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View your contacts’ full-screen profile pictures from Facebook when they call you and when you call them!

11 Jun

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FINALLY! AT&T and Other Major U.S. Carriers Will Start Tracking Stolen Mobile Phones to Reduce Theft!

10 Apr

The Wall Street Journal reports that the four major U.S. wireless carriers have reached an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission to work toward a centralized database to track and disable stolen mobile phones.

The database, which the wireless companies will build and maintain, will be designed to track phones that are reported as lost or stolen and deny them voice and data service. The idea is to reduce crime by making it difficult or impossible to actually use a stolen device, reducing resale value.

Currently, Verizon Communications Inc. and Sprint Nextel Corp. block phones that are reported stolen from being reactivated. AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile USA don’t. All four have agreed to be part of the new database.

The report cites a study from the New York Police Department showing that electronics are now the most commonly stolen type of property, with mobile phones accounting for over 80% of thefts in that category.

According to the plan, the major carriers will develop individual databases within six months, integrating them over the following 12 months. Smaller carriers will also join the database after that point. The database will also be interoperable with similar efforts in other countries to allow for international tracking of stolen phones, although many countries have yet to develop such databases.

As noted by ifoAppleStore, Apple has typically taken a hands-off approach when it comes to stolen phones, with Genius Bar staff routinely offering free warranty replacements in exchange for stolen phones. Apple’s policies reportedly stem from a lack of centralized tracking of stolen devices and a desire to not become involved in potential confrontations over the stolen merchandise, but an official database supported by the carriers could help Apple become more proactive about handling stolen iPhones.

via Major U.S. Carriers Agree to Develop Centralized Database to Track Stolen Mobile Phones – Mac Rumors.

AT&T Will Throttle Unlimited Data Plans (a.k.a. I hate you AT&T)

1 Mar

AT&T Will Throttle Unlimited Data Plans.

AT&T Will Throttle Unlimited Data Plans

AT&T on Thursday put limits on its Unlimited Data plans, slowing speeds for 3G and 4G customers who exceed 3 GB in a billing cycle and capping 4G LTE customers at 5 GB.

On a support page explaining the move, the carrier stressed that “you’ll still be able to use as much data as you want. That won’t change.”

Previously, AT&T had only slowed the speeds of customers who were in the top 5% of their respective markets, a practice known as throttling. Despite the changes, AT&T insists that 95% of smartphone users won’t be throttled. The change came about because “customers had told us that more clarity would be helpful,” an AT&T rep says.

Those that are affected will receive a text message explaining that their usage is near 3 GB (or 5GB for LTE users). Exceeding that threshold “will result in reduced data speeds, though you’ll still be able to email and surf the web.”

AT&T isn’t disclosing how fast speeds will run for users who have been throttled.

SEE ALSO: Your Bandwidth Will Be Throttled. Here’s Why.

Citing the strain on its network wrought by data-hungry iPhones, AT&T began throttling data for its top 5% of users last month, a practice also followed by Verizon. (Sprint, meanwhile, throttles just the top 1% of data hogs.)

Predictably, many AT&T customers have been riled by the move, citing the plan’s claim to “unlimited data.”

Though AT&T’s contract forbids such users from joining in a class-action suit, a California man last week successfully sued AT&T in small claims court, receiving a judgment worth $850.

If We All Avoid Purchasing These “S” Apple Products Like The iPad 2S, We Can Make Apple Release a Much Better Product (The iPad 3, The Actual Product We All Really Want) #teechy

14 Feb

By staying out of Apple’s spin zone (which creates hype and empties wallets in just its pre-order stages for a minutely-upgraded product like the iPhone 4S), we can all force Apple to release a much more advanced and better version of the iPad and/or iPhone if we don’t buy in to these small “S” upgrades that Apple pushes out every few months. Why? Because Apple launches these small upgrades solely because we all buy this stuff and fall into the Apple hype! (Don’t get me wrong, Apple has great products, but Apple could release even BETTER products if we had some patience and didn’t buy into the small, insignificant upgrades (like Siri) that Apple pushes.) Since we all empty our wallets for Apple’s small upgrades, they have no incentive to let their more significant innovations out into the marketplace until purchases of these “S” (small upgrades) upgrades start slowing down.

Main point? Don’t buy an “S” or updated Apple product with insignificant hardware or software updates. Apple can do much better than that. They know they can, but they won’t do it unless we voice this concern and avoid succumbing into Apple’s new products that are just small, overhyped upgrades to their already existing products (why we got the iPhone 4S instead of getting the iPhone 5 that everyone wanted w/ Retina Display and SD Card expansion slots for more memory).

I’m Already Bored With The iPad 3 | TechCrunch.

The iPad 3 is coming next month. Or so says the endless rumors. These rumors also state the next iPad will have higher resolution screen and high-speed data connection. But I couldn’t care less. The iPad 3, if that’s really its name, sounds like a stop-gap upgrade to me.

You see, I’m perfectly happy with my iPad 2. Save the addition of an SD card slot, there isn’t a single feature I can imagine that will make me trade up to Apple’s new hotness. I guess the iPad 3 sounds great, but it also sounds boring. That’s not saying Apple won’t sell a zillion iPad 3s. It will. But it’s going to take more than a spec bump for me (and likely many others) to upgrade from the iPad 2.

Prior to most Apple events, rumors swirl, promising a revolutionary device that will change life on planet Earth forever. But then the iPhone 4S launches. A fine piece of hardware, sure, but far from spectacular. But there hasn’t been any wide-eyed iPad 3 rumors but rather just predictable leaks stating there will be a slight hardware bump.

Part of my dystopian outlook is that I’m pretty damn happy with the iPad 2. I passed on the original iPadannoyed over the lack of external storage and USB support. I instead waited for the Android tablets but quickly discovered Honeycomb’s main fault involves trying to replicate a desktop environment rather than creating a mobile one. I have a dozen notebooks for traditional mobile computing. So I got a 16GB Verizon iPad last summer. I’ve never been so happy with a device. I’ve had it since July 2011 and still use it hours a day. Apps make up 95% of my usage — the majority of which are not available on Android. I fire up Safari just to check TechCrunch and Techmeme.

A prettier screen is not going to change or increase my usage unless Apple backsteps and includes a SD card slot — which it won’t. When the original iPad launched, I dreamed of using it as a on-location photo viewer. I imagined using the tablet in conjunction with a cloud service for iPhoto. But instead Apple released a lame Dock Connect adapter which falls short of my expectation. The current screen looks great. Have you played Infinity Blade 2 or Rage? Awesome.

It’s important to remember that Apple doesn’t need to reinvent the iPad. The company makes piles of cash by outing successful products and keeping them on the market as long as possible. The iPad 3 will likely be just a spec bump to stay competitive for 2012 and 2013. It will match (and outsell) future Android tablets, causing companies like Samsung, Asus and Motorola to quickly redesign and release an even more “powerful” tablet just to get a bit of an edge.

Apple didn’t need to release the iPhone 5 in 2011 because the iPhone 4 was still outselling most other phones. Instead, Apple released the iPhone 4S, which while packing some new innards, is mostly a stop-gap solution allowing the company to milk additional revenue from supply contracts on aging components. It worked. Apple sold 17.1 million iPhones in the last part of 2011 on its way to be the most valuable company. The iPhone 4S gives Apple even more time to refine the iPhone 5 while negating more favorable manufacturing and supply deals.

The same thing could happen to the iPad 2. Apple could release the iPad 2S. It would be faster, packing LTE data and a quad-core A6 CPU along with featuring a higher-res screen. Of course there would probably be a new camera and new software to take advantage of the quad-core CPU — the software would likely be exclusive to just the new model, though.

The WSJ reports that Apple is playing with an 8-inch iPad. But once again, Apple doesn’t need to release an 8-incher right now. Sure, the Kindle Fire is scooping up plenty of marketshare but the tablet scene is far from saturated and the Fire helps bring attention to the product type. If Apple releases a stop-gap iPad in the coming weeks, I fully expect the company to completely reinvent its mobile line before the holiday season including a smaller, cheaper iPad.

I’m sitting the next iPad out. My iPad 2 works just fine and none of the rumored iPad 3 features justify upgrading to me. Apple will likely hype a meaningless feature during the keynote, deeming it a game changer. But I’ve learned my lesson. Heads will stop spinning shortly after the event and reality will set in. Avoid the Apple spin zone. It has a tendency of sucking credit cards towards pre-order buttons.

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:

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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.

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“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.

Windows Phone fan? HTC Titan will be the best Windows Phone and compete with the iPhone for top honors.

7 Dec

HTC Titan Review: I Want To Hate You, Giant Phone, But I Love You.

A four-point-se-ven-inch smartphone. It sounds grotesque. It sounds like a distended, bloated mess of plastic and pixels, the Tsar Bomba of the bigger-is-better smartphone era. But the HTC Titan is wonderful.

Why It Matters

Windows Phone has been an outstanding mobile OS, obscured by a glossy black parade of lame, uninspiring hardware. So. Many. Generic. Black. Rectangles. The Titan, alongside Nokia’s offerings, is perhaps the first Windows Phone handset worth running your eyes over (and over and over). People will notice your phone, and want to touch your phone, and care about your phone. You’ll care about your phone, most importantly.

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Windows Phone was born for the big screen—it looks absolutely gorgeous inside a giant frame. If you inflate Android to these measurements, it’s a cluttered mess. You’re just making room for more widgets. Ditto for iOS—all you’re adding are more rows of apps. But WP is unlike anything else—it doesn’t just expand, it luxuriates inside a big display.

It’s an inherently rectangular OS—an interface of vivid, superflat gliding tiles, not various clocks and bars and bubbles and weather balloons. It’s regimented, spartan, and visually delicious. And when you take those tiles and transpose them onto a larger surface, there’s only more to love—and this is the way it was meant to be. Windows Phone is an OS of hugeness—giant photos, grids of everyone you know, giant, fabulously legible text. All of these things look splendid on the Titan’s crisp, vivid screen. Yes! It looks crisp, even with the pixels of that Windows-mandated resolution puffed up.

So it’s really not that surprising, then: a phone based on beautiful rectangles is great when it’s an even bigger rectangle. It might look or sound unmanageable, but the Titan belies its name—it’s skinny, light, and slips easily into your back pocket or bag. Consider it a small, friendly giant.

No Like

That screen girth doesn’t run on fairy dust—big display means big battery suckage, and the Titan can’t defeat physics here. You’ll find yourself charging the thing daily with regular use. The camera also leaves you wanting images worthy of the screen they’re on—HTC should have crammed in their mightiest camera, and the difference is a real shame. More discerning eyes might be bothered by stretching out 800×480 worth of pixels across the Titan’s display.

Should I Buy This

If you’re not afraid to have something 4.7 inches in your pants, yes. If you want the most visually pleasing birthing of the most visually pleasing smartphone UI out there, yes. If you want something more compact and battery-conscious—and that’s OK!—probably not. But the Titan is more than just a gimmick phone. Unlike its Android peers that point at their AMOLED crotches and grin, HTC’s big boy isn’t big for the sake of its size. Windows Phone sings at this size. There’s a reason supermodels are tall. [HTC]

HTC Titan

• Dimensions: 131.5 x 70.7 x 9.9mm
• Screen: 4.7-inch, 480×800
• Processor: 1.5 GHz
• Memory: 512 MB
• Camera: 8 MP still, 720p video
• Price: $200 with 2-year contract

We think of SmartPhones now… just imagine what our SmartHouses will be. Watch Siri start a car and imagine the future Siri has. Minority Report isn’t too far away.

28 Nov

Who Needs Keys When Siri Has Been Hacked to Start Cars?.

Watch Siri start a car: 

Last week, a developer demonstrated how a hacked Siri can connect to proxy servers and control a house’s thermostat. We think of SmartPhones now… just imagine what our SmartHouses will be.

Siri & Apple will be coming inside the home you own. It’s the future after all.

21 Nov

Siri Hacked to Control Your Thermostat or Almost Anything Else.

 

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