News tagged ‘SIM’

iDon't Care: The answer to Verizon and the Motorola Droid [Video]

There was an Anti-iPhone advertising campaign from Verizon called "iDon't" and designed to publicize the new Motorola Droid listing all the shortcomings of the iPhone. Today a new video was published obviously in favor of the iPhone, called "iDon't Care".

Obviously it was not made by Apple, which usually responds with irony only to Microsoft. The author is Jon Anderson, a simple Apple fan as well as admirer of the iPhone.

He's the original video from Verizon:

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How to re-enable internet tethering on 3.1.2 firmware?

With internet tethering enabled you can use iPhone internet connection on you desktop or notebook. Here is a quick tutorial for experienced users. For everybody else - just wait for the new version of PwnageTool or some other utility.

Here it is:

A bsdiff patch to apply to CommCenter in 3.1.2 to re-enable tethering is available here for the 3GS and here for the 3G. It's just a 2-byte patch as shown below (and an appropriate readjusting of the mach-o's codesign hash):

USE THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK! Your carrier may end up charging you for unauthorized tethering access.

Update #1 It looks like a lot of people have been looking at CommCenter lately because IRC user CleanAir had a similar tethering patch. Meanwhile over in the 2G CommCenter, WhiteRat and geniusan have patched in native MMS support for that platform. Kudos to CleanAir, WhiteRat, and geniusan for digging into CommCenter and coming up with patches!

Update #2 A few tutorials have started to pop up. Eventually this will be made a part of the normal PwnageTool flow but for now this is best left for the adventurous users out there!

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Multitasking CoverFlow Dock: A New Concept Video from Ocean Observation

Ocean Observation, the author of SpringBoard Exposé, created a new concept video that shows a special dock for iPhone. This dock is able to keep multiple applications open simultaneously and switch quickly from one to another:

A nice example of how multitasking can be implemented. What do you think?

via ispazio


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Apple Job Offer. Looks like iPhone or better?

Glyph, the founder of the Twisted project has accepted a job offer from Apple and posted some pictures of its impressive packaging.

When the real, physical offer letter and associated paperwork arrived, I was highly amused to see that it has the same graceful design, fit and finish that they devote to many of their products. So I thought it deserved the same sort of review that their other products might get.

The lack of anything but the logo on the outside of the envelope is understated. It simply says: "You know who we are. You know what this is."


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Tuesday, October 6th, 2009. 18:48

iPhone VM 2: dynamic swap file for iPhone [Cydia]


iPhone VM is a new tweak available in Cydia that allows to free some iPhone memory by creating a swap file. iPhone VM 2 is providing similar functionality.

Here are the differences between the two: iPhone VM creates a 256MB swap file. While iPhone VM 2 creates a 64MB dynamic swap file that can become bigger if needed.

There are some users who still prefer the old iPhoneVM and others who are better with iPhone VM 2. The installation of iPhone VM 2 provides automatic uninstall for the previous version.

iPhone VM 2 can be installed in Cydia through this repository: http://repo.beyouriphone.com.


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Monday, October 5th, 2009. 21:04

Apple Acquired Mapping Company Placebase. New Maps app soon?


It looks like Google and Apple have been steadily moving from friends to enemies. Google created Android and CloudOS, Apple rejected Google Voice and Google Latitude, Google’s CEO left Apple.

So Back in July Apple stealthily acquired Placebase, a mapping company that provides a service similar to Google Maps, but with more robust customizations and set of APIs, called Pushpin.

The obvious interest Apple would have in the company would be the mapping content and expertise that they are currently relying on Google for in their iPhone maps application. Placebase, however, also offered additional functionality that is not currently available in Google's offerings that Apple could theoretically take advantage of.

Given that Apple wrote the iPhone Maps app themselves, and just used Google for the backend, a switch to Apple Maps might even be transparent to the end user.

Placebase CEO Jaron Waldman LinkedIn profile now listed his position as part of the "Geo Team" at Apple.

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Thursday, October 1st, 2009. 17:29

Dropbox: Store your files online and view them on your iPhone [AppStore, Free]


Dropbox is a service similar to Apple's iDisk. It lets you store your files on a server and immediately share your pictures, documents or programs on different computers. It is quite popular on desktops. Now there is a version for the iPhone. The official free application is already avaliable in App Store.

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So with iPhone you can download files, view them immediately, upload your own photos and videos to the Dropbox server, share links and sync it all with your computer.

It is a great service, especially because there is a "Basic" plan completely free of charge. With this plan you get 2GB of web space and it is absolutely free.

You can register and download the application for your desktop computer here (Windows, Mac, and Linux). Here is a link to application in AppStore.

Update: DropBox requires firmware 3.1


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Griffin iTrip: FM Transmitter for iPhone

Griffin has produced a new accessory for the iPhone is capable of transmitting the FM signal. It's called iTrip.


This is one of the first cases of iPhone accessories controlled by an app. iTrip is used in conjunction with a free application called iTrip (AppStore link).

Operation is very simple: connect the Dock accessory, run the iTrip app, click on the "SmartScan" to automatically find the best frequency. Now we can play the music on our iPhone and transmit it to the car radio or home stereo without any problems.

The new iTrip is really well done and is compatible with almost all iPod / iPhone. Costs $50.


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The DevTeam releases PwnageTool 3.1 to run the Firmware 3.1 Jailbreak

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DevTeam released PwnageTool 3.1. This utility will allow users of iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPod Touch to run jailbreaked firmware 3.1. We still recommend staying on firmware 3.0/3.0.1 for as long as possible. The 3.1 firmware is not worth it. But if you really want 3.1. Here are the details:

  1. If you are using a 3G iPhone with ultrasn0w and rely on ultrasn0w to obtain cellular service, then you should only upgrade to 3.1 with a PwnageTool created .ipsw. Never update using Apple's unmodified firmware. Stay away from Apple’s direct updates.
  2. This version of PwnageTool WILL NOT work for the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 2G/3G.
  3. PwnageTool WILL work for Original iPhone (1st Generation), Original iPod touch (1st Generation) and the iPhone 3G.
  4. It works only with Mac OS X.
  5. Future releases of PwnageTool and RedSn0w will be soon with more functionality.

Here is per device info:

iPhone 3G (unlocked): This model of iPhone 3G doesn’t have an Service Provider lock (aka factory unlocked) and you are able to put any SIM card into the phone and get service. Your phone is already unlocked so you do not need to worry about baseband updates, simply upgrade to 3.1 using iTunes and then use PwnageTool to create an ipsw and then use this to jailbreak your phone.

iPhone 3G (locked): You need to preserve 3.0 baseband. Create a custom firmware.

iPhone 2G (1st Generation): Use PwnageTool to do the magic and then restore with iTunes using your newly created .ipsw, you don’t need to worry about anything, the baseband will be unlocked, the phone jailbroken.

iPod touch 1G (Original iPod Touch): Use PwnageTool to create a firmware image and restore with that .ipsw using iTunes.

iPod touch 2G: Sorry, no support at this time within PwnageTool, use Redsn0w for an earlier (pre 3.1) firmware release instead.

iPod touch 3G (New iPod Touch): Sorry, no support at this time within PwnageTool.

You can download PwnageTool 3.1 in our utilities page.


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Need for Speed Shift: Photos and Cars


Electronic Arts released several screenshots and some info about new upcoming iPhone game: Need for Speed Shift. This is a racing game similar to Need for Speed Undercover.

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Here is the official list of avaliable cars in the game:

  • BMW M3 GT2
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI
  • Mazda RX-8
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
  • Subaru Impreza WRX STI
  • Porsche Cayman S
  • Nissan 370Z (Z34)
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34)
  • Dodge Challenger Concept
  • Ford Shelby GT500
  • Audi R8 4.2 FSI quattro
  • Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06
  • Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
  • Ford GT
  • Porsche 911 GT2
  • Lamborghini Murciélago LP640
  • Pagani Zonda F
  • Aston Martin Racing DBR9
  • Maserati MC12 GT1

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Sexy FindIt: Find the differences [AppStore]


The aim of the game is simple: spot the 5 differences between the two pictures shown on the screen before running out of time. The hard part is that these two pictures are photos of very sexy girls.


  • 50 hot pictures of sexy girls
  • Multitouch zoom system: explore the picture by zooming in search of all the differences. An essential searching tool you won’t be able to do without!
  • Catchy tunes you will want to listen to every moment.
  • Compare your results with your friends’scores: the game provides two types of statistics, global statistics show you the average time and the average precision; single level statistics display the time, precision and number of repetition related to that single level. You will be rewarded with points at the end of every level: deploy all your spirit of observation in order to be the best!
  • Possibility of creating more than one user, each with its own statistics and personal settings.
  • The choice between 4 levels of difficulty makes this game suitable for all kinds of players.
  • One hint for each level.
  • Intriguing and intuitive graphics and animations.

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Monday, September 14th, 2009. 1:59

Navigon Car Mount for iPhone

Navigon has decided to produce a Car Mount for iPhone (just like TomTom). This is a much simpler version that only allows to keep the iPhone in position and charge via the cigarette lighter or USB:


It will be avaliable in October and will cost less than $60. More advanced model with GPS module might appear later.


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Friday, September 4th, 2009. 18:20

Enigmo 2: теперь в 3D [Games, AppStore, Video]

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Enigmo [App Store link] was originally created in 2003, and since has become Pangea Software's most successful game. It was voted the "Best iPhone Game" of WWDC '08.

The goal of Enigmo is simple, water falls from droppers and a certain number of drops need to make it in to the tank at the end of the level. Utilizing a limited number of objects from the variety of different ones that make up the puzzle pieces in the game such as bumpers to bounce drops off of and sponges to collect drops, etc., the gameplay of Enigmo started simple but quickly made way to levels that would leave you stumped for days.

Enigmo 2 [App Store link] took the award winning gameplay of the original, made everything 3D, and even added lasers and plasma particles that must also be directed to their respective containers. Enigmo 2 takes place in space, and gravity plays an even bigger part than the original with objects that can be dropped in game to manipulate gravity to steer the plasma particles around.

User can rotate the world using two finger swiping gestures, and some puzzles will require the placing and manipulating of objects in 3D space to complete the level.

Pangea Software released demo video that details nearly every corner of Enigmo 2, and is really worth:

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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009. 19:44

Nokia N97 vs iPhone 3GS Photos Comparison

Here are couple photos taken with Nokia N97 and iPhone 3GS:

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The Nokia N97 takes 5MP photos while the iPhone 3GS takes 3MP photos. All the photos in this post are resized, click to enlarge.

iPhone 3GS photos are the left ones, Nokia N97 - right ones.

As for geotagging it was turned on for both devices. The iPhone 3GS successfully geotagged all 8 photos while the Nokia N97 was only able to geotag 2 of the 8 photos. The SIM card was in the Nokia N97, while the iPhone was in offline mode. A possible explanantion is that the GPS signal on the Nokia N97 is weak as discussed on Nokia’s forums.

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Friday, August 28th, 2009. 17:41

VoIP app from Vonage


Vontge company is known to it's Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service. Recently Vonage has submitted an iPhone application to Apple. The application's approval has been delayed by minor technical issues with the application.

"They submitted an application for review," said Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris told Tech Trader Daily. "There are some technical issues [with the code they submitted] that hopefully can be resolved." Kerris did not elaborate on the nature of the issues with Vonage's application.
In an update to the article, Vonage reported that it has fixed the issue and resubmitted the application to Apple for approval.

"We can confirm that one of our prospective applications is for the iPhone. They identified one issue stating that it is 'simple to fix.' The issue is cosmetic and relates to the labeling of an icon. We've made the requested change and resubmitted the application for approval earlier today."

Anyway this app will be restricted to Wi-Fi only for voip phone calls once it appears in the App Store.

via macrumors


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Thursday, August 27th, 2009. 16:24