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Simple iPad Hack To Download Paid Apps For Free Discovered

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. ┬áThis 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.

Oct 12, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Easy One-Click Root Solution For Android Phones

Rooting a phone is a risky thing. If you don’t do it the right way, you can end up bricking your phone with no warranty for the damage you just got made. However, a lot of users root their phones simply for the customizations that such a thing offers. If you are one of those non-technical guys who would like to explore a rooted phone, folks at XDA just got their new application – SuperOneClick – an easy one-click Android rooting application.

This new rooting application works on all Android phones including the latest FroYo version of the OS. Of course, the risk still stays and you are going to root the phone at your risk. But in case, you would like to try it out, click here for instructions as well as the download links.

Do note that SuperOneClick does not offer a permanent root on all devices. Some phones like HTC EVO, HTC Desire and Droid Incredible only support a Level 1 root with the software and users will need to use the solution at to proceed towards a permanent root. The instructions are on XDA.

Oct 11, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Access With Droid Incredible

HTC launched their new online portal last month to give their users an easy way to manage their mobile phone data and security. You may be already aware that users may register with the website to access all of their messaging data, track their phone location as well as remotely wipe off data.

However, at the moment only Desire HD and Desire Z smartphones are supported while other users may not do much apart from downloading wallpapers and other media content. But if you have a rooted Droid Incredible, you can access HTCSense from your handset as well. All that you need to do once you have rooted your Incredible is to install this Desire HD ROM that will give you access to all of these features.

Of course there are risks with rooting your phone. But if you are really interested, get started on rooting and install the ROM linked above.

[via Droid Life]

Oct 6, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

How To Root T-Mobile G2 – Tethered Rooting Solution Revealed

T-Mobile G2 has just hit the market and a rooting guide for the device is already out. Folks at XDA Developers have once again brought about a step by step rooting instructions guide which will let new users of T-Mobile G2 to root their handsets. Why will you need this root? A big reason is that the new handset does not support mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and cannot do tethering. A rooted G2 will be able to acheive these tasks.

Do however note that this is a tethered root which means you will need to tether your device to a computer everytime you reboot your phone in order to retain the rooted device.

So here’s how you go about doing it. Do remember the usual disclaimers that this procedure can brick your device and can also void your warranty and hence this is entirely your own risk.

Step 1 : Install the latest Android SDK on your computer

Step 2 : Plug your T-Mobile G2 to a computer

Step 3 : Download this binary file and extract the tar file.

Step 4 : Open the Android ADK -> Tools folder and paste the binary file content here

Step 5 : On your Windows computer, go to Start -> Run and type cmd to enter the command prompt.

Step 6 : Here, navigate to the Android ADK -> Tools folder and enter the following commands

adb push rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin /data/local/tmp
adb shell
cd /data/local/tmp
chmod 0755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin

Step 7 : Now, on the G2, launch the terminal emulator application and type these commands

cd /data/local/tmp

Step 8 : You will now see a message that reads, “Forked #### childs.“. Here press the enter key

Step 9 : If you are on the $ prompt, type ps and confirm that you see a message that says it cannot be forked

Step 10 : Use the back button to exit the terminal emulator app. Launch any application on your G2 and launch terminal emulator again. Hit ‘Force Close‘ when prompted

Step 11 : Launch terminal emulator one more time. You can now see the root shell.

The rooting process is complete.

[via BlogsDNA]

Oct 5, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

How To Remove Ping Sidebar & Dropdown From iTunes 10.0.1 [Windows]

Apple has been celebrating the launch of their new Ping music social network claiming that millions of users have downloaded the new iTunes versions and are consequently happy Ping users. But to be fair, there are loads of users who are not really enamored by the intrusive networking features of Ping and shall be more than happy to remove the features from their iTunes application.

If you are a Windows user, this is what you will do. This is assuming your iTunes application is stored in the Program Files of C: drive. Firstly, launch the command prompt by navigating to Start -> Run and entering cmd

For users on 32-bit Windows (?)

To remove Ping dropdown
“C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropdown 1

To restore arrows on music list to take you to iTunes album listing
“C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1

To disable Ping sidebar
“C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt disablePingSidebar 1

For users on 64-bit Windows

To remove Ping dropdown
“C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropdown 1

To restore arrows on music list to take you to iTunes album listing
“C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1

To disable Ping sidebar
“C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt disablePingSidebar 1

Sep 17, 2010
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YouTube iPhone App Gets Upgrade In iOS 4.2

For a long time, the native YouTube app on the iPhone has stayed frozen in time. Though the website made a significant decision to replace star-ratings with a Like/Dislike rating back in March this year, successive iterations of iOS that have been released since then have not effected the change to the iPhone app.

That finally changes with the release of iOS 4.2. The new beta version of the upcoming iOS platform has revealed the arrival of the Like/Dislike button to the iPhone. Users viewing YouTube videos on their iPhone shall now be able to synchronize their Like database with YouTube videos they rate on the website or from other internet connected devices.

YouTube Like iPhone App

The new version of iOS is still not available for public download and so you may have to wait until November of this year to check out this new YouTube version.

Sep 10, 2010
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Jailbreak Your iPhone/iPad Permanently With New SHAtter Exploit

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.

Sep 10, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Root Instructions For Samsung Fascinate Now Available

Samsung Fascinate users who are looking to root their Android phones can now rejoice. Folks at the XDA Developers forum have successfully rooted their Samsung Fascinate phones and the instructions for public consumption are now available. To get started, users will need to download the RageAgainstTheCage application and unzip the files. Users will also need to install the Android apps for ADB, Su and SuperUser.

The process involves mounting the application to the root shell, gaining super user status which is followed by changing the access permissions in order to completely gain the root status. You can follow the complete instructions by clicking here.

With this, the rooting solutions for all the Samsung Galaxy S handsets are now available to users. It is worth noting that the phones in the Galaxy S series, including Vibrant and Captivate have already been rooted.

Sep 9, 2010
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VLC Player App For iPad Submitted To App Store

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.

Sep 9, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Creating Full Nandroid Backup For Motorola Droid X

If you have a rooted Motorola Droid X, you are most likely to be interested in installing custom ROMs, themes, etc. However, since the procedure itself is quite fickle, it is a good idea to take a backup of Nandroid before you proceed. A Nandroid backup is primarily a giant snapshot of your Android phone that needs to be created on your SD card every time you switch ROMs or change themes.

Of course, before you proceed, you will need to root your Droid X. It goes without saying that rooting your handset is pretty risky and you can void your warranty or brick your phone or both. So proceed at your own peril.

Once you have rooted your phone, you need to perform a bootstrap recovery. We have already seen the bootstrap recovery process for Motorola Droid 2 and the procedure for Droid X is no different.

Basically, you download the bootstrap recovery software from hacker Koushik Datta to your rooted Droid X and once done, launch the application. You will be asked to initiate bootstrap recovery that you can choose by tapping “Bootstrap Recovery“. The process will begin.

Once this is complete, you will see a “Success” message. Tap on ‘OK‘ and follow it up with “Reboot Recovery“. The Droid 2 will reboot in the Clockwork mode. Using the Volume buttons, navigate to the “Backup and restore” option and hit the Camera button to select the option. If you are asked to select “Reboot” do so with the camera button. The process completes with a “Reboot System now” message. Tapping the camera button completes the process.

Motorola Droid X Recovery

[via Droid Life]