This is somewhat weird news that I both like and dislike at the same time. Our beloved hacker legend Geohot, also known to me as The Hotz, is now a legitimate working man. That's right, after all of the publicity, the media attention, the Sony lawsuits, the Kevin Butler flubs and countless hard drives seized by the feds, The Hotz is now working... for Facebook.
So while it's cool and all that George received some sort of recognition for his skill-set out of all of this, why is he working for Facebook of all people? Well, it makes sense if you think about it. Hotz has been known for releasing exploits for not only the PS3 but for Apple products as well, specifically, the iPhone. He is known for jailbraking the handset to work outside of AT&T's network.
According to Facebook, they've been eyeing to make an iPad app as of last week. You heard right, Facebook has yet to release an app for the iPad for their own site. Baffling. Regardless, with Geohot's experience with Apple products, he is now under the employ of the incompetently run giant to hopefully make their one good product for the year.
Word got out of this after Chronic-Dev Team member Josh Hill noticed that his challenge to Hotz on hacking the iPad 2 was dismissed because of George's new work. After doing some research we learned that his new work was indeed at Facebook.
Hotz' Facebook status read, "Facebook is really an amazing place to work...first hackathon over."
We wish him luck and hope that he doesn't become tainted by the Zucks.
Hulu for sale? It seems so. After back and forth talks about their CEO leaving and resigning deals recently with the major networks, the company now has a For Sale sign out on the lawn. Hulu has picked up investment banks Morgan Stanley and Guggenheim Partners to help them setup a sale. Interested parties have already been notified that the sale process would be starting in as soon as two weeks.
Of course, we learned of this news after following a story earlier in the week where Yahoo! came forward with interest in an acquisition but did not make a formal bid. At that point, nobody had an idea if Hulu was willing to sell and they hadn't taken any steps towards preparing for a sale. Now with the addition of the banks, there is a clear line drawn on where Hulu wants to go with this. Not only are they on the minds of potential buyers, but the owning companies, News Corp., Disney, NBC Universal/Comcast and Providence Equity are looking to leave the media streaming service just three years after its inception.
Could this really be? Click the break for more.
I've been talking about Sony Ericsson Xperia phones for a while now and when I heard about the announcement of the
Xperia Ray and Xperia Active I was actually intrigued as to what they would have to offer. We know that Ericsson has taken well to Android and is now looking to become the top seller of phones on the Android platform. With Xperia Arc, Xperia Play and Xperia Neo already on the roster what directions would they take with 2 new phones?
It turns out that despite small screen sizes, 3in. for the Active and 3.3in. for the Ray, both phones will take advantage of the Mobile Bravia engine which is intended to transplant the Sony Bravia TV experience to mobile handsets by improving contrast and color management. One noticeable difference is the resolution of the Ray at 854 x 480 compared to the much more standard 480 x 320 of the Arc. That seems cool, we already saw some of that at CES this year but the Arc will deliver something more interesting that might make up for a more lacking display.
Hit the break to see the Reality Display in action from CES this year and for more details.
3M, the stationary company, has created something so cool that you'll want one of their Post-It notes to remember it. They have come up with an Ethernet-powered TV that doesn't need a power plug. If you didn't know or are trying to figure out what index cards and page labels have to do with new technology with TVs, 3M has been also working in the display industry for a long time. They have worked in-depth on a device called a front polarizer, which determines how to infuse light into the TVs. This polarizer rests between the glass on the TV and the actual liquid crystals.
So while that work doesn't relate directly to creating a new tech for televisions, 3M has also been behind pushing the industry to find out how to make displays manage power more efficiently. 3M's polarizers are said to help bring down the power consumption of LCDs, to the point where it won't need to be plugged in.
We have a fact sheet image and more after the break.
Are you frustrated with Android? Of course you are. It seems to be under a now constant
attack from virus software, you never know what features you might be getting from the incredibly fragmented landscape and now Google has closed the OS. If you are frustrated, imagine how Samsung, HTC and Motorola feel. They are the ones constantly fighting against Google and having to try and prove to customers why their $599 Motorola Xoom is worth it compared to Velocity's $149 Micro Cruz.
When the OS is free and unregulated, these are the things that happen. This has caused the big 3 handset manufacturers to start considering abandoning the platform in favor of something else. Windows Phone 7 is certainly an option, but it has very limited hardware flexibilities and cannot be run on tablets. So, Trip Chowdry, an analyst at Global Equities Research believes that we may see them move to HP's webOS.
Will HP be willing to license? Will manufacturers want to get involved? Hit the break to find out.
Since the inception of WinPho 7 we knew that Xbox LIVE would play a huge role and integrate easily into the new mobile devices. What we also guessed is that we would see LIVE show up on PCs in some capacity. As it would turn out, we have learned Xbox LIVE will be built into Windows 8.
Mike Delman, VP of global marketing for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business revealed it all in an interview.
We have parts of the interview and thoughts on the integration after the break.