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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/

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/

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!


Heatmap

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/


An image of gameplay on Solipskier iOS.

For $0.99, Solipskier isn’t bad at all. Solipskier a game created and developed by Mikengreg. It’s a pretty nice game and I got it yesterday off the App store for my iPod touch. It actually seemed pretty cool on the computer and the iOS version just seemed to be better.

Solipskier is a simple game in which you’re a skier and you have to create slopes and ramps for you to jump off of them and do all sorts of stunts in the air. There are a gates that show some notifications on when they will pop up , and give you extra points if you pass through them. In the beginning, you will have some headphones with music, and when you get faster and faster, then you will eventually lose the headphones and keep skiing. If you want to play it online here’s the link : http://mikengreg.com/solipskier/

The tunnels, that are part of the game gives you a lot of points when you dash through every single one picking up more and more speed. Solipskier has some cool graphics too. When you get faster and faster and start to do amazing tricks you’ll start to pick-up a rainbow , and if you keep doing tricks you’ll have the rainbow and when you lose it you’ll get a ton of points. Trust me I have seen highscores before, 75 billion. Wow, that’s a lot of work.

Solipskier is currently on a 66% sale on the App store, so all people with iOS devices should get Solipskier before it’s too late! If you’re one of those people who get bored a lot, I think Solipskier is an app that you could use to kill time. I guess you could say it’s a better Line Rider. So get Solipskier while you can.

Inside Look: The Fast and the Furious Chromebook


They’ve done it again. Yeah it’s the same. It’s Google. They’ve done it. Google’s new Chromebook that was released on June 15,2011. Google, which already has many products running all on the web, now have their own operating system that runs and lives on the internet. Yeah, it’s true.

Google believes that people use the internet on the computers the most. Would you believe this or not? The Chromebook is  a computer for the people who only use the internet on their computers. You might have to write some documents or something that involves in Microsoft Office software. Google has that all covered. If you have a Google account then you can basically use that for your needs of documentation or presentation with Google documents. So it’s pretty useful I guess.

Specifications (Samsung Chromebook also with Acer and few others)

• 12.1″ (1280×800) Display
• 3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
• Up to 8.5 hours of continuous usage*
• Intel Dual-Core Processor
• Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G**
• HD Webcam
• 2 USB 2.0 ports
• 4-in-1 memory card slot
• Mini-VGA port
• Fullsize Chrome keyboard
• Oversized, fully-clickable trackpad

Price: $499

Features: The Google Chromebook has a quite of lot of features that all run on the internet. Unlike other computers, the Chromebook only takes 8 seconds and you’ll be on the web. That’s because the Chromebook doesn’t have to run on any BIOS to get that started and booted. It’s just a browser that opens up and asks for you to sign up to you Google account and you’re up and running. On regular computers you have to run many things before you get to the desktop and in which getting the desktop running takes a little while. While on the Chromebook you just take 8 seconds to boot the browser and get it up and running. Don’t worry you’ll always be connected no matter where you are. With the Chromebook, you can basically take it anywhere you want to and still be connected to the internet. The Chromebook has both Wi-Fi and 3G connections with Verizon Wireless. Just don’t to do enthusiastic about the 3G because it may not be as fast as you wish it to be. Remember there’s the Wi-Fi model and 3G model so you’ll get 100 MB free from Verizon 3G every month.  Battery supply has a great amount and can last long for many days. The Chromebook has your online storage all on the cloud (But I wonder where that cloud is!). So, if you lose your laptop and get another one, you’ll work will be right there just as you left it. Another one of the features are that you can allow friends and family access their accounts through your Chromebook without doing anything to your account. There’s is also a Guest feature for people who don’t have a Google account and just want to use the internet. The Chromebook is always fresh. It updates itself everyday with security, OS, and many other things without even bothering you with those annoying pop-ups saying update ready. Security isn’t a problem with the Chromebook at all. Updates keep the computer fresh from viruses and malware. The sandbox environment also keeps away the viruses from your computer. So when you have 2 things your working on, each one is protected by the sandbox, so if you ever get a tab that has viruses then that page may crash, but it won’t affect anything else on the computer or on the 2 things you were working on. The guest mode also helps keep people from accessing your account and work. The verified boot will detect anything wrong when booting the Chromebook. If there’s anything wrong, then the computer will recover it self and you can go on doing your work. Data encryption will safely store your work and web apps and other memory in the cloud away from anyone’s access at all.

So the Chromebook seems pretty useful, but it just may not be the best computer for the people who are more into computers with programming, creating software, and working with web development. So if you’re a main web user I think you have a great reccomendation: The Chromebook.

sources: http://www.google.com/chromebook

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Exclusive: Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, and now Jupiter. It’s the new Juno probe. The next space mission to Jupiter.


There was once the biggest project that NASA funded to get more information on Pluto. That’s old school. We are now looking at something else bigger. I mean literally it’s bigger in size and it’s bigger in Science.  Here’s the biggest challenge though. How to build a probe that can withstand one planet’s greatest threats. The Juno probe is the next step in science and engineering.

The Atlas V rocket carrying Juno was launched on August 5th, 2011 and is now looking forward in meeting our our friend, Jupiter. The mission has already been launched at Kennedy Space Center, and all the NASA officials are scrunching their eyes towards large computer screens showing a plethora of information, 24/7. Recording information on paper, phones, or anything that they appear to have in hand. Watching and watching every single day for a small sight of Jupiter.

Carefully engineered by NASA scientists. The Juno spacecraft was a project that had a budget of $1.1 billion. With careful scientist, resources were used properly and had a bill of $700 million. The Juno spacecraft was named after the Roman god Jupiter’s wife, so you can see the big connection. This space probe was launched with the Atlas V rocket that was designed in a special way to withstand the harsh radiation out in space. The probe is around 4,000 kg, including all the equipment that was added on top of the probe.

Now on the specifications on the project: The Juno probe is expected to reach into Jupiter’s orbit around July 4th, 2016, and in the beginning stages of the transport it will run on kerosene and liquid oxygen to give it some boosts. After that Juno will have to run on solar panels to get the lithium ion batteries charged for the big project. I guess that day we’ll have 2 celebrations, Independence Day and Jupiter Day. A wait that will take 4 years really isn’t that long compared to our Pluto project that will reach Pluto in 2015. After Juno reaches the orbit, Juno will have to stay at least 2,672 miles away from Jupiter to prevent being sucked in by it’s gravity immediately. Juno and the Atlas V rocket will have to stay in the outer orbit. 33 orbits around Jupiter and we just pray that the probe won’t be pulled in completely into Jupiter’s orbit and be crushed like a pancake. 1 more year of orbit. Why? Well each one of the orbits take 11 days. So, you can do the math. 33 x 11 = 363. That’s more than a year. The project is planned to conclude on October 2017 and the probe is planned to be sucked into the orbit of Jupiter and be destroyed or eliminated if you don’t want to say it that harsh.

Watch video: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/video/nasas-juno-probe-prepared-jupiter-voyage-14240109

The Juno probe has basic goals and some of them are to observe Jupiter’s  gravity field, magnetic field , and polar magnetosphere. Juno will also be looking at the physical features of the planet and is ready to get information in which if Jupiter has a rocky core and see how fast and other information on Jupiter’s wind. The increasing wind speeds and severe hurricanes of Jupiter make it interesting to know more on it and Juno has instruments to record that information too. Juno and the NASA scientists will be keeping a eye on Jupiter for any signs of water at all. Though one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa has evidence of having salt water, which is a step closer to evidence of extra-terrestrial life. After all these objectives that Juno has to complete, it will begin to get more into Jupiter’s orbit and then eventually get sucked into it’s orbit, and you know the basic process, it gets crushed like a pancake, again.

Atlas V, the rocket carrying Juno will make history as it approaches Jupiter which is just a next step in the mysteries and unknown of the deep, dark abyss of the space that is unknown.

Fun Fact: On board on Juno, there’s 3 LEGO mini figures that are taped to the probe to represent Galileo, Jupiter, and his wife Juno. These LEGO pieces were made out of aluminum to prevent radiation damage and the survive the outer space. There is also a plaque that gives dedication to Galileo on his discovery of the planet Jupiter. These 2 facts are pretty cool.

Suse Studio: The best way to make your own operating system!


 

Sorry for the big break, but this website was shut down for a wail due to a big maintanience break. Now to the point. Are you someone who hates programming and wants to find a way to create your own operating system? I think there’s a solution to that.

Novell has created things for your schools security and now they have made something that can help you create an operating system within your own web browser! Just sign in and begin to create your own OS. Just add you programs that you want to be pre-installed and then configure you settings within the network and other things and then you’re set. You have created your own operating system.

I, myself, have tried to create my own OS by taking my time with various programs until I had finally found Suse Studio. I then became setting off of script working and use this program to create my own Linux based OS. You can find this at www.susestudio.com.

I have created an Operating System and have been working on the Kiwi OS and Luminous OS. Both are based on different platforms where one in on JeOS and the other is on a GNOME platform. Both are based on a Linux platform and are really cool. I’ll put the download for Kiwi OS soon on the downloads page so don’t forget to check it out.