iOS 5 will have a new and improved version of Mobile Safari that sports tabbed browsing across all iDevices. Alongside that, Safari also has a new feature called "Reading List" that acts as an Instapaper or Read It Later replacement.
If you sign in on one device, your browsing information and tabs will be transferred across devices.
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?
A new app called Facebook Messenger has been receiving a lot of attention in the press lately. It is the premiere app from the CrispApp developers.
I was a tad skeptical of Facebook Messenger when I first started reading about the app. There are a great deal of Facebook-related apps in the App Store, and I was curious about what made Facebook Messenger stand out.
Facebook Messenger is a clean and well-designed chat application for Facebook, but that's not all. The app also allows you to make free audio calls to your Facebook friends straight from your iPhone.
Ever wanted to share a webpage from your iPhone to another iDevice or to a friend's iPad who is sitting in the same room? Now you can with CoBrowser by Collect3.
CoBrowser allows your iPhone to download an entire webpage images and all to your iPhone and then share it via Bluetooth to any other iDevice such as an iPod Touch or iPad. The nice thing is the other devices don't even need to have an internet connection because they pull it from your iPhone directly.
The greenpois0n jailbreak has proved to be somewhat buggy for some users, including us. Fortunately, we've been able to navigate around a few of those bugs with a little bit of tinkering.
One of the biggest reported problems is the lack of a Cydia icon on your springboard following a successful jailbreak. Look inside for a step-by-step guide on how to add Cydia back to your springboard!
After jailbreaking using BlackRa1n, you may be facing an issue where you can't access the root folder of your iPhone using tools such as iFunBox, DiskAid, and iPhoneBrowser. Some users also report issues when using WinterBoard. I said it and I'll say it again, BlackRa1n is crappy. If you have the option, I recommend using PwnageTool instead. It is a much more reliable and stable jailbreak than BlackRa1n.
The problem comes from the fact that BlackRa1n doesn’t add the afc2 support to your iPhone that is necessary for iPhoneBrowser, iFunBox, and DiskAid to access the file system and allow the transfer of files such as Winterboard themes, NES ROMs, etc... to the iPhone. In other words, you can’t access the root partition of your drive.
To fix this annoying issue, simply install the afc2add patch from Cydia then reboot your iPhone. Done!
Have you had many issues with BlackRa1n? Let us know what you think about this jailbreak by leaving a comment below.
A lot of people who recently jailbroke their iPhones are having issues with Cydia crashing when launching it. There is a quick and dirty fix for that and it requires to either SSH into your iPhone or use iPhoneBrowser and delete a few files.
Apparently the problem is caused by some corrupted repositories that make Cydia crash within the first few seconds of loading it.
To fix this, simply navigate to /var/lib/apt/lists and delete all the files in this folder except for the folder called "partial".
Then reboot your iPhone and launch Cydia. It should load without crashing.
I am not a big "theme guy" but from time to time, I find some very cool themes and I like to feature them on the blog. That is the case of a new theme that is available since this morning in Cydia called Elegance.
I had to manually customize this theme a little bit as it was created by an Italian designer and most of the icons were in Italian, which prevented my iPhone to recognize most of them and display them correctly. For example, the "Maps" icon is named Maps.png but it is named Mappe.png in Italian, and my iPhone didn't show it as it was looking for the English version.
To edit some of the icon names, I plugged my iPhone to my computer and launched iPhoneBrowser. In a couple minutes, I renamed the 5-6 icons that I needed... and voila!
Elegance includes a lock screen, custom slider, wallpaper, tons of icons, SMS background and more. As you can see from the image above, Elegance really deserves that name. I think it is a beautiful theme that might get to stay on my iPhone for a while...
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...
I wrote in the past about iPhoneBrowser, this neat little piece of software that allows you to browse and manipulate your iPhone files without jailbreaking it. After updating to 2.0, iPhoneBrowser didn't work anymore so I kinda forgot about it until today.
I checked the Google Code page of iPhoneBrowser and realized it was recently updated so I decided to download it again. Boy, it's as good as ever! I like iPhoneBrowser for one good reason: it's much faster than SSH. When using SSH, you have to turn on SSH on your iPhone and open WinSCP on your PC whereas you just need to open iPhoneBrowser and plug in your iPhone to access your files when using iPhoneBrowser. Furthermore, downloading a large file from the iPhone to your computer is much faster using iPhoneBrowser too as it transfers the file through the USB port of your computer. One thing SSH does that iPhoneBrowser doesn't is let you change the file properties. For example, if you want to set different properties for a file, you will have to use SSH. Not a big deal as I personally don't touch file properties very often.
So what can you do with iPhoneBrowser?
drag and drop uploading to our phone
automatic and manual backups of files on your phone
previews of text and picture files and very cool icons
create "favorite" path to your most used locations