The new Apple TV has a nice $99 pricing point that has made it quite affordable. But with the absence of the ability to surf internet, the use cases for the Apple TV may not be as comprehensive as it is for Google’s rival offering. That could change though if you have a jailbroken Apple TV. Folks at FireCore have released a new hack that can enable users to browse the web as well as listen to radio from Last.fm from the set-top box device.
The hack, called aTV Flash (black) is equipped with a web browser called Couch Surfer that the users can launch to surf the web as well as stream radio. Couch Surfer is pretty basic at the moment though the browser application is expected to come with a few plugins down the line.
The only deal breaker could be the price. aTV Flash is retailing for $50 and given that the Apple TV itself is only $99, this could not be helping people with their purchasing decision at all. But if you are desperate to get hold of browsing experience on your TV, go for it by all means. Just let us know how it works in the comments.
Before I get to the news in the title, here’s something interesting for the week. Folks at PSJailbreak have announced that they have been successful in jailbreaking into the latest PS3 firmware version of 3.42 and 3.50. The hack is enabled using a USB mod that will enable users to install unapproved software and games to their PlayStation consoles.
If you have jailbroken your PS3 using one of these softwares, it is now also possible to downgrade your system to an older version of the firmware. PSJailbreak have now launched a sister-site called PSDowngrade.com that will assist the user in downgrading their Playstations to an older firmware. The hackers claim that the downgrade process is very easy and intuitive and will take less than a minute to carry out. So there you go.
Last month, popular jailbreaker MuscleNerd had announced on Twitter that RedSn0w could be made open source soon. This was followed by another announcement by the Chronic Dev Team that Greenpois0n too was being made available as an open source script. The team in fact went ahead to release the open source script for download earlier this month.
Following these developments, we now have Sn0wbreeze 2.1 for iOS 4.1 jailbreak too available for download. You may be aware that Sn0wbreeze is the Windows equivalent of PwnageTool that lets you jailbreak your iDevice. With this download, enthusiasts can now download, modify and rebuild new jailbreaking applications using the available source code. Of course, you will have to subscribe to the terms and conditions set forth by the General Public License.
The source code for Sn0wbreeze 2.1 can be downloaded from Github by clicking here.
Jailbreaking the iPhone or rooting an Android handset has been a favorite pastime for nerds and geeks over the past few years. Now with the launch of Windows Phone 7, it was a matter of time before a similar development happened on this front as well.
Folks at XDA Developers forum seem to have started picking the threads that could soon lead to a jailbreak package for Windows Phone 7 handsets. Apparently, one third party app from Samsung used a native code that was deviant from the regular Silverlight-managed code that is used on all WP7 apps and this has given away some interesting characteristics about the framework that could be used to effect a jailbreak.
Now, a software application that you and I can simply run to jailbreak our devices may still be sometime away. But given that the initial breakthrough has already been made, do look forward to a jailbreak announcement very shortly.
Last month the Chronic Dev Team announced that they shall soon be making the code of the popular Greenpois0n jailbreak application public. The jailbreak code was being made open source under terms and conditions laid down by the GNU General Public License.
The jailbreak team have lived by their promise. The Greenpois0n jailbreak code for iOS 4.1 is now public and is available for download. In case you were not aware, Greenpois0n makes use of an exploit that was first discovered by George Hotz aka GeoHot for his Limera1n release. With this new release, you may download, modify or enhance the application that may bring more improved jailbreak tools to the hands of users.
Check out this link to download the open source code. In case, you are here to simply get started on the iOS 4.1 jailbreak process, you can read our related articles in our web slideshow by clicking here.
The iPhone Dev Team have released an enhanced version of the Redsn0w software that was released last month that let users of iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G to jailbreak iOS 4.1 on their devices. The new Redsn0w 0.9.6b2 is capable of jailbreak all the iOS devices including iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G and the iPad. The Dev team writes,
In the meantime, we’ve also incorporated the limera1n exploit into redsn0w. But we’ve added a few extras:
- custom bootlogos for iPhone3G/iPhone3GS/iPod2G users (with qualifying bootroms)
- an option that implements the “DFU” button in PwnageTool. This button (which you can use from Windows) lets you prepare your device for a custom DFU. Even if you’re purely a Windows user, you can get a trusted friend to run PwnageTool over your IPSW to create a custom IPSW. You can now install that custom IPSW on your own Windows box, after you run this redsn0w version.
The latest release is available for both the Windows and Mac platforms and makes use of the very same Limera1n exploit that was used by George Hotz as well as the Chronic Dev team in their jailbreak releases. You can hit this link to read more about the latest update as well as on other important instructions.
If you are a Windows user with a jailbroken iPhone, you may be aware that the popular PwnageTool that is used by several Mac users to jailbreak their iPhones does not work for you. This is because PwnageTool had all along been built just for the Mac platform. Windows users had to rely on an alternate solution called Sn0wbreeze for jailbreak.
This space could see some fresh developments. According to the Twitter timelines of popular jailbreaker MuscleNerd, a PwnageTool for Windows could be releasing shortly. In a Twitter conversation with @iH8sn0w, he writes,
@iH8sn0w seriously…@chpwn is your age, and about to release a better version of PT for win. Don’t *blame* him for that.
There is another surprise in store. This tweet was in response to a message posted by iH8sn0w that noted that the next version of Sn0wbreeze may not release at all considering that PwnageTool for Windows is coming soon. If you are a fan of Sn0wbreeze, you have your reason to feel bad about it.
Apple is notorious for building hardware capable of handling advanced technology and yet disabling them with their software. Now if you are with an iPhone 3GS, you may not have HD video recording enabled even though the ARM Cortex processor is perfectly capable of handling them. So how do you get it enabled then?
Firstly, you will need to jailbreak your iPhone. You do know the risks involved right? Jailbreaking can void your warranty and can even brick your device. So the risk is all yours. Once done, you need to install OpenSSH for iPhone. Go to the Cydia App Store and install this application. You can use Cyberduck to SSH with a Mac or if you are on Windows, use WinSCP. The connection settings are
- IP address: available from the Settings —>WiFi —> Network Name (the name of your WiFi network which, hopefully for security sake, is not the default “linksys”)
- Username: root
- Password: alpine
- Protocol: SFTP for Cyberduck and SCP for WinSCP
Done? Now download HDVideo3GS.zip and extract it. The folder has 4 files. Of these, copy the N88AP.list file to /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/ and the other 3 files (AVCapture.plist, CameraRollValidator.plist, MediaValidator.plist) to /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Celestial.framework/N88/
That is it. Reboot your iPhone 3GS and you should be done.
Sn0wbreeze, the popular jailbreak tool that lets Windows users jailbreak their iDevices will now be capable of jailbreaking an iPad running the upcoming iOS 4.2 platform. If you are not aware, Sn0wbreeze is the Windows jailbreak tool that is similar to the PwnageTool that works on Mac computers. The latest update makes use of the exploit that was unearthed by George Hotz; the popular jailbreaker who is known better as GeoHot, in his Limera1n exploit that was released as a jailbreak tool earlier this month. This is an untethered bootrom level jailbreak which means you don’t have to redo the jailbreak each time the iPad reboots.
But before you get excited, do note that we only have the confirmation of the rooting as of now and a public download is not out yet. In any case, most of you may not need it until the new iOS is out for public download. So expect a solution in place by then.
George Hotz, known as GeoHot to the jailbreaking community, has announced that a Mac compatible version of the iOS 4.1 jailbreak tool, the Limera1n is now available for download. With this, users of PC as well as Mac computers can now connect their iDevices to a computer to jailbreak the iOS platform.
The past one week has been extremely eventful for the iPhone jailbreakers. Posixninja, another popular jailbreak team was all set to bring their SHAtter exploit based jailbreaking solution to the iPhone before GeoHot one-upped them by launching his own version of jailbreaking software. This has forced the Dev Team to save the exploit for a later date and have modified their jailbreak solution to make use of GeoHot’s exploit. A Mac solution from Posixninja is still awaited.
Nevertheless, if you are a Mac user waiting to jailbreak your iPhone 4 immediately, hit this link to proceed to the Limera1n website. Jailbreaking is dangerous and you know it. So you proceed at your own risk.