Easy Freeboot v5.12

/* Posted April 29th, 2011 at 8:41am [Comments: none]    */
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Sneakypeanut released a new version of his Easy freeBOOT – an application which will automate the creation of a 12625 freeBOOT image for JTAG-able consoles based on the original NAND image.

What’s new/fixed:
* Added in more SMC options
* fixed odd.bin,crl.bin error from building leaked 12625 rebooter
* streamlinded some code
* implimented the improved xell
* removed hdmi xell
* fixed overwriting images
* commented more code
* fixed smc selection
* fixed broken error exeption

Things todo:
* Maybe add xellous
* Save to usb (not really needed but would be interesting to try)
* Auto jtag (would implement but i dont want to brick hundreds of boxes)
* Auto updater

Official Site: n/a, by Sneakypeanut
Download: n/a (might be illegal under DCMA/EUCD)

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6.20 TN-E (HEN) Released.

/* Posted April 29th, 2011 at 2:41am [Comments: none]    */
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has released (HEN) this version is so much more than the other releases. Like the other 6.xx CFW’s this one adds everything else you would expect from TN. There is no perm patch yet on this one. The changelog is below and the download is that of the fix release. Total_Noob removed a few bugs from this mornings release.

-E (HEN) changelog:

(6.20 TN-E Fix by Total_Noob)
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(Changelog 6.20 TN-E Fix)
– Fixed loading of game/pops plugins.
– Fixed buffer overflow crash, TN Settings should work now.
– Fixed bug that only allows 18 items in TN Settings.

(Changelog 6.20 TN-E)
– Added ‘TN Settings’ option to the XMB where you can adjust your configurations and plugins (based on Bubbletune’s Game Categories).
– Added OSK Character Limit Increase (the Internet Browser OSK only supports 512 characters. This patch allows you to use 1518 characters).
– Added password control at startup (change password in ‘Security Settings’).
– Added sceUmdMan_driver patch (umd4hombrew is not necessary anymore).
– Added ability to access flash0, flash1, flash2, flash3 and UMD Disc via USB.
– Added PSX multi-disc support.
– Added possibility to hide hen eboot in the game menu.
– Added version.txt display.
– Added more functions to kubridge library.
– Cloned more NIDs wich Sony removed in 6.20.
– Fixed bug that didn’t show ‘Memory Card Utility’ in pops.
– Fixed syscall execution in kernel mode (thanks to neur0n).
– Redesigned NID Resolver.
– Updated NID Table.
– Improved plugins compatiblity: PSPConsole, Macro Fire, Custom Firmware Extender, Brightpad, Battery Warning Plugin and many more!

Download: 6.20 TN-E (HEN)

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How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 4 Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.2]

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These are instructions on how to jailbreak your iPhone 4 on iOS 4.3.2 using PwnageTool for Mac.

Step One
Make a folder called “Pwnage” on the desktop. In it, you will need a couple of things. PwnageTool 4.3.2, found here.

You will also need the 4.3.2 iPhone firmware.
4.3.2 (4 GSM): iPhone3,1_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw

When downloading the IPSW file, it is best to download it with Firefox since Safari often auto extracts it!

Step Two
Double click to mount PwnageTool then drag the PwnageTool icon into the Pwnage folder.

Then from the Pwnage folder double click to launch the PwnageTool application.

Click Ok if presented with a warning.

Step Three
Click to select Expert Mode from the top menu bar

Step Four
Click to select your device. A check-mark will appear over the image of the device. Click the blue arrow button to continue.

Step Five
You will be brought to the “Browse for IPSW” page. Click the Browse for IPSW… button.

From the popup window select your firmware from the Pwnage folder then click the Open button.

Step Six
You will then be brought to a menu with several choices. Click to select General then click the blue arrow button.

The General settings allows you to decide the partition size. Check Activate the phone if you are not with an official carrier then click the blue arrow button.

NOTE*: Deselect Activate if you have an iPhone legitimately activated on an official carrier.

The Cydia settings menu allows you to create custom packages so you do not have to manually install the necessary them later.

Click to select the Download packages tab. Then click the Refresh button to display all the available packages. Double clicking the package you want will download it and make it available in the Select Packages tab.

Checkmark the ones you want then click the blue arrow button.

The Custom Packages Settings menu displays listed package settings for your custom IPSW. For know leave these settings as is. Click the blue arrow button to continue.

Step Seven
You are now ready to begin the pwnage process! Click the Build button to select it then click the Blue arrow button to begin.

Step Eight
You will be asked to save your custom .ipsw file. Save it to your Pwnage folder you created on your Desktop.

Your IPSW is now being built. Please allow up to 10 minutes.

You will be asked to enter your administrator password. Do this then click the OK button.

Step Nine
Once your ipsw has been built you will be asked to connect your iPhone to the computer. Once it detects your device PwnageTool will guide your through the steps to putting your iPhone into DFU mode.

Press and hold the power and home buttons for 10 seconds.

Then release the power button and continue holding the home button for 10 seconds.

Once your iPhone is successfully in DFU mode, PwnageTool will prompt you to launch iTunes.

Step Ten
Once In iTunes, hold the Alt/Option key and click Restore.

Step Eleven
Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop using the dialog window that appears. Select the custom IPSW that was created and click the Choose button.

Step Twelve
iTunes will now restore the firmware on your iPhone. This can also take up to 10 minutes. Once done you will be rebooted into jailbroken iOS 4.3.2!

***THANKS: Thank you to iPhone Dev-Team and I0n1c for their hard work in making this jailbreak and tutorial possible!

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How to use Chrome’s speech-to-text

/* Posted April 28th, 2011 at 8:41pm [Comments: none]    */
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Google has introduced a way that you can talk to your browser, as long as that browser is Chrome. It won’t talk back, but it will do your bidding. These instructions cover the basics of the new speech-to-text feature, which is functional but has yet to be implemented widely.

First off, be sure that you’re using Google Chrome 11 (download for Windows | Mac | Linux)or later, and that you’ve got a microphone. Next, you have to navigate to a site that supports the new speech API. Currently, that’s limited to Google Translate, which itself is limited to translations that originate in English. Expect that to change as site developers begin to implement the feature. One other hitch is that because this is a brand-new feature, it’s also limited at present in Google Translate to translations originating in English.

So: Set Google Translate to English, then click the microphone that appears in the lower right-hand corner of the input box. Speak the sentence you want translated. When you’re done talking, Google will automatically translate it. You can also use the site’s Listen option (to the right of the text field) to hear what’s the translation sounds like.

Web sites that currently use the speech API
? Google Translate
? Web2Voice, which demonstrates embedded video playback, control, and search
? HTML5 demo Web site

There are currently some unofficial options for playing with the Speech-to-HTML API. The Web2Voice site that I discovered in a Chromium HTML5 Google groups forum has implemented basic YouTube compatibility using the new speech API. Click the microphone icon and say, “Green Lantern trailer,” to search for trailers from the upcoming movie. If you click and say, “Play official trailer” it will play the trailer with those words in the title. To pause it, click and say “stop.” To resume, click and say “play.”

This isn’t an official implementation, since that would appear on the YouTube site. But this certainly gives a strong indication of what the API is capable of. Unfortunately, having to click the microphone for every input is a bit of a pain. You might as well just click the pause button yourself. Also annoying is that the feature has trouble distinguishing between audio playback from the computer and your voice.

What this likely will be extremely useful for is accessibility within the upcoming Google Chrome OS. If you’re spending you’re entire computing time in the browser, as you will be in Chrome OS, and using the keyboard isn’t easy for you, then having on-demand speech-to-command options are a must.

If you discover more options for the API, let me know in the comments below.

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LG 47LW5600 HDTV Review: 3D, Connected, and More

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The LG 47LW5600 more than holds its own in an increasingly competitive 3D TV field. For $1530 (as of April 10, 2011), this 47-inch, LED-backlit set delivers decent image quality, great connected-TV features, and a pleasurable passive-3D experience in an exceptionally eco-friendly package.

You’ll find very little to quibble about with this handsome 1080p HDTV. Yes, the image quality could be a little better–in our juried tests, judges weren’t superimpressed with its brightness and contrast, and several noted some uneven lighting that can be symptomatic of an edge-lit LED display. Also, the screen gets rather dark when not viewed head-on. Still, all scores were “Good” or better, and the 47LW5600 earned exceptionally high scores on our motion tests, proving that with good motion-handling technology, 120Hz is all you need for the refresh rate.

Also, you get plenty of help if you want to tweak your image quality, including a helpful basic calibration utility that presents you with images to try to match. LG provides seven video presets, including two that are user-customizable, and five audio presets (Standard/Music/Cinema/Game/Sports), plus image and audio presets for movies, gaming, and sports.

We don’t do juried testing of 3D image quality, but I very much enjoyed watching Avatar: The Last Airbender on 3D Blu-ray with one of the four sets of polarized glasses that LG includes with the TV. The set immediately identified the content as 3D and switched to the proper format; the glasses are lightweight and fit comfortably over my own specs.

As on so many HDTVs, however, the 47LW5600′s audio quality didn’t particularly impress. The two 10-watt speakers delivered okay simulated surround sound in my tests with the Blu-ray Disc of Phantom of the Opera, but even turned all the way up, the volume wasn’t that loud or enveloping.

In our power consumption tests, the 47LW5600 proved a real superstar, averaging hourly consumption of only 56.4 watts when in use, and no visible consumption when turned off. We see very few sets that use this little power.

The 47LW5600 boasts the good looks we’ve come to expect in an LG set, with a transparent edge finishing off the black bezel. Touch-sensitive buttons on the bottom front edge let you change channels, inputs, and volume, and power the set on or off. (You can opt to turn off the power-on lighting in the settings.)

LG provides four side-facing HDMI ports and two USB ports (including one for connecting media stored on a USB drive); rear-facing ports include one component, one composite, and one combined (either component or composite) video port. (The latter accommodates either component cables that terminate in a single video and a single audio port, or composite cables that terminate in a single AV port.) You also get a headphone jack, PC audio and RGB inputs, digital (optical) audio out, ethernet and coax ports, plus a wireless control port that connects to an optional LG media box dongle (which lets you reduce cable clutter by connecting your video sources to the media box and beaming the AV signals wirelessly to the dongle).

The set also comes with a Wi-Fi adapter that you can plug into a USB port to connect to your home network, although a wired hookup using the ethernet port is better for most streaming media applications.

LG’s Smart TV platform (formerly NetCast) provides plenty of media to stream, starting with an ample lineup of on-demand Web services including Netflix, Vudu, Hulu Plus, and YouTube. You can also access your Facebook and Twitter accounts, check out Yahoo Widgets, and download apps from the LG store. You must create an account with LG to enjoy these features.

LG’s support for media playback includes not only the ability to play music, video, and still images stored on USB drives but to stream media from DLNA-enabled computers and other devices on your home network, a feature you don’t see on many sets. File format support is robust for video, but image and audio formats are limited to JPG stills and DRM-free MP3 audio.

One highly innovative extra: In addition to its standard, full-size remote, LG provides a separate, so-called Magic Motion remote that works something like a Wii controller, using RF technology to provide easy point-and-click access to connected TV features. In my tests, the shoehorn-shaped device worked pretty well, although at times there was a bit of lag before the on-screen cursor responded to my movements.

The standard-sized remote, meanwhile, offers a full set of controls for all functions, and you can program it to control other devices. A quick-menu button offers easy access to popular on-screen menu items such as aspect ratio, image and audio presets, and the channel editor. The number of buttons can be a bit intimidating, but they are generally large enough to access comfortably, and one button lights them up in a dim room.

LG provides a large printed manual (also available online as a PDF), but it can be a bit difficult to find the information you need since the manual covers a couple dozen models of plasma and LCD TVs. In many cases this means wading through a handful of diagrams for a single task that’s handled differently by different sets. The 47LW5600 comes with a separate short printed setup guide (not available online) that at least walks you through basics such as connecting devices.

With its imposing list of connected-TV features, DLNA support, and innovative second remote, the 47LW5600 should appeal to technology enthusiasts who will enjoy its many advanced features, but anyone seeking a moderately priced HDTV set with solid image quality and 3D support should also check it out.

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Download Free Google Docs for Android with OCR (Image to Text) Support

/* Posted April 28th, 2011 at 8:41pm [Comments: none]    */
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Nowadays, we’re living in a new era of mobility as most people liked to use their mobile devices to perform multiple tasks while on-the-go. Here’s a great news for Google Docs fans who would like to access the useful Google service right from their smartphones. The search engine giant has finally debuted the long-awaited official Google Docs mobile app for Android. The most notable feature of the app is the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) capability to easily and quickly extract text from captured image. In other words, you just have to snap a photo of your desired printed text with your phone’s built-in camera, and the Google Docs app will be able to convert it into editable document automatically. Unfortunately, it just can recognize formatted English text initially, with no support on handwritten words and special fonts – perhaps it will be get improved in the near future.

Google Docs App for Android

The basic functions of Google Docs Android app is to allow for easy creating, editing, sharing and uploading documents right from Android-powered devices. The app is capable of adding a small widget to your phone’s homescreen for instant access to a trio of core tasks – jumping to your starred documents, taking a photo to upload, or creating a new document with one tap.

Anyway, you still have to access Internet to utilize the online mobile editors for editing documents, so your documents are keep updated constantly once you edit it, but you won’t be able to edit one of your documents without accessing the online editors.

The all-new Google Docs mobile app that compatible with Android 2.1 OS or newer is now available as a free download from the Android Market.

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iPad Game Review: Death Rally

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Today iPad.net brings you the review of Death Rally, which is essentially a conversion of an old game developed for computers. However, if you have played the PC version then you will definitely notice that Death Rally is a lot more than a direct conversion.

20110428 death rally iPad Game Review: Death Rally

It’s almost a completely new game. The main motive of the game is to take down your opponents to win races using weaponry and violence.

The big screen of the iPad makes learning and looking at the complex tracks simpler. There are not too many tracks but as you upgrade your opponents gets tougher. This makes learning tracks early on in your career beneficial.

You can control your racer using a virtual joystick. You also have a virtual fire button. However, basic weapons fire automatically when you see an opponent. There are so many different types of weapons you can collect as you progress. You have the shot gun, missile launcher, Gatling gun etc. Based on how many opponents you have gun down, what place you finished in the race as well as whether you defeated the boss of the level you are awarded points.

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The points you earn can be used to improve your car. You can upgrade speed, armor, handling as well as the special weapon. The fact that this game is pretty complicated with many customizable options makes it pretty serious and fun at the same time. Note that you will find the handling of your first car pretty floaty but as you progress and upgrade your car it handles a lot better.

Death Rally has excellent sound and graphics and the gaming experience makes it highly exciting and addictive. This game is also optimized for the iPad if you own one and can also be played on the iPhone (because the game is universal). If you like the sound of Death Rally then you can get it for your iPad for $4.99 from the App store.

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Ubisoft wants Driver back on top

/* Posted April 28th, 2011 at 2:41pm [Comments: none]    */
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Murray Pannel, UK marketing chief at Ubisoft, recently spoke about his desire for Driver to be a top franchise once again.

 

“Driver as a brand has been massive in the past, and there is no reason to suggest that it couldn’t be just as great in the future. Despite the fact there’s not been a Driver game for over five years, it is still in the top five Ubisoft brands in terms of awareness,” Pannel said.

 

“Of course Driver and Assassin’s Creed are two very different types of game, but they both have mainstream appeal and the ability to capture the imagination of a wide spectrum of core and casual gamers,” he continued. “The ambition for all our studios is to make games that have the scope, depth, lasting appeal, enjoyment factor and sales potential of games like Assassin’s Creed.”

 

“From an investment point of view we are treating both franchises like true blockbuster titles, so the ambition is there. We have a real opportunity to take this mainstream due to the broad appeal of the franchise. Driver is most definitely back and the marketing campaign will make sure it stays firmly on the map for this year.”

 

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Collaborate on the go with Google Docs for Android

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Google Docs for Android dropped today, which means frequent collaborators can rejoice.


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The app appears to be complete with all of our favorite core Google Docs features: creating, editing, uploading, and sharing documents. In addition, it comes stocked with an optional home screen widget for a one-touch way to create new documents, access starred documents, or take and upload photos.

One really exciting feature is the app’s ability to connect with your device’s camera, and use optical character recognition (OCR) to turn photos with text into editable Google documents.

Google claims the technology will get better at recognizing unformatted text (and hopefully handwriting?) over time, so this could potentially be a prelude to a whole new form of collaboration. We’ll wait and see.

Google Docs for Android is currently available for phones running Android 2.1+. Stay tuned for a more in-depth hands-on look.

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C4Eva: 0225 progress

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Some updates from C4Eva about the Slim 0225 CFW that will directly be ‘LT 2.0′ with XGD3 support (the new disc format MS will introduce with the new fall dashboard, and currently being tested by the Beta Preview Dashboard). He also said something about the x360key and apparently there’s more to come…

From c4evaspeaks.com:
[QUOTE]
[G***] c4eva has there been a roadblock on 0225 progress?
[c4eva] no

[c4eva] x360key: something better will be out around the same time :)

[c4eva] 0225 will feature LT 2.0 – support for XGD3 backups!
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