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Anonymous posts decompile of Stuxnet worm

Stuxnet is one of the more infamous worms we've read about in recent times, and it now appears that the rapscallions who are Anonymous have gotten hold of a copy of the Stuxnet code. Stuxnet, for those who aren't aware, drove attacks which crippled Iran's nuclear program. The code was pilfered from HBGary Federal after CEO Aaron Barr poked the beehive one time too many -- along with more than 70,...

FaceTime hacked to work on jailbroken iPads

FaceTime for the iPad is here! ... if you've got a jailbroken iPad running iOS 4.2.1 and you're comfortable using the command line to move files, that is. A slightly complicated 7-step hack will get you an iPad-optimized of Apple's popular video-calling app, albeit without the ability to transmit video (due to the iPad's lack of a camera). The instructions are up on 9to5Mac, and you can follow the...

Install any OS on a Google CR-48 laptop with Luigi

Our pal Hexxeh is at it again, only this time it's not Google's Chromium OS that he's hacking -- it's the Google Chrome OS Cr-48 laptop. We've previously shared posts about installing Ubuntu, Windows 7, and OS X on the CR-48, but the process has been a little on the complex side until now. Hexxeh's new tool -- Luigi -- simplifies the process greatly. As long as you can follow his 12-step progr...

KinEmote controls Boxee or XBMC via your Kinect

The Microsoft Kinect hacks just keep on coming, and we'll probably be seeing even more cool apps released now that first-party drivers are available for download. Today, we've got a glimpse at a new open source project called KinEmote in action. It's designed to take advantage of your Kinect in its natural habitat: the living room. KinEmote is a -- you guessed it -- remote control app which al...

Use the Android 2.3 Gingerbread Launcher on your Froyo device

While you may not want to hack your Froyo smartphone to install the semi-wonky Gingerbread keyboard, there's a much more tame mod you can now download directly from the Android Market. MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien -- who did a stint here at Download Squad -- has released the Gingerbread Launcher. It's a snap to install; just grab the Launcher from the Market (the QR code is after the break), install i...

Gain a superpower by learning to touch-type - Back to School

If you're a fan of life hacks of any kind and you can't touch-type, you're wasting your time. Just like the best current upgrade you can give your computer in terms of overall speed improvement is a solid-state drive, the best overall speed improvement you can give yourself when it comes to the time you spend on a computer is the ability to touch-type. I'm not kidding, and if you're skeptical I in...

Four ways to add fast, easy access to files and folders to your Windows 7 taskbar

The improved taskbar -- or Superbar, as it's really called now -- in Windows 7 offers loads of features which make getting at the files and folders you use frequently easier and faster. The four options I'll cover here don't require any additional software. They're all possible using features built right in to your OS, you just might not have realized it yet! Pin 'em to your Explorer icon (pic...

Twitter working on 'interesting hacks' to evade Chinese and Iranian firewalls

Speaking at the World Economic Forum, the co-founder of Twitter, Evan Williams, said that software developers are working on 'interesting hacks' to evade the censorship by oppressive governments in China and Iran. He didn't go as far to say what these 'hacks' are -- he also said that the technology is being coded by third-party developers, rather than Twitter itself -- but he alluded to some k...

My iPhone is jailbroken - is it insecure?

There has been a lot of attention given to some recent iPhone hacks that potentially affect users of jailbroken iPhones, especially now that a malicious attack has been discovered. If you've jailbroken your phone, and you are worried about whether you are potentially vulnerable, here's a simple answer: If you have not installed OpenSSH (or any other SSH package), you are not vulnerable to the cu...

How to add a bookmarks button to your Google Chrome toolbar

Most users of Google Chrome enjoy its minimal interface. So why use a clunky toolbar to display your bookmarks full-time if you don't have to? Like many other excellent Chrome features, adding a miniscule bookmarks menu button is only a command line switch away! Just right click your Chrome shortcut and choose properties. In the target box, add a space and --bookmark-menu after chrome.exe. the ...

5 ways to enhance your Wikipedia experience

Wikipedia is one of the most-visited sites on the Internet, for very good reason. If you're like me, and Wikipedia is your starting point for research on any topic -- and your starting and stopping point for quick facts -- then you might be interested in a handful of ways to make your Wikipedia experience faster, more attractive or more integrated. Give Wikipedia a boost with these great apps an...

Hacked Windows Mobile 6.5 beta hits the web

The final version of Windows Mobile may not be ready to go until the second half of 2009, but an early beta version of the next generation operating system for cellphones and PDAs appears to made its way to some of the shadier areas of the internet. And a member of the XDA-Developers forum has figured out how to get it running on the HTC BlueAngel, which is a 5 year old mobile phone. The video q...

3 alternative ways to get Windows updates

Not everyone wants to let Windows handle downloading and installing updates. If you prefer the DIY approach, here are three ways to keep your system up to date without Windows helping out. 1. Windiz Updates provides an experience that's as similar to the original as its name. The twist is that this service won't work in Internet Explorer - you'll need Firefox and the Windiz addon. It doesn't coll...

Apt package manager for the iPhone

The iPhone has become one of best loved geek toys of the decade, and it's not hard to see why: the slim phone that Steve built packs a powerful processor, 3d graphics, and the power of Mac OS X. In the past, we have seen various 3rd party apps available for the device, but nothing quite so nerdy of as this: Apparently, there is some demand for APT on the iPhone, and somebody went ahead and ported ...

Enabling Vista's hidden boot screen

Looking for a way to customize your Windows Vista boot experience? Ok, you probably weren't, fair enough. However, if you want to spend a few minutes tinkering to while the day away, here's a great time waster. Windows Vista has a "hidden" boot screen, and you can enable it in a few easy steps. First, type "msconfig" into the search box. Second, Once MSconfig starts, click the "Boot" tab ...