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Submission + - Hacking the Next HOPE Badge (

gourneau writes: In just less than a month, the Next Hope conference will bring a few thousand neighbors to Manhattan's Hotel Pennsylvania to share all sorts of neighborly ideas. The following are some notes that will help enterprising neighbors to hack these badges, which will be running an MSP430 port of the OpenBeacon firmware.

Geek Stars From Atkinson to Zappa 320

Ian Lamont writes "You probably remember reading about Brian May getting a PhD in Astrophysics, but may not know about the many other celebrities from the music, TV, and film worlds who have studied science and technology in college and grad school, or are simply serious gearheads who like gadgets, games, and other geek pastimes. Computerworld has identified about 50 celebrities who fit the bill, including Dan Grimaldi (Patsy Parisi, The Sopranos) who has a Bachelor of Arts degree in math, a master's in operations research and a Ph.D. in data processing; Rowan Atkinson, who has a master's in electrical engineering from Queen's College, Oxford; and Todd Rundgren, who developed an early paint program called Utopia. Other folks on the list: Dr. Demento, Montel Williams, Natalie Portman, Curt Schilling, and Huey Lewis."

Submission + - How to get full YouTube working on Windows Mobile (

An anonymous reader writes: Jealous of the iPhone's ability to stream YouTube videos? Now those of us with Windows Mobile phones have a way to stream YouTube videos from the real, full YouTube site.

This method does NOT use the mobile phone video sites and TinyTube, which take videos from popular video sharing sites and encode them into a mobile phone video format.

This method requires you to use Pocket Internet Explorer to explore YouTube, Google Video, or the Veoh Video Network sites. Once you select a video, the Core Pocket Media Player will pop up and play the video. You can play any video hosted on any of those sites.

Check out the tutorial here: w-to-get-full-youtube-working-on-your-windows-mobi le-phone/

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