A hacking group named 'fail0verflow' have announced that they have deciphered the private key that Sony uses to authorise code to run on PlayStation 3 systems. Breaking this code means things can be launched, as if authorised by Sony.
The group made the announcement at the Chaos Communications Conference - saying it opened a huge number of options, such as being able to run linux on the console no matter which firmware is running. Of course this could be used for piracy, but they have said this was not their goal.
I have been shooting photos for years now using a DSLR camera. I bought the DSLR just for the faster shutter speeds so I could catch my kids actually in the frame instead of just an elbow or ear. I found out after using the thing for a while that the manual modes a DSLR offers and the ability to change a lens to your needs and situation makes for much better photos. The big downsides to a DSLR camera is that the things are big and bulky, plus they cost a lot.
Over the last year or so there have been a growing number of smaller digital cameras coming to the market that lack the mirror box of a DSLR making them smaller and keep the image quality and interchangeable lenses. They aren't any cheaper than a DSLR typically, but they are easier for some to take with them. The latest of these interchangeable lens cameras to land is the Samsung NX11. This is not a micro four-thirds camera; it has a larger APS-C sensor than the micro four-thirds offerings have.
The camera works with the Samsung i-Function lenses that allow all settings to be adjusted from the lens. The rear LCD is a 3-inch AMOLED unit and the camera can record HD resolution video as well. It will be offered with a 20-50mm zoom lens and other lenses will be optional. The sensor in the camera is a 14.6MP unit and the video recording resolution is 720p. Samsung will ship the camera in February for $649.
Samsung has been making all sorts of electronic products for a very long time and is one of the largest electronics makers in the world. The company has a wide range of products with computers, TV, audio gear, and digital cameras. The latest new product to surface from the company is a new digital camera called the WB700 that promises some really impressive zoom levels in a slim device.
The camera has a total of 24x zoom. That includes the 18x optical zoom and the 1.3x smart zoom, which is a digital zoom function. The camera uses a 16MP CCD sensor and it has full manual controls to give the user all the control over their photos they desire. The camera can also record video in 720p resolution. The camera has dual optical image stabilization and digital image stabilization, which is important at these zoom levels.
The camera also has a movie recording button, supports RAW format images, and has a HDMI output for watching those videos on your TV. It comes with all the automatic functions and features you expect to find on a higher end digital camera. Samsung will ship the camera in April for $299.99 and it will be shown off at CES next month.
PowerColor has been peddling some nice video cards for a long time now that geeks and gamers would really like to put inside their computers. Video cards, like CPUs and RAM, are often overclocked by the user to get more performance and to get the most out of a GPU, the card has to be cool. PowerColor's latest video card trades fans for a water block to keep the GPU nice and frosty.
The card is called the PowerColor LCS HD6970. The thing has 2GB of GDDR5 RAM and a core clock of 925MHz. The memory clock for the card is 1425MHz and the memory interface is 256-bit. The thing ships with lots of connectivity options and connectors with support for DVI, HDMI, and mini Display port all in the same device.
The copper cooling plate of the water block can cool the GPU to under 50C even under full load. The card comes with 3/8" and ½" fittings in the box. Pricing and availability on the card is not known at this time. You can expect to pay more than a normal PowerColor HD 6970 for sure.
MSI are definitely wanting to have a huge party with the overclocking and enthusiast crowd as of late. First we have the amazing HAWK, Twin Frozr coolers, Big Bang motherboards and overclocked GPU's coming through at every angle.
Now we have the top of the line Sandy Bridge mobo - the Big Bang Marshal. The board is an XL-ATX form-factor, with eight (!) PCIe 16x slots which can be used in either a four x16 or an eight x8 configuration. This is made possible thanks to Lucid's HydraLogix chip - which also enables any combination of AMD and NVIDIA GPU's to be used in multi-GPU setups.
Our Download of the Day today is ooVoo 126.96.36.199.
With ooVoo, you can connect with anyone, anytime, with video calls, video messages, phone calls, text and more. Use ooVoo to get face time with people you can't meet in person (and save travel time and money!). ooVoo makes life easier and more fun.
2-way video calls.
Record and send 1 minute video messages.
Create 1 video chat room to embed on a website.
Friends without ooVoo can join a call with you from their browser.
6-way text chat.
Send files up to 5MB at a time.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Tiger Direct - JVC GC-FM2Y Picsio Pocket Camcorder 3" LCD HD Movie $99.99 plus Shipping!.
Offer: Use coupon code: EBE15829 for $50 off the JVC GC-FM2Y Picsio pocket camcorder, taking the price down to just $99.99 plus shipping, expiring 12/31/10. This tiny unit features a 3" color touchscreen TFT, 1920 x 1080p full HD video, 5MP still picture, SD card slot, and a 1 year warranty. To be clear, this isn't going to give you the quality of a more expensive, full sized camcorder, but it's $99.99.
The latest happenings from around the web - December 30th, 2010
- Dell XPS 15 (L501X): Intel Core i7 840QM/2GB nVidia GT435m @ Kitguru
- Samsung SF510 Notebook @ Pureoverclock
- New 10-inch Eee Pads are getting launched during CES @ Netbooknews
- MSI Windpad 100W Hands On Video and full specs @ Netbooknews
- Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 Sneak Peek @ HiTechLegion
- Biostar TP67XE Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- OCZ DDR3 PC3-17000 ReaperX HPC 8GB Dual Channel Kit @ Pro-Clockers
Our Mobile App of the Day today is FreeAppADay for iPhone .
Apps love to pick at our wallets 99 cents to a few bucks at a time, but there's a lot of people out there that stick mostly to the free stuff but have a hard time finding new apps to try out. FreeAppADay, the official app of FreeAppADay.com, may just be what you need to find your newest mobile distraction.
With an advanced UI, Game Reviews, and a new Business section for those not wanting to be inundated by games every day, FreeAppADay offers up new free app suggestions every day. Whether you're looking for a new game to pass the time or an app to do something for you that you never knew you wanted, this is definitely worth a look. The app, normally, $2.99, is even free for a limited time over the holiday break. Pick it up on iTunes.
Most outlets were expecting to have to wait another week for this to be made available, but obviously the folks at Skype just couldn't wait any longer. Version 3.0 for iPhone is live, complete with the highly anticipated video calling feature.
Compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and fourth-generation iPod Touch, Skype can now share real-time video with other iOS device users as well as PC, Mac, and Linux users. Video can also be received (but not sent) on the iPad and third gen iPod Touch. The service is free and works with 3G and WiFI data. FaceTime, it looks like the gauntlet has been thrown down.