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Thekstategeek is new and improved. TECHTOIT.COM

January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

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"Two is better than one," featuring the HTC HD2

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

All Taylor Swift and Apple references aside, some fellas over at XDA have discovered a way to dual-boot your HTC HD2 with Android and Windows Phone 7. According to gencaslan, a developer at the XDA forums, the following few steps will allow you to enjoy the beautiful dual functionality on your device in no time. (Video below.)

To prepare for the process, gather the following:

The tutorial can be found amongst the XDA forums here.

As with all hacking activities, there is the possibility that you will completely fry your device. So play at your own risk. However, the results usually outweigh the scary process.

[Source: XDA, WPCentral]

“Two is better than one,” featuring the HTC HD2

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

All Taylor Swift and Apple references aside, some fellas over at XDA have discovered a way to dual-boot your HTC HD2 with Android and Windows Phone 7. According to gencaslan, a developer at the XDA forums, the following few steps will allow you to enjoy the beautiful dual functionality on your device in no time. (Video below.)

To prepare for the process, gather the following:

The tutorial can be found amongst the XDA forums here.

As with all hacking activities, there is the possibility that you will completely fry your device. So play at your own risk. However, the results usually outweigh the scary process.

[Source: XDA, WPCentral]

Sony Ericsson invites for MWC 2011 ask you to "Meet the new members of the Xperia family"

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

The Mobile World Congress is taking place next month in Barcelona, Spain. A lot of companies use this as a time to showcase their next wave of devices to come out in the following year, much like CES (except it’s global). Sony’s mobile department, Sony Ericsson, will be making an appearance and as the invite above states, showing you “the new members of the Xperia family.” The Xperia family already includes the Xperia X10, X10 Mini, Mini Pro X10 and the X8. It is predicted that the new children will include the famously mysterious Xperia Play/Zeus Z1/Playstation Phone as well as a slew of probable WP7 handhelds.

For more on the Xperia Play, take a peak at the following articles:

Playstation Phone gets in-depth leak from Chinese website IT168
Zeus Z1 + PSPhone + Xperia Play = The Playstation Phone
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Sony Ericsson invites for MWC 2011 ask you to “Meet the new members of the Xperia family”

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

The Mobile World Congress is taking place next month in Barcelona, Spain. A lot of companies use this as a time to showcase their next wave of devices to come out in the following year, much like CES (except it’s global). Sony’s mobile department, Sony Ericsson, will be making an appearance and as the invite above states, showing you “the new members of the Xperia family.” The Xperia family already includes the Xperia X10, X10 Mini, Mini Pro X10 and the X8. It is predicted that the new children will include the famously mysterious Xperia Play/Zeus Z1/Playstation Phone as well as a slew of probable WP7 handhelds.

For more on the Xperia Play, take a peak at the following articles:

Playstation Phone gets in-depth leak from Chinese website IT168
Zeus Z1 + PSPhone + Xperia Play = The Playstation Phone
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NFC powered mobile payments may be the future, and Apple is taking the lead

January 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Google and Samsung partnered up to release the world’s first NFC-enabled handset running the Android OS, the Nexus S. But, as anticipated, Apple has started to prepare their defenses. Bloomberg reports that NFC, or Near Field Communications will be embedded in Appple’s 5th generation of iPhone and their soon-to-be-announced iPad 2. This will allow these devices to be used as mobile payment terminals when they come within a certain distance of an NFC-powered register. Richard Doherty, director of consulting firm Envisioneering Group spoke with Bloomberg and told them that

The services are based on “Near-Field Communication,” a technology that can beam and receive information at a distance of up to 4 inches, due to be embedded in the next iteration of the iPhone for AT&T Inc. and the iPad 2, Doherty said. Both products are likely to be introduced this year, he said, citing engineers who are working on hardware for the Apple project.

The payment system would tie into your iTunes account, accessing your credit card information within the program’s database. Although at first this seems a bit scary, it’s a convenient method that a lot of consumers use on a regular basis. PayPal, eBay, Amazon, iTunes and other online-based shopping experiences tap into your bank account directly based on the information you input when signing up for accounts. However, who is to say that this technology could not be used in a negative manner. What if hackers stumble upon a method of using NFC to transfer funds from your mobile device tapped to your checking/savings account into an account of their own? Anyone passing by you in a busy place could sap money with a few seconds without you, or the thief ever making any awkward/obvious movements. Next-gen pick pockets could have a field day.

As for other uses of NFC technology, earlier rumors via TUAW and MacDailyNews, suggested that Apple has been working on NFC-enabled Mac computers as well. Apple would essentially morph your phone into “a passcode-protected electronic wallet or security passkey (like a SecureID fob) that would communicate via the short-range wireless technology to other compatible devices.” Your iPhone would transfer the personality of your home or work Mac to the NFC-compatible terminal. If hotel rooms and other public places adopted the use of this technology, no one would need to carry a MacBook around. Simply swipe your iPhone 5 in front of the supplied public-access Mac and poof. You now have your computer in front of you.  Once you walk away from the remote Mac, it reverts back to its initial personality, with all of your information disappearing from the Mac but securely stored on your iPhone, notes TUAW.

NFC technology was introduced to the public as a gamble on Google’s part, but may change the way we interact with objects on a daily basis in the coming years due to Apple. Come on Steve, we know Bill stole your thunder way back when, but is vengeance projected onto Google really necessary? I personally don’t mind. As I said in the iOS 4.3 article, I love this kind of competition. Let the games begin.

[Sources: TUAW, MobileMarketingWatch, MacDailyNews, Bloomberg]

Kinecthacks.net up for sale

January 25, 2011 Leave a comment

kristofferR of KinectHacks.net is putting his site up for sale due to personal reasons. The content on the site has been written by him and a lead writer, who is interested in maintaining a steady stream of content. The site is currently up for sale on Flippa.com, the full auction can be found here. The bidding is currently at $5,050 with 1 day and 19 hours left to go. Nothing is wrong with the site, in fact, it’s quite the contrary. Today KinectHacks celebrated their 1 millionth view in a little over 2 months.

This is only a sample of their success, they also have a massive following on the following social networking platforms:

The writing itself is kind of lacking, most posts have a little bit of a description, a link and an embedded YouTube video, but the content itself is especially fascinating. I myself, being a Kinect enthusiast/owner have visited the site on a few occasions to see how well they are doing being the first site unique to hacking Microsoft’s Kinect. This alone has propelled them to success in such a short amount of time. The auction contains everything associated with the site, from the kinecthacks@gmail email account to a list of the best sources for creating new content and 30 days guidance and support to make the transition as smooth as possible.

A particular section of the auction lists the monetary potential of the site:

The site hasn’t been monetized properly yet.

It could probably earn at least $500-1000 a month just from the advertising space alone. There are already companies developing commercial computer applications for the Kinect and advertising space on the most popular blog for Kinect hacking would surely be interesting for them. Affiliate marketing for Kinect’s is also an option (we’ve earned $239 from Amazon so far).

The real goldmine, however, lies in selling an ebook/information product about hacking the Kinect on the site. Over 8 million Kinects have already been sold (in less than three months). A lot of those are hungry for an easy to understand information product/guide about how to hack the Kinect. It’s a hungry marked just waiting to be filled and the KinectHacks site would be the optimal way to promote such a product.

We haven’t even got to the future yet. How many Kinect will be sold during 2011? 10 million? 20 million? Just imagine what you could make then.

I would have no problem at all taking the reins of an operation like that 😉 As for the “goldmine” that kristofferR mentioned, it doesn’t exist yet, so don’t get too terribly excited. There are plenty of links to sites that have instructions for the gamer/hacker well-versed in code and things of that nature, but they have yet to create the guide that will help ease the rest of us into the procedures.

If interested in the auction, visit the link above to bid on it yourself.