After a series of verbal jabs that ranged from heated and on-point to “he's clearly fled to South America,” Sony and notorious PS3 jailbreaker George “Geohot” Hotz have finally patched things up. Or at least, that's what the court document says. The parties involved, however, tell a slightly different story.
If we've learned anything from the modding community, it's that they don't mess around. Give them a goal and they'll get it done, as is the case with the iPad 2. Apple's second generation tablet went on sale just before the weekend, and it's already been jailbroken, shedding the shackles of iOS 4.3.
Sony just keeps coming in the ongoing case against noted modder George "Geohot" Hotz. This time it is not Hotz himself that is in the crosshairs of Sony's legal team, it's all of us. A federal magistrate has granted Sony the right to obtain the IP addresses of any person that visited Geohot's site from January of 2009 to present. Sony has already subpoenaed Hotz's host Bluehost to get a list of IP addresses.
That didn’t take too long, did it? Embattled hacker George Francis Hotz, aka Geohot, who is being sued by Sony for jailbreaking the PS3, has announced that the legal defense fund he launched on Saturday, February 19 is now closed for fresh donations, having met its initial funding goal within a couple of days.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute Secure Information Technology in Germany have shown that an iPhone or iPad can be hacked to reveal passwords stored in Apple's keychain password manager. This can be accomplished even if the device is locked with a passcode. The attack requires no special circumstances, just an iPhone, jailbreaking software, and the code developed by the researchers.
Oh Sony, how silly can you be? The PlayStation 3 maker has been stirring up quite the stink over the online publishing of PS3 jailbreak code that allows unsigned software to run. In its attempt to put the genie back in the bottle, Sony's been threatening to sue anyone who posts links to the code, but that's only the beginning. Did you watch the YouTube video made by PS3 hacker George Hotz, or even just comment on it? If so, Sony wants to know. In an ironic twist, Sony should consider suing itself.
It is only a matter of time before hackers find a way of running Android on iPad, especially considering the fact that it has already been accomplished on iPhone 3G, 2G and the original iPod touch. As the iPad is just an oversized iPhone/iPod Touch, it is a sitting duck for intrepid hackers like the folks responsible for the iDroid Project, whose stated goal is “to fully port the Linux kernel and the Google Android OS to Apple's iDevices” using the OpeniBoot bootloader. The iDroid Project team has indicated that they are very close to porting Android to the iPad and iPhone 4. They even posted a video (below) and a few images on Twitter to tease us.
According to istartedsomething, the modding community is making some headway in jailbreaking Windows Phone 7. Microsoft has chosen to go the Apple route and is not allowing sideloading of apps on the devices. Furthermore, apps must run in the managed environment of Microsoft's Silverlight architecture. The first step in a stable jailbreak has been accomplished by Australian developer Chris Walshie. Walshie has been able to build an app out of native code, and run it on a retail Windows Phone 7 handset.
The breakthrough was made possible by users of the XDA Developers forums who found a Samsung app in the official Marketplace that used native code. This app contained a DLL that enabled root access to the core of the Windows CE-based system. All that remains is devising a method of sideloading native code apps on a retail (non-developer) device. We have confidence that the community will work something out sooner rather than later.
If your gaming outlet of choice is the PC, then you should take this next story as just one more example of why you should be thankful you choose to kill your spare time on an open platform. According to user reports Sony’s new 3.50 mandatory PS3 firmware update is killing off support for third party USB devices, a move that will no doubt simply convince more users to jailbreak their consoles. The update adds support for 3D Blu-Ray, a report abuse option for PSN, along with the ability to link certain game features to Facebook.
The disabling of USB devices wasn’t mentioned specifically in the patch notes, but Sony did warn users on their website "SCEA does not support continued functionality of counterfeit or unlicensed controllers in system software updates and these devices may cease to function in the future because of system software updates." The PS3 was always the geek’s choice for console gaming since it allowed users to upgrade their own hard drives, and even install Linux. Sony however has slowly been taking back control as the platform matures, and seems to be doing so unapologetically.
So if you download the official Sony update you can watch 3D Blu-Rays, and spam your friends on Facebook. On the other hand if you jailbreak your console you gain access to SNES and Dreamcast emulators. What would you choose? I think I’ll need to find a TI-84 to help me tally up the votes.