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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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JailbreakMe gets FaceTime/MMS tweak; iPhone 4 unlock due shortly

JailbreakMe gets FaceTime/MMS tweak; iPhone 4 unlock due shortly

Yesterday's news of a simple, webpage-based Jailbreak solution for the iPhone 4, iPad and iPod touch took most of us by surprise, but the fact that over-demand crashed the JailbreakMe.com servers didn't.  Now they're back up, but if you managed to run your device through the jailbreaking process early yesterday then you might find a few issues remaining: namely, problems with FaceTime video calling and MMS messaging.

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JailbreakMe site hacks iOS on iPhone, iPad & iPod touch

JailbreakMe site hacks iOS on iPhone, iPad & iPod touch

Jailbreaking your iOS device may be officially permitted under the DMCA, but that presumes there's a jailbreak out there to run.  Happily, anyone with an iOS 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 4.0, 4.0.1 or iPad 3.2.1 device now has a super-straightforward way to jailbreak, thanks to comex's new JailBreakMe site.

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DIY wearable computer uses Beagleboard & wireless keyboard

DIY wearable computer uses Beagleboard & wireless keyboard

Perhaps it makes us unbearably geeky, but we do have more than a soft spot for wearable computers.  Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for what little sartorial dignity we have left these days) manufacturers are proving more reluctant to put out suitable products, and that leaves the niche clear for DIYers.  Martin Magnusson pointed us in the direction of his own project, taking a Myvu Crystal eyepiece and hooking it up to a Beagleboard fanless computer and four AA batteries.

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Apple: despite DMCA, jailbreaking will void your warranty

Apple: despite DMCA, jailbreaking will void your warranty

After yesterday's landmark DMCA ruling, all eyes were on Apple to see how the company would respond now that jailbreaking and unlocking devices is explicitly legal.  Unsurprisingly, they're not throwing open the doors and welcoming in the iPhone Dev Team with open arms; in a statement to Cult of Mac, an unnamed Apple PR person reiterated that the Cupertino company recommends users do not jailbreak their iPhone or iPod touch, and that doing so will violate their warranty.

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