PetitionAppleCompetition – Let’s fix the iPhone

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Tonnes of pre-launch skepticism was ineffectual in condemning the iPhone to an early grave. And two and a half years later, no amount of individual scorn will unearth Apple’s staunch defence of its core apps. Both legitimate and illegitimate devs feel the sting of Apple’s “duplicate functionality” clause which refuses alternatives such to Safari, Mail, etc.. So while there is no dearth of silly one-line apps, Apple’s crash-prone web-browser and the horribly stilted Mail app stand alone on the platform, providing users with strapped-down versions of their desktop partners which boast less-than-stellar performance and feature sets. Apple’s stringent insistence that core apps shalt have no rival eschews the iDevice horribly. So, while on the one hand, the iDevice enjoys a 53% online market share [TechCrunch], it does so at the expense of its own functionality.

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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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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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1st Self-Perpetuating iPhone Worm – a Jailbreak coming of Astley story

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Thanks to the insecurity of a majority of the Jailbreaked community, Rick Astley is Rick Rolling Australian iPhones. The worm, dubbed Ikee does more than photocopy a goeey mug of the smooth and sexy singer; it safaris itself around local networks, looking for other infectable iPhones to plaster. Fortunately, the backdoor which Astley steals in from is most likely user error: Apple’s root password ‘alpine’ (which is needed to SSH into the device), is the same on every iDevice. Jailbreaked users can change it to anything which, like Rick, may tickle their fancy, but the onus is on the user, not Apple. Security firm, Sophos, are blogging about it right now, riding high on raging (and humorous) whuffie spawned by clever forum users.

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