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QuickPress: Android Has Finally Updated Gingerbread!


After a long wait for most Droid 2 users it seems that of today, Google has finally updated Android 2.3 code name- Gingerbread. After most people switched to different versions of Android and newer models of Android supporting phones there seems to be a rocket boost for 2.3 downloads of Gingerbread. This new little update for all Droid 2 has a few new features that you will probably notice after you Droid 2 people update your software which is currently strongly recommended to prevent any hacking or any other problems that may occur for you normally.

It seems that Gingerbread 2.2 seemed to be a little buggy and the same features were played over and over again which just made it boring for Droid 2 users ,and Android moved on to put Honeycomb and the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich on to the other devices that seemed to be much more compaitable for the Android to make a good marketing share and to make a good leap for it’s own good. If you are interested in Ice Cream Sandwich- Android 4.0 you can click here.

citations:

http://www.talkandroid.com/

 

 

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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/

IBM’s New Computer Chip on A Human’s Brain Can Learn and Remember!

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/

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.