The JBnator Diaries – iPhone OS 3.1.2 Vs OS 3.2 for the iPad – a breakdown of new features

This week’s JBnator column will be a bit different. With all of the hype around the iPad I just couldn’t ignore ite. While a lot of rave has been going around the web about the new hardware and apps for the unveiled iPad, many people forget that it is also running a new version of the iPhone OS. And while the 3.2 version is iPad only it would a safe guess that at least some of the features available on the iPad will find their way into the next iPhone and iPod Touch-friendly version of the OS as well. So let’s see what new stuff Apple have put in there and discuss whether we’ll see it on the iPhone.

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The JBnator Diaries – ScummVM in Review – The Holy Grail of adventure gaming!

Hello again everybody! Once again it’s time for The JBnator Diaries – the guide to all things jailbreaking, Cydia and other tips and tricks! Today I’m following up on the reasons to jailbreak. This time, it is the adventure gaming engine: ScummVM.

For anybody following my pieces here at TMA, it’s no surprise as I’m an adventure game fanatic. And so it may have bugged you why I haven’t done a piece about the Holy Grail of adventure gaming on the iPhone – ScummVM. It is a port of a multiplatform engine, capable of running adventure games using their original files. And no, it is NOT an emulator – it doesn’t do anything so stupid as trying to pose as an x86 processor or anything like that. It is a complete engine that acts in place of the game executable file and only requires the resource files of the games. What does it mean for us? It means that games work reliably and even more importantly: games run with excellent performance!

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The JBnator Diaries – QuickSMS in Review – The way Apple should’ve done the stock SMS app

Hey there, jailbreak fans! I’m baaaaack. Sorry for missing the last couple of weeks, but I was on New Year’s vacation. I don’t know how you managed without me, but don’t fret, I’m here now! And without further ado, back to the column.

One of the most notable oversights of Apple, at least in my mind, is the lack of features of some stock apps, most notably – the SMS/MMS one. Sure, the iPhone is hailed as the next-gen device with e-mail, IM, etc. support, so who would really want to use the old SMS, right? Well, that may be the case to some extent, but in many parts of the world not everyone has the latest and greatest gadgets and devices. As such, we can always resort to the good ol’ tried and tested SMS. And speaking of the iPhone’s stock app, we’re immediately amazed by the lack of even such basic features as Delivery Reports. Well, no more! For all members of the Jailbreaking community there is a way out – QuickSMS.

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Unleashing the full power of your A2DP enabled Bluetooth headsets

One of the strange and unexplainable limitations Apple put in place when adding A2DP support to the iPhone OS 3.0 was limiting the mono headsets to the simpler protocol. That is even though you have a state of the art headset that (theoretically) is perfectly capable of playing music, podcasts, etc. on your “Jesus” phone, you can’t. You’re limited to the basic handsfree functionality. And only because you have a mono headset (single earpiece).

Well, no more! Jailbreakers – rejoice! Just yesterday a new toggle for SBSettings appeared on Cydia that allows one to turn on full A2DP functionality for the mono headsets (provided they support it of course). The developer we have to thank for is Weydson Lima and the toggle is called (unsurprisingly) Bluetooth Mono SBSettings Toggle.

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The JBnator Diaries – SBSettings in Review – There’s a toggle for that!

Hey you, happy jailbreakers! This week I will cover the #1 reason for my jailbreak – SBSettings. In the stock iPhone configuration, doing such simple things as toggling Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, airplane mode and other simple things takes a lot of tapping through the Settings app. Even more so, it requires you to exit your current application to do so. Well, rejoice! For all of you brave enough to jailbreak there is a simple way around it!

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Reason to Jailbreak #1443: Bluetooth keyboards

Among non-vocal jailbreakers, I am probably one of its meakest proponents. I’m not a pirate and not much of a hacker. But when out and about, I would love a better way to enjoy a cup of coffee, a sandwich and my iPod touch at the same time. Currently, I have to do either one or the other, and in the heat of it all, remember to wipe my greasy fingers. Of all the cryptic messages I have seen on da internets, “Available in the Cydia store before Christmas” has sent heretofore absent chills up and down my spine. In short, Jailbreak your hamstrung iPhone if you long for the more graceful input allowed by external Bluetooth keyboards. Sometime soon, the iPhone Bluetooth Keyboard driver will make quick work of emails, stories, and obtuse SMS messages.

It will debut at the Cydia store in time for Santa to drop something beneath the Christmas tree. Click here for more information.

JBnator Diaries – Why the hell do I Jailbreak?

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Looking back on my JBnator Diaries articles I have noticed one quite obvious thing missing. I’ve written quite a lot about how to jailbreak, how to upgrade jailbroken phones, and how to fix various issues. I have even posted on how to revert your “Jesus” phone to its virgin state. But I haven’t yet written why I think jailbreaking is worth it. So listen one, listen all – today I will describe what drives and keeps on driving me to jailbreak my iPhone.

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The JBnator Diaries – Putting your iDevice back in jail!

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Hey you, happy jailbreakers! Or, if you’re reading this, probably, not very happy ones. Everybody knows I’m a stern advocate of releasing your Jesus phone from the bonds that Apple enforces upon him. Why else would I be writing this column? At the same time I respect that some users may decide to revert their jailbroken phone back to its original state, for one reason or another. Be it crashes, sluggishness or even just the need to turn the phone in to Apple Care for some hardware defect, this can happen to anyone. So today I’m gonna guide you through this simple process.

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The JBnator Diaries – Activating MMS on the iPhone 2G with OS 3.0 and 3.1.2

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Hey there, TMA fans! This is your weekly JBnator Diaries out now and available exclusively on TouchMyApps.com. Tell your friends, tell your parents, tell total strangers – this is THE spot for any hints, tips, advice on all things related to Jailbreaking!

When OS3.0 was first announced back in March 2009, the “Jesus” phone was widely criticised because of the lack of many features. Then, the implementation of Push, Copy-and-Paste, and of course, MMS support was promised with the next OS release, but not everyone could benefit from the additions. And I’m not talking about AT&T delaying their MMS support for months and months and months. I’m talking about all those people who had and still have to this day a 2G iPhone. Well, today’s Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year for you! Using my little guide you can finally get even at those big nobs at Apple: you can have MMS on the 2G iPhone!

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