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Wii balance board surfs Google Earth

Posted in Hacks by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2008

Wii balance board surfs Google Earth
A group of German students have somehow managed to use the Wii Balance Board from Wii-Fit to navigate their way around Google Earth. Specifically to surf Google Earth. Talk about a creative way to use a Wii accessory.

It’s really not all that impressive, and these guys are no Silver Surfer, but I guess it’s the first step in being able to fly or surf around the world virtually. And when that day comes, it will be sweet to do this in a nerd hero costume, while playing theme music. Video below.

iPhone and iPod touch now with SNES

Posted in Hacks,iPhone,iPod Touch,Nintendo by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2008

i-SNESThose of you who have been waiting with baited breath to be able to play SNES games on your iPod Touch or iPhone can now let out a huge girlly squeal. Your prayers have been answered. That’s because someone has coded a native SNES emulator for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Right now it’s still in the testing phase, but in the near future I predict there will be many a broken iPhone as you press down way too hard on the virtual controller while playing Super Metroid and the like. Unless you care to make a donation to the developer, thereby scoring some beta testing, you’ll have to try to contain yourself for the time being until the app goes public. Check out the video here.

Transforming cellphone mod is work of art

Posted in Hacks,Motorola,Robots,ROKR by Conner Flynn on October 23rd, 2007

Motorola MOTOROKR E6 case modThe recent buzz from the Transformers movie may have died down, but all of the various products, hacks and mods that it inspired will be with us for a long time to come. In fact, future archaeologists will dig some of this stuff up a thousand years from now and swear up and down that we worshiped Optimus Prime. One example of coolness inspired by this craze is this case mod of the Motorola MOTOROKR E6. Now, this is what cellphones should aspire to.

The down side is that it renders the phone completely unusable. Then again, when you have something this cool, you won’t care. Pay attention cellphone manufacturers. This is what we want. Robots in our ears. You can market them as “The Transformer Phone: More Then Meets The Ear…”

iPod Touch jailbreak hack done by teenager

Posted in Hacks,iPod Touch by Darrin Olson on October 15th, 2007

Jailbreak hack from iJailbreak to allow third party applications on the iPod TouchA 13 year-old hacker has reportedly developed a program called iJailbreak which will allow 3rd party applications to be installed on the Apple iPod Touch. Since Apple released the 1.1.1 firmware upgrade last month for the Touch and the iPhone installers for 3rd party applications have been foiled until now.

According to the young hacker going by the name of AriX, after only about 9 hours of coding he was able to make iJailbreak into a program that doesn’t even take a technically savvy person to install. In information sent to CNET regarding the program, AriX stated “the only user interaction required for iJailBreak to work is to restart the iPod Touch using the button on the top of the iPod. The application does the rest.”

Hackers continue cycle, unlock iPhone after 1.1.1

Posted in Hacks,iPhone,News by Reuben Drake on October 14th, 2007

Hackers find a way around the latest update for bricked iPhones unlocked by softwareFor those who have iPhones unlocked by third party software hacks and were foiled by Apple’s 1.1.1 firmware release, it looks like the game is back on. SimFree version 1.6, from the same company that created the original hack to unlock Apple’s iPhone outside of the exclusive and required AT&T service plan, is a new countermeasure hack that gets around the new firmware update and will once again unlock those iPhones “bricked” by the 1.1.1 update.

According to iphoneSimFree, this new iPhone “jailbreak” will let anyone who has rightly been a little leery to update after Apple’s warning to safely go ahead and apply the 1.1.1 update and SimFree will keep the phone usable, at least until Apple comes out with another update.

How to Unlock Your iPhone

Posted in Hacks,iPhone by Chetz on August 27th, 2007

Hackers unlock Apple iPhone Today Steve Jobs has a new reason to start sweating: Apple’s iPhone has officially been unlocked by a team of five hackers, a move that can free the device from the exclusivity contract between the computer company and AT&T, the iPhone’s service provider.

The process by which you can unlock your iPhone has been posted on the blog of one of the five hackers, a 17-year-old New Jersey native named George Hotz. Hotz has posted a 10-step process on his blog which requires about two hours of your free time and a soldering iron to unlock the iPhone.

Hotz and his four accomplices (two of which live in Russia) came up with the method via online collaboration. Also, all of the features seem to work after the device is unlocked save for the iPhone’s visual voicemail. Hotz, who is about to start his …

Cell Phone Jammer

Posted in Hacks,Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on August 18th, 2007

Cellock cell phone signal jammerWouldn’t it be nice to end that loud, annoying conversation the guy next to you is having on the train about some subject you could care less about but are hearing in painful details anyway? I don’t know if these are exactly legal in every part of the world but DealExtreme has a $48 Cellock brand cell phone jammer available which will block cell phone signal within a radius of anywhere from 2 to 40 feet from the device, depending on the objects in the area.

This cell phone jammer claims to block GSM/CDMA/DCS/PHS/3G cell phone signals from a small, 6 ounce battery-powered device you can hide in your pocket and turn on when needed. It can be charged from a car charger adapter and runs up to 4 hours on a single charge, blocking others annoying cell phone calls on public transportation, …


iPhone Hacked To Use Old AT&T SIM

Posted in Hacks,iPhone by Reuben Drake on July 22nd, 2007

iPhone hack to allow use of old SIM card without new contractThe guys over at HackTheiPhone have come out with another one, with this hack changing the iPhone so that you can use it with your old AT&T/Cingular SIM card from a different phone. This allows you to use the voice services of the iPhone without having to start a new contract.

So, to take advantage of this hack you’ll need an iPhone, another phone with an AT&T SIM card that you can use and enough time to follow the 19 step process to make your old SIM card work with your new iPhone. Note that this process does look a little easier than the iPhone ringtone hack as there appears to be about four fewer steps involved.

via CellPhoneBeat

Zune DRM Cracked

Posted in Hacks,News,Zune by Reuben Drake on July 17th, 2007

Zune DRM cracked by FairUse4WMFairUse4WM has been fairly well known for its ability to the Windows Media DRM and with its latest version 1.3 it boasts to be able to completely remove the digital rights management restrictions from songs purchased from the Zune Marketplace; a feat to which it was previously unsuccessful.

This, like most of these situations, will likely be short lived. Microsoft is undoubtedly already well on there way with a new version of software for the Zune to combat the latest FairUse4WM version. But, until then you can use this to release your songs from the DRM clutches. If you’re too late for this version you’ll likely get another chance, that is until Microsoft figures out who the heck “viodentia”, (the FairUse4WM author) is.

via Electronista

iPhone Custom Ringtones Hack

Posted in Hacks,iPhone by Reuben Drake on July 13th, 2007

iPhone custom ringtone hackIt looks like some folks have found a way to add custom ringtones to your iPhone by following some steps and using a couple programs called jailbreak and iPhoneInterface. Currently the steps only work for those that are using Intel Mac’s but from the description it probably won’t be long until someone makes an interface to broaden the reach.

The instructions are listed over at HackiPhone and involves a lengthy 23 step process. The steps involve backing up and restoring your iPhone from iTunes and they have a few warnings before you start that stating that this process could totally brick your iPhone if it doesn’t work out. (They are considerate hackers.) Once your done you must also be sure you added all the ringtones you wanted or you’ll need to follow all the steps again to add more.

If you want custom ringtones for …

iPSP – iPhone Look For Your PSP

Posted in Hacks,PSP by Darrin Olson on July 8th, 2007

iPSP is a software for your Sony PSP to make it look like the iPhone interfaceAny of you that own a Sony PSP and don’t own an iPhone can still manage to get a little of the iPhone juice on you, even if it’s not the real deal. iPSP is some software you can download and transfer onto your Memory Stick and then use on your PSP. It provides a menu system that looks very similar to the iPhones, and is actually functional providing access to things like email, photos, IM’s and other apps.

It doesn’t look quite as nice as the real iPhone, and of course there’s no fancy touch screen, but it does look pretty cool to try out before someone takes it down. Also, instead of the iPhone switching from portrait to landscape when you rotate it, the directions instruct you in just the opposite …


Xbox 360 firmware hack prevents banning consoles

Posted in Hacks,News,Xbox 360 by Reuben Drake on May 31st, 2007

iXtreme firmware change for the Xbox 360 prevents Microsoft from banning moded consolesA couple of weeks ago Microsoft started banning mod’d Xbox 360 game consoles from Xbox Live (just the consoles, not the user accounts). The modified consoles were able to play copies of games which Microsoft felt was not fair to everyone. Due to this Microsoft started detecting the game consoles when users would log on, and banning them from Xbox Live when found.

Now, in just a matter of days the hacker community has volleyed back to Microsoft with firmware called called iXtreme Firmware 1.0 which when installed will prevent Microsoft from detecting the modified game console and hence avoid any potential banning. I’m sure it’ll now just be just a matter of time until Microsoft retaliates. Game on!

Source: Xbox360FanBoy

Un-moddable Wii’s Selling in Japan

Posted in Hacks,News,Wii by Reuben Drake on May 29th, 2007

Nintendo Wii’s being sold in Japan with removed options for Mod chipsIf you are thinking about buying a Nintendo Wii in the near future you may want to do it soon so you’ll still have the option of installing mod chip hacks like the Wiinja on your game console.

According to WiiNews the newest consoles that are currently being sold in Japan (Wii NTSC-J) have the pins physically cut off where the current mod chips connect. The US versions are still coming with the pins in tact but it’s probably just a matter of time.

These mods allow owners of the Nintendo Wii game console to modify the device so that it will play backup games that will boot directly from the device. This change doesn’t necessarily mean that no one will come out with another hack, and of course if your not interested in playing “backed-up” …

Hacks Compromise Home Internet Routers

Posted in Hacks,News,Routers by Darrin Olson on February 15th, 2007

Javascript hacks compromise many home internet routers.Last summer I was trying to impress my neighbors, betting that I could hack into their router. After hearing for a few minutes that the mere notion was probably one of the geekiest things they had heard, I proceeded to show them (with their permission of course).

By them having a wireless router, I was able to connect to their unsecured WiFi network with very little difficulty, and then I took a guess that they probably had a Linksys or D-Link router. Guessing at the Linksys model first, I went to the Linksys website, and read the installation instructions to get the management URL and default username and password. Within about 5 minutes I was in and secured the WiFi with my own password that I did not tell them. Now I was in and they were out.

I would not consider myself …

Shout Hacking Windows Vista

Posted in Hacks,Microsoft,News,Vista,Windows by Darrin Olson on February 4th, 2007

Shout Hackers attack Windows VistaAn novel security hole presented itself last week with the new version of Windows Vista released by Microsoft to customers around the world.

George Ou, and online blogger, reported on Tuesday through ZD Net that he was able to access the Start Menu on Vista and could potentially run programs through voice command audio files played through the system speakers. This type of functionality could allow a hacker to run programs, delete files and any number of other harmful processes accessible through the voice command functionality of Windows Vista.

Microsoft has attempted to downplay the issue slightly, and has addressed the Speech Recognition Issue on their Security Response Center blog. “While we are taking the reports seriously and investigating them accordingly I am confident in saying that there is little if any need to worry about the effects of this issue on your …

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