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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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Sprint Palm Pixi gets WiFi transplant from Pre Plus [Video]

Sprint Palm Pixi gets WiFi transplant from Pre Plus [Video]

The absence of WiFi from Sprint's Palm Pixi was all the more galling when Verizon's version, the Pixi Plus, went on sale with its extra shot of wireless.  One owner, PreCentral forum member gitit20, decided that the original Pixi was ripe for a shot of DIY modding, and so he's transplanted the wireless card from a Verizon Palm Pre Plus into his Pixi and got the whole thing running.

Video demo after the cut

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Verizon DROID X gets rooted

Verizon DROID X gets rooted

It's only just been on sale for a week - and has spent the past few days out of stock - but already the Motorola DROID X has been rooted.  The handiwork of Droid X Forums, the root looks to be a relatively straightforward twelve-step process; the bootloader is still locked down, however, and Motorola certainly hasn't made it easy to install third-party ROMs.

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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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iPad gets Flash with Frash hack [Video]

iPad gets Flash with Frash hack [Video]

The iOS hacker behind the Spirit jailbreak for iPad and iPhone has followed up with a build of Adobe's Flash that works on the iPad.  Ported from the recent Android release and dubbed "Frash", it runs in a compatibility layer and permits "most Flash programs" - such as streaming videos and games - to play natively in the iPad's Safari browser.

Video demo after the cut

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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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iOS4 for iPhone 3G and iPod touch gets redsn0w hack

iOS4 for iPhone 3G and iPod touch gets redsn0w hack

iOS4 is out for the iPhone 3GS, 3G and second-gen iPod touch, but what about your precious hacktivation or jailbreak?  The iPhone Dev Team have been working like busy beavers to update their redsn0w tool to handle iOS4, and have just pushed out a new beta, redsn0w 0.9.5b5-3, that can hacktivate an iOS4-running iPhone 3G as well as jailbreak both that handset and the iPod touch 2G.

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