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iPod nano Jailbreak: Movies, Calendar Events, and Passcode Lock coming soon?

Developer and hacker, James Whelton has managed to "Jailbreak" the iPod nano, getting past its cache comparison and installing a rather simple tweak that can remove default apps and replace them with 'blank spaces' on the nano's springboard. This can open up the iPod Nano to more hacks and mods from other hackers, including the ability to potentially view Movies or TV Shows, set Calendar Events and set a passcode lock.

Whelton pointed out some hidden strings that he discovered in the iPod nano OS as well.

Next is the discovery in some of the device’s plists of reference to support of Movies, TV Shows, Apps, Games, vCards, Calender events and so on, with a few other cool things like a passcode lock. With the bypass I figured out, I hope to enable these pretty soon. It seems like the OS is a rehashed version of the previous nano’s OS.

Details on how to jailbreak the iPod nano are said to be released in a few days. It'll be interesting to see what Team Jailbreak will do with the newly hacked Nano. Would you want Movies and TV Shows on such a small screen? Are there any particular mods you would like on the sixth-gen nano?

Check below for a video of the hack in action.


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Softbank brings NFC payment technology to iPhone 4

While most have assumed the iPhone 5 will include NFC technology for turning your iPhone into an eWallet, Japanese carrier Softbank has announced they'll be releasing their own NFC payment system for the iPhone 4 ahead of Apple in the form of a sticker you can apply to Apple's flagship smartphone. From Engadget:

Softbank has responded to complaints about the iPhone 4's NFC deficit by introducing a new "seal" for the back of Apple's latest and greatest.

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Samsung to show off Galaxy Player iPod touch competitor at CES

Looks like Samsung, makers of the iPhone-like Galaxy S phone series and iPad-like Galaxy Tab tablet series, will be adding the iPod touch-like Galaxy Player to its North American lineup post-CES:

The most recent version, the YP-GB1, is said to have Android 2.2 (take that, all you Galaxy S phones!), the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor, a 4-inch SCLD touchscreen, 480x800 resolution, 3.2MP rear camera and front VGA camera -- and 8GB, 16GB or 32GB storage. Basically, a Galaxy S sans phone radio.

No word yet on the GalaxyMac.

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How many iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads were opened on Christmas? Ask Facebook and Tapulous

How many iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads were opened on Christmas? Check out the Facebook for iPhone download spike above for one datapoint. A second datapoint comes from Tap Tap Revenge 4:

Tapulous tells us that peak Christmas downloads reached 45,000 per hour, and that holiday download traffic is twice the levels of last year.

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Apple raises Q1 2011 iPhone shipments, includes Verizon/CDMA?

DigiTimes is claiming that, according to Taiwan based component suppliers, Apple has its iPhone shipment targets for the first quarter of 2011 from 19 million units to 20-21 million units. This would be up from their estimated 15.5 million units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2010. Additionally:

The first-quarter shipment goal for WCDMA iPhones has been adjusted from 13 million units to 14-15 million units, the sources said. The shipment goal for CDMA iPhones, which will be launched in North America and Asia Pacific in the first quarter, is set at 5-6 million units, the sources added.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 26 Dec 2010

redsn0w iOS 4.2.1 untethered Jailbreak "backup plan" released to beta testers [updated]

The iOS 4.2.1 untethered Jailbreak via redsn0w beta we posted about the other day is now good to go for testers. Again, this is not an untethered Jailbreak release it's just a beta that's buggy but, with testers' help and feedback, should get better and quick. Quoth the Dev Team:

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Christmas fun video

The team at the website design company Torchbox have put together a choreographed Holiday video titled A Starry Night made from synchronized iPhones and iPads.

We’ve made this short video to brighten the day and warm cold toes

Merry Christmas and enjoy the video after the break!

[Torchbox via Wired]

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Last minute gift ideas for iPhone and iPad

Before you pull a Homer Simpson and leave your family with nothing but the sound of broken glass, revving engines, and squealing tires to let them know you once again forgot their gifts, check out TiPb's last minute gift ideas for iPhone and iPad. They're better than whatever you'll find left at the QuickyMart and might just keep you out of the dog house (and off the couch) on the night before Christmas, or the day of the big birthday or anniversary!

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Skype video calling coming to iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4

Skype is saying they have some video-related announcements heading our way for CES 2011 in a just over a week and you know what that means -- iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4 video calling, right?

Skype is participating in an event titled "Video Calling Gets Ready for Primetime" and they have also recently put up a question and answer from one of their users. The user asked how they could make a video call from their iPhone using Skype. Well Skype went ahead and decided to answer that question:

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