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Nokia Instant Community: ad-hoc networks for chat & media sharing [Video]

Nokia Instant Community: ad-hoc networks for chat & media sharing [Video]

Nokia Research have been showing off a new technology designed to create impromptu WiFi mesh networks for chat and media sharing, and it's far more interesting than their partnership announcement with Yahoo! yesterday.  Wired grabbed a hands-on with the Nokia Instant Community system, which automatically creates ad-hoc WiFi connections between nearby devices; each device acts as a repeater, meaning the network could theoretically spread throughout a stadium or hall.  Initial apps include group text chatting together with photo and video sharing.

Updated with video after the cut

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Nokia N900 gets Maemo 1.2 update; official MeeGo a no-go

Nokia N900 gets Maemo 1.2 update; official MeeGo a no-go

Nokia's N900 has just been gifted a software update, though it's not the MeeGo v1.0 firmware we're waiting for (more bad news about that after the cut).  Maemo 5 version 1.2 (v10.2010.19-1) is out in the UK today and will go global by the end of the week; it boosts email support, adds Facebook IM chat, video calling and portrait-orientation browsing, together with tweaking Nokia Ovi Maps.

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Nokia N900 gets Google Chrome browser

Nokia N900 gets Google Chrome browser

You could certainly make a strong case for the Nokia N900 being the most hack-friendly smartphone on the market today, and the reasons for loving the Maemo beast just keep on coming.  After Firefox was ported to the N900, Jacekowski took it on himself to port Google's Chrome browser for the smartphone, complete with Flash support.

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Overclocked Nokia N900 hits 1GHz

Overclocked Nokia N900 hits 1GHz

Nokia's N900 is already the device of choice for those who like to tinker with alternative software, but how about overclocking the 600MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor by 50-percent?  That's just what Maemo forum member Lehto has managed to do, releasing several new kernels that can drive the N900's core clock speed from a mild 700MHz boost to 950MHz.  In fact, he reckons he's had his N900 going even faster.

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MeeGo Available Now for Download Onto Your N900

MeeGo Available Now for Download Onto Your N900

MeeGo was announced a little over a month ago, and it looks like they are right on schedule. Today marks the official announcement that you can download a developer's build of MeeGo for your Nokia N900, if you are so inclined. Though, we wouldn't feel right if we didn't tell you (in fact, warn you) that this is an early, early view of the MeeGo platform. It's intended for developer's who want to see it before it reaches maturity, so to speak, and therefore in no way shape or form is it ready for mass consumption.

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Dumbing down: the price of a good UX?

Dumbing down: the price of a good UX?

Microsoft has caught some grief this past week over the latest stage of the copy & paste debacle, a meme that began when Apple omitted the functionality from the iPhone (and took two years to add it in) and was resurrected upon the admission that Windows Phone 7 series wouldn't ship with the ability to snip text from one app and paste it into another. In fact, copy & paste is just one example of Microsoft locking down their new smartphone experience, slicing a great deal of OEM and user customisation out in the process. They're not the only firm to do so, however; merely the latest to seemingly decide that users want delineated - perhaps even prescriptive - experiences rather than flexibility.

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Niko N900-based LEGO robot controlled by Twitter [Video]

Niko N900-based LEGO robot controlled by Twitter [Video]

The Nokia N900 has already shown itself to be one of the more hack-friendly devices out there right now - we've seen it flirting with alternative OSes, unusual controllers and more - and the best part is that the Finnish company themselves are pushing for as much tampering as possible.  Currently Nokia is running the PUSH N900 competition in the US, asking teams to come up with unusual ways to implement the Maemo smartphone, and one such project is Niko, a Twitter-controlled robot.

Video demo after the cut

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MeeGo for N900 and Atom netbooks later this month

MeeGo for N900 and Atom netbooks later this month

Got a Nokia N900 or an Intel Atom based netbook, and keen to play with a new OS?  According to MeeGo Technical Steering Group member Valtteri Halla, the team behind the Nokia/Intel open-source platform plan to have a rough and ready baseline to a source and binary repository to build MeeGo on Intel Atom devices and the N900 smartphone by the end of March 2010.

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PS3 Sixaxis controller hooked up to N900, plays emulated SNES games

PS3 Sixaxis controller hooked up to N900, plays emulated SNES games

With this hack, your Nokia N900 has just turned into a Super Nintendo console.   A SNES that you can even use a PS3 controller to control.

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Nokia N900 runs Mac OS X 10.3 (slowly) [Video]

Nokia N900 runs Mac OS X 10.3 (slowly) [Video]

Nokia's N900 is developing quite a name for itself as a great platform for hacking, and after seeing the Maemo smartphone dual-boot Android a week ago, now it's the turn of some classic Mac OS X action.  Toni Nikkanen managed to get Mac OS X 10.3 - the Power PC version - running on his N900, though to be fair it's not a native install; instead, the Apple OS runs in the PearPC emulator.

Video demo after the cut

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Aigo N500 Maemo phone/MID hybrid hits China

Aigo N500 Maemo phone/MID hybrid hits China

Unless you're a MID addict you may not have heard of Aigo, but with the company actually having shipped products rather than merely flaunted concepts we're liable to give them a little extra rope.  That makes this new MID - the Aigo N500 - particularly interesting, since it runs Maemo just like the Nokia N900.

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Nokia N900 Android dual-boot hack [Video]

Nokia N900 Android dual-boot hack [Video]

Nokia's N900 is undoubtedly a tempting smartphone, but the Maemo 5 OS it runs still comes across as an enthusiast's platform rather than a consumer-ready one.  Thankfully one such enthusiast has decided to tinker with the ARM-based N900 itself, and the end result is a handset that can dual-boot both Maemo and Android.

Video proof of concept after the cut

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