In podcast number five, we discuss the crazy amount of news from the previous two weeks. The main topics are sales volume, iPhone in Europe, ringtones, iTunes and firmware updates, GUI unlocking and the risk it brings, and 3G iPhone rumors. And, as always, we discuss some of the best bits from the community.
Fake GPS: George Hotz aka Geohot, notable unlocker, was going to do tower triangulation but then gave up on it and then navizon (requires installer.app) came along and it's doable. One time price of $24.99.
There are a few GUI unlocks -- one that's "unsanctioned" at best, the other one is apparently preferred. Don't update the second Apple comes out with their next iPhone patch; wait and see if it breaks anything. I don't want anyone out there to get bricked.
In terms of Exchange scrapers, there's another kid on the block, named iPXSync. Looks like they've been a bit innovative in bringing more of the non-email tasks to the iPhone. It's still not push, until someone figures out how to link one of these to their Yahoo! account.
New Software: iTunes, Firmware
There's a new firmware on the way, v1.1.1. It will bring a bunch of stuff, some international roaming, no more $5000 bills, etc. We'll see it any tuesday now, perhaps the day after our podcast is published. Likely to arrive before our next podcast anyway.
There's another new version of itunes, version 7.4.2. It breaks all ringtones except (of course) purchased Apple iTunes ringtones, the scp terminal method and Ambrosia's iToner, but it fixed the problems with ringtones and iTunes Plus. I had problems for a week.
nbc is launching their own service, NBC Direct. multiple services -- is Hula different? criminy. End result of it all is that NBC is the loser in the Apple/NBC iTunes spat. It's like watching Time/Warner AOL mistakes all over again.
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