WikiLeaks Sheds Light On China’s Politburo Hacking On Google

Today is a new moment in history. Government secrets from around the world, both classified as “top secret”, “secret”, and levels below the aforementioned have been released to the public via several of the world’s most prominent publications, for all eyes to read, know, and understand. This being a tech blog, the first thing that is of interest is the China Politburo incident involving the hacking of Google and several other multi-billion dollar mega corporations within the last year.

An excerpt from the New York Times piece reads:

A global computer hacking effort: China’s Politburo directed the intrusion into Google’s computer systems in that country, a Chinese contact told the American Embassy in Beijing in January, one cable reported. The Google hacking was part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government. They have broken into American government computers and those of Western allies, the Dalai Lama and American businesses since 2002, cables said.

This easily confirms why the United States government so heavily backed Google’s move out of China, and its accusations of the source of the attacks. Now, we’d surely suggest you go and read the rest of the NYT article, where subjects like these and more are very well detailed and presented.

Via: The New York Times

ExoPC Seen Running Ubuntu, Touchscreen Usage Not Confirmed

This is something interesting that just came out of the ExoPC forums: a user named sdblanchet loads Ubuntu straight onto the pretty well-specced Windows 7 tablet, complete with keyboard and mouse. While it’s not confirmed if the touchscreen actually — you know — works, it’s evident there’s some cool stuff that can be done with an ExoPC tablet. Turns out by the way that early next week we’ll have the review unit that I’ve been waiting for, like, forever. And by that I mean I can torture it in multitasking tests. Via: ExoPC Forums

Update: That same user just explained in detail what’s going on here: It was showing off one of the ExoPC’s strengths: the SD card. Buy loading Ubuntu 10.10 onto an SDHC, booted straight into the OS, and it works almost perfectly. The touchscreen isn’t perfect; only single taps/double taps work, but it’s an interesting mod, isn’t it?

[Thanks, jean!]

Turns Out iOS 4.2 Is Almost Ready To Be Unlocked/Jailbroken/Whatever

Earlier morning on this post-Black Friday apocalypse Saturday, dev-team special ops member MuscleNerd mearly mentioned that now he can beat up your iPhone 3G/3GS running iOS 4.2.1. Actually, what ultrasn0w really said is that their unlocking tool is still in development for the older iPhones, as they use the older 05.15.04 baseband, and the iPhone 4 uses a completely different one. A release will be out soon, and iPhone 4 owners will have to wait a little longer. ViaTwitter and dev-team

My Favorite Laptop, The Alienware M11x, Is Now On Sale For $600


The Alienware M11x, which as you might know, is Stefan’s favorite laptop (this post is being typed on it now). Ask any agent at Alienware headquarters and Dell, and they’ll tell you I love it god-knows-how-many-times, gave it “Stef’s Top Pick Award”, and pwns n00bs nightly in either Counter Strike: Source, Team Fortress 2, or Bad Company 2. Now, the Core 2 Duo version (that means no Optimus for you, like me, sadly) costs $599.

That’s right, for $600 bucks you can get one of the most highly-awarded laptops of the year, with 160GB of hard drive space and 2GB DDR3 RAM.

Of course, that config is nothing compared to the 4GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, Core i7, Optimus battery-conserving rig I’m typing this on. But it’s good nonetheless. Via: Dell Online Store

Windows Phone 7 side-loading tool released

Think of this like a jailbreak, or something like that. By downloading a simple executable file (.exe to you geeks, like me for example) and a few of those familiar clicks, you can side-load apps on to your Windows Phone 7 device. The main purpose according to ChevronWP7 is to test experimental applications, or with different APIs. Otherwise, if you have some nerd genes, go straight to the “via” link for the download. And that’s only if you have some nerd genes. Via: ChevronWP7

Rovio Mobile’s Angry Birds On Windows Phone 7 Is “Highly Unlikely” This Year

So, Angry Birds on Windows Phone 7? Not happening, at least not this year. Strangely though, ever since Microsoft illegally used Angry Birds as a form of showing what types of games were launching on Windows Phone 7, Rovio Mobile has been quietly angry about discussing anything related to WP7.

Case in point: Don’t piss off the birds at Rovio. Via: TheNextWeb

Samsung Mesmerize Review

The fifth out of 6 Galaxy S phones (or is it seven) is the Samsung Mesmerize, a re-named and completely identical version of the Samsung Fascinate on Verizon Wireless, which is also the first true “Bingifed” Android smartphone. The only difference for the Mesmerize is that it’s on the 5th largest carrier in the United States, U.S. Cellular. Keep in mind they only offer CDMA service in 26 states (excluding Florida, for one), so I’ll consider this review just something for the heck of reviewing it.

Nokia’s X7-00 handset chasing cars in Need for Speed, uses a buggy Symbian build

So Nokia. it’s a company not exactly favored by smartphone-goers right now, but still, they’re resilient enough to go ahead and launch the XSeries set of phones that focus on multimedia. Specs of the X7-00 will roughly match that of the Nokia N8 Failure Edition, except the X7-00, being the media smartphone that it is, has 4 Dolby speakers, and a buggy-looking, early build of Symbian running on it. You can see it in action above, if another Nokia device interests you. Via: Nokiasaga

Update: The video’s gone private. Oh well.