Palm Pre unlocked from O2 and working on T-Mobile for voice, data and 3G

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Oct 22, 2009 in How To, Technology

After many months of waiting for the Palm Pre to get a UK release and the heartbreak of seeing it with an O2 exclusive contract, the Pre was released last Friday.

I went to my local phone shop and managed to buy a shiny new Palm Pre, without a contract, but locked to O2 figuring sooner or later someone should be able to unlock it to work on T-Mobile (who I have a monthly contract with).  After seeing so many people asking, but only one mention of someone in the US unlocking it for voice (no data) I started worry a little.

Then I came across the Rebel Sim Card which has worked a treat.  I now have my Palm Pre, unlocked from O2 and working for voice, data and 3G on my T-Mobile sim!

Thanks a lot to the guys at Rebel Sim Card for unlocking the Palm Pre!!!



Web on TV with Yahoo Widget Engine on Samsung flat-screen HDTV range

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Jan 6, 2009 in Digital, Technology

Some Samsung 2009 flat-panel HDTV systems in the 2009 ranges allow viewers to access certain parts of the internet directly through their televisions, to include Flickr™, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Weather and Yahoo! Finance, and content from well-known brands, including USA TODAY®, YouTube™, eBay® and Showtime Networks® with more on its way.  The offerings are set to include video streaming and other online services.

The Samsung TV’s will support the new TV Widget service, called “Internet@TV - Content Service.” This service adapts the Yahoo! Widget Engine to allow viewers to engage in a variety of experiences, normally only accessible on a PC.

You will be able to track your stock portfolio, stay on top of headline news as well as browse through videos, share photos and interact with friends.

Users can access the service by connecting the HDTV to a home network via the built-in Ethernet port or using an optional Wi-Fi USB dongle.

Announced 5 January 2009 on Yahoo! Finance

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Serious Security Flaws found in Internet Explorer

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Dec 16, 2008 in Security, Technology

The BBC News website this morning announced that a flaw in Microsoft Internet Explorer leaves a way for criminals to take control of people’s computers and steal their passwords according to internet experts.

They go on to say that Microsoft is investigating and will prepare an emergency patch to plug the hole, but at Outside5 we have always recommended alternative browsers such as Firefox.

There have been attacks detected against IE7 (the most widely used version of Internet Explorer), but Microsoft are warning that other versions may also contain the same vulnerability.

Antivirus software maker Trend Micro say that as many as 10,000 sites have been compromised by criminals since last week to take advantage of the flaw, mainly serving up programs that steal computer game passwords.  On Monday they went on to say that the flaw could be “adopted by more financially motivated criminals”

Original story here.

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Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the Wii Remote

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Dec 5, 2008 in Gaming, Technology

I have seen some pretty cool things in my time, but none anywhere close to this.  This could be the future of gaming, and it seems the future is here now.

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