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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]

Second Windows Phone 7 jailbreak announced

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Julien Schapman, a Windows Phone developer, is planning to release a modified Windows Phone 7 Device Manager software that includes a second WP7 jailbreak even more innovative than ChevronWP7’s method. Schapman is planning on releasing the Device Manager software after the first software update due in February. This update is primarily to disable ChevronWP7’s jailbreak software. The application will allow owners to manage their applications, explore devices, create device backups, add ring-tones and sync favorites. Device Manager will also jailbreak Windows Phone 7 and allow for the side-loading of applications. In his project blog, Schapman says you can also connect to your phone via Wi-Fi, for example to transfer files from/to your phone using Windows Phone Device Manager or the provided Windows Phone application.

He also mentions the idea of creating an open marketplace for non-commercial applications a la Cydia? “My unlock method is similar to that of ChevronWP7 in the way they both use a fake registration server, but my method is different and more reliable,” wrote Schapman in an email to WinRumors. “For example it automatically detects when a WP7 is plugged in and will check if this is a registered developer phone, if not it will register it once and for all, so the device will never re-lock like with ChevronWP7.”

He would not disclose any more information on his method for fear of Microsoft finding out and disabling his antics before they begin. “As a developer I worked on this unlock method in order to create homebrew apps for the community without having to pay a $99 subscription which is aberrant to me!” said Schapman.

He does not condone piracy. He made that clear, “I don’t want to see WP Device Manager used in that purpose, if needed I will work with Microsoft to prevent this,” he said. Schapman also plans to remove the unlock feature if Microsoft provides an official free method. “Unlocking is not the main feature of WP Device Manager, and I hope to remove it as soon as there will be an official way to use my app on any device.”

[Sources: WinRumors (all quotes are taken directly), TouchXperience (Schapman’s blog)]

Microsoft wouldn't mind Geohot on their side

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

ChevronWP7 recently gained popularity in the press with their famous “jailbroken” shirt as well as the “jailbreak” tool that bought them a meeting with WP7 reps to discuss homebrew on the mobile platform. But as of late, a new hacker has been baited by Microsoft. George Hotz (aka Geohot) is known for his ability to unlock both the iPhone and the Ps3. He has earned some popularity of his own, but not quite as positive (Sony sued him for 8 counts of DMCA violation).

Geohot updated his personal blog on Tuesday with a stab at Sony:

perhaps a more appropriate way to deal with jailbreakers
I’m going out to buy a Windows 7 phone

This light-hearted comment piqued Microsoft’s interest. Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone, posted a tweet this evening attempting to reach Geohot –

If there is one thing that Microsoft is doing right with their revamped mobile OS, it’s supporting the underground dev community.

[Source: WinRumors]

Microsoft wouldn’t mind Geohot on their side

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

ChevronWP7 recently gained popularity in the press with their famous “jailbroken” shirt as well as the “jailbreak” tool that bought them a meeting with WP7 reps to discuss homebrew on the mobile platform. But as of late, a new hacker has been baited by Microsoft. George Hotz (aka Geohot) is known for his ability to unlock both the iPhone and the Ps3. He has earned some popularity of his own, but not quite as positive (Sony sued him for 8 counts of DMCA violation).

Geohot updated his personal blog on Tuesday with a stab at Sony:

perhaps a more appropriate way to deal with jailbreakers
I’m going out to buy a Windows 7 phone

This light-hearted comment piqued Microsoft’s interest. Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone, posted a tweet this evening attempting to reach Geohot –

If there is one thing that Microsoft is doing right with their revamped mobile OS, it’s supporting the underground dev community.

[Source: WinRumors]

One thing the Xbox should have, that it doesn’t

January 16, 2011 1 comment

The Xbox 360 is versatile. Wanna indulge in the guilty pleasures known as video games? Xbox has it. Wanna watch highlights from last night’s big game that you missed? Xbox has it. Wanna listen to your favorite band and related artists on internet radio? Xbox has it. Wanna video chat with your friend across the country? Xbox can do that. Wanna update your Facebook status or tweet something on Twitter? Xbox can do that. Wanna surf the internet? PS3 and Wii can do that. Wait a second, Microsoft’s game console can’t surf the internet?

Herein lies the issue. Microsoft was established on April 4 in 1975 as a computing company. Their operating system, Windows, has sold billions of copies over the years, amassing an incomprehensible amount of revenue. Their success has created four billionaires and 12,000 millionaires from within their employee pool. Within the last decade they have diversified, creating the Xbox and its successor the Xbox 360 as well as portable media player brand Zune and a mobile phone OS Windows Mobile/Windows Phone 7. Both the Zune and their mobile OS have internet browsing capabilities, but the Xbox does not. The biggest computer company on the planet has withheld the ability to surf the internet on their gaming console. Ironic.

Its not an issue of can or can not, for both of the Xbox’s competitors as well as hackers have been able to load internet browsers onto their game consoles. The Nintendo Wii’s computing power is weak in comparison to that of the Xbox 360, yet the console allows for fairly smooth navigation online. The PS3, however, is more powerful so it does not come as a surprise that it also has an internet browser. In addition to flexing its computing muscle, the Xbox has internet-enabled applications that are built into the OS. Netflix, ESPN, Twitter, Facebook and Last.fm are all accessible when you’re connected to the internet. Oh, and one more thing. Xbox LIVE. The online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery service that requires the internet? The service that millions use on a daily basis to interact with each other. That too, is an internet-driven Microsoft force.

So why, Microsoft? Why, Xbox 360 team? We want an internet browser. We know you can, and that you should. I mean, come on, everyone else is doing it.