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SHAtter exploit could let hacked iPhone 4 use official iOS updates [Video]

SHAtter exploit could let hacked iPhone 4 use official iOS updates [Video]

Say "shattered" and "iPod touch" in the same sentence, and we'd usually think you'd been careless with your new PMP.  Unfortunately for Apple's repairs department, however, SHAtter is actually a new exploit that should eventually replace now closed loophole used by the jailbreakme.com site.

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Nexus One gets MeeGo, plus Dell Streak & HTC Desire [Video]

Nexus One gets MeeGo, plus Dell Streak & HTC Desire [Video]

If you've a taste for MeeGo and a Google Nexus One lying around - or, for that matter, a Dell Streak or an HTC Desire - then you'll be pleased to hear that the open-source team over at the MeeGo Wiki are busy slapping the Intel/Nokia collaboration onto all manner of Android handsets.  As you'd hope, much of the device functionality is working, so you could feasibly have a MeeGo smartphone long before Nokia get their act together.

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HTC Shift resurrected with OS X: who needs a 7-inch iPad?

HTC Shift resurrected with OS X: who needs a 7-inch iPad?

It's fair to say we've waited quite a while since the last HTC Shift mod; the dual-mode Windows Vista/PDA ultraportable tablet was last seen flirting with Windows 7 before its quiet demise.  Now some of the guys over at xda-developers are hoping to resurrect its usefulness with an injection of Mac OS X.

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Cydia hack adds iOS 4.1 HDR support to iPhone 3GS/3G

Cydia hack adds iOS 4.1 HDR support to iPhone 3GS/3G

Apple's HDR photography tool for iOS 4.1 on the iPhone 4 will soon be available for iPhone 3GS and 3G owners, albeit only those who have jailbroken their handsets.  Jailbreak expert Will Strafach is responsible for the hack, which will apparently be included as part of the Cydia unofficial download store available for jailbroken devices.

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iNewt case slots iPhone 4 into Newton MessagePad

iNewt case slots iPhone 4 into Newton MessagePad

Ah, the Apple Newton - spiritual predecessor to the iPhone and a PDA cruelly axed before its time.  It seems a surprise that we've had to wait so long to see an iPhone Newton case, then, but happily Charles Mangin is taking on the challenge; his iNewt project will take an expired Newton MessagePad 2000 and trim it down to perfectly wrap around an iPhone 4.

So far it seems he's managed to hack apart one old Newton and craft a custom bay for the Apple smartphone, doing some re-logoing along the way.  A simple hatch door keeps the iPhone 4 in place, and we're guessing there'll be some sort of pass-through cable arrangement so as to charge and sync the handset without necessarily needing to remove it from the case.

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Sony block PS3 PSJailbreak hack with firmware v3.42

Sony block PS3 PSJailbreak hack with firmware v3.42

Sony has pushed out a firmware update for the PS3, v3.42, which the company claims "includes additional security features".  However, according to gamers who have installed the update, the specific features involve blocking the PSJailbreak family of hacks which some owners have been using to circumnavigate the PS3's copy-protection and install titles direct to the console's hard-drive.

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Wild Planet Spy Video TRAKR gets reviewed: good for kids, great for geeks

Wild Planet Spy Video TRAKR gets reviewed: good for kids, great for geeks

What can we say, we're big childish geeks and we love remote-controlled gadgets that beam back video footage.  That's why Wild Planet's Spy Video TRAKR camera-enabled tank proved so appealing (in a Rovio sort of way), and why Hack A Day's review of the $130 toy is so interesting: turns out, Wild Planet left plenty of fun for mod-friendly geeks to enjoy.

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Overclocked 2008 Mac Pro gets custom liquid-cooling [Video]

Overclocked 2008 Mac Pro gets custom liquid-cooling [Video]

Apple's Mac Pro is a beast of a machine, and more so when you overclock it, but the fan noise you end up with can be pretty intrusive.  The guys over at Asetek decided to see what they could do with their liquid-cooling components, taking a 2008 dual-CPU 2.8GHz Mac Pro - overclocked to 3.16GHz - with custom cooling and comparing it to a newer, stock 3.2GHz air-cooled model straight from Apple.

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Dell Streak miniUSB dongle is DIY workaround [Video]

Dell Streak miniUSB dongle is DIY workaround [Video]

After the discovery that, beyond a few apparently unconnected wires, the Dell Streak's seemingly proprietary charging/docking port is in fact a PDMI connector, John from Linuxslate took it on himself to mod a suitable miniUSB adapter dongle.  It's crafted from an original Dell USB charge/sync cable and, for the housing, the USB cable clip Dell supply.

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AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant & Galaxy S simple unlock unearthed

AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant & Galaxy S simple unlock unearthed

Unlocking a cellphone can be a headache, so we're pleased to see Samsung has done its users a service with the Galaxy S - and the US versions, the AT&T Captivate and T-Mobile Vibrant, based on the phone - by including the unlock codes in a file on the smartphone itself.  Unfortunately they've not made them easy to access, and so the team over at xda-developers has stepped in with a simple tool that takes a locked Galaxy S family handset and spits out an unlocked version.

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Keyboard-Mac DIY project pairs MacBook Air guts with Magic Trackpad

Keyboard-Mac DIY project pairs MacBook Air guts with Magic Trackpad

Given the trouble ASUS had getting their Eee Keyboard onto the market, we're not really surprised that Apple aren't planning an all-in-one PC and peripheral combo themselves.  Still, Steve Jobs' omission is a gap for a modder, and over at the MacBook Air Project Bart Reardon has taken it on himself to craft a custom keyboard PC based on the guts of a first-gen MacBook Air, an Apple keyboard and a new Magic Trackpad.

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Android 2.2 Froyo for HTC HD2 is ready for mainstream [Video]

Android 2.2 Froyo for HTC HD2 is ready for mainstream [Video]

Since Microsoft and HTC basically confirmed that they were abandoning the HD2 in the move to Windows Phone 7, the developer community has instead turned their attention to getting a solid Android build on the 4.3-inch smartphone.  Last we saw, Froyo was working on the HD2 but with some conspicuous issues; now, a new ROM promises an almost 100-percent functional experience, suitable for daily use.

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