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“Twilight Hack” offers Wii Homebrew Possibilities

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As previously reported, the game save that exploits a vulnerability in the Twilight Princess game has been released. This exploit will potentially allow you to run unsigned code and eventually a ELF loader which will allow Linux to run on the Wii. All you need is a copy of Twilight Princess and an SD card to load the hacked game save file. This is the first time that the game save has been released with installation details.

Full instructions with video’s are available from the wiibrew.org web site.

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Sony PSP Homebrew Primer

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Confused about all the different homebrew firmware that is available for the PSP? Want to know the history behind the homebrew community? Then you need to read this article which gives a great introduction to PSP homebrew.

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The Wii has been hacked

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I was wondering when someone was going to finally hack the Wii! Well it seems that it has finally been done…at least partially. The hack demonstration apparently took place at 24C3 (24th Annual Chaos Communication Congress) last week. The hackers demonstrated a way to run native Wii homebrew (not in GameCube mode) that even includes full access to the Wii hardware.

“They were able to find encryption and decryption keys by doing full memory dumps at runtime over a custom serial interface. Using these keys, they were able to create a Wii ‘game’ that ran their own code (their demo happened to show live sensor/Wiimote information, amongst a few other things).”

So what does this mean? Hopefully you will be able to run homebrew via custom firmware, emulators, and even launch programs from a SD card…perhaps even a Linux Channel a some point?

Here is an interview with one of the hackers and a link to the YouTube video of the demo.

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Recent PSP Hacks Summary

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Lots of new news on the latest PSP hacks! Below is a summary:

Cable allows easy hook-up of third party GPS systems

- Cool! Now you can use your PSP with GPS. From the website: “Thanks to the availability of MapThis mapping software (free) and GMDL map downloading software (free) PSP owners from most parts of the world can connect to other handheld/serial GPS for navigation through PSP.”

One Wire Pandora Battery — No Software Required

- From PSP Hacks: ““Pandoraize” your PSP Phat and/or Slim battery without any software related hacks; just take a close look at the diagrams provided by godzivan. If you have a steady hand, it only requires the soldering of one wire. Upon success, create your magic memory stick!”

- If you don’t know what the Pandora Battery is, check here.

PSP modded for internal camera, speakers

- Pretty cool mod..took lots of time..time most people don’t have! :)

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PS3 PVR Tutorial

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So I just got a PS3 and have been looking at all the cool things you can do with it…since you can run Linux on a PS3 (Yellowdog, Gentoo, etc..). One of the things you can turn your PS3 into is a PVR and record TV shows. There is a great site that shows you how to do this here. Looks like all you need is the following:

* Gentoo Linux Install
* MythTV
* Plextor ConvertX PX-M402U – TV
* Micronas GO7007 Linux Driver

Lots of good PS3 hacks on this site as well (homebrew). MythTV is similar to Freevo in that it is an open source PVR. Very cool…I am thinking of formating the PS3 and installing Gentoo at least. I’ll provide a review if this all works out! :)

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