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iPhone Hack: EDGE internet on your laptop

Recent developments have allowed iPhone hackers to compile background applications for the iPhone - among the most interesting so far is srelay, a SOCKS proxy server.

srelay running on your iPhone opens up a very exciting possibility - you can use your iPhone's EDGE connection with a laptop or other Wifi-enabled device.

A note of caution: Accessing your EDGE data plan through a laptop may be against your AT&T terms of service. Even modifying your iPhone to enable this service may be a violation. Please check before attempting this procedure.

Currently these instructions only work for Windows - as I don't have a Mac I can't really test anything on that side. I was hoping a blindly created script would work but it does not appear to.
Hit the right-chevron button to go into the IP settings.Hit the "Static" button on the top and fill in the settings.

Make sure to set the IP address to one on the same subnet as your laptop, here I use and the subnet mask shoul…

60 Million Vistas Shipped, 1 Billion Windows by 2008

Although many PC users are still satisfied with their Windows XP experience, Microsoft was proud to announce that it has shipped 60 million copies of its Windows Vista operating system.

In particular, Microsoft boasted that it had quickly surpassed the entire install base of another computer maker that’s better known these days for its music players. "By our math, we eclipsed the entire install base of Apple in the first five weeks of shipment," said Kevin Turner, Microsoft's COO.

While 60 million copies would be an impressive number for any other software maker, an operating system from Microsoft must aspire to reach completely new heights. Microsoft isn’t simply looking at millions of units – it’s looking at the billions.

"The install base of Windows computers this coming 12 months will reach one billion," said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO. "If you stop and think about that for a second, by end of our fiscal year '08 there will be more PCs running…

Problems with the Google Analytics:

Google's Analytics service stopped delivering data to users on Saturday, another in a series of recent performance and availability problems affecting this popular Web site traffic-monitoring service.
The latest problem remains unsolved and is apparently affecting all Google Analytics accounts, according to a message posted Monday afternoon by a Google employee in the official Google Analytics blog.

Google didn't immediate respond to a request seeking comment about the extent of what it is calling a "temporary reporting delay."

Users can log in to their accounts, but the data hasn't been updated since Saturday night. Although the data hasn't been delivered, it hasn't been lost, according to the Google blog posting.

Organizations of all sizes use the free Google Analytics to monitor traffic and analyze usage of their Web sites. Using the data collected by Google Analytics, Web publishers make decisions regarding their sites' design, content, and ad space.


Vista performance patches releades for testers:

Microsoft has released to Windows Server 2008 beta testers two new hot-fix packs for Vista which aim to improve the OS's performance and reliability in a number of categories, fixing many of the mass-reported performance issues in Vista, along with some unexpected improvements.

The "938979 Vista Performance and Reliability Pack" improves the performance when copying or moving entire directories containing large amounts of data or files. Other improvements include faster boot times and fixes to Vista's Memory Manager. The "938194 Vista Compatibility and Reliability Pack" contains a variety of updates including improved compatibility with newer graphics cards, and better performance in games with advanced visuals.

Early non-benchmark tests on these patches show some interesting results, with substantial decreases in file operation times. The two update packs have been leaked and are now available for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Vista. Needless to say, th…

Japanese Wooden Supercar

A Japanese furniture maker has produced a “Wooden Supercar,” which as the name suggests, is made out of wood. The vehicle, which can go up to 80km/h, costs around $32,000 . Here is a video of the SuperCar:

And another video showing Wooden Car being driven by President of the furniture company.

This car is produced by a local furniture maker in Maniwa city - and like all small companies in Japan, they dont have a site that I can direct you to.
The "Wooden Supercar" is 1.3 meters wide x 2.5 meters in length x 1.1 meters high and has a max speed of 80km/h.
You can see last nights coverage of this car at WBS (video is only available for today and is darn Real Player).

Microsoft revolutonalises a High School

The state run high school system in America is often viewed as under-funded and over-crowded, especially in large urban cities such as Philadelphia.
So when Microsoft announced its intention to join up with the city school district and bring all its resources and software know-how there was a mixture of shock and surprise from across the community.

But one year on all seems to be going well.

West Philadelphia is a place of high crime rates and low incomes, the last place you would expect to find a new bright white gleaming school building packed with technology.

There are digital writing boards, built-in audio systems, auditoriums that swivel into place and lots more.

Controversial combination

"In the gym there are cameras with which we are able to capture kids' games. So the next day the kids can deconstruct the game by watching it and better their skills," said High School principal Shirley Grover.

"We can also capture their best shot or pass, which helps us build portfo…

Ubisoft Developing Avatar Game

James Cameron and 20th Century Fox's upcoming high-tech 3-D SF movie Avatar is being adapted into a video game by Ubisoft, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Capping an extensive yearlong runoff among four game companies that presented creative briefs, Cameron selected the French game publisher to develop a next-generation video game to be released alongside the film in May 2009.

For Ubisoft, the deal with Fox and Cameron represents the company's biggest bet yet on a movie property, even eclipsing the terms of its landmark deal with Peter Jackson and Universal for the game based on King Kong.

Avatar, Cameron's first fictional feature film in more than a decade, tells the story of Jake (Sam Worthington), an ex-Marine who persists in an alien world as an avatar, a human mind in an alien body. The concept is similar to that in many video games, in which a player creates a virtual manifestation of himself or herself, often referred to as an avatar.

While yet to be confirmed, it …

Man burns down trailer in online feud

A Navy man who got mad when someone mocked him as a "nerd" over the Internet climbed into his car and drove 1,300 miles from Virginia to Texas to teach the other guy a lesson.

As he made his way toward Texas, Fire Controlman 2nd Class Petty Officer Russell Tavares posted photos online showing the welcome signs at several states' borders, as if to prove to his Internet friends that he meant business.

When he finally arrived, Tavares burned the guy's trailer down.

This week, Tavares, 27, was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading no contest to arson and admitting he set the blaze.

"I didn't think anybody was stupid enough to try to kill anybody over an Internet fight," said John G. Anderson, 59, who suffered smoke inhalation while trying to put out the 2005 blaze that caused $50,000 in damage to his trailer and computer equipment.

The feud started when Anderson, who runs a haunted house near Waco, joined a picture-sharing Web site and posted his art…

NJIT Researchers Develop Inexpensive, Easy Process To Produce Solar Panels

Researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have developed an inexpensive solar cell that can be painted or printed on flexible plastic sheets. “The process is simple,” said lead researcher and author Somenath Mitra, PhD, professor and acting chair of NJIT’s Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. “Someday homeowners will even be able to print sheets of these solar cells with inexpensive home-based inkjet printers. Consumers can then slap the finished product on a wall, roof or billboard to create their own power stations.”

“Fullerene single wall carbon nanotube complex for polymer bulk heterojunction photovoltaic cells,” featured as the June 21, 2007 cover story of the Journal of Materials Chemistry published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, details the process. The Society, based at Oxford University, is the British equivalent of the American Chemical Society.

Harvesting energy directly from abundant solar radiation using solar cells is increasingly emerging…

Combined skills and Tools it takes to be a Hacker

Do you want to become a hacker in Just ten minutes? I know It seems like a joke for you right now, but this is real. It is as easy as watching TV. All you need to do is to press that little "play button" on the left and you are on. What are you waiting for, watch this video and start hacking.
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Sprint flashlight-animation

Takeshi Nagata and Kazue Monno made this wonderful animated film titled "Pika Pika 2007" by taking long-exposure photographs of people waving flashlights and stitching the photos together. You may also have seen their work in a recent Sprint television commercial.

(Via tochka)

9 Ways to Build Your Own Social Network

The news may overflow with stories about the social networking giants, such as Facebook and MySpace, but a horde of companies are doing their best to reduce the fundamental features of these websites to mere commodities. These up-and-coming companies provide so-called “white label” social networking platforms that enable their customers to build their own social networks (often from scratch) and to tailor those networks to a range of purposes.

The idea of white labeling a network is to make the platform provider as invisible as possible to the social network’s users and to brand the network with the builder’s identity or intent. While definitions of “social networking” may vary, social networks are primarily defined by member profiles and some sort of user generated content. There are roughly three types of companies that have emerged in the space of white label social networking. The first provides hosted, do-it-yourself solutions with which customers can largely point and click their…

Toshiba Ships first Notebook with HD DVD-R

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the availability of the Qosmio G45-AV680, a cutting-edge audio-video notebook computer with Dolby surround sound technology and the first U.S. model to feature an HD DVD-R optical drive and full 1080playback resolution.

As the first U.S. notebook computer with an HD DVD-R optical drive, the Qosmio notebook provides users with a state-of-the-art multimedia machine that can burn up to 30 GB of data, including home-videos, entire photo albums and music libraries onto a single HD DVD recordable disc. In addition to storage capacity, the HD DVD-R optical drive also plays HD DVD movies at a resolution six times sharper than the DVD format.

The enhanced technology of HD DVD provides Qosmio users with a groundbreaking level of interactivity that will change how people watch movies. Features such as in-movie commentary and downloadable internet content will provide layers of valua…

NASA to Dump Junk in Space

It's not the politically correct way to dispose of trash, but NASA says it has no better option than to dump from the International Space Station a refrigerator-sized container holding ammonia and a 200-pound camera stand. Station flight engineer Clay Anderson will do the deed during a spacewalk planned for Monday."We agonized over this for a very long time before we came to this decision," space station deputy manager Kirk Shireman said in an interview. "It sounds bad."NASA is not as concerned about its image as it is about the potential damage the ammonia container, which weighs more than 1,400 pounds, could do after it falls from orbit in about a year. Pieces as big as 39 pounds could survive re-entry and crash on Earth.The U.S. space agency calculates the odds of the debris hurting or killing a person at one in 5000. That sounds high, but consider that engines flown on the country's heavy-lift Delta and Atlas rockets have a one in 1,000 chance of affec…

Emotion-Sensing Furniture Changes Hues

Ancient Japanese people believed that gods lived in all things, whether animate or inanimate. Talking to a wall was not an idle act, but actually a kind of soul-searching. And usually, the wall talked back. Now a table and a set of chairs embodies that philosophy. Called Fuwapica, which loosely translated means "soft and flashy," the furniture senses people's presence and gradually changes colors accordingly. The interactive set, which could be in shops, airports, museums, or bars within a year or two, uses technology to extend people's emotional state into a room that may be devoid of ancient ideas."We want modern people like us to remember that there was an interaction between people and furniture," said Ichi Kanaya, assistant professor at Osaka University. Continue reading>>

Story Machine Captures Sound, Images

When it comes to writing, the pen and paper can take storytelling only so far. Now a new technology allows kids — big and small — to embed sound into traditional drawings and create an interactive story-game. The Jabberstamp, invented by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is not only just fun to play with, it can also allow children to capture and share intricate ideas before they have mastered the skill of writing narratives."We can help them learn new things that are really complex by giving them new toys," said Hayes Raffle, a Ph.D. candidate and research assistant. Raffle developed the device with fellow Ph.D. candidate Cati Vaucelle and Cornell University researcher Ruibing Wang.These days, a new toy most likely is computerized. But electronic toys and books are akin to television, said Raffle. Most of the content is already preprogrammed with stories that have been created by someone else."I always thought that it was a shame that kids could…

Nintendo DS, Wii Continue Hardware Sales Lead for June

The sales numbers released by research firm NPD Group for June continue to highlight Nintendo’s current strength in the market. Both the Nintendo DS and Wii lead all of its competitors in terms of software and hardware sales.
The Nintendo DS collected even more sales than during May, moving an amazing 561,900 units. The Wii followed closely behind with 381,800, also slightly up from the previous month.Nintendo’s near-obsolete Game Boy Advance sold a surprising 109,400 consoles, despite there being no new software released for the handheld. Sony took sat next in the ladder, with the PSP selling 290,100 and the undying PlayStation 2 at 270,700 units. The PlayStation 3, which was once again the lowest-selling, current-market console, only managed to sell 98,500 units.Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sold 198,400 units, also up from May’s figures.Overall, video game hardware sales were up 34 percent for the month as compared to the same period last year – accumulating $398.6 million.(via Dailytech)

Protect Your Mobile Phone From Unwanted Access Using Iris Recognition

The Japanese company Oki Electric announced the development of an iris recognition technology for cell phones, in the first application that uses the existing video camera of your phone or PDA, in an ultra high level of security protection. No one will ever be able to make any calls, or to access the web from your phone, unless it is authorized by you. The software Iris Recognition Technology version 1.0 needs a 1 or 2 megapixels camera to function properly, and is based on a proprietary algorithm designed to work with standard cameras on mobile phones. The program runs on both Windows Mobile and Symbian, so it’s compatible with a lot of cool mobile phones on the market, and it should probably work with your current phone. Find out more about this cool technology at Oki Electric (translated).

86 Essential Photoshop shortcuts

Working with Photoshop isn't that easy for both beginners and advanced users. There are times when applying a simple effect to your image can be so much time consuming. What follows is a list of often used(and much abused tools) tools and their shorcuts to make working with them second nature-we don't want to handle our tools clumsily while unleashing our creativity, do we?
H (Hand Tool) — When zoomed in to a portion of your photo, this command brings up the hand tool which allows quick panning.B (Brush tool) — The brush is an extremely useful tool when working with masks, and I’m constantly using this command along with the hand and zoom tools.Sift + B (Cycle through Brush tools)- Use this shortcut to bring up a list of other tools in brushes palette.Z (Zoom Tool) — This command brings up the zoom tool, which allows you to zoom in.Ctrl + 0 (Fit to Screen) — This is a command to get the entire photo in front of your eyes.Ctrl + Z (Undo) — Very useful for going back one step...…

Microsoft, pressure Google on privacy (computer world)

Microsoft is joining in offering web surfers a way to use its search engines anonymously, and the two companies are now calling on the search and online advertising industry to develop a common set of privacy practices. By year's end, Microsoft will give users a way to search anonymously on its Microsoft Windows Live websites, and it will also implement a new data retention policy that after 18 months will scrub all search query data of any information that could be used to identify the searcher.

"We think that we as an industry ought to take a look at ways to further enhance privacy protections," said Microsoft Chief Privacy Strategist Peter Cullen. "We're really trying to make sure that people always have the ability to have a trusted experience."

These steps are similar to those taken by last week and are part of an effort to create industry consensus on privacy practices, Cullen said.

When visitors use Microsoft's Windows Live search en…

Ubuntu logos

I have collected some cool Ubuntu logos, and funny pictures about Ubuntu made in different colors and having different design elements. Click on the images to view them in High res.
(Disclaimer: I have not myself created any of these logos, that is why i have maintained the original links)

Yahoo takes less Time than google to Load

Hey! This is serious. Google Takes more time to load than Yahoo. Now this Doesn't matter much, but for those who hate google (I am not one of those),this makes them laugh about google. What does the home page of google contain, only a colorful logo and a form and why it takes time to load. Compared to Yahoo which contains relatively more images, Google should load faster but it is the other way round. If you don't believe me check for yourself.
I know it is not clearly visible, try testing for your self at
In my test average speed of google was 0.17 secs and that of Yahoo was 0.07 secs.
You can also use this website to check your own website's speed and load time and help your readers by tweaking your website's layout and source code to speed up the page download.
Find the entire article here.

Best Blogging Hosts

So many of you may be already familiar with the most popular blogging hosts like "google's blogger" and "Wordpress". But there are a number of other blogging hosts who provide much more options than these platforms. Let us take a look at some of them. Click on the images to visit the respective website.

1.) This doesn't need any introduction. Probably the best host in the world.
Pros: Insert html/javascript with ease, fully customizable CSS, good available templates, can be used with custom domains.
Cons: Less resources available as compared to wordpress.

2.)Wordpress is open source means its source code id freely available and you can be its developer too. It provides both free as well as paid services.
Pros: Downloadable, has vast directory of plugins and templates, Great support available.
Cons: Little bit tough till you get used to it, and Css not customizable in free blogs.

3.) A good blogging host and also one of the earliest in …