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Samsung NC10 second PCI-e slot hack

Samsung NC10 second PCI-e slot hack

The difference between brave and foolhardy is how successful you end up, and by that measure Samsung NC10 owner Graeme is pretty darn brave.  Wanting to add a Broadcom HD decoder card - for buttery smooth 1080p HD playback - to his netbook, but not willing to abandon the wireless card occupying its sole PCI-e slot, Graeme took a soldering iron to the NC10 and added a second slot.

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Wireless PS3 Portable mod [Video]

Wireless PS3 Portable mod [Video]

Even in its most recent Slim incarnation, the PS3 doesn't exactly lend itself to portable use.  Rather than attempt to squeeze the whole console into a handheld form-factor, modder BronckartN took a more roundabout approach: his Wireless PS3 Portable is actually a display-equipped remote controller, meaning the console itself can stay put while you play it elsewhere.

Video demo after the cut

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Remote coded door opener uses TI hack-watch [Video]

Remote coded door opener uses TI hack-watch [Video]

Texas Instruments aren't perhaps a name you'd associate with watches, but the TI MSP430 is no regular timepiece.  The hack-friendly wristwatch has a 3-axis accelerometer, pressure sensor, temperature sensor and RF wireless, and in this latest DIY door security system it's used to remotely unlock a door using a sequence of taps.

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Nexus One cyanogen ROM released: tethering & more

As promised, modder cyanogen has released a hacked ROM for the Google Nexus One.  Described as “something to play with for now”, suggesting that a more in-depth firmware mod is planned, the replacement ROM optimizes the smartphone’s speed and enables USB tethering among other things.

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Nexus One hacked ROMs promise tethering & multitouch

Nexus One hacked ROMs promise tethering & multitouch

First comes the Nexus One, then come the hacked ROMs.  Arch-modder cyanogen is promising one of the first tweaked ROMs we've heard about, with the man himself saying it will add such niceties as WiFi and wired tethering and multitouch browsing.

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Dell Mini 10 netbook mod creates huge Mini 3i Android phone [Video]

Dell Mini 10 netbook mod creates huge Mini 3i Android phone [Video]

It looks like Dell's Mini 3i smartphone is prompting just as much interest in Android over in China as it does in the US and Europe, as one modder has created their own huge version of the touchscreen handset.  According to Shanzai, the project started off as a Dell Mini 10 netbook - which means this replica Mini 3i has a 10-inch display - which was then reshaped into the smartphone form-factor.  You can see a timelapse video of the conversion after the cut.

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DIY Android Doll and Rovio dog-costume: when geeks get crafty

DIY Android Doll and Rovio dog-costume: when geeks get crafty

We're not sure what it is about geeks, sewing kits and the holiday season, but bizarre DIY efforts seem to proliferate at this time of the year.  Over at Recombu they're sharing a stuffed Android doll tutorial, which shows you how to make your very own smartphone desk-stand in the shape of the Android logo, while an enterprising modder over at RoboCommunity has whipped up a dog-costume for his WowWee Rovio.

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Chumby One mod enables composite video output

Chumby One mod enables composite video output

After iFixit released the photoset of their Chumby One teardown, we knew the compact WiFi widget device had the potential - via circuit-board connections - for composite video output; now some enterprising modders have taken advantage of it.  The mod requires soldering an RCA extender cable to the appropriate places on the mainboard, and slightly modifying the Chumby's firmware.

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Chumby Tux: everyone needs a touchscreen penguin

Chumby Tux: everyone needs a touchscreen penguin

One day we'll stop posting Chumby case-mods, but nothing cheers up a cold Sunday like a touchscreen penguin.  Modder Ankorite took one of the Chumby guts kits from the MAKE store and squeezed it into a penguin Christmas toy, producing a battery-powered widget and internet radio Tux.

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Archos 9 dumps Win7 for Google Chromium OS

Windows 7 Starter Edition wouldn’t be our first choice of OS for the Archos 9 PC Tablet – after all, it lacks the handwriting functionality you’ll find in other versions – but at least it recognizes the touchscreen.  Steve from UMPC Portal decided to load up Chromium OS on his Archos 9 (which we saw unboxed yesterday) but the end result is less than usable: since Chromium doesn’t recognize the touchscreen, nor have an on-screen keyboard, you’ll basically be stuck looking at the login page.

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Barnes & Noble nook cracked open, rooted

Barnes & Noble nook cracked open, rooted

The lure of Android has brought hackers to the Barnes & Noble nook like piranhas to still-kicking meat, and it turns out there's plenty of intrigue inside the ebook reader.  Over at nookDevs they've not only stripped the device to its bare circuitboards, they've also managed to root it.

Points of note include Android seemingly being loaded onto a 2GB internal microSD card - potentially a cause of sluggish OS performance - and a Samsung S3C6410 processor that's actually capable of OpenGL ES 1.1/ 2.0 among other things.  The Android install itself, meanwhile, is a generic OS 1.5 build with some B&N customization on top

What should be interesting is how the nook gets hacked, especially given the interesting hardware.  The nookDevs contributors have already figured out a way to spoof the DNS and feed content to the nook as if it came from B&N.

[via odobooks and via Twitter]

Harlequin dual-touchscreen netbook mod is DIY Courier

Harlequin dual-touchscreen netbook mod is DIY Courier

Now turning a netbook into a cheap tablet or UMPC isn't new, and we've seen plenty such mods before, but this so-called Harlequin project is something else.  My Dell Mini forum member pakkei decided he couldn't wait for Microsoft to release the Courier and thought he'd make one himself, converting his Inspiron Mini 9 into a slate-format tablet and adding in a second, 9-inch USB touchscreen.

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