Archive for the ‘hacking’ Category
  • Droid and Sense UI starting to play somewhat nice. Rosie reported to be coming over for dinner too?
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 10:14 pm
    Android is all about customization and tweaking the hell out of it. While a large majority of those jumping on the Android bandwagon aren't exactly the largest book of technical knowledge, it's good to know that it's not stopping development of custom ROM's and all the enjoyable bits and pieces that make Android the highly customizable. The last week has seen Android 2.1 (Flan) as the current "must have" for Droid users. I myself flashed the latest 2.1 ROM available and was thoroughly imp...
  • Nexus One already rooted? (Think they’ll announce that on the 5th?)
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 5:51 pm
    You know, there's something funny about how the Nexus One isn't even official by any one company and yet somehow it's already been rooted. Well, we know Google employees got some early hands on time with gifts from the company they work for. So it was only a matter of time before one of those employees either rooted the device themselves or enlisted in the help of a code talking friend. Either way, score one for the geeks! Remember, rooting your device normally isn't for the faint of heart...
  • A bunch of Iranian wacko extremists who butcher the English language “take control” of Twitter.
    by Mike
    Posted December 18th, 2009 at 9:12 am
    Unless you live at 120 Rock Ln., you've no doubt heard about Twitter's "hijack" at least twice this morning. Late last night a group claiming to be the "Iranian Cyber Army" exploited a hole in security around Twitter's DNS records which led to the events that unfolded. The events of course weren't anything too sinister -- a simple picture and some propaganda jargon saying we're the best you're not. Really deep stuff. I should be more worried but I find myself more cynical than ever, though n...
  • Moto Milestone firmware w/ multitouchy goodness stuffed in Droid. ROM coming “within days”.
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 6:32 am
    Android's openness and easily tweakable nature is quickly making it a hackers dream. If you don't like something, fix it. In regards to the Droid, the biggest shortcoming many have voiced is the lack of multitouch support within the browser specifically as the Droid does actually have multitouch. (Just look at Dolphin browser on the Droid -- it's built in, Google just didn't take advantage of it.) Watching the video (below) is enough to make my mouth water and get all giddy inside. But wh...
  • “The other fish in the sea”: Android 2.1 ROM ported to G1
    by Mike
    Posted December 15th, 2009 at 10:12 pm
    And naysayers were claiming the G1's days were numbered. Heck, I won't argue it's chin is getting pretty damn old. But that doesn't stop the vivid developer community for making the best of what the G1 has hardware wise. "Teh Dust" from xda-forums has no doubt been spending the last collection of hours locked away in some dark corner with a computer typing out sweet nothings into it's ear and pushing all the right buttons to align Android 2.1 (Flan) in a way that G1 users can surely appreciat...
  • Android 2.1 (Flan) cracked wide open. Ringtones, wallpapers, boot up animation now available for all! [Update 2]
    by Mike
    Posted December 14th, 2009 at 11:44 pm
    Well that was fast. (Where have I heard that before...?) If you've been taking in all of the non-stop Nexus One info, text, images, and video the last day or so and feeling pretty bummed even with your current Android companion, I've got something that should breathe a tad bit of fresh air into your aging friend. The Android 2.1 ROM that comes stock on the Nexus One has been cracked wide open tonight. While not exactly in the proper form to actually port to any other devices quite yet, a...
  • N900 + Palm Garnet OS = puke
    by Mike
    Posted December 11th, 2009 at 7:13 am
    Once a highly regarded OS and seen as one of the best of it's time, Palm Garnet is now known as nothing more than a long tooth. An OS that stuck like glue to many Palm devices long after the OS had reached it's expiration date. Faith was somewhat restored with Palm's new baby -- webOS. But we're not going to talk about that. Why? Because you can't run webOS on your N900 right now. Palm Garnet OS welcome to the N900. After about 20 seconds the coolness and wow factor of running a Palm Garn...
  • Swipe keyboard ported to Touch Pro 2, Diamond 2, and other VGA+ devices.
    by Mike
    Posted December 10th, 2009 at 11:17 pm
    Attempts to artificially limit customers in the digital age, especially when smartphones, OS's, and exclusive programs are involved only pushes hackers and developers harder in opening up the platform or program at hand. For today's "That didn't last long moment", we're looking at the new Samsung Omnia II and it's exclusive "Swipe" keyboard. This new keyboard is unique because it allows you to "swipe" across the board to spell out words instead of having to actually life, press, lift, press. ...
  • Manual upgrade for Android 2.0.1
    by Mike
    Posted December 9th, 2009 at 12:01 am
    A few fortunate Droid users are going to bed tonight with a nicely updated Droid featuring OS 2.0.1. I myself can count myself in that group, though it was by my own doing. I've grown tired waiting impatiently for my 2.0.1 Droid update. So I did it myself. So far so good. My Droid is snappier in pretty much every area and I'm really liking the new lockscreen. Jealous? You can get in on the action too. First download theAndroid 2.0.1 firmware Rename to Copy "" t...
  • Droid gets the root treatment!
    by Mike
    Posted December 8th, 2009 at 9:06 pm
    It's been a busy two days with the site and all. So much to my surprise when I was taking a relaxing stroll through a couple Droid forums did I find the answer to my dreams (as of November 6th) -- the Droid has finally been rooted. You know what this means folks: multi-touch is this close. No to mention, plenty of tweaking, endless hours exploring new ROM's (when they become available) and overall getting a sense of newness will be returning to your device. Who doesn't love a gadget reborn? ...
  • PSP-3000 mod turns handheld gaming device into UFO.
    by Mike
    Posted November 17th, 2009 at 9:34 am
    When a company designs and develops a piece of gadget hardware, they have to consider the greater good or majority consensus on what defines a "good" device. Because of that, hardware often ends up being rather bland and boring, lacking any real definition or character. That's where we gadget gurus come in. We take these half baked gadgets and mod them into our own visions. Even though they aren't everyone's cup of tea, the wild and creative forms these custom gadgets take is truly spectacul...
  • Palm Treo 650 comes back to life. Android deep inside.
    by Mike
    Posted November 13th, 2009 at 10:55 am
    Dust off that old Treo 650 you threw in the drawer and promised never to return to may be this close to a resurrection. What on earth could make a Treo 650 useful again? Android. Some clever hacker (with quite a bit of time on their hands -- for more reasons than one) has ported the open development OS to Palm's old flagship device. Now don't go smashing your new age smartphone vowing to return to your long lost love as the video above shows boot up is s. l o. o. o. o. o. w. Still, as...
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