teh31337one writes "While Motorola and even HTC are busy locking down their phones, it's refreshing to see that Sony Erricsson will allow their upcoming xperia devices to be unlocked. There are a few conditions. like your phone not being SIM-locked to a carrier, and the bootloader can be unlocked by connect your device to the Fastboot tool in the Android SDK.
Suddenly the Xperia Play looks a lot more appealing."Link to Original Source
teh31337one writes "Motorola's locked bootloader for their sholes-family devices (Droid OG, Milestone, DroidX, Droid 2 etc, not Atrix 4G) has finally been cracked.
@nenolod explains on his website: The Motorola(r) sholes platform uses a trusted bootloader environment. Signatures are stored as part of the CDT stored on the NAND flash. mbmloader verifies the signature on mbm before passing control. mbm verifies all other signatures before allowing the device to boot.
There is a vulnerability in the way that Motorola generated the signatures on the sections stored in the CDT. This vulnerability is very simple. Like on the PlayStation 3, Motorola forgot to add a random value to the signature in order to mask the private key. This allowed the private key and initialization vector to be cracked.
This comes at the time when HTC are also stepping up their attempts at locking down their phones. The recently released LTE flagship — ThunderBolt is their most locked-down phone to date... They made signed images, a signed kernel, and a signed recovery. They also locked the memory."Link to Original Source
teh31337one writes "AT&T and Deutsche Telekom have entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of T-Mobile USA for $39 billion in cash and stocks
Press release here"Link to Original Source
teh31337one writes "Google have released the SDK for their tablet OS, Android 3.0 "Honeycomb".
Google state on their developers blog that the APIs are final, and you can now develop apps targeting this new platform and publish them to Android Market. The new API level is 11.
An overview of the new user and developer features, is available here: Android 3.0 Platform Highlights."Link to Original Source
teh31337one writes "Motorola's 32GB Xoom tablet running on android 3.0 "Honeycomb" will retail for $799 when bought with Verizon Wireless 3G (upgradeable to 4G LTE) or $600 for the WiFi-only version, chief executive Sanjay Jha said on Wednesday.
The price of the wifi only version matches matches the 32GB iPad directly, however the 3G/4G Xoom is $70 more expensive than Apple's wifi only iPad"Link to Original Source
teh31337one writes "Low-cost computers are to be offered as part of a government scheme to encourage millions of people in the UK to get online for the first time. The cheap computers will run open-source software, such as Linux, and will include a flat-screen monitor, keyboard, mouse, warranty, dedicated telephone helpline and delivery.
The 12-month trial is part of the Race Online 2012 scheme, which aims to reach out to the 9.2 million adults in the UK who are currently offline. Prices will start at £98 for a refurbished PC, with subsidised net connections available for £9 a month."Link to Original Source
teh31337one writes "Earlier today, Google released a video of android 3.0 Honeycomb the next version of the Android platform, designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets.
Motorola have officially announced the Motorola Xoom tablet for Verizon. It is slated for a Q1 release, and the 10.1 inch tablet features a dual core 1GHz Cortex A9 Tegra 2 chip, a 1280 x 800 resolution capacitive multi touch display, 5 megapixel camera, 720p video recording and 1080p video playback, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 32GB of onboard storage. 4G connectivity will be made available as an update in Q2 following a Q1 launch.
Contrary to earlier rumours, honeycomb does not have a minimum processor requirement."Link to Original Source
teh31337one writes "Engadget have the scoop, on what they claim to be the playstation phone.
It features a 3.7-4.1" screen, 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM. It runs on android, and has slide out game buttons. The prototype looks very similar to PSP go."Link to Original Source
teh31337one writes "Microsoft has complained to the ITC over a total of nine alleged patent infringements by Motorola in its Android devices, specifically relating to "synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power."
Engadget have the full press release."Link to Original Source
teh31337one writes "Outgoing Nokia Exec Anssi Vanjoki has likened manufacturers who've embraced Android, to Finnish kids who "pee in their pants" for warmth during the winter, claiming it won't pay-off in the long run.
The big question facing Nokia has been: should the company give up on its own software and put Google’s Android operating system on its phones instead? Combining Nokia’s great hardware with Google’s software could do wonders for sales. As for margins, Nokia sinks a tenth of its handset division’s revenue into research and development, three times as much as Apple. UBS reckons Nokia could cut annual R&D spending by about €1bn a year if it stopped working on software, lifting the division’s operating margin by 400 basis points."Link to Original Source
teh31337one writes "Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen has filed suit against nine companies over patent violations. Through his current firm, Interval Licensing LLC, Allen is suing Apple, Google, AOL, Facebook, ebay, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube (which is a subsidiary of Google). The claims involve four separate patents, most of which cover integral parts of how the companies named do business. For example, one patent allows site suggestions for consumers based on things they're currently viewing, while another allows related articles to be delivered while reading news. All in all, it sounds like Allen's patents — if they're indeed found to cover these technologies — are seriously vast. The suit, which was filed today, does not name any specific amount of damages he is seeking.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703294904575385241453119382.html?mod=e2tw"Link to Original Source
teh31337one writes "Pirates looking to illegally copy Android applications are about to face a new challenge: today, Google's Android team announced that it is releasing a new application Licensing Service for Android.
The service, which is meant to help developers secure their applications from piracy, forces apps to ping Google's home server at regular intervals to verify that they were legitimately purchased. Fail that check, and the app can lock you out.
According to the Dev Guide, developers are free to decide how they want to deal with an application that is deemed to be pirated (a developer could disable the app entirely, or perhaps they could activate a trial mode prompting the user to purchase the real thing).
http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/28/new-licensing-service-replacing-existing-copy-protection-metho/"Link to Original Source
teh31337one writes "Caphone Warehouse through their eyeopeners scheme have been uploading short videos of hints and tips made by Carphone Warehouse employees to their eyeopeners youtube channel.
I recently stumbled upon a video where an employee tells viewers how to make their "HTC desire into a Gameboy Advance", advising them on not only how to get an emulator, but on downloading Gameboy Advance ROMS too. Oh dear."Link to Original Source
teh31337one writes "Engadget writes :Headline says it all folks. Obviously the company is going to be getting out in front of this antenna drama (finally). We've been invited and we'll be there, presumably reporting live! It all happens at 10AM PT, Friday the 16th."Link to Original Source
teh31337one writes "XPRT Ventures has filed a $3.8 billion suit against EBay Inc, along with affiliates PayPal, Bill Me Later, Shopping.Com and StubHub, for infringing on six patents related to PayPal and other payment systems. Not only did EBay use XPRT's technology, the suit claims, but knowingly implemented it in their own patent application, "Method and System to Automate Payment for a Commerce Transaction."
http://gizmodo.com/5586191/ebay-sued-for-38-billion-"Link to Original Source