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HTC EVO 4G Touchstone hack adds wireless charging [Video]

HTC EVO 4G Touchstone hack adds wireless charging [Video]

We'll be the first to admit; heavy use of the HTC EVO 4G's WiMAX connectivity will see the battery gauge drop in short order, so anything that makes it easier to top up the juice has to be a good thing.  That's why YouTuber infinitemods' DIY hack to get the Sprint EVO 4G working with a Palm Touchstone inductive charger is so impressive: it allows for easy drop-and-charge powering of the smartphone, just as you'd get with the Pre Plus or Pixi Plus.

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720p HD for Nexus One closes iPhone 4 gap [Video]

720p HD for Nexus One closes iPhone 4 gap [Video]

With the iPhone 4 and Motorola XT720 both coming to market with native 720p HD video capture, it's time for the Nexus One to catch up or give up; happily, thanks to xda-developers, a new firmware hack can grant the Google Phone high-def camcorder skills.  Currently available for Nexus One handsets running Android 2.1, and with a test version for those running 2.2 Froyo on their phone, it allows for recording at up to 1280 x 720 resolution.

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Eken M001 Android MID gets battery boost hack, video call webcam [Video]

Eken M001 Android MID gets battery boost hack, video call webcam [Video]

Eken's M001 Android MID certainly had promise - a bargain price tag will do that - but the end result, particularly dire battery life, left us cold.  Still, that's nothing a little elbow grease, soldering and time investment won't address, and that's just what Carnivore from the Slatedroid forums has done.  His M001 now has a USB hub, two new full-sized USB ports, 8GB of integrated storage and - most impressively - a total 5,200mAh of battery good for 7-12hrs of runtime.

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Korg Monotron meets iPad iElectribe & Wii Nunchuk for music mangling [Video]

Korg Monotron meets iPad iElectribe & Wii Nunchuk for music mangling [Video]

Take a Korg Monotron analog synth, throw in an iPad running Korg's excellent iElectribe app and then use an Arduino to tie the whole thing together: you're not only hitting some of the geekiest keywords around these days, but getting an awesome, glitchy, electronic music mangling setup.  YouTuber Denkitribe has been circuit bending his Monotron, coming up not only with the system described above, but one in which the accelerometer and joystick of a Wii Nunchuk are used to control the battery-powered synth.

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Root for HTC EVO 4G cracked in hours [Video]

Root for HTC EVO 4G cracked in hours [Video]

The HTC EVO 4G isn't even in the hands of gleeful preorder customers yet, but when Google handed the WiMAX-toting handset out to the developers at Google IO last week they must've expected some early hacking action.  Assuming so, they won't be disappointed: three Android developers have put their heads together and come up with a root solution for the EVO 4G in just a few hours, quickly installing the standard su tool.

Unfortunately for anyone else with an EVO 4G they're not yet talking about the technical details of the root, which means we'll have to wait a little longer to try it out ourselves.  Our guess is that, once the handset is more generally available, we'll quickly see various hacked ROMs and modifications.

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Android for iPhone 3G hack released

Android for iPhone 3G hack released

Ever since we saw Android running on an iPhone 3G we've been itching to try it ourselves, and - somewhat appropriately timed for Google IO this week - hacker David Wang has just released everything you'll need.  It's been polished a little since we saw it last, though it's still not ready for everyday use; Wang is yet to implement power management, so a fully-charged iPhone will last just an hour running Android.  Ironically it's not like you'll see massive speed in return for that power-guzzling, since it's also apparently "usable" but "won't be fast".

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HTC HD2 Android hack work-in-progress [Video]

HTC HD2 Android hack work-in-progress [Video]

Love the HTC HD2 hardware but hate Windows Mobile?  A full port of Android for the smartphone isn't quite ready yet, but the gang over at xda-developers are certainly one step closer to it.  They've managed to get Linux to boot on the smartphone, and to load - and play - a 720p HD video from the command line.  Currently they're not having much luck with a GUI, but the hack paves the way for a full install of Android on the 4.3-inch Snapdragon-based device.

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XPERIA X10 rooted with custom hardware

XPERIA X10 rooted with custom hardware

The first step in providing a public root for the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 has been achieved, with xda-developers member jerpelea managing to break open the Android smartphone and load up custom ROMs.  The drawback at present is that the hack requires SETool, which runs on its own custom hardware rather than being a cross-platform software tool; at present, only those with access to that hardware can actually modify their X10.

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iPhone 3G Android hack [Video]

iPhone 3G Android hack [Video]

After the first-gen iPhone saw its Android hack, it's now the turn of the iPhone 3G to get some Google magic.  Arch hacker David Wang and his team of tinkerers have fettled the port for the second-gen Apple smartphone, and while it's described as "slightly more rough" than the last achievement, you can still browse the web over the cellular connection, send/receive SMS messages and pretty much use any app which doesn't require audio support.

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