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HP printer 'timebomb' leaves third-party ink cartridges unusable

HP printer owners recently woke up to find their printers no longer recognise the third-party budget ink cartridges installed in them. After initially dodging the complaints, HP has admitted the printer's firmware now intentionally blocks the cartridges.

Flaw lets hackers connect to Seagate hard drives, download files

Several serious vulnerabilities have been found in Seagate's range of wireless hard drives. A flaw could allow an attacker to remotely download files with root access using a hidden default user account present on the drives.

Security alert as Lenovo caught using rootkit to install software

Lenovo has been accused of embedding files in the motherboard firmware of its computers that make it impossible to remove the often unwanted software that it bundles with them — even after reinstalling Windows from scratch. It is similar to hacker tools

Google's wireless service 'Project Fi' revealed in leaked app

Google's plans to create a subscription-based wireless mobile service controlled entirely through an app have been fully revealed in the best possible way - a leaked version of the under-development app called Tycho.

Unpatchable USB-stick infecting malware now in the wild

An unpatchable malware infecting the firmware powering USB drives is now available in the wild, giving hackers undetectable abilities to use the sticks as hosts to malicious software that is automatically loaded when connected to a new computer.

Skype is now available for PSP

The new 3.90 Firmware for the PSP is here and is providing free Skype Service for the PSP Slim as was promised. Unfortunately it has not been released in Japan and Skype service is not available for the Chunky old and durable PSP.

Coverflow on iPod?

Rumor: iPod will have its firmware updated soon, now featuring the Cover Flow view seen on iTunes.

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