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5 years ago

Top 8 jailbreak concepts Apple should implement in iOS 5

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Top 8 jailbreak concepts Apple should implement in iOS 5

TiPb list the best, most must-have Jailbreak features we'd love Apple to add to iOS 5

Next Spring Steve Jobs will walk out on the stage and preview the latest and greatest enhancements to iOS 5, and there's a lot we want to see that's already available via Jailbreak. As most of you know, I am a full supporter of jailbreak. Every iOS device I've ever owned has been jailbroken and tweaked to perfection. iOS may be a very viable platform- but like any, it's still severely lacking in certain areas.

Part of the reason I'm such a huge supporter of jailbreak is due to the fact that some great innovations and ideas tend to come from the jailbreak arena. They later trickle on down into later iterations of iOS. (Installer and Cydia were around before the official App Store). So in some ways, a jailbreaker is essentially a beta tester for Apple, without paying a $99 fee for a developer's license. Not to mention you'll get new tweaks and features a lot sooner than Apple releases a major beta version of iOS.

When the snow finally melts and Spring greets us, I'm hoping Steve walks on stage and includes some of these successful jailbreak tweaks and features in the next iteration of iOS. Jump on through to see what I'm wishing for (and of course, let us know your hopes for iOS 5 in the comments as well).

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5 years ago

Angry Birds creator praises iPhone as a platform, talks Android fragmentation

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Angry Birds creator praises iPhone as a platform, talks Android fragmentation

Angry Birds creator, Peter Vesterbacka, in a recent interview had some fairly positive things to say about Apple and the opportunities they have created for developers with the iPhone and iOS platform. He also gives a short explanation for the price tag for the iOS version versus the free Android version.

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5 years ago

iPhone and a mini-fridge, lazy beer drinkers delight [video]

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iPhone and a mini-fridge, lazy beer drinkers delight [video]

What do you get if you take an iPhone, a mini fridge, some compressed air and a clever guy to mash it all together? A beer firing, iPhone controlled mini fridge, that’s what. Personalbeerrobot has posted a YouTube video showing this crazily brilliant invention in action. The fridge is controlled via a web app on the iPhone and it allows you to control the temperature that you are storing the beer at as well as select between four different brands.

Once the beer has been selected, you then switch to the canon cam, this is a video camera which shows you where the fridge will shoot the beer can to. You can aim using the iPhone screen, hit fire and then hopefully catch the flying beer. So there you go, instant beer delivery to your favorite armchair without you moving a muscle, perfect. The system even has the facility to submit a video of your beer can flying hopefully into your hands directly to twitter.

Personalbeerrobot is already working on some updates, like crosshairs to show more clearly where the beer will land along with a timer function. You can follow his progress @MyBeerRobot.

So if and when these go into production, whose first in line for one?

[Personalbeerrobot]

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5 years ago

Daily Tip: How to add a phone number to an existing contact [Beginner]

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Daily Tip: How to add a phone number to an existing contact [Beginner]

Want to know how to add an additional phone number to an existing contact? Ever run across a situation where someone texts or calls you from a new or second number and you want to save it? Why bother trying to remember the number, or manually trying to add it to the existing contact, when there's a much easier way to do it. We'll show it to you after the break!

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5 years ago

iPhone bugs: Blank messages in Mail

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iPhone bugs: Blank messages in Mail

If you go to check your email in the iPhone's Mail app only to see a blank -- either literally a blank space between messages or a place-holder that says (No Sender) (No Subject) -- you may have this bug. If you do we'll tell you how to work around it, after the break.

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5 years ago

Top 5 reading apps for iPad

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Top 5 reading apps for iPad

TiPb checks out the best, most must-have reader apps to load up on your iPad

Have an iPad and curious which are the best, most must-have reading apps you need to check out? Want to really get the most out of that big 9.7-inch screen? Well read on for TiPb's top 10 most recommended, most must-have readings apps for your iPad.

Note: Many of the reader apps are free but individual books, issues, etc. are available via in-app purchase. Those prices vary.

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5 years ago

Apple to ship three models of iPad 2 including CDMA support, anti-reflective screen?

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Apple to ship three models of iPad 2 including CDMA support, anti-reflective screen?

According to unnamed sources in Taiwan there will be 3 different versions of the iPad 2 from Apple when it gets released in 2011, including the current Wi-Fi and UMTS 3G models, as well as a CDMA model for use with carriers like Verizon. According to DigiTimes:

Apple is expected to release three versions of iPad 2, supporting either or a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA, for 2011 with mass production to start as early as the later half of January.

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5 years ago

Infinity Blade for iOS- app review

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Infinity Blade for iOS- app review

Everyone has been eagerly awaiting Infinity Blade's introduction to the App Store, and with it, a promised new era of iOS gaming. Listening to the hype around this game, one would think you would stop playing other games altogether. Does Infinity Blade live up to the hype? Let's take a look at this game a little more in-depth to find out.

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5 years ago

BlackBerry maker RIM thought Apple was lying about iPhone in 2007?

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BlackBerry maker RIM thought Apple was lying about iPhone in 2007?

Over the weekend a former RIM employee stated that when Apple unveiled the first iphone at Macworld 2007, RIM had several emergency meetings which culminated with the BlackBerry maker deciding Apple was lying -- the iPhone wasn't possible.

RIM's opinion was that a phone with all of the 2007 iPhone's functionality and large touchscreen could not be used without being near a power supply at all times. Shacknews poster, Kentor, heard from his former colleagues:

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5 years ago

Luxury yacht uses iPad as onboard concierge

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Luxury yacht uses iPad as onboard concierge

If you have $600,000 to spare, how about booking a week on this luxury yacht... controlled by iPads. The yacht, named Solemates, allows guests to control various functions while onboard via their iPads. This includes the cabin climate control system, various audio and visual entertainment options as well as lighting and blinds within the cabin.

If you wear yourself out messing around with all these control options on your iPad, you can order a crew member to drop in a refreshing cocktail to pep you up again. Don’t worry if you don’t have an iPad; or left your own at home, the Captain issues them to boarding guests.

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5 years ago

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

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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.

[MacStories]

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5 years ago

Change 3rd party app names in iOS with Icon Renamer [Jailbreak]

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Change 3rd party app names in iOS with Icon Renamer [Jailbreak]

Jailbreak developer Ryan Petrich has released a great new extension, named Icon Renamer, for changing the names of 3rd party apps on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. It has similar functionality to jailbreak tweaks like Rename but executes in a much more efficient and straight-forward way.

All you need to do after installing the extension is tap and hold any app icon until you get into wiggle-mode, then tap the icon again to rename the app. There's no need to reboot or respring your device in order to see the changes -- they are instantaneous.

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5 years ago

Softbank brings NFC payment technology to iPhone 4

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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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5 years ago

Samsung to show off Galaxy Player iPod touch competitor at CES

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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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5 years ago

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

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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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