Jailbreaking seems to be a word which every iPhone, iPod touch and even iPad user is familiar with. Earlier, Jailbreaking used to be a notorious task and though people eagerly wanted it, they seemed to be scared of attempting it. These days even a 3rd Grader seems to be aware of the term and just wants to risk it to get the biscuit. But these days the jailbreakers have become even more proficient and have developed tools such as Blackra1n which makes Jailbreaking a ‘no big deal’. Of-course, Jailbreaking has its own pros and cons, but is it worth it?
1. Jailbreaking your iPhone OS allows you to run arbitrary code on your device .This allows you to download paid apps for free.
2. It installs a few custom based libraries to your iPhone OS which lets you increase the features of your iDevice.
3. Many of the features such as Multitasking, Folders which are now available on the iPhone OS 4.0 were available to jailbroken users quite some time back.
4. You could not upgrade your device as soon as a new firmware is released by Apple but within a week or so, the jailbreaking community usually comes up with a solution.
5. Jailbreaking does not at all slow down your device; though it adds a few additional libraries, it does not affect device performance.
6. Jailbreaking allows you to take customization on your iPhone/iPod touch to a completely new level. You could change fonts, home screen background, apply new themes and loads more.
7. While jailbreaking, there is only a 0.1% chance that you may brick your device. Though, this happens rarely.
8. Warranty does get void, but many people just restore their device back using iTunes and Apple does not even come to know about the jailbreak.
9. Recent Jailbreaking techniques don’t even add a custom firmware which leads to less chances of your device being bricked.
10. Once you jailbreak, your device is vulnerable to a lot of viruses like iKee and its variants. You need to quickly change the root password of your device.
11. After jailbreaking, many security guru’s advice you not to use online banking services from your iPhone/iPod touch.
12. And after all that, the most important thing – You finally retain freedom. You are free from Apple’s strict rules and policies.
Go ahead and evaluate your decision on whether to jailbreak or not.
Apple’s online Store just got updated and now they give you some more information about the iPad 3G. The iPad 3G shipments would start by May 7, 2010.
If you were not amongst the early adopters of the iPad and have made a very wise decision to go with the 3G version of the iPad, you just got lucky.
Starting from May 7, you could see every of your iPad 3G dreams come true.
Facebook is almost used by everybody. And by everybody, we mean everybody. Managed Security Services company Network Box discovered in a recent study that Facebook was twice as popular as Google in the Workplace. This itself justifies the above statement. We use Facebook to share pictures with our friends and family and it has become a great place to get connected.
Mostly, Google Picasa and iPhoto are two great Applications which Windows and Mac users use for all their photo shop requirements. They store pictures, edit them, email them and share them. Unfortunately, none of them has a particular button which would allow us to share our pictures on Facebook. But the Facebook developers have catered to this need and two applications would now help us achieve the above task.
Google Picasa – Picasa Uploader – Now allows you to share your pictures from Picasa and upload them to Facebook. It adds a button to your Picasa dock. Clicking it would require you to log in to Facebook, select the picture and chose an album in which you want to upload the picture to, approve it and then you’re done. It is quite a handy little Application. It runs on both Windows and Mac.
iPhoto – Facebook exporter for iPhoto – This is a free plugin that allows you to export your albums and pictures to Facebook and share them. It adds a Facebook Tab in iPhoto’s Export Panel. Select the pictures and with a click, you would be good to go. One great thing about Facebook Exporter for iPhoto is that it allows you to tag your friends using the same quick-and-easy interface found on Facebook. Click on someone in your photo, then select from a list of your friends. It requires iPhoto 5 or later to operate.
This “How To” is quite common and most of you would already be using it. However, since it is of immense use to all of us, we are featuring it.
Aardvark is a site which helps you get answers for your question in minutes. All you need to do is to log in to Aardvark or you could even use Facebook to get connected with Aardvark. Once you are logged in, you could ask questions and Aardvark would find the perfect user who could answer your question. This helps you get all your questions answered in minutes.
Aardvark is bound to get better as Google acquired it only a few weeks back. Google said that they like Aardvark’s underlying technology and have therefore acquired it. With the Aardvark team and Google working together, Aardvark has tasted success.
The iPhone app of Aardvark allows you to post questions and even answer some. Ask Aardvark a question and it would respond to you within minutes. What else, you don’t need to hang up on Aardvark waiting for your question to be answered. During the time your question is being answered, you could check your mail or browse with Safari. As soon as your question gets answered, Aardvark would send you a push notification. If Aardvark feels that you are the correct person to answer a question asked by another user on a specific topic, it would send you a push notification. You could then choose to answer that question or not. If you don’t like to be notified all the time, just disable the push notifications for Aardvark under Settings > Notifications.
You could find other users in your niche and make friends with them. Rate if you liked a particular answer and even get notifications via email or IM. Yahoo Answers is also a good alternative but there isn’t a native app for Yahoo Answers on the iPhone (at-least not yet) , your question does not get answered within minutes in Yahoo Answers and Aardvark is even backed up by Google. What could be better?
A great thing about Aardvark is that you don’t need to register for using it. It offers many other log in systems, use Facebook or Google to log in. The Aardvark iPhone experience is quite similar to that of the Web Version. But Aardvark on the iPhone is a bit slow and takes time to check the history of the questions you’ve asked. Posting an answer or a question is slow too. The response time is fast but your questions would be answered by other Aardvark users and not Aardvark in general.
Performance – 9/10
Features – 10/10
Price – FREE
It has just been only a few weeks since Apple launched the preview version of iPhone OS 4.0. But the Jailbreaking community is almost instantly back with a Jailbreak for the extremely new OS which has yet once again been Jailbroken. The iPhone Dev Team has released a jailbreak for iPhone OS 4 beta 1. If you are not a developer and have still managed to get your hands on the new OS, you could very well try this one too. Jailbreaking does have its pros and cons but this time there are a whole set of warnings included;so better be careful.