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Archive | January, 2012

How to jailbreak iPad 2 / iPhone 4S with 5.0.1 in Windows

Update: The Absinthe A5 for Windows (absinthe-win-0.2.zip) has been finally released, and it is a much easier method to jailbreak your iPhone / iPad running iOS 5.0.1 than the tutorial below (which still works very well). 

Thanks Greenpois0n!

The Absinthe A5 is available at the time of writing only for MAC, but the last release version command line tools cinject_0.4.3.zip works on Windows as well. I prepared a tutorial (that might become obsolete once the official Windows tools are out) but still works very well if you know what you are doing. I was able to successfully jailbreak my iPad 2 using this method in about 5 minutes, and I’ll provide step by step instructions so you can jailbreak yours.

Step 0. Important!!! Set your iPad 2 / iPhone 4S as a new phone / tablet and restore firmware 5.0.1 on it. If you already started to configure it, run Settings app and select General > Reset > Erase All Content And Settings. Ensure that your iPad / iPhone is on, connected via USB to your PC and iTunes is not started. All other iTunes related process should be also stopped (Run Task Manager and make sure they are stopped). You might also need to turn off any antivirus app you have.

For this process, your iDevice should stay on the Home screen and ON. Disable screen protection and password, set to NEVER or anything more than 10 minutes Read More…

How to watch Hulu Plus on Galaxy SII Skyrocket and pretty much every other Android device

Thanks to developer/hacker Vgeezy, Hulu Plus can now be enjoyed as an application on every Android handset/tablet available, even the ones that were not deemed compatible by Hulu. One such device is the new LTE enablet Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocekt launched several months ago by AT&T and my favorite smartphone at this point. You can download two variants of modded Hulu Plus apk from here (portrait orientation) and from here (landscape modded orientation) for devices that lack a portrait mode. I can confirm it works on my Skyrocket and reports confirm it working on Motorola Xoom, Archos 101 G9, Galaxy Nexus, Asus Transformer TF101, HTC HD2, Viewsonic G Tablet, Motorola Atrix 2, Evo, etc. Just be sure to disable any ad blocking apps you might have installed, or at least configure them to let Hulu Plus through.

At this point, unfortunately the modded Hulu Plus apk doesn’t work with any Google TV variants, the main reason being the x86 architecture and the lack of the needed libraries. Well, one can always hope that the next version will!

via XDA-Developers

iPad 2 iOS 5.0.1 and iPhone 4S untethered jailbreak is out via Absinthe A5 jailbreak – How To video embedded

Good news folks, you can finally jailbreak your A5 based iPhone 4S or iPad 2 thanks to the effort of a Chronic-Dev “Dream Team” of hackers and their latest release, the Absinthe A5 untethered jailbreaking solution that unleashes the full power of both iPhone 4S and iPad 2 running iOS 5.0 or 5.0.1.

Currently Absinthe A5 is available on MAC only in version absinthe-mac-0.1.2-1.zip, with a Windows version to follow soon. You can download it from here and start jailbreaking away! For detailed How-to information, check the following video thanks to the same skilled Chronic-Dev team.

Update: If you want to download the new Absinthe version absinthe-mac-0.1.2-2.zip, you can do so here.

Best Media Streamers / Players 2012 – Top 10

A new year, a new top 10 list that tries to offer a comprehensive view of the top 10 best media streamers for 2012.

If 2011 was a year in which the media streamer boxes sales experienced a consolidation and media streamers like WD TV Live, Boxee Box or Apple TV exploded in sales, 2012 is a year when beside commoditization of the boxes at prices under $100, the manufacturers will fight quite hard to ensure access to content. From new technologies designed to put a media streamer in every TV sold in 2012 – see the Roku streamer USB stick that should add streaming content to every HDMI-MHL compatible TV on the market to new Google TV boxes from new manufacturers, everything is gearing up toward a complete online experience from your big screen TV. We are here to help you make an informed decision, whether you are trying to stream local / networked content or you just need to access as many web services as possible.

As in 2011, In terms of pure streaming, Roku deserves to be again on the first place due to its excellent implementation of web clients and the support for all important premium clients such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video on Demand, etc. HBO GO and many other additional channels fond their way to Roku Boxes and their prices are Read More…

Nook Tablet Review 2012

Nook Tablet is together with Kindle Fire one of the most eagerly awaited gadgets of the year. Barnes & Noble’s previous tablet, the Nook Color held an important record – the best selling tablet after Apple’s iPad and that is a not an easy feat considering how crowded the tablet market has become. It is obvious though that pricing correctly sells, and the original Nook Color was priced correctly, the HP Touchpad has been priced correctly ( 😀 ) during its fire sale and the current Nook Tablet is also priced correctly at $249. However, it is $50 more than Kindle Fire. Is it worth the extra money? How does it stand against its main competitor from Amazon? These are only some questions we’ll try to answer in this Nook Tablet Review. Read More…