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MSN UK Release Pulse-like iPad App

1/30/2012 09:13:00 AM - 0 comments
Microsoft have just released their latest iPad application which comes hot on the heels of the first Xbox Live application that was released in December 2011. This latest release presents the exclusive content found on MSN UK website in a format designed for the iPad.

This newest MSN UK app follows a tried and tested format which has been cropping up in a number of news based applications with many people comparing it to the Pulse iPad app. The MSN UK app features stories which are split up into a total of six main viewable channels which are Entertainment, Lifestyle, Cars, News, Sport and Video with a dedicated section for the editor's pick.

Each of the sections contain exactly what you would expect, breaking news from around the world and information relating to each topic. If you are a regular visitor to the MSN UK site you will immediately recognize the content in the app and feel right at home using it. The app also features MSN's award winning Cars channel which compiles a large amount of information sure to be enough for any hardcore motoring enthusiast.

This brand new app makes use of simple swipe gestures so that users can navigate through each of the topics timelines with ease. This app can be opened with a single tap and the posts can be viewed in both main orientations of the iPad with the formatting of text and images amending itself to suit the chosen position. Video can also be viewed within the application as with most news apps with the option toggle seamlessly between high definition and standard definition video, depending on your network connection. Articles and posts can also be downloaded and saved offline for viewing at a later date.

The MSN UK app is very appealing and the content is broken down into a user friendly set of topics and some great text and images that don't distract the user from the primary purpose of the app. This new MSN UK app can be downloaded from the App store free of charge.

Send Tweets Natively Using Siri With New Jailbreak Tweak

1/27/2012 09:08:00 AM - 0 comments
We have been getting to know Siri since October 2011 when the iPhone 4S was launched. There is no denying that Siri is a great addition to the iPhone with its intelligent voice assistant being able to analyze voice commands and perform specific tasks based on this audible user instruction. A lot of people however still aren't convinced and many people say it is the lack of scope that is leaving them on the bench where Siri is concerned.

When the iPhone 4s and Siri were launched the software was billed and advertised as a personal assistant that would let you send messages, schedule meetings, make phones calls and a lot of other impressive things. One of the major benefits was the ability to talk to Siri like a real person forming full sentences to instruct the software of what you wanted it to do. Siri would then analyze the sentence, understand it and process it. For a lot of things Siri works great but unfortunately the technology has not been integrated deeply enough into the iOS and there are some things that we would love Siri to be able to do that it just can't.

The jailbreak community have as always stepped forward and we are starting to see some great Siri-based tweaks popping up in Cydia. Some of these add additional power to Siri by hooking into certain settings and allowing users to launch specific applications using voice commands.

Apple made a big deal about the fact that they were partnering with Twitter to deeply integrate this social service into iOS. After the initial excitement died down all users really got was native account registering through settings and a framework for developers which negates the need to deal with Twitter's unfriendly APIs. IOS developer Tyler Nettleton posted on his Twitter account to see if any of his followers would be interested in a tweak that would allow Siri to write and post tweets.

It seems Nettleton's tweak allows users to activate Siri and simply say “tweet...” followed by a message which is immediately posted to twitter. This tweak has not been completed as yet but it sounds great and very promising indeed and we can't wait till it is released to the public. Of course you will need to have a jailbroken iPhone 4S to use it but that shouldn't be a problem as there are a number of jailbreak options available.

Untethered iPad 2 Jailbreak Running Successfully On iOS 5.0.1

1/25/2012 11:01:00 AM - 0 comments
All those who have been patiently waiting on the release of an untethered iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak for the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S can now breathe a small sigh of relief. The timescales for this release are indeed shortening and a public release could happen at any time.

Every blog and twitter update signals that Pod2g and his dream team of developers are winning their battle against the A5 devices. This whole process began back in November last year and judging by the amount of retweets and replies that each update receives, the jailbreak community is waiting in anticipation of A5 liberation. The people that have been involved in this process have been drip feeding information to the community whenever a goal has been reached or a problem has occurred. This jailbreak journey really has been one of the most transparent in jailbreak history with Pod2g really doing a great job of keeping his fans in the loop.

Recent updates from Pod2g have included a video which shows the iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0.1 with an untethered jailbreak. Now we have perhaps the shortest ever blog post by Pod2g which just showed an image and four words. It showed a picture of an iPad 2 with Cydia 1.1.3 running full screen and clearly showing that it is running on iOS 5.0.1. The post simply said, “no more to say!”, and this clearly showed that the net really is closing in and a release of the jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 is now imminent.

Apple Planning Media Event For iPad 3 And iOS 5.1 In February

1/23/2012 10:58:00 AM - 0 comments
Most people already know that that iPad 3 can't be very far away especially if Apple is to follow their usual release schedule. A new report has suggested that we might only have to wait a couple of weeks though rather than months for this big announcement.

Japanese website Macotakara has cited sources that claim Apple is set to announce their next generation iPad sooner rather than later. It looks as if a release date for sometime during March is to be expected and an announcement is due to come towards the end of February. This time scale seems to fit in with all the reports that the new iPad 3 is being produced and will likely reach capacity during the coming weeks.

With the next iPad rumors now in full circulation the real questions remaining for many are about the hardware specifications that will be released. Many are wondering if Apple will bring LTE to the new iPad. This may not happen considering that this technology is still in its infancy so we might have to wait a little longer for this. A quad core A6 CPU is looking likely but there is a debate about whether so much power will be required.

The most talked about feature of the new iPad 3 is a retina display especially after its rapid acceptance in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Apple is also expected to announce the final build of iOS 5.1 for all iOS devices which is also going to bring Siri dictation to the iPad. We will be keeping a close eye on what happens over the next coming weeks and you can be sure that whatever we hear we will be reporting it right back to you.

iOS 5 Beta 3 Includes More iPad 3 And Facebook Integration References

1/20/2012 01:33:00 PM - 0 comments
Whenever Apple releases a new beta version of their iOS some clever people go snooping to see what they can find hidden inside. The latest beta version iOS 5.1 beta 3 seems to be no different and this time two new iPad references have been discovered again.

Two new code names, J1AP and J2AP have been discovered in the latest beta release which appear to link with recent reports that suggest the iPad 3 is being developed under the J1 and J2 names. It is presumed that one of these is the Wi-Fi only version and the other will also have a 3G radio.

Apple has always been known to test new hardware using the latest betas of the newest iOS whilst adding new features that are due to debut with the hardware. The betas that were released for iOS 5 has reference to Siri and voice dictation which are two new features that came with the iPhone 4S release.

We all know that Apple is working on an iPad 3 and if they follow their existing release cycle then we should expect to hear about a possible announcement within the next three months. Another new feature to be spotted in the latest beta release of iOS 5.1 is an old one that never made it into the shipping version of iOS 5 and this is the Facebook integration which is similar to the Twitter integration that we have today. This was supposed to be part of the iOS 5 release but apparently Apple and Facebook couldn't reach an agreement. It looks as though this feature could be back but whether it comes with the shipped version of iOS 5.1 still remains a mystery.

Use Sn0wbreeze 2.9 to Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 Untethered On iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch

1/18/2012 10:27:00 AM - 0 comments
It looks like Pod2g's Corona untethered exploit for iOS 5.0.1 has breathed some new life into the jailbreak community which has had very little to boost about since the release of iOS 5 just over two months ago. Those of you who are running iOS 5.0.1 can now enjoy an untethered jailbreak 5.0.1 using this exploit.

A tethered jailbreak has been available all along using both Sn0wbreeze and Redsn0w but now it seems as if the full untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 has finally arrived. You may not know this but Pod2g's progress only applies to devices running on the older A4 chip so this is available for the iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch. Many users did infact stick with iOS 4.3.3 or previous to enjoy their untethered freedom that was given to them by Comex or the Chronic Dev Team, but now those users can download the latest iOS firmware complete with the Notification Centre and more.

Sn0wbreeze which is a very popular Windows only jailbreak utility for creating custom iOS firmware with preserved basebands, has now been updated to jailbreak untethered which is great news and you can find plenty of great tutorials on how to jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 untethered using Sn0wbreeze. For Mac users it is worth noting that the PwnageTool has also been updated which means these users can also enjoy an untethered iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak.

If you are looking to unlock your iDevice many of the newer basebands are simply too tough to crack at the moment so it is worth noting that both Sn0wbreeze and PwnageTool can help with baseband preservation which will allow you to use Ultrasn0w to unlock your device.

If you are running an A5 device such as the iPhone 4S or iPad 2 you will have to wait a little longer to see a jailbreak as these devices are proving quite difficult for the modders and dev teams to infiltrate. A lot of progress has been made on the A5 front so hopefully it won't be too long before there is an untethered jailbreak available for the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1.

Get Cydia Package Updates For iPhone And iPad With CydiaBulletin

1/16/2012 09:25:00 AM - 0 comments
The reason that many people jailbreak their iOS device is to have the freedom to do what they like with it without Apple's restrictions. Jailbreakers love Apple's devices but they also know that by opening up the device to modification and enhancement really is a great thing.

Jailbreaking encourages innovation among developers and it encourages coders to enhance the existing features of iOS and also add functionality that they feel should already be there. The Cydia store is amazing and it provides users with a platform where they can install software via APT repositories which is the main port of call for all jailbroken users. Cydia basically acts as a third party unofficial store which gives users access to privately owned repositories containing apps, tweaks and tool which are not available on the App Store due to guideline infringements. Cydia therefore gives users unlimited choice when it comes to customizing their idevice but there is one thing missing when it is compared to the official Apple App Store.

A recent upgrade to the App Store means that the application icon is now automatically badged if an update becomes available for any installed apps. This alerts users to any updates allowing them to enter the App Store to download what they need. Cydia however is still like the old App Store in that users have no idea if there is an update to a tweak or theme unless they go into Cydia.

IOS developer Ryan Petrich has taken some steps to rectify this issue with a tweak he is calling CydiaBulletin. This new tweak provides Notification Centre alerts when a new version of an installed tweak is available. This tweak should hopefully offers all the functionality of other alerts such as being available on the lock screen, an audible tone and swiping alert to go straight to Cydia.

This tweak is still in its initial stages and there is no estimated time of release as yet but it does sound very promising and as soon as it is made available to the public we will be sure to let you know.

Apple Sends Out Invites For Special Event On January 19 In New York

1/13/2012 09:08:00 AM - 0 comments
We mentioned previously that Apple were planning to hold a small scale event in New York this month which would take them away from their usual event home in San Francisco. There wasn't a great deal of information available last week but it now looks like Apple have sent out media invites for this event which will be held on the 19th of January in New York.

These invitations follow the familiar pattern of being visually simplistic and not giving away any specifics other than confirming the date and that it will be based around an educational announcement.

Now that this event data and topic have been confirmed speculation can begin on the actual specifics of the event and the nature of the announcement that Apple will be making. Back in December 2011, the Michigan Institute of Education announced the launch of an online learning initiative which will offer a select portfolio of MIT courses through a web based platform. It is well known that Cupertino has a long standing relationship with MIT and people are wondering if this is what the announcement will be about.

Other stories have centred around the fact that the announcement could be related to the iBooks store and application which users can download free of charge and many are thinking that learning text books could become available on iBooks. Others are wondering if Apple are going to introduce a platform where people can create and upload their own books to the iBooks store similar to Amazon Kindle.

The iPad is also something that many are taking about and many are wondering if the adoption of the iPad into educational learning environments could be on the cards. Whatever January 19th brings you can be sure that we will be reporting and bringing you all the details.

Rival To Apple's iOS Music App Has Been Released Called Shazam

1/11/2012 10:05:00 AM - 0 comments
If you are a fan of using music on your smartphone then you have probably already heard about the Shazam service. For those of you who haven't, Shazam is a service that launched in 1999 as a company who provided users with the ability to identify music using their mobile phones. Well now it seems that Shazam player for the iPhone has been released to rival Apple's iOS Music App.

Shazam works by creating an acoustic fingerprint of the music it hears through the microphone and it is then compared to a central database where it matches the song. Shazam is already available for Android, Blackberry and Nokia devices that have java. It has been downloaded over 165 million times since 2008 and it seems they have decided to expand their portfolio.

Shazam has decided to work on creating a new music player application the will compete against the stock music app on iOS devices. This brand new application is being billed as a free of charge replacement for the current iOS music app and it is promising to offer much more functionality than is given by Apple. This includes the ability to have synced lyrics, artist biographies, smart playlists and social sharing capabilities meaning that users can share their content on Facebook, Twitter and other services. LyricPlay is one of the great features of this new app and it allows users to view the lyrics from songs directly in their music library. This feature does require licenses from rights owners and at the moment there are approximately 50,000 sets of lyrics available.

If this sounds good to you then why not check out the Shazam app today and see if it is what you are looking for.

Untethered Jailbreak For iPhone 4S and iPad 2 Well Underway

1/09/2012 09:03:00 AM - 0 comments
You may remember last week that we bought you news that Pod2g an iOS security researcher had enlisted the help and support of some of the best developers and hackers in the jailbreaking community in a bid to pursue an untethered jailbreak solution for iOS 5 on A5 devices. Well it seems that significant progress is being made on this jailbreak and we want to bring you the latest news.

Pod2g has taken his research and development as far as he can and he is now collaborating with members of the Chronic and iPhone Dev teams to complete what he has started. He recently released an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5 on older generation devices so this is the next step. We have already seen Pod2g's work in the updated version of Redsn0w and in the Corona utility on Cydia so things are really looking up.

Unfortunately though for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 owners the teams have been unable to release an untethered iOS 5 jailbreak for these devices because they don't have the relevant exploits to inject the untethered files. The exploit that has been used to jailbreak the developers test devices requires the use of an official developer account and this means it cannot be released to the public.

For all those anxiously waiting for news of this new jailbreak it appears that MuscleNerd is also in on the action as well as Cydia Founder Jay Freeman aka Saurik and they have been posting updates via Twitter. It looks like progress is being made and they are hoping to have the A5 jailbreak available as soon as possible. As soon as we have any further updates we will be sure to let you know.

New Untethered Jailbreak For iPhone 4S and iPad 2 To Be Released Next Week

1/06/2012 09:03:00 AM - 0 comments
Two days after Christmas the iOS community were treated to the release of an untethered jailbreak for all A4 devices running iOS 5.0.1. This jailbreak represented nearly two months of hard work and research by pod2g followed by some great work by the iPhone Dev and Chronic Dev teams to package the jailbreak and make it available to the public.

Pod2g has been at it again and this time he tweeted that he has made progress on the A5 jailbreak development and that he expects to see a jailbreak release within a week. This means that all iPhone 4S and iPad 2 owners could soon be set free to enjoy all that jailbreaking has to offer including Cydia. This isn’t a guarantee that there will be a release next week but at least we have an update on the situation and initial time release estimation. Once everything else goes to plan we should see things happening very quickly.

The Chronic Dev team also tweeted an update and member p0sixninja alerted jailbreakers via twitter that they should upgrade their devices to iOS 5.0.1 while they still can. If you are one of the many people waiting for an A5 untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 then get ready for the good news to be released. We are pretty sure that developers have already been producing some great tweaks for iOS 5 and Siri are more than ready to welcome some new jailbroken devices into the jailbreak community.

Apple Planning A Media Event For January?

1/04/2012 09:41:00 AM - 0 comments
According to company sources it seems that New York may soon be welcoming Apple to what is reportedly going to be a small scale media event to be held at the end of January. This will see Apple moving away from their usual home in Cupertino and San Francisco and sources close to the alleged event claim that Apple will invade New York towards the end of January in order to host an event that will have a media related announcement.

Rumors are already circulating that they might be going to announce the iPad 3 or an interactive television set. Perhaps it will be an update to iOS or more. The answers to these questions cannot be answered at the moment but like all Apple events there is sure to be something interesting and noteworthy to this event.

Some reports are suggesting that Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue will be attending and playing a big part in this event. Eddy Cue is in control of a large batch of Apple media units, which includes the iTunes Store, the iBooks store, App Store and the iAd network. Apple also has an office in New York where part of the iAd team work from.

Until an official statement is released we really don’t have any idea what this event is New York is all about but what we do know is that it will be eagerly awaited as are all the Apple events and I’m sure in the weeks running up to it we will see a lot more rumors and reports surfacing.

How Corona Untethered Jailbreak Works For iOS 5.0.1

1/02/2012 09:37:00 AM - 0 comments
Corona is an untethered jailbreak that works on iOS 5.0.1 released by pod2g. This A4 only exploit is now released to the public and pod2g has explained in a blog post exactly what Corona is, what it does and how it has sped up the process of finding an untethered jailbreak.

It has previously been the userland exploit that hackers were using in order to breach the stringent iOS security structure. With the iOS 5.0.1 release, Apple has patched all the pre-existing userland holes. This meant that pod2g and other hackers had to look for other ways to deliver jailbreaks. If you are not familiar with the jargon used in software development you might find the explanation below a little difficult to comprehend.

Pre-iOS 5, security researchers used to include the untethered payload as a data page, rather than a code page in the Mach-O binary. The Mach-O loader never bothered checking the authenticity which was great when hackers were looking for security flaws. ROP enabled the execution of code to occur by using signed code in the dyld cache as opposed to writing new executable code. Techniques discovered by the likes of Comex enabled ROP to be started by the Mach-O loader.

Now that Apple has upped its security game, data pages now require signature via their servers in order for the loader to authenticate the binary. @i0n1c has demonstrated ways of passing through the verification process and this method could possibly be used in an iOS 5.1 jailbreak.

With the Corona exploit, pod2g looked for a way to initialize unsigned code without using the Mach-O loader, looking for flaws in the existing Apple binaries that could be found using standard launched plist mechanisms. By using a fuzzer he discovered a format string vulnerability in theracoon configuration parsing code.

In order to apply the jailbreak at boot, racoon is started by a launched plist file which then executes the file which exploits the format string bug and gets the unsigned code going. There is a lot of in-depth information in pod2g’s blog post and for those who aren’t familiar with the jargon it may be too much to read. All that readers need to know is that this untethered jailbreak works.