An Innovative Education Initiative using Kinect

KinectEDucation is a community-driven initiative for developers, teachers, students, and other education stakeholders to promote the use of Kinect for Xbox360 for gesture-based applications for teaching in classrooms. The project aims to pioneer this new dimension of learning in education and invites the community for making contributions, whether it be an idea, code, suggestion, or anything else relevant to the use of Kinect in education.


The project is a brainchild of Johnny Kissko, a leading expert at integrating innovative technology in existing learning environments. The project was inspired by KinectHacks with a vision of gesture-based learning applications in classrooms within the next few years.

As yet, FAAST, a free software developed by the Institute of Creative Technologies was recommended. The software allows anyone to develop Kinect-friendly applications by creating key bindings. Now that the official Kinect SDK (Software Development Kit) is available for PC, developers can develop their own applications for the PC and Xbox that employ Kinect’s gesture-based functionality and can transform learning in classrooms.

The project aims to take existing applications like Google Earth or calculator or even a piano and integrate them with Kinect. This would help develop and deliver gesture-based learning opportunities with the bank of software already in existence.

The project is open-source and involves the community for the benefit of public education. Integrating educational Kinect applications represents a blended classroom model, where innovative learning opportunities can be explored within the controlled setting demanded by the structure of public education. You can contribute to the community in several ways:

  • Download and post Kinect applications for education
  • Participate in forum discussions
  • Showcase real-life examples of Kinect in education


FaceNiff Android App Can Hack Your Facebook, Twitter Account

FaceNiff is an Android application that lets users access web sessions profiles over Wi-Fi networks, easily hijacking into the connected Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Amazon and other accounts.

FaceNiff is developed by Bartosz Ponurkiewicz who created the Firefox extension Firesheep, that lets users hijack Facebook and Twitter sessions over Wi-Fi networks. Unlike Firesheep, FaceNiff works on WPA-encrypted Wi-Fi networks also.

FaceNiff is an Android app that allows you to sniff and intercept web session profiles over the WiFi that your mobile is connected to.  It is possible to hijack sessions only when WiFi is not using EAP, but it should work over any private networks (Open/WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK)

FaceNiff Start Screen

Bartosz says on his website that the app is for educational purposes only, and urges users not to install it if it is illegal in their country.

To get started, you need to download and install FaceNiff from the official website here.

The application is limited and can only be used to hack 3 social profiles. Users can donate via PayPal for an unlocked version of the application. The app is confirmed to be working on the following devices.

  • HTC Desire CM7
  • Original Droid/Milestone CM7
  • SE Xperia X10
  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • Nexus 1 CM7
  • HTC HD2
  • LG Swift 2X
  • LG Optimus Black – original rom
  • LG Optimus 3D – original rom
  • Samsung Infuse

Here’s a video of FaceNiff in action

P.S. Turn on HTTPS browsing if you haven’t already. Learn to enable HTTPS support on Facebook and Twitter

Another Way To Bypass Megavideo Time Limit 72 Minutes

We have written several articles in the past to bypass Megavideo time limit to get over the Megavideo 72 minute restriction. However, it looks like several of those software and tricks do not work any more.

Megavideo 72 minute restriction

I just came across another way to bypass the Megavideo time limit 72 minute restriction which I tested and found to work. The new fix is in the form of Mega Skipper ( which allows users to watch videos in Megavideo without any time restrictions.

The Mega Skipper trick currently works only in . In order to bypass Megavideo time limit restrictions you will have to first download a , which can be installed from here.

Once the extension is installed, you will see a new icon in the Chrome toolbar, this icon will change color whenever you watch a Megavideo video. To bypass the message, "You have watched 72 minutes of video today" just click on the extension icon to open the video in a new page.

If you do not have Google Chrome installed, you can easily bypass the 72 minute restrictions in Megavideo by going to and entering the video ID of the Megavideo video.

You can also use a site called to bypass this limit. It has a extension which can be used to bypass the megavideo limit when you are watching a video.

I tested this script out and it seemed to work for me without issues so you should be able to bypass the Megavideo time limit without any problems. Do let me know if you find any other solution to skip the Megavideo 72 minute time restrictions.

P.S. You might be bombarded with a few ads on the site, but eventually you are getting to watch the full video without having to go to those restrictions Smile.

Android 3.0 Honeycomb Ported to the NOOKColor.

Although it does not really work yet. So do not get hyped yet.

XDA member deeper-blue ported the preview SDK version of the next iteration of Google’s mobile OS Android 3.0 on the Barnes & Noble eBook reader, the NOOKColor. Android 3.0, codenamed Honeycomb has been developed with tablets in mind. This means that when properly streamlined and optimized for tablet computers, Honeycomb will take the mobile computing scene to newer heights.


Deeper-blue initially described his port of Honeycomb on his NOOKColor kernel as a zombie. That was because although the system booted and ran fine, there was no touch input or hardware acceleration. So… not only was it incredibly slow, it could not have been useful at all.

However deeper-blue managed to hack away at the code and managed to get the touch input, orientation sensor and even the graphics libraries in order. So, for now, the NOOKColor can be used to some extent.

Needless to say, he/she has the entire XDA forum (composed mostly of geeks, technophiles, hackers and other synonyms for technology-lovers) drooling. If deeper-blue manages to successfully port Honeycomb on the NOOKColor, it could very well be the cheapest Android 3.0 tablet in existence as well as being the only Android 3.0 tablet in existence, for now. Ha!

Laser Security System: Not easy to beat


As hackers get smarter, computers get more powerful; nation’s security is at stake. The same is true for your own personal and financial information transmitted by phone or over the internet.

The work of hackers is surely not going to be easy any more, with the invention of laser security system.

Two Israeli scientists have made use of existing fibre optic and computer technology. It is found that by transmitting binary lock-and-key information in the form of light pulses, the device ensures that only the sender and receiver, and absolutely nobody else can unlock a key.

The data can reach over 3,000 miles without any serious parts of the signal being lost.It is done by transmitting the signal in a binary code (the key bearer) in the form of 1s and 0s, but using light and lasers instead of numbers.

For further information click here.

Fix for Jailbroken iPhone 3.1.2 Showing Restore on Restart or Reboot

If you have a iPhone or iPod Touch running iPhone OS 3.1.2 jailbroken with Blackra1n, which keeps asking you to restore your phone on reboot or restart, here is a handy fix. Just run the Blackra1n jailbreak once again without running restore and your iPhone or iPod Touch should be back to normal. It is a minor inconvenience, but hey it fixes the problem.

This works 100%, I tested it few months back, but someone emailed me to ask for a solution, so here goes. I do not endorse jailbreaking, but I certainly entertain tech help requests. You can always use the contact us form to find help for your tech related problems.

Enable Chrome Extensions Support on Mac OS X

Google today announced the beta version of  for Mac and Linux along with the launch of Google Chrome Extensions gallery. However, unlike Linux and Windows version of Chrome, the Mac version does not have support for Chrome extensions yet.

Thankfully TechCrunch discovered a hack which will allow users to install Chrome extensions on the Mac Version of Chrome.

For complete instructions, visit this page and drag the bookmarklet to your bookmark bar. Whenever you visit an extension page, click on the bookmarklet to enable the Install extensionbutton.

Note: You need to use the development version of Chromium on Mac for this to work.

How To Activate Kaspersky Internet Security And Anti-Virus 2010 With Key File

greenshot_2009-09-27_04-32-17 Recently Kaspersky released their 2010 range of products. With all the new security features in the updated suites, Kaspersky also changed the way their applications are activated.

Previously, to activate the software, the user had to input a key file that he’d purchased. But now, following a method similar to that of Adobe and Norton products, users needed to input a string of numbers and get the license validated through the internet.

This method, although decreases chances of piracy of the software, creates an unnecessary hurdle for those users who don’t have an internet connection where they plan to install the security suite.

Incidentally, the WebTrickz blog has come up with a nifty trick that lets you use the old way of installing and activating a license through a key file. You need not knockout anything, or break into any freakish Windows registry. All that you’ll need to do is enter a beta key string (when disconnected), the setup will try to connect to a server and when it will fail, you’ll get an option to browse for a key file. Read the blog post for all the details.

How to activate Kaspersky 2010 products using a key file |

Watch Videos On Megavideo For More Than 72 Minutes

Though there are several popular video sites where you can watch videos for free, many of these sites place restrictions on you watching videos, one such restriction in place is by the popular video sharing network Megavideo.

Megavideo restricts users from watching videos for more than 72 minutes, this in itself does not make sense since if the video is 80 minutes long, you will have to spend an hour before you can watch the final 8 minutes of the video.

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