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  • Remember When: Your Commodore 64 Was A Satellite Descrambler?

    Remember When: Your Commodore 64 Was A Satellite Descrambler?

    Back in the old days, in Europe, TV selection was pretty limited. When they started offering satellite, you had a few free channels and a few paid channels but enterprising hackers figured out how to decode all of the channels using a breakout cart and the C64's super processor. The resulting solution cost about $120 way back when and saved a bunch of Euro-hackers quite a bit of money. Read More

  • New Nook Hacked Further, Gets Launcher, Bluetooth, And… Kindle

    New Nook Hacked Further, Gets Launcher, Bluetooth, And… Kindle

    Just last week we posted a video of the new Nook (which we just reviewed) running Angry Birds. Not exactly the best match for an e-paper display, but it does show that the underlying Android install is sound and functional. Further proof comes this weekend, with forum-dwelling hackers installing the ADW Launcher home screen and even the Kindle app on it. Read More

  • Sony Pictures Security Hole Hits 37,500 Users

    Sony Pictures Security Hole Hits 37,500 Users

    Blammo. Sony has just confirmed that 37,500 Sony Pictures visitors have had their passwords, emails, and other potentially identifying details stolen from the Sony Pictures website. There is little financial effect in this hack as it simply exposed logins and passwords although users should probably change their important passwords if they suspect they have been affected. Sony writes: We are… Read More

  • Angry Birds On A Nook – No, Not A Nook Color, A Nook

    The new Nook (colloquially called the Nook Touch) runs Android underneath that crunchy black and white book interface, so Nook hacker JFreke decided to root it and see if something like Angry Birds will run. Lo and behold, it does. Very, very poorly. But it's still awesome, in a really shabby way. Read More

  • Some Things Never Change: TI vs. Calculator Hobbyists Version 3.0.2

    Some Things Never Change: TI vs. Calculator Hobbyists Version 3.0.2

    The battle between Texas Instruments and calculator hobbyists rages on, as TI seeks to keep its OS locked away from third-party developers. After the calculator hacking community discovered the independent tool Ndless (which allows for third-party development on TI’s platform), TI has spent the last year updating its OS to prevent downgrading to version 1.1, which is necessary to run Ndless. Read More

  • Cartridge Hack Creates Super Mario All-Stars… For NES

    Cartridge Hack Creates Super Mario All-Stars… For NES

    I've always been slightly bothered by the updated graphics in Super Mario All-Stars, but at the same time I can't deny that it's a fantastic cartridge to have around. Hacker Callan Brown apparently felt the same way, and decided to do a little investigation into perhaps remedying the situation. The result? A sweet megacartridge with an old-school way of selecting which game you want. Read More

  • Kinect Hack Could Eventually Translate Sign Language

    Kinect Hack Could Eventually Translate Sign Language

    Some French hackers have put together a program that uses the Kinect to detect certain hand gestures (which is, after all, what it was designed to do) and translate them into words. Right now it only recognizes "hello" and "sorry," but the team is only just now teaching it words — the "build" period is over, and now it's time to learn. Check out the video inside. Read More

  • Cornell Students Show Off A DIY Eigenface Access System

    Some charming youngsters from Cornell have created a fairly simple and effective face matching system using a webcam, a little LCD read-out, and a tiny Atmel ATmega644 8-bit microcontroller running a set of Eigenface tests on the face in question. The system is 88% accurate with no false positives. It is almost completely self-contained and is small and simple enough to add to a front door lock or… Read More

  • Sony Knew About The Break-Ins For Six Days Before Coming Clean

    Sony Knew About The Break-Ins For Six Days Before Coming Clean

    As Joel at Kotaku points out, Sony learned about the network break-ins on about April 20 and did nothing to alert customers until the 26th, a move that points to a great deal of hubris and foolhardy bravado on Sony's part. Joel followed the trail from beginning to end, noting that Sony learned that something was amiss when servers began rebooting without intervention on the 19th. After examining… Read More

  • The Xbox Slim Laptop Is Ready To Ship

    This one-of-a-kind Xbox “Slim Laptop” is ready to ship if you have $1,600 and a need to play 360 games on the road. Built by a blogger named [Ed], it’s basically a fully-functional Xbox 360 inside a laptop case with 17″ 720p HD screen, multiple outputs, four USB ports, and a built-in power brick. Essentially, except for the controller, this is a self-contained Xbox in a clever… Read More