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Dell Streak gets “Superboot” rooted

Dell Streak gets “Superboot” rooted

Dell's Streak Android MID - which we unboxed last Friday - has already been rooted, despite only being on the market for a matter of days.  The 5-inch tablet actually turns out to be one of the easiest to hack, with Paul from MoDaCo pushing out a new Superboot ROM (based on the standard Streak firmware) that automatically roots the Streak when run for the first time.

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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.

Video demo after the cut

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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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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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