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chumby One MiFi Easter Egg revealed; down to $100 in Costco

chumby One MiFi Easter Egg revealed; down to $100 in Costco

Nothing like a hidden Easter Egg to brighten up a gadget, and with the news that the chumby One is now available at Costco - and, at $99.99 with free shipping, bizarrely $20 cheaper than chumby themselves are selling it - company founder "bunnie" has revealed that you can turn your touchscreen device into a 3G MiFi of sorts.  Plug in a 3G USB modem into the back of the chumby One, and you can apparently use its WiFi chip to share that connection among multiple wireless clients.

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Twitwee Clock replaces cuckoo with Twitter bird [Video]

Twitwee Clock replaces cuckoo with Twitter bird [Video]

We're quite fond of bizarre gadgets that hook into Twitter, whether they be tweeting tables, monomes or robot fish, and so we're quite surprised that it's taken someone so long to use the blue Twitter bird logo in a tweeting cuckoo clock.  Happily Haroon Baig has filled that gap with his Twitwee Clock, a modified clock that replaces the traditional face with a set of chumby guts and keeps track of Twitter for a preset word, hashtag or username (in this case "TwitweeClock").

Video demo after the cut

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Chumby One teardown: yep, it’s very hackable

Chumby One teardown: yep, it’s very hackable

Let this be a lesson, gadgets: no matter how cute you are, you'll still get the teardown treatment.  Notorious screwdriver-wielders iFixit have coaxed their latest device in front of the camera, and it's the Chumby One touchscreen WiFi radio/alarm clock/widget display.  The components themselves aren't too much of a mystery - after all, the Chumby team encourage such acts of hackery and modification - but there are still a few surprises lurking inside.

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Chumbophone mixes chumby with Steampunk styling

Chumbophone mixes chumby with Steampunk styling

Since you can now pick up a set of chumby guts without bothering with the standard casing, the real fun for the platform is in fashioning a unique housing for the internet-connected widget display.  That can be as basic as the cardboard box the components come with, or you can go the route of one particular Etsy seller and put together a somewhat Steampunk-esque retro enclosure.

Called the Chumbophone, as far as we can tell the various brass horns, controls and other appendages are all decorative rather than functional.  The only real controls are the power button, the front panel key and the chumby's 3.5-inch 320 x 240 touchscreen, which is still enough to browse various web widgets, control music - either streaming or local - and do everything else that makes chumby so appealing.

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