We had recently written about a new browser app for the iPhone called Skyfire. The browser let users access Adobe Flash content on the iPhone without having to jailbreak the iDevice. As you may know already, Skyfire makes use of a server-side technology to render Flash content in iPhone-supported formats. The popularity of Skyfire has also been its bane since the load on Skyfire’s servers is learned to have slowed down the processing in some cases.
Now hit ‘Done‘ to save. Next time you want to watch a Flash video on your browser, simply tap on the bookmarks button and select iOSFlashVideo to start watching these videos.
iPhone and iPad users running the latest version of the iOS shall be glad to know that a tethered jailbreaking solution from the Chronic Dev Team should be up and running very shortly. GreenPois0n, as it is called, is based on the Limera1n exploit that was uncovered by George Hotz and is capable of jailbreaking all the iOS-based devices in the market.
One problem however is that this shall be a tethered jailbreak. This means that you should tether your iDevice to a computer every time you need to reboot in order to keep the jailbreak active. If you think that is a pain you can live without, then you should probably wait for some more time before an untethered jailbreak solution is made available.
But again, there is no need to wait if you have an iPhone 3G or a 3GS running the older bootrom. The RedSn0w 0.9.6b3 update that was released last week for the GM build of iOS 4.2 is good enough for these devices.
There is some good news if you are the owner of one of the older iDevices like the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G or iPhone 3GS (running the older bootrom). The iPhone Dev Team has noted that iOS 4.2.1 jailbreak for these devices is already ready for download.
This is thanks to the updated RedSn0w 0.9.6b3 that was released last week to jailbreak the GM build of the iOS. The Dev team says that the recently launched iOS 4.2.1 is primarily a public version of the GM build and so the same RedSn0w tool should work on these devices as well.
A word of note if you are also looking to unlock your devices. A new updated version of Ultrasn0w that will work on these devices (with the older bootrom) is expected to be released later this week. So unless you have an iPhone 4 or a 3GS with new bootrom, your device should be good to use by the end of this week.
An Italian website has published details about a relatively simple exploit that has been discovered on the iPad that will make it extremely easy for iPad users to access paid iPad applications for free. The exploit involves accessing the .plist file on the iPad and changing the status of a command from “purchasable” to “viewable“. The paid apps like the New Yorker are noted to change their ‘Buy‘ buttons to ‘Download‘ once this is done enabling easy access. This can be done by anyone with basic computer skills.
Not all paid apps can be accessed this way though. Only applications that make use of Adobe’s Digital Content Viewer – that includes the Wired and The New Yorker apps – are vulnerable to this hack. Adobe issued a statement last week soon after the hack was discovered noting that they are working on this issue,
“We have confirmed that it is possible for experienced users with detailed instructions to access some digital publications on the iPad that have not been purchased. We are working on a fix and expect to deliver a new version of our Digital Content Viewer to publishers on Friday, October 8”
Interestingly, the hack appears to be working still; a week after Adobe’s self-imposed deadlines. It is not clear what is taking Adobe such a long time for the fix though.
Getting tired of having to jailbreak your iDevice everytime a new iOS update comes about? A new bootrom exploit has been discovered that will help you keep your device jailbroken for life and will work on the iPhone, iPod Touch as well as the iPad – including the most recent versions. The reason is because this exploit is related to the hardware and hence Apple cannot fix the issue with their software updates.
The jailbreaking application is still not publicly available and the iPhone Dev team and Chronic Dev team are learned to be still working on using the exploit to develop a jailbreak tool. While this is definitely something to be excited about, do note that this jailbreak is tethered. This would imply, users will have to tether their iPhone or iPad to a computer while rebooting in order to keep the device jailbroken. Otherwise, it’s only the risks with warranty and performance that you have to be aware of, which I am sure, you may have already mulled over.
Applidium, a Paris based developer of iPhone applications have announced the submission of their latest iPad app that could help bring the VLC player to the iPad. VLC is an open source media playing format that is compatible with a vast majority of media applications and hence is popular among users. However, Apple’s closely guarded iOS platform does not support the VLC player format as yet and hence the new iOS app could bridge this gap.
However, we will have to wait and see if the new app will be approved. Apple has always been known to be finical when it comes to approving apps that perform tasks that the closed environment does not allow. Anyway, considering that the App review staff had recently approved controversial browser apps like Opera (that technically duplicated the native Mobile Safari app), it will be interesting to see if this new app will make it through.
Yes you can. But only if you live in Canada. Much to the envy of Apple customers around the world, Canadian carrier Rogers has announced a new data sharing option that will allow iPhone 4 customers to share their data plan with their iPad. Accordingly, if you are on the 6GB data plan, you can now share your plan between your iPhone 4 and iPad by paying an additional monthly fee of $20. However, a big caveat here – This data sharing option is presently on a limited period trial and will end on September 30. The $20 fee will exclude the government’s regulatory recovery fee.
If this sounds awesome, check out the other deal from Bell Canada. The Rogers rival carrier has announced a largely similar offer, except that the iPad data sharing option is available at only $10 a month.
Technically, this is not too different from what AT&T offers with its tethering functionality. American iUsers may note that Ma Bell offers tethering at an additional cost of $20 per month to their Data Pro subscirbers. However, this tethering functionality is not compatible with the iPad.
Nevertheless, this is a good start and hope more carriers start offering such data sharing services (at little to no monthly fee of course)
The iPad can be a great device for you to play games – not just the casual games that you find on the App Store but also more serious Super Nintendo games. Here is a four step process as detailed by LifeHacker for you to install and play SNES emulator on your iPad.
Do remember that this process will require you to jailbreak your iPad. Jailbreaking can void your warranty besides causing several performance related issues. So, don’t blame me later
Step 1 : Jailbreak. You can use the untethered jailbreaking solution offered by Spirit. Click here to download the appropriate software for your Mac, PC or Linux systems.
Step 2 : Install Snes4iPhone. This is an SNES Emulator application that can be purchased from the Cydia store at a price of $6. Visit Cydia Store : Products and look out for Snes4iPhone. Once purchased, the app will install on your iPad.
Step 3 : Load Games. For this process, you will need to SSH into your iPad and copy the ROMs from /var/mobile/media/ROMs/. Alternatively, you can also browse for ROMs from the internet and download them into your iPad. For this, visit the Snes4iPhone Browse section and click on ‘Search’ on the upper righthand of the screen.
Step 4 : Sync the Wiimote. To do this, launch the Snes4iPhone app and visit the options section. Here, turn the Wiimote support on. This will send Snes4iPhone searching for your Wiimote. Meanwhile, hold the 1 and 2 buttons on your Wiimote down so that it is recognized.
You are done. Get playing.
Everyone understands that DRM and copyrights are to be protected and adhered to. But every now and then, there arises a case when you already have purchased a movie in a particular format that wouldn’t play in another format. Converting them to another format may be illegal in some countries and I wouldn’t advocate users in these countries to follow these steps. Others may check the steps below.
Apple’s iPod Touch (or iPhone and iPad for that matter) obviously do not contain a DVD drive nor do they support the format. So, the basic job involves converting the media to an iPad compatible format and transferring them to your iDevice via iTunes to start playing the video files.
Step 1 : You will first need the appropriate software. HandBrake is an open source platform that works across multiple platforms. Perian is another that works on Mac. Alternately, you may just search for DVD Ripper software on Google and may come across other alternatives for your platform
Step 2 : Once you have installed the software on your system, insert the DVD into the drive
Step 3 : Launch HandBrake (or any of the alternatives). Click on ‘Source’ to select the source file from your hard drive. You may also be asked for the destination folder and format depending on the software you are using.
Step 4 : Once done, click on ‘Start‘ (or ‘Rip‘). There are other options to choose from, but you may not bother. This process may take a few minutes and will consume a lot of system resources. If need be, close other open applications for the process to continue.
Step 5 : Once converted, close the application and launch iTunes
Step 6 : Connect iPad or iPod Touch to your computer and transfer the converted file via iTunes.
You are done. You may now watch the movie from your favorite iDevice.
Want to connect your iPad to a mouse? Here is a great tutorial that will help you get going.
Step 1 : You need to jailbreak your iPad to proceed. Please be forewarned that jailbreaking your iPad may void your warranty and cause instability issues. You can use Spirit Jailbreak solution to jailbreak your iPad [Mac | Windows]
Step 2 : Tap on the Cydia icon on your iPad HomeScreen and visit the Big Boss repository. Download the BTstack Mouse application from here
Step 3 : Once done, launch the BTstack app and let it discover your Magic Mouse (or any bluetooth-capable mouse)
Step 4 : Once you have set the connection up, it should work without any issue
Here is a short video demonstration