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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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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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