Cydia, a platform commonly thought of as the alternative app store for jailbroken iPhones and iPads, has just today arrived on Android, of all places. Though Android is by its nature more open and customizable than Apple’s locked-down iOS, it now has a growing collection of apps designed for power users who root their devices – a process that’s similar in spirit to the iOS jailbreak. Cydia for Android could soon become home to some of those same tweaks in time – or at least allow developers to port them to the Android ecosystem, whether or not they’re housed in Cydia directly.
iOS 6 untethered jailbreak hope from pod2g and planetbeing
We know that many readers with the iPhone 5 and other Apple iOS devices have been waiting eagerly for an iOS 6 untethered jailbreak for what seems like far too long now. We’ve been keeping readers informed about the ups and downs, red herrings and scams-a-plenty but so far a release of this jailbreak has eluded us. Some of the most prominent hackers on the iOS jailbreaking scene have been pretty quiet at times but there are some encouraging signs today as pod2g and planetbeing have been tweeting the latest.
We’ve always urged readers to stay away from sites that claim to have jailbreaks and to get the latest genuine news straight from the horses’ mouths so to speak. By that we mean Twitter accounts of some of the most renowned members of the jailbreaking community such as @pod2g, @planetbeing, @p0sixninja and @MuscleNerd, or alternatively from the Chronic Dev Team or iPhone Dev Team websites. We are NOT claiming that the following tweets between planetbeing and pod2g mean that an iOS 6 untethered jailbreak will arrive any day now. However they definitely show that the two are collaborating, seemingly in this direction, although a jailbreak is still not ready for the public.
Yesterday planetbeing tweeted, “Made some nice progress today with @pod2g. I think I’ll try and reward myself with a nap.” Although we hoped this referred to them working on the iOS jailbreak, at this stage we didn’t think it was enough proof to say that to our readers. However pod2g has also been tweeting today and responded, “@planetbeing oh yeah! 2 new vulnerabilities in a day, chance was with us. But we still miss that initial execution code for a public jb.” At this point we feel we can safely say that the two are definitely working together on a jailbreak again, which can only be really encouraging news to the many iOS device owners still waiting hopefully.
Earlier this month we told how planetbeing had tried to dispel the gloom and doom surrounding the iPhone 5 untethered jailbreak and how he confirmed he actually has an untethered iOS 6.0.2 jailbreak running on his iPhone 5 so we do know that this is not an impossible mission. He also explained why it had not seen a public release yet with iOS 6.1 just around the corner and concluded by saying that reports of the death of jailbreaking had been exaggerated. That was a good sign then and today’s news adds a little more encouragement that we shouldn’t give on an iOS 6 untethered jailbreak just yet.
Canonical has unveiled the mobile version of their Linux-based Ubuntu operating system. Ubuntu for phones uses the same basic kernel and drivers as Android but has a brand new UI and navigation.
For starters, Ubuntu makes heavy use of gestures for navigating around. Each of the four corners of the screen can be used to perform a gesture. A short swipe from the left shows your favorite apps, a long swipe takes you to all your apps. A swipe from the right takes you to your last used app. Swipe from the bottom shows you the menu controls for the app you’re in and a swipe down from the top shows you your notifications and messages read the full story from gsmarena
Things aren’t looking good for chipmaker AMD… Following another round of layoffs totalling about 15 percent of its employees last month, Reuters reported today that AMD is looking for an investor to sell its Texas campus to in order to raise up to $200 million in cash in a multi-year lease back deal. AMD’s cash dropped $279 million to $1.48 B in the third quarter, and today the company sits at a market cap of 1.40B. read full story from 9to5 Mac
When you moved your MobileMe account to iCloud, we provided you with a complimentary storage upgrade beyond the standard 5GB that comes with an iCloud account to help you with the transition. Originally, this storage upgrade was set to expire on September 30, 2012.
As a thank you to our former MobileMe members, we will continue to provide you with this complimentary storage upgrade at no charge, for an additional year, until September 30, 2013.
Thank you again for using iCloud,
Apple has unveiled the latest and greatest iPhone 5 during today’s media event. In a closing note of the iPhone presentation, Phil schiller announces the iPhone 5 price and release date…
iPhone 5 Price
Just like iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 comes in two colors: White and black. Three storage options are available: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB at a price of $199, $299, and $399 respectively.
Apple has discontinued iPhone 3GS, however, iPhone 4S (16 GB) will be available for $99 and iPhone 4 (8GB) for Free, on 2 years contract.
16GB 32GB 64GB
iPhone 5 $199 $299 $399
iPhone 4S $99
iPhone 4 8GB Free
on Two Years Contract
iPhone 5 Availability
iPhone 5 pre-orders are going live on September 14th and phone will be hitting shelves on September 21st in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, and will launch in more countries on the 28th. In 100 countries by December.
According to new information, Apple is beefing up its support staff in preparation for September 14th preorders, which is this Friday. MacRumors reports:
MacRumors is now hearing that pre-orders may not begin tomorrow following the media event and that they may instead start on Friday morning in a scenario similar to last year’s debut. We’re hearing that certain portions of Apple’s sales support team are significantly increasing their staffing levels beginning at 6:00 AM Eastern on Friday, with a major surge for the initial shift beginning at that time and a sustained level of high staffing for at least the remainder of the day.
The report is still unclear about the exact time of pre-orders going live. Last year, iPhone 4S pre-orders went live at 12:01 Pacific time.
In an event held just outside of Los Angeles in Santa Monica, Amazon announced the successor to its first tablet effort. The new Kindle is the Kindle Fire HD, an 8.9? IPS tablet at 1900×1200 resolution that runs $299. There is also a 7? $199 model of the HD.
The original Fire model will be kept around at $159.
Photos, movies, music and more are all synced in the cloud for all Kindle Fire devices.
The new Kindle Fire HD has an upgraded display and two WiFi antennas and includes MIMO technology to improve WiFi connectivity.
The Kindle Fire HD is the first tablet to include MIMO technology, 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz and two antennas. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says that this makes the WiFi faster than the iPad.
The Kindle Fire HD runs on an OMAP 4 processor with increased processing power and memory bandwidth.
The new tablet has a laminated display for better contrast and less glare.
The Kindle Fire HD also has dual-stereo speakers and Dolby Digital Plus sound technology.
The storage of the Kindle Fire HD has also been upgraded. “For a hi-def device, 8GB is dead on arrival,” said Bezos. “We’re starting Kindle Fire HD at 16GB.”
The Kindle Fire HD also brings along an expansion in audiobooks. This is enhanced by a new technology called WhisperSync for Voice.
At an event in Los Angeles today, Amazon announced WhisperSync for Voice and bimodal reading that fuses a Kindle book and an audiobook in a new feature called Immersion Reading. This lets you listen to an audio book while you’re reading, which includes reading retention.
WhisperSync is also being applied to games, letting you sync your game saves between devices.
X-Ray for movies is also coming to Kindle Fire HD. This allows you to see additional information about a movie while you’re watching it.
The Kindle Free Time feature lets you set limits on how long your kids can use the tablet and even allows you to limit by specific features. There’s also a kid-friendly interface that allows parents to visually track what their kids are doing more easily.
A short but fiery history
The original 1024×600 Kindle Fire was announced just before the holiday season last year. It was seen as a stopgap measure by Amazon to jab its toe into the quickly steamrolling tablet market. Amazon is an enormous content distributor, so it only made sense for it to have its own conduit by which to do that.
Only, this time around, it will likely have a robust competitor in the iPad mini. We’ve already discussed just how a smaller Apple tablet could succeed based on being a conduit for content. Largely due to the fact that Amazon’s content is largely available in the U.S. only, while Apple has enormous worldwide licensing deals already in place for music, books, movies and TV shows.
The original Kindle Fire was a quickbuild project that used the same basic formfactor as the terrible BlackBerry Playbook. The software, however, was a custom built version of Android that Amazon forked for its own use. The original Fire ran on an Android 2.x fork that is built from the open-sourced segments of Google’s OS.
Technically, you can’t actually call it Android, because that is technically a Google trademark on the version of its OS that contains Google apps and branding. Amazon’s tablet cannot include the Google apps due to Android licensing restrictions, but their own alternatives, including the Amazon Appstore, seemed up to the basic task of providing a way for users to read and watch their Amazon content.
Unfortunately, Amazon never felt confident enough about the sales of the original Fire to release any hard numbers, leading most to speculate that they actually didn’t sell that well at all. Amazon did insist that the Fire maintained a top slot in consumer device sales on its site and recently claimed that it had captured 22% of the tablet market in the US.
The general lack of built-in apps like Google Maps was seen as motivation for Amazon’s purchase of 3D mapping company UpNext and its rumored mapping partnership with Nokia.
- Posted from my iPhone
Release of Apple’s own 3D Maps app replacing Google Maps and now the removal of YouTube app from iOS has led some to believe that relationships between the two giants are souring. As per Apple’s official statement, this application omission is due to an expired licensing agreement between Apple and Google. Google is said to be working on a new standalone app for iOS which will be available in the app store.
- Posted from my iPhone