Hacking Group Installs Linux Onto Potato

We’ve all heard the joke of people running games on “toasters” and “potatoes” when they load slowly into a match, but is it actually possible to run a PC directly from a potato?

A few hackers from the Netherlands successfully installed a USB version of Linux onto a spud back in 2008, allowing them to run a small command to edit a text file in Vi. The commands were sent in binary to the Linux kernel via a set of black and red wires.

“A potato doesn’t have a CPU, memory space or storage so it was quite a challenge” Johan Priest said. Priest went on to say that they weren’t able to install a bulky (compared to the reduced kernel) version of Linux such as Ubuntu or Fedora so they settled with “Damn Small Linux”.

The group responsible for this feat have been attempting to install Linux onto obscure items such as light bulbs, Gameboy Colours and even a puppy (I don’t want to know where the USB stick went) but wanted a challenge and so they settled for a potato.

The group also previously installed Linux onto a Shetland pony back in 2005 but saw fierce competition from other hacking groups and decided to take it a step further. They were looking to install the operating system onto savoury snacks such as a cracker but a competing hacking group from Norway beat them to the mark.

Thanks to BBSpot for the information and the image!

Temple Run Based Film Announced For Production

We’ve all heard of adaptations of films into games and quite often the other way around, think of the Saw films or even the Harry Potter series, but the common denominator with these is that they have a story line, characters, something for the audience to follow and ultimately root for in the end. A recent news scoop has reached the surface that the hit phone game Temple Run is going to have its own film made, and directed that none other than the producer of the popular Harry Potter David Heyman.

Heyman has the power to do what he wants with the film in simplistic terms, meaning that he’ll have a hard job of turning a monotonous game into a deep and meaningful storyline with twists and turns that’ll keep you entertained for more than a few minutes.

It should be noted that the adaptation of the hit game will be that, an adaptation. If a game as repetitive as Temple Run was put directly into film form you can be sure that the box office wouldn’t be exactly huge.

Heyman has said that the film will revolve around an explorer that steals an idol from a temple and then has to escape demons, which follows the lore/backstory of Temple Run without (hopefully) being an hour and a half production of a man running down a bad Great Wall of China with an occasional trampoline assisted jump. From this it could potentially be a great film but only time will tell.

Are you interested in seeing a Temple Run based film? Let us know in the comment section!

Part Of The Internet Archive Burns Down

The internet archive, an impressively huge data center that holds every webpage created and indexed on archive servers and runs completely non-profit, partially caught fire on November 6th. The archive center has a total of 30 builds, of which one was lost in the fire among other surrounding buildings that were just damaged such as a church, local business and residence.

Although the fire destroyed some of the servers that Archive.org runs to store data on, none of the saved data was actually lost. The saved data was saved again to prevent any loss in case it was lost in the first place. Still keeping up? I think I’ve lost myself.

Some of the equipment that was also lost in the data center during the fire includes: a scanner, high def camera, some lights and a few sets of office desks and chairs among some other lost items that can’t be accounted for due to the shock of the fire.

Kahle, the founder of the internet archive, said that there was no estimation of the cost of the lost property and the situation is “quite a bummer”.

The employees that previously worked in the now burned out building have been relocated to a different office to continue their work. The digital archive states that they’re not expecting any further disruptions of service, including website downtime and employee inaccessibility, meaning that the site will be functioning as normal for the foreseeable future.

If you’re interested in contributing to the non-profit organisation, you can donate over here: https://archive.org/donate/index.php

Thanks to Mashable for the information and image!

Kim Dotcom Reaches #1 On The Call of Duty: Ghosts Leaderboard

Kim Dotcom, the founder of the now shutdown Megaupload (MU), has hit the top of the Call of Duty leader board for the second time. Previously when the third edition of Activision’s Modern Warfare series was released, Kim Dotcom hit number 1 on the leader board for score within a few weeks and vigorously defended his title through the next year until the next game was released.

Kit Dotcom released a picture via Twitter taken by himself of the new Call of Duty: Ghosts leader board, showing him at number 1. His KD/R (kill death ratio) isn’t that impressive and may be slightly dwindled by the fact that Dotcom had to endure a 20 hour marathon session of the game before hitting number 1.

The only way that Dotcom could have possibly reached number 1 without an impressively (and almost hacker-esque) KD/R is by constantly playing the objective and utilising Call of Duty: Ghost’s score streaks to build up his points per game, meaning that even though he may not be able to play a competitive level, he’s an amazing team player and can actually aim whilst doing so.

It should be noted that Dotcom could easily be beaten in a communicated team game due to his degree of skill compared to professional players, but he’s still an amazing team mate to have in your lobby and you should be proud to guard him as he sprints for those flags!

Have you tried the COD: Ghosts? How was your experience? Let us know in the comment section below!

Thanks to KitGuru for the information and image!

Nokia Lumia 800 Survives A 3 Month Long Bath In Swedish Lake

We’ve all heard the joke online at some point that getting hit by the indestructible Nokia 3310’s will do some serious damage, but in the recent technological surge of smartphones that myth was busted by the flimsiness of the screens, cases and basically everything else in regards to your £500 phone.

Nokia recently had an unexpected PR heaven moment when a Nokia Lumia 800, submerged under water for more than 3 months was found and in full working condition!

Roger Nilsson, a citizen of Sweden, found the phone between two rocks covered in mud, slime and a whole host of other nasty things that probably shouldn’t be soaking into the electrical circuits of your phone. Hilariously, the Nokia Lumia 800 doesn’t have a rating or special mention of any water resistance and is typically susceptible to water as any other smartphone is. Most smartphones are typically able to stay alive full submerged under water (without too much pressure) for around 30 minutes, meaning that this weird turn of events has put those claims to shame.

After posting a picture of the phone on Facebook, Roger Nilsson took apart the phone into single components, dried them off and put the phone on the radiator to dry out the excess water. After around a day or so, Nilsson tested the phone for its functionality and found that the phone’s core functions (texting, calls etc) all worked as usual, the camera was in fully working condition and the battery lasted for 2 days, as expected.

Thanks to IndiaTimes for the information.

iPad Air Sales Are Nearly 5 Times That Of The iPad 4

It was recently announced that Apple was anticipating a very successful launch of their “new” tablet: The Apple iPad Air. Despite whether or not you think that Apple’s technology has really improved or differed from their previous iterations of their tablet line, records show that Apple’s new tablet has already become 5 times more successful than their previous tablet: the Apple iPad 4.

This data has been collected by a mobile-app analytics firm “Fiksu” which suggested that early adoption of the new tablet is already 5 times as faster as its predecessor at a similar time last year. Fiksu is able to track this data by cleverly watching how many iOS users are running Fiksu based apps, which has shown that Apple iPad Air usage of 0.75% is around about 5 times higher than iPad 4 usage of their apps (0.14%) just three days after the tablet was released to the public for general use. Fiksu have also said that this figure is nearly 4 times as high as their iPad Mini figure of 0.21%, also 3 days after launch.

That being said; the iPad 4 was strangely released in 2 stages: the first stage involved commercially selling the tablets in the WiFi only edition and then releasing the cellular version a fortnight later, which may have resulted in a reduction of sales. This figure released from Fiksu may now be practically redundant.

Are you interested in the latest Apple tablet or are you simply not excited enough? Let us know in the comment section!

Thanks to Mashable for the information and image!

Twitter: Still Losing Money And Starting To Get Desperate

After news leaked that Twitter still isn’t profitable, the radical changes we’ve seen to their interface have started to make sense when you look at it from a business perspective. Twitter has been rapidly growing as a company, hiring hundreds of new members of staff, purchasing new offices to operate from and then purchasing new companies to expand their own business further, which in turn should then lead to higher profits.

Their records have shown losses over $300m for the first quarter of 2013, which could be the result of insane amounts of purchases that have been made as a long term investment.

Twitter has also been taking leaps into the footsteps of Facebook by copying over several of their features into their own web and twitter apps in an attempt to catch up to the booming, profitable and head of the household daddy of social networking. These updates, which are usually unwelcomed by Twitter users (such as myself), have been rolling out for around a year or so which have slowly changed the face of the once laid back platform.

The most recent change has forced image previews to be shown on your timeline which has led to a whole new level of annoying your friends such as uploading crude images. Thankfully Twitter has allowed their app users to turn off the image previews, but the original website users (which hit around 190 million unique monthly) still don’t have the option.

Are you happy with the recent Twitter updates? Let us know in the comment section!

Thanks to Mashable for the information!

October 29th – Happy birthday Internet!

October the 29th marks the 44th anniversary of the revolutionary idea that has changed the tides of technological history: the Internet.

Before 1969 the radical idea of sending data from one system to another was nothing more than a theory, something that couldn’t be achieved because the technology simply wasn’t available, but during an incredible year (full of amazing achievements) a network of computers were linked via a system called “ARPANET”, which meant that multiple computers had the ability to transmit data between themselves, despite it being a crude version of what we now use day to day (and what you’re using to read eTeknix!)

Development then began to take place to push ARPANET to the next level and allow computers to connect on a global basis as opposed to a LAN network, meaning that you would be able to send data from one place to another without the need to be sat side by side. This achievement was had in 1977 when 3 different computers transmitted data from the UK to the US back and forth on ARPANET, the Bay Area packet radio network and the Atlantic Satellite network. This event began the monumental stride into technological advancements that have led us to having the Internet that we now have today!

It’s mad to think that technology has gone from years of development leading into a single PC transmitting data from 1 country to another and then gone into 1gb/s switches being created for LAN events across the country which is the absolute norm.

How has the internet changed your life, if at all? Let us know in the comment section below!

Thanks to ComputerHistory for the information and image!

Is Google Preparing For Mass Production of Their Smartwatches?

If you follow tech news you would have known that Google’s new software Google Now is due for an appearance in the general consumer market any time soon. From features such as real-time updates on train times, traffic reports and even flight delays, Google Now is soon to be “the next big thing”, but the real question is: Will Google beat Apple to a Smartwatch?

We all know how large Apple is and what they’ve done with technology. With incredible leaps and bounds through the world of development, Apple have been practically one step ahead of everyone in terms of understanding exactly what consumers want, but can Google really beat Apple to the mark this time?

Google Now is a revolutionary new piece of technology which is aimed to be embedded inside of technology such as Google Glasses, making life easier to deal with by having your trusted companion there by your side with second by second updates on exactly what you need to know and when you want to know it.

A Smartwatch has recently been the main focus point for tech blogs, developers and even marketers across the globe and recent news has been going around that Google has been tapping into Asia’s massive manufacturing lines to up the production of their smartwatches. This quite possibly has been done to compete with Apple’s own Smartwatch which will be based around iOS, allowing Google to match Apple’s amazingly high production rate and become a viable competitor.

Are you interested in a Smartwatch or do you see it as a fad? Let us know in the comment section below!

Thanks to Mashable for the information!

Wikipedia Announces Only 10% Of Their Top Editors Are Female

One of the lesser known problems that have recently come to light is that of Wikipedia, one of the largest websites in the world. If you’re just an average user in that you simply uses Wikipedia to research something for a school project, win a bar bet or any other trivial bit of knowledge then you don’t really think about the people behind each article, those that spend their time voluntarily editing pages for accuracy, up-to-date information and so forth.

Wikipedia have recently announced that their key issue with the website isn’t that of high server loads, increased costs or under-staffing, but they’re currently struggling with the fact that their articles are being edited by a team that compromises of 90% male editors. Not only that, but the top editors that are all male are mostly from western countries, which makes it almost appear that Wikipedia are limiting their demographic in which they allow their editors to come from.

If this was the case then Wikipedia wouldn’t release the information, but it’s more of an appeal to aspiring female editors looking to help out their content collection become more accurate.

A study conducted in 2011 shows that the articles that were edited by females, more than likely because they were of key interest to women, were significantly shorter than those written and edited by both men and women equally. Another study showed that 84% of articles that showed their location of origin were from either EU countries or North America.

Thanks to TheAtlantic for the information and Kristina Alexander for the image!

New App “Seene” Lets You Capture 3D Images With Your iPhone

If you own an iPhone 4S or higher, you can now create 3D photos straight from your phone!

An amazing new app called Seene, available for free download on the App Store, allows you to capture images in 3D. By using multiple reference points the app slowly compiles each image and allows you to rotate the image accordingly to see it from multiple angles.

One of the main draw backs is the fact that the app only allows you to view the 3D image from a single reference point, for example if your first foundation image was the eye of a face, when you rotate the app you can only rotate the picture with the eye in the centre, which limits the usefulness of the app.

Another part of Seene is the fact that you need your model (or whatever else you’re taking a 3D picture of) to stay completely still for a few minutes to make sure the reference points don’t get skewed and out of position, meaning if you’re attempting to take a 3D picture, say, whilst driving, you’re going to have a bad time.

Hopefully the technology will catch up to that of standalone cameras so that you can take effective 3D pictures with your iPhone without having to chain down grandma to the armchair in the living room to do so.

Will you be using Seene at all or are you just not interested in 3D images? Let us know in the comment section below!

Thanks to HackedLife for the image!

Google Redesigns reCaptcha To Make Them Easier For Humans To Read

Over the past few years that you’ve completing reCaptchas to sign up to websites, complete orders and a few other things, how many times have you had to squint just to try and work out what the second word was?

For years your average internet user has had to adjust their vision just to sign up to the simplest of websites and Google had no answer for it. From signing into your Gmail account to signing up to forums, reCaptcha has caused mayhem all over the internet since its invention.

The original Captchas were designed to only give you an easy answer once Google confirms that you’re a human via a cookie from their AdSense advertising program, which begs the question: why does Google need you to confirm you’re a human if you’ve already passively proved to them you’re a human?

After considering this, reCaptcha was born. A new design, new algorithm and a whole new crazy selection of illegible phrases that you’re forced to read to get your new accounts signed up for.

After Google saw the sheer amount of complaints about their current system, they’ve stepped up their game and redesigned (again!) their reCaptchas to make them more readable for humans (huzzah!).

This has no only come as a job to consumers everywhere as they no longer feel the need for reading glasses just to sign into their email accounts, but Google’s complaints have already seen a slight decrease in numbers – meaning that the new system is starting to show that it’s working!

How do you feel about these changes? Let us know in the comment section below!

Thanks to Arstechina for the info and image!

YouTube’s New Subscription Based Music Streaming Service Rumours

Since the birth of the website, YouTube has primarily been used as a music streaming service without directly being a music service. Artists saw the popularity of YouTube rising and began releasing their music videos onto the site, allowing users to listen to their tracks outside of already existing music services such as Napster (at the time).

Reports have shown that the teenage population that use YouTube to listen to music rarely watch the videos but simply have the music playing in the background whilst doing other things online, and only swapping back to YouTube to change tracks. YouTube MP3 rippers were increasing in popularity which allows users to convert videos into MP3 tracks which can then be played locally instead of having to be online to listen to it, which came at a deficit to Google’s advertisers as their ads weren’t being viewed or simply being blocked by services such as AdBlock.

Rumours have been floating around that YouTube has taken this into account and has begun to build their own music streaming service which will be in direct competition of the big boys such as Spotify and Pandora. The service will be subscription based and will allow YouTube to not only expand on their business but also enter into new markets due to the popularity of streaming services.

Will you be using a music streaming based service from YouTube if it’s available? How much will you be willing to pay monthly for such a service? Let us know in the comment section!

Thanks to Mashable for the information!

New Laws For UK Mobile Contracts Allow You To Cancel If Prices Are Increased

For years, people around the UK have suffered whenever phone companies felt the urge to increase the prices of their mobile contracts. Quite often a small clause within the depths of the contract ties you into these increases, meaning that you’re unable to escape them and have no say in the matter (hint: always read before you sign!).

The UK’s mobile phone regulator Ofcom is putting into place a new regulation that prevents phone companies from locking in their new customers (if you’re already got an existing contract, sorry!) with increased prices in the middle of their contracts with no way out. Ofcom have stated that users tied into contracts will have a legal, no consequences route out of a mobile phone contract if the provider chooses to increase their rates.

The issue that’s being faced currently is the fact that the majority of contracts signed are between 12 months to 2 years, meaning that a large amount of the mobile phone using population are already tied down to a single contract, making this new regulation irrelevant for the time being.

This regulation change made by Ofcom may come as a slow reaction to some as many countries in the EU (such as France for example) have had this regulation in place for years, which brings the question of “why has it taken so long to get rectified?”

As a customer, are you looking forward to these changes? Have you been hit by price increases during your current phone contract? Let us know in the comment section!

Image courtesy of Heraldsun