Netflix got out a new Netflix app version for iOS platform and this time the happy owners of iPhone 4 and latest generation of iPod Touch are getting video-out (you’ll still need an adapter). For some reason, the owners of older iOS devices as iPhone 3G and 3GS will not get the new feature (is it a speed issue or a way to force the owners of older devices to upgrade?). Anyway, a good news if you just don’t want to spend $100 or so to buy a full featured media streamer box as WD TV Live Plus or the new Apple TV. And of course, you won’t get HD streaming as more capable boxes offer. The application is free and you can subscribe for Netflix unlimited streaming plan for $8.99.
Dev-Team – the group behind PwnageTool iOS jailbreaking software demoed today a beta implementing the latest security exploit called SHAtter. You might remember that a while ago we announced a brand new exploit developed by pod2g. Well, Dev-Team today’s demo is based on it and the security exploit it might be harder to close by Apple this time.
The SHAtter exploit implemented in the current PwnageTool beta “convinced” the iPod touch 4G to restore to a custom firmware (IPSW) instead of the official one and has all the goods (Cydia, root shell) included.
By Dev-Team own admission, PwnageTool is overkill to be used just for jailbreaking purposes since faster tools are being developed. Currently it is used for iPhone 4 owners that want to update their firmware while keeping the baseband and ultrasn0w carrier unlock. That being said, we would be delighted to put our hands on it since the redsn0w installation kit for Windows is still not available.
Check after the break for the video demoing the last exploit in action. Read More…
The way we usually like to write our gadget reviews is after we had some time to play with them and we worked out the kinks, the good things, the not so good ones and have a comprehensive image about how the product behaves in the day to day life. While coming later that other iPhone 4 reviews, we offer you Review Horizon’s version today to celebrate exactly 3 months since its US launch.
I bought my iPhone 4 shortly after its launch so the unpacking pictures reflects a different season 🙂 Most of the current iPhone 4 users (myself included) upgraded from iPhone 3G, not 3GS due to the 2 year AT&T plan cycle so I’ll base my observations and comparisons on the older model.
iPhone 4 Unpacking
The box itself is very small and contains the iPhone 4 itself, the USB cable, a pair of headphones (microphone included) and a very tiny USB charger that you can use to power your Sony PSP, Kindle / Nook reader or any other device charging via a low power USB connection. If your PC can charge it, Apple’s mini USB charger will do it as well. Read More…
If you look carefully at Apple Game Center’s page, and if you are also a owner of older generation iPhone 3G and iPod 1st gen, you will experience a feeling of sadness, Why? Because Apple left them out. The game Center introduced in iOS 4.1 will only be compatible with iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, iPod Touch 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation. It will interesting to know though if a potential jailbreak can bring the Game Center to the older devices the same way multi-tasking was implemented on jailbroken 3G, but even so, I will expect the performance to be rather bad.
- Steve opened the conference by bragging about their new stores opened in Frace (Paris), China (Shanghai) and London (Covent Garden). Really beautiful, I have to admit. They have stores in 10 different countries with Spain being the 11th one.
- iOS 4.1 is launched today, will come live next week – contains bug fixes (Bluetooth, proximity sensor, etc), support for HDR (High Dynamic Range photos) and HD video uploads via WiFi
- Game Center API arrives as well, as part of iOS 4.1, enables multi-player games
- A new game, still in development called “Project Sword” rendered in real time – no chance it’ll work on iPhone 3G/3GS
- iPad gets wireless printing and other goodies as part of iOS 4.2 (due later in the year and meant mainly for iPad)
- iOS 4.2 coming out in November, brings multi-thread, multi-task to iPad, also folder structure similar with the iPhone one
- you’ll be able to stream all kind of media (music, photos, videos over WiFi to your iPad)
- new iPods announced (over 275 millions sold to date)
- new iPod Shuffle, 15 hours battery life, 5 colors, $49 price
- new iPod Nano, a multi-touch square, 24 hours battery life and running iOS!!! Surprise!!! this is the new iPod touch? $149 8GB, $179 the 16GB version
- the new iPod Touch – as expected, features retina display, Apple A4 CPU, 3 axis gyro, iOS 4.1 with Game Center, FaceTime with front camera HD Video Recording – basically an iPhone 4 without the iPhone
- iPod Touch Prices – 8GB model $229, 32GB for $299, and 64GB for $399 and starts shipping next week. You can pre-order today though
- iTunes 10 is announced, together with some impressive numbers (12 billion songs, 450 million TV episodes, 100 million movies, and 35 million books). Not bad! and they removed the CD image from the logo, so no more CDs. Good riddance.
- iTunes 10 introduces Ping, a new social network for music, basically you can buy/listen what your friends are listening and the other way around. Not really impressive in my opinion, but everything have to be social nowadays
- Steve is demoing Ping, you can preview songs posted by your friends, and of course, BUY them
- you can download iTunes 10 today
- APPLE TV is here!!!
- Apple TV Specs: built in WiFi 802.11n, HDMI, optical, about 1/4 size of the original unit
- You can rent but cannot buy movies; Prices: $4.99 first run movies, $0.99 a TV show (not bad). ABC and Fox are the announced partners.
- will stream both Netflix and Youtube
- Flickr and MobileMe will offer photo services
- Nothing that hints abut applications support, was everybody wrong? This way it won’t be more than a glorified WD TV Live Plus
- iTV supports Photo slideshow from your PC…nothing to write home about
- you can stream content from an iPad to your TV
- the price is $99 – as expected
- available in about 4 weeks but you can pre-order today
Check for pictures after the break.
Verizon Wireless officially announced today the upcoming release of their newest smartphone, Motorola Droid 2.
Powered by an impressive 1GHz TI OMAP CPU, Droid 2 also features 512MB RAM (same as iPhone 4), a 3.7″ WVGA (480×854) capacitive touch screen LCD display and Android 2.2 OS, the phone is the latest Verizon alternative to the undisputed champ of the smartphones, iPhone 4. Other cool features include support for Flash Player 10.1, physical keyboard (raised keys this time), 5 MP camera and 8GB onboard memory upgradeable through a microSD card (already populated by Verizon with a 8GB card). The overall dimensions are 4.58″ length, 2.38″ wide and 0.54″ thick. As the price goes, Droid 2 should set you back $199 after $100 mail rebate (I hate rebates) and with a 2 year contract. Droid 2 will be available in stores around August 12th.
Note: interesting for a smartphone, DLNA support is also present, so if you have a DLNA server in the house, you’ll be able to stream your media (photos, movies, music) on the phone. Cool!
Droid 2 also features the 3G Mobile HotSpot technology (an additional $20/month) and can feed Internet for up to 5 WiFi devices.
If you have already jailbroken your iPhone (remember, it is legal now) you can now run Flash on it (albeit in a limited mode for now) thanks to the latest Frash version from Comex, the very same developer that offers browser only jailbreak services. This should be interesting, because it opens up a can of worms Steve Jobs would rather hide. The new Frash version is available on Cydia by adding repo.benm.at repository. (Go to Cydia->Manage->Sources->Edit->Add and enter repo.benm.at repository. When finished, press Add Source button. Cydia will update the new source and Frash should be then available for search. Also available is the Frash Toggle for SBSettings, if you want to be able to easily turn ON/OFF Flash support). The size is 11.6MB for the Frash package. Upon successful installation, you will need to reboot you iPhone.
I tested Frash after the installation and it works well with many websites, but occasionally causes Safari browser to crash. Since it is still in Alpha version, this is to be expected. The speed is also not amazing but I expect it to improve as well. If you have children, you must visit Starfall.com. Check several screenshots after the break.
Dev-Team did it again…The latest update of ultrasn0w supports now unlocking for iPhone 4. Just a couple of days after releasing their easy jailbreak method, Dev-Team releases a new version of ultrasn0w that unlocks the latest and greatest iPhone 4. Ultrasn0w version 1.0.1 is available on Cydia and unlocks iPhone 4 baseband 01.59.00 and iPhone 3 / iPhone 3GS basebands 04.26.04, 05.11.07, 05.12.01 & 05.13.04.
You should of course have an already jailbroken iPhone 4. If you didn’t jailbreak your iPhone yet, there is a short tutorial here. Ultrasn0w should be available on Cydia, but if you cannot find it, you might need to add the following repository: repo666.ultrasn0w.com
A new way of jailbreaking your beloved iPhone appeared and it is easier than ever. So easy in fact, that it is enough to visit a website and you’ll jaibreak your iPhone without using a PC or MAC. I just jailbreak my iPhone 4 running iOS 4.0.1 while sitting at the pool watching my son. It took less than 5 minutes and I had Cydia installed (and SBSettings and dTunes) Actually SBSettings is one of the main reasons I still want to jailbreak my iPhone 4…that and the fact I can used it for tethering.
OK, so let’s see how you can do it: All you need is to visit this website (Jailbreakme.com) and follow the instructions on the screen which are self explanatory. I included some screenshots to see how I did it. You’ll also see that it is an iPhone 4 from the amount of memory displayed in SBSettings.
The website is fairly hammered right now so you might need to try several times until you get through. Alternatively, you might try this alternative website as well, although chances are it will be hammered as well for a while. I got through from only three tries though. Again, you will need to visit the above mentioned websites from Safari and with your iPhone.
After everything is finished, Cydia should be available on your desktop. It took a while though to updated all the sources/packages so SBSettings was available about an hour after I had my iPhone 4 jailbroken. Got the 5 icon dock as well, of course.
Warning: There is a slim chance your iPhone will be bricked. A standard restore in iTunes should fix that and you can try again. Check after the break for screenshots. Read More…
Another day, another iPhone App update (or 8 for this matter, including PayPal and Echofon for Twitter app) but the most important update for today is the new version of Skype client for iPhone, now at version 2.1.0. The new Skype version contains goodies as slightly improved graphics to go with the much improved iPhone display and also background VOIP calls. That’s it, you can now push the Home button while you are making a call and start other applications while able to talk as well. All this available for iOS4 with support for “multitasking”. That means iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the jailbroken iPhone 3G.