Apple has followed up on its iOS 7.1.2 software update with a public release of OS X 10.9.4 on the Mac App Store. The latest version of OS X Mavericks fixes an issue where some Macs would automatically connect to known Wi-Fi networks, improves the reliability of wake from sleep and includes Safari 7.0.5. The full changelog has been posted ahead… Read More
Apple has seeded iOS 7.1.2 as an over-the-air update and through iTunes for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models. The latest software version includes improved iBeacon connectivity and stability, fixes a bug with data transfer for certain third-party accessories and corrects a major Mail attachment privacy issue. The full changelog has been posted ahead.
If you are currently jailbroken on iOS 7.1.1 or below, you will be happy to hear that the Chinese jailbreak tool Pangu is compatible with iOS 7.1.2. You are safe to update to the latest software version, at which point you can follow Jeff’s guide on how to jailbreak iOS 7.1.2 using Pangu. Just like on iOS 7.1.1 and below, it remains an untethered jailbreak.
Apple has seeded the fourth beta of OS X 10.9.4 to registered Mac developers for testing. This latest OS X Mavericks beta has the build number 13E25 and arrives just six days following the third OS X 10.9.4 beta release. As with most of these minor build releases, it is unknown exactly what changes that Apple has made, but we should be nearing a public release soon… Read More
Good news Mac owners, Stack Social is running another one of its popular “name your own price” software promotions. There are 11 apps in the bundle, worth some $400, and like the name suggests you can literally pay whatever you want.
Is there a catch? A small one. The deal site keeps a running average of what people are paying for the package, which is currently at $8.95. Pay below the average, and you’ll only get 4 of the apps; you must pay $8.96 or higher to get all 11… Read More
Whether you’re planning on getting a new Mac for the holidays, or you’re just looking for some new apps to increase productivity on your current one, you’ll want to check out this big Mac software bundle from Stack Social.
The deal site is currently offering a suite of 10 Apple computer applications, which includes AfterShot Pro, Vitamin-R, skEdit and Compartments, at a steep discount. More details and a full rundown of the apps after the fold… Read More
A little over a week from now, retailers everywhere are going to open their doors to hordes of holiday shoppers as they rush towards their must-have items. Everything from TVs to iPads will be heavily discounted for what is known as Black Friday.
But these holiday sales aren’t just limited to consumer electronics—take this new Black Friday Mac Bundle from Stack Social, for example. The deal site is offering up a package of 11 popular Mac apps (well 10 apps and 1 game) at an 88% discount… Read More
If you’re HTC, I’d imagine you’d try anything at this point to drum up buyers for your new flagship handset. After suffering steep losses over the last several quarters, the Taiwanese electronics giant desperately needs the HTC One to be a hit.
And it’s latest effort isn’t a half-bad one. In an attempt to make it easier for iPhone users to make the switch to the One, HTC has enabled it to extract data from backup files. This will allow for automatic transfers of photos, videos and more… Read More
The Apple TV received an update to its interface, shortly after today’s iPad media event.
The interface, while nice at first glance, does little more than spiffy up the Apple TV’s Home screen. Underneath the friendly bubble based interface, you’ll find the same text-based menus of old.
It’s basically just a shiny coat of new paint on top of the Apple TV’s plain jane UI. It’s certainly not a sole reason to purchase an Apple TV, or negate your jailbreak just to enjoy the new UI… Read More
Let’s face it, iTunes is a bit of a bloated mess. What started out as a handy jukebox has somehow turned into the music-selling, app-syncing behemoth that we are all so beholden to if we want to own an iOS device.
That means iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches all rely on iTunes as their way of keeping things in check – syncing songs, videos, apps, and playlists is all done via iTunes and one of those white USB sync cables. It’s how we’ve always done it, and it is how Apple wants you to do it.
Now yes, Apple has been keen to bring its ‘PC-free’ world to the iOS devices we all carry around. But what if you want to keep all your media on a computer and then sync it across to an iOS device without having to deal with all this cloud stuff? If iTunes is not your bag, then you might want to give CopyTrans Manager a try. Read More
The Cupertino company has had a rough time sorting out its Apple TV updates over the past few weeks. It seems that all the trouble started when Scott Forstall’s team released iOS 5 to the public earlier this month.
Last week Apple released a software update for its media hub (4.4.1), but it was immediately pulled due to customer complaints. Apparently re-releasing it still didn’t do the trick, because tonight Apple seeded 4.4.2 to Apple TV owners… Read More
Mac OS X Software company Digiarty is well known for its MacX software lineup. Their software has a reputation for being extremely easy to use for the not-so-tech-savvy. Well, it appears they are trying to make that same name for themselves in the iPhone transfer app industry.
We’ve seen several iPhone transfer software titles in the last few years. i-Funbox is a popular one, so is iPhone Explorer. Heck, a lot of folks even use the SSH method to transfer files back and forth to their iPhone. What does Digiarty’s MacX iPhone Mounter have that the others don’t? Read More
A series of new developments has shed some light on Apple’s product roadmap for the coming year. First, we thought that Apple would be holding a media event in April for iOS 5 and MobileMe. TechCrunch followed up on those rumors by saying that iOS 5 would be pushed back to the fall, and that the iPhone 5 would be released this summer running a version of iOS 4.
Today, Apple announced the dates and information for their annual World Wide Develepors Conference this June. Apple’s focus for WWDC this year will clearly be on software, and, unless they’ve got a big surprise up their sleeve, we probably won’t see the iPhone 5 launch during the expected time frame… Read More
The Camera+ fiasco has been an interesting one to follow. The popular photography app was a sensation when it was first released in the App Store. Then, it was pulled. Just like that. The app was updated with a backdoor to allow a volume button camera shutter, which apparently Apple didn’t like.
At the time of it being pulled, Camera+ was considered the crème de la crème of photography apps. Most felt as though Apple should have lightened up on Camera+ by not pulling the app for simply adding a cool and innovative feature. The problem was that Camera+ violated Apple’s guidelines on how an app can interface with the iPhone’s controls.
We recently reported that Camera+ had announced that its return to the App Store would be very soon. After many months of silence, Camera+ is back and better than ever…
Many of us jailbreakers know how frustrating it can be to debug the modifications we make to iOS. When installing an app in Cydia, if the app requires it, Cydia gives you a prompt to restart your springboard.
There are two types of restarts you can have on your iPhone: a hardware restart and a software restart. A hardware restart takes considerably longer, and it is when you see the Apple boot logo (or your own, modded logo). A simple software restart usually does the trick for installing new packages on your iPhone, and it also helps with ironing out the bugs you may be experiencing… Read More
Jay Freeman, better known as saurik, recently gave a TED talk on the philosophy of mobile software. He compared the iPhone’s App Store and the jailbreak mentality to how consumers buy and modify cars. He made the case for what he has based his career on: that consumers do not want the software limitations that Apple maintains on iOS.
The first half of saurik’s TED talk explains the state of the car industry, and the consumer approach to buying and modifying cars. His comparison is interesting, and it definitely merits his point about Apple’s App Store philosophy…
I can say from first hand experience that there are thousands of tech related stories that come across the wire each day. Sifting through them all to bring you relevant stories for the iPhone allows me to see just how much of a daily media buzz surrounds the Apple world.
The news surrounding Apple is mostly positive and is the most plentiful according to Mashable. Their report shows a study done by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism that has Apple leading the news race with just over 15% of all tech stories including Cupertino as the main topic… Read More
iOS is a wonderful operating system in my opinion. That doesn’t mean I think that other phones should necessarily run the Apple created software. Apparently a certain HTC owner didn’t think the same because it appears that the OS has been successfully been morphed over another platform.
The rumor was right… Apple did release firmware 2.2 last night and for once, it seems that we have some useful features added:
Enhancements to Maps:
- Google Street View
- public transit and walking directions
- display address of dropped pins
- share location via email
Enhancements to Mail
- resolve isolated issues with scheduled fetching of email
- improved formatting of wide HTML email
- Improved stability and performance of Safari
- Podcasts are now available for download in the iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular networks)
- Decrease in call set-up failures and call drops
- Improved sound quality of visual voicemail messages
- Pressing the Home button from any Home screen takes you the first Home screen
- Preference to turn on/off keyboard auto-correction
Apparently, iPod Touch users don’t get the Google Maps upgrade that includes the addition of Street View as well as public transit and walking directions.
So, as anticipated our friends the misfits have recently released the long awaited 2.2 update. We can confirm that this update SHOULD NOT be applied using iTunes if you want the chance of a soft-unlock in the near future.
If you want to keep that option of a ‘soft-unlock in the near future’ available but you want the new features of 2.2, you will be able to update to 2.2 using a PwnageTool created custom ipsw file that disables the baseband update. You will be able to do this using an updated version of PwnageTool that will be released sometime soon.
Some facts –
- The 2.2 firmware for 3G contains a baseband update for the 3G iPhone
- The 2.2 firmware for 2G (1st gen iPhones) doesn’t contain a baseband update and the baseband is still at 04.05.04
- We believe that our Pwnage technique (and therefore the Jailbreak) isn’t affected, but PwnageTool and QuickPwn do not support this release as yet, so DO NOT install 2.2 using iTunes as you will lose your jailbreak
- If you apply this update and you previously relied on PwnageTool or QuickPwn to activate your phone, it may become temporarily deactivated and unusable (until we release the new version of PwnageTool or QuickPwn).
- PwnageTool and QuickPwn updates will be released as soon as possible that will allow a safe update path to 2.2 the release of these updates is inevitable but not imminent, we are creating the modifications right now and we need to put the new software through the usual testing process.
- If you apply this update and you have third-party (non AppStore) applications that you rely on they will stop working.
- 2G (1st gen) iPhone users who cannot wait for the new PwnageTool or QuickPwn can safely “Update” to 2.2 using iTunes, this will preserve the existing activation. However “restoring” to 2.2 using iTunes will return the iPhone to the unactivated state. If you are in any doubt just wait. NB: This works for 2G ONLY.
- The use of SIM-Proxies (small circuit boards/chips that sit underneath the SIM card) to provide GSM/UMTS service on your locked iPhone 3G is a method that we have always advised against. Early reports suggest that the 2.2 update disables the functionality of these devices. The techniques used were always unreliable and we are surprised that they have lasted this long.
- We are not working on the 2nd generation iPod touch at the moment, so we cannot comment on what the the 2.2 software update may do to this specific model
So, as always, if you are in any doubt whatsoever please delay the install of this firmware on any of your devices until we have investigated the release in more detail. Watch this space
Also, iTunes 8.0.2 is out now. I doubt this will make much difference either way, but ask yourself, why bother. Just because a new version is out doesn’t mean you want it. I would hold off on this also.
iPhone Firmware 2.2 and iTunes 8.0.2 are both available from the downloads section of our blog.
After SSH, I believe that iPhoneBrowser is the best way to manage your iPhone files. It is easy and quick to use, especially if you want to play around with your themes or fonts. This being said, it’s gonna be hard for a new software to make me stop my relationship with iPhoneBrowser.
Now comes DiskAid, a free software which does most of what iPhoneBrowser does, but “most of” is not enough… I want DiskAid to do more than that. Let’s see what Digi DNA, the company behind DiskAid says about it:
DiskAid is a tool for PC and Mac which enables to use your iPhone or iPod Touch as external Disk.
With DiskAid you can transfer files and folders between your iPhone or iPod Touch and your Computer.
* DiskAid is a Freeware, 100% free of charge
* PC Windows & Mac OSX compatibility
* Supports iPhone 1, 3G and all iPod Touch
* Auto detection feature, just plugin it in !
* Copy Files & Folders between your iPhone or iPod Touch and your Computer
* Files & Folders Browser
* Drag & Drop
* Features rich file organization including folder creation, renaming… etc.
* No jailbreak needed
* Supported firmware versions : 1.1.1 to 2.1
Looks pretty good. One big benefit of using iPhoneBrowser over DiskAid is that iPhoneBrowser provides a file preview which is very helpful when editing themes or icons. Like iPhoneBrowser, DiskAid does NOT allow you to change file permission.
DiskAid also pretends to transfer music files from your iPhone to your computer. That’s true, you can do that. What they don’t tell you though is that you will not be able to know what files you’re moving as music files are encoded and look like something like this F0012-0848463. So unless you know that F0012-0848463 is the song “Lounge Act” by Nirvana from the album Nevermind, you’d never find out by yourself. I say: useless!
I’ll stick with iPhoneBrowser…
Although many people I work with use mind mapping software, i am much more of a “draw it out on paper” person and it has never felt spontaneous to capture my thoughts using such a tool. I don’t like to lug my laptop to every meeting and when I got spontaneous ideas while walking or working out, paper always seemed to be the best approach.
So as I was browsing through new apps in the App Store, I saw the Mind Maker [iTunes Link] app developed by Ultravague, and the idea of having mind mapping software that is a lot more portable and always accessible might make the difference in usability for me. So I decided to give it a try.
So for two days now I have had it installed on my iPhone and I have tried to use it for all my meetings (which are considerable these days!). It takes some time to reorient yourself from linear written notes to the relationship-based tree concept but I like the end product. Much easier to navigate through when you are trying to drill down and go back and add more detail later.
The tool is pretty intuitive. It was easy to make new branches and nodes. I kept trying to connect a node to more than one parent and I guess you can’t do that. I think that one of my problems with these types of tools is that my mind doesn’t always link things in an hierarchical fashion.
But my personal issues aside, I was able to create a tree really quickly and and organize it the way I wanted to. I couldn’t figure out how to export it so after a quick browse at the web site I found out that the next version 1.1 (which they say is almost ready to submit to Apple), will support exporting mind maps to images and the following version 1.2, will allow mindmaps to be published to the web and exported in a variety of formats.
Features that I would like to see added:
- The ability to associate a text, images, or url’s with the nodes, this will be especially useful when version 1.2 comes out and I can publish my mind maps to the web.
- The ability to create cross associations (a node has more than one parent) so that I can map more complex relationships
- The ability to name the relationships because connections are sometimes the most important thing to remember.
All in all it is a good deal at $4.99.