Monthly Archives: August 2011

Modders Finally Get Android to the HP TouchPad!


Developers had gotten Android OS on the HP TouchPad!

Modders that had been working for HacknMod.com’s big contest have now put up Android for the HP TouchPad! Hooray! Hackers had been working on this for a few weeks and it seems that hacking this wasn’t even a problem for them.

It might not satisfy your thought, but for now they’ve just only gotten the Android OS running on the TouchPad and haven’t gotten the functionalities working on it, so the touch screen, the camera, and all the other features won’t work with the Android OS, but they will work if you can use your own computer keyboard.

Currently, modders are still in the work and progress mod of their big project and are just typing furiously typing on the keyboard, just trying to get all the features of the TouchPad some home enabled to work with the Android OS. To people who didn’t know. After Hp’s Touch Pad sale of over %80, and getting the TouchPad off it’s back, HacknMod.com had issued a request for all modders and hackers to get the open source Android OS to work on the TouchPad and are ready to pay a full $1,200 dollars for the first team to get the Android running on the TouchPad with all of the features working. $200 for each feature enabled, and maybe $100 in cold hard cash for just getting the Android on the TouchPad.

After all the news, modders and hackers had immediately started teams and got ready for their big project and splitting up the cash for the first one to get the Android running. Currently, the progress is still in an up and down kind of thing and so far you can check out this video, showing the first team to get the Android running on the TouchPad using webOS ,but they haven’t got the full features on ,and are still working mainly on that part.

The developer were using the basic mod of Cyanogenmod beta 7, and got it up and running as the first boot. These guys get the $2,000. That much money to just slap on Android on to the defunct TouchPad, this is just way to easy for them to hack into. The Cyanogenmod team had been working on this for weeks and just appeared to get the TouchPad up and running in just a few weeks. I’m not sure if there is any other news of other teams that have slapped on Android to the TouchPad, but all I know is that they are probably working on getting all the other features fit in, to get the full price of the cold, hard cash. Currently the team has the focus on the idea of getting the touch screen capability up working on the device ,and are in need of hardware for the project. If you want to give them some devices, you can just go to their channel off the youtube video and give a comment. They are in need for some TouchPads so that some of their developers can work with them. They have also tried to get the ability for people to choose what OS that they want to use. All of that information is in the description of the youtube video.

So now we just have to see what all these hackers can do with what they have and see if they can be the first ones to get all the features runnning on the TouchPad. First comes, first served.

citations:

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/08/android-cyanogen-touchpad/

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Exclusive: Hurricane Irene Is Getting A Step Closer Everyday!


Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene, one of the most brutal hurricane started as a Category 4 storm and then completely wiped out the Bahamas and the other countries  just off the coast of the North American continent. Hurricane Irene was actually discovered around last week of August. Most meteorologists believed that the tropical storm would just lay off and maybe be a small tropical thunder-storm. After a few days the  storm started to rapidly increase in power and the storm started to get “The Evil Eye” and then started the rampage to tramp over the coastline cities of the Bahamas.

Currently, the storm is heading towards the Eastern coast and North Carolina has already gotten a hurricane warning and has evacuated almost all the people in an entire town to head for safety for the upcoming disaster. An island of the Bahamas has also gotten a warning and people are doing all their best to stay safe from the treacherous storm. Right now, as if Thursday 10:00 PM the storm is just on the eastern side of Florida (not touching Florida). By tomorrow, Irene will become a category two and hit the coasts of the Eastern states including North Carolina and Virginia. After falling to a category 2, Irene will fall to the last category and just become a less severe storm hitting the New England area.

[Image of 5-day forecast and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]

Fortunately, Irene doesn’t seem to be severe as it seems and won’t be anywhere close to Hurricane Katrina’s damages. NOAA says that the damages won’t be too much. A few states: North Carolina and Virginia have been issued some warnings for the Hurricane and a few other states just have a Tropical Storm warning, which isn’t as bad as a Hurricane. According to NOAA, their research states that the hurricane will just fade off within 5 days of time and should disperse after going through the New England area and just crossing through the northern seas just above Canada.

A few other of northern states have been issued a few Hurricane watches and Tropical Storm watches. All we can do is just watch this unpredictable storm make it’s next move, and we will take our precautionary steps toward safety as well.

(I meant to write this article away from technology so that people could know what is going on)

citations:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at4.shtml?5-daynl

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=51825

http://www.weather.com

A Great Era Ends: Steve Jobs Steps Down As CEO


Steve Jobs announced on August 24th, 2011 that he will be stepping down from CEO of Apple. Steve Jobs had stepped down and is now Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee. Steve Jobs had officially said that he would make sure that Tim Cook would take his place as Apple CEO.

Steve Jobs already had a rare form of pancreatic cancer and had to leave in January to watch and take care of his health and his body. He eventually came back in the year and after this long he finally had written the words to confirm his heartbreaking retirement.

With Jobs under Apple, the company had made so much progress, revenue, respect, and so much leaps in our technology. Apple had made what we wanted to do all our lives. Steve Jobs had his last line of products this year including the new iPod with a camera, a iPod touch with a camera and finally, the iPhone 4 with the newest features and the next square on the technology timeline. From DaVinci to Steve Jobs.  Even though Jobs still takes role in Apple, people still feels uncomfortable from Jobs resigning from Apple.

Jobs had made many milestones in his career as CEO, including over topping Microsoft and all the other companies in the world and taking place as the world’s most innovative and greatest company in technology advancement. With Apple’s greatest man stepping down from the stands, everyone can just sit and ponder what Tim Cook can ever do to keep the honor of the mastermind behind the world’s greatest products.

A great era ends.

Steve Job’s resignition letter from http://www.wired.com

“To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.”

-Steve

citations:

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/08/jobs-resigns/

Sony’s New Binoculars: The New Tech Gadget!


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If you think that this looks like Luke Skywalker’s old binoculars. I guess you’re right, but this new DEV5 by Sony has just taken you to the next generation of Star Wars. 2 of these prototypes developed by Sony are called the DEV3 and DEV5. A pack of CMOS sensors, 2 cameras (lenses), and 2 electronic eyepieces instead of the old prism scope thing. Thanks to the electronic eyepieces, you are able to still take some quick snaps and be able to take videos in 2D or 3D. This is a pretty cool binocular that you are hoping to get on Christmas right?

The new DEV5 prototype is a binocular that looks like Luke Skywalker’s binoculars in Star Wars. It isn’t the simplest thing to make and is not the lowest price that you’ll find. This gadget has a pretty high and hefty price of $1,400 for the DEV3 and $2,000 for the DEV5. Trust me, you’re not going to get that for Christmas this year. You’re going to have to wait for 2 months for this new product and is still undergoing a few last-minute check ups at Sony.

Some cool things about these 2 products are the quality. You’re going to get such clear and amazing HD quality that even your eyes even won’t recognize anything else you see. It has its own image stabilization system so when you’re about to take that quick photo, there won’t be any messes with the photo. Also with 2D and 3D video recording, the DEV5 will record them in clear HD or amazing 3D and will be able to connect to the TV with a HDMI cable for 2D and for 3D you’ll need a 3D TV. Both of these gadgets have a zooming range of 10x, but DEV3 stops there. The DEV5 is able to boost up to 20x. Unfortunately, the 3D recording only has a limit of 5.4x zoom-in range. Don’t worry if you just want to use the manual binoculars then you won’t affect the 3 hour battery life for recording. The DEV5 also has a GPS built-in so that there will be geo-tags when you upload the photos. Sony has also added in some Dual Wide Angle G Lenses that give the most detailed photo in the world. For $2,000 I believe that it’s worth every penny, (maybe not for us).

 Basic Specifications:

  • Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 10.63inch x 2 5/8 inch x 3.47inch (219mm x 155mm x88mm)
  • Weight (Approx.) : Approx. 2.65lbs (body only)
  • Audio Format : Dolby® Digital 2ch Stereo
  • Media Type : Internal Flash Memory; Memory Stick PRO Duo ™ (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo ™; SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
  • Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 7.1 megapixels
  • Still Image Mode : 3D Still Image: Not available / 2D Still Image: JPEG
  • Video Format : 3D HD: MVC (original format); HD: MPEG4-AVC/ H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible (1080/60p: original format); STD: MPEG2-PS
  • Video Mode : 3D HD 3D: Approx. 28Mbps; HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps/ FX: Approx. 24Mbps/ FH: Approx. 17Mbps/ HQ: Approx. 9Mbps/ LP: Approx. 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9Mbps

Looks like with these binoculars you can take a snap of a burglary, crime, or even a beautiful view of the nature in the Amazon. If you would like to check out some more retail and shopping information go to: http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666376721#additionalImage1″

Citations:

http://www.photographybay.com/2011/08/19/sony-dev-5-and-dev-3-binoculars-capture-still-and-hd-video/

http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666376721#specifications

http://www.wired.com

Is Hacking Good or Bad? Well Hack the TouchPad and Get A Prize. First Come, First Served!


 

You’ve probably heard of HP’s TouchPad going on a really big cut deal from $500 to $100. After losing to the iPad 2, HP decided to give up on the TouchPad, but before that kick it out into the failure box, they’re going to make a price cut to make at least some people buy it for $100. The question is, if HP discontinues this TouchPad, can anyone do whatever they want to this TouchPad?

I guess I would answer yes to that question. After HP had decided to discontinue the TouchPad, the prices dropped more  than the stock market crash. That’s about a 20% discount that you get. More like 20% downfall for the TouchPad. While more people come to buy this low costing gadget, there are people who are out there thinking about hacking the TouchPad to get the Android OS. Lets see why. Recently, a hardware modification site had just announced that they were giving away $1,500 to the first person who can get the Android OS on the TouchPad. Remember, first comes, first served.

Hacknmod.com had recently made news that anyone that had first hacked their own TouchPad to run on any thing based on Android, then that they would receive $1,500. I still have a feeling that something bad is going to happen to someone that hacks the TouchPad, kind of like geohot, the famous iOS device hacker. Hacknmod.com is setting out prizes for who does which type of hacking and what they will receive. If you hack the system and get the Wi-Fi, camera, multitouch screen, and audio, your just going to get another $1,050 to the bag.

While the whole Android modding groups are already up on their computer screens, scrunching up their eyes towards the computer screen and getting their best shot in hacking this device at all costs. This isn’t really the first challenge that Android modders have gotten in years. They have had Android up and running on the Nook, the iPhone, and even certain Nokia smartphones. The Rootzwiki website is already up and ready for this and they are picking out some really smart people to use for their team called the TouchDroid. If you want to try, check out their website: http://rootzwiki.com/showthread.php?t=3327. These guys already like, have an entire pack for the job. There main man: Thomas Sohmers. This guy is a 15 year old hacker who has gotten Ubuntu on the Xoom and has been the first guy to ever hack into the Google TV. I probably bet that this guy is going to do the job, short and simple. Their official website: http://www.touch-droid.com/.

Now HP, has a few things to look out for. People using Android instead of their OS, will just get them mad. After all Android is an open source software that actually allows people to contribute and use the Android to hack. I mean hackers hack because they can. If they have the power to do so, they will, and this world can be full of these type of people. Even I’m kind of a hacker, but not one that’s too into to it. We just now wait and see.

Tiny Pocketbots Are Not Your Children’s Toy!


When our US military ever came up with the idea of having robots to do all the dangerous stuff, we took it seriously. Maybe way to serious. We had huge robots that messed up and when it flipped over. MISSION ABORTED. The main problem: the weight. You really won’t want to carry around a 50 pound robot and tossing it through windows and running away to get set up for the robot mission. I mean, come on man! That’s just a burden that you carry (literally) on your back.

The US military has finally developed something new. The new Pocketbots or called the iRobot 110. This new robot is just a start in the advances of our military and in the advances of technology. Don’t worry this robot doesn’t shoot you down with missiles and have huge alarms. This is just short and sweet. This is a robot that has great grip, can go on hard terrain and pass through all sorts of  obstacles. If it falls upside down, it just pushes itself back up. Here we go. Ready for this?

The army has planned to use 3,500 to 5,000 of these “toys” for use in battlefields and other rough and tough missions that have great danger towards human lives. How? he basic principle is to use this little robot to be tossed into a building and search through it before a soldier breaks through the door and watches out for any treacherous people or things. Precautions will also be shown with the camera on the micro machine. If theses work perfectly, the US army could have a perfect place for this little bugger.

This little machine is planned to be equipped with ever soldier so they can take an extra precautionary to know what’s coming for them when we bring out the bring guns at the battlefield. The video on top explains about this pocketbot and some examples in what situation this is used in.

Remember kids, this isn’t a simple remote controlled car you can use to play around. This is something that you probably don’t want to use. If you want it, then get a LEGO Mindstorm for it. This isn’t your everyday day children’s toy.

What’s What? Social Networking For Kids!



Have you ever had a problem with kids using Facebook and you think that it may not be for their age? That’s the worlds number one problem for people steal information from kids on Facebook. May be a big problem for them, but there is a solution ready for you.

What’s What beta, is a website where kids have their own social networking website. This is a website that basically allows no adults. If you think you can hack in , you’re wrong! What’s What beta, has face recognition software for you to login, so you may know the password, but your still not going to get in buddy. Don’t worry parents, this is not only for kids, but it also has a parental monitoring system for your kids, and all friends requests have to be approved by the parent!

If you still can’t get a facebook, What’s What beta, is the perfect social networking site for all kids and only kids! What’s What beta makes sure that you give them a photo of you and then you use your webcam to show your face and get facial recognition to let you sign in into your account. It’s has the exact same features as Facebook, but the only thing that is restricted is adults and your explicit language.

What’s What beta, is safe and secure and no information can get leaked out. No adults are even allowed to use this program as facial recognition technology comes into place once again. You have your backgrounds for your wall and you’re the one who decides who can be your friends and your the one who can decide to write stuff on your wall. You can play games and gain points for yourself and compare with people all over the world. Don’t worry everything is private in this website. You won’t be asked for permission to give information to play games at all. You just play them, get high scores, and you get ranked with the world. Watch out Facebook because your going to have a pretty tough competition with this website and many more who are coming to compete!

website: www.whatswhat.me

ATM Pins Are Read with Thermal-Imaging Cameras!


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Courtesy: http://www.wired.com

You might want to make sure that there aren’t any cameras behind you looking at your ATM pin or doing anything else. You’ll probably also make sure that no one can see you type your pin, but you probably never wondered what would happen after you left and someone used their thermal camera to figure out your pin (most of the time).

It’s official. Security experts have confirmed that newer ATM thefts happen when thieves use thermal cameras to figure out someone’s ATM pin. How? Well, on most ATM’s, the keypads are usually made of plastic pads. As you know metal keypads are immune to this problem because they don’t store heat, but plastic pads store heat so well that you can even tell the order the pin was typed in! Even the reading of the numbers can be figured out with many computer programs!

While this can be a problem to many people. I just suggest to stay out of this problem, use ATM’s with metal pads to keep your self safe from any sort of hacking. Hacking with ATM’s have been much more easier as people improve technology with software and as ATM’s stay the same. Want to prevent all this hacking? I suggest we should rest our fingers on the other keys just to be safe.

If you’ve ever though about it, what are the odds of getting your pin hacked? Pretty high when 4 digits are found. But how many pins are there to test? This can put up a suspicion to all banks if they find out a person trying to type in a pin 16 times. Eventually they won’t allow you to try anymore, but what if the person will get it on the first attempt? It can always happen, so that’s why, just try to place your fingers on ever key.

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/08/thermal-imaging-camera-can-read-your-atm-pin/

The Next Mission: NASA plans a mission for an Alien Sea!


During the year 2006, NASA’s Cassini was flying past Saturn’s moon, Titan. It had observed that the moon had seas of liquid of liquid ethane and methane on the moon’s -300 F surface. This is another step closer to outer space life. Some of these oily seas though, seemed to be bigger than Lake Superior, according to Cassini’s radar because the visibility was poor due to the thick atmosphere of Titan. Want to know more?

NASA is knowing planning a probe that will go and land on Titan’s so called ‘seas’ and act like a boat to float on the liquid methane and receive information on this moon. The probe to make history is called, the Titan Mare Explorer (TiME). This would be humankind first ever extraterrestrial mission ever!

On May, NASA funded a contract of $3 million dollars for development of the project. If the space agency gives a go ahead sign then TiME will launch on 2016 and float, and float until 2013 when it’s 800 million miles away from Titan’s north pole region where most liquid methane seas and lakes are the biggest.  Once TiME reaches the liquid ethane sea then, it will begin to take photos, analyze the weather, how deep the seas are, and analyze samples of the chemical structure of the seas. At the end of the project, then TiME will just wonder off on the sea and keep on floating until it reaches the other side of Saturn’s orbit where it is dark with no sunlight and radio communication will be cut (2035).

Methane clouds always fog up the glum Titan’s sky, and scientists believe that hydrocarbon raindrops are the reason why the sea’s have been replenished and how the landscape had been sculpted. We still believe that there won’t really be any life on the moon, Titan because, water is the main ingredient to life. If there’s no water, we believe there won’t be any real life structure. This is what we believe so far, but we never know if there really is any life with liquid ethane so this is the basic reason why the mission is being executed, to solve all these questions.

After 7 years of travelling through the black hollowness of space, including many bumps with gravity pulls in many planets, TiME will finally make it into the thick, foggy atmosphere of Titan, being protected from friction with it’s heat shield. After getting into the atmosphere for about 100 miles then, the parachute will be deployed. During the 2 hour drop, TiME will be taking photo’s recording data, and using it’s spectrometer to analyze the chemicals of the seas. After the drop into the ethane and methane sea, the capsule will bob up and record all sorts of information of take samples to analyze the chemical structure.

NASA can only fully fund one out of 3 space projects that are coming up: a Mars mission to research how the planet was formed, a comet hopper that will repeatedly land on a comet that is close to Earth, or a capsule that will record data on Saturn’s moon, Titan (this TiME project). Now which one will they choose?

Credit:

http://www.popsci.com