Now Watch Adobe Flash Videos On iPad, iPhone Without Jailbreak

No, Steve Jobs has not had a change of heart overnight. Skyfire, a browser application that we had written about in early September is finally ready for approval and will hit the App Store tomorrow. Like we had mentioned last time, this browser app will render Adobe Flash content on iOS devices without violating any […]

No, Steve Jobs has not had a change of heart overnight. Skyfire, a browser application that we had written about in early September is finally ready for approval and will hit the App Store tomorrow. Like we had mentioned last time, this browser app will render Adobe Flash content on iOS devices without violating any of the terms that Apple has set on its app developers.

What Skyfire basically does is that it uses a proxy browser to remotely interpret Flash content and transcodes them into an iOS compatible format before it is rendered on the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. This does not violate any of Apple’s terms since all the transcoding happens remotely and not over the application on the users’ end.

However, a point to note here. This application will only help you “watch” Flash based content and you cannot interact with them. That means, playing Flash games on your iPhone is still not available as yet.  Skyfire for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad should be available on the App Store at a price of $2.99 starting tomorrow.

Game Center For iPhone 3G Now Ported

When Steve Jobs unveiled the new Game Center on iOS 4.1, he was quick to point out that the gaming features will not be available for older iPhone models like the iPhone 3G. Now as disappointing as that sounds, here is some good news if you own a jailbroken iPhone 3G. Apple’s new Game Center […]

When Steve Jobs unveiled the new Game Center on iOS 4.1, he was quick to point out that the gaming features will not be available for older iPhone models like the iPhone 3G. Now as disappointing as that sounds, here is some good news if you own a jailbroken iPhone 3G. Apple’s new Game Center for iOS 4.1 has just been ported to the iPhone 3G model.

“The process involves modification of some .plist files found in the original GameCenter.ipa file for iPhone 3GS, and then SSH’ing this modified file on to jailbroken iPhone 3G running iOS 4.1. Since modifying .ipa files breaks Apple’s DRM, I cant share the exact instructions, or the modified file with you.”

We hear that the Game Center works seamlessly on the older iPhone model as well and hence it is surprising why Apple decided to not include this functionality on iPhone 3G. Well, on second thoughts and to be honest, it’s not very surprising considering that Apple is known to disincentivize people owning older iPhone models to retain their handsets in favor of newer handsets.

[via RedmondPie ]

Looking to Downgrade from iOS 4.2 On Your iPhone Or iPad [Windows]

The beta version of the new iOS 4.2 was released yesterday and like everyone, if you were excited about it and went about downloading it, you may have realized that a jailbreak for the new iOS version does not exist as yet and hence you may need to downgrade soon after. If this situation sounds […]

The beta version of the new iOS 4.2 was released yesterday and like everyone, if you were excited about it and went about downloading it, you may have realized that a jailbreak for the new iOS version does not exist as yet and hence you may need to downgrade soon after.

If this situation sounds familiar, folks at RedmondPie have a neat guide to go ahead and perform a downgrade. Do remember that you will need to have a backup of the SHSH blobs for the older iOS firmware that you are downgrading to. If you do not have one, then it may not be possible to downgrade.

So how do you do it? First, download the respective ipsw firmware files from here. Once done, plug your iPhone or iPad to the computer and get it into the DFU mode. Now, navigate to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ and launch the ‘hosts’ file. Here, add the following line of code

74.208.105.171 gs.apple.com

Now, on iTunes, click on the iPhone/iPad icon the left sidebar, and while holding the Shift button down, select “Restore“. You shall be prompted to select the downloaded firmware. Once this is done, iTunes will begin the restoration process. Wait for the process to complete. If you are stuck at the Recovery screen, use the TinyUmbrella application to kick out of the recovery process. The process is done.

Do remember to go back to the hosts file and remove the line of code mentioned earlier.

All credit to RedmondPie for the guide

App Folders Missing After iOS 4 Restore? Try This Fix

Steve Jobs described the app folder management on the new iOS as something out of the world and magical. Well, for those who have several hundred apps on their iPhone, it actually is. But that’s only till something goes wrong and you need to restore your iPhone. This is because restoring your iOS 4 brings […]

Steve Jobs described the app folder management on the new iOS as something out of the world and magical. Well, for those who have several hundred apps on their iPhone, it actually is. But that’s only till something goes wrong and you need to restore your iPhone. This is because restoring your iOS 4 brings back all the apps, but the app folders go missing. This means you will have to redo your folder management all over again.

Why does that happen? Apparently, it is because of an elementary problem that even a first-time developer may have done correctly. While performing a restore, the system tries to create the folders first and then restores the apps. The problem with this method is that the folders will need to know the apps that they will hold and consequently, creating the folder at first throws an error since there are no apps to begin with. The simple remedy is thus to perform the restore twice. The first restore brings back all the apps and during the second restore, the folders will be created correctly since the apps are already available. Do remember to not sync your iPhone between the two restores though.

Here is a step by step guide

1. Connect your iPhone to iTunes
2. From the left menu on iTunes, right click on your iPhone model and select ‘Back up‘. Wait for the backup process to complete
3. Now right click on your iPhone device on the left menu once again and select ‘Settings‘. Here, pick ‘Restore‘. Please remember this is only if you also need a firmware restore (Applicable to those who have unlocked their phones). Otherwise, from the ‘Settings‘, pick ‘Restore from Backup
4. If the system tries to sync files, cancel the process. Wait for the restoration to complete
5. Now perform Step 4 once again. Remember to pick the backup file created in Step 2. Wait for the process to complete

You are done. The iOS 4 restore will be done with the app folders.

iOS 4.1 HDR Photography For iPhone 3G/3GS – A Jailbreak App For That

Apple released the new iOS 4.1 version of its operating system earlier this week. One of the new features that this new iOS version comes with is the support for HDR photography. The new High-Definition-Range photography tool will allow users bring extra detail out of high contrast scenes so that there is a greater dynamic […]

Apple released the new iOS 4.1 version of its operating system earlier this week. One of the new features that this new iOS version comes with is the support for HDR photography. The new High-Definition-Range photography tool will allow users bring extra detail out of high contrast scenes so that there is a greater dynamic range of luminance between the lighter and darker areas. This is done on iOS 4.1 by capturing two photos – one that is over exposed and another that is under-exposed. These two pictures are combined to produce the final picture that offers effective contrasts.

Now however,as you guessed it right, this feature is not available for users with the older iPhone models with Apple having restricted the feature to work only on iPhone 4 models. No longer. iPhone jailbreaker Will Strafach has announced that a hack to make this feature available to iPhone 3G and 3GS users is already underway and should soon be made available over Cydia. There is no word on how long that should take. Anyway, as long as you get it, that’s happy news right?

“iPhone Stuck On ‘Searching’ Cell Signal Mode”

It may have sometimes happened to you that your iPhone may have a problem reconnecting to a cellphone tower. In such cases, you would normally see a message that reads “Searching” that never really goes away even when you are actually close enough to a cell phone tower. In such cases, the only recourse that […]

It may have sometimes happened to you that your iPhone may have a problem reconnecting to a cellphone tower. In such cases, you would normally see a message that reads “Searching” that never really goes away even when you are actually close enough to a cell phone tower. In such cases, the only recourse that many resort to is to reboot the iPhone. While this trick works, it is often laborious since you have to go through the entire ordeal of rebooting that takes at least a few few minutes.

Do you have an alternative? Yes. Next time your iPhone is stuck on a “Searching” mode, simply go to Settings and turn on the Airplane mode. Once done, you may swipe off the airplane mode and shall notice that the iPhone will now be able to connect to the cellphone tower.

[via LifeHacker]

How To Save And Open PDF Documents In iBooks App?

If you have been using the iBooks app on your iPhone or iPad, you will have realized that the application offers a great interface with intuitive controls to read digital books on the go. Now, since many of us might also need to read PDF documents over iBooks, the iBooks app also provides a ‘Quick […]

If you have been using the iBooks app on your iPhone or iPad, you will have realized that the application offers a great interface with intuitive controls to read digital books on the go. Now, since many of us might also need to read PDF documents over iBooks, the iBooks app also provides a ‘Quick Look‘ functionality to open and read PDF documents from the iBooks interface.

However, it is also possible to set iBooks as your default app to open PDF documents with. To enable this, launch your iBooks app and if you have PDF documents already saved, you will see the Books/PDF tabs available on top of the application. Here, tap and hold the PDF button. A message will pop-up asking you to take a ‘Quick Look‘ or ‘Open in iBooks‘. Tap the second option. Moving forward, all your PDF documents will open on iBooks.

PDF on iBooks

Free iPad App Turns iPad Into Remote Control For PC Or Mac

Want to access the files and folders on your PC or Mac right from the comfort of your couch? RemotePC is a free iPad application that will make this a possibility. The application requires users to first register for a RemotePC account here and then also install the server software on your Windows or Mac […]

Want to access the files and folders on your PC or Mac right from the comfort of your couch? RemotePC is a free iPad application that will make this a possibility. The application requires users to first register for a RemotePC account here and then also install the server software on your Windows or Mac based computer. Finally, download the free iPad app from the App Store to get started.

To access a file, users need to launch the iPad app and pick the computer to access. Once done, they may navigate to the folder (or from desktop) and launch the file to view. RemotePC will support most document formats including Word, Excel, PDFs, images and videos. Since this is primarily a viewer application, you may not be able to edit files. The application also comes with a few interesting features like the ability to playlist music files so that you may play PC music on your iPad without the need to transfer them.

At a $0 price, I think this is a pretty neat bargain. What do you think?

[via Mobiputing]

iPhone App To Improve Battery Life

Looking for a way to optimize your battery and extend its life? There’s an app for that. Unfortunately though, that’s on the Cydia store and not in the Apple App Store which you means you will be required to jailbreak your iPhone. The new Auto3G app is available on the BigBoss repository on Cydia and […]

Looking for a way to optimize your battery and extend its life? There’s an app for that. Unfortunately though, that’s on the Cydia store and not in the Apple App Store which you means you will be required to jailbreak your iPhone. The new Auto3G app is available on the BigBoss repository on Cydia and works with iPhone 3G, 3GS and the latest iPhone 4.

What the app basically does is to turn off the 3G radio each time your iPhone is locked. Consequently, your iPhone will stay connected to the 2G EDGE network that consumes less battery when your iPhone is not in use. Also, the app will automatically turn 3G on when the device is unlocked. The developers claim that this simple functionality will help in doubling your iPhone battery – that’s 7 hours of talk time on 3G and 14 hours of talktime on 2G.

The Auto3G app is available for purchase now at Cydia for a price of $5.99. Check out the video below for how it works.

GamePad Game Controller For iPhone Lets You Play Games With Controller

If you are looking for some PSPgo-like gaming experience with your iPhone or iPod Touch, you should check out this. iControlPad is a new gaming controller that lets you fit your iPhone or iPod touch into the accessory and be able to control the navigation with the help of nice physical buttons. Of course, this […]

If you are looking for some PSPgo-like gaming experience with your iPhone or iPod Touch, you should check out this. iControlPad is a new gaming controller that lets you fit your iPhone or iPod touch into the accessory and be able to control the navigation with the help of nice physical buttons. Of course, this accessory is not approved by Apple which will mean you will have to jailbreak your iPhone. If you are convinced of the risks and actually jailbreak the device, you can proceed to install a few downloads that will make this accessory usable. iControlPad is compatible with few jailbreak game developers like ZodTTD who make PSX, GBA emulator,etc.

iPhone gaming controller

At present, the manufacturers have not revealed the price or availability of this accessory but expect those announcements to be made soon on their website. Going for this one?

[via CrunchGear]