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10.5.6 Stymying your Unlock Attempts? Dev-Team has some suggestions…

Posted December 16, 08 10:21 AM by Chris Seibold
Categories: Hacks 

Those who do the full Mac monty (iphone+Mac+latest updates) may have noticed that the latest version of Leopard breaks the Pwnage tool by blocking DFU mode. That’s a mouthful but what it means is that one really popular way of jail breaking your iPhone is now gone. Pwnage tool is the great app from iPhone Dev-Team that relies on Device Firmware Update to get the job done. Since 10.5.6 mucks with this no mere easily jail broken iPhones. The Dev-Team says that this isn’t a deliberate attempt on Apple’s part to stop iPhone rather and has some interesting (and not too hard) suggestions.

If you don’t want to mess with .kext files or muck about in your system folder there is great news.  yellowsn0w is a user friendly way to hack the iPhone and it is slated for release on December 31. The stuff that comes from the Dev-Team is usually pretty good so if you can wait just a few days jail breaking your iPhone should become much easier.


Your Media anywhere on the iPhone

Posted December 10, 08 10:44 AM by Chris Seibold
Categories: Applications Hacks Specs 

It won’t be long until you can get all the media you own (or have downloaded) on your iPhone wherever you happen to be. There are actually instructions how to do just that in The Big Book of Apple Hacks. The trouble is that it is a hassle. To pull it off you’ll have to do a little work with your computer and a little work with your iPhone.

But it is going to get easier. iPodnn is reporting that a Sourceforge project is in the works to simplify the process. The program is basically a UPnP client (Universal Plug-and-Play) for the iPhone should be pretty nice.

It won’t be nice enough that everyone adopts it of course. But if you’re one of the folks who want that terabyte of stored movies to be with you all the time the Sourceforge project will do what you want.

If you’re one of the many who want the coolness of all your media everywhere but don’t want the hassle of a Sourceforge project don’t worry. This is the kind of thing Apple can put some polish on, call revolutionary and… more...

First Music Video shot entirely on iPhone

Posted December 10, 08 9:33 AM by Chris Seibold

imageThere’s a chance that this isn’t the first music video shot on an iPhone but it is doubtful because, maddeningly, the iPhone doesn’t come with built in video recording. So you have to give some credit to GOSHone for creativity.

The video actually looks pretty good, there’s some nifty effects in there and such but it clearly isn’t on the level of a really professional video like Elektronik-Supersonic. Wait, that’s a joke. That video is purposely horrible so the joke isn’t funny. The video is better than, say, this (warning rated PH for Paris Hilton, you can thank David Chartier for the suggestion. That guy rules)

As for the quality of the music I couldn’t say. Hadley Stern is our resident expert and he was unavailable for comment. GOSHone might bust some mad rhymes with a geek lean or he might not (for true geekiness you should rhyme something with big endian) but since every time I attempt something semi creative in the music realm it ends up sounding not unlike two howler monkeys, three cats on steroids and a dolphin all shoved in a box with… more...

Curse on your iPhone

Posted December 9, 08 10:25 AM by Chris Seibold
Categories: Hacks 

When you’re talking on your iPhone you can curse freely, there is no auto correct when speaking. When typing on your iPhone things are a little tougher. If you’re a big fan of colorful language you’ll notice that every time you type the f bomb it turns into “duck” Yes, you can get rid of the suggestion with you finger but what if you were trying to write the screenplay “Casino”? That movie dropped the f word 398 times! It would be maddening.

Good news, T’N’T Luoma has figured out a fix. It involves a clever use of the address book but is just what you need when you rely too heavily on cursing to let people know that you’re serious/upset/busy at the moment.


Erica Sadun discovers and then has fun with hidden iPhone SDK features

Posted December 9, 08 8:06 AM by Chris Seibold
Categories: Hacks SDK Software 

image Erica Sadun might know more about the iPhone than anyone outside of Apple. I guess this shouldn’t be a surprise, she’s got a Doctorate in Computer Science from Georgia Tech so she’s pretty smart. How smart? Smart enough to discover an undocumented video out features in the iPhone SDK. Check out the post at Ars. If you just want to see what the fuss is about watch the video.

iPhone Video Out from Ars Technica on Vimeo.

For a lot of folks that would be enough. They’d discover something like that, buy a couple of cases of beer and walk around in awe of themselves for a few months. Not the good Doctor. Arrows rotating on a TV screen just aren’t quite enough for her so she gave Freeverse a shout and, bam, a Freeverse game running on the big screen. Read the article, watch the video:

Is the… more...

Windows Mobile on your iPhone?

Posted October 14, 08 9:45 AM by Chris Seibold
Categories: Hacks 

Let’s get something straight right off the bat: if you’re from Norway and you say Windows Moe-Bile that’s okay. Second language and all. If you are a native speaker and you say Windows Moe-Bile (instead of Mobil, like the oil company) you are simply annoying.

I feel better. Now let’s get to the news. Some cool, young Norwegian guy (Erik Krinstianser) has devised a method to use Windows Mobile on your iPhone. This is awesome in the sense of “Oh, wow, that is incredibly clever” but lame in the sense of “it is interesting that you can pound a nail up your nose but I’m not going to do it” way.

As great as all that is (and the end product will be open source) the interview with the developer is even better. The beginning is pretty standard stuff but the end gets into long winters and girlfriends. Worth watching.

Link: urtheworld


Got a Jailbroken iPhone? Enable Background Processes

Posted October 3, 08 10:00 AM by Jovan Washington

As we wait longer and longer for Push Notification that was promised for September, people are starting to grow more impatient. For those of you who have jailbroken iPhone, you no longer have to wait. There is a hack that enables background processes just for you.

Apple doesn’t allow background processes because that drains battery life, but a lot of applications would work so much better with thaat option. Fortunately, the hacking community has created a temporary solution that could be a great reason to jailbreak my iPhone… Nah, I’ll keep waiting.

The hack, appropriately named “Backgrounder,” is available for jailbroken iPhone through Cydia. Running the software, you can go to the app you want to keep open and hold down the home button until a prompt pops up. Then, if you let go and exit the app, it will continue to run in the background while you do other things.

As Apple has mentioned, this is probably deadly on the battery, not to mention, may run a little slower, but at least you have background processes! Best of all, the hack supposedly works both on jailbreak apps and apps downloaded from the App Store.

Gizmodo more...

iPwned 2.1

Posted September 15, 08 8:54 AM by Chris Seibold
Categories: Hacks 

image It didn’t take long, the iPhone 2.1 has been hacked by the usual suspects (iPhone-Dev Team). Which is good, the iPhone -Dev team is an open group of hackers who are more than happy to share the fruits of their labors for free, free, free! It is an easy process and worth it if you want a little more control over your iPhone. Or that awesome NES Emulator.


iPhone is watching you

Posted September 12, 08 10:36 AM by Chris Seibold
Categories: Hacks 

imageIf you’re a black market arms smuggler entering all your transactions on your iPhone we have bad news for you. The iPhone is spying on you. It’s true. Jonathan Zdziarski demonstrated how, with the use of a custom firmware bundle, it is possible to crack the iPhone and recover screenhots that the iPhone takes of the users most recent action.

As you might imagine these screenshots can be quite compromising. The iPhone might cache passwords, map locations, the amount you’re getting for a crate of AK 47s etc.. But the screenshots are crucial to get that cool fade away effect when the home button is depressed. With the use of forensics these are recoverable. So be careful with the last thing you do before you hit the home button.
Source: cnet


Still worth it to jailbreak your iPhone

Posted September 8, 08 9:04 AM by Chris Seibold
Categories: AT&T Gaming Hacks Specs 

image Jailbreaking your iPhone was the first thing a lot of users did before the 2.0 revision and App store rolled out. It was a little bit of hassle, but the payoff was huge: Your iPhone could run a variety of cool apps. Once the App store was revealed the impetuous to jailbreak the iPhone dwindled. Why even bother with the warranty voiding hassle of jailbreaking your iPhone when there are a bajillion (give or take) applications you can buy (or download for free) in the App store?

Personal reasons vary. There’s the “just because they made it hard for me” reason. Which is great, it is the same reason people climb mountains. There’s the “it’s my hardware I should be able to do whatever I want one it is mine” reason. Also great, once you buy something it is yours (or it should be). There’s the “I’m writing a book so I have to” reason which is really just a lame excuse, no one believes you. Finally there is the “I want my phone to do more” reason. Also great, who can freakin blame you for wanting… more...

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