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HD DRM under strain

Just days after the organisation behind HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc's AACS copy-protection technology said it had patched a hole exposed by hackers earlier this year, their opponents figured out how to get an Xbox 360 external HD DVD drive to play copies of discs by bypassing part of AACS' encryption-key authorisation process.

None of this dissuaded Samsung from admitting, yes, it is indeed planning to offer a player capable of handling both next-gen optical formats. The Duo HD will arrive before Christmas.

iPod hits 100m

Wireless iPodYes, Apple has sold more than 100m iPods - quite a few, we suspect, to consumers who've upgraded over the years or decided they want Shuffles in all the colours. Maybe they'll upgrade again when the rumoured Wi-Fi fitted iPod ships. If it ships...

Intel guns for gamers

Intel launched its fatest gaming-oriented processor, the Core 2 Extreme QX6800, releasing the 2.93GHz quad-core chip at least three months earlier than anticipated. Mind you, benchmark test results published ahead of the introduction of upcoming Core 2-based Celeron processors showed they're no slouch either.

A feast of phones

Orange SPV E650Orange announced its first Windows Mobile 6 handset, a model based on HTC's Vox candybar phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Samsung's Blackberry-like i600 has its keyboard on the front, and while Orange didn't say it was going to offer the i600 too, its website revealed otherwise.

Separately, LG said its Shine slider phone would go 3G, but we'll see Samsung's ultra-skinny slider, the Ultra Edition II 10.9, much sooner.

Palm logoFinally, Palm admitted it's working on its own operating system again, this one mixing Linux and the current Palm OS, Garnet.
 
 
 

 

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