Apple TV iOS apps get native full-screen 720p resolution treatment [UPDATE: VIDEO]

Here’s wishing all our readers a very very happy and a prosperous new year. May 2012 give you what 2011 couldn’t!

Yesterday we told you about two developers taking it to themselves to bring iOS applications to the Apple TV in a native experience, showcasing a video where they managed to get apps running side-by-side. Today, they’ve managed another breakthrough: full-screen 720p resolution.

As 9to5mac reports, “The port was initially able to run multiple applications side-by-side on a display connected to an Apple TV, but now the developers have figured out a way to run iPad applications —because of the artwork resolution— at a full 720p resolution.” When you ran apps on the iPhone, you said it couldn’t get better. Then came the iPad and you felt “Wow! This is it!” Now, with things getting even bigger, the possibilities of what apps can really do are beyond limits.

Also, since the developers have achieved this feat by rewriting the springboard itself, further innovation on the project cannot be ruled out as it is all unexplored territory.

Developer Troughton-Smith already has some big hopes: “Remember how the unofficial iPhone applications back in ‘07 forced Apple’s hand in creating an App Store? I’d like Apple TV to get the same treatment.”

Via 9to5mac

Update: We have a video…

Adidas website hacked

News is coming in that Adidas website has been hacked. The German sportswear and equipment maker has taken its website content offline after suffering a ‘sophisticated and criminal’ cyber attack. The company couldn’t confirm whether consumers’ data had been impacted, but nevertheless it took down the affected sites to be on the safer side and investigate into the matter.

“Nothing is more important to us than the privacy and security of our consumers’ personal data,” the company said in the statement. “We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time,” it added.

Well, we hope there isn’t much loss to the company and to the users whose data is there with the company.

Sony hacked again; We plead for change

Yes. Sony’s been hacked again. We’ve been so used to it now that its beginning to get a bit boring and tiresome. We seriously plead for a refreshing change. Please.

NakedSecurity reports that Sony Music Japan has been hacked using SQL injection techniques, though thankfully the compromised databases do not contain any kind of sensitive information — no names, passwords, or any other personally identifiable information — that could have landed Sony in really hot waters (as if it already isn’t).

The attackers, who mocked Sony with a note stating “This isn’t a 1337 h4x0r, we just want to embarass Sony some more” warned that there are two more databases on the site that are vulnerable, though it is not known which databases are being talked about or whether they contain any sensitive information.

Lulz Security takes claim for the breach, the same hackers that targeted earlier this month.

Quick Link: Full roundup of Sony’s data-theft debacle

The PlayStation Network (PSN) fiasco cost Sony a third of their revenue (Infographic)

We’ve previously covered the whole PlayStation Network (PSN) fiasco in depth in the past so we won’t go into minute details here again. If you’d like to read through it again, just hit the following links:

Contains links from this site (Firstain) as well as another site (Technorati)

Moving on, did you know how much this data breach — the most significant digital theft in history — has cost Sony? We’ll let this infographic from Promotional Codes answer you:

PlayStation Network (PSN) down again, ‘not’ hacked it seems

It seems that Sony’s revival party has been cut short after the company went offline again with their PlayStation Network (PSN). The only difference this time, it seems, is that the network hasn’t been hacked again, but is suffering from another major issue.

Previously, if you legitimately forgot your password and wanted to reset it, all you had to do was type in your e-mail address and date of birth, then choose a delightfully cunning new password. Sounds good? NOW, the problem is that if you were a PSN member before the hack then both your e-mail address and your date of birth (plus a lot of other frightening stuff) is known to the hackers. So, whoever has the millions of rows of data that were exposed could, in theory, re-exploit any account.

Sony was made aware of the issue and those pages are now offline again, which should make the Japanese government feel just a little big smug.


Sony’s PlayStation Network, Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment services went down after an attack on them by a group of hackers, accused to be ‘Anonymous’.

The networks then suffered two more attacks, completing a hat-trick.

This prompted Sony to write a letter to its publishers and developers to explain the situation clearly (hit link to see full exclusive letter)

Shortly after that, the PSN was online again, though only for the developers (Internal link).

Then within no time, Sony began phased restoration of the PSN, slowly giving access to users all over the world.

Today, the PSN is down again, though this time it doesn’t seem it’s been hacked.

Will Sony be able to come out of this mess with flying colors? When?

Via Engadget


BREAKING: PlayStation Network (PSN) is online again (for developers)

Good News: Sony’s ailing and bruised PlayStation Network (PSN) is back up and running.  Spoiler: No not for you, but only for the developers.

After a hat-trick of attacks on Sony’s PlayStation Network, Qriocity and Sony Entertainment Online services, the company looked in troubled waters but this move, though only internal for now, is a positive sign indeed.

Japanese firm Sony previously tried to get back up quickly and resume services for everyone again, but kept stumbling. With more than 3 weeks of inactivity, developers and publishers started to voice their concern as they were beginning to make huge loses. This prompted Sony to write a letter to them, explaining the entire situation. The letter, though informative, failed to assure them of the future or whether any kind of compensation will be given for this inactivity. This, obviously, wasn’t digested properly.

But do hell with all this negative talk, for today the PlayStation Network is online again! The company has started the services internally, meaning, for now, only developers can access their accounts. For us? Well, it’ll still take time. Sony’s set itself a May-end deadline.

The news of Sony’s internal resumption comes from a reader (named Kagari) of a gaming industry forum NEOGAF. According to him, the resumption in internal activities is for testing purposes but will be opened to everyone very soon.

Okay, so this was mentioned in the old thread by a QA tester and since then I have had other developers confirm to me that this is the case. The internal PSN developer network is online again, at least it seems for some, although things are still a bit shaky at the moment such as lack of new account sign up.

Looks like the full network, at least the online play/account part of it, will be back soon.

Sony currently has a user-base of 77 million-plus users, but how many will continue to stay with them only time will tell…

Will you stick with Sony despite all this drama or you are happy to jump the ship to Microsoft and Xbox?

itunes Store Hacked

The Apple’s multimedia store has been hacked as per the latest news. Several people have reported frauds upto $200.

This is a great shock. For the first time apple iTunes store has been hacked.

All i suggest is do not buy any apps,games,movies,music or anything from the itunes store and also inform the bank(of the credit card registered with itunes) to block any transactios made using itunes.

Hope for everything to get well soon!!

itunes hacked


The iPad has been hacked and the Cydia and Blackra1n installed has been installed on it.

Geohot has the iPad booting in verbose mode, it would seem from this tweet.

For those of you following along at home…

Keys for the 3.2 iPad firmware

KEY: 1E3A1CA2F45D15452B16B9FE0A2C214A0AF897F09EE269F8E5967FC74B1022AC
IV: 36E1BCD042AC193F7305C8E6077D3DF7

KEY: 31E7ECD9C364414205A8FA0092CC80C0D67EAE40E75FFA27B37048C42335A106
IV: 9C051576DDD94F48C324CF7AC3197FE1

And of course, the bootrom:
SecureROM for s5l8930xsi, Copyright 2009, Apple Inc.

iPad Hacked


Intel’s latest financial filing with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) reveals that the company was a major target in a sophisticated hacking attack in January, a risk not previously cited in the company’s quarterly filings.

“One recent and sophisticated incident occurred in January 2010 around the same time as the recently publicized security incident reported by Google,” the company states in its Form 10-K Annual Report. “We seek to detect and investigate these security incidents and to prevent their recurrence, but in some cases we might be unaware of an incident or its magnitude and effects.”

Such attacks, the company says, “are sometimes successful.”

The chip-making giant says that it regularly faces attempts to penetrate its systems, which may represent industrial espionage or efforts to harm the company.

Intel, however, made no comments about the impact of the successful attacks.

It’s not clear how alarmed organizations should be by such attacks, given that Intel’s acknowledgment comes as a matter of regulatory compliance.

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