The “10 Billion App Countdown” promotion has come to an end, and Apple will be announcing the winner of the $10,000 iTunes giftcard shortly. Good luck to everyone who went on a spending spree as the appdometer ticked past the mark.
Forum member SlurpeeKing has brought some serious speed into the world of Cydia and package downloading with RepoInstant, which is a web portal that allows you to access every Cydia package currently available.
Update: The site has been updated with an iOS device-friendly interface!
RepoInstant allows you to browse and find new apps, wallpapers, and anything else that might be on Cydia in a faster web-based interface. The apps are separated into categories — similar to those on the App Store and Cydia — and a brief description is included next to the name of the specific app.
The website is still very much a work-in-progress, though, having only hit version 1.0 today. However, the pace of development seems fairly rapid, as it is up to version 1.1 as of this writing. The developer is taking user feedback, thoughts, and advice in the this thread in order to continue to improve the usability, look, and speed of the portal. He also mentions that a search feature is a possibility, though it seems that he is more concerned with getting the basics up and running.
You can visit RepoInstant by clicking on the source link below, and be sure to stop by the comments thread and give some feedback!
If you’re one of the lucky (?) users who happens to be in the “top 7.5 percent of 3G wireless customers identified as likely to experience poor in-building coverage at home or in small offices“, you are eligible to receive a free signal boosting MicroCell from AT&T.
As one would imagine, there are strings attached: customers must agree to continue using AT&T wireless service for 12 months, or be charged $199 for the device (a price which is reduced by $16.67 every month). If you are planning on sticking with AT&T despite their lousy service in your area, there’s no reason not to take advantage of this offer. The MicroCell links to your existing broadband connection to create a 3G “hotspot”, which can be used with up to 4 simultaneous devices.
Eligible customers will receive a mailer on the 23rd with instructions on acquiring their unit.
TUAW, thanks to a tip from a reader, is reporting that the official Apple bumper case has been redesigned and is being sold in Apple Stores. The redesigned silicon wrap is now universal for either the AT&T or Verizon iPhone. The modificaion involved enlarging the opening for the mute switch.
Since Apple has resolutely defied critics’ opinions that the iPhone 4 itself should be modified to fix the problem, it’s not surprising that Apple continues to rely on the bumper case to “solve” the antennae issues that have sullied the iPhone’s reputation.
The Chronic Dev Team (@0naj, p0sixninja, and pod2g) have created an untethered iOS 4.2.1 jailbreak that does not require 4.2b3 SHSH blobs. At the moment, there is a small bug that causes the WiFi icon to disappear, but we expect this to be fixed before a public release. Check back here or on the Greenpois0n homepage for updates.
The fine folks over at iStyleOriginals.com have provided one of their products for a giveaway. It is an adult large black t-shirt with “iGame” on the front (see picture at right).
iStyleOriginals have a sense of humor, as you can see from their system requirements, or their tech support page.
If you want to participate in the giveaway, leave a comment below. One entry per person. Multiple entries will result in disqualification. A winner will be chosen at random and notified via private message. Contest ends 11:59 PST on Sunday, January 23, 2011.
Music lovers spend countless hours and dollars to replace the stock Apple earbuds that came with their devices. Some replace the buds because they prefer more bass, better noise isolation or a better fit for which an in-ear style may be better suited. For most, they do provide decent sound quality. Personally, I currently have four pairs of $30 Apple earbuds sitting in a drawer going unused. The reason? They just don’t stay in my ears. They barely hang on the edge of my ear canal and fall out repeatedly. I have tried a few products to solve the problem, such as Yurbuds and Acoustibuds, with less than successful results. In the interest of not letting such an expensive and fairly competent accessory left unutilized, I once again have tried another solution, the Innovelis BudFits.
Read on for my review.
The XBMC team has successfully ported their (frankly amazing) media center to the Apple TV 2. Update: other iOS devices are also supported. Everything works as-expected, including the TV show and movie scraper, as well as the newly integrated add-on system that allows users to easily install and launch supporting applications from within the XBMC interface. Media in nearly every file format can be streamed in glorious 1080p over a variety of networking protocols, including UPnP, Samba, and more. XBMC really unleashes the full potential of the little black box — especially for users with oodles of local content.
Seriously, if you have an Apple TV 2 and haven’t bothered to jailbreak it yet, do it. Now.
Installation on the Apple TV only requires a few quick commands over SSH:
$ ssh root@
root@’s password: ”enter your password here, it should be “alpine” if you havent changed it”
$ echo “deb http://mirrors.xbmc.org/apt/atv2 ./” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xbmc.list
$ apt-get update
$ apt-get install org.xbmc.xbmc-atv
It isn’t half bad, actually. Notice the computer in the commercial is a Mac. Not sure if I’ve ever seen one in other Verizon commercials (not that I’m paying a whole lot of attention; those DROID eyes do a good job of capturing attention).
And so it begins.
In attempt to further bolt down their devices, Apple has begun to replace the standard Phillips head screws with unique “Pentalobular screws” that only Apple can remove. It sounds a bit nuts, but iFixit has created a video detailing the riveting situation. Apparently, if you bring your iPhone into the Apple Store to be repaired, the techs will swap out the Phillips screws for their own, tamper proof ones.
Generally, there aren’t many reasons to dismantle your device, but if the warranty has been void, replacing parts yourself is a much cheaper option than having it done professionally. To remedy the situation, iFixit has created a $9.95 “iPhone 4 Liberation Kit“, which contains a Pentalobular driver to remove the errant screws, #00 Phillips screws to replace them with, as well as a corresponding Philips drive.
Which devices are affected?
Now that we’ve got the background out of the way, what’s Apple doing with these new fasteners?
- This screw head first appeared in the mid-2009 MacBook Pro as a fastener for the battery.
- The 2010 MacBook Air uses this screw on the lower case to prevent any access to the internals.
- Many non-US iPhone 4 units have had smaller versions of these evil screws all along.
- Apple has switched production, and new U.S. units are shipping with the evil screws.
- If you take your phone into Apple for any kind of service, they will sabotage it by replacing your screws with the new tamper-resistant screws.