I don’t think there is anyone left in the iDevice community who hasn’t heard about Jay Freemen, aka Saurik. Author of the legendary Cydia, a software application that brought a new era to the iDevice jailbreak app distribution and made Installer obsolete, he rarely makes a public appearance. But somehow the folks over at Make It Work have coerced him into coming in for chat.
As I promised in my iDevice overclocking article, I will tell you how to free RAM on your Jesus device. As most of you probably know limited RAM is THE iDevices most limiting factor today and the reason for most app crashes. The iPhone OS tracks the amount of free memory available and starts killing off background apps when it gets low (remember, even on the the OS 3.0 Apple’s stock apps like Mail, Safari and iPod still support backgrounding out of the box). If the memory still gets under a certain threshold the OS kills the running app as well.
Well, the jailbreaking community has an answer to this, as it turns out. And the funny thing is – it is an age old technology, present in the desktop OSs for years. I’m talking of course about Virtual Memory.
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]
Just a little while ago, we reported about an independent hacker creating custom dual-boot Android firmware for the original iPhone. Well, Droid-fans, the same infamous team just shocked the community with another ground-shattering announcement – they have implemented most of the functionality (barring Power Management) as well as making a custom version of the firmware for the iPhone 3G. Even better – exclusively for PC World David Wang – the brain behind the project, has done a detailed step-by-step walkthrough of making your own iAndroid phone.
You can find the guide over here, but be warned:
Although this port does everything that you expect your smartphone to be able to do, it isn’t usable for day-to-day activities just yet–I haven’t implemented any power-management functions, so a fully charged iPhone running Android will last only an hour or so.
A few bugs and performance issues remain, too, so while the phone will be usable, it won’t be fast. If you do something unexpected (such as forcing the iPhone off), there is a small chance that you may end up restoring your device. However, it is impossible for any bugs to brick or disable your iPhone permanently.
Finally, media syncing is not working, so loading your media onto your phone is kind of a pain. I’m working as hard as I can, though, and I expect to fix these issues soon.
With OS 4.0 just around the corner and a jailbreak for OS 3.1.3 only recently released, quite a few people are still using the good old OS 3.1.2, which has been the only choice for all the free-minded jailbreakers for almost 6 months. But more and more, apps and games on the AppStore require the 3.1.3 OS as a minimum, effectively locking out users of the older OS for now.
Well, it seems there’s a hack for that!
For quite some time now I have been running the iTête à iTête column, doing interviews with a variety of prominent iPhone figures but one area has yet stayed untapped. I’m talking about the Jailbreaking community which, according to some reports, constitutes up to 10% of the overall iDevice users. To repent for such a huge sin I have gone hunting and bagged me an interview with ZodTTD – one of the most famous developer of Cydia and Rock apps for the Jailbroken iPhones – best known for his line of emulators, including two emulators for the iPhone: N64 and PSone.
It’s that time of the week again! The time for the one and only JBnator Diaries! This is the week following the celebration of Valentine’s Day and I just wanted to use this occasion to give a shoutout to all those lovers out there in general and my lovely wife in particular! Keep on loving – it’s a job! And now, back to our column.
Today I’m going to write about a little Cydia app called iFile, my first choice for browsing the iPhone. Those of you following my previous pieces may be familiar with it already. Everybody else – read on!
Hello there, JBnator fans! This is your blast from the future – ChiffaN. And today we’re gonna tackle a topic, which may be a life-saver for many people.
There is a story rolling around the Russian iPhone community about a guy who after returning from a two-week holiday in the Swiss Alps got hit over with a $30000 cell phone bill. Apparently he just got an iPhone and was using it extensively for GPS navigation abroad without realizing that it was pulling data via the excellent 3G connection for sky-high roaming fees. The story goes he sued the carrier for failing to communicate that the iPhone Maps app get it’s maps online and no-one heard of him since.
This a sad tale, but the good news is – you can avoid it and still have the luxury of using your iPhone to navigate even without a data connection or abroad. And the key is – Maps cache.
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!
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.