Apple might have gone a little overboard in their description of how secure their iPhone 3G S is. I know this will come as a shock to no one (except a few very hardcore Apple Fans). After all Apple continuously claims that OSX is not vulnerable to crashes, viruses, hacking etc.
The rub is that on Apple's website they state
iPhone 3GS offers highly secure hardware encryption that enables instantaneous remote wipe. You can even encrypt your iTunes backups
This highly secure encryption was hacked in 120 seconds. Bear in mind this is supposed to be hardware level encryption, not simple password.
The encryption was so weak that it was described as being "useless". Now no encryption is perfect or unbreakable; that is not the point of this type of encryption. What you want strong encryption for is to allow you time to wipe the phone if lost or stolen.
Apple has done a terrible job on their attempt to court business users with this feature. Although the currect hack requires physical control of the device it is entirely possible that a Bluetooth or WiFi hack for this could be created. After all how many people run around with their WiFI on all the time and Bluetooth left in discoverable mode.
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If you live in the US and have been dreaming of talking to your wrist, or simply wearing your phone like an accessory your long wait may soon be over.
According to a recent filing with the US Federal Communications Commission LG's new GD910 watch phone may soon see life in the US.
This little device brings back memories of the old Dick Tracy watch communicator (without all the yellow. From what I have seen the GD910 will be pretty cool but will have all the style of the old Casio Calculator watches and will probably act as a female repellent for any trendy geek sporting one.
No word on when these will popup nor how much they will run you but I am sure they will do some good business in the gadget crazed US once they do hit.
Amazon can take back your content without your consent. That is the message that is perfectly clear with the recent removal of George Orwell books from their new Kindle platform.
According to numerous reports around the internet the Book Animal Farm and 1984 were deleted from users' accounts and books after the publisher decided they no longer wanted to offer them through the Kindle service.
Now in the world of print this would mean that the book could no longer be purchased from the store. If you bought one before they pulled it would still be yours.
On Kindle, Amazon deleted the book and refunded the money. This is an amazingly disturbing trend. I will give Amazon full marks for the refunds but the idea that they can remove content at will from someone is not good at all.
So far Amazon has not responded to requests for comment on this and there is nothing (that I have found) that shows that they have this right to being with.
Upon your payment of the applicable fees set by Amazon, Amazon grants you the non-exclusive right to keep a permanent copy of the applicable Digital Content and to view, use, and display such Digital Content an unlimited number of times, solely on the Device or as authorized by Amazon as part of the Service and solely for your personal, non-commercial use. Digital Content will be deemed licensed to you by Amazon under this Agreement unless otherwise expressly provided by Amazon.
The latest version of iTunes (8.2.1) will disappoint many Palm Pre owners.
Apple has included "patches" to prevent music syncing with the competing device. Palm users were in a happy mood when they found that they were able to sync the Palm with their iTunes library. However I am sure that everyone knew that this day would come.
After all Apple is known for its fierce control over their products. What is funny when you look at it is that while Apple (and many of their fans) accuse Microsoft of controlling and monopolistic behavior; when they are the ones in control they show the same tendencies.
It is not likely that Palm will really care about this, but Apple iTunes consumers might as they are the ones that are going to be hurt in the end.
So you have your new iPhone with OS 3.0 and have been enjoying tethering for the last month due to a couple of handy little hack out on the web.
Not wanting to take the plunge and dive into jailbreaking you just made a slight modification in order to get what has been advertised from Apple.
It should come as no surprise then that Apple is working very hard to take this option away from you. After all they do not feel you should have it without paying (a ridiculous amount) for the service. According to testers of the new iPhone OS 3.1 Beta the trick that allows for tethering has been removed as has the MMS hack.
The reason they are working to pull this? Well it seems AT&T has not been able t work in a fee schedule for tethering on the iPhone just yet. This is the same problem they are facing with MMS. I mean come on; you are only paying for "unlimited" data. But that unlimited is really limited in the minds of AT&T. They feel that despite being marketed and sold with a data plan (that you cannot opt out of) you should pay more to experience things that are available on even mundane phones.
So while the new OS 3.1 that is supposedly due out this month will bring some fixes for real user issues it will also tighten the noose on users in the US where exclusivity is still a cool thing and carriers (much like Apple) get to control what "unlimited data" really means.
Ok I admit it I am a gadget persons and this one is just plain cool. It is called the PocketSurfer3 (not to be confused with PocketSuffer or PocketPool…) and it is a small portable GPRS internet device. It has a keyboard that reminds me of the old Razor phones and looks like it fit in your pocket.
I know you are probably thinking, "why would I need one I have a (insert your favorite phone here) and it does all that" and you would be right. Well almost right, you see with most smart phones there is a small issue of no flash, limited Java support etc etc etc.
There is also the nice little fact that the purchase price includes a data plan at roughly 30 hours per month. That is pretty good if you ask me.
The PocketSurfer does not need to rely on WiFi or a hot spot, if you can get cellular service you can surf. They also include a GPS (location based) feature and claim that the PocketSurfer can load the average Webpage in under 7 seconds.
Price should be about $199 and that includes the data plan.
Just weeks after launching the iPhone 3G S, Apple is receiving numerous complaints about the battery life of the new phone.
Users of the new iPhone are having a lot of problems even making it through an entire day without the phone dying, forcing them to stop for a charge somewhere in the middle. Strangely enough, Apple touted the phone as having bettery battery life than that of its predecessors.
Those that have taken the 3G S apart have found that Apple decreased the battery size by about 15%. Something had to give to cram the new tech into the phone and it looks like the battery was about the only place Apple to free up some space.
Apple's response on the issue doesn't seem all that promising either. Instead of looking into the problem and finding a resonable issue for the shortened battery life, Apple is suggesting that users simply disable some features. This includes Bluetooth and the 3G network itself, which totally negates the purpose of having the 3G S iPhone in the first place.
And all is well in the iPhone world again. At about 2:00AM GeoHot, the man with all the plans released purplera1n a jailbreak for all of the 3G S owners out there.
This means that all three of the mighty Apples have fallen to the Jailbreak community.
The new Jailbreak is not without its issues, as of right now it only works with Windows XP and Windows Vista. Windows 7 and OSX users have to wait a little longer.
You might also have to run it a couple of times before it works (I had to run it four times.) Once purplera1n is done you then have to run freeze to install Cydia. This is another one that might need to be run more than once.
Reboot after running freeze and you are good to go with your Jailbroken iPhone 3G S!
A word of caution, not all apps work on the 3G S as of right now installing winterboard may cause you to end up in safemode with no way to get out of it other than uninstalling winterboard.
Some are saying that you have to restore in DFU mode and run purplera1n again to get it working.
Update, I also want to add that the Chronic Dev Team was a major player in the new Jailbreak, I forgot to mention them in my first draft.
If you have a jailrboken 3G S go and give them some thanks! @chronicdevteam @p0sixninja
We told you yesterday that some 3G S iPhones are overheating and discoloring their white plastic back covers. While these reports have been going around the net Apple remained mysteriously quite.
Now thanks to sharp eyed people we find a new warning up on the Apple support site. The new warning (dated June 25 2009) says the operating temperature range for the iPhone 3G and 3G S.
To put it simply, unless you live in a idyllic part of the world that gets neither very hot nor very cold you should not use the iPhone 3G or 3G S. The operating range is quite simply ridiculous.
Here are the details from Apple's KB article:
Operate iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS in a place where the temperature is between 0º and 35º C (32º to 95º F). Low- or high-temperature conditions might temporarily shorten battery life or cause the device to temporarily stop working properly.
Store iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS in a place where the temperature is between -20º and 45º C (-4º to 113º F). Don't leave the device in your car, because temperatures in parked cars can exceed this range.
Yesterday in good old Orlando Florida it was 92F, just a mere three degrees away from hitting the upper range. It is not uncommon for it to hit much higher than that as the summer progresses. So it looks like I am in for poor battery life and bad reception as well.
On the opposite side I know of many places where the average temperature range far exceeds Apple's stated range at both the high and low ends.
I wonder how this coupled with the MMS and Tethering issues (AT&T only) will affect iPhone sales in the US and also why, if this is the stated range, was there no warning like this with the iPhone 3G last year?
Bad news for some owners of the new iPhone 3G S, it seems that some of the new phones are suffering from overheating.
The exact cause of the heat problem is not known although it is suspected that a bad battery could be the problem. Batteries have been the bane of many a mobile device in the last few years and everyone from Dell to Apple have had their share of problems.
In fact Apple has just made a statement that it will be using a new type of battery in the Mac Book Pro. This change will become more and more important now that Apple has decided to take away the end users ability to replace their own batteries.
Unfortunately the iPhone still suffers from this and if this issue becomes more wide spread we could see a recall on the new 3G S that might tarnish the Apple's image as much as the heat is tarnishing the backs of the White iPhone 3G Ss.
Photo courtesy of nowhereelse.fr
Yesterday saw the release of the SDK (Software Development Kit) for the next iPhone OS Version 3.1. This release means that the new OS is in the beta stages; those lucky enough to have a paid Apple Developer Connection can download and use the OS now on their iPhones.
For the most part this is a "quick fix" release and it contains code to enable MMS for the AT&T network, patches to the copy and paste functions, a new baseband and some changes to the way the phone boots up. The majority of the new OS has been in development long before the release of the OS 3.0 and the iPhone 3G S this is why we are seeing such a major revision so soon.
For the jailbreaking community the new OS means a little more. With the release of 3.1 we will see the holes used for unlocking such as ultrasn0w fixed (and potentially removed). We could possibly see 24kpwn disappear, as well as the tethering and MMS hacks.
The Dev-Team held back their jailbreak due to this new OS update on the grounds that they did not want to give Apple the exploit they are using for the jailbreak. Meanwhile other jailbreakers such as the Chronic Dev Team and GeoHot are still working to crack open the 3G S and give users more freedom with their expensive new toys. It will mean more work once the 3G S is cracked to get 3.1 out of the pen for us all.
Calls to Apple about the date of release went unanswered; however AT&T reps stated that the new OS should be out around the 17th of July.
nVidia's Tegra is making all sorts of headlines in the past few weeks.
First we heard about the Zune HD, now we hear rumblings that Tegra will be in new SmartPhones by 2010.
If the rumors are true we will see Tegra driven smartphones from one of the "top five" manufacturers. There was no listing of who the tip five are, but I am betting that none of them are Apple.
The phones could have Android or Windows Mobile (with Win Mo more likely) and will be in the $199 range.
Read more here
If you want to get HD in your handheld, NVIDIA's Tegra processor is the hot way to do it at the moment, and we've got reasonably concrete sounding rumors from disparate sources that a handset containing one of the chips is currently under development by a "top five" smartphone builder (we're guessing it's not Apple), and that it'll be out sometime before the end of the year, selling at T-Mobile and AT&T for just $199.
Yesterday we told you that the first iPhone app with real nudity had been both published and then banned. Many people were covering the launch as it appeared to be a reversal of Apple's Morality Police tactics.
However as people checked the developer's website and saw a message about server usage, there were more than a few retractions.
We did not think that was the case. After all why would Apple change now.
Well it turns out we were correct after all as an Official Apple statement released today shows.
Good thing we bought ours bfore the ban...
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That left a lot of people backpedaling after yelling at Apple for pulling the app. As it turns out Apple did pull the app--the company confirmed the move in a statement provided to CNET on Friday.
"Apple will not distribute applications that contain inappropriate content," Apple's statement reads. "The developer of this application added inappropriate content directly from their server after the application had been approved and distributed, and after the developer had subsequently been asked to remove some offensive content. This was a direct violation of the terms of the iPhone Developer Program. The application is no longer available on the App Store."
Many observers thought that the App Store flip-flops might end when iPhone OS 3.0 was released because Apple could utilize the new operating system's built-in parental controls.
Rumors of the iPhone 3GS already being cracked have been confirmed and guy who did it says he is sad.
Utilizing the same 24kpwn exploit that cracked the iPhone 2G, George Hotz has managed to crack the iPhone 3GS in a week's time. He had some help, yet still seems to be disappointed in the challenge that Apple presented them.
The same tools that were used in the past to jailbreak the iPhone will be able to be used on the iPhone 3GS as soon as they get a little bit of updating. George commented on the hacking,
"On a personal note, I'm sad. Apple, it took me a week to break through your new defenses. And to let us reuse an exploit like that; 24kpwn was so 5 months ago. Although I imagine it must have been painful watching the devices roll by on the assembly line, knowing they all had a hole in them and you couldn't fix it. "
I have said it before and I will say it again, an iPhone is good but a jailbroke iPhone is better and if this is the iPhone 3G S it is better still.
For those of you that have played around with a jailbroken iPhone you know that there are some pretty impressive games on Cydia, everything from the original Doom to a Pac-Man like game.
Well then the emulators started showing up and you would play even more games. With the more powerful graphics on the 3G S the third party emulator devs have dived in. One has even come up with an emulator for the Play Station 1 and GameBoy Advanced.
Read more here
the first notable hacks we've seen are these updated PlayStation 1 and Game Boy Advance emulator ports, which run way faster than the versions for the original and 3G. The revved up hardware in Apple's latest is apparently capable of running either of these at 150 - 225fps with zero frameskipping, which is pretty impressive.
Video courtesy of ZodTTD
The gang over at Engadget got to play around with the new HTC Hero and so far they are loving it.
The new Hero does feaure Android but it is not a Google branded product. This means you are not going to get loaded down with the Google logo, but it also means that you won't be getting over the air updates also.
There are going to be a host of new features but one of the ones they liked the best was the Teflon outer coating.
Flash was also shown off with mixed results, they were able to get YouTube to work but not Yahoo, but this is in line with what Adobe showed off as well.
Is it just me or does that keyboard look familiar?
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TThere are four videos for you after the break. The first shows Flash running at full screen on the HTC Hero courtesy of YouTube. The second, however, shows it failing when running a trailer from Yahoo Movies, just like Adobe did -- in fact, it crashed all four times that we tried it on what we were told was a Hero running the final build of the OS. Third one is a quickie showing the on-screen keyboard rotating from portrait to landscape and back. Lastly, we demonstrate the hardware a little bit and show off our lightning speed at typing. For the real completists, there's also a new gallery of hands-on shots from the NY launch event right below.
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If you are disappointed by the looks of your new iPhone 3G S well then ColorWare has a solution for you.
They have announced a simple process where you can send in your iPhone 3G S and have the back cover dyed to a different color. But the fun does not stop there.
You can have them change the normally chrome bezel, the home button, your headphones, and the SIM-Card holder. You do have to send the phone to them (if you are in the US) to get these exciting new colors added.
You might want to do this while you are waiting for AT&T to activate MSS and tethering or while you wait for a jailbreak from the devteam.
Read more here
The usual range of solid and metallic colors are available, and you can have your earphones dyed to match too. The basic process changes just the back-plate of the phone, but you can also customize the normally-chrome bezel, the home button and the SIM holder.
Pricing starts at $150 for the back, then add $20 each for the bezel frame and button, or $15 each for the SIM holder and earbuds. Currently there's only the option to send in your own iPhone 3GS (in the US); ColorWare aren't offering the smartphone themselves at this stage.
The iPhone OS 3.0 has finally been unlocked for iPhone 3G users. The new code dubbed ultrasn0w was released late last night and can get you back to making phone calls if you got locked out after your last upgrade.
You will still need to jailbreak your iPhone with redsn0w first and then add a particular repository (not suppository thankfully)but once there you can install ultrasn0w through Cydia and you are golden.
Now we all wait while the mad geniuses from the DevTeam dive into the 3G S.
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1.Ensure you have upgraded to iPhone OS 3.0
2. Jailbreak your iPhone 3G using redsn0w or PwnageTool (this will also install Cydia/Icy)
3. Run Cydia or Icy
4. Please add the repo repo666.ultrasn0w.com to Cydia or Icy. That last "o" is actually the number zero "0"! If you use the letter "o" you'll get an error.
5. Search for 'ultrasn0w' in cydia or icy and install ultrasn0w
6. Reboot your iPhone 3G
7. T-Mobile USA users should disable 3G before using ultrasn0w
It is time for an iPhone 3G S update; after all it is the Monday after the big release. Here is how it all stands
For sheer numbers Apple managed to push over one million of these out the door. The 3G S remains un-jailbroken and cannot be unlocked just yet (although 2G and 3G phones can be jailbroke and the 2G can be unlocked with redsn0w).
The iPhone 3G S has received mix reviews that range from perfection to claims of it not being worth it. With all that Apple still managed to get a ton of these out to the public, which means that Apple still has it where the iPhone marketing it concerned.
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Cupertino have just issued a compelling piece of PR that will surely put your mind at ease -- one stating it managed to move a million iPhone 3G S units over the weekend. That's right, in a fashion not completely dissimilar to last year's iPhone 3G launch (though with far less hiccups), bucketloads of happy buyers flooded Apple's coffers with sweet, delicious cash money for the new smartphone. The buying frenzy was apparently even exciting enough to rouse recovering CEO Steve Jobs from his convalescent state. The seemingly-now-returned honcho is quoted (for the first time in months) in the press release as saying "Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning." Winning indeed Steve... and welcome back.