iPhone, the next Snooper Super Sniper


The real AppSniper

Just in case your iPhone suffers infiltration (Today’s E90 report), there are deadly weapons of revenge at your disposal.  The first and safest option is to rollback to Apple Firmware until the the smoke settles and the digital fugitives are either caught or sentenced retirement with former President Bush.  The second option is to take revenge with a little sniping of your own.

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Jailbreaked iPod Touch/iPhone users: beware of snoopers!

As reported by Today’s E90, snipers may have already landed in a jailbreaked iPhone or iPod Touch near you.  According to the article, whilst tinkering with the calender in the /var/root section, nao, Today’s E90′s author found a suspect .* directory.  Any directory beginning with a full stop is invisible to the ls command unless appended with -a.  Nao found it because he usually appends the -a extension and was able to discover the directory.  The source of the attack remains unclear.  

At the moment, there seems to be no other commotion over this attack however, the threat remains.  Do not store sensitive documents on your Jailbreaked iPhone especially if this is not an isolated incident.  Apple Firmware users have yet to worry about this however, that does not mean the threat does not exist.  

You can read the full translated article here and the original here.

Better than bleach: SoundClip brings out the brights


Ten One Design, creator of pogo stylus and pogo sketch stylus for the iPod Touch and iPhone have brought out SoundClip, a new device that passively brightens the sound of the iPhone’s built in speaker.  According to them, it is no magic trick, just a bit of good science:

The way SoundClip works isn’t all that hard to understand. The iPhone emits a fair amount of acoustic energy through the speaker. Unfortunately, many of these sound waves are directed down and away from the user. SoundClip reflects them toward you so you can hear them better.

But how does it actually amplify? The dimensions and shape of the conical chamber create a resonance chamber facilitating the attenuation of some frequencies, and the amplification of others. The next part is the trickiest. We tuned the resonance chamber to actually improve the sound from your iPhone, resulting in a frequency response that is flatter, and more natural sounding.

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Pudge in Review: Copter Under the Sea

pudge1In my 28 year old eyes, I am able to see Disney World for what it truly is. It is a magical land of glitz and glamour. Everything is immaculate, well done, well organized, and meant to capture your eyes and imagination. Yet, once the exterior is taken away, once you move past the facade, Disney World becomes just another mundane tourist trap. In a way, I believe that Pudge follows a similar philosophy.

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This just in: 3G iPhone is the new Mac Mini (sort of)

ipod-keyboardWith Mac Mini rumours continuing to spark flames at a Mac rumour site near you, blosmo.com have thought up a brighter and more eco-friendly desktop computer:  the 3G-iPhone-is-the-Mac-Mini concept.  It is small, eats fewer calories of hydro than your last desktop and will even fart if you pull its finger.  It also features a reduced feature set and footprint but best of all, a built in LCD screen.  

Ergonomic decisions aside, it sports a useful magnetic foot and induction technology so that your iPhone can hum along without the need for cables.  Traditional keys currently found under the Optimus Maximus Aux keyboard.

Shinkansen: iPhone No Go? No Mo…

None of this with the Jesus Phone

None of this with the Jesus Phone

Japan has a huge mobile network that for many users, predicates the PC’s role as superfluous.  However, that mobile network makes use of what Apple might call the ‘non-real internet’.  If your needs turn you to that ‘non-real internet your user experience is at best turbulent and sometimes laughable.  It just won’t do mobile internet with any semblance of reliability.  Even some ‘real’ internet pages don’t display correctly, becoming a choppy and unusable mess.

The age old question still remains:  what does one do when they must reserve shinkansen tickets from sites like express yoyaku?  Answer, hop on a computer or use a phone that can only access the ‘non-real internet’.

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The Creeps in Review: Reasons 4 Another TD Game

thecreeps_review1Given the plethora of TD games (Tower Defense to the uninitiated) currently available through the App Store, there can be considerable hesitation in the purchase of a new game within this genre. In the midst of some original and unoriginal ideas, The Creeps is more than able to set itself apart from some of its more mundane brethren.

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First Look at iBlueAngel – Magic Web Browser


This past week, Apple let through another genre of apps that were previously off limits to the App Store: Web Browsers. While the majority of them are either one trick ponies or serve a more specific purpose (hiding your surfing tracks in Incognito), I had a chance to test out iBlueAngel, a web browsing app that attempts to rise above the competition. It is easily the most fully featured of its kind at the moment, with features that include copy and paste, tabbed browsing and even the ability to save current pages for offline viewing.

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