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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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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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WAD2 Windows Phone 7 theme boosts performance [Video]

WAD2 Windows Phone 7 theme boosts performance [Video]

Remember yesterday's Windows Phone 7 Metro UI theme for Windows Mobile 6.5 devices?  Performance on the early alpha was sluggish, but it looks like Jaxbot's project isn't the only one out there looking to put some new shine on older devices.  LeSScro has been working on a Metro UI theme, based on WisBar Advance Desktop 2.x, and it's running a whole lot more smoothly than yesterday's attempt.

Video demo after the cut

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USB Host mod for Motorola DROID promises accessory support

USB Host mod for Motorola DROID promises accessory support

Plugging a USB memory stick, keyboard, mouse or even a printer into your Motorola DROID could be possible very soon, thanks to a new hack that adds USB Host support to the Android smartphone.  Modder Chris Paget and friends discovered that Motorola had used USB-OTG compliant hardware for the DROID, crippling it only by virtue of the microUSB port; one thrown-together adapter cable and a tiny dongle that triggers the Host mode later, and the DROID will recognize USB peripherals.

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Nokia 5700 running BlackBerry OS 4? [Video]

Nokia 5700 running BlackBerry OS 4? [Video]

We're playing sceptics again today (you can tell because of the official sceptic-hat we're wearing) but according to Chinese MaxPDA forum member selith you're looking at a Nokia 5700 running BlackBerry OS 4.6.0.305.  Kicking off a fourteen page thread of people various praising his work and doubting it, selith then produced a video seemingly showing the handset in action.

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Android 2.0.1 dual-boot XPERIA X1 hack [Video]

Android 2.0.1 dual-boot XPERIA X1 hack [Video]

Over at xda-developers they're pathologically addicted to getting software to run on devices it was never intended to, and fed up of waiting for Sony Ericsson's debut into the Android ecosystem, the XPERIA X10, they've focused instead on getting Android onto an earlier phone.  Normally the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 is found playing nicely with Windows Mobile, but you can now dual-boot it with that and Android 2.0.1.

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MSI Wind gets sliding touchscreen tablet mod

MSI Wind gets sliding touchscreen tablet mod

The slider form-factor isn't unusual in mobile devices - HTC's Touch Pro2 has a particularly nifty mechanism, and larger handhelds, such as the PsiXpda UMPC, have used it too - but how about a 10.2-inch slider tablet?  That's what InsanelyWind forum member c0ff33 is working on, turning his Advent 4211c (a rebadge of the MSI Wind U100) into a touchscreen tablet that opens up to reveal the QWERTY keyboard.

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