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Windows Phone 8.1 reportedly closes ‘Fiddler loophole’ for installed OEM exclusive apps

Windows Phone 8.1 reportedly closes ‘Fiddler loophole’ for installed OEM exclusive apps

Daniel Rubino 92

This is one of those Windows Phone 8.1 changes that will only affect like 0.1% of you, though it’s still interesting if you’re into security and what may be best described as piracy. Last summer, we ran a controversial story about how to install OEM exclusive apps to your Windows Phone. Those apps are always ‘free’ though they are in theory subsidized by your purchase of that OEM’s...

See Civilization Revolution, Pinball FX2, and more upcoming Xbox Live games in action on Windows Phone

See Civilization Revolution, Pinball FX2, and more upcoming Xbox Live games in action on Windows Phone

Paul Acevedo 24

Our friends at Xbox360Achievements.org recently spent some face time with Microsoft’s Raymond Estrada, who showcased several current and upcoming Xbox live titles for them. The video is our first chance to see several of these games in motion, plus it confirms a few choice details like Pinball FX 2’s payment structure. Head past the break for a full description of each game and links to...

Attempting a better secured app in the Windows Phone Marketplace - a follow up [Developers]

Attempting a better secured app in the Windows Phone Marketplace - a follow up [Developers]

Daniel Rubino

A day later after we posted the "proof of concept" (PoC) video demonstrating how easy it is to defeat Windows Phone app protection, the discussion is starting to head into another direction: from criticism to potential solution. FreeMarketplace may only be 65.5kb in size (seriously), but its ability to freely circumvent the weak DRM of all 4k+ paid apps in the Marketplace with a single...

Microsoft has a Genuine Software checker for Windows Phone 7; complicates custom ROMs

Microsoft has a Genuine Software checker for Windows Phone 7; complicates custom ROMs

Daniel Rubino 4

Although there have been reports of people porting over WP7 to the HTC HD2 and some chatter of people being able to make ROMs  (though not load them), there may yet be one final hurdle that could be very difficult to overcome: PVK. PVK are the private keys Microsoft evidently uses to sign off on the OS that is also tied to the hardware. Specifically, some aspect of the OS looks for and...