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Encryption

Why Sony Cannot Stop PS3 Pirates 378

Sam writes "A former Ubisoft exec believes that Sony will not be able to combat piracy on the PlayStation 3, which was recently hacked. Martin Walfisz, former CEO of Ubisoft subsidiary Ubisoft Massive, was a key player in developing Ubisoft's new DRM technologies. Since playing pirated games doesn't require a modchip, his argument is that Sony won't be able to easily detect hacked consoles. Sony's only possible solution is to revise the PS3 hardware itself, which would be a very costly process. Changing the hardware could possibly work for new console sales, though there would be the problem of backwards compatibility with the already-released games. Furthermore, current users would still be able to run pirated copies on current hardware." An anonymous reader adds commentary from PS3 hacker Mathieu Hervais about Sony's legal posturing.
Cellphones

Submission + - Google Hopeful Nokia Will Adopt Android For Phones (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: A Google executive said this week that he's hopeful that Nokia will decide to adopt the Android platform after new leadership at the world's biggest mobile phone manufacturer finishes a new evaluation of smartphone options. Comments by Andy Rubin, vice president of Google's mobile platforms, during a conference this week prompted speculation about Nokia's upcoming smartphone plans. Analysts have expressed continuing concerns about Nokia's abysmal smartphone performance in the U.S., and are hoping that the company's recently appointed top leadership can change the downward trend. While Nokia's Symbian OS is still the world's top mobile platform, it's widely seen as declining in importance. In fact, Nokia has teamed with Intel to create a newer open source Meego mobile OS platform.

Submission + - Indie devs combat Android 'crapware' (zdnet.com.au)

mahesh.sharma writes: Android handset manufacturers and carriers are facing competition from indie developers who are producing streamlined versions of the operating system which omit the "crapware" pre-installed on most devices.

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