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Week of October 4, 2009
Facebook and Twitter arrive November 17 on Xbox Live in the UK
>> From joystiq.com:
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Though Microsoft has been a bit cagey with a solid release date for the upcoming Facebok/Twitter/Last.Fm update for Xbox Live, eagle-eyed UK readers have spotted the phrase "Service launches 17th November 2009" on the UK Xbox website.
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(Saturday 10 October 2009 16:18 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Pachter: Microsoft can cut Xbox 360 price at anytime
>> From Analyst Michael Pachter on examiner.com:
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"What Microsoft has on its pocket is $50 more on its price, which they can pull that trigger anytime they feel like it. You guys all saw the rebate that they have. They did it to see how the market reacted. It's a two week promotion, September 22nd to October 5th and it's done. They want to see what $50 does before they do $50 across the board. They made it a little bit hard to do: you got to cut out a box piece, you got to enter a code on the website. But they're testing it."

When discussing the Modern Warfare 2 hardware bundle, he later added: "They are going to have a 250 gig box. That's the point. They didn't buy 5,000 of these as a test. There's going to be a 250 gig 360 some day. So I actually think you're going to see the 120 gig get priced at $249 whenever they feel like it, which might be January, February, it's going to happen. So, if I were a gamer, I will be watching for that. I think Microsoft got more leverage to pull."
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(Thursday 08 October 2009 21:34 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

SecTor security conference about Xbox LIVE Hacking
>> From internetnews.com:
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At a session during the SecTor security conference, Chris Boyd, director of research at Facetime security labs, detailed the myriad methods by which gamers -- and in particular, Microsoft Xbox 360 users -- are under attack by cyber criminals.

"Though the Xbox doesn't have the number one market share, it is the top target for hackers," Boyd said. "Xbox Live has 17 million plus subscribers and that service requires payment."

One way that attackers enumerate their targets is by way of information that is easily publicly accessible. Xbox users gain points during gameplay, which leads to a gamerscore metric. The higher the gamerscore, the more valuable the gamer account. Boyd noted there is no easy way to keep a gamerscore private.

Once the attackers have identified their target, there are multiple methods they use to try and gain control of a user's account. One method that Boyd described is by way of social engineering, a tactic that has plagued regular consumer and enterprise users for years.
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(Thursday 08 October 2009 21:19 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

PlayStation Home-esque Experience Coming To Xbox Live?
>> From multiplayerblog.mtv.com:
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Joystiq received some interesting info from a reader today. The source claimed to have taken part in a survey run by Microsoft which featured avatars playing classic arcade games in a virtual arcade setting. If that sounds familiar, you probably played PlayStation Home for 5 minutes (and then never again).
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(Wednesday 07 October 2009 22:43 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Natal might not come cheap
>> From usatoday.com:
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Speaking at an Xbox 360 event in New York, Robbie Bach, the president of Microsoft's entertainment and devices division says consumers should "expect that it (Natal) will go through the usual price curve."

As for when Microsoft will switch away from the code name Natal, Bach says it will happen "when we tell you to call it something else."
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(Wednesday 07 October 2009 13:59 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Public Beta Coming This Month
>> From multiplayerblog.mtv.com:
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The next Xbox 360 dashboard update, which will include Facebook, Twitter and Last.FM integration, is going into public beta later this month, according to a Microsoft representative at today's Microsoft Open House event in New York City.

Jennifer Puzio-Brookes, an Entertainment Manager for Xbox, showed off the update in a behind-closed-doors session, and it seemed to include all of the major features promised in Microsoft's E3 press conference. Puzio-Brookes mentioned that a public beta will be released "middle-towards-end of October."
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(Wednesday 07 October 2009 00:38 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Free60 JTAG/SMC XeLL Hack for Zephyr Motherboards
>> After the release of the hack for Xenon and Falcon motherboards, today we get the Free60 JTAG/SMC XeLL Hack for Zephyr (v2) motherboards! This NAND image will boot your Zephyr Xbox360 right into XeLL (which allows you to launch linux distros or run libxenon homebrew software).

From the readme/nfo:
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Finally the Zephyr JTAG Hack is here :)
This is XELL (compiled 11.09.09) inserted into 4558 Zephyr-Kernel.
!Fixed Version! USB Support was broken

Don't wonder about the Filesize, its correct like that. It just flashes the beginning of the NAND so your console specific data like MAC adress will stay.

Of course you should have a working backup of your NAND before you proceed.

Just flash with:
LPT
nandpro lpt: -w16 zephyr_hack_updxell.bin 0
USB
nandpro usb: -w16 zephyr_hack_updxell.bin 0

SMC-JTAG Hack Wiring
DB1F1 ---|<|--- J2D2.1
RFUnit 2nd row, 2nd Pin ---|<|---- J2D2.2
J2D2.4 --------- J2D2.7
Free60 JTAG SMC XeLL Hack Zephyr Diagram
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Download: n/a (contains MS code)
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(Tuesday 06 October 2009 15:20 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Linux Device Driver for Xbox 360 Audio
>> From jc4360 on xboxhacker.net:
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I am releasing the first version of linux device driver for xbox 360 audio. you can get source from here: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SVAUYFBL. The device driver is alsa compitable, so basically you can compile mplayer and then it should play various music formats for you easily. It supports both analog stereo and digital spdif (only dobly digital by now). Thanks for tmbinc for his finding on 360 audio hardware details and his help on debuging the code. The license for the code is GPL.
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(Monday 05 October 2009 22:40 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Free60 JTAG/SMC XeLL Hack for Falcon Motherboards
>> A version of the Free60 JTAG/SMC Hack has been released for Falcon (v3) motherboards. This modified NAND image will boot your Falcon Xbox360 right into XeLL (which allows you to boot linux distros or run libxenon homebrew software) - just like the Xenon version released a few weeks ago.
Update: this version of the hack also works on Opus (v3.1) motherboards.

From the readme:
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Finally the Falcon JTAG Hack is here :)

This is newest XELL (compiled 05.10.09) inserted into 5770 Falcon-Kernel.

Don't wonder about the Filesize, its correct like that. It just flashes the beginning of the NAND so your console specific data like MAC adress will stay.

Of course you should have a working backup of your NAND before you proceed.

Just flash with:
* LPT
nandpro lpt: -w16 falcon_hack.bin 0
* USB
nandpro usb: -w16 falcon_hack.bin 0

SMC-JTAG Hack Wiring
DB1F1 ---|<|--- J2D2.1
RFUnit 2nd row, 2nd Pin ---|<|---- J2D2.2
J2D2.4 --------- J2D2.7
Free60 JTAG/SMC XeLL Hack Falcon Diagram
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Download: n/a (contains MS code)
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(Monday 05 October 2009 12:13 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )


 

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