Sony is turning up the heat on the hacking community as they seek to eradicate the PS3 jailbreak from the Internet, reports Wired. Sony is now promising to sue anyone that posts or links to the code in question. To those ends, Sony is seeking to force Google to turn over the IP addresses of people that viewed or commented on the YouTube video made by George Hotz (often called Geohot) explaining the hack. It doesn't even stop there.
On Tuesday MNPCTech, the veteran modders and custom part fabricators, put up a trailer for "Mod Men," their upcoming web series that takes you behind the scenes at one of the coolest computer modding shops in the country. Bill Owen, the founder, is one of the most prominent case modders in the world. In addition to creating full builds from scratch, MNPCTech sells tons of custom modding supplies, from mesh to screws to the custom-milled fan grills that adorn the front and top of the 2010 Dream Machine. The series will follow the entire MNPC crew as they build custom PCs from scratch. I've been a fan of Bill's work for a long time, and can't wait to watch the series. Check out the teaser trailer below, andsubscribe to their YouTube channel!
It a bit of a reversal, the US District Court in the Northern District of California has granted Sony a temporary restraining order against George "Geohot" Hotz and the Failoverflow team. The case revolves around the efforts of two unrelated hacks on the Sony PS3 that allow unsigned software to be run. Sony contends that this is supporting piracy, and the DMCA expressly forbids it.
As a result of this ruling, Geohot and Failoverflow have to stop all activities related to hacking the PS3, and cannot provide so much as an encouraging word or link to other attempting to do the same. Mr. Hotz is also required to turn over all computing equipment that was used in the creation of the PS3 jailbreak. This last bit may be contested by Geohot's lawyers, says Engadget.
Of course, this isn't stopping anyone from finding the code online. We have to assume Sony knows this genie isn't going to be magically put back in the bottle. It's out there and there are more industrious young modders out there that are likely to take up the banner even more readily in the face of legal action.
Major kudos are in order for a band of modders known as The Dark Forces Team who went and released a Windows Phone 7 ROM for HTC's HD2 handset.
You can find instructions on the XDA-Developers.com forum, which aren't terribly hard to follow. You'll need to download the Windows Development Tools and Zune PC App, and once you've done that, it's just a matter of following a handful of easy steps.
The latest hack/ROM even allows access to the Marketplace and Xbox LIVE service, at least for now. Keep in mind that this isn't an official release, so the usual disclaimers about warranties, bricked devices, and proceeding at your own risk all apply.
It had to happen eventually, the irony is just too delicious. The intrepid Android hacking community had managed to get the Amazon Kindle app running on a rooted Nook Color. Now user that don't mind a bit of legwork can get books from Amazon's expansive store on this device intended only for Barnes and Noble content.
Interested users will need to grab one of the Nook Autorooter images, and an image writer program to get the necessary file onto the SD card. This process loads Google apps on the device including Gmail, YouTube, and the Market. The Kindle app can be pulled right from the Market and used on the Nook. Modders are reporting the Nook Color is proving to be an excellent Android hacking environment.
We're excited to see what the community comes up with for the Nook Color next. Maybe some Gingerbread? Given the progress being made turning the Nook Color into a real tablet, are you more likely to buy one?
The fellas over at TechPowerUp have posted a guide detailing how to mod a Radeon HD 6950 (Cayman Pro) videocard into a Radeon HD 6970 (Cayman XT), both of which are based on the same GPU design. The main difference comes down to the number of shaders -- 1408 on the 6950 and 1535 on the 6970.
According to TechPowerUp, the 6950's missing shaders are the result of a deactivation scheme in the card's BIOS. That's good news for modders, as unlike hardware locks, software locks are usually easy to reverse.
Bear in mind that you're on your own should something go wrong, but according to the guide, activating those dormant shaders involves nothing more than flashing the BIOS. Once you're finished with that, you can goose the clockspeeds to match that of a 6970 videocard.
TechPowerUp tested its method on 14 cards from 7 different vendors and in each case determined that the mod "unlocks and works fine" without any errors.
U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez gave out a verbal lashing to prosecutors who want to send a 28-year-old college student to jail on two counts of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). So what did defendant Matthew Crippen do, exactly? He modded Xbox 360 consoles, Wired reports.
"I really don't understand what we're doing here," Gutierrez said.
If convicted, Crippen faces five years for each count. Crippen, who is a hotel car-parking manager by day, is being accused of running a business out of his home hacking Xbox 360 optical drives so that they could play pirated games. Crippen maintains that his mods can be used for other purposes, and the judge so far seems to agree.
"The only way to be able to play copied games is to circumvent the technology," Gutierrez said. "How about backup games and the homebrewed?"
The judge also didn't take kindly to the prosecution telling the jury that it needn't prove Crippen willfully broke the law, also known as "mens rea" in legal speak.
"The first prosecution 12 years later, and you're suggesting a mens rea that is akin to exactly contrary to the IP manual: that ignorance of the law is now excuse?," the judge said. "You didn't even propose a middle ground. What's getting me more riled, it seems to me I cannot communicate the severity to you of what's going on here."
Are we the only ones that wish there were more judges like Gutierrez?
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.
What do you do when your 11-year-old son tells you he wants to dress up as a chick for Halloween? You help him build a Samus Aran costume, of course!
Little Jospeh DeRose wanted to do exactly that, and so his father decided to help him construct a replica of Samus Aran's Varia Suit from Metroid Prime, starting with the awesome arm cannon complete with a speaker and LED lights. Best of all, the father-son team posted an 8-minute worklog on YouTube for all to see.
Check it out below, then hit the jump and tell us if you've seen any noteworthy Halloween costume mods.
I own an HTC Dream, otherwise known as the T-Mobile G1. Yes, it's now dated and slow and pitifully behind the curve compared to today's superphones, but with my contract just about up, I'm riding it out before switching carriers (T-Mobile's coverage in my area isn't the greatest). So how do I deal with constant smartphone envy? It helps that I rooted my G1 almost from Day 1.
Still today the XDA forums are brimming with modified firmware for the G1, and it's that culture of modders that helped make the first Android handset such a popular device. Surely then the recently released G2 would follow in the same footsteps, right? Sadly, that's not the case. Rather than encourage third-party ROM development, or even just leave them be, the G2 comes with a security mechanism that prevents the device from saving changes made by modified firmware.
Hit the jump to read T-Mobile's explanation on why this is necessary.