If you’re hankering for a quick look at the new Google Android G1 phone, a full manual has already leaked. You can download it from one of many sites:
Your phone will play the following music file formats:
• M4A (iTunes AAC, DRM-free)
• WMA (8)
• OGG Vorbis
The iPhone Dev Team has hacked the latest iPhone firmware within days of the 3G iPhone (and subsequent 2.0 firmware) being released. This means that you can jailbreak (allow your iPhone or iTouch to run Apps developed outside of the realm of Apple) and unlock your iPhone or iTouch (to allow it to run on different networks like T-Mobile, Sprint, or Verizon). Here’s the link to the step by step directions for using Pwnage with a 2G iPhone. Here’s the 3G jailbreak guide. The Pwnage 2.0 tool is really easy to use, too. For jail-breaking, unlocking, and updating a never before pwned 2G iPhone, all I had to do was upgrade iTunes to 7.7, download the 2.0 iPhone firmware, download Pwnage 2.0, and download two different bootloaders (3.9 and 4.6). Then, follow the directions, and voila! You’ll soon have an unlocked, jailbroken iPhone for free! Major props to the iPhone Dev Team. My favourite thing about the new firmware is, of course, all of the new apps in the iTunes store. There are a lot of fee apps that are incredibly useful (like the Facebook App, Urbanspoon, BoxOffice, Pandora). So, what are you waiting for? Get Pwning!
iPod Touch Jailbroken and Using Cydia [Via Wired]
MPK has developed a light source that allegedly lasts for 12 years! This light source, AKA Litroenergy, acts somewhat like a glow stick, save for the fact that it never needs to be recharged, and is extremely crush resistant. “Our development/design of long-life, self-luminous micro particles called Litrospheres (non-toxic) emit light continuously for 12 plus years (half-life point) without any exposure to a light or other energy (not effected by cold or heat). This extremely low cost material offers 24/7 light, which can be injection molded or added to paint. It is 5,000lb crush resistant, stable and constant light source (gives off no U.V. rays). It is designed to give off almost any color of light desired. Our goal is to mass produce this material and supply OEM’s. Litroenergy has potential to save billions of dollars in energy costs world-wide” states MPV in their winning Create The Future contest entry.
Although MPK claims that Litroenergy is nontoxic, the main chemical in this light source is Tritium–an isotope of hydrogen banned by the US because of its radioactivity. Sadly, Litroenergy may not get off the ground in the US. Here is the patent application for Litroenergy. Here is MPK’s webpage.
Since you’ll never know when you need a Pontoon Boat, Arrow Backpacker created a backpack that converts into an 8 foot long pontoon boat that comes complete with oars and a seat. The entire pontoon can be inflated in 15 minutes thanks to the included air pump. Amazingly, the entire boat fits into a 42 pound backpack! Feel free to purchase an Inflatable Pontoon Boat Backback here for $300.
The MusicPad Pro Tablet seems like a useful electronic for composing musicians. The MusicPad Pro has a 12.1″ TFT colour touch screen display, 1024×768 resolution, 64 mb of internal memory, video/audio out, 2 USB ports, and is extremely portable. With the MusicPad Pro, you gain access to FreeHand’s online store of downloadable sheet music, where prices range from $1.95 to $59.95. Although the MusicPad Pro is aimed at musicians, I would imagine that not many musicians would be able to afford it at its hefty price of $899. Click here for more details.