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Motorola deny eFuse Android bricking intent

Motorola deny eFuse Android bricking intent

After speculation earlier this week that the eFuse technology used in their Android handsets could lead to bricked phones, Motorola has spoken out to clarify the purpose - and behavior - of the system.  eFuse, the company says, "is not loaded with the purpose of preventing a consumer device from functioning, but rather ensuring for the user that the device only runs on updated and tested versions of software."  To that end, if a third-party ROM is installed the phone will only boot into recovery mode, but original functionality can be restored by replacing it with "approved software".

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“iPhone DSLR prototype” mounts Canon EF lenses, enrages purists

“iPhone DSLR prototype” mounts Canon EF lenses, enrages purists

Want a guaranteed, sure-fire way to enrage DSLR enthusiasts?  Call your custom-crafted iPhone 4 mount that allows you to use interchangeable lenses an "iPhone DSLR prototype"; you'll soon have them queueing up to point you at the official definition of a single-lens reflex camera.  Still, we'll put aside nomenclature because there's something sturdily lovely about Jeremy Salvador's system, no matter what he wants to call it.

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DROID X bootloader block bricks phones on Motorola’s orders

DROID X bootloader block bricks phones on Motorola’s orders

ROM-fondlers beware; Motorola aren't just frowning on unofficial firmware being loaded on devices like the DROID X, DROID 2 and future Android smartphones, they're actively making sure the end result is a bricked handset.  According to MyDroidWorld, attempts to install alternative ROMs, kernels or bootloaders will trip the Motorola eFuse, bricking the phone in the process; to return the smartphone to a functional state will require attention from Motorola themselves, and owners testing quite how flexible their warranty policies are.

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nook v1.4 firmware gets rooted

nook v1.4 firmware gets rooted

Got a nook?  Want the latest v1.4 firmware but don't want to give up your Android pleasantries like VPN support, third-party app support and root access?  Head over to nookDevs, then, as they've just pushed out their hacked nook v1.4 firmware that lets you access all of Barnes & Noble's latest functionality together with the benefits of having root-level access.

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PwnageTool 4.01 jailbreaks iOS4 iPhone 3GS, 3G & iPod touch 2G, ready for unlocking

PwnageTool 4.01 jailbreaks iOS4 iPhone 3GS, 3G & iPod touch 2G, ready for unlocking

Having pushed out an iOS4 redsn0w updated yesterday for the iPhone 3G, the iPhone Dev Team are back today with a new version of their PwnageTool 4.01 for the iPhone 3GS, 3G and second-gen iPod touch.  The new software works with the new iOS4 releases Apple pushed out earlier in the week, together with an updated version of the ultrasn0w baseband unlocking tool that severs the carrier lock.

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Insignia Infocast chumby-powered display gets hack instructions

Insignia Infocast chumby-powered display gets hack instructions

Best Buy have thrown the Insignia Infocast internet media display up for sale, and before you dismiss the 8-inch touchscreen device as just another "smart" photo frame, take a second look.  Powered by the same software as the hack-friendly Chumby, the Infocast has been described as "a $169, 800MHz ARM Linux computer with 128 MB of DDR2, 2 GB of mass storage and an 8-inch, 800 x 600 touchscreen display" by none other than Andrew "bunnie" Huang of Chumby itself.  He's revealed some of the Infocast's hidden secrets, having had a hand in the design of the touchscreen machine itself.

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ColorWare Moves on to HDTVs

ColorWare Moves on to HDTVs

We've brought you plenty of gadgets that ColorWare has splattered with their paints before, ranging from Nexus Ones to Macs, there's nothing that they won't color for you. And, after today, that statement has never been more true. They've finally added a whole new addition to their coloring options, going for something a bit more stationary, and in your home. Want to paint up that brand new HDTV you just bought? Good, because now you can.

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