currently no way to turn the filter off, there is a workaround and it comes courtesy of Neil Gaiman, who posted his method on Twitter.
"For the curious: swear into a Google & it transcribes it as ####. But if you swear and then say "dot come" it will write what you said," Neil tweeted.
Elegant? #### no, but according to Gizmodo, it works, so it will have to do until the next update.
Hackers set their sights on cracking a new video game console just as soon as it arrives. Their tenacity can usually bear fruits within months of the console's release unless the machine happens to be the PlayStation 3, which has remained unconquered for more than 3 years.
But finally, a hacker claims to have sneaked past the PS3's supposedly inviolable defenses. The PS3's ramparts may have successfully fended against hackers and the prospect of unsigned code for “3 years, 2 months, 11 days” but it took an eminent hacker just 5 weeks to come up with a hack. The man behind the crack, George Hotz, aka Geohot, has a penchant for hacking impregnable gadgets. A couple of years ago, a 17-year-old Geohot became the first person to jailbreak the iPhone.
Hotz revealed on his blog that he cracked the PS3 using a combination of hardware and software hacks. Although he claims to have gained full read/write access and the power to “make the system do whatever I want,” Geohot is in no hurry to release his hack, which is avowedly quite unstable and needs some fine-tuning. "If I posted what I have now, people would get fed up with it," he told El Reg in an interview.