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Blu-ray cracked ?

Posted by Parth Barot on January 23, 2007

It’s still early on to tell whether this is actually true, but HD DVD cracker muslix64 is back, and with the help of another anti-DRM cracker, Janvitos, claims to have also broken the Blu-ray’s implementation of AACS. Although their protection does not yet account for BD+ copy-protection, they claim to have been able to implement the same key-grabbing known-plaintext attack as muslix64 used to crack HD DVD in order to successfully to crack Blu-ray without even using a disc or drive (apparently they just used a raw encrypted data file and nothing more). Unfortunately they haven’t yet posted code for us to test this out, so we’ll have to take their word for it for the time being.

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Bang & Olufsen intros BeoLab 9 loudspeakers

Posted by Parth Barot on January 23, 2007


Per usual, Bang & Olufsen is out crafting home theater components that only a select few can afford, yet just about everyone can appreciate. The BeoLab 9 loudspeakers are no different, as they sport a unique conically-shaped cabinet that house the five-inch mid-range and ten-inch bass drivers, and the tweeter gets perched atop the unit ready to spread those highs “in an arc of 180 degrees.” These towers also feature the firm’s Acoustic Lens Technology, which supposedly “guarantees uniform sound characteristics in front of the speaker, letting the listener hear constant timbre even when moving around or sitting in different places.” While we’re not too confident on blasting these guys without a subwoofer somewhere in the loop, they do manage to tout the company’s “Adaptive Bass Linearisation technology” to prevent distortion, and can reportedly reach down to 30Hz all by their lonesome. Of course, for the presumably lofty price these things will demand, you also get a paint job of your choice, as the towers come in red, blue, dark grey, and black. No word on when these should grace showroom floors, nor how many arms / legs you’ll need to liquidate before even thinking about ’em, but the BeoLab 9 should be impressing deep-pocketed listeners real soon. Click on through for another look.

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OrigenAE cranks out 1080p LCD-equipped HTPC chassis

Posted by Parth Barot on January 23, 2007


HTPC enclosures with front-mounted LCD screens certainly aren’t new, with firms such as VoodooPC and Okoro Media Systems (just to name a couple) have been pumpin’ them out for quite some time, but OrigenAE’s take on the LCD-equipped chassis involves quite a bit more distinction than the other ho hum attempts. The S21T is practically one-piece aluminum (black or silver) case that just oozes sleekness, and would probably become the instant standout in any AV rack. Gracing the front is a recessed 12.1-inch motorized LCD that touts an (admittedly tough on the eyes) 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, and just might beat out the actual TV sets this beast will end up connected to. Regardless, the enclosure also features a host of internal fans, matching optical drive bezel, removable motherboard tray, support for 10 internal hard drives, and a bevy of ports including USB 2.0, FireWire, audio in / out, and multi-card flash reader. Of course, it doesn’t really matter how sensational the innards of this thing are, just click on through for a few more snapshots and see how great it looks completely empty.

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Suzuki Flix concept combines home theater and car – amzing…

Posted by Parth Barot on January 23, 2007


With an illegal seating configuration and that weird hump up top, we’re fairly confident this Suzuki Flix concept car that was recently shown at the Detroit Auto Show won’t be parked in your driveway anytime soon, but it’s fun to look at all the same. Just like its SXBox cousin, the Suzuki Flix crams excessive entertainment hardware into an almost-believable vehicle configuration, but we’re not positive the Flix quite pulls it off. That viewing angle through the pop-open roof looks crazy awkward, and the projector-housing hump kind of ruins the whole “theater in disguise” thing Suzuki has going on. Still, we’re not going to deny the movie geek cred here, and those chairs look pretty tight, no matter what the DOT might think.

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Google Antiphishing Site Exposes Private User Data

Posted by Parth Barot on January 23, 2007

Google has removed a few user names and passwords posted inadvertently to a phishing blacklist it compiles and makes publicly available on the Web. The Mountain View, California-based company said it has also implemented a mechanism that detects and prevents a URL submission that contains login data from being available publically. The loophole was discovered in early January and Google announced Monday that the problem had been solved.

From infoWorld

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Undelete Plus 2.53

Posted by Parth Barot on January 23, 2007

Undelete Plus is a quick and effective way to retrieve accidentally deleted files, files removed from the Recycle Bin, in a DOS window, from a network drive, from Windows Explorer with the SHIFT key held down. A changelog is currently unavailable, so it should be assumed that this update is mainly bug fixes.

From NeoWin

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PC Tools Firewall Plus 1.0.0.10

Posted by Parth Barot on January 23, 2007

PC Tools Firewall Plus is a powerful personal firewall for Windows that protects your computer from intruders and controls the network traffic in and out of your PC. By monitoring applications that connect to the network Firewall Plus can stop Trojans, backdoors, keyloggers and other malware from damaging your computer and stealing your private information. PC Tools Firewall Plus is advanced technology designed specially for people, not experts. Powerful prevention against attacks and known exploits is activated by default and advanced users can also easily create their own packet filtering rules to customize the network defenses. All you need to do is install it for immediate and automatic ongoing protection. That’s why PC Tools Firewall Plus provides world-leading protection, backed by regular Smart Updates, OnGuard™ real-time protection and comprehensive network shielding to ensure your system remains safe and hacker free. PC Tools products are trusted and used by millions of people everyday to protect their home and business computers against online threats.

From NeoWin

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Advantages of tableless css layouts

Posted by Parth Barot on January 23, 2007

We’re going to see how a CSS based layout can be heavily customized without changing a single line of the HTML code.

In this example we’re going to focus on a menu that I’ve implemented with an unordered list.

I’ll never get tired of stressing the importance to use tableless designs and I hope someone will get convinced reading this article/tutorial.

We’ll use a single snippet of HTML code that won’t be changed at all, used together with 2 different CSS styles.

From TutorialStream

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Seagate Claims Fastest 2.5-Inch Hard Drive

Posted by Parth Barot on January 19, 2007

It’s fast. In fact, Seagate is claiming it’s the fastest in the world: a 2.5-inch SCSI hard drive that spins at a dizzying 15,000 RPM.

Not only is Seagate touting its new Savvio 15K as the world’s first 2.5-inch hard drive with platters that spin at 15,000 RPM, but it is also saying that the drive is a full 12 percent faster (seek time) than comparable 3.5-inch 15K-RPM drives on the market.

As the latest addition to Seagate’s family of Savvio 2.5-inch Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drives, the Savvio 15K boasts a 2.9-ms seek time—about a millisecond faster than comparable 3.5-inch SCSI drives, according to Seagate—as well as perpendicular recording technology.

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DIY Aerated Mousepad for $35

Posted by Parth Barot on January 19, 2007


If you’re a sweaty beast like Travis, you know how difficult it is keeping your hands dry when you’re at the computer. Lucky enough for you, someone’s come up with a way to make an aerated mousepad for only $35 and some material.
First you need some steel mesh from a trashcan, an antec laptop cooler, some adhesive, and a mousepad surface. Then, you follow the directions on the site to put these all together without gluing your hand to your eyelid—don’t ask. When you’re done you’ll have a sweet windy mousepad to cool off your mousing hand. Now all we need is some aerated gloves so he doesn’t suck so bad playing Gears of War on Xbox 360.

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