Jailbreaking now legal but still voids warranty

In a historical amendment to the DMCA rules, Jailbreaking has finally been made officially legal, without all of the ifs, buts and uncertainties of the past. According to the copyright office:

The Librarian of Congress has announced the classes of works subject to the exemption from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. Persons making noninfringing uses of the following six classes of works will not be subject to the prohibition against circumventing access controls (17 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(1)) until the conclusion of the next rulemaking…

Computer programs that enable wireless telephone handsets to execute software applications, where circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of enabling interoperability of such applications, when they have been lawfully obtained, with computer programs on the telephone handset….

Computer programs, in the form of firmware or software, that enable used wireless telephone handsets to connect to a wireless telecommunications network, when circumvention is initiated by the owner of the copy of the computer program solely in order to connect to a wireless telecommunications network and access to the network is authorized by the operator of the network.

What does all of this hubbub mean exactly? Well, it means no one will be able to prosecute neither the developers of the jailbreak and unlock tools, like Geohot or the Dev Team, nor any users of such tools, namely you and I. Furthermore, any applications, not infringing on copyright (read purchased through Cydia and the like) regardless of the channels they have been acquired through are allowed as well.

Apple’s reply?

We don’t care!

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The JBnator Diaries – scrap unused language packs to supercharge you iPhone

WWDC has just passed and Apple has just unveiled the iPhone 4. At the same moment the older models, namely iPhone 2G and 3G, are not available anymore barring bartering around the net. The net effect? devs may try to get away with creating apps for fast iDevices, leaving our oldies in the dust. If the latest iPhone 4 still is not reason enough for you to upgrade, here’s the closing article in my cycle of getting the maximum from your old and tested workhorse.

With this in mind let’s dig in to our today’s topic. iOS has support for over 3000 language packs. Realising the overhead these packs are supporting, clever people over at sinfuliphone.com have created a special script that allows you to remove the excess language packs and significantly improve the performance of all iPhone applications. Improvements include everything from native apps to the springboard. Join me on a journey to strip away the language ability of iDevice.

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iPhone iOS 4 Jailbroken with PwnageTool 3.1.5

Apple are losing the battle. Leak after leak, their stronghouse is dripping away. This time, it isn’t stolen hardware; it’s iOS 4 that’s been fed to the wolves. The latest GM release just got out the doors today, so it’s pretty safe to say that Apple haven’t patched the security holes that allowed the original iOS 4 beta to be jailbreaked. Anyway, this jailbreak release isn’t the official badboy – that will be released later this month. If you are some sort of iPhone Jailbreaking freak who knows all the do’s and don’t's, then have at it and let iOS 4 hang with the Spirit of the iPad.

Thanks iPhone DevTeam

The JBnator Diaries – exorcise extraneous daemons to free iDevice RAM

Last week in the JBnator column I covered a VM hack for the iDevice that utilizes the age-old virtual memory technology to make up to 70MB of free RAM available for all your app needs. Unfortunately that technology was omitted from the iPhone OS for a reason: it ramps up app loading time considerably can cause frame-rate massacring when the disk swaps. This week I’m going to tell you how to get a bit more free RAM, though in no way as spectacular in terms of the increase, but with zero performance drops.

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Attack of the Jailbreaker

Despite all of Apple’s efforts to demote Jailbreaking with each passing day, there are more and more proponents of it. IT even started getting some high level media coverage outside of specialized tech blogs like Gizmodo and Endgadget. And now, one of the more amusing entertainment shows out there has posted it’s own video on Jailbreaking your Jesus device using spirit.

[via G4tv.com]

Where to find iPad-compatible Cydia applist

With the iPad jailbreak available for nearly a month now, finding compatible Cydia apps is still a major issue for many users. The problems with installing an incompatible one may range from a simple crash of the app to introducing some major issues into the OS and having to resort to a full system restore.

To help ease the pain of the jailbreak community, MuscleNerd, one of the members of the infamous Dev Team, has created a crowd-sourced Google Docs file that lists the current tested apps, both compatible and not. And while there are dangers in such an approach, namely irresponsible users and possibly even vandals, to date it is the best and only way to check out if your favourite jailbroken app is ready for the big screen.

Mount external drives with Camera Connection Kit and Jailbroken iPad

Since the iPhone OS and the iPad are somewhat locked down, a riggum has to be rolled through to access all the fun stuff a hunk of hardware should be able to do. We’ve already established that the iPad can run external audio equipment, but this just in: a Spirit Jailbroken iPad can connect to external disks. You’ll need to be somewhat Terminal friendly, but otherwise, the process is as simple. The iPad doesn’t supply the full 5V needed to run some external devices, so it needs the help of a MacBook Pro, or other 5V USB power supply and a dual-entry USB cable.

What conclusions can a person wring from this example? Jailbreaking is valid. Jailbreaking busts limitations. It also pushes Apple to develop with pragmatic goals in mind.

iPad Spirit jailbreak out – already some nifty features unlocked!

Hallelujah. Just a few days after the iPad 3G started shipping, the long awaited untethered jailbreak for the “Jesus” devices – codenamed Spirit - is finally out (for the masses). It works on ANY iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch running OS < 4.0! I’m going to write out a detailed walkthrough of jailbreaking your iDevice later this week as part of my JBNator Diaries column, but for now, check the low-down after the gap.

P.S. A lot of the packages in Cydia are not optimized for iPad, so it’s best to be a bit selective on what you install.

With the iPad jailbreak finally out, some nifty tweaks have already been discovered and published on the internet. As with the Spirit jailbreak walk-through, I’ll get to it in the coming weeks. But here’s the quickie bit – you can (a) enable the voice control and (b) manually tweak the installed AppStore apps to take advantage of the fullscreen without the messy default 2X upscaling.

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Jesus and the robot – Android comes to iPhone

Jobs ain’t gonna like this – Android for the iPhone is out. If you are the owner of anything but an iPhone 3GS and hate Jobsian control, but love Jobsian design, but don’t want to get an Android contract, but don’t know why you have an iphone – why not step over to the Android side of things? Naturally, an OS which isn’t specifically made for a piece of hardware is going have its issues, but that isn’t really the issue is it? The issue, rather, is that Apple’s hegemony – their complete control of a closed device – has been broken yet again, and this time far more intimately than by jailbreaking. The installation has some quirks, but what alternative firmware doesn’t?

Feel free to discuss Android on the iPhone in our forums.

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iPhone OS 4.0 beta 1 jailbreak now available – but probably not a very good idea for most

With the first beta of iPhone OS 4.0 released just over a week ago, I think the hot topic topic for many has been the question of jailbreak. While there has not been any doubts that it would be jailbroken in the end (MuscleNerd showed off a jailbreak roughly a day after the initial release), I don’t think anyone actually expected a generally available jailbreak any time before the final summer release.

Guess what, there is one already! The Dev-Team have released a BETA version of their redsn0w 0.9.5 tool capable of jailbreaking an iPhone 3G. At the moment the package works on the following:

  • iPhone 3G only (for now)
  • Mac OSX only (for now)
  • the 4.0beta1 FW only (for now)

I have to make a special emphasis: the jailbreak is aimed at iPhone developers only and REQUIRES a properly-registered developer UDID with Apple to get past the activation screen. For the same reasons it does not support Windows, unlock or hacktivation.

What do we, common users, care? Actually – a lot! The generally available jailbreak means developers can start adapting their jailbroken apps for the new OS immediately (rather than waiting for the official summer release) and should considerably shorten the time we will have to wait to get them fully working on our brand new JB OS 4.0 iPhones!

You can find the full Dev-Team explanation after the gap, as well as instructions on what to do in case you upgraded to OS 4.0 beta 01 already and wish to downgrade.

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