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Nokia N8 gets continuous auto-focus with latest hack [Video]

Nokia N8 gets continuous auto-focus with latest hack [Video]

After yesterday's Nokia N8 photo compression hack and 30fps silky-smooth video mod, now arch-tinkerer hyperX has outed another tweak to the Symbian^3 smartphone's optics.  He's added an option to support continuous auto-focus during video recording, keeping footage crisp even as your subject moves around.

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Insignia Infocast gets browser with creator’s blessing

Insignia Infocast gets browser with creator’s blessing

With chumby founder Andrew "bunny" Huang actually giving instructions on how to hack Best Buy's 8-inch Insignia Infocast "internet media display," it comes as little surprise that someone has taken him up on the invitation.  chumby forum member Ken has got a WebKit-based browser running, together with a USB keyboard and touchscreen support, basically turning the Infocast into a (mains powered) tablet.

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Chumby Hacker Board makes widget gadget more mod-friendly

Chumby Hacker Board makes widget gadget more mod-friendly

When it comes to hacking, chumby has always had a magnanimous attitude towards opening up its widget-based information displays and adding new functionality, in fact they even encourage it.  Now the gates to hack-heaven are open even wider, with the launch of the Chumby Hacker Board: basically the guts of a regular chumby One that has been tweaked to make it more useful for developers.  That includes boosted connectivity and a composite video output.

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WODE Jukebox stand adds homebrew to Wii

WODE Jukebox stand adds homebrew to Wii

There were many Xbox 360 users that found out the hard way when Microsoft started banning modded consoles that mods can bite you in the rear. If you like the idea of modding your Wii, but you don’t want to tear the thing open and start soldering, the WODE Jukebox stand may be perfect for you.

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iPhone OS 4.0 gets Jailbreak [Video]

iPhone OS 4.0 gets Jailbreak [Video]

iPhone OS 4.0 has only been available to developers for a matter of hours, but already there's been a jailbreak.  MuscleNerd, of the infamous iPhone Dev Team, has tweeted a video showing Cydia and Veency running on his iPhone.

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HTC HD2 Windows Phone 7 ROM gets video demos

HTC HD2 Windows Phone 7 ROM gets video demos

Microsoft's confirmation that the HTC HD2 wouldn't be eligible for an official Windows Phone 7 upgrade certainly put a dampener on expectations of what's still the best Windows Mobile device around.  Of course, it also lit a fire under the developer community to come up with an unofficial WP7 ROM for the HD2, and sure enough - with devices running the full OS not expected until toward the end of 2010 - you'll soon be able to load an almost fully functional build of the new platform onto your HD2.

The hack is the handiwork of a team of Russian tinkerers over at htcpedia, who have managed to get the WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth all working and pretty much everything else.  Still causing issues, however, are the graphics drivers, and the device is showing some unwanted lag.  We're guessing work is being done on optimizing the code for the HD2, and that lag should get brought down.

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Best PSP mod ever adds LEDs, cam, joystick

Best PSP mod ever adds LEDs, cam, joystick

I have a couple PSPs around my house that have been here for a long time. They never get played because they just aren't that fun. My son plays the Nintendo DS and leaves the PSP collecting dust in the junk drawer. A new PSP mod has added some much needed cool to the PSP with a camera, joystick, LED lights, and a lot more.

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Nokia N900 Android dual-boot hack [Video]

Nokia N900 Android dual-boot hack [Video]

Nokia's N900 is undoubtedly a tempting smartphone, but the Maemo 5 OS it runs still comes across as an enthusiast's platform rather than a consumer-ready one.  Thankfully one such enthusiast has decided to tinker with the ARM-based N900 itself, and the end result is a handset that can dual-boot both Maemo and Android.

Video proof of concept after the cut

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Eee PC touchscreen kitchen PC hack [Video]

Eee PC touchscreen kitchen PC hack [Video]

If you've ever been tempted by a touchscreen kitchen PC, but can't afford the high prices most off-the-shelf units command, then sidekick-x's nifty Eee PC hack may fit the bill.  He took a normal ASUS netbook, cracked it open, fitted a touchscreen layer and then integrated it neatly into a kitchen cupboard.

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MacBook Mini mod gives netbook mistaken identity

MacBook Mini mod gives netbook mistaken identity

The glowing logo, the sleek curves - could it be anything other than a new Apple notebook?  Well yes, actually, it could: the steady-handsmanship of a German modder called Florian Gotz, it's really a Medion Akoya Mini E1210 (a rebadged MSI Wind ) with an Apple logo cut out with a Dremel.

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Dawn of War II team start Warhammer 40,000 Rhino tank mod

Dawn of War II team start Warhammer 40,000 Rhino tank mod

It takes more than just a simple press release to get a new game noticed these days, which is why THQ have gone a few steps further to publicize their upcoming Dawn of War II.  They've taken a real British army FV432 tank into the workshop and are setting about modifying it into a life-size Rhino Space Marine transport vehicle from the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

NES DVD player mod gone wrong

NES DVD player mod gone wrong

Yesterday we saw an example of a very well done mod. It was nice and clean and of course got extra points for being a classic. Well today we have what some might call an example of a mod gone wrong.

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