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DIY dashboard-mounted iPad is awesome [Video]

DIY dashboard-mounted iPad is awesome [Video]

Got a touchscreen head-unit in your car?  Is it 9.7-inches and running the iPhone OS?  If not, then I'm afraid you're not as awesome as SoundMan Car Audio, who celebrated the launch of the iPad by crafting a custom mount for the tablet in the dashboard of their Toyota Tacoma truck.

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DIY LED stair lighting system gets video demo

DIY LED stair lighting system gets video demo

Motion-triggered lighting isn't new, but nor is it generally aesthetically pleasing; if I were Edo Kreigsmann I think I'd be running up and down the stairs all night.  His DIY LED lighting system doesn't just turn on the lights when it spots you going up or downstairs; instead it progressively illuminates them, as if you're in a bubble of light that follows you up or down.

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Overclocked Nokia N900 hits 1GHz

Overclocked Nokia N900 hits 1GHz

Nokia's N900 is already the device of choice for those who like to tinker with alternative software, but how about overclocking the 600MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor by 50-percent?  That's just what Maemo forum member Lehto has managed to do, releasing several new kernels that can drive the N900's core clock speed from a mild 700MHz boost to 950MHz.  In fact, he reckons he's had his N900 going even faster.

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DIY Racing Hardware Sim gets hacked BMW instruments [Video]

DIY Racing Hardware Sim gets hacked BMW instruments [Video]

Multi-screen PC gaming setups have made racing simulators all the more engrossing, but nothing says "realism" like real parts hacked from a car and hooked up via USB.  Alex Rosiu has kicked off his DIY Racing Hardware Sim with the instrument cluster from a 1992 BMW 325i, using an Arduino to control the speedo and rev counter along with the various lights.

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Quake II gets HTML5 port for in-browser gaming [Video]

Quake II gets HTML5 port for in-browser gaming [Video]

The comparative benefits of HTML5 and Flash are still being argued, but thanks to a team of three Google engineers we can mark another point up to the HTML5 side.  They've managed to port Quake II's game engine over to HTML5, so that you can play it completely within the browser.  The end result is 30fps gaming complete with file saving and multiplayer support.

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iPhone Windows Phone 7 theme looks blasphemously great [Video]

iPhone Windows Phone 7 theme looks blasphemously great [Video]

iPhone 3GS meets Windows Phone 7 meets blasphemy?  If you like your iPhone just as God - or Steve Jobs - intended it then look away; tinkerer woocash-kun has come up with a new theme for his Apple smartphone that makes it look just like Microsoft's upcoming platform.

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PS3 custom firmware promised to bypass “Other OS” v3.21 limitation

PS3 custom firmware promised to bypass “Other OS” v3.21 limitation

After Sony's somewhat bizarre "security" related decision to block Other OS installation on the original PS3 consoles with the next scheduled firmware update, hacker George Hotz - who some believe prompted Sony's move, after he publicly admitted to having hacked the console back in January 2010 - has promised a lifeline for console owners.  His advice is to avoid installing the PS3 firmware v3.21 due on April 1st, and instead wait for an alternative flashing app of his own design.

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Untethered iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 2G/3G and iPad Jailbreak promised [Video]

Untethered iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 2G/3G and iPad Jailbreak promised [Video]

It's already possible to Jailbreak the current-generation iPhone 3GS and iPod touch, but so far the process requires tethering in order to work.  Geohot, arch-tinkerer and Apple-fondler extraordinaire, is now promising to change all that with a new software-based Jailbreak.  Interestingly, the hacker also reckons it should work on Apple's incoming iPad, too.

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Palm Pre gets 800MHz overclock [Video]

Palm Pre gets 800MHz overclock [Video]

Palm Pre not fast enough for you?  The Pre Plus doubles the webOS smartphone's RAM but leaves the processor (a 600MHz TI OMAP 3430 underclocked by Palm to 500MHz) unchanged; happily where Palm themselves seemingly fear to tread, owners themselves have no such qualms.  A couple of mod-happy Pre owners have overclocked the smartphone to 800MHz, resulting in swifter performance and, surprisingly, no significant increase in power consumption.

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Gaaglebot hacked Roomba indexes your house [Video]

Gaaglebot hacked Roomba indexes your house [Video]

Google's attempts to index the world are all well and good, but it still can't tell you - no matter what The Onion would have you believe - where things are in your house.  Some Swedish modders have attempted to fill that gap, however, with the Gaaglebot, a modified Roomba outfitted with a compact webserver and a webcam.  The idea is that the robot roams about your house, shooting photos of any text it finds and converting that into a searchable database.

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iPhone-controlled R/C Dalek: pointless but awesome [Video]

iPhone-controlled R/C Dalek: pointless but awesome [Video]

Does anybody need an iPhone-controlled remote-control Dalek made from a bubble bath bottle?  No, of course not, but that doesn't stop us being madly jealous of Steve from BotBuilder who put his together using a new microprocessor board that can control up to 12 servos and record input patterns to be triggered from an external switch.

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The DoomBOX: DIY Doom console hacked from camera [Video]

The DoomBOX: DIY Doom console hacked from camera [Video]

You need quite a few fingers to count off all the reasons why this particular hack is awesome: it's based on a digital camera with a hacked OS, plays classic 3D shooter Doom, and uses authentic keyboard buttons for control.  The handiwork of JJ Dasher, The DoomBOX is based on a Kodak DC290 digital camera with a custom port of Doom for its hack-friendly Digita OS.

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