The hardware crazy folks over at Tech Power Up have brought a gift for all AMD HD 6950 owners out there. The gift is definitely going to make every AMD 6950 owner jump with joy. The TPU (Tech Power Up) guys have found that the AMD HD 6950 can be converted to an AMD HD 6970 by a simple BIOS flash.
AMD launched the Cayman core based HD 6950 and the HD 6970 in the middle of this month. The main difference between the HD 6970 and the HD 6950 are the lower number of shaders and the slower core and memory clock speed of the latter. AMD HD 6950 owners just need to download the AMD HD 6970 BIOS and flash it on their HD 6950 GPU.
Until now, the TPU guys have managed to convert the HD 6950 to the HD 6970 from all popular GPU manufacturers including XFX, Sapphire and PowerColor. AMD HD 6950 owners can read the guide on how to convert their GPU to the HD 6970 here.
It was in early November that Microsoft released its brand new WP7 based OS along with a bunch of handsets from HTC, Samsung and Dell. It is still unknown whether these WP7 based handsets managed to set the sales chart on fire, but nevertheless the OS has managed to gain the interest of hackers and modders.
The result of this is ChevronWP7 tool. This application allows WP7 users to jailbreak/unlock their handset thus allowing them to side-load content on the device without a developer account.
The step to unlock your WP7 device is a pretty simple one. Users just need to connect their WP7 handset to their PC via a USB cable and run the ChevronWP7 tool. Once the application detects your handset, users just need to press the unlock button to unlock/jailbreak their device.
However, this unlock does not mean that users can install pirated apps on their handset. All WP7 based apps are secure enough so as not to install on any handset without the Windows Marketplace. However, this jailbreak does open the gates to the huge modding possibility of the WP7 platform.
I am pretty sure we will be seeing modders take advantage of this unlock for adding new features to their handset in the future. Please note that certain reports say that using the ChevronWP7 tools can leave your handset unusable, so you might want to proceed with caution here.
You can download ChevronWP7 from http://www.chevronwp7.com/.
The iPhone Dev Team has finally released PwnageTool 4.1. The application uses Geohot’s boot rom exploit to build custom IPSW/firmware files for most of the iTouch devices out there. By creating custom firmwares, users can update their iTouch device to the latest firmware without upgrading their baseband. This will help them in preserving their unlock and update to the latest iOS as well.
As of now, PwnageTool 4.1 supports the iPhone 3G, 3GS (Old as well as new boot roms) running on iOS 4.1 and the iPhone 4 running on iOS4.1 as well. The Apple iPad running on iOS 3.2.2 and Apple TV 2G running iOS 4.1 are supported as well. The iPod Touch 3G and iPod Touch 4G running iOS 4.1 are supported as well.
At the moment, PwnageTool 4.1 is available only for Mac. Users can read more about PwnageTool 4.1 here.
Yesterday, A hacker at XDA Developers, dagentooboy discovered that the unlock codes for all Samsung Galaxy S devices, including the T-Mobile Vibrant and the AT&T Captivate, are stored on the phone itself.
The unlock codes for Galaxy S devices are stored in a .BAK file on the device itself, which you can read using a HEX editor. You can then obtain the code, key it in and unlock the device to use any SIM card of your choice.
There are many ways to get unlock codes online, but all of them cost between $10 – $20. This method is free to use and involves only a few easy steps. You don’t even need to root your phone and can always lock your phone back using the same code in case of any warranty issues. It can’t get better (or easier) than this.
To know how you can Unlock Your Samsung Galaxy S (T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate) for free, check out this Galaxy S Unlock tutorial by XDA Developers.
Apple has applied for a new patent which covers a series of measures to protect iPhone users from thieves and unauthorized users. Using the technology in the patent titled “Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device”, Apple can identify users based on their images, voice recording and even their unique heartbeat patterns. If any of these don’t match, the user can be flagged as an unauthorized user and the iPhone’s camera can be activated, the captured images can be geotagged and sent to a remote server. It can also log keystrokes and phone calls and send it back to the remote server.
All the sensitive data of the user can also be backed up to a remote server and then deleted remotely, once unauthorized access is detected.
What’s alarming about the patent is that some of the methods it uses to identify unauthorized access include hacking, jailbreaking and unlocking the iPhone. Jailbreaking the iPhone allows you to gain full access to the file system and run any code you want, as opposed to apps approved by Apple only. Using the technology described in the patent, Apple could automatically disable jailbroken or unlocked iPhones citing unauthorized usage.
Jailbreaking and Unlocking were recently declared to be legal by the regulators in the United States.
Check out the complete patent filing here: USPTO
Last week, we had told you about Planetbeing unlocking his iPhone 4. Now MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team has managed to unlock his iPhone 4 as well. The method used by MuscleNerd is different than the one used by Planetbeing. According to this tweet from MuscleNerd, there are apparently 3 ideas/ways to unlock the iPhone 4. The method used by Planetbeing is the first one, while MuscleNerd used the second idea.
Now both the modders will compare their unlocking method to see which method is the fastest and easiest. The fastest and the most efficient method will then be used in the next version of ultrasn0w to unlock the iPhone 4. The 3rd idea will not be used by both the modders for now. It will be saved for the future, in all probability. Hopefully, the next version of ultrasn0w will be released within the next one month by the iPhone Dev team.
Geohot is one of the most popular guy in the iPhone/iPod Touch jailbreak/unlock scene. He has successfully managed to hack the PlayStation 3 as well. However, Geohot has been mum right from the time the Apple iPhone 4 was announced, and released.
Now after quite a few months, Geohot has updated his blog. In the blog post, he says that he managed to jailbreak the iPhone 4 the day it landed on his doorsteps.
Here is what his blog post said:
Got one of these in the mail today and figured I’d give it a shot.
As far as a release goes, it probably won’t happen from me. limera1n is little more than a raindrop on a website; it was never mentioned by me previous to this post. pwned4life is a complete invention of some blogger in a basement somewhere. When I said pwned for life, I was referring to the original iPhone, 3G, and Touch; which of course are, by the aptly named PwnageTool.
Again, please don’t ask for release dates. Every person that does makes me want to release a little bit less.
As it is clear from the blog post, Geohot has clearly said that he won’t be stating a release date. Users can jailbreak iOS4 on iPhone 3G/3GS and iPod Touch using PwnageTool 4.0.
Steve has released the RC2 version of the Blacksn0w unlocks for iOS4. The RC2 version of blacksn0w is just a repackagedversion of the original iOS4 unlock released by geohot. The Blacksn0w RC2 also contains the binaries for 5.11.07 baseband for iPhone 3GS. The binary for 5.11.07 baseband was released by msft.guy a few days ago.
Use on Modem Firmware 05.11.07 ONLY!
V1.2: Support for 4.0 GM. Backwards compatible to 3.1.2/3 as well. V1.1: MyWi tethering fix
Geohot’s unlock for 3.1.2/3.1.3/4.0GM on the iPhone 3GS (and probably 3G). Please donate at http://blackra1n.com/ if you enjoy.
With 3.1.3 & 4.0 GM patch (when needed) by msft.guy. Packaged by Pushfix.info
This is an unofficial release but Geohot HAS given me permission to redistribute blacksn0w. All known issues with WiFi loss and boot loops seem to be fixed. If it doesn’t work for some reason, you should still get the SpringBoard. This allows you to uninstall if necessary. It is a little slower to boot because of the increased safety of the release. A 3GS boots to cell connection established in about 90 seconds in iOS 4 now (50% slower than 3.1.X).
Improvements may be made in the future.
The Blacksn0w RC2 unlock is only for iPhone 3GS on 05.11.07 baseband, with an old bootrom.
Here are the steps to unlock your iPhone 3GS running on iOS4.