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    PS3 firmware 3.56 hacked in less than a day, Sony's lawyers look confused (update)





    Sony's taken some strong steps against PS3 cracking in the past week -- not only has it taken to the courts and won a temporary restraining order against Geohot and fail0verflow for cracking the console, but it also released firmware 3.56, which locked things down again. Unfortunately, that restraining order doesn't mean anyone else has to stop a-crackin', and wouldn't you know it: 3.56 was cracked open in less than a day by KaKaRoToKS, who was behind one of the first 3.55 custom firmwares. Now that the 3.56 signing keys are out, we'd guess updated custom firmware is soon to come -- and we'd bet Sony's lawsuit will just inspire an entirely new wave of people to jailbreak once those hit the scene. Way to put that genie back in the bottle, Sony.

    Update: We're hearing that new custom firmware isn't on the table quite yet, because Sony changed most of the locks, and is reportedly actually storing the all-important ECDSA private key with random-number cryptography this time around. Be warned: if you upgrade to 3.56, there's no easy way back down. In related news, Github complied with a DMCA takedown notice to remove KaKaRoToKS's repositories, so you'll have to head on over to Gitorious (at our more coverage link) to get at the fail0verflow tools.

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    CE-Oh no he didn't!: Netgear boss calls 'game over' for Microsoft, Jobs' 'ego' reason iPhone doesn't support Flash



    Can't say that Patrick Lo is a name that immediately rang any bells around here. He's certainly not as recognizable as Netgear, the company that he chairs and rules supreme. But boy did he hit our radar screens this morning. Lo had plenty of criticism to spread around the Microsoft and Apple camps today during a press lunch in Sydney. Oh where to even begin? Let's start with Microsoft, and Lo's claim that, "Microsoft is over -- game over, from my point of view," when comparing Windows Phone 7's chance to compete with Android and the iPhone. Doubtful, not with Redmond's Windows 7 and MS Office cash cows fueling Microsoft's intense desire to execute on its new mobile strategy.

    Lo then turned his sights on Apple, having this to say on the topic of Steve Jobs' refusal to support Adobe Flash on Apple's mobile devices: "What's the reason for him to trash Flash? There's no reason other than ego." Funny, we thought it was due to performance, security, and power consumption issues. Lo later added, "Once Steve Jobs goes away, which is probably not far away, then Apple will have to make a strategic decision on whether to open up the platform." Classy. Hit the source link below if you're just dying to hear how "closed" systems are inferior to "open" systems all over again.


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    Android-related, but what they hey...

    Android has overcome Nokia for smartphone platform...like we didn't know it was gonna happen.

    "2010 was the year of Android when it comes to smartphones. That’s according to research firm Canalys, which reports Google’s operating system eclipsed Symbian in the fourth quarter to become the top smartphone OS in the world by shipments. Android’s share of the smartphone market jumped from 8.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 to 32.9 percent in the fourth quarter last year, nudging past Symbian, which slipped from 44.4 percent to 30.6 percent over the same period.
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    PlayStation Move headed to PCs under official 'Move Server' project







    Oops. Looks like Sony's plans to make its PlayStation Move controller an official PC accessory have been unceremoniously revealed in a description of a Sony Computer Entertainment America talk scheduled for Game Developers Conference 2011. According to the synopsis, John McCutchan, SCEA's lead for Game Systems and Developer Support, will be on hand to discuss the "Move Server project that will make it possible for academics and hobbyists to develop software using the PlayStation Move controller on their own PCs." Hmm, sounds like somebody feels left out by all of the unofficial Kinect hackery which could be treated to official Microsoft support sometime this summer. Now go hit up the source link below to read the description for yourselves.



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    Google Art Project



    Google's been hard at work over the past 18 months on something not many of us have been paying attention to lately: art. Specifically, the search giant has hooked up with 17 art museums around the world to offer tours of their internal galleries, using its familiar Street View tricycles, while also doing high-res images of 1,061 artworks that may be viewed on the newly launched Art Project web portal. Also there, you will find 17 special gigapixel images -- 7,000-megapixel versions of each participating venue's proudest possession. The resulting level of detail is nothing short of astounding and we've got videos of how it's all done.



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    Man Sues AT&T Over 'Phantom' Data Usage/Overcharges

    "A California man has filed suit against AT&T for what he says are inflated data charges for Apple's iPhone and iPad.
    AT&T's billing system for data is like a "rigged gas pump," according to Patrick Hendricks, who filed the suit. Hendricks is an iPhone user with a $15 per month 200MB data plan. He claims that late last year, AT&T charged him for 259 data transactions totaling 223MB, but "many of these charges were for phantom data transactions" that never happened, according to court documents.
    A two-month review by an independent consulting firm hired by Hendricks's lawyers found that AT&T consistently overcharges its customers for data by 7 to 14 percent, according to the lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday in California district court.
    This proves that "AT&T's bill systematically overstate the amount of data used on each data transaction involving an iPhone or iPad account," the suit said.
    AT&T did not immediately respond to a request for comment."


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    Mobile application analytics company Localytics says 26 percent of apps downloaded in 2010 were used only a single time

    Have you ever downloaded a random app in the middle of the night, and then never opened it after you fell asleep? Yeah, so have we — and new data proves we’re not alone: Out of the roughly 400,000 iPhone and iPad apps and 200,000 Android apps currently on the market, an average of 26 percent of those apps bought in 2010 were used just one time, reports mobile application analyst Localytics.

    Using their real-time analytics software, Localytics looked at thousands of apps across every major mobile platform, including Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7. Based on this data, the Cambridge, MA-based analytics company found that for people who downloaded an app for the first time between January and March of 2010, 22 percent of them never opened the app again. That number, however, increased to 28 percent by the fourth quarter of 2010, which could give some developers hope that the trend is waning.

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    3DTV shocker! Toshiba's first glasses-free TVs selling slowly in Japan


    In truly surprising news, it appears that a combination of high prices, small sizes and a somewhat questionable viewing experience have caused Toshiba's new GL1 line of glasses-free 3DTVs to sell more slowly than the company expected. In their first month of availability the 20-inch set, priced at 240,000 yen ($2,940), sold around 500 units while its 12-inch cousin sold even less than that, despite projections both would sell at least 1,000 units. Don't think Toshiba's letting its hard work go the way of the old Sony XEL-1 OLED TVs just yet, as we saw at CES, it's still committed to bringing autostereoscopic 3D in larger screen sizes to the masses despite the potential technological hurdles like providing more viewing angles for the 3D effect.


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    That's ridiculously expencive for a 3D TV. And its awful small. Maybe nobody can see the 3D because its too small.

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