Archive | December, 2011

UNTETHERED JAILBREAK FOR iOS 5.0.1 IS OUT! (Excluding iPhone 4S and iPad 2 only.)

29 Dec

Lifehacker Dev-Team Blog - Untethered holidays

Untethered holidays 

@pod2g has created a terrific gift for iOS fans — an untethered 5.0.1 jailbreak for non-A5 devices!

Many of you have already been following @pod2g’s blog where he’s been keeping everyone up to date on his progress.  And so you know that he recently decided to push the button on a release for all devices except the new iPhone4S and iPad2.  @pod2g’s untether involves two separate exploits and a few other “tricks” — and since he’s taken the @comex approach of doing nearly everything himself, you know his plate has been full these past few months!

A few days ago, @pod2g gave the untether to both the iPhone devteam and the chronic devteam.  We’ve put it into redsn0w 0.9.10 and PwnageTool, and the chronic devteam put it into a Cydia package (the same set of exploits is in all three).

Here are the basic steps for how to get it:

  • The untether is for iOS 5.0.1 on iPhone3GS, iPhone4, iPhone4-CDMA, iPad1, iPod touch 3G, iPod touch 4G
  • If you have one of those devices and are not on 5.0.1 yet, update now!  The SHSH window is still open for 5.0.1  If you unlock via ultrasn0w or gevey, make sure you only get to 5.0.1 via a custom IPSW!  See the guides at places like iClarified.com if you don’t know how.  Once you’re at 5.0.1, use the latest redsn0w 0.9.10 to both jailbreak and untether.
  • If you’re already at 5.0.1 with a tethered jailbreak, you have two choices: either run redsn0w 0.9.10 over your current jailbreak (deselect “Install Cydia” if you do that), or install the Cydia package prepared by the chronic devteam.  The patches are the same regardless of which you choose.
  • Some of you are using a hybrid 5.0/5.0.1 configuration.  If so, do not attempt to install this untether over that setup!  You will most likely get into a reboot cycle.  Do a sync and fresh restore to 5.0.1 then install the jailbreak + untether.

As mentioned earlier, @pod2g has spent months working on all the exploits and tricks in this untether, and many of you may be wondering how you can send donations.  Although the iPhone devteam itself doesn’t take donations, we thought it was appropriate to provide a link at the end of the redsn0w run for you to more easily donate directly to @pod2g if you wish (alternatively, you can go right here).  There’s a link in the Cydia package for donating to the chronic devteam for the Cydia version of @pod2g’s untether.

@pod2g is now looking for a way to extend this to A5 devices.  Because those devices cannot use geohot’s limera1n exploit to inject the untether, they require exploits above and beyond those used for this release.  Keep following pod2g on twitter or his blog for any progress reports!

Update #2: The b2 version of redsn0w includes the launchctl-related fix by @planetbeing as mentioned by @saurikhere and here.  As usual, you can just re-run redsn0w in jailbreak mode over your existing 5.0.1 jailbreak (even a PwnageTool one), making sure to de-select “Install Cydia” if you do.  Always be sure to do a controlled “slide to power off” shutdown of your device before running redsn0w.

Update #3: The b3 version of redsn0w fixes a problem where re-running redsn0w over an existing jailbreak would cause MobileSubstrate-based apps to stop running until MS was installed again.  Now you can re-run the redsn0w jailbreak step without worrying about that (but still remember to de-select the “Install Cydia” option if it’s already installed).

TIP: If auto-detection fails and redsn0w tells you no identifying data was found, you can always pre-select theappropriate 5.0.1 IPSW using “Extras->Select IPSW”.

Here are the redsn0w download links:

PwnageTool Official Bittorent Releases

SHA1 Sum = 32e90607378988cdebb6c76d3acf8ffac6366e35

Unofficial Mirrors

The following links are unofficial download mirrors, you download these archives at your own risk, we accept no responsibility if your computer explodes or if it becomes part of a NASA attacking botnet or even worse if your hands fall off mid-way during the use of these files. We do not check these links and we accept no responsibility with regard to the validity of the files, the other content that these links may provide or with the content that is on the third-party linked site.

Always check the files that you have downloaded against our published SHA1 hash.

We would prefer that you downloaded the official bittorrent release that is linked above, but you are welcome to try these if you really must.

Mirror owners should email mirrors to blog@iphone-dev.org – please ensure that they are direct dmg download links only  (no rapidshare type sites please) and that your web-server can serve DMG MIME types properly. — please don’t place mirrors in the comments as they will be deleted.

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Could ‘Watched On’ Facebook News Feed Stories Save Netflix? You’ll be the one to decide.

29 Dec

 

Spotify added MILLIONS of new users by partnering with Facebook and sharing which songs Facebook users were listening to. Additionally, partnering with Facebook even helped Spotify gain over 1.5 millon new premium, paying subscribers!

So why can’t Netflix do the same?

After a disastrous Q3 2011, Netflix stands to replace some of the 800,000 subscribers it lost. It’s savior? The Facebook news feed. Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed a revised bill to change the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 to allow people to opt in to having their movie rental activity shared. This Act had delayed the Netflix Facebook app‘s launch in the US. Now the Facebook news feed is beginning to show “Josh Constine watched The Walking Dead on Netflix” stories that point back to the Netflix site. After being enticed by something a friend has watched, Facebook users might sign up and pay on Netflix.com so they can watch too.

Could ‘Watched On’ Facebook News Feed Stories Save Netflix? | TechCrunch.

DAMNIT, I WANTED TO DO THIS! Google’s creating wearable, computerized glasses for digital, augmented display of everything in your sight. Yes, like Terminator-style.

20 Dec

Will Real-Life Google Goggles Replace Your Dorky Eyeglasses?.

Will Real-Life Google Goggles Replace Your Dorky Eyeglasses?

Recently there have been reports that Google is working on wearable computing. But the latest rumor suggests that it’s actually planning to gives us all our own heads-up displays.

Yesterday the New York Times reported that, in the secret Google X labs, the company is working on forms of wearable technology — in the form of something like a watch.

But now 9to5Google claims that Google is aiming much higher than that. In fact, it suggests that Google is developing a full heads-up display built into a pair of normal-looking, thick-rimmed eyeglasses. They suggest that, though there would likely be few buttons on the arms of the glasses, they could be mistaken for normal glasses.

The idea isn’t that the glasses would be just an Android peripheral — rather, they would communicate with Google services directly in order to provide an augmented display for the user. Yes, like Terminator.

It’s the logical next step from Google Goggles. Especially when you consider that the latest update to Goggles means that it can now constantly scan for objects and text instead of requiring the user to snap a photo. Google Goggles already takes account of location information too, a feature that these glasses would surely require.

9to5Google say that the Google X lab is already working at the “late prototype stages” of development for the glasses. But, as this is all currently still rumor, there’s no word on estimated cost or due date. [9to5Google; Image: Mr. T in DC]

Use an Aluminum Can to Boost Your Router’s Signal Strength

20 Dec

 

Use an Aluminum Can as a Wi-Fi Extender

If you happen to have an old can of soda or beer lying around the house and you’re struggling to get a good Wi-Fi signal on your computer, The Chive has a guide to cutting out a parabolic reflector out of the can.

Using nothing more than an aluminum can, a utility knife, scissors, and some adhesive putty, they’ve built a remarkably easy and effective Wi-Fi extender that only takes a few very simple steps to complete. If you’re not interested in using aluminum foilyou don’t want to solder a tin can, or you just want to broadcast your good taste in beer, this is a solid trick that works surprisingly well.

If you want a few more traditional tricks, check out our list of the ten best Wi-Fi boosts and tweaks and Lifehacker episode four. Find the full tutorial and walkthrough over on The Chive.Photo by: Sh4rp_i.

Use an Aluminum Can as a Wi-Fi Extender.

NEW Firefox 9 Is Now Available for Download! Brings Speed Improvements and New Mac Features

20 Dec

Firefox 9 Available for Download, Brings Speed Improvements and New Mac Features.

Download Firefox 9 by clicking on your platform: WindowsMac OS X, and Linux

fPrivacy Lets You Grant or Revoke Specific Facebook App Permissions

19 Dec

fPrivacy Lets You Grant or Revoke Specific Facebook App Permissions.

Sam Tarantino and Josh Greenberg, Cofounders of @Grooveshark in Forbes’ 30 Most Influential People in Music Under 30.

19 Dec

The power of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in music. Reflected in Grooveshark.

Go here for the full list including Justin BieberRhiannaAdeleDrakeLady GagaWiz KhalifaLil WayneBruno MarsNicki Minaj, Kate Perry, and Taylor Swift.

Sam Tarantino and Josh Greenberg, Cofounders, Grooveshark, 25/24 – Zack O’Malley Greenburg – Forbes.

“Cube” Projects Laser Virtual Keyboard for iPad & iPhone for $178

19 Dec

 

Tech Gadgets - Cube Laser Virtual Keyboard for iPad & iPhone - DailyCandy The Roundup

Tech Gadgets – Cube Laser Virtual Keyboard for iPad & iPhone – DailyCandy The Roundup.

Facebook Updates iOS App, Adds Timelines and Friend Lists

18 Dec

Facebook Updates iOS App, Adds Timelines and Friend Lists.

Sheepish Plugin for Chrome Tracks and Blocks the Websites that Track You

16 Dec

Sheepish for Chrome Tracks and Blocks the Websites that Track You.

Have you ever wondered what advertising sites track your web browsing? Sheepish is an extension for Chrome that shows you exactly which companies are keeping an eye on you for every site you visit and blocks them from doing so.

Initially, Sheepish doesn’t seem like much, but once you start moving around to new websites and seeing how many different places are tracking your every click, it might be a bit of a surprise. You can set Sheepish to block the tracking once your list gets populated or just let the ads continue to do their thing. Not everything that tracks you is always bad, sometimes its as simple as Google Analytics, but if you want a more covert and private browsing experience, Sheepish is worth checking out.

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