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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.

Video demo after the cut

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iPad 3G SMS hack gets video demo

iPad 3G SMS hack gets video demo

Scissors, a new 3G iPad and a little hacking are apparently all you'll really need to start sending SMS text messages from the new version of Apple's tablet.  Thanks to some work by the iPhoneDevTeam's MuscleNerd, producing a basic SMS app for the iPad, it looks like you'll soon be able to use a modified T-Mobile USA or AT&T SIM (other than the one which came with the 3G iPad) to send text messages.

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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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