Even though iOS 4.3.4 got jailbroken almost as soon as it was released, it came with a catch. The jailbreak was tethered, which means you cannot restart your device without having to jailbreak again. Unfortunately, it seems things are going to stay that way.
According to a popular iOS developer i0n1c (Stefen Esser, for those not fluent in leetspeak), Apple has not only patched the PDF vulnerability in iOS 4.3.4 but also added more mitigation checks. This prevents Redsn0w from performing an untethered jailbreak and it seems it will stay that way for a while. Read more »
Remember those Galaxy S II smartphones that Samsung so generously donated to the CyanogenMod Team for developing custom ROMs for the device? Well, that gesture wasn’t in vain as the devs have been hard at work and we can now see the fruits of their hard work.
Below you can see the Galaxy S II running on the CyanogenMod 7 along with LauncherPro. Unfortunately, it is still a work in progress and few things aren’t working quite well as of now but the team is working on them and hopefully should release it soon for users to download. Head past the break to check out the video. Read more »
If you are a gamer, you probably start salivating at the sound of names like Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Unfortunately, there is still some time for these games to arrive. But we have something to keep you busy till then.
Now I know these are just the game trailers and you have probably seen them before anyway. But this is just something to pass your time till you wait for the real thing. And we have tried to include gameplay videos wherever we can instead of just trailers, so they are all the more exciting to watch. So, let us begin then. Head past the break to watch all the trailers we have collected for you. Read more »
The Android 3.2 Honeycomb update is now official and Google has released an SDK for it. We also have a list of improvements that this update brings along with it and the buzzword seems to be ‘compatibility’, whether it is the compatibility of the current Android smartphone apps on Honeycomb or the compatibility of Honeycomb itself with devices with multiple display sizes.
One of the first major features is a new compatibility zoom for fixed-size applications. This lets you either view the application on the screen in 1:1 aspect ratio or zoom it to fit the screen. Read more »
The Motorola Atrix ships with a locked bootloader like all Motorola Android phones but someone recently discovered an upcoming Gingerbread ROM for the phone that also helped unlock the bootloader on the current device. However, that unlock was limited to only AT&T devices so those elsewhere were still at Motorola’s mercy.
However, thanks to a new discovery by the good folks at XDA forums, you will now be able to unlock your Motorola Atrix regardless of the location. Project Cheesecake, as the search was called, uncovered some files in an upcoming Orange UK firmware that can be applied to any Atrix device to unlock the bootloader. Read more »
The browser on S40 phones has always been a bit of a disappointment and one of the many weak areas in the OS. Anyone with even a remote interest in web browsing would choose Opera Mini over it any day. But now Nokia has launched an updated version of the browser, which is still in beta but can be downloaded from Nokia Labs or the Ovi Store, and plans to make up for its predecessor’s shortcomings.
Among the list of features in the new 1.0.3 version is a combined URL and search box, so you don’t have to dig through the menu to perform a quick search of the web. Also among the list of additions is a drop-down toolbar that houses options such as the ability to post the link to the current page on Twitter or Facebook and even an option to translate the text on the current page to the default language of the device. As time progresses, more options will be added here. Read more »
PayPal has announced a cool new way to transfer money from one person to another. It involves the use of the NFC technology found in some of today’s smartphones.
To make this work, all you have to do is install the PayPal widget on your phone. Then you enter the amount that you want to receive in this widget and touch your phone to the person’s phone who will be sending you the money. Once the phone vibrates, the other person is asked to enter their pin number, following which the transaction is completed and you get the money along with a confirmation email. Read more »
They took their sweet time with it but Twitter has finally updated the Android version of their mobile app to include two of the most requested features; push notifications and multiple accounts.
As the name suggests, push notifications gives you updates about your @mentions, direct messages and tweets instantly without you having to manually refresh or set an automatic refresh duration. Having personally tested this feature I can say it works as advertised. Read more »
Nokia may not care much about MeeGo but they sure do care about the N9 a lot and are doing their best to keep interest alive in the product alive. Their recent effort in achieving this goal involves creating a series of six ultra quick and interlinked nine second ads for the N9. Nokia claims these are the world’s quickest ads.
Each of the six ads are based around one of the N9′s key feature, such as the swipe gesture, web browser, social media connectivity, maps, camera and the all-screen design. All six ads are on YouTube now and after watching them all, I must they didn’t make a lot of sense. But I guess they are not supposed to make a lot of sense. Read more »
Apple has released the third beta of the iOS 5 for developers. Along with performance update and bug fixes, this new update also adds a lot of minor changes across the OS.
For starters, you now have the option to enable or disable location services while setting up the phone. You also have more options to choose from for enabling or disabling location services. There is an option of disabling voice roaming now along with data. Read more »
Taking a screenshot on Android continues to be a massive pain in the posterior. After three years and five versions Google still hasn’t incorporated this feature in the OS. And if that wasn’t bad enough there is no solution in the form of a third-party app on the Android Market, at least not without rooting your phone first. If you don’t want to root your only other option is using the Android SDK on your PC.
CyanogenMod has announced that they will be adding the ability to take native screenshots by long-pressing the power button in v7.1. It also brings back touch-to-focus on HTC phones. The v7.1.0 RC1 is currently available for you to try and has been deemed stable enough for daily use. Read more »
Continuing with their newly adopted speedy release cycle for Firefox, Mozilla has now launched the first beta for the Firefox 6 desktop browser for Windows, Mac and Linux based computers along with the Android version.
The following are the list of changes in the desktop version of Firefox 6: Read more »
HTC Thunderbolt users on Verizon are being treated to a new software update, v1.70.605.0. Unfortunately, this won’t update the phone to Gingerbread but brings with it some nice new features as well as fixes some issues with the current firmware.
For starters it reduces the number of power cycles and resets on the phone. There is also an improvement in data connectivity. Apart from that you get enhanced call history view, tabbed layout in application menu, people search function, Backup Assistant, Desktop cradle app and the addition of NY Times as a bookmark in the browser. Read more »
So far there has been a lack of a good turn-by-turn navigation software for the Windows Phone 7 platform. So to address this issue, Garmin has stepped in and released their StreetPilot app on the Windows Marketplace.
The app costs a hefty $39.99 but comes with a host of features such as the aforementioned voice prompted, turn-by-turn navigation, real time traffic updates, integrated local search, lane assist with junction view, current weather with forecast, etc. Read more »
Although the Motorola Xoom launched with the bragging rights of being the first ever Honeycomb tablet, it never really tasted the kind of successes that Motorola (or Google) may have been hoping for. Not only was it considerably overshadowed by the iPad, it also got forgotten when newer and more exciting Honeycomb tablets started appearing.
One of the reasons for its lackluster sales could be attributed to its high price. So to address this Motorola has finally slashed the price of the base model by $100, bringing it down to $499. This, coupled with the fact that it has 32GB on-board storage, unlike 16GB on most of its similarly priced rivals, makes it bit better value. Read more »