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Review: CoolStream Bluetooth Receiver for iPhone Dock


If you recently upgraded your iPhone/iPad to a newer model featuring the Lightning connector or moved away completely from iOS devices, do not throw your old 30-pin docking station away. Thanks to CoolStream Bluetooth Receiver you can still use it with whatever new device you have now, as long as it contains a Bluetooth adapter.  Exeter Science & Entertainment  was kind enough to provide us with a sample for the review so sit back and enjoy reading our experience using it for the past week.

 Before proceeding with the review, there is one point I would like to make: the 30-pin Apple connector using in their older iPhone/iPod/iPad series can transfer both analog and digital sound. While the Read More…

CNN launches 24/7 live streaming on CNN.com and iOS devices

When I saw this news, before reading CNN’s full press release I was really happy. I cut the cable cord long time ago relying on Netflix / Hulu Plus to provide me with entertainment, however I missed CNN. I thought – hey, they finally got smart and provide us with live streaming services – it is true, but, like ESPN or HBO Go, you’ll have to have a cable  /satellite subscription to access the new CNN/HLN live streams. The iPhone / iPad app update is already available in the Apple’s app store for free (screen shots after the break) , however in order to unlock the live streaming feature you’ll need to have a subscription to one of the following:

COX – Comcast – AT&T U-verse TV, Dish Network or Suddenlink. Verizon is mentioned in the press release but not available in the app.

Interestingly enough, Time Warner is not listed as supported providers for the CNN iOS app, presumably because they already have their own streaming app?

That being said, I do hope that, with more and more people cutting the cable cord, the big content providers will understand the need to stream their live feeds online in order to reach the growing crowd that choose to not pay a cable / satellite subscription.

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iOS 4.3.4 out, nothing useful but closes the PDF jailbreakme 3.0 hole

With no other purpose other than to close the recently discovered and hugely popular security hole used in the recently released jailbreakme.com 3.0 jailbreak, Apple just launched iOD 4.3.4. Unless you have some self esteem issues if you do not have the latest update, my advice is to stay away, even if you don’t intend to jailbreak right now. Also, always behind version wise, Verizon’s iPhones get version 4.2.9 with the same fix.

So again, the only purpose of Apple’s new iOS versions is to close the existing security hole that allows the current jailbreak. You have been warned!

In case you were living under a rock, the new Jailbreakme 3.0 is a userland jailbreaking method that for the first time worked on the iPad 2 devices (and everything else) running iOS 4.3.3.

AT&T 3G MicroCell Review – 2011


I am a long time AT&T subscriber, not because I particularly love the company, but because in my area, the competition sucks even more in terms of signal strength and coverage. While AT&T’s signal is relatively decent outside the house, inside the strenght is atrocious, my iPhone 4 gets only 1 line and 50% of the time the call is dropped. I called AT&T many times to complain to no avail. You can imagine my surprise when I got a letter from AT&T a couple of weeks ago stating that they are having a promotion for a free 3G Microcell and I immediately jumped in the car and drove to my local AT&T store to get one. One our later, my new gadget was unpacked, installed and activated. I did use it for almost three weeks now and the conclusions are described in this AT&T 3G MicroCell Review. Read More…

Apple releases iBooks 1.3 with read-aloud feature

Apple just released a new iBooks app version 1.3. Beside several bug fixes, the major new feature is read-aloud that works with certain children books in the iBookstore. The main difference from let’s say Kindle 3 is that read-aloud uses a real person to narrate the books and  some books will help your children read along by highlighting the words as they are spoken. The new feature closely resemble the interactive books available on the Nook Color since last year. Some books even have video clips and other interactive features integrated. The new 1.3 update also increases iBooks speed when very large books are opened.

Read-aloud is very simple to use and iBooks allow automatic page turning and volume control from inside the application.

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iPhone iOS 5 beta already got its own jailbreak on launch day, iPad 2 jailbreak still out of reach

This must be one of the quickest jailbreaks ever – and it comes again from our trusted Dev-Team. Its member musclenerd tweeted earlier in the day with the big announcement. Why so fast? Because the current jailbreak method is based on the popular limera1n vulnerability. The only problem is that this jailbreak is tethered, meaning you’ll have to re-apply it if you ever reboot your iOS based device. We are quite sure that an un-tethered method will follow, especially since there are still several month until the release iOS 5.0 will be publicly released. Meantime, we are still waiting for our iPad 2 jailbreak which Read More…

iPad 2 Reviews roundup – the main conclusions

iPad 2 won’t ship until tomorrow (orders start only at 1:00AM Pacific Time, in Apple store at 5:00PM local time), but there are already a bunch of early reviews around the web from the big guys lucky enough to get their test units early. While everybody is in awe about the reduced thickness of the new Apple device – at only 0.34 inches – amazingly enough even slimmer that the already slim iPhone 4, the general opinion seems to be that the new iteration is more an evolutionary device rather than revolutionary.

Everything is faster and better, that much is sure. The weight is somewhat reduced from around 1.5 pounds to about 1.34 pounds (for Europeans, from 680g to 601g), the overall dimensions are reduced a bit to 9.5 by 7.3 inches (see the comparison table) and the processor in now dual core A5 instead of single core A4.
The memory doubles as well to 512MB from 256MB and there is a new graphic beast inside, around 9 times faster than the Read More…

VLC Media Player launches on iPhone in version 1.1

In what we knew was only a matter of time, one of the most popular media players on the planet found its way on the iPhone, running on iPhone 4, 3GS and the new models of iPod touch. Initially launched on iPad only, the new VLC Media Player version 1.1 brings support for more file extensions and a faster decoding due to assembly optimizations. Among the files that VLC can play you can find .avi, .mkv, .ts, .mov, .mp4, and .m4v.

While we can’t do anything but rejoice, we found ourselves really wanting some way to access files stored on our home servers, so VLC, if you can hear us, give us some network sharing and or DLNA love!

Meantime, go to iTunes and download VLC Media Player for free.

Yahoo Messenger 2.0 for iPhone 4 released, first to allow video calling over 3G

Well, someone had to do it first, right? And it wasn’t Skype so it had to be Yahoo! Their latest Yahoo Messenger version 2.0 for iOS devices  is available for free in the Apple App Store and it allows free video conference over 3G using either of iPhone 4 two cameras (with instant switching). The new version also offers international calling from your iPhone via 3G networks. The video calls work both between two iPhones or between an iPhone and your PC. The quality is reasonable but the reliability is not where I would like it to be. Maybe version 2.0.1 😉

Based on the initial reports, Yahoo Messenger 2.0 for iOS doesn’t work with the MAC client which wasn’t updated in quite a while, only with the more popular PC version. This version also supports background call and multi-tasking.

As today’s release proved, there is no technical impediment to have video over 3G and we can’t help but wonder why not yet a Skype or FaceTime version?

How to jailbreak your iPhone 4 / iPhone 3GS, iPOD Touch 4G / 3G and iPad using limera1n

Boy oh boy, it just raining with methods to jailbreak your iDevice today, isn’t it? We just posted how to jailbreak using greenp0ison and now, for your jailbreaking pleasure will detail the process using limera1n, a jailbreak tool developed by Geohot. limera1n will successfully jailbreak the iOS versions 4.0, 4.0.2 and 4.1 and features a rather spartan interface with a single button: “make it ra1n”.

The application is available only for the Windows platform at this point with a MAC version to follow soon. Let’s see how it works in detail:

Step 1: Download limera1n from here.

Step 2: Put your iDevice in DFU mode. For instructions in how to do it, read this article (step 7 in particular).

Step 3: Push “make it ra1n” button and let it work its magic.

Step 4: Reboot when it is done

Step 5: Enjoy your jailbroken device

It is interesting to note that limera1n and greenpois0n are using two different jailbreaking methods and Apple is certainly not happy with iOS security flaws.