Apr 232011

Reports are running like wild fire over the internet that iOS 4.x has a built in location tracker that tracks your location and saves the data “without your knowledge”. This is pretty weird as no one knows (except for Apple) why this feature is there.

cydia icon How to prevent iOS 4.x from tracking your location

For those who are uncomfortable with breach of privacy, Cydia is your savior. An app called Untrackerd, prevents the iDevice from being tracked by clearing out the secret database file that records this information. Since there is no information, there can be no database.

Jul 282010

In the last months, Apple and users have squabbled about whether jailbreaking its devices is legal or not. The US Library of Congress, which is responsible for copyright matters, has now stated that the process is indeed legal.

LA Times reports the following:

Circumventing Apple’s safeguards in order to install unapproved applications on the iPhone is called “jailbreaking,” but doing so won’t get you landed in the slammer, according to new government rules announced Monday.

The new federal exemptions also apply to video games, allowing players to break measures to investigate or fix security flaws. Additionally, educators can circumvent copy-protection on DVDs for noncommercial purposes; computer owners may bypass security dongles when they break and cannot be replaced; and blind people may break digital locks on e-books to access read-aloud software.

Not much to add here…

Mar 192009

0a iPod touch 2G jailbroken for goodThe iPod touch 2G has been somewhat unpopular, as it was difficult to jailbreak. However, this has now changed for good – the text below hits us via the iphone-dev-team:

The iPod Touch 2G is now another member of the “pwned for life” family. It has a fatal flaw in its bootrom that means you will always be able to pwn these devices no matter what firmware updates come along. This is the full, untethered jailbreak, something that iPod Touch 2G users have not had before today.

Those of you who hang out on IRC or were able to read between the lines in the various blogs, forums, wikis and twitters may realize that we — and importantly, that’s a that’s a collective, cross-team “we” :) — had been hoping to hold onto this full ipt2g jailbreak until the next version of the iPhone came out. That didn’t happen, but maybe it’s too late for Apple to fix the bootrom in the next iPhone.

The raw patch to the firmware that transforms the “tethered” jailbreak into an untethered one was released here but it’s not yet packaged up into the PwnageTool or QuickPwn flows. But other threads there are pulling together tutorials and other tips for those of you anxious to try this out now. For the curious, the hole itself is explained here. There’s also a “pen and paper” analysis that helped the hybrid team venture transform the hole into an exploit. Hopefully that will be up for viewing soon too, if only because of its geeky beauty :)

Anyway, to all those iPod Touch 2G users out there who waited so patiently through all the various incarnations of the jailbreak for Apple’s latest device — welcome to the family!

For the rest of us, the jailbreak “cat and mouse” game will continue in the summer with the next iPhone. And the carrier unlock “cat and mouse” game continues as ever. :)

As of now, no further information is available – stay tuned!

Nov 272008

The fine folks from iphone-dev have just posted the following PSA to their blog – as it is highly important for iPhone 3G and MacBook owners, I repost it here in its entity:

1) GOLDEN RULE: If you have a 3G iPhone and want potential soft unlock in the near future do NOT use QuickPwn, and do not use the official ipsw or the iTunes update process without using PwnageTool.
2) Read item 1 again and again.
3) At the bottom of this post are the bittorrent files for the latest versions of PwnageTool and QuickPwn.
4) These are suitable for the recent 2.2 release.
5) Please read all parts of this post before downloading and using these tools.
6) The ‘late 2008’ MacBook/air/pro line of computers have an issue with DFU mode. While it’s possible to go from Pwned 2.1 -> Pwned 2.2 (using PwnageTool), you can’t yet go from stock to pwned. If in any doubt use a different machine.
7) Choosing the correct tool is crucial. Be warned!

As usual, further information on a variety of interesting topics can be had at the link above!

Nov 192008

IMG 0032 PDANet no longer freeReaders currently using PDANet should be extremely careful when it comes to updating their jailbroken apps via Cydia – mobilityToday reports that the boys at June Fabrics have performed a really devious bait-and-switch trick.

While version 1.40 adds a variety of valuable features, it also contains a hidden timer which eventually expires and forces you to cough up 29$ in order to continue using the program.

Don’t get me wrong: developers should (and IMHO have to) stop giving away iPhone apps for free in order to make money more effectively – however, performing bait-and-switch tactics not only is bad business behavior, but also is illegal under some jurisdictions (e.g. Austria and other parts of the EU).

Once again: if you currently use PDANet, don’t upgrade!

Nov 012008

This one is for all who recently updated their firmware to version 2.1 and now look for a way to unlock it. Be warned: WinPwn 2.5 is NOT the way to go.

Looking at the official WinPwn page reveals the following:

WinPwn 3.0 Update (09/14/08)

It’s been very busy for me recently at work and I haven’t had much time to spend on WinPwn.But i’m hoping that planet/squpid and I can get the latest version out soon. I will keep you updated!


Stay tuned for further info as we get it!

Sep 032008

One of the biggest innovations of the iPhone/iPod touch is the CoverFlow technology that displays the covers of albums as they are played back. Erica Sadun’s AppFlow promises to fix this problem on jailbroken iPhones – but can it stack up?

Starting up AppFlow doesn’t do much – all it displays is a boring list of applications. Tapping one of them allows you to launch the program.
0a Erica Saduns AppFlow   the review

Alternatively, a “tag” can be assigned:
1a Erica Saduns AppFlow   the review 1b Erica Saduns AppFlow   the review 1c Erica Saduns AppFlow   the review

Tilting the device into landscape mode reveals the program’s true strength – Coverflow for applications. Icons are shown scaled up, which unfortunately doesn’t look too well in some cases:
2a Erica Saduns AppFlow   the review 2b Erica Saduns AppFlow   the review 2c Erica Saduns AppFlow   the review

The product displays an extremely annoying splash screen at start-up. This takes up loads of time and should IMHO be removed ASAP:
3a Erica Saduns AppFlow   the review

In the end, Appflow does what it promises: applications can now be launched via a CoverFlow-like display. While this definitely looks cool, everybody has to decide about its practical values himself (which are further diminished by the slow start-up). As this is a free app, however, nothing speaks about installing it just for kicks…