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Submission + - Hack Unlocks iPhone for Use on T-Mobile Network (iht.com)

onearmfreak writes: A US teen spent 500 hours this summer working on an iPhone hack that unlocks the phone so it can be used by other carriers besides ATT/Singular. This hack involves hardware and software modifications to the phone. After the hacks, everything still works, apparently, except the visual voicemail feature.
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone hacked to work with different carriers

pixarnation writes: "A report was released today on cnn.com about how George Hotz, a teenager, managed to hack the iPhone so he could use it on different carriers besides AT&T. From the article it appears some soldering and software modification are required. Big kudos to George for accomplishing such a task! You can follow the steps to unlock the iPhone here."
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - NJ Kid unlocks iPhone? (northjersey.com)

CaciqueTaino writes: Apparently some kid from New Jersey finally cracked the iPhone to be used with other carriers. Check it out at the North Bergen Records site. Story is titled "Tech whiz cracks code tying it to AT&T network" Or use this link. http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3Z jczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk1JmZnYmVsN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk3MTg1NjE zJnlyaXJ5N2Y3MTdmN3ZxZWVFRXl5Mw==
Editorial

Submission + - Lift Off: 50 Years of Hovercrafts (wired.com)

ntmokey writes: While the flying car has seemingly lingered just out of grasp since the 1950's, its more-feasible brethren the hovercraft has been floating, skipping and vrooming around on all surfaces for the better half of a century. Wired has a look at the progress hovercraft have made over the last 50 years and some of the most promising new commercial models. If you're still dead set on a car that will let you buzz over other commuters on the way to work as you look down from 10,000 feet, well, they're on the way too.
Operating Systems

Submission + - SCO loses - finally 1

An anonymous reader writes: The one summary judgement that puts a stick into SCO's spokes has just come down. SCO doesn't own the Unix copyrights. With that one decision, a whole bunch of other decisions will fall like dominoes. As PJ says, "That's Aaaaall, Folks!".

Hot off the presses: Judge Dale Kimball has issued a 102-page ruling [PDF] on the numerous summary judgment motions in SCO v. Novell. Here is what matters most: [T]he court concludes that Novell is the owner of the UNIX and UnixWare Copyrights. That's Aaaaall, Folks! If anyone can please put this into text for us, that'd be simply great.
http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=200708101 65237718#comments
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Is the Mac Cheaper?

weaver4 writes: "I have two computers that I bought 18 months ago. A generic PC that cost me $550 and a Mac Mini that cost me $600. When I put a watt meter on these computers (which I leave on all the time) the PC uses 173 Watts and the Mac Mini uses 18 Watts. Therefore the PC cost me an additional $10.04 a month in Electricity. Since I live in warm climate my Air Conditioning needs to remove this excessive heat, but I will leave that out of my analysis. When I went to CraigsList to sell my computers I found that my PC is now worth $250 and my Mac Mini is worth $425. So the total hardware cost of my 18 month ownership is $520 for the PC and $214 for the Mac Mini."
Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - Mac vs. PC cost analysis, Round II (computerworld.com) 1

jcatcw writes: "Computerworld's Scot Finnie is defending himself against readers who apparently missed the point of Analysis, Round I. His objectivity cut against the grain. On the hardware front: sometimes Macs beat Windows PCs in the price/performance comparison.; sometimes it goes the other way. On the software front, Finnie concludes: "Unless you're talking AutoCAD, Photoshop or Microsoft Office, software isn't all that expensive, folks. Just two hours of my time spent working on a Windows PC problem is worth far more than the average cost of most software programs. Even if you're retired, you have to factor in the time wasted wrestling with problems.""
Portables

Submission + - Torture testing OLPC's 1

An anonymous reader writes: 21-year-old Australian Joel Stanley, who not only snagged a coveted Google Summer of Code (GSoC) spot, he is spending his internship at One Laptop Per Child's Cambridge headquarters developing "gang charger" power systems for the XO-1 laptop, baking OLPC's in a food warming oven, and in XO computer maintenance he does bug fixes on damaged laptops and probably helps with the "free drop" testing. The "drop test": "The units are dropped on all corners, all side bumpers, and front and back. Initially, we had dropped onto plywood, but this spring we made the test tougher: we have been dropping on a hard steel plate, with and without a carpet. B4 units pass a 150cm 10-point drops onto a carpet-covered steel plate; a 105cm simulated slanted-desk "slide" onto a steel plate; and a 80cm 10-point free drop onto a steel plate. The laptop, when dropped on the antennas, withstands a 150cm drop." The "bake test": "The oven is large enough to house eight fully opened XOs and allows us to examine the behavior of the laptops under temperatures ranging from a warm 40C, up to a toasty 60C and above. Some preliminary tests were conducted, examining the operation of the battery charging systems under the extreme heat that may be encountered by, say, a laptop sitting in full sunlight. One motivation for this testing is that the NiMH batteries that are used in some of the XOs lose the ability to be charged above 55C. (The newer LiFePO4 technology allows charging above these temperatures, for when the need arises.) We are pleased to report the XOs ran flawlessly in the extreme heat, even when the oven's unpredictable thermostat inadvertently allowed the temperature to reach 68C." Pretty impressive !!
Communications

Submission + - Mot Finally Ships Linux Mobile Phones in the U.S.

An anonymous reader writes: At long last, Motorola has finally shipped its first Linux-based mobile phone 'bound for North America.' The RAZR2 V8, which quietly became available last month, is a highly multimedia-oriented quad-band GSM/GPRS phone, with features such as Windows Media Player 11 codec, a USB 2.0 interface supporting 480Mbps file transfers, and a 'music touchscreen' on the external display. The company is also going to supplying a development toolsuite aimed at encouraging the development of third-party native Linux apps. Motorola announced plans to adopt Linux more than four years ago, but has shipped Linux phones in volume only in Asia and Latin America, to date.
Sci-Fi

Submission + - Surviving in Space Without a Spacesuit (slate.com) 1

Geoffrey writes: "The recent movie Sunshine features a scene (echoing the famous scene in 2001: a Space Odyssey) in which two astronauts have to cross from one ship to another without spacesuits. But, can you survive in space without a spacesuit? Morgan Smith, writing in Slate, asks whether this is realistic, and concludes: "Yes, for a very short time.""
Intel

Submission + - And The 45-nm Winner Isn't . . . Intel

An anonymous reader writes: If you've been following the quad-core wars, you know that Intel beaten AMD over the head with the news that it will be first to market with 45-nm processors. But both Intel, which will release its 45-nm Penryn later this year, and AMD, which won't have 45-nm until 2008 have been beaten to the 45-nm punch by Panasonic, which in June began making its 45-nm UniPhier video codec for high-def displays, and IBM, which has fielded 45-nm ASICs, or application-specific integrated circuits. Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and the IBM/Chartered Semiconductor/Samsung consortium called Common Platform are also readying 45-nm.
Republicans

Submission + - puke weapon

An anonymous reader writes: Chavez looks just like the man who put a .45 on my hands to kill my own father for having sex with my girlfriend. which actually never happend. puke weapon

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