World’s Largest Phone Manufacturers By Units Sold

The mobile phone segment is very competitive with every quarter bringing some sort of a surprise. Back in May this year, I had written about an IDC report that had listed the world’s five largest mobile phone manufacturers. Nokia, quite unsurprisingly, had the top slot while Research In Motion and Sony Ericsson had their spots […]

The mobile phone segment is very competitive with every quarter bringing some sort of a surprise. Back in May this year, I had written about an IDC report that had listed the world’s five largest mobile phone manufacturers. Nokia, quite unsurprisingly, had the top slot while Research In Motion and Sony Ericsson had their spots in the top five secured.

Just a few months and a few launches later, there seems to be a complete revamp of the last three positions. Thanks to a robust growth in sales despite a number of reported bugs, Apple has notced a spot in the top five. LG has had a lackluster period and has seen the number of units sold drop. Sony Ericsson is out of the top five.

Here is the latest top five list along with the units sold in the quarter Q3 2010. The corresponding worldwide market share is in the brackets.

1. Nokia : 110.4 million (32.4%)
2. Samsung : 71.4 million (21.0%)
3. LG Electronics : 28.4 million (8.3%)
4. Apple : 14.1 million (4.1%)
5. RIM : 12.4 million (3.6%)
Others : 103.8 million (30.5%)
Total : 340.5 million (100%)

Jailbreak iPad On iOS 4.2 With Sn0wbreeze

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 […]

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.

160by2 iPhone App To Send Free SMS Launches

India’s leading online free SMS service, 160by2, has launched a new iOS app that will let registered users send free text messages from their iDevice to their friends and family in India and Singapore. The app works on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad from close to nine countries including India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Philippines, Saudi, Singapore, […]

India’s leading online free SMS service, 160by2, has launched a new iOS app that will let registered users send free text messages from their iDevice to their friends and family in India and Singapore. The app works on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad from close to nine countries including India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Philippines, Saudi, Singapore, UAE, United Kingdom and the United States. If you are in the US, you need to be subscribed to AT&T. If you have already unlocked your device, then you are unfortunately out of service.

The service already enjoys popularity in India with close to 9.2 million registered users in the country. With the iPhone app, 160by2 will find appeal among expat Indian users who can save quite a lot of money by texting their messages to friends and family in India for free.

160by2 iPhone app

The 160by2 iPhone app can be downloaded from the App Store by clicking here. Do let us know how you find the app in the comments below.

Facebook Spam Filter For Pages Releases

Facebook pages have been a great place for not just the brands and websites to broadcast to ‘fans‘, but also allows members to post content among themselves. While this is good on most counts, the number of spammers making use of this feature is on the rise as well. Facebook appears to have taken note […]

Facebook pages have been a great place for not just the brands and websites to broadcast to ‘fans‘, but also allows members to post content among themselves. While this is good on most counts, the number of spammers making use of this feature is on the rise as well. Facebook appears to have taken note of this as they have recently launched a ‘Spam filter‘ for fan pages.

Facebook Page Spam Filter

An explanation of the service notes,

“Facebook is now helping Page admins ensure that the most valuable content posted by users on their Page wall is more visible to anyone viewing the Page. We are now offering automatic content filtering on Page walls that will ensure that posts soliciting spam are removed from public view as well as ensure that posts containing good content remain more visible.”

This is a good way to encourage genuine discussion among people with similar tastes and ideas on a page. What do you think?

Access Contacts List From Locked iPhone With Newly Discovered Security Flaw

Yet another security flaw on the iOS 4.1 has been discovered. And this time it will let users bypass the mandatory input of passcode to let users access private details like contacts list, recent calls, voicemails,etc. The security bug will also let users send emails and MMS messages without having to know the passcode. How […]

Yet another security flaw on the iOS 4.1 has been discovered. And this time it will let users bypass the mandatory input of passcode to let users access private details like contacts list, recent calls, voicemails,etc. The security bug will also let users send emails and MMS messages without having to know the passcode.

How do you do this? Simple. Users simply have to tap on the ‘Emergency call‘ option in the Passcode window and once here, dial a non-emergency number like #### followed by a tap on ‘Send‘ and quickly followed by pressing the iPhone lock key. This will force the user on to the iPhone’s phone application from where all these private details can be accessed.

Check out a video demonstration of the bug.

Do not expect an immediate resolution of this bug though. Apple is expected to release the new iOS 4.2 early next month and it is possible that the bug is attended to only in this update. Or probably later.

Find Out Who’s Spying/Stolen Your iPhone 4 With New App

One thing that is commonplace when an iPhone (or for that matter any gadget) gets stolen or spied upon is that the thief attempts to unlock your device by trial and error with a series of passcodes. iGotYa is a new iPhone application that makes use of this common user behavior to help owners find […]

One thing that is commonplace when an iPhone (or for that matter any gadget) gets stolen or spied upon is that the thief attempts to unlock your device by trial and error with a series of passcodes. iGotYa is a new iPhone application that makes use of this common user behavior to help owners find culprits.

iGotYa is set up in such a way that the application will take a picture as well as tag the location of the iPhone every time a user inputs a wrong passcode. This is assuming the person uses the trial and error method to break into the phone. This picture is taken with the front camera of the iPhone 4 and the picture and location details are sent down to an already specified email address of the owner.  The application also has other options like letting the thief in, but hiding sensitive details like messages, call history, mail,etc.

iGotya Cydia app

Now the sad part is that this application is not available for non-jailbroken iPhones. For those who have already jailbroken their device, you can check the app out on the ModMyi repository on Cydia and can purchase it for $4.99.

Source Code For RedSn0w & Greenpois0n iOS Jailbreak Tools To Be Released Soon?

Jailbreaks for iPhones have existed for almost as long as the iPhone itself. However, all along, these iOS exploits based applications have remained unavailable to the generic hackers who would love to access the source code to create custom tools for themselves. Now that is apparently changing. According to a tweet posted by popular jailbreaker […]

Jailbreaks for iPhones have existed for almost as long as the iPhone itself. However, all along, these iOS exploits based applications have remained unavailable to the generic hackers who would love to access the source code to create custom tools for themselves. Now that is apparently changing. According to a tweet posted by popular jailbreaker MuscleNerd, at least RedSn0w could soon become open source. That ideally means that users will soon be able to keenly follow the development besides contributing to the development themselves and at the end of it all, access the source code, meddle with it, etc.

Now while it is not clear, we also hear that the Greenpois0n jailbreak tool could become open source too. There is no news on when all of this will actually materialize since the only thing we know now is that these applications will be open souce “soon“.

New PwnageTool 4.1 For iOS 4.1 Jailbreak Released For Mac

The iPhone Dev Team has announced in a new blog post that the latest version of PwnageTool 4.1 that will enable users to jailbreak iOS 4.1 devices is now available for download. The big addition to the family of jailbreakable devices is obviously the second generation Apple TV. The new PwnageTool is an untethered jailbreak […]

The iPhone Dev Team has announced in a new blog post that the latest version of PwnageTool 4.1 that will enable users to jailbreak iOS 4.1 devices is now available for download. The big addition to the family of jailbreakable devices is obviously the second generation Apple TV. The new PwnageTool is an untethered jailbreak which means there is no need for users to tether their device to a computer while rebooting them. Here is a complete list of devices supported with the latest tool

  • AppleTV 2G
  • iPad (firmware 3.2.2)
  • iPod touch 4G
  • iPod touch 3G
  • iPhone4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3G

The Dev team has a word of advice to those users who have also used Ultrasn0w to unlock their devices,

“The biggest mistake you can make (and it is a big one!) is lettings iTunes restore to the official IPSW — you’ll lose the unlock and won’t be able to go back!  You must use Option-Restore, not just the Restore button by itself.  Then navigate to your custom IPSW — not to the stock one!  If you accidentally started a restore to the official IPSW, unplug your iPhone immediately before the restore gets to the “Updating Firmware” step!”

While at it, do remember that jailbreaking is risky and could possibly brick your phone besides making you lose your warranty. So proceed at your own risk.

GreenPois0n Jailbreak For New Apple TV Successfully Tested

Last week, the iPhone Dev Team had announced that the PwnageTool that will be used to jailbreak the second generation Apple TV has been developed and shall be releasing soon. Today, Joshua Hill also known as p0sixninja from the Chronic Dev Team has announced that the Greenpois0n jailbreak that will make use of the Limera1n […]

Last week, the iPhone Dev Team had announced that the PwnageTool that will be used to jailbreak the second generation Apple TV has been developed and shall be releasing soon. Today, Joshua Hill also known as p0sixninja from the Chronic Dev Team has announced that the Greenpois0n jailbreak that will make use of the Limera1n exploit to break into the new Apple TV has been successfully tested. He has posted a picture of the Apple TV with a customized background as proof of the same.

Apple TV Jailbreak GreenPois0n

There is no word on when this new Greenpois0n version shall be releasing to the public. Expect it soon. Meanwhile, if you are still wondering if the jailbreak is going to be worth it, be rest assured that it is not at the moment. The new Apple TV still does not run any iOS applications and unless we have more work on making these applications Apple TV compatible, the jailbreak process is going to be more about the thrill than anything else.

As an aside, jailbreaking is risky and can lead you to lose your Apple warranty. So proceed at your own peril.

Microsoft XBox 360 Sale Numbers For September Announced

Microsoft appears to be doing really well in the gaming console segment. The company has reported that over 484,000 units of their XBox console was sold during the month of September 2010. That makes Microsoft the number 1 player in the segment for the fourth month in a row. The sale numbers are also up […]

Microsoft appears to be doing really well in the gaming console segment. The company has reported that over 484,000 units of their XBox console was sold during the month of September 2010. That makes Microsoft the number 1 player in the segment for the fourth month in a row. The sale numbers are also up 37% compared to XBox 360 sales in September last year. The company has also announced that the sale of games have seen a terrific rise thanks to the launch of the new Halo : Reach. Microsoft apparently sold 3.3 million units of the game during the month of September.

The numbers are interesting on two counts. Firstly, Microsoft will be entering the holiday shopping season on the back of this impressive sale numbers over the past four months. Gaming consoles are one of the very hot selling commodities during this season and Microsoft should expect to do well. Secondly, the impressive sale numbers should also help the company in the sale of Windows Phone 7 handsets considering that the mobile platform is tightly integrated to XBox Live. Existing users should surely contemplate buying a Windows Phone 7 device.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares rose 1.23% in the market yesterday and are currently trading at $25.57 in the after-hours.