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HTC HD2 gets MeeGo 1.1 install

HTC HD2 gets MeeGo 1.1 install

HTC's HD2 has become something of a favorite among smartphone modders; we've already seen the Windows Mobile 6.5 device swap its Microsoft OS for Android and Windows Phone 7, and now it's the turn of MeeGo 1.1. Steve Troughton-Smith spotted that, since the HD2 is relatively similar to the Nexus One in terms of core hardware, it should be possible to tweak the instructions for installing MeeGo on the Googlephone to suit the HTC.

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GoldenEye: Source multiplayer mod for Half Life 2 ditches beta

GoldenEye: Source multiplayer mod for Half Life 2 ditches beta

GoldenEye: Source, the fan-made conversion modification of Half Life 2, has been knocking about for years, but the team responsible for the redressed retro multiplayer has finally ditched the beta label and released the fully optimized mod. Now up to v4.1, the conversion consists of 22 maps - both the classics from GoldenEye on the N64, and new revisions - and eleven characters, together with over 50 custom music tracks.

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LED Christmas lights hacked into huge IM status display [Video]

LED Christmas lights hacked into huge IM status display [Video]

Christmas lights can be gaudy and distracting, or they can be a force used for good; well, as long as by "good" you mean individually-programmable and capable of showing IM status. Microsoft .NET developer Andrej Kyselica discovered that, after some tinkering, he could get a FEZ embedded controller to individually manage each LED on a string of $60 Christmas lights from Costco.

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Geeks get Ubuntu working on Samsung Galaxy Tab

Geeks get Ubuntu working on Samsung Galaxy Tab

You can always tell the geeks by the hardware and gadgets they use. Sure, your mom might get a Galaxy Tab, but will her Tab be running something as geeky as Ubuntu? I think not. If you are the sort of geek that lives to add alternative OS's to hardware it wasn't meant to run on, we have a project for you.

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Galaxy Tab voice call hack turns tablet back into a huge phone

Galaxy Tab voice call hack turns tablet back into a huge phone

Our review of T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Tab went live yesterday, and while we bemoaned its lack of official voice call functionality, if you're willing to get your hands dirty in alternative ROMs then you can bypass that limitation. The xda-developers community has been working on enabling what the US Galaxy Tabs lost from their European counterparts, and - with a few limitations - has managed to activate voice calls on the T-Mobile Tab.

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ChumbyBot bipedal robot: when widgets take over the world [Video]

ChumbyBot bipedal robot: when widgets take over the world [Video]

Chumby was made for hacking, and so we probably shouldn't be too surprised to see one sprout legs and start its gradual path to world domination.  Eric Gregori of EMG Robotics has developed a bipedal walking ChumbyBot by pairing the touchscreen Chumby One with a Freescale MMA7455l controller board.

That board is soon going to be commercially launched as part of the Tower Robot/Sensor board from EMG, working with the company's RobotSee and Robot Vision Toolkit to make for easy vision-based navigation and control.  It's also apparently easy to code for, using the same sort of language as BASIC.

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