Wednesday, March 24, 2010

iPhone 3G On iPhone OS 3.1.3 Unlocked Using Hardware Hack

iClarified is reporting that ElektroPower, a repair shop in Istanbul, Turkey have figured out a way to unlock iPhone 3G running iPhone OS 3.1.3 using a hardware hack.

They have also published a video to show how to hardware unlock iPhone 3G.

As you can see in the video below, the guy is performing a hardware teardown to reflash the iPhone baseband down to 04.26.08 so that it can be unlocked.

It goes without saying that the teardown will definitely void iPhone’s warran

We must add that it is difficult to confirm the authenticity of the unlock but MuscleNerd from iPhone Dev Team has commented that it is one of the ways to reflash the baseband back down to 04.26.08.

[via iClarified]

Monday, March 22, 2010

Update: iFile 1.2.0-1 (timebomb fixed)


Download HERE:

A File Manager and Viewer. iFile is a file manager runnning under user root. It allows fast navigation through the iPhone file system. You can directly view files of various types, e.g. movies, sound, text, HTML, Microsoft types, PDF, various compressed formats. For PDF files direct jumping to pages is possible. ZIP packing and compressed file unpacking is also supported. Files can be sent as email attachments. Text files and property lists can be edited. Folders and files can be bookmarked. In addition, files can be uploaded and downloaded from iFile’s built-in web server.

-More Info Click HERE

Manual Install:

  • Rename the downloaded deb to ifile.deb
  • Copy the file to var/mobile on your iphone
  • Open up mobile terminal on your iphone and do the following
  • Type in su (press return)
  • Type in alpine (press return)
  • Type in dpkg -i ifile.deb (press return)
  • Reboot or respring and enjoy

Free LockInfo Cracked


Download HERE:

LockInfo gives you access to your email, sms, missed calls, voicemails and calendar information right on your lockscreen. LockInfo supports plugins to expand the information that you can add to your lockscreen. Thanks to studguy1 over at xsellize for the updated crack.

Manual Install Below: Make sure and install preference loader and webviewcontroller from cydia before installing deb

  • After downloading rename the deb to lock.deb
  • Copy it to var/mobile on your iphone and install using ifile or do the following
  • Open Mobile terminal
  • Type in su (press return)
  • Type in alpine (press return)
  • Type in dpkg -i lock.deb (press return)
  • Reboot or Respring and enjoy

Included plugins:
* Mail – See your new email senders and subjects on your lockscreen.
* Calendar – See the next few events on your calendar.
* SMS – Get notified when you get a new SMS.
* Phone – Get notified when you miss a call or when someone leaves you a voicemail.
* Notifications – Push Notifications

Additional Plugins:
* Twitter
* Clock
* Appigo Todo
* WeatherIcon

New features in 2.0 include:
* Push notifications right on your lockscreen.
* Preview your emails from the lockscreen. No need to unlock.
* Delete your emails after previewing them.
* Mark emails, SMSs and push notifications as read directly from your lockscreen.
* Manual refresh for mail, weather and twitter plugins.
* Privacy settings to hide SMS text and email subjects and previews.
* Adjustable font sizes.
* Performance and stability improvements.
* Note that many of the new features do not work with HTML themes for LockInfo (Gruppled, 235lax, etc). To take full advantage of the new features, you should turn off the HTML themes in WinterBoard.

BlackSn0w Unlock Updated for iPhone OS 3.1.3 on 05.11.07


The BlackSn0w Unlock by Geohot has been updated by MSFTGuy and PushFix to work with the 3.1.3 firmware and 05.11.07 baseband combination.

This modified version of BlackSn0w only works for phones upgraded with PwnageTool or Sn0wbreeze. Those who have updated to OS 3.1.3 by any other method will have the 05.12.01 baseband.

According to iHackintosh, the updated unlock also fixes a small bug that appears to make WiFi much more stable.

Blacksn0w RC2 will be available on MMI repo soon; however, you can add the source to Cydia and install it now.

Warning : Blacksn0w for 3.1.3 is still in RC stage and there may be some issues or bugs, for example, if you are faking your OS version to be 3.1.3 and you install the 3.1.3 version of blacksn0w RC2 with 3.1.2 CommCenter, you will cause problems! Your cell and WiFi could be unresponsive until you either uninstalled the package again via Cydia or restored the phone.

*Please note: this is not an official update performed by Geohot. He has indicated he will not be updating any tools for the 3.1.3 firmware.


iPhone font created out of 540 apps and a love for the arcane (video)


No, we can’t give you a clear reason why this particular chap did this particular thing, but good gravy, look at the pretty pictures! We’ve come across an iPhone-inspired font that looks to have been created by collating and color coding a vast collection of apps in order to properly represent the English alphabet. There’s not much info given beyond the app count and the fact it required an architect with “too much free time” on his hands, but we’re not going to begrudge a visual attraction when we can get one. You might be able to get the typography for yourself by contacting the author at the source link, or you can skip past the break to see it on video — if you’re careful enough you should be able to spot the world’s greatest mobile app making a guest appearance.

Line 6 peripheral brings MIDI and iPhone closer than you ever expected


It’s no amplifier substitute, but Line 6 has come up with something potentially even better for the budding songwriter buried deep within your rhythmic veins. The MIDI Mobilizer for iPhone and iPod touch is an app-based peripheral that lets you record, playback, store, and transfer MIDI sequences and parameters using the MIDI Memo Recorder software. While it does sound convenient in theory, we’ll have to wait until we can try the dongle out for ourselves. At this point in time, price of the Mobilizer is TBD and the release date is the ever-vague Spring 2010. As for the recorder app, it’s currently available on iTunes free of charge, although it’s more or less useless without the complementary hardware. For now, you’ll just have to settle with living vicariously through the promo video, after the break.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Apple Working On Audio Text Messaging For iPhone

Audio text messaging could soon be coming to the iPhone if a recent patent application filed by Apple with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is anything to go by. In the filing, Apple notes that conventional text messages may not be easily readable under certain circumstances due to the small size of the display or due to the ambient light conditons.

Furthermore, the application also notes that conventional text messages mandate the need for a backend-server that restricts the amount of information that can be processed at any given time.

In order to tackle these issues, the patent filing calls for the “vocalization” of multimedia data by the sender’s device followed by the transfer of this data over a voice channel to the destination device. This is in contrast to the use of data channel for conventional text messaging. The filing notes that the technology can enable any textual data on the display screen, like contact numbers, to be vocalized before being sent over a voice channel.

“The invention, however, provides a mechanism whereby data is passed between a sender and receiver unit by way of voice channel only bypassing use of the data channel used in conventional arrangements. In this way, a sender can select that data which he/she desires to send to a receiver unit using by first converting the data into an appropriate vocal/voice format which is then forwarded to a receiver unit by way of the voice channel. Once received at the receiver unit, the vocalized data can be converted to an audio signal, which is then output by way of an audio output device (such as a speaker, earphone, etc.). This arrangement is particularly well suited for people having visual problems or in those situations where viewing the data on a small display screen (typical of most personal communication devices) is problematic.”

Apple patent for voice based text messaging

The filing further notes that in the absence of a backend-server, undelivered messages cannot be stored for future transmissions in the traditional way. To solve this, the inventors describe the use of a memory device to store the multimedia data until the voice channel to transfer the data is established.

As Apple Insider notes, such a technology could enable the iPhone to be used like walkie-talkies where text clippings may be replaced by voice clippings.

Sounds interesting, let us know what you think in the comments.

[USPTO via Apple Insider]

Apple now accepting iPad app submissions, get your jumbo-sized beer drinking simulations in before launch day

Apple just announced to developers that it’s now accepting iPad applications. From the sound of it, applications submitted now will have a shot at being reviewed and approved before the iPad launch next month, though since most all apps developed so far have only been tested in the emulator, this is more of a “feedback” round for devs looking to be ready for the launch without actually testing their apps on hardware themselves. Apple says that “[o]nly apps submitted for the initial review will be considered for the grand opening of the iPad App Store,” so you probably shouldn’t wait around — unless you’ve got one of those iPad test units headed your way, or you’re a hardware-testing purist that will wait for the iPad launch to start testing apps and miss one of those cushy spots on the opening day iPad App Store. Either way, we can’t really imagine we’ll be seeing true 3rd party iPad app greatness until a month or so after the launch, but who are we to talk down a “gold rush”?
[via engadget]

Friday, March 19, 2010

Apple patent reveals iGroups location-based social networking for iPhone

Apple patent applications are usually pretty dry, but it looks like a new one turned up by Patently Apple has a bit more user-focused meat to it — it describes a location-based social networking app called “iGroups,” which lets groups of people share data amongst themselves using a service like MobileMe. Once group members are identified and linked up, they can securely share information and users carrying devices without GPS-abilities will be able to triangulate their position using the positions of other GPS-enabled devices in the group. Of course, the actual patent itself is focused on the cryptographic key system that protects all the data, and we’re pretty sure the “iGroups” name is just a placeholder for now — we’d guess the developer of the iGroups app currently in the App Store hopes so too — so how this winds up in a shipping product is totally up in the air, but our interest in what iPhone OS 4.0 may hold has certainly been piqued once again.
[via engadget]

T-Mobile USA eyeing iPhone launch this year or next?

We don’t like to stir up the nearly constant barrage of “so-and-so is getting the iPhone” rumors unless we’ve got a great reason to do so — and we’d argue that a Financial Times report involving statements from Deutsche Telekom’s CEO qualifies. The British rag was chatting up DT’s boss over the prospects of its American unit — T-Mobile USA — and stressed the company’s long-term commitment to turning around T-Mobile’s fortunes in the face of recent spinoff rumors, saying that it’s all about rapidly building out a speedy 3G network as part of an effort this year “to lay the foundation for future growth.”

Here’s where it gets juicy: referring to the iPhone, the report goes on to say that “T-Mobile USA is hoping to start selling the popular smartphone later this year or next year” while focusing on Android in the meantime, as if Android is merely a stopgap measure to make it through to the singular device that can save America’s number four carrier from going down the tubes. It’s not clear whether FT got the chief exec making a statement to that effect on the record or it’s merely gleaning this knowledge from other rumors, but the only way this would be able to happen is if the next iPhone were to come in an AWS-compatible version — and that seems unlikely considering that AWS coverage represents a trivially small fraction of 3G subscribers around the world. Of course, wireless CEOs of all walks of life regularly make statements saying they’d be more than happy to carry the iPhone if the opportunity presented itself, so this could be little more than off-the-cuff blather anyway.
[via engadget]

List of iPad Launch Games


Pocket Gamer has compiled a list of iPad game titles that will be available at or near the iPad launch date of April 3rd.

You can see the current list of 55 games below. Hit the link to check for updates…

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Aaaaaa! A Reckless Disregard for Gravity, Dejobaan
Astro Ranch HD, Tag Games
Astraware Solitaire, Astraware
Azkend HD, 10tons

Bear Paw HD, Pocketfun
bitFLIP, Tap Me

CastleCraft, Freeverse
Chromodyne, Colin Walsh
Colorous: A Bigger Color Odyssey, AVOC Software
Cosmo Kid, Pear Comp

Doki Doki Bloki, Doki Doki Games

Eliminate Pro, ngmoco

FaceFighter Face2Face, App Entertainment
F.A.S.T., Revo/SGN
Flick Fishing, Strange Flavour/Freeverse
Flight Control, Firemint
Frogman Verses Dr. Fly, Revolutionary Concepts

Gender Wars, Bloober Team
geoDefense 2, Critical Thought Games
GodFinger, Wonderland/ngmoco

Headstone Harry, Perfect Dork Studios and Conjured Realm
Harbor Master, Imangi Studios
iHurt, Mad Monkey Militia

Labyrinth 2 HD, Illusion Labs
Little Bugger, Statik

Majesty, HeroCraft
Monkey Jewels II HD, Pocketfun

NBA Hotshot, Freeverse
Need for Speed SHIFT, EA Mobile
N.O.V.A., Gameloft

OddBlob, Astraware

Pac-Man, Namco
Parachute Panic HD, FDG Entertainment
Pocket Creatures, Tactile Entertainment
polyhedra XL, Binary Hammer
Pool Pro Online 3, Namco

Rage, id software
Ravensword, Crescent Moon Games
reMovem 2, Mundue

QuizQuizQuiz, Four Door Lemon

Saving the Private Sheep, Bulkypix
Scrabble, EA Mobile
Skee-Ball, Graveck/Freeverse
Skies of Glory, Revo/SGN
Smiles HD, Sykhronics

TanZen HD, Little White Bear Studios
Tetris, EA Mobile
Touchgrind HD, Illusion Labs
Trenches, Thunder Game Works
Tune Runner HD, App Entertainment
Twin Blades, Press Start Studio

Warp Gate, Freeverse
We Rule, NewToy/ngmoco

Zen Bound 2, Secret Exit