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Intel’s copy protection cracked

Intel’s copy protection cracked

HDCP, Intel's heavily used copy protection system for audio and video, has been cracked by a professor in Germany, not in an attempt to get a bootleg of the latest Transformers on Blu-ray, but to point out the flaws in the encryption. HDCP is the protection is used in almost every HDMI or DVI compatible TV or computer monitor. With a tool that cost approximately 200 Euros ($266), Prof. Dr. Ing. Tim Güneysu was able to get around the security.

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Russian Tank Constructed in China for Theme Park in Mongolia

Russian Tank Constructed in China for Theme Park in Mongolia

While some call it a copy of the Russian T62, others note that it appears more likely that the maker of this monster saw a Panzer II tank and copied it complete with an M2 Browning .50 caliber machine gun on a completely new looking turret. Regardless, this is a gigantic war tank created by a civilian by the name of Hao JinXi whose private manufacturing enterprise specializes in the production of a certain single type of tourist train. Why on earth he decided to drop 800,000 Japanese yuans (something like $9,400 USD) on a completely newly manufactured version of an out-of-use tank is quite simple.

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Private Copying of CDs and DVDs to be Legalized in the UK

Private Copying of CDs and DVDs to be Legalized in the UK

This Wednesday, Britain will signal its intent to legalize copying of CDs or DVDs onto computers and/or digital music players for personal use. This word comes from a government source speaking with Rueters this Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011. This move will be on a recommendation made to review Britian's intellectual property framework as carried out by Professor Ian Hargreaves earlier this year at the request of Prime Minister David Cameron. Digital music converters around the country realize it's been illegal all this time, say "oh dear me," and continue on with their day.

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TEGW3000 borrows Nexus One style & iPhone UI

TEGW3000 borrows Nexus One style & iPhone UI

Gasp at the unrelenting beauty of a knock-off Nexus One cellphone with a carefully cloned iPhone UI: yes, friends, as though Apple and Google had got up close and personal on Spring Break, it's the TEGW3000.  The Nexus One inspired casing is actually a little more pocketable than the original, thanks to it using a smaller 3.2-inch 320 x 480 touchscreen, though you'll also have to make do without 3G.

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iPad clone wraps Android in Apple UI

iPad clone wraps Android in Apple UI

We've seen iPad-esque tablets coming out of China before now, but this one doesn't stop at form-factor or touchscreen: it even dresses up Android in an iPad skin.  Shanzhai don't know the specific manufacturer who made this particular homage, but apparently it runs a 600MHz ARM SoC chipset with a 10-inch touchscreen.

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Teclast K9 dual-screen ereader borrows from Kindle, nook & Alex

Teclast K9 dual-screen ereader borrows from Kindle, nook & Alex

While Barnes & Noble and Spring Design hold their dual-screen ereader legal battle in the US courts, over in China they're simply getting on with "borrowing" the design concept themselves.  Spotted at the Shenzhen EREXPO ("E-Reader Expo") this week was the Teclast K9, an ereader with the buttons and controls of a Kindle but the dual-displays of a nook or Alex.

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Chinese Nokia N93 fake borrows liberally from the design pool

Chinese Nokia N93 fake borrows liberally from the design pool

Join me in checking off the "inspiration" behind the various points of design in this latest Chinese clone-phone: most obvious, of course, is the Nokia branding and hints of the Finnish company's styling language.  Next up comes the iPhone UI, a popular theme for knock-offs, but did you spot the cheeky Android logo built into the borrowed Nokia logo?

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Shenzhen MacBook Air clone packs 3G, removable battery, $249 price tag

Shenzhen MacBook Air clone packs 3G, removable battery, $249 price tag

MacBook Air clones coming out of China aren't in short supply, but the constant refreshing has at least pushed them beyond Apple's official model in some respects.  Shanzai have been taking a look at the Shenzhen Tong Men Tech Company's latest offering, and while it lacks some of the official Air's style, its removable battery, integrated 3G, relative surfeit of ports and $249 price tag go a long way to making up for it.

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PXP-2000 PSP Go knockoff still forgets the 2nd joystick

PXP-2000 PSP Go knockoff still forgets the 2nd joystick

Knock-off consoles are always good for a cheap, moderately cheerful laugh, and so we're surprised its taken the Chinese cloners this long to come up with a decent PSP Go copy.  The PXP-2000 "borrows" the distinctive stylings of Sony's latest handheld, but throws in a camera good for stills and 3GP video capture, an FM radio and NES/Famicom emulator.

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Brother HL-3000 and MFC-9000 Series Printers Get New Models

Brother HL-3000 and MFC-9000 Series Printers Get New Models

We burn the midnight oil here. And why do we do it? So we can bring you late-breaking news, regarding the latest and greatest releases from companies like Brother. We've got several new printers lined up, most of which are slotted for some small business use. Perfect for those who need to get a quick print job out of the way.

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