AM News: 100 Job Vacancies at Codemasters, Motorola MAXX Coming to UK in May, iPhone Passcode Not Easy to Crack Says Hacker

Long time British game developer Codemasters has announced its plans to hire 100 new staff members at its Birmingham and Warwickshire studios. Three quarters will be heading to the latter, while 25 will be joining the former. "The success of our recent games and our plans for the future means that Codemasters will continue to see growth as we expand our teams here in the Midlands," said Codemasters' Simon Miles.

Will Samsung get its semiconductor arm to follow the likes of AppliedMicro, Calxeda, Marvell and Nvidia and build server chips? Well this is what the Wall Street Journal is inferring after having checked the public Linkedin profiles of some former AMD engineers that have migrated to Samsung. But The Register is quick to point out that although the Linkedin profiles spoke for themselves, it would be wise not to jump to conclusions too hastily.

Motorola has announced that a variant of its popular RAZR, the MAXX, will be released in the UK, across Europe and the Middle East in May 2012. The smartphone comes with what Motorola claims is the longest talk time at 1056 minutes or 17.6 hours. Like its smaller sibling, the RAZR, the MAXX features a dual core TI OMAP4460 processor clocked 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM and a 4.3-inch 960 by 540 pixels Super AMOLED screen covered with Gorilla glass.

Google Wallet has had a pretty rough time of it lately. As we reported recently, the Wallet team have been forced to re-evaluate their strategy, and several key execs have left the project. One of those departures at the start of the year was Rob von Behren, a co-founding engineer at Google Wallet. Having been with Google for eight years, he was expected to stay on with the firm, albeit not working on mobile payments.

The XRY software developed by Micro Systemation used by law enforcement agencies to access data stored on protected mobile devices might not be as innovative as the Swedish company initially led us to believe. According to renowned iOS hacker Chronic, XRY is not that effective against iPhones and iPads as previously advertised.