The future of iPhone controllers is NOW!

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How to make convenient and easy to use controls for action/arcade games (as well as other genres), is one of the most serious issues facing iPhone developers. Controls can make or break a game and despite the enormous variety of ways to interact with the iDevice (multitouch, accelerometer and even the compass in the 3GS), there is still no adequate replacement for the good old hardwired D-Pad.

Well, soon there may not be a need to reinvent the wheel. While Apple is making developers sweat over implementing workarounds, a small independent group of developers has set off to improve the built-in Bluetooth stack with the BTstack project. Of course it is only available to the Jailbreaking community, but before you slip off to read the latest review, take a minute to see what BTstack can do. With their recent update they have finally implemented full WiiMote wireless support!

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Jailbreak – The App Store’s big daddy

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Back when the iPhone was still suckling at the teats of limited web-apps, it had little to recommend itself other than its great touchscreen and OS. Fortunately, a group of pioneers forged their way into the device’s firmware and suddenly, the iPhone learned to walk. No longer just an Apple-branded phone with a few cute features: it became a viable alternative for the . It could run heaps of apps, some of which persist today through the App Store. Indeed, the Jailbreak community is the training wheels for the great dev community which exists on the iPhone today: a fact Apple wold be wise to remember in its ire to halt further Jailbreak developments.

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The JBnator Diaries – Fixing Push Notifications and YouTube on “hacktivated” phones

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Hello again, folks – your guru of jailbreaking here! And today I’ll tackle the problem which rendered Push and YouTube inoperable on “hacktivated” iPhones. I referenced it in my last article on upgrading jailbroken phones. Well, there’s always a way out and I’m gonna tell all!

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The JBnator Diaries – Upgrading your jailbroken phone WITHOUT losing app information and savegames! (Updated for iOS 4.x)

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Hey you, happy jailbreakers! Your favourite iPhone blogger ChiffaN here! I have decided that there is regrettable lack of comprehensive information on iPhone Jailbreaking. Well, not really. There is actually loads of such info on the web. But there are a number of issues, still left untouched by the general community, some of which were even deemed impossible! And here’s where I come in. In our new section, The JBnator Diaries, I will tackle such and try to put them in layman’s terms! Yeah, so even YOU can understand!

I will not bore you with what jailbreaking is. If you’re reading this, you likely already know about it. If not – google it, you’ll get more than enough results to satisfy your curiosity. And I will not describe the simple out of the box jailbreaking procedure, at least not separately. If you’re interested in that – you can check one of my recent posts on blackra1n, which has that. Rather, I will tackle one issue, any jailbreaker faces at the dreaded time when Apple releases a new OS version – upgrading without losing all the precious data on the phone. Yes, it CAN be done!

15.10.2010: Updated for iOS 4.x

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Black raindrops are falling on my iPhone! – Jailbreak with blackra1n

news-blackrain-1Jailbreakers, rejoice! Geohot has done it again! Yesterday he made available his long-awaited new jailbreaking tool – blackra1n. This tool tackles just about everything, from the old 2G to the latest 3.1 OTB (Out the box) 3GS and even the iPod Touch 3G. And all of this in just 30 seconds! A note of warning though – blackra1n is for OFFICIAL 3G/3GS phones ONLY since it requires the phone to be updated by the official 3.1.2 firmware. If you’re not afraid of this, read on!

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Jailbreak update: iPhone Dev Team and Chronic

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Good news from the team who have consistently bettered the iDevice by stripping away as much of Apple’s restrictions as possible: with some limitations, Pwnage Tool 3.1.3 now supports the 3GS and the iPod touch 2G. They are as follows:

The iPhone 3GS is now supported in PwnageTool 3.1.3, assuming the phone was pwned at 3.0 or 3.0.1 – PwnageTool does not support the 3GS out of the box. If your iPhone 3GS has 3.1 preinstalled and is not Pwned then there is no tested jailbreak solution at the moment.

The iPod 2G is now supported in PwnageTool 3.1.3, assuming the iPod 2G was pwned at 3.0 or 3.0.1 – PwnageTool does not support the iPod 2G with 3.1 software out of the box.

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Updates from the iPhone Dev Team

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Apple’s 3.1 Firmware broke compatibility with Redsn0w, meaning that your external GPS units, video cameras, and a whole fleet of other operations have been rendered unusable. However, the Dev Team are back at work and have released three tools which are available only for the iPhone 2G, 3G, and iPod touch 1G. It is important to note which you need and if your hardware is compatible. Their instructions are outlined after the gap.

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