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Close Multitasking Apps with Just One Tap

8/27/2010 08:18:00 PM - 1 comments
Cydia has recently launched Multifl0w, an app that allows you to simultaneously open up to nine apps on your iPhone. Having opened nine of them, is there a way that you can close all nine with just one tap?

Right now, closing multitasking apps on iPhones running iOS 4 means you have to close them one by one. No app in the Apple App Store could provide a convenient way to close everything with just one action.

However, if you have a jailbroken iPhone, you can avail of a convenient way to close your background apps with just one tap. An add-on for SBSettings called “Remove Background” is now available. It is a free hack that can be downloaded from Cydia.

First, you would need to install SBSettings. After installation, launch SBSettings and tap the “Remove BG” button to close all apps running in the background.

Simple, isn’t it?
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Released Facebook 3.2.2 Fixes Login Issue

8/26/2010 07:27:00 PM - 0 comments
Facebook’s “Places” feature for iPhones was recently launched and added under Facebook version 3.2. However, it doesn’t end there.

Facebook developers have issued two other updated versions that seek to resolve certain problems after jailbroken iPhones upgraded to Facebook 3.2, like the inability to upload photos to one’s Facebook account, and login problems.

This resulted to the release of Facebook version 3.2.1 which came out the same day as 3.2 in order to address upgrade problems.

Facebook version 3.2.2 has been released a few days after in order to fix the login issue on your iPhones.

To upgrade the app, just go to the App Store on your iPhone, go to iTunes, and hit the upgrade button.
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Apple Patent Filing Seeks to Remotely Disable iPhone for “Unauthorized Activity”

8/25/2010 09:01:00 AM - 2 comments
Apple continues to frown on jailbreaking and has recently seemed to condemn it all-together. Apple has recently filed a patent application which will allow it to remotely disable any iDevices detected of having any unauthorized activity.

The patent titled "Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device" will allow Apple to detect and stop any suspicious activity such as entering an incorrect password a predetermined number of times or within a period of time, hacking, jailbreaking or unlocking the iOS-based device.

Apple’s initial response to legalized jailbreaking stated that: “unauthorized modification of the iOS violates the warranty of the iOS-based device.” This recent patent filing makes this statement stronger and makes it more difficult to jailbreak Apple iOS devices.

Apple indicated that its intention is to protect iPhone users from an unauthorized user who tries to access the device. However, the description of unauthorized activity, especially as to jailbreaking and unlocking, is questionable because the patent doesn’t provide details on whether Apple alone or the owner of the device will have the ability to remotely disable the device.

Details of the patent indicate that Apple’s device “could automatically snap pictures of the unauthorized user and record the GPS coordinates of the device, as well as log keystrokes, phone calls, or other activity. Once an unauthorized user is detected, the device can then automatically disable certain features or send notifications to Twitter or other services.”

In its Abstract, the patent application indicated the following:

"This is generally directed to identifying unauthorized users of an electronic device. In some embodiments, an unauthorized user of an electronic device can be detected by identifying particular activities that may indicate suspicious behavior. In some embodiments, an unauthorized user can be detected by comparing the identity of the current user to the identity of the owner of the electronic device. When an unauthorized user is detected, various safety measures can be taken. For example, information related to the identity of the unauthorized user, the unauthorized user’s operation of the electronic device, or the current location of the electronic device can be gathered. As another example, functions of the electronic device can be restricted. In some embodiments, the owner of the electronic device can be notified of the unauthorized user by sending an alert notification through any suitable medium, such as, for example, a voice mail, e-mail or text message."
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Multifl0w Multitasking Updated for iDevices Running iOS4

8/25/2010 07:43:00 AM - 0 comments
Multitasking in your iPhone & other iDevices has just gotten better! Cydia has just updated Multifl0w – an expose’-like multitasking interface for iOS that now works with iOS 4 and the iPad running iOS 3.2.

Multifl0w was totally rewritten for speed, reliability, and compatibility with iOS 4. Multifl0w brings a new redesigned interface and is able to show all your open apps (up to 9 apps) on your iPhone screen for easy and quick task switching.

However, only apps that specifically support this feature are allowed to multitask. Apple limited the types of running tasks to a handful of popular processes, like the background music streaming, file uploading, and switching between running processes, among others.

Multifl0w can work alongside or totally replace Apple’s native task switcher. The tabs can also be rearranged by a simple “drag and drop” method. It also has customization options that let you create the multitasking style you want.

Multifl0w has an awesome Exposé-like task switching feature that zooms out your view to a grid of thumbnail tiles representing the running tasks. When you need to check another app, just tap on it and Multifl0w zooms you in smoothly right where you left off.

The app requires a jailbroken iPhone or iPod touch and the free backgrounder app from Cydia. Multifl0w can also be found in the Cydia Store for $4.99 but if you bought the previous version launched in November 2009, you can update for free.
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iTunes Accounts Getting Hacked

8/25/2010 04:44:00 AM - 0 comments
Scammers have found a way to charge thousands of dollars to accounts of iTunes users that are linked to PayPal. One user reported that he learned that his account had 50 iTunes charges of $99.99 each from PayPal.

The user said he was just in time and caught the scam before his bank could send the payments. Others were not as lucky because PayPal has already transferred the funds, however, PayPal promised to reimburse the fraudulent transactions.

Apple disclosed that they are aware of the issue. An Apple spokesman said, “Among other new security measures, iTunes now requires more frequent re-entry of a customer’s credit card security code. But if your credit card or iTunes password is stolen and used on iTunes, we recommend that you contact your financial institution and inquire about canceling the card and issuing a charge-back for any unauthorized transactions. We also recommend that you change your iTunes account password immediately.”

The seeming “security hole” associated with iTunes turned out to be a phishing scam where scammers, pretending to be representatives of legitimate entities, deceive users to divulge or provide their passwords and other account information and use it to access or hack users’ accounts. These scammers often get away with it without being traced.

Experts advised against providing passwords to anyone, especially online adding that “No reputable company will ever ask you for your password, even for their site. Apple will never, ever ask you for your iTunes password.”

Companies do not ask for their customers passwords. They also do not send emails asking customers to click a link and login to your account, verify your account, or change your password. All iTunes accounts are also managed in the iTunes application, not on web pages so if you’re asked to enter your iTunes password on a web page, it’s highly likely to be a scam.
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Google to Launch “Goggles” for iPhone

8/24/2010 07:11:00 PM - 0 comments
Google on Monday announced its plans to launch an app for the iPhone. David Petrou, a project lead of Google Goggles, said the app is under development and is pending Apple’s approval.

Google Goggles is already available as built-in app on Android and a large number of iPhone users have requested Google to release an iOS version of the app.

Google Goggles is a cool app that lets you take a picture of something you’re currently interested in and then submit it to Google as a search query. Google Goggles will then return fairly accurate results in a matter of seconds from a database of 1 billion stored images.

Google believes that Goggles has the potential to be the next “Universal visual search tool” and has recently purchased Pink in order to improve the service.
With the majority of iPhone users experiencing ‘data frenzy’, Google believes that the product is bound to be a huge hit on the iOS platform. Google Goggles is amongst the most advanced augmented reality products of recent times and it can be used to promote an altogether new generation of mobile apps.

Google expects to launch Goggles by the end of this year.
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How to Downgrade iOS 4.0.2 to iOS 4.0 or 4.0.1

8/20/2010 02:27:00 PM - 7 comments
Upgrading to the recently released iOS 4.0.2 to fix the PDF problem brought about by Comex’s JailbreakMe will make you loose the jailbreaking and unlocking you’ve done on your iPhones.

Only iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G (non-MC) users can jailbreak and unlock iOS 4.0.2. So if you want to go back to having a jailbroken and unlocked phone, the solution is to downgrade to iOS 4.0 or 4.0.1 then re-jailbreak your iPhone using JailbreakMe.

Before proceeding with the downgrade, ensure that you saved your SHSH blobs for iOS 4.0 or 4.0.1. After checking on this, follow the instructions herein provided to proceed with the downgrade.

1. Download the iOS 4.0 IPSW or iOS 4.0.1 IPSW file required for your iDevice and place it on your desktop.

2. Put your iPhone in DFU mode by:

* Starting iTunes and connecting your device to your PC/Mac with USB cable.
* Turn off your device.
* Hold the Home and Power button for about 10 seconds, then release the Power button but keep holding the Home button until iTunes detect your iPhone in recovery mode. Your iPhone screen should be totally blank by now.

3. Edit Windows / Mac HOSTS file:

For Windows Users:

* Navigate to Start >All Programs > Accessories > Right click on the Notepad icon > Choose Run as Administrator
* Now go to File menu in opened Notepad and choose Open or simply press Ctrl+O.
* Browse to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc and open HOSTS file.
* Once HOSTS file is opened, copy-paste the following line at the end of the file:
74.208.105.171.apple.com
* Now, go back to File menu and choose Save or press Ctrl+S.

For Mac Users:

* Click Go > Go to Folder and then enter path /etc
* Open HOSTS file with TextEdit and add the following line at the end of the file:
74.208.105.171.apple.com
* Now go to File and choose Save As, uncheck if no extension is provide, use .txt and save the HOSTS file on your desktop.
* Now replace the original HOSTS file with the one you just saved on your desktop. In case you are prompted for the password, just enter it and click OK.

4. After successfully editing your HOSTS file, open iTunes and click on the name of your device from the sidebar menu.

5. On the summary page, hold down the SHIFT key on keyboard and press Restore button. Choose the firmware file you want to restore, choose the respective(iOS 4.0 or iOS 4.0.1) IPSW file you downloaded in step 1. For Mac OS X user, use the ALT+Restore combo to choose the firmware file.

6. iTunes will now restore the firmware files on your device. Your iPhone screen will show you the restore progress. Just in case iTunes shows errors with code 1015, 1013 or 1011, just ignore them.

7. After the completion of the restore process, download Recboot. Recboot is a free utility for Windows and Mac users which forces an iDevice to exit from recovery mode with a single click. Click on the Exit Recovery Mode button to restart your device.
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Troubleshoot iOS 4 iDevice with No E-mail Previews

8/20/2010 04:13:00 AM - 0 comments
iPhone users have already reported several problems after upgrading their phones to iOS 4. Some have complained about functions becoming slow, while others can’t see a message preview for their emails.

After setting up a new account on an iOS 4 device, some users said the Mail App will not load message previews or any “message from” (No Sender).

No need to fret. A few simple steps can help alleviate the issue and have you back to your normal message-reading iPhone again.

First and foremost, ensure that the message previews are enabled for each of your Mail accounts. Navigate to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Preview. If the preview setting is set to "None", change the value to the desired amount of preview lines.

If your preview settings are set to show previews but you're still not seeing them in Mail, follow do the following:

1. Quit and reopen Mail.

2. Double-click the Home button to bring up the multitasking dock.

3. Tap and hold the Mail icon until the red minus sign appears.

4. Tap the red minus button to quit Mail and remove it from the recently used Apps list.

5. Double-click the Home button to return to your start screen and reopen the Mail App.

If you are using an older iOS device like an iPhone 3G or second-generation iPod Touch, all you need to do is to restart your iDevice by holding the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button until the screen goes black and the Apple logo appears. No need to follow the steps mentioned above.
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Apple Gets Patents for Slide to Unlock & Keyboard Letter Pop

8/18/2010 06:01:00 AM - 0 comments
In the growing business and competition among smartphones, manufacturers go out of their way to make their devices unique. Apple Inc. is one of such companies that seek to maintain its products’ uniqueness and design.

Apple Inc. has recently been awarded patent protection for specific features it invented for its iDevices. Apple filed for patents on two iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad features that users see and use every day on their gadgets - the Slide to Unlock feature of the Lock screen and the pop-up letters that appear when you're typing on the iPhone keyboard.

Apple applied for patents to said features on July 30, 2007 under the title "Animated graphical user interface for a display screen or portion thereof.” The United States Patent and Trademark Office this week decided in Apple’s favor giving them exclusive usage of said features. Apple can now charge any company with license fees if they wish to use the same or significantly similar elements.

The applications were under patent numbers D621849 and D621848.

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zToggle App Allows Easy On/Off of iOS 4 Functions

8/18/2010 05:54:00 AM - 0 comments
Users with iPhones running on iOS 4 can now easily choose to switch it on or off. The recently updated zToggle app from Cydia will let you do that in seconds for iOS 4 functions like Multitasking and Springboard Wallpapers right from your iDevice.

Installing the zToggle app version 3.0 is easy and there is no need to re-jailbreak your device with Redsn0w or PwnageTool. You can download zToggle from the BigBoss Cydia repository for free. zToggle app brings full support for iPhone 3G and iPhone 4.

To download the app, simply open Cydia, search for “zToggle” and install the app. Just make sure that BigBoss repository is added in Cydia sources before you search for app.
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Jailbreak iPhone iOS 4.0.2 with Redsn0w

8/17/2010 04:00:00 PM - 1 comments
JailbreakMe is not compatible with the latest iOS 4.0.2 software update, however, the iPhone Dev Team said that it’s possible to jailbreak iOS 4.0.2 on iPhone 3G and iPod Touch (non-MC models) 2G with Redsn0w 0.9.5b5-5.

Apple released iOS 4.0.2 to address and patch a security problem found on iOS 4.0 and 4.0.1 created by JailbreakMe.

Now, to jailbreak iPhone 3G and iPod Touch, first, you would need to download iOS 4.0.2 for your version of iPhone and iPod touch. Update to this latest firmware using the IPSW file you downloaded via iTunes 9.2.1.

Start Redsn0w 0.9.5b5-5 and point it to iOS 4 Final Version (not iOS 4.0.2 firmware). After this, select “Install Cydia” and click “Next”.

This action will take you to a screen with a message that says: “Please make sure your device is both OFF and PLUGGED IN to the computer. If it is not off, plug the device into the computer FIRST. Then hold down the Power button (on the edge of the device) until ‘Slide to Power Off’ appears, and then slide to power off. Click next ONLY when your device is BOTH off and plugged in.”

After clicking next, you will be presented with a screen where you would need to quickly hold the “Power” button, and then while holding the “Power” button, you will also need to hold the “Home” button at the same time. After a few seconds, release the “Power” button but keep holding the “Home” button until installation begins.

Redsn0w should now be doing the rest of the job for you. Once done, your iPhone and/or iPod Touch will restart automatically and you will find it jailbroken on the latest iOS 4.0.2 firmware.

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Unlock iPhone 4 iOS 4.0.1 & 4.0.2

8/17/2010 11:29:00 AM - 1 comments
There have already been two updates with Apple’s iOS – iOS 4.0.1 released last July, and iOS 4.0.2 released this August. With these two updates and with the fantastic features of the iPhone 4, is it still necessary for you to jailbreak or unlock your iPhones?

Before the advent of jailbreaking, people who buy iDevices accept that their device’s fate will be dictated by Apple as to apps that will be installed, which of the hardware functions can be exploited to their full potential, and which carrier can be used with your iPhone.

Jailbreaking Defined

People who are not open to the “exclusivity” idea found ways to free their phones. That’s when Jailbreaking came to be. Jailbreaking is a process that enables a device to run code, meaning programs or system modification that hasn't been sanctioned by Apple. A jailbroken iPhone for example, will allow its user to download many extensions and themes previously unavailable through the App Store via unofficial installers such as Cydia.

Jailbreaking became so popular that the Copyright Office legalized it last July allowing all iPhone users to gain full and better control of their phones, reiterating that: “When one jailbreaks a smartphone in order to make the operating system on that phone interoperable with an independently created application that has not been approved by the maker of the smartphone or the maker of its operating system, the modifications that are made purely for the purpose of such interoperability are fair uses.”

Features of iOS 4.0.1 and 4.0.2

The iOS 4.0.1 software update didn’t offer new features. Its main purpose was to address the flaw on the number of bars displayed by the iPhone 4 as a consequence of the “deathgrip” problem.
Apple said that an incorrect formula was used and this resulted to an incorrect display of the iPhone’s true signal strength. Due to this flaw, users in low reception areas see more 4 or 5 signal bars when it should be less.

The iOS 4.0.2, on the other hand, was also released to address a security problem found on iOS 4.0 and 4.0.1 created by JailbreakMe, a web-based jailbreaking tool for iDevices that is downloaded into the iOS device through a PDF file. JailbreakMe attacks a hole in the iOS making your iDevices vulnerable to hacking and malware installation.

The iOS 4.0.2 software update has now addressed and patched this vulnerability issue and has provided improvements to Multitasking and fast app switching. It also brought over 100 new features to the iPhone like folders, better mail, iBooks, Home screen wallpaper, and wireless keyboard support among others.

The iOS 4.0.2 works with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G although not all features are said to be compatible with all devices. Apple said multitasking is available only with iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

Reasons for Jailbreaking and Unlocking

Now, going back to the question of whether or not it is still necessary to jailbreak or unlock your iPhones, many believed this is still a necessity.

Apple mentioned that the iPhone 3GS and 3G are not capable of handling the full features of iOS 4.0.2. Many jailbreakers believe this is not the case. iPhone users of these two models who have jailbroken their phones saw that their units responded quite well to multitasking and to running several apps.

Access to applications is also another reason for jailbreaking because there are far more apps available in Cydia for jailbreakers than through iTunes.

It is also necessary to unlock the iPhone so people who want to be free from AT&T can switch to other carriers like T-Mobile.

Jailbreaking and Unlocking Tools

There are several tools that have already been released for unlocking iDevices. But before you use any of these jailbreaking and unlocking tools, please note that if you need to jailbreak or unlock your iPhone, don’t upgrade it to version 4.0.2 because once your iPhone is upgraded and patched, JailbreakMe will no longer work for your phone.

* JailbreakMe

This is a web-based jailbreaking tool that was tagged as the simplest jailbreaking tool ever that works for all iDevices. JailbreakMe is browser-based and requires no downloads. It could jailbreak iPhone 4 iOS 4 and 4.0.1, including the original iPhone and older iPhone models 3G and 3GS. The tool is so flexible that it could also jailbreak iPad and iPod touch.

JailbreakMe can be accessed by going to the Apple’s Safari App. The jailbreaking tool is then downloaded into the iOS device through a PDF file.

JailbreakMe can be accessed by going to the Apple’s Safari App. The jailbreaking tool is then downloaded into the iOS device through a PDF file. The method allegedly attacks a flaw in the iOS PDF viewer in order to gain access to the device.

* Redsn0w 0.9.5

This jailbreaking tool released by the iPhone dev team is for jailbreaking iPhone 3G & iPod Touch 2G for 4.0 iOS. The same can be used to jailbreak iOS 4.0.1 and 4.0.2.

* Ultrasn0w 1.0-1

This latest unlocking tool version has recently been released by the iPhone dev team. Ultrasn0w 1.0-1 can unlock iPhone units under different basebands namely:


1. iPhone 4 running iOS 4.0 / 4.0.1 with 01.59.00 baseband
2. iPhone 3G,
3GS with 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01 or 05.13.04 baseband

Just a note… Do not forget to backup your iPhone before jailbreaking or unlocking your phones just in case you would need to restore your phones later on. Jailbreaking your iPhone may also void its warranty.
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Liquidmetal Pays $11M Debt with Apple Deal Proceeds

8/16/2010 04:48:00 PM - 0 comments
Liquidmetal Technologies has paid almost $11 million in debt immediately after it closed a paid, exclusive license agreement with Apple for an exclusive use of a metal alloy in electronic products.

Liquidmetal’s recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed that the debt payments were done last August 5, the same day that it sealed the license agreement with Apple.

There was no mention of the exact amount paid by Apple to Liquidmental for the exclusive license. What is certain is that it’s worth more than $11 million.

The SEC filing indicated Liquidmetal’s payables, and mentioned that: "The foregoing obligations were paid with proceeds from the previously announced strategic licensing transaction with Apple Inc." - - repayment of an outstanding eight percent Senior Secured Notes worth $8.2 million; payment of unsecured debt to Ricardo Salas worth $2.4 million; and payment of secured debt to HANA Financial worth $0.3 million.

Apple and Liquidmetal’s agreement gave the Cupertino based company exclusive use of its metal alloy, Liquidmetal, in electronic products. Liquidmetal is an alloy that is “Twice the strength of titanium with the processing efficiency of plastics.”

Liquidmetal Technologies is still free to market its product for sports equipment manufacturing, and also with other agencies.

It is still not certain as to what Apple products will utilize Liquidmetal. For Liquidmetal’s part, it mentioned several “Key Casings Advantages” with the use of their alloy like the ability to create thinner and smaller designs while providing greater protection, precision net-shape casting, and excellent durability, among others.
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TetherMe for iPhones

8/16/2010 03:45:00 PM - 0 comments
Tethering has made broadband access so much fun and easy! TetherMe has been tested to work on all iOS versions from 3.0 to 4.0.1 and should work on any carrier without the need for customized bundles or preferences.

Tethering is the use of a mobile device like the iPhone to provide Internet access for another device like a laptop computer. By using TetherMe, it tells your iPhone to allow tethering on any APN that is used for iPhone data.

The tethering data then appears to come from the phone itself so you should not be charged extra fees by your phone carrier. It also bypasses signature checking so you could easily edit your carrier plan manually if you want to. Note that TetherMe may be used for non-jailbroken iPhones.

There is only one tethering procedure for all iDevices. After activating or installing the tethering service, you would need to reboot your iPhone and follow these steps:

1) Go to your iPhone’s “Settings” > tap on the “General” link > tap on “Network”.

2) Near the bottom of that screen is a link that says “Set Up Internet Tethering”. Tap on that link.

3) Move the slider to turn tethering on.

4) Select your connection options: via USB or Bluetooth.

5) Go to the Networks pane of Settings on your laptop and select the iPhone from the list of networks.

Did it work? You should now have access to the net just like you were connected from a WiFi location.
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iPhone Users Under AT&T Waiting for iPhone-Verizon Deal - - Survey

8/15/2010 04:10:00 PM - 0 comments
iPhone users who are currently under contract with AT&T are looking forward to change carriers if the iPhone and Verizon deal push through.

A Morpace.com survey conducted among 1,000 customers showed that 23 percent of current AT&T subscribers are interested to switch to Verizon for their iPhone plan. The survey also indicated that about 47 percent of them will consider switching to Verizon, while another 34 percent said they are waiting for another carrier before upgrading their iPhones.

Verizon customers showed loyalty to the carrier with 51 percent of them willing to stay but may consider buying an iPhone if it becomes available. This could mean a stiff competition with other smartphones currently under contract with Verizon, like Blackberry and Android.

Recent speculations indicate that the iPhone-Verizon tie may likely happen in January of next year as AT&T’s exclusive hold on the iPhone nears its end.

It would be recalled that AT&T recently filed its Financial Statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). AT&T was also quoted saying: “As these exclusivity arrangements end, we expect to continue to offer such handsets, and we believe our service plan offerings will help to retain our customers by providing incentives not to move to a new carrier."

Speculators believe that this is a significant indicator that “AT&T may soon break its exclusive grip on several hugely popular smartphones” although no specific smartphone was mentioned. AT&T has been the sole carrier of iPhones since its launch in 2007 and signed a deal with Apple for a 5-year exclusivity agreement.
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Apple iAd Partners Happy with Ad Results

8/15/2010 02:46:00 PM - 0 comments
The most progressive advertising system ever launched has been earning praises from advertisers. Apple’s iAd mobile advertising platform reportedly kept viewers’ interest longer than conventional advertisements.

Nissan, one of the companies who had a pilot ad in iAds, said “customers spent an average of 90 seconds with the ad -- 10 times longer than interaction times for comparable online ads.” It added that people have clicked on Nissan’s ad five times more frequently than regular online ads.

Nissan created a multilayer interactive ad for its electric LEAF car which is similar to an informational game – the ad lets users manipulate the car with their fingers, change its paint job and chart its fuel efficiency.

Chad Jacoby, a senior manger of Nissan’s media operations said: “We feel pretty strongly that this is the way to capitalize on where the mobile Web is heading. What iAd promises is the most progressive thing I've seen to date" in digital advertising.”

Unilever, one of the first advertisers who placed an iAd for its Dove shower products, has also reported positive earnings. Rob Master, the North American media director of Unilever, said 20 percent of those who have seen the Dove ad returned to check it again, with another double-digit percentage seeking more information about it.

The Dove shower products ad featured videos and trivia games about baseball players Albert Pujols and Andy Pettitte. Master said they’re now preparing to launch the second iAd.

Apple has said it has secured $60 million in advertising commitments for until the end of 2010. Companies Campbell Soup, DirecTV, General Electric and Sears are said to be already working on their own iAds after seeing the success of the other companies.
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Apple Manager Arrested for Alleged Sale of Apple Secrets

8/14/2010 09:01:00 PM - 0 comments
A mid-level Apple manager was arrested for allegedly selling Apple business secrets to Asian suppliers. The San Jose Mercury News reported that Paul Shin Devine will be indicted for wire fraud, money laundering and kickbacks.

Devine is a global supply manager for Apple and allegedly worked with an Andrew Ang of Singapore. The two were charged and named in a 23-count federal grand jury.

Apple has also filed a separate civil suit alleging that Devine
accepted more than $1 million in “payments, kickbacks and bribes” over a number of years.

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling was quoted saying:
“Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the way we do business. We have zero tolerance for dishonest behavior inside or outside the company.”

The indictment highlights how Devine used his position at Apple to gain access to future products being developed by the company. Mercury News said “Devine would share information about these products to Asian manufacturers and suppliers, enabling them to negotiate better contracts, whilst receiving money and kickbacks in return.”

Devine allegedly made deals with Apple iPhone and iPod material suppliers from China, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.

Devine is currently being held by the U.S Marshals Service and will appear in a San Jose court on Monday.
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iDevices Now Feature Adult Contents?

8/14/2010 07:07:00 PM - 0 comments
The iPhone 4’s FaceTime or video conference feature is now reportedly being used for adult video chat. CultofMac reported that iP4play.com will be taking advantage of this iPhone 4 feature to showcase “the hottest video chat models – from the sexy girl next door to Penthouse’s finest.”

iP4play.com has
reportedly already posted its need for sexy models in Craigslist a few after Apple released the iPhone 4 in the market.

Several remarks have surfaced indicating disgust about this adult video service utilizing the iPhone 4. However, iP4play.com has not budge an inch and it’s hoping to earn big bucks from this business model.

Reports said call rates will start at $4.00 per minute progessing to segments in 5, 10, 20 or 30 minutes. These calls, however, can only be paid through a Visa or Mastercard and cannot be included to one’s wireless bill.

Playboy App

In related news, another adult app has recently been made available in the Apple App Store. Playboy is now being sold as an app for the iPad for $5.00.

However, Playboy’s Hugh Hefner is not happy about the app tweeting that "Playboy will be available on iPad without the Playmates. Steve Jobs has a thing about nudity."

Reports said the Playboy app will feature pictures of Playmates limited to head and shoulders only, with no images that are for adult eyes only. Playboy articles, however, will still be published in full.
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Persistent iPhone 4 Supply Shortage in Canada

8/14/2010 06:18:00 PM - 0 comments
Long queues for the iPhone are being reported in Apple Stores in Canada, also in carrier stores and other smaller stores authorized by Apple to sell the iPhone 4.

Reports indicate that Apple’s Canadian Flagship store bears witness to a lineup of about 100 people waiting for the iPhone 4 this week. An Apple staff said these queues happen every morning beginning at 10am. She said the people would often wait to check if shipments for the iPhone 4 have arrived so they could get a hold of it before stocks run out again.

There have also been reports that smaller stores authorized by Apple to sell the iPhone have also seen dozens of people line up hoping to buy the iPhone 4.

It would be recalled that Apple COO Tim Cook, during last month’s iPhone 4 launch, mentioned that Apple is trying to cope up with the demand, adding that the iPhone 4s are selling faster than Apple can make and deliver them.

Research Firm Gartner, in its worldwide mobile phone sales report released this week, also noted the supply problem as Apple’s disadvantage for not progressing higher into the phone sales business hierarchy. Gartner indicated that Apple could have sold more if it didn’t encounter “iPhone 4 supply constraints and tight inventory management.”

The report also showed that Apple is behind Motorola by only 400,000 units, a number it could have easily achieved if it didn’t have any supply issues.
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Patch Fixes Jailbroken iPhones’ PDF Vulnerability

8/14/2010 05:12:00 PM - 0 comments
A PDF fix that patches the security hole in jailbroken iPhones has been released. Jay Freeman, the creator of Cydia, has recently developed the PDF fix.

The PDF patch now ensures that iPhone users can enjoy their jailbroken phones without worrying about possible malicious attacks.

It would be recalled that JailbreakMe, a web-based jailbreaking tool, has roused a growing concern over iOS security because of its attack on a security hole in iOS allowing a website to write data on your iPhone. The jailbreaking tool is then downloaded into the iOS device through a PDF file.

It is this remote access that raised concerns as it can allow anyone to gain access to your iPhones making it vulnerable to hackers who can remotely plant malware without you knowing it.

If you have already jailbroken your iPhone, you can install the PDF patch now to secure your devices from any malware.

First, you need to launch Cydia, got to “Search” and search for “PDF Patch”. Tap the "PDF Patch" from the search result, and tap "Install" to install the patch.

Did it work for your iPhone? If it did, that means your jailbroken iPhone has already been patched.
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Call Your Facebook Friends for Free!

8/14/2010 05:02:00 PM - 0 comments
Call your Facebook friends for free! Vonage has recently released the Vonage Mobile for Facebook app that allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to call their friends on Facebook free of charge.

The app is available at the Apple App Store and lets you call all your Facebook friends anywhere in the world for free making this favorite social network also a free calling network!

For you to enjoy the service, just download the app and login with your Facebook account user name and password. Making a call is just a tap away - - simply touch your friend’s Facebook ID from your Talk Free contact list. No phone numbers are needed.

The app doesn’t also require you to have a Vonage account. All you need is the Vonage app, a Facebook account, and an iPhone or iPod touch with a headset. Just make sure that the friends you’ll be calling also have the app.

The app works anywhere you have 3G or Wi-Fi coverage – even overseas. A WiFi service ensures your non-payment of any international calling fees or data roaming charges, and you don’t use your cellular minutes.

Just a Note... “If you do not have an unlimited 3G data plan or Wi-Fi subscription, check with your mobile carrier, as charges may apply. When traveling abroad using the local 3G network, just be sure to have an international data roaming plan from your carrier to avoid excessive roaming charges.”

You may download the app through this iTunes link:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vonage-mobile-for-facebook/id378344410?mt=8#
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iPhone 4 Expected to Maintain Good Sales Rating Until Year End

8/14/2010 04:29:00 PM - 0 comments
Apple is on the right track and well-positioned to sustain its iPhone 4 sales momentum until the end of the year. Research firm Gartner’s recently published report on worldwide mobile phone sales confirmed this data.

Gartner published the report this week and covers worldwide mobile phone sales to end users for the second quarter of 2010. The data shows Apple maintaining its seventh place lead among all mobile phone manufacturers and retained the 2.7 percent market share it held last quarter.

The latest report also indicates that Apple’s sales also increased as compared to its 1.9 percent share in the same quarter in 2009.

The data shows Motorola in the sixth place only by 400,000 units lead from that of Apple's sales.

Gartner indicated that Apple could have sold more if it didn’t encounter “iPhone 4 supply constraints and tight inventory management in preparation for the arrival of the phone at the end of the second quarter of 2010.” Still, the iPhone 4’s global sales and popularity worldwide is expected to pull Apple’s sales lead until year end.

Smartphones now have a 19 percent share in the total mobile phone sales worldwide. Gartner also indicated that smartphone sales go up by 50 percent year after year. From this share, Apple captured 14.2 percent of the market, putting it in the fourth place with Symbian, Research in Motion and Android in first, second and third place respectively.
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AT&T Launches U-verse TV

8/14/2010 03:45:00 PM - 0 comments
Good news to iPhone users! AT&T has launched U-verse Mobile application to give iPhone users the opportunity to download selected TV content on their iOS device.

U-verse Mobile is the new name of the popular AT&T Mobile Remote Access for iPhone app. The app would allow iPhone users to schedule DVR (Digital Video Recorder) recordings remotely, browse the U-verse TV program guide, view program descriptions schedule, and download available episodes over any Wi-Fi connection. Content is currently available from "several popular networks" with more networks to be added over time.

Chief Marketing Officer David Christopher of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets has this to say regarding their latest offering:

"We're making it possible for you to watch TV shows on your iPhone at no extra charge. It's just one more valuable and innovative feature available on U-verse TV. Our U-verse multi-screen promise is now a reality for millions of U-verse TV customers, with content available on U-verse TV, U-verse Online, and today, U-verse Mobile. No cable provider comes close to matching the cross-platform experience we're delivering today, and we'll continue to add unique features that further integrate these screens.”

The new U-verse Mobile app download service may be availed of by customers subscribed to AT&T's U300 package or higher. AT&T is also offering a $75 gift card for new users who will order AT&T U-verse U300 or U450.

Reports also indicate that more than 100,000 U-verse TV customers use the Web and Mobile Remote Access apps every month.

The J.D. Power and Associates survey of 2008 and 2009 also named AT&T as having the “Highest in Residential Television Service Satisfaction in the South and West Regions Two Years in a Row.”
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Ultrasn0w Updated to Improve Battery Life

8/13/2010 04:15:00 PM - 0 comments
A week after its release, Ultrasn0w 1.0-1 has reportedly been used already by more than 750,000 iPhone users. Ultrasn0w is the first software solution for unlocking Apple’s iPhone 4.

However, several users who have used Ultrasn0w 1.0-1 to unlock their iPhone 4s reportedly experienced a sudden decrease in their iPhone battery life even if it’s on standby mode.

The iPhone dev Team was quick enough to address the problem and has updated the version of Ultrasn0w to version 1.1-1 in order to improve standby battery life.

The upgrade is available via Cydia for iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 users to unlock iPhones on iOS 4 or iOS 4.0.1, even iPhone OS 3.0.

Here’s the procedure you need to follow in order to unlock your iPhones using Ultrasn0w 1.1-1:

1. Launch Cydia

2. Add the repo: repo666.ultrasn0w.com to Cydia.

3. Search for ‘ultrasn0w’ in Cydia and install ultrasn0w. After installation, your iPhone should be unlocked by now.

4. For T-Mobile USA users, disable 3G before using ultrasn0w.

5. After installing Ultrasn0w, launch Cydia and tap on changes to install the updated version.
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“Rage” Game for iPhones to Run at 60 FPS

8/13/2010 03:50:00 PM - 0 comments
A great game with great visuals – that’s "Rage", the latest offering from id Software. The game promises great action and visualization running at 60 frames per second.

John Carmack of id Software showed off this latest offering during the QuakeCon 2010 this week, claiming that Rage’s performance will exceed that of Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation 2.

Carmack’s demonstration was seen through a video clip showing "Rage" in action on the iPhone 4 using the id Tech 5 engine. The game runs in iPhone 4s but will also run smoothly on iPhone 3GS. It is expected to be on head to head with some of the current popular games now playing.

Reports indicate that id Software is set to release a pre-launch “show off” title during the later part of 2010. Rage’s full version is set to launch next year along with versions for other platforms.
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Navigon Apps On Sale Up to to 50% Off

8/13/2010 03:28:00 PM - 0 comments
Good news for people searching for the best deals in Apple apps! If you find the Navigation apps in the App Store too expensive, don’t miss out on its 50 percent off sale until August 15.

Navigon is currently offering its Navigation iPhone apps on the App Store at a discount of up to 50 percent in celebration of the first anniversary of its MobileNavigator iPhone apps.

MobileNavigator has already sold more than a million iPhone apps and is one of the most popular turn-by-turn navigation application for the iPhone. In fact, it is currently among the top five grossing iPhone apps on the US App Store.

To give you an idea of the discounted prices, here’s a list:

MobileNavigator North America (includes maps for Canada & US): $39.99 instead of $79.99
MobileNavigator Europe: $59.99 instead of $119.99
MobileNavigator Canada: $29.99 instead of $59.99
MobileNavigator Australia: $36.99 instead of $69.99

Navigon’s other offerings like 3D Panorama view and Traffic app that are available via in-App purchases are also being sold for half the regular price:

Traffic Live: $12.99 instead of $24.99
Panorama View 3D: $4.99 instead of $9.99

You may purchase these cool and helpful apps through this iTunes link:

http://www.apple.com/itunes/affiliates/download/?id=320198400

So what are you waiting for? Go and download one now!
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Improve FaceTime Call Quality with FaceTime Mod

8/13/2010 03:04:00 PM - 0 comments
Don’t you just hate it when you experience a lag or a slowdown while playing online games or while watching videos? How would you feel if this happens during a FaceTime call on your iPhone with someone really important?

A lag or slowdown is sometimes caused by network congestion or when more traffic is flowing than a network can handle.

Cydia has addressed this problem by coming up with FaceTime Mod, an application that would further improve the quality of video through FaceTime. This tweak increases the frames per second (FPS) and the number of images per second thereby producing a more fluid and higher quality video call.

The fluidity in FaceTime calls can be better achieved if you are connected to a WiFi network.

FaceTime Mod is able to determine the FPS rate of your iPhone and automatically adapts the quality and the number of frames per second.

You wouldn’t need to manually increase or decrease your iPhone’s FPS. It is done automatically because the tweak analyzes the number of FPS your current network can handle during a particular call.

FaceTime Mod not only increases video call fluidity, it also enhances the audio during the call making it clearer than usual.

The Apple iPhone 4’s FaceTime is defaulted at 15 FPS. This increases to 30 FPS after installing FaceTime Mod.

Note, however, that the FaceTime Mod only works if your iPhone and that of the person you’re calling have this tweak installed.

This app is free from Cydia, and can also be installed for use over 3G. You would need to install My3G or 3G Unrestrictor in order to make your iPhone 3G FaceTime capable. My3G is a useful tweak that makes your phone believe it’s on WiFi instead of 3G.

To install this patch, just add repo: http://repo.modyouri.com.
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Know Your iPhone Signal Strength

8/12/2010 08:30:00 PM - 0 comments
A fluctuating iPhone 4 signal bar has been one of the issues that gave birth to what is now known as the “deathgrip”. Apple has taken a blow from the issue and demonstrated that other smartphone handsets experience the same signal reduction problem.

To end your worries regarding a possible signal problem, the iPhone Dev Team has launched "Signal", a new app for the iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G which displays a Google map detailing all the information on location of cell towers within your area.

The app shows you the cell towers around you and the signal strength you’re getting. Aside from this, it also shows the cell tower you’re iPhone is connected to, including all kinds of other info like neighboring cell towers and the frequency each cell is broadcasting in.

The cell tower location map gives you a good idea of your cellular coverage and where to get the best cellphone reception.

iPhone users can also check the carrier that has the strongest signal in a certain location by swapping SIMs in their unlocked iPhones.

"Signal" is available in Cydia for $4.99.
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We’re Not Stealing “Where To?” - Apple

8/12/2010 07:56:00 PM - 0 comments
Apple has issued a clarification to its controversial use of a “Where To?” screenshot for its patent application. Apple stated that it is not stealing FutureTap’s app design.

Apple Senior Patent Counsel Anand Sethuraman reportedly sent an email to FutureTap containing the following explanation:

“As discussed, Apple is contemplating steps to attribute the screenshot in the patent application to FutureTap. The patent application in question does not claim as inventive the pictured user interface nor the general concept of an integrated travel services application. We appreciate your taking time out to discuss the matter and will keep you updated.”

As it turned out, Apple was just using diagrams of existing third-party apps as an example of the idea they were trying to patent. It needed an example app and decided to use “Where To?”

In its response, FutureTap has this to say:

"So the use of the Where To? screenshot is not an offense in any way but merely an illustration that apps such as Where To? could make use of the invention. We feel honored over this mention and appreciate that Apple is looking into a proper attribution of the screenshot. In retrospective, I can say we wouldn‘t ever have considered the story alarming had the screenshot included a short attribution notice."

Case closed.
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Password Protect Your iDevice Apps

8/12/2010 07:13:00 PM - 0 comments
Identity theft is a nightmare. Utmost care must be employed to protect personal information contained in your iDevices.

A lot of people use their iPhone or iPad as a virtual office desk that contains information of contacts, notes, social networking accounts, email, photos, and more.
Anyone who gets their hands on your iDevice could potentially gain access to this information and use it.

To ensure you are protected, get Locktopus. It is a tightly integrated app protection that’s compatible with all jailbroken iDevices.

Locktopus, developed by John Heaton and Coleman Stavish, doesn’t require you to respring for changes. It offers a convenient way of locking apps by simply tapping the bottom left corner of the app while it's in "wiggly mode". After doing so, a red lock will appear to indicate that the app is now locked. Tap the Home button to exit the wiggly mode.

After you have locked everything you wanted, your apps will ask for a password before launching. Make sure you change the default password in the Settings preferences. The default is "password".

Deactivating the app is also as easy as activating it. Simply tap to turn the lock icon off. You will be prompted for the password again in order to disable a locked app.

Locktopus is available in Cydia for only $2.00.
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The iPod Becomes a Phone

8/12/2010 06:43:00 PM - 0 comments
Apple’s iPod Touch may get cellular phone features sometime this week. Reports indicate that a Chinese firm has developed an accessory with a SIM card slot that fixes onto the iPod Touch enabling it to also work as a phone.

Shenzhen based firm Yosion Technology has reportedly developed the Apple Peel 520 protective case which fixes onto the iPod and comes with a dock connector. It also has a built-in 800mAh battery which is expected to give 4.5 hours of talk time and five days on standby.

The product is said to work with jailbroken iPods. However, it's still on testing stage, and may not work as a full-pledged cellular phone.

Initial reports said its SMS apps are still to be installed, including full features for calling and messaging. It will also have Bluetooth and hands-free calling capability. Developers are also still working on the product’s caller name and number displays.

The gadget has been tested for calling and testers claimed they didn’t experience any dropped calls.

Reports said the accessory will be sold for $57 and will be offered in a silicone rubber case. It also comes with a one year warranty.
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Activate iPhone 4 as a Modem

8/12/2010 06:29:00 PM - 4 comments
FaceTime, Retina Display, Multitasking, HD video recording - - these are just some of the wonderful features of the iPhone 4. Did you know that you can also use it as a modem?

Waiting to connect to the internet can feel like eternity. In this fast-paced generation, most people wanted everything immediately available so as not waste valuable time.

If, one day, you find yourself traveling for business reasons and require an internet connection, you wouldn’t have to worry about your internet connection. Your iPhone 4 can provide instant access for your laptop.

How to Use Your iPhone 4 as a Modem

First and foremost, you need to enable it as a modem via an iPhone dock-connector-to-USB cable. You will also need a data plan.

1: On your iPhone menu, go to “Settings” > Click on the “Settings” icon.

2: Go to “General” category > Click on “General” > Click on “Network”.

3: After clicking the “Network” icon > Click on “Internet Tethering” > Slide the option from “Off” to “On”. After this, your iPhone should already be activated to work as a modem.

4: Connect your iPhone to the laptop with the iPhone to USB cable. After connecting the cable, a pop-up window will appear prompting you for approval. Click on “iPhone” and then select “Apply”. Your laptop should now be connected to the Internet.

5: You can now launch the web browser for quick Internet access.

Remember not to turn your phone off so as not to lose your Internet connection. So, make sure it has enough battery life to ensure continuous connectivity.
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iPad Helps Children with Autism

8/12/2010 05:40:00 PM - 0 comments
The iPod and iPad are not just for entertainment. It is a tool that has greatly helped the needs of children with autism.

Autism experts said there are computers designed for autistic children but none of them is as effective as the iPad. Tammy Mastropietro, a speech pathologist who uses the iPad with numerous clients has this to say: "I just couldn't imagine not introducing this to a parent of a child who has autism." Mastropietro added that “She sees it as a game changer for those with autism, particularly those most severely affected.”

The iPad is also the most practical device to use for children with autism because “it’s cheaper, faster, more versatile, more user-friendly, more portable, more engaging, and infinitely cooler for young people.”

A Wonderful iPad Story

A very happy mother of a child with autism, Shannon Rosa, recently shared in her BlogHer post about her discovery of the iPad’s life-changing effect on her 9-year-old son Leo.

She narrated that she is not into buying the latest gadgets and has been holding off on the iPad. It came to her one day as a prize from a raffle draw conducted to support a school. She paid $5 for the raffle ticket without expecting to win, she only wanted to help.

She received the good news through a call from the school’s secretary, and immediately claimed her iPad prize.

Rosa said she wasn’t expecting anything significant when she gave the iPad to Leo. She added that before the iPad, her son has been using the iPod Touch “but its 3.5-inch screen was difficult for his fingers to navigate.”

She went on to say that she was so amazed after seeing Leo “whizzed through (the iPad) apps like a technology virtuoso… he began spending 30 minutes at a time on apps designed to teach spelling, counting, drawing, making puzzles, remembering pictures, and more. With the iPad, Leo electrifies the air around him with independence and daily new skills."

The iPad has since then contributed to Leo’s good behavior as it keeps him pre-occupied. Rosa was so happy and remarked: “I don't usually dabble in miracle-speak, but I may erect a tiny altar to Steve Jobs in the corner of our living room."
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FanSnap: The Ticket Search Engine for iDevices

8/12/2010 04:16:00 PM - 0 comments
Fans of the National Major League Baseball, National Football League, NBA or even Broadway will no longer miss any of their favorite events. The largest live event ticket search engine app has recently been launched to cater to their ticketing needs.

The FanSnap ticket application for iPhones, iPod Touch and iPad is here and it’s free in the iTunes app store. The launching was just in time for the NFL football season and MLB playoffs, among others.

FanSnap is the perfect treat for iPhone users looking for hot events, sold out concerts, and any sports they are crazy about. There are about 15 million tickets that can be found and bought through FanSnap just by using your iPhones.

Mike Janes, CEO of FanSnap, said “No matter where they are, fans looking for sports, theater, and concert tickets now can truly find the best tickets for less with the FanSnap app.” He added that they have “improved (the app) with the addition of the maps and venue photos with the goal of making the FanSnap app an indispensible resource for fans.”

With the FanSnap tickets app, fans can:

• Search through the list of the hottest live events in their area using the iPhone’s built-in location finder.

• Check local sports teams, concert and theater events via one-touch icons generated by the app.

• Refer to FanSnap’s detailed venue maps, including row level labeling.

• See photos from sections of the venue.

• Buy tickets online, or even call to buy tickets with quick one-touch dialing.

So if you’re out with your buddies and wanted to check out events you can go to, just click on FanSnap and find what you’re looking for.
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Ultrasn0w Draining iPhone Batteries

8/12/2010 03:36:00 PM - 1 comments
iPhone users who unlocked their phones with the latest version of Ultrasn0w are experiencing a sudden decrease in their phone’s battery life. Many users reported that the battery life dropped to an average rate of five percent every hour.

Ultrasn0w 1.0-1 is a tool that unlocks iPhone 4, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS to make them compatible with any mobile carrier.

Ultrasn0w can unlock:

1. iPhone 4 running iOS 4.0 / 4.0.1 with 01.59.00 baseband
2. iPhone 3G, 3GS with 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01 or 05.13.04 baseband

An iPhone user reported that his battery life noticeably dropped even on standby mode after he unlocked it. He said he didn’t make a call or used it for other applications but the battery still showed almost drained.

Another user also shared that after unlocking his iPhone with ultrasn0w, his battery life showed at 100 percent. He then went to sleep and when he checked his phone the next day, it had about 21 percent less power. He added that hi WiFi was turned off, and no apps were running.

Said users eventually removed the ultrasn0w carrier unlock from their phones and found that the this action solved the battery drain problem.

Planetbeing, the developer of ultrasn0w, immediately went on to investigate these claims in order to come up with a patch to counter the flaw.

The iPhone dev team seemed to have succeeded in addressing the issue. Reports indicated that the team has tweaked the carrier unlock ultrasn0w and upgraded it to Ultrasn0w 1.1-1 in order to resolve the drop in standby battery life.
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iPhone Apps that Can Replace Your Wives

8/12/2010 11:39:00 AM - 0 comments
"Marriage is forever. You have to stick it out no matter how miserable you are." This a good advice but if you feel you’re stuck in a marriage that’s no longer fun, try to perk it up with iPhone apps that could momentarily “replace” your wife.

My Virtual Girlfriend

My Virtual Girlfriend features hundreds of ladies, each with her own unique personality, and ready to receive or rebuff your advances. Choose from hundreds of girls rendered in full 3D. They are completely interactive via talk, gestures, gifts, actions…even touch! Each girl has her own personality and outfits – even lingerie!

iGirl

The iGirl is a female avatar. You can touch her, make her dance or shake, change her clothes, ethnicity, and even change the language she speaks. Nope, she doesn’t take off her clothes.

Virtual Girlfriend

She listens and talks to you. You can decide what she says. She’s interactive and highly customizable - - you can either select her appearance from a face library or upload a photo of your own ideal girlfriend.

Brightkite

Brightkite lets you meet people around you, keep up with your friends, explore and discover new placesIt is a location based social media app that can identify other people in you vicinity who have similar interests to you.

Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner

Tired of your wife or girlfriend’s cooking? Why not cook for yourself? The dinner spinner lets you choose what you want from thousands of recipes. You can then select your meal by ingredient, and cooking type or cuisine, to ensure you end up with the perfect dish.
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Video Wallapers and Ringtones for iPhones Running iOS 4

8/11/2010 06:24:00 PM - 2 comments
The video wallpapers and ringtones have now been updated to support iPhones running iOS 4. vWallpaper is still identical to its previous version released in 2008, the only difference is the update for iOS 4.

How to install vWallpaper

1. Launch Cydia.
2. Go to Manage.
3. Add source: http://i.danstaface.net/deb
4. Search for vWallpaper and install it.
5. Respring and that’s it, your iPhones is ready.

How to enable video wallpapers

1. Load vWallpaper.
2. Tap on Video Wallpaper.
3. Choose “Enable Video”.
4. Select downloaded videos, download more videos, or add new video repository
5. After choosing a video, tap the Home button.Your iPhone will “Respring” and show your chosen video wallpaper.

How to enable video ringtones

1. Load vWallpaper.
2. Tap on Video Wallpaper.
3. Turn ON ‘Enable VideoRingtones‘
4. Select an already downloaded video or download more videos.
5. After choosing the video you like, tap the Home button. Your iPhone will respring and show your video ringtone.

Did it work? Enjoy!
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iPhone Dev Team Releases New Ultrasn0w Version

8/11/2010 06:01:00 PM - 0 comments
Apple’s iPhone Dev Team has finally released the latest version of Ultrasn0w. Ultrasn0w 1.0-1 can unlock iPhone units under different basebands.

Ultrasn0w can unlock:

1. iPhone 4 running iOS 4.0 / 4.0.1 with 01.59.00 baseband
2. iPhone 3G, 3GS with 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01 or 05.13.04 baseband

If you are uncertain about your iPhone’s baseband, you can check it out by going to Settings > General > About > Modem Firmware.

After verifying your baseband, be sure that your iPhone has already been jailbroken with JailbreakMe 2.0. After jailbreaking your phone, you may now proceed with unlocking your phone through the following step-by-step procedure:

1. Launch Cydia on your jailbroken iPhone.
2. Click on the Manage tab.
3. Click on Sources section.
4. Click on Edit button.
5. Click on Add button.
6. Enter http://repo666.ultrasn0w.com as Cydia/APT URL.
7. Click on Add Source button.
8. Cydia will now automatically update your sources by following a series of automated steps.
9. Click on the Search tab at the bottom and search for ultrasn0w 1.0-1.
10. Install Ultrasn0w.
11. Restart your iPhone.

That’s it, your iPhone is unlocked and you are now free to choose the phone carrier you want!
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Why Do You Want to Jailbreak the iPad?

8/11/2010 05:35:00 PM - 0 comments
Are you happy with your iPad’s features? As you explore your device, you will realize that there’s more to it if you could only add certain applications.

Unfortunately, your app choices are confined only to those offered in the Apple App Store. With this restriction, your opportunities to enjoy other apps have become impossible. Or is it? This restriction is the very reason why jailbreaking came to existence.

Jailbreaking is a means to open up your device to other apps separate from those offered by the manufacturer. It also offers a freedom of choice as to your preferred carrier.

So why jailbreak the iPad? An optimized use of this device is the driving force behind the need to hack it. iPad users want more flexibility and options to add ringtones, download more apps, change wallpaper, customize graphics and sounds, docks, status bar, keyboard, chat bubbles, or other apps for multitasking purposes.

Jailbreaking intends to provide options for unfulfilled niches that the iPad probably failed to address. iPad owners also wanted to squeeze out more features than what the device can offer.

JailbreakMe offers the freedom that iPad owners are looking for. It is the easiest tool that can unlock/hack any iDevice. And with the legalization of Jailbreaking, you can now feel free to do anything with your iPad, but as always, it’s at your own risk.
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iPhone Users Attract More Sexual Partners

8/11/2010 03:32:00 PM - 0 comments
A recent photo analysis done by dating site OkCupid found that the type and brand of camera used to take your picture greatly affects the way you look in your photos. The analysis also noted that people whose pictures were taken with an iPhone were found to have had more sexual partners.

You read it right! The data covers 30 year olds using various smartphones, particularly Android, Blackberry and iPhone. It came about as a result of data referring to the behavior of smartphone users in front of the camera. iPhone users were found to have more sexual partners than those using Android and Blackberry smartphones.

OkCupid's analysis also indicated that “the average 30 year-old male iPhone user has had (sexual relations) with ten people, BlackBerry owners have been with eight, while Android owners only had six partners.” The statistics for women were slightly higher than the men’s, with iPhone-owning females having had twelve partners.

The iPhone advantage also gave the same ranking for its younger users, with BlackBerry and Android owners taking second and third position, respectively, at every age surveyed.

OkCupid’s data came from its analysis of photography as regards to flash, focus, and aperture. It noted that the misuse of these three factors “can seriously mess up” your profile pictures.

OkCupid’s study was the result of its collection of 552,000 example user pictures which were paired and judged according to the person they would prefer going out with as seen from the pictures.

The study also mentioned that “the type and brand of camera used has a huge effect on how good you look in your pictures. More complex cameras take better pictures. Interchangable lens cameras also make you look more attractive than your basic point and shoot cameras.”

Lastly, it added that “there are peak times of the day to take a good picture” which would be during late nights and late afternoons.
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Apple Blocks Jailbreaking in Its Stores

8/11/2010 12:22:00 PM - 0 comments

Apple still frowns on jailbreaking despite its legalization. In fact, it has effectively blocked JailbreakMe.com from being accessed in Apple retail outlets over its available WiFi networks.

Jailbreakme.com is an all around browser-based jailbreak shop for all iOS devices that uses a PDF security hole in the Mobile Safari browser in order to jailbreak iDevices.

This advent in jailbreaking has recently given rise to a number of people who have embarked on a task to jailbreak iDevices inside Apple Stores. These people seemed to have started with this new “thrill and aventure” after jailbreaking their own iPhones, iPods and iPads.

Of course, Apple is not happy about it after learning of the problem. It has since tried its best to curb the phenomenon by blocking the use of JailbreakMe.com in all its store’s premises. Customers who try to do so are promptly advised to stop what they’re doing.

Despite this, there were still reports of some customers still able to access the JailbreakMe.com site in some Apple locations. Reports mentioned that this was done via a connection to one’s own MyWi app. This bypasses the Apple Store’s own network thereby allowing easy access to JailbreakMe.

As of this time, it’s still a wait-and-see if Apple will come up with a better and innovative plan to fully stop this activity in its stores.
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How to Use MyWi

8/11/2010 12:04:00 PM - 0 comments
The iPad and iPhone 4’s high dependence on WiFi has caused a renewed attention to an app that has been disregarded for some time now. Mywi has been around for a while but has not been a must-have app with the previous iPhone models.

With the launching of iDevices iPad and iPhones, MyWi may become one important app. MyWi has also undergone updates in compliance with the iOS 4.

Using MyWi creates a mobile WiFi hotspot with your iPhone so it is important to protect your network with a password. This ensures that no one else will have access to it. You can also choose to keep your device from uninvited guests by turning down the WiFi transmit rate. This works double for you as it also allow you to save on battery.

Another way to illustrate a double saver is to opt for a little WiFi icon that uses no battery as compared to the blue pulsating status bar that uses a lot of your iPhone’s battery power.

MyWi also enables USB tethering in times when you just want to plug it into your laptop or desktop computer.

(Just a note… “Tethering is the use of a mobile device such as a mobile phone to supply Internet access for another device. The mobile device is thus treated as an access point to which other devices connect via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or USB.”)

Lastly, with your MyWi on, you can enjoy FaceTime calls over jailbroken iPhone 3Gs.

MyWi is available from Cydia through the installation of the Rock app that requires you to set up a Rock ID. The app comes with a free 10 day full featured trial.
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Improve iOS 4 performance on iPhone 3G

8/11/2010 11:51:00 AM - 0 comments
Most iPhone owners who upgraded their iPhone 3G with the iOS 4 have very frustrating comments regarding the result. Numerous comments in Apple’s Tech Support all point to the fact that many are not happy with their upgrade.

Most of the comments in the said forum suggest that the upgrade to iOS 4 greatly slowed down a lot of features. The 3G’s performance has become poor to the point of frustration.

For those of you who have not downgraded to iPhone OS 3.1.3 to fix the problem, you can try turning off the Spotlight to make your iPhone 3G perform at an acceptable rate.

Go to Settings > General > Home > Spotlight Search and choose the option to turn everything off. With Spotlight off, your iPhone 3G becomes a usable device again.

Now, combine this with a Double Hard Reset (DHR) by pressing and holding the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons on your iPhone simultaneously for 5 to 10 seconds.

Ignore the Slide to Power Off notice that appears after a few seconds, and keep holding down both buttons. The device should abruptly turn off afterwards, and you’ll see the Apple logo and a reboot. Now release the buttons.

Wait for about 15 seconds before turning on your phone by pressing the Sleep/Wake button. It may be necessary to do this procedure twice to get the desired effect.

Just a note… Spotlight is a search feature that eases the problem of finding things on your iPhone. It has a search box with a keyboard where you can type queries such as: Application’s by first, last or company name; Mail by to, from and subject lines; Calendar items by event titles, invitees, and locations, among others.
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Madden 2011 App Now Selling

8/11/2010 11:46:00 AM - 0 comments
It will soon be back to school again for students, and also back to football fever! The season has been made more exciting with the latest version of Madden.

It is also exciting to note that EA has brought this app to the iPad as well. The graphics look nice despite is not being as good as the console version. It also has great features that ensure an enjoyable experience.

• The app allows you to draw out hot routes for passing, running, and defense.

• It also adapted the console’s GameFlow feature that lets you to choose your play without having to go back into the playbook.

• It has “Total Defensive Control” (TDC) that allows you to pause the game and strategically position your defensive players.

• There is an option to match up all 32 NFL teams with nearly 2,000 real players.

This is EA’s cream of the crop for years now and priced at $12.99 for iPad, and $7.99 for iPhones.

EA promised to add a multiplayer to the game soon and sees this season as an opportunity to increase its app sales in the iOS platform after a recent disappointing sales performance by some of its apps in the App Store.

EA has not offered a lite version to this latest version of Madden but it’s price is expected to be at a lower level in a month or so.

In the meantime, several iPhone owners who have the old version of Madden in their phones expressed disappointment that their favorite game tends to crash making them lose an entire season. They added that EA is not also keen on immediately fixing the problem because it took months for them to solve it.

Still, the market is full of surprises. We cannot predict how people will really respond to this updated offering at this early stage so just stay tuned.
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