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iPad jailbreak promised soon after 3G model’s release

iPad jailbreak promised soon after 3G model’s release

We've already heard about the first iPad WiFi + 3G deliveries being made - early - to preorder customers, but today's the day when the cellular-enabled iPad makes its official debut at Apple Stores.  Interestingly, it sounds like the iPhone Dev Team are ramping up for an iPad jailbreak release too; according to their blog, the "Spirit" jailbreak - the underlying technique of which was demonstrated within 24hrs of the iPad WiFi's launch at the beginning of the month - will be made public "at some point after" the iPad WiFi + 3G going on sale.

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Canon AE-1 Digital mod rejuvenates classic SLR [Video]

Canon AE-1 Digital mod rejuvenates classic SLR [Video]

As gorgeous camera mods go, this one will take some beating.  An original Canon AE-1 film camera body has been given a new lease of life, after some careful modder injected the guts of a modern 9-megapixel digital camera into the classic chassis.  Paired with a pancake 10mm f/1.4 lens and as many of the original controls left in place as possible, it's a good reminder as to why camera manufacturers keep coming back to retro designs: it seems we just can't get enough of them.

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chumby One MiFi Easter Egg revealed; down to $100 in Costco

chumby One MiFi Easter Egg revealed; down to $100 in Costco

Nothing like a hidden Easter Egg to brighten up a gadget, and with the news that the chumby One is now available at Costco - and, at $99.99 with free shipping, bizarrely $20 cheaper than chumby themselves are selling it - company founder "bunnie" has revealed that you can turn your touchscreen device into a 3G MiFi of sorts.  Plug in a 3G USB modem into the back of the chumby One, and you can apparently use its WiFi chip to share that connection among multiple wireless clients.

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Twitwee Clock replaces cuckoo with Twitter bird [Video]

Twitwee Clock replaces cuckoo with Twitter bird [Video]

We're quite fond of bizarre gadgets that hook into Twitter, whether they be tweeting tables, monomes or robot fish, and so we're quite surprised that it's taken someone so long to use the blue Twitter bird logo in a tweeting cuckoo clock.  Happily Haroon Baig has filled that gap with his Twitwee Clock, a modified clock that replaces the traditional face with a set of chumby guts and keeps track of Twitter for a preset word, hashtag or username (in this case "TwitweeClock").

Video demo after the cut

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64 Boy portable N64 mod is smallest yet [Video]

64 Boy portable N64 mod is smallest yet [Video]

We can't help it, we just love full-sized games consoles turned into compact portables.  Bentomo has come up with a real doozy, too; the 64 Boy takes a Nintendo N64 and packs it into a 165 x 110 x 53mm casing with a 3.5-inch display, expansion pak and full controls, together with a battery apparently good for up to 4hrs runtime.  Best of all, it's up for sale.

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Zune HD gets OpenZDK fan-made performance dev framework

Zune HD gets OpenZDK fan-made performance dev framework

We all know that lurking inside the Zune HD is NVIDIA's potent first-gen Tegra chipset, but what isn't so well publicised is that Microsoft's XNA development platform for the PMP doesn't allow access to the hardware's full capabilities.  In fact, it means no 3D, no internet access and performance apparently an order of magnitude less than what the Zune HD is capable of.  That wasn't good enough for the ZuneBoards team, and so they've come up with OpenZDK, an alternative development platform to XNA.

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Geohot demos custom PS3 firmware [Video]

Geohot demos custom PS3 firmware [Video]

After taking Sony to task for yanking "Other OS" support from the PS3 in their latest firmware update, v3.21, George Hotz - aka geohot - has followed up on his promise to develop a custom firmware build that bypasses the new restriction.  The new firmware, which is yet to be publicly released, maintains the ability to install third-party OSes on the PS3, but without the gamer losing access to the PlayStation Network.

Video demo after the cut

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