Archive for August, 2011

NZ Illegal Downloading Crackdown Law In Effect

August 31st, 2011 08:54 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter sfranklin writes “As of Sept 1 at midnight, ‘anyone caught downloading copyrighted content illegally could face fines of up to $15,000 and have their internet cut off‘ in New Zealand. You don’t even have to do the deed yourself. The ‘account holder needs to know what’s going on even if they themselves don’t do anything online…’ Scary stuff, although I wonder how much actual enforcement is likely to happen.”

Source: NZ Illegal Downloading Crackdown Law In Effect

WikiLeaks Sues the Guardian Over Leak

August 31st, 2011 08:41 admin View Comments

The Courts

An anonymous reader writes “WikiLeaks complaining of a leak is hard to get one’s head around. That it’s suing The Guardian — its great ally — is even harder. That The Guardian did such a ridiculous thing to warrant litigation in the first place almost defies belief.”

Source: WikiLeaks Sues the Guardian Over Leak

Xbox 360 Reset Hack Yields Unsigned Code Execution

August 31st, 2011 08:16 admin View Comments

XBox (Games)

walshy007 writes “A new exploit has been shown which allows unsigned code execution on the Xbox 360 for all current models. It functions by pulsing the reset pin at a critical time during the checksumming/crypto boot process. The exploit enables the running of Xell, a boot loader which facilitates the running of Linux, amongst other programs.”

Source: Xbox 360 Reset Hack Yields Unsigned Code Execution

iOS 5 Beta 7 For iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch Seeded To Developers

August 31st, 2011 08:46 admin View Comments

iOS 5

Apple has just released the seventh version of iOS 5 (build 9a5313e) to developers of iOS Developer program.

iOS 5 beta 7 is available for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4th generation, iPod Touch 3rd generation, iPad and iPad 2.

Apple unveiled iOS 5 at WWDC 2011 Keynote, which includes more than 200 features for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users such as revamped Notification system with Notification Center, iMessage, PC Free, Wi-Fi Sync Newsstand, Reminders, deep Twitter integration and lots more. Apple has also improved the Camera app, Photo app,mobile Safari browser, Mail and Calendar app in iOS 5.

iOS 5 Beta 6 is also being offered over-the-air (OTA) and the delta is 70 MB in size for the iPhone.

Apple has also released Apple TV Software beta 6 for second generation Apple TV, iTunes 10.5 beta 7 and Xcode 4.2 Developer Preview 7 to developers.

If Apple launches iPhone 5 in the first or second week of October as some recent reports are indicating then iOS 5 should also be released in the first half of October.

We will let you know if the new beta version of iOS 5 reveals any other interesting new features, so stay tuned here at iPhone Hacks or join our Facebook Fan page or follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our RSS feed.

Thanks everyone for the heads up!

Source: iOS 5 Beta 7 For iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch Seeded To Developers

Generating Text From Functional Brain Images

August 31st, 2011 08:01 admin View Comments


Med-trump writes “Can you get a text output of your thoughts? Princeton scientists show that it is possible to generate text about the mental content reflected in brain images. The paper published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience describe the functional magnetic resonance imaging method used to identify areas of the brain activated when study participants thought about physical objects such as a carrot, a horse or a house.”

Source: Generating Text From Functional Brain Images Compromised

August 31st, 2011 08:01 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter JoeF writes “There is a note posted on the main page, that has been compromised earlier this month: ‘Earlier this month, a number of servers in the infrastructure were compromised. We discovered this August 28th. While we currently believe that the source code repositories were unaffected, we are in the process of verifying this and taking steps to enhance security across the infrastructure.’ The note goes on to say that it is unlikely to have affected the source code repositories, due to the nature of git.”

Source: Compromised

Chemical Cocktail Turns Mice Clear

August 31st, 2011 08:32 admin View Comments


sciencehabit writes “Researchers have serendipitously discovered that a mixture of urea, glycerol, and soap makes membranes transparent. When they tried the mixture on a developing mouse fetus, they found that it removed all of the pigment from the cells, rendering the fetus completely transparent. The technique allowed scientists to see fluorescent neurons buried several millimeters in the brain.”

Source: Chemical Cocktail Turns Mice Clear

Hackers May Have Nabbed Over 200 SSL Certificates

August 31st, 2011 08:11 admin View Comments


CWmike writes “Hackers may have obtained more than 200 digital certificates from a Dutch company after breaking into its network, including ones for Mozilla, Yahoo and the Tor project — a considerably higher number than DigiNotar has acknowledged earlier this week when it said ‘several dozen’ certificates had been acquired by attackers. Among the certificates acquired by the attackers in a mid-July hack of DigiNotar, Van de Looy’s source said, were ones valid for, and, a system that lets people connect to the Web anonymously. Mozilla confirmed that a certificate for its add-on site had been obtained by the DigiNotar attackers. ‘DigiNotar informed us that they issued fraudulent certs for in July, and revoked them within a few days of issue,’ Johnathan Nightingale, director of Firefox development, said Wednesday. Looy’s number is similar to the tally of certificates that Google has blacklisted in Chrome.”

Source: Hackers May Have Nabbed Over 200 SSL Certificates

German Ban On Doom Finally Lifted

August 31st, 2011 08:40 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “18 years after its debut, Doom, the game that almost single-handedly popularized the FPS genre (remember when we just called them Doom clones?) is finally seeing the light of legality in the nation of Germany. The lifting of the ban also applies to the beloved sequel Doom II. A release date has yet to be set. I recommend that Germans who have not found some way to play this game over the last 18 years, please do so upon its release. Despite its age, it’s still fun as hell. (Pun very much intended.)”

Source: German Ban On Doom Finally Lifted

Another Unreleased iPhone Lost by Employee In a Bar

August 31st, 2011 08:20 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter MightyMait writes “Looks like another Apple employee left an iPhone prototype in a bar. From the article: ‘The errant iPhone, which went missing in San Francisco’s Mission district in late July, sparked a scramble by Apple security to recover the device over the next few days, according to a source familiar with the investigation. Last year, an iPhone 4 prototype was bought by a gadget blog that paid $5,000 in cash. This year’s lost phone seems to have taken a more mundane path: it was taken from a Mexican restaurant and bar and may have been sold on Craigslist for $200. Still unclear are details about the device, what version of the iOS operating system it was running, and what it looks like.’ Once might be an accident, but two unreleased iPhones lost in bars starts to look like a strategy”

Source: Another Unreleased iPhone Lost by Employee In a Bar