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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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Game Cube Portable reaffirms our love of console mods [Video]

Game Cube Portable reaffirms our love of console mods [Video]

What is it about mods that turn regular consoles into portable ones that so excites us?  Perhaps we'll never know the answer to that vaguely inconsequential question, so for now let's just marvel at ModRetro forum member Techknott's Game Cube Portable.

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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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Spirit jailbreak for iPad and iPhone released

Spirit jailbreak for iPad and iPhone released

The iPhone Dev Team had promised a jailbreak for the iPad "soon" after the 3G variant's release, and they weren't kidding around.  Spirit is an untethered jailbreak - i.e. you don't need to regularly plug the iPad (or indeed any iPhone or iPod touch running 3.1.2, 3.1.3 or 3.2) into your computer to maintain the hack - and takes advantage of an existing security hole in iPhone OS.

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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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T-Mobile G1 gets Android 2.1 custom ROM [Video]

T-Mobile G1 gets Android 2.1 custom ROM [Video]

The T-Mobile G1 was the first Android device on the market, and it now looks like the ageing handset will be the next to get Android 2.1.  Despite its age - and mediocre specs - Cyanogen has managed to get a new Android 2.1 ROM running for the G1, called CyanogenMod 5.0.7, and as kmobs' video shows (after the cut) it's all working surprisingly smoothly.

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WowWee Rovio gets mind control with Emotiv headset [Video]

WowWee Rovio gets mind control with Emotiv headset [Video]

WowWee's Rovio has already seen several DIY remote control hacks - whether it's from your Android phone or via an E Ink board - but this is perhaps the best yet.  Robert Oschler has hooked up an Emotiv Epoq EEG headset allowing him (with some nifty software in-between) to control Rovio using thoughts, facial gestures and head movements.

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ASUS Eee PC T91 gets internal 3G hack [Video]

ASUS Eee PC T91 gets internal 3G hack [Video]

ASUS always promised us a third version of their Eee PC T91 convertible touchscreen netbook - a 3G/GPS model to go alongside the regular and multitouch versions - but so far its proved scarce from store shelves.  Arch netbook modder jkkmobile couldn't stand the wait, and so he decided to hack his T91 to add an internal 3G modem.

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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").

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