iPad 3G Hack to Allow For Phone Calling, SMS?

iPhoneIslam has released a blurry YouTube video demonstration of a hack that will allegedly allow for the iPad 3G to make phone calls, send text messages, and more. The hack would require that one have a jailbroken iPad 3G and, once enabled, it “turns your iPad 3G into a fully functional phone.” iPhoneIslam claims that the hack, which is known as PhoneItiPad, is set to appear on the Cydia Store soon. Since there is currently no publicly released jailbreak for the iPad 2, this hack would be compatible with the original iPad 3G only.

The authors behind the project gave some input as to what we can expect:

A hack that will change the game. Can you imagine turn your iPad to a fully functional phone.

WIth No Special Hardware all what you need is Jailbroken iPad 3G and your iPad 3G will do anything you expect from iPhone… Phone Calls, SMS, FaceTime by Phone Number… ETC

It’s important to take this rumor lightly, as hoaxes and false rumors of this sort are fairly commonplace. iPhoneIslam has released one other hack in the past, known as FaceIt3GS, which enables FaceTime on the iPhone 3GS. Let’s hope that their positive track record continues. The YouTube demonstration can be found after the break.

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Twitter for iOS Receives Push Notifications

The official Twitter application for iOS just received a major update, allowing it to send SMS or Push notifications for @mentions and direct messages. Push notifications are a huge help if you’re an avid Twitter user that needs to stay current with your messages without having to constantly refresh the app. Currently, 3rd party apps that wish to do the same are still required to run their own servers, a la Boxcar, and it’s unknown if Twitter will open up their new native Push service to outside applications.

Whenever an account that you follow mentions you, you’ll immediately receive a notification. You’ll know who is talking to or about you on Twitter, and you’ll be able to continue the conversation in real-time. Notifications for @mentions will initially be available on SMS and on the latest version of Twitter for iPhone, which you can download today from the App Store.

This update also includes a number of improvements, bugfixes, and enhanced timeline viewing on the iPad.

[Twitter]

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Official Google Voice App Now Available

The long-awaited official Google Voice application has finally made its way to the App Store, just two months after the first batch of unofficial Voice apps were approved. Google has been working on getting this app approved for over a year, and after its initial rejection, decided to remake it as an HTML5 web app to bypass Apple’s strict rules.

In September, Apple decided to relax their guidelines in effort to please the EU, who had begun an antitrust investigation into Apple’s policies. These changes have since allowed a number of previously reject-able apps into the App Store, such as Opera Mini, Skyfire, VLC, and more.

Google Voice is free, and uses data for SMS and calls, which makes it a great choice for budget-conscious users. The email-esque voicemail feature is especially handy (and doesn’t require you to change numbers).

  • Access your Google Voice account right from your iPhone.
  • Receive push notifications for new text or voicemail messages.
  • Send free text messages to U.S. numbers and make international calls at cheap rates.
  • Listen to your voicemail, read transcripts and manage your Google Voice inbox.
  • Display your Google Voice number as caller ID when making calls.
  • Call contacts from your iPhone Address Book or enter new numbers on the dialpad.
  • A Google Voice account is required to use this app. To sign up go to www.google.com/voice
  • Google Voice is only available in the United States.

[iTunes]

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Facebook Message Services: It’s Not E-mail

At a press event today in San Francisco, Facebook launched its new messaging services.  According to Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, approximately 350 million users of the social networking site have generated four billion messages, and counting.

The new Facebook messaging system incorporates integrated messaging which allows for the most efficient means of message delivery available, whether it be SMS texting, e-mail or instant messaging.  The new system will consolidate the mediums to provide the users with a complete conversation history.  The three social inbox folders will be prioritized for friends’ messages, information such as bills or random messages, and spam

Read on for more features.

[PCMag]

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ZTE Peel Officially Headed to Sprint November 14

iPod touch 2G and 3G (ab)users on Sprint, listen up: starting November 14, you’ll be able to purchase a ZTE Peel that works with Sprint’s 3G service.

This is great news for all of you looking to bridge the gap between your iPod touch and that shiny new iPhone 4. Sadly, this is only 3G, and doesn’t take advantage of Sprint’s nifty new ’4G’ WiMax service.

Pricing will be $79.99 outright, with a $29.99 monthly price for data. Not too terrible, compared to an iPhone plan on AT&T, eh? Except, of course, for the lack of SMS and calling, not to mention no Facetime, what with the lack of a front facing camera and all.

Either way, hit up the comments for the full press release from Sprint.

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Apple Seeds iOS 4.2 Beta 3, iTunes 10.1 Beta 2

Apple has released another iOS and iTunes beta, available to any developer ready to test them out. It’s unknown at the moment what changes have been made, but stay clear if you depend on a jailbreak.

Update: Changes include the following:

  • New SMS ringtones
  • AirPlay everywhere removed
  • Additional sound controls
  • More Google Maps modes
  • Always show bookmarks in Safari
  • Bug Fixes, performance improvements

via AppAdvide

[Apple Dev Center]

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Yahoo! Messenger Now Supports Video Calls Over 3G

Yahoo users and video call fanatics, unite. Yahoo has released an update to their Messenger app that enables video calling over 3G to other iOS devices, Android devices, or even a PC.

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Of course, this app update is only of interest to you if you are a user of Yahoo’s many services. If you are, you are in for a treat, one that includes all the video calling you could ever want, and more:

  • NEW – Video calls: Use Yahoo! Messenger to make video calls and stream live video one-to-one †
  • NEW – Voice calls: Make free voice calls to your Yahoo! Messenger friends
  • NEW – Low cost voice calls: Talk to your friends on their landline or mobile phone, and make low cost international calls with Yahoo! Voice Phone Out account. ††
  • NEW – Multitasking: Work with other iPhone apps while Yahoo! Messenger runs in the background†
  • Send free SMS messages via Yahoo! Messenger †††
  • From iPhone to desktop and more: Connect with your IM friends in any way you want—mobile app to PC, mobile app to mobile app

All of that for the extremely attractive price of free. Now, if only we could get Google to do something similar…

Either way, hit up the App Store for the update, or hit the download link below to get the app.

[iTunes App Store]

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GV Mobile + Accepted into the App Store

Sean Kovacs, the creator of GV Mobile +, has announced that his long-awaited Google Voice application has finally been (re)approved for purchase through the App Store. Last year, Apple went on a Google Voice rampage, and removed every last application related to the service.

After a long year and a half of being home sick, GV Mobile (+) makes an epic return to the App Store. The app is still propagating to all the servers, so it may take a bit before it shows up. Here is the direct link: GV Mobile +. I’ll be blowing away some promo codes via Twitter (@seankovacs) once I get them AND if #gvmobile trends on Twitter, I’ll set that bad boy to free for the night.

Like GV Connect, the other unofficial Google Voice application that was approved this week, GV Mobile + will be $2.99. (Frankly, GV Mobile is the superior app, so spend your three dollars wisely.) It looks like Sean has already tweeted out all the promo codes, but hopefully the application will be free for everyone for at least a few hours.

The fixed version just went live, so get it while it’s hot.

via @seankovacs

It just hit the store.

GV Mobile+ allows users of Google Voice to do the following with ease:
+dial numbers via the iPhone address book, entering on the keypad, or choosing from the internal favorites
+send, retrieve, and delete SMS messages
+retrieve and delete recent call history
+playback and delete voicemails
+take calls from different phones other than your iPhone
+enable, disable, add, or delete the phones that Google Voice forwards calls to

[iTunes]

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Justin Long, a Jailbreaker?

Look! He is one of us! In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, actor Justin Long (from “I’m a Mac” fame) showed off his iPhone, which clearly shows the Cydia icon on his homescreen. There’s also an amusing SMS exchange near the middle, if you want to see some surprisingly bad spelling.

Although, as the commenters at Engadget have pointed out, Cydia and TVOutTuner both seem to be the most recently installed apps, meaning that the show’s tech-guys may have installed Cydia in order to mirror the display on the big-screen. I like the former explanation better, we can dream, can’t we?

Watch the video at the source for evidence. (7:04 minutes in.)

[Engadget]

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Native (but primitive) SMS on iPad3G

Just a day after the iPad 3G has been released in America, MuscleNerd has already cracked out how to send primitive SMS messages on it’s 3G network using AT commands. Messages.app doesn’t currently work on the iPad, so this will have to do for now, but I’m sure he’ll work it out.

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