Apple WWDC Event to Start June 6th

The date for Apple’s five-day World Wide Developer Conference has been set for June 6th. Last year, Jobs unveiled the iPhone 4, but according to a source for Jim Dalrymple (which Daring Fireball says is “gold”), there will be no new hardware announcements at the event. Apple will be focusing on the “future of iOS and Mac OS X”, but if the tagline is accurate, there will be no official releases. OS X 10.7 “Lion” is set to launch this Summer, but there hasn’t been any word on the next major iteration of iOS. We will likely get a look at iOS 5 at WWDC, and it’s possible that Apple will release it alongside the iPhone 5 for a tidy launch.

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Sn0wbreeze 2.4b1 Released, Jailbreaks iOS 4.3.1

iH8sn0w has updated sn0wbreeze to version 2.4 beta 1, bringing with it support for iOS 4.3.1. The jailbreak is tethered, and there is currently no ETA on an untethered release from any of the dev-teams. Since 4.3.1 does not fix the Pwn2Own vulnerability, Apple might be pushing out another minor release in the next few weeks. If so, comex and friends may choose to hang on to their exploit for a bit longer until Apple makes a move.

sn0wbreeze 2.4b1 – Details

  • ultrasn0w now works for basebands (01.59.00 / 04.26.08 / 05.11.07 / 05.12.01 / 05.13.04 / 06.15.00)
  • ultrasn0w is NOT compatible with the folllowing basebands! (02.10.04 / 03.10.01 / 04.10.01 / 05.14.02 / 05.15.04)
  • iOS 4.3.1 is now supported.
  • iPhone 3GS users can upgrade to 06.15.00 baseband now under Unlocks section in Expert.
  • Upgrading your iPhone 3GS baseband to the 06.15.00 iPad baseband hack to unlock MAY cause you to lose your GPS!

[iH8sn0w] (Download sn0wbreeze)

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Pwn2Own Bug Not Fixed in iOS 4.3.1

The entire internet assumed that the freshly minted iOS 4.3.1 would be rolled out explicitly to fix a nasty vulnerability found during the Pwn2Own contest, but according the the hacker who discovered said hole, it does not. We have no clue why Apple has chosen to ignore it, though it’s possible that the smug folks at Cupertino think that the addition of ASLR and DEP will be “enough” protection.

via @0xcharlie

iOS 4.3.1 does not fix the pwn2own bug. It’s weird they fixed it in the next os x update after the contest, but not the next iPhone update.

The exploit is able to hijack a user’s Address Book through Mobile Safari, but since the details of the vulnerability are known only to Miller and Apple, there shouldn’t be any need to fret.

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App Review: Muzik

This review was written and submitted by Appman, a member of the iFans Review Team. A complete listing of all iFans app reviews can be found in the archives.

You may have seen the original Muzik review, which I wrote last year. Later that year, the developer decided it was time for some much needed changes and pulled it from the App Store to do some work on it. So, after being absent from the App Store for quite a while, Muzik, a one-of-a kind iOS application made to replicate the Zune HD music player’s interface and functions, has been revamped and is better than ever.

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iOS 5 On Schedule for a Fall Release, Heavily Integrated with the Cloud?

Techcrunch’s MG Siegler is reporting on information from two “solid sources” that iOS 5 is on schedule for a fall 2011 release – not a spring release to coincide with a new iPhone – and that it will include heavy cloud integration.

Their sources also told them the following:

  • iOS 5 will launch in the fall and will be a major revamp of the OS.
  • It could well be previewed at WWDC, it just won’t be released then.
  • The iOS 5 launch is also likely to coincide with the release of a new type of iPad, which we previously reported on.
  • The new iOS will be heavily built around the cloud, and we could see several new services launch from Apple that take advantage of this.
  • Yes, one of those is very likely a “music locker” service. There is also a fall launch aim for this, during Apple’s annual music-themed event.
  • But much of the cloud stuff will first be talked about at WWDC, Apple’s developer event which will take place in June.
  • One of the new cloud service elements is likely a location service that focuses on finding friends and family members.

Siegler speculates that the iPhone 5 could still be announced at WWDC and released shortly thereafter, but would instead be running a version of iOS 4.x instead of iOS 5.

For my part, I’m doubting this. First off, it seems odd for Apple to break off of a cycle that has been very profitable in the past. Even more so, however, is that I’m not sure that Apple would “heavily” tie iOS into the cloud. The whole concept of the cloud is something that Apple, for the past five or six years, has failed to totally grasp in a way that makes sense for a normal consumer. For example, MobileMe. While it is actually quite good now (ignoring the price tag), it was originally unreliable, experiencing massive outages for hours at a time.

If Apple feels that they have a grasp on this aspect of technology now, then I would expect them to slowly build up, instead of just releasing everything at once.

Still, it is definitely an interesting concept – after all, what would a cloudy iOS look like?

[Techcrunch]

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Cydia 1.1 Released – Faster, Lighter, with even more Stability

Jay Freeman (saurik), creator and proprietor of Cydia, has released version 1.1 of the popular package manager for jailbreakers. While it is a .x upgrade, it does bring about some much welcomed features and additions, including a big boost in speed and stability.

Saurik hasn’t yet updated a canonical changelog, but he did tweet the largest changes:

Cydia 1.1: faster, slimmer, and more stable; including an improved search algorithm and “resume where you left off”. Available in Cydia now!

The update includes  an improved search algorithm (for sifting through apps, themes, and other packages), consumes less memory, and brings about some very nice speed improvements. The UI has also received an update, apparently making things seem to flow much more smoothly than before.

Applying the update is simple: check for updates for Cydia apps, and it should prompt you to do an update for everything.

After that, be sure to tell us about anything you might find in Cydia 1.1 in the comments!

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Review & Giveaway: AviiQ Portable Laptop Stand

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You’re looking at the world’s thinnest portable laptop stand—and you can win one! Just post a comment on this review to enter!

AviiQ’s portable laptop stand didn’t even have to show its face at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to garner some attention. The stand was a 2010 innovations honoree at last year’s show, without holding a booth at the expo, and has received almost widespread critical acclaim.

The stand is specifically designed for most MacBooks, including the Air and Pro variants, and PC laptops that are between 13 inches to 17 inches in size. For those wondering, I am using a 13″ MacBook Air throughout the course of this review.

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Apple Releases iOS 4.3.1

Apple has released the bug-fix 4.3.1 update for the GSM iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2, and iPod Touch 3 and 4G. (No update has be released for the Verizon iPhone.) Do not update if you depend on an unlock, and make sure to save your SHSH blobs.

This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

  • Fixes an occasional graphics glitch on iPod touch (4th generation)
  • Resolves bugs related to activating and connecting to some cellular networks
  • Fixes image flicker when using Apple Digital AV Adapter with some TVs
  • Resolves an issue authenticating with some enterprise web services

As usual, plug your device into iTunes to update, or download directly.

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GV Mobile + Updated With New UI, Push, and More

Sean Kovacs has updated his insanely popular GV Mobile + app to version 2.0… point 031811. The update brings oodles of new features, such as picture messaging, search, push and much, much more. GV+ works on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, and allows users to make calls, send and receive SMS, and manage voicemail messages straight from their iDevice.

While not as slick as Sprint’s soon-to-be Voice integration, GV Mobile + is just about the closest the iPhone will get to Google Voice.

What’s New in Version 2.0.031811

  • New UI
  • Push
  • Picture messaging
  • Multiple Recipient Texting (up to 5)
  • Support for all GV folders
  • Search
  • Pull to load older data
  • Key Tones Off/On
  • Default Contacts Action (Favs/Iphone)
  • More Call Methods (call using your iPhone # in app, or with GV using other dialers – customizable)
  • Support for non-standard Gmail only GV accounts (limited)
  • Welcome/Setup wizard
  • Favorites is back
  • Spell check is back
  • Access Call Methods via Keypad
  • Voicemail transcription highlighting during playback
  • Support for GV related call actions (read/unread,star/unstar,spam,block,archive/unarchive)

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Tilt to Live Updates with Viva La Coop Mode on the iPad

Tilt to Live enthusiasts who have purchased the “Viva la Turret” update can now play cooperatively with a friend. Both players must have the Viva la Turret expansion ($.99), and be on a local area network or Bluetooth. Co-op mode only works on the iPad, but One Man Left Studios promises that the next major update—which will be announced April 2nd—will have fewer requirements.

Other additions to 1.7 include:

What’s Improved:

- Added a toggle to turn the perforator turret on/off in Classic and Code Red

- Better caching of game center scores when no network connectivity is present. Scores uploaded next time there is an internet connection

What’s Fixed:

- Playhaven no longer crashes under ‘more games’

- The scoring bug that gave people highscores in the billions has been fixed. There was only one way to restore the honor of the TtL HD leaderboards, and that was a Classic and Code Red leaderboard reboot. So go prove to the world that your old rank wasn’t a fluke!

- The vortex will no longer suck you out of the Perforator turret in Classic & CR.

- Some typos in our awards have been fxied.

Tilt to Live is $2.99, and the update is now live on the App Store.

[One Man Left]

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