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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Unlock iPhone 4 4.1 Firmware

Unlock iPhone 4 4.1 FirmwareThe Limera1n jailbreak tool is now out to jailbreak iPhone 4 on iOS 4.1. But since iOS 4.1 upgrades your baseband while updating to it, you will loose your unlock. So you should update your iPhone 4 to iOS 4.1 without upgrading baseband and then jailbreak and unlock it. Here are the steps to unlock iPhone 4 iOS 4.1 firmware.

1. Update iPhone 4 to iOS 4.1 without upgrading the baseband. The guide to do that is given here.

2. Now jailbreak your iPhone 4 using Limera1n. The guide to do that is given here.

3. Now open Cydia and choose the ” Manage ” tab.

4. Choose the ” Sources ” option.

5. Tap the ” Edit ” button and then on the ” Add ” button.

6. Then add the source ” “.

Unlock iPhone 3GS 4.1 Firmware

7. After the source is added, search for ” ultrasn0w 1.1-1 ” in Cydia.

8. Install the Ultrasn0w 1.1-1 app to unlock iPhone 4 4.1 firmware.

Unlock iPhone 3GS 4.1 Firmware

9. Restart your iPhone 4.

That’s it! You will have an unlocked iPhone 4 with you now.

Jailbreak iOS 4.1 Using PwnageTool 4.1

The PwnageTool was released by Dev Team some time ago and we reported it. Now we are back with the jailbreak guide for iOS 4.1 using PwnageTool 4.1. PwnageTool allows you to jailbreak iOS 4.1 on iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4, iPod Touch 3G and 4G, Apple TV 2G and iPad on iOS 3.2.2. Here is how to jailbreak iOS 4.1 using PwnageTool 4.1.

How to Jailbreak iOS 4.1 Using PwnageTool 4.1

1. Make sure you have latest version of iTunes.

2. Download PwnageTool 4.1 and iOS 4.1 firmware. For iPad you need 3.2.2 firmware.

3. Take a backup in iTunes.

4. Launch PwnageTool 4.1.

5. Choose your device and go forward.

Jailbreak iOS 4.1 Using PwnageTool 4.1

6. After PwnageTool detects the firmware and when asks ” Do you have an iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 contract that would activate normally through iTunes? “, click on ” No ” if you want to preserve the baseband and unlock your iPhone.

7. Now it will start building the jailbroken iOS 4.1 firmware.

8. Now you would have to enter DFU mode. For that, hold the power and home button together for 10 seconds and then release the power button but keep holding the home button for another 10 seconds. Then release it.

9. Now restore your device to the jailbroken firmware created by PwnageTool 4.1. Go to iTunes and hold the alt key and click on ” Restore “. Now browse to the cooked firmware and select it.
That’s it! Now wait till iTunes finish the process and you’ll have a jailbroken device running iOS 4.1 or iPad on iOS 3.2.2.

Facebook Now Tries to Tell the Story Between Two Friend

Facebook is rolling out a new breed of Pages called Friendship Pages that pull together the public wall posts, comments, photos (based on tags) and events that two friends have in common.
The Friendship Pages feature was cooked up by Facebooksoftware engineer Wayne Kao and then brought to life in an internal hackathon event. The Pages are designed to the tell the story of two friends on Facebook through their shared activity.
“For those of us who have worked on it, the best part is the human side of these Pagespages. They can bring back memories, conversations and times spent together,” explains Kao.
Friendship Pages are accessible from under the main photo on a friend’s profile Page and via links from related wall posts or relationship stories. The Pages are public to other members so long as they have permission to view both users’ profiles.
Friendship Pages are said to be launching today, but are likely being delivered to members in a gradual rollout. We think the Pages are an interesting alternative way to organize Facebook activity around friends, though it does add another layer of complexity to the site.

[via mashable]

“FarmVille” Interruption Cited in Baby’s Murder

A 22-year-old mother from Jacksonville, Florida, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for shaking her 3-month-old son to death after his crying interrupted her FarmVille game.
The mother, Alexandra V. Tobias, was arrested in January and declared her plea on Wednesday before Circuit Judge Adrian G. Soud,The Florida Times-Union reports.
She told investigators that she shook the baby, smoked a cigarette “to compose herself,” and proceeded to shake him again. The baby may have hit his head during one of the two shakings, she said.
FarmVille, named one of the “worst inventions” in recent decades byTime magazine, has more than 60 million members, most of whom access the game through Facebook. Some players have found it so addicting that they’ve lost their jobs and racked up debts north of $1,000.
Needless to say, it is Ms. Tobias — and not the game itself — that is responsible for the death of her 3-month-old son. This is not the first time that a virtual game has led to murder; in 2009, 28-year-old Joseph Johnson of Chicago was charged with first-degree murder after allegedly shooting his companion in the head while playing an Xbox game.

[via mashable]

“Peter Rabbit” for iPad Delivers Interactive Twist to Classic Tale [VIDEO]

Peter Rabbit iPadThanks to rapid developments in consumer technology — namely, large-format touchscreen devices like the iPad, and soon, AndroidBlackBerry 6 and Windows 7-based tablets — the definition of the e-book is quickly evolving. Soon, the word “e-book” will no longer connote dull, text-only transcriptions of popular print books on clunky e-readers, but richly colored, animated and interactive multimedia experiences that will leave their print counterparts looking lifeless in comparison.
The e-book medium broke new ground late last week when a little-known team of former video game developers in Vancouver, known as Loud Crow Interactive, released their first book for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit [iTunes link].
What makes Loud Crow’s version of Peter Rabbit so remarkable is the care and ingenuity with which the company has adapted the classic Beatrix Potter tale to the touchscreen medium. The original text, watercolor and ink illustrations, and sliding and pop-out features from early pop-out editions of the book (the team kept one of the original color copies in the studio, founder and President Calvin Wang told me) have all been kept intact.
What the startup has added has only made the Tale even better and more immersive. The entire story is set to the soft piano keys of Debussy’s “Claire de Lune” (sure to activate the tear ducts of many a nostalgic reader) and read by a pretty, female English voice. Words are helpfully highlighted as they are read aloud, and young readers can click again on each word to have it re-pronounced. A pale grey ribbon tab at the top of each page can be pulled down to reveal a full thumbnail index, making it easy to navigate between spreads.
Tap little Flopsy and Mopsy, and they giggle; tap falling leaves or blackberries to enlarge and scatter them about the page; use your finger to lift up pots and the animals hiding underneath will emit tiny squeaks. Paper doll joints and tethered kettles can be swung about on their hinges and the iPad can be tilted to change the direction of gravity for falling leaves. Each page offers a new opportunity for engagement, making readers eager not only to discover what’s going to happen next in the narrative, but to find out what fun bit of interactivity awaits them as well.
The e-book/app is currently available for $4.99 in the U.S. App Store. (Loud Crow is still negotiating for reproduction rights from the original publisher in Europe.) The startup plans to release further pop-out books in the future, including a Christmas-themed e-book set to debut in 30 days.

Screenshot Gallery

Video Walkthrough

[via mashable]

The World's Fastest Supercomputer Now Belong to China

Unveiled today at the Annual Meeting of National High Performance Computing (HPC China 2010) in Beijing, Tianhe-1A is the world’s fastest supercomputer with a performance record of 2.507 petaflops, as measured by the LINPACK benchmark.
Tianhe-1A was designed by the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) in China, and it is already fully operational. To achieve the new performance record, Tianhe-1A uses 7,168 Nvidia Tesla M2050 GPUs and 14,336 Intel Xeon CPUs. It cost $88 million; its 103 cabinets weigh 155 tons, and the entire system consumes4.04 megawatts of electricity.
Tianhe-1A ousted the previous record holder, Cray XT5 Jaguar, which is used by the U.S. National Center for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratories. It is powered by 224,162 Opteron CPUs and achieves a performance record of 1.75 petaflops.
According to Nvidia, Tianhe-1A will be operated as an open access system to use for large scale scientific computations.

[via mashable]

Firefox 4 Delayed Until Early 2011

The next major version of Firefox, originally slated for late 2010, has been delayed until early 2011.
The change was announced by Firefox director Mike Beltzner. “Completing this work (on Firefox 4) is taking longer than initial estimates indicated as we track down regressions and sources of instability. As part of our commitment to beta users, we will not ship software before it is ready,” he wrote on the mailing list.
The Firefox 4 Beta Wiki has also been updated with a new release schedule.
Firefox 4 brings several major improvements, including a redesign of the user interface, HTML5 support, multi-touch functionality [mashable link], hardware-accelerated HD video, improved support for add-ons through Jetpack and many others.

[via mashable]

Flickr Suggests People You May Know

Photo-sharing site Flickr has just added a new feature that lets you find Flickr users you might know.
The new feature is similar (OK, exactly the same) to Facebook’s “People you may know” friend finder/recommendation service. Suggestions are based on your contacts and the people they know. This is a pretty powerful way to find mutual friends and connections.

The new feature, which Flickr announced on its blog, can be accessed via the sidebar of the Flickr homepage, or from the new Find Your Friends page.
Additionally, Flickr has added Facebook to its list of services that you can cross-check for your friends and contacts. Flickr has long let you use Gmail, Yahoo Mail or Hotmail to find contacts and friends, but the Facebook integration is very cool.
If you are feeling anti-social — or just don’t want random people finding you on Flickr — you can prevent your name from coming up as a suggestion by using the existing “hide your profile from public searches” setting.
Do you still use Flickr or have you moved to Facebook or another photo-sharing service? Let us know.

[via mashable]

Facebook Lobbied to Kill Social Networking Privacy Act

Between April and June of this year, Facebook reportedly spent more than $6,600 lobbying California state officials to kill the Social Networking Privacy Act.
The bill in question aimed to impose civil penalties on social networks displaying home addresses and phone numbers of users under 18 years of age. MarketWatch uncovered the expenses in reportsFacebook filed with the California Secretary of State’s office.
The California bill was introduced by Sen. Ellen Corbett in February and passed by the California State Senate in April before ultimately meeting with opposition in the California State Assembly.
“Facebook’s California lobbying report included an expense for dinner with the majority leader of the state Assembly, Charles Calderon, at a Sacramento restaurant in June,” according to MarketWatch. Calderon, however, voted to move the bill forward.
It doesn’t surprise us that Facebook would take an interest in state bills pertaining to Internet privacy, especially ones like the Social Networking Privacy Act, which would have directly affected the social network’s operations.
In June, Facebook hired its first lobbyist, William Gonzalez, to represent the company’s interests at the state level.

[via mashable]

Google Releases Search for Database of 50 Million Places

Google Places is coming into its own with the just-introduced Place Search functionality that finally adds local search to Google’s growing database of places — more than 50 million locations, to be exact.
Place Search is built into the standard Google search experience, so a search for something like “Chicago museums” or “vegan restaurants” will return local Place Page listings that match those queries.
Listings now group all relevant links, and also include informational text snippets and highlight the number of reviews — on Google, Yelp and elsewhere — for each Place.
The technology is capable of predicting when your searches are for local, place-based information, but you can also manually start a Places search via the left-hand sidebar.
“We’ve made results like this possible by developing technology to better understand places. With Place Search, we’re dynamically connecting hundreds of millions of websites with more than 50 million real-world locations,” explains Product Manager Jackie Bavaro. “We automatically identify when sites are talking about physical places and cluster links even when they don’t provide addresses and use different names (’stubb’s bbq’ is the same as ’stubbs bar-b-que’).”
Place Search is interesting for a number of reasons, but most significantly, Google searches are now more efficiently serving up local business listings. This makes Google’s Places database more visible than ever and more on par with Yelp.
Place databases are increasingly important as more mobile applications attempt to offer localized information. Yelp, Google and Foursquare all have their own database of places — each valuable in their own right. Then there’s the crop of services such as SimpleGeo and Twitter-owned GeoAPI, which outsource their own place databases to developers looking to build features on top of them.
Google will be rolling out Place Search in more than 40 languages over the course of the next few days.

[via mashable]

Kobo Store Gets Digital Magazine and Newspaper Subscriptions

Global e-reading service Kobo has just announced that it is now offering subscriptions to digital magazine and newspaper consumers using the Kobo e-reader or the Kobo apps for iPhone or iPad.
Kobo is currently offering about two dozen newspapers and magazines from the U.S. and Canada. These include publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation and The Harvard Business Review.
Subscribers can get a 14-day free trial before committing to subscriptions, which are automatically delivered to the iPhone, iPad or Kobo e-reader.
Kobo’s news stand is similar in scope and pricing as those offerings from competitors Barnes & Noble and, which both offer wirelessly delivered newspaper and magazine subscriptions. Titles are typically priced identically across the various stores.
The difference is that for most publications, Kobo also allows users to access subscription content from its iPad and iPhone apps. Last week, Amazon announced it would be making subscription content accessible from its Kindle apps “in the coming weeks.”
While it’s great that more periodical offerings are coming to Kobo and its reader and apps, we can’t help noticing that similar content shops, which all operate in their own walled gardens, are popping up all over the place.
In an ideal world, I would be able to subscribe to a digital edition of The New York Times for $19.99 per month and be able to access it on my iPhone, iPad, Kindle and from a Kobo reader or app.
Do you have any digital magazine or newspaper subscriptions?

[via mashable]

eBay CEO: Mobile Is the Safest Way to Pay

Today, eBay CEO John Donahoe participated in a PayPal Innovate panel with Andreessen-Horowitz partner Marc Andreessen and focused on where things are headed in the mobile space. The Wall Street Journal’s Kara Swisher served as moderator for the discussion.
On the topic of mobile payments, Donahoe and Andreessen agreed — the time is now.
The discussion wasn’t focused around any one technology or service (other than PayPal), but Donahoe went on to boldly assert that “mobile is the safest way to pay,” gesturing with his mobile phone to indicate that this device will soon replace his wallet.
Donahoe’s argument was that there isn’t “a shred of financial information” stored on the mobile phone, which makes it a much safer entity to lose than the wallet by comparison. Donahoe believes we’re closing in on the day when the mobile phone will be both personal identifier and credit card, and eliminate the need for a wallet altogether — PayPal being your credit card replacement and the mobile phone being your wallet, in his mind.
Andreessen was also very adamant that mobile payments is blooming in a big way. He argues that we’re now at a time when the pace of innovation will explode to finally support scale and exciting new ways for customers to pay.
The mobile payments space is now extremely competitive, and we know from news announced yesterday on Mobile Express Checkout that it’s an area PayPal hopes to dominate. There’s also a number of startups ranging from Square to Boku (an Andreessen-Horowitz startup) to Venmo taking their own unique approach to mobile payment solutions.
As for credit card companies posing a threat to these fresh faces, Andreessen and Donahoe again are in agreement — that’s not going to happen.

[via mashable]

White iPhone 4 Delayed Until Spring 2011

Apple confirmed Wednesday that the long-awaited white iPhone 4 won’t be available until spring.
“We’re sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone yet again, but we’ve decided to delay its release until this spring,” said Apple spokeswoman Trudy Miller.
Apple had previously stated that the white iPhone 4 would “not be available until later this year.” This latest statement comes one day after we reported that the white version of the iPhone 4 had appeared in the Apple Store.
[via CNN]

Samsung Galaxy Tab Comes to T-Mobile on November 10

T-Mobile just announced that Samsung’s Android-based tablet computer, the Galaxy Tab, will be available in T-Mobile stores on November 10.
After Verizon and Sprint, T-Mobile is the third major U.S. carrier to reveal the launch date for the Galaxy Tab, and — unless AT&T spoils it for them — T-Mobile customers will get the chance to buy the device one day before Verizon customers and four days before Sprint customers.
In the announcement, T-Mobile mentions its fast HSPA+ mobile broadband network, which should go hand-in-hand with Galaxy Tab’s 3G chip, but it doesn’t mention the price. The mystery of Galaxy Tab is nearly solved, but until we hear from AT&T and learn the price for the device from T-Mobile, the puzzle won’t be complete.

[via mashable]

Eventbrite iPhone App Gains Barcode-Scanning Support

Event ticketing company Eventbrite has just released a new version of its free iPhone app, Eventbrite Easy Entry. The app [iTunes link] now allows event organizers to check in attendees by scanning a 2D barcode on Eventbrite tickets directly from their iPhones.
This eliminates some of the hassle involved in the event checkin process. Eventbrite is using barcode-scanning technology powered byQuickmark to make it easier to get attendee data into the system.

The iPhone app works by connecting to a guest list from Eventbrite’s servers. Event staff can then check in attendees by scanning a barcode, looking up their names or browsing a list.
What makes the system awesome is that checkins are synced across multiple devices. That means events can have staff members at multiple entrance points without having to worry about having incomplete or unsynchronized data.
Other new features of the app include:
  • Support for repeating events and customized sync settings
  • A new checkin interface that makes it easier to switch between search, list and scan options
  • E-mail, ticket type and payment info are displayed under an attendee’s name.
Event planners — how do you manage checkins and ticketing? Let us know.

[via mashable]