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Jailbreak iPhone OS 3.1.3 on iPhone and iPod Touch with redsn0w 0.9.4

Apple released a new update OS 3.1.3 with minor fixes, however, users who have a jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch will lose all their changes it they update to iPhone OS 3.1.3.

redsn0w 0.9.4 Jailbreaks iPhone OS 3.1.3

Hot on the heels of the new update, a jailbreaking software called redsn0w was updated to support iPhone OS 3.1.3 for iPhone and iPod Touch. The redsn0w team released a new update, version 0.9.4 to support jailbreaking and unlocking for iPhone OS 3.1.3.

However, unlocking is currently available for only iPhone 2G users, so it is advisable to iPhone 3G and 3GS users to stay away from the update for sometime, or else they will be carrier locked till an unlock jailbreak is available.

To jailbreak iPhone OS 3.1.3 on an iPhone or iPod Touch, update iTunes to the latest version and update the firmware to OS 3.1.3. After that you can download redsn0w and follow the instructions listed out by Redmond Pie. redsn0w 0.9.4 is available as a download for both Windows and Mac OS X.

iPhone OS 3.1.3 Released for iPhone and iPod Touch

A new version of the OS, version 3.1.3 is now available as an update for the iPhone and iPod Touch. To be able to update to the latest firmware, users will have to download iTunes 9.0.3.

iPhone OS 3.1.3

The new update brings only a few fixes to the iPhone and iPod Touch which include:

  • Improves accuracy of reported battery level on iPhone 3GS
  • Resolves issue where third-party apps would not launch in some instances
  • Fixes bug that may cause an app to crash when using the Japanese Kana keyboard

iPhone OS 3.1.3 is available for all iPhone and iPod Touch models. You can either update your current iTunes or download a new version from apple.com/itunes in order to apply the new firmware to your device. If you have a jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch all your changes will be wiped out, we will tell about tools which will allow you to jailbreak iPhone OS 3.1.3 in a future post.

The Gaming World is Set to Get Real With the Augmented Reality Drones

If the term AR Drone’ seems like gibberish to you, then you have a lot to catch up on. A team of ten engineers developed a small, helicopter like drone that was released to an unsuspecting public at the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas last week. This drone is controlled by an iPhone and looks somewhat like a flying saucer right out of a sci-fi flick.

The drone can move at 18 kilometers per hour, stay airborne for 15 minutes after a 60-minute battery charge, has a maximum range of 50 meters and weighs just over 300 grams. In addition, it streams live video from two cameras to the pilot’s phone via wi-fi.

Although seeing the drone in action might bring to mind military intelligence and spying technology, its creators have different plans for it altogether namely video gaming. The idea is that you pilot the drone and take it into the air, then the targets that the cameras capture are converted into virtual targets on your phone at which you can then fire missiles and operate other gaming actions you play the game on your phone based on the feed from the drone’s cameras.

This is what the AR in AR Drone’ stands for Augmented Reality, where the physical reality is merged with the virtual one to create a gaming experience like never before.

Augmented reality is not a new concept it is present in fields such as medicine, defense, navigation, and even education. However, by taking it to the world of gaming, the AR Drone might just revolutionize gaming in a way that we had never dreamt of.

All You Want to Know About The Apple Event

The Apple Event is scheduled to be held in the next few days. We have been following the event for quite sometime now. There have been several rumors and confirmed news. We take a look at all the happenings and all the possibilities which can come out of the most anticipated event of the year.

When: January 27th, 2010.

Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, San Francisco.

Can I go? No, it is Invitation only.

Major Announcements at the Apple Event

Though there are several rumors doing the rounds of the Internet, there is also some confirmed news as to what can be expected at the Apple Event, these include:

iPhone OS 4.0

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There is confirmed news that the OS 4.0 is going to be unveiled at this event. New features include the addition of multi-tasking and better touch support. However, don’t expect Apple to announce a new version of the iPhone at this event, it could come out at MacWorld expo later.

Apple Tablet aka iTablet

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There has been tons of rumors around the Apple Tablet. The tablet was earlier rumored to be named as the iSlate, but is now almost confirmed as the iTablet. The iTablet will use the iPhone OS as the base, however, there is not much detail available about the device yet, not even with Valleywag who had announced a $100,000 contest to get more information about the device.

However, the iTablet is definitely rumored to be priced around $1000 and may be go on sale in March-April 2010. Please note, the above image is not a representation of the actual iTablet.

iLife 2010

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Among other things, Fox News has also reported the introduction of iLife 2010. iLife is a software suite for Mac users consisting of iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, Garageband and iWeb. There is confirmed news that iLife 2010 will make a debut at the Apple Event.

What’s More

iPod fans got a bunch of updates at the last event, including an iPod with a camera. However, it is disappointing that the iPod touch with the camera is not being talked about. Hopefully, we should see a iPod Touch with a camera as the surprise announcement at the event.

We will keep you updated about the latest events and will be covering the event as live as we can. Stay tuned in the next few days to get more news and updates on the Apple Event.

Apple iPhone OS 4.0 to Get Multitasking – Screenshot Leaked

Earlier, we reported that Apple is going to host a major event on January 27. Initially, we had speculated that Apple will be announcing the highly anticipated Apple Tablet during this event. However, it appears that the Tablet is not all that Apple has in mind. Apple may also utilize this event to unveil the next generation iPhone OS.

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Very little is known about the upcoming Operating System (OS) update. However, BoyGeniusReport has managed to get a rough idea about the planned improvements. According to their source, the highlights of iPhone OS v4 will be:

  • Multitasking: iPhone has the largest application market, which features some truly mind-blowing apps. However, the lack of multitasking in iPhone has been a major annoyance for both users and developers. The news that iPhone v4 will support multiple ways to run apps in the background is enough to get excited about the next gen iPhone.
  • Multi-Touch: The OS update will also introduce system wide support for multi-touch gestures.
  • Enhanced Intuitiveness: iPhone is already extremely intuitive and is quite possibly the most well designed mobile OS. IPhone OS v4 will take this to the next level by introducing further user interface (UI) refinements.
  • Upgradability: The OS update will be available for iPhone 3G and 3GS.
  • Syncing: The new version will introduce some new form of syncing for contacts and calendar applications.

BGR’s source also seems to suggest that the rumored Apple Tablet (iSlate) is going to be called iTablet after all. The iPhone OS is expected to be the base for Apple Tablet. Hence, it makes sense for Apple to announce both simultaneously.

As we inch closer to January 27, the rumors will start coming thicker and faster. It will be interesting to note which ones come true and which ones don’t. Keep following TechieBuzz to stay updated on all iPhone related news.

Flash On A iPhone/iPod Touch Through JavaScript

The one thing I miss on my iPod Touch is the ability to watch videos in the app. However, that is not a problem with the Facebook app. It is a very well know fact that users cannot run Flash applications or websites on the and iPod Touch.

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To overcome this issue, some developers have come up with a workaround which will allow users to run Flash on a iPhone on the Safari web browser. According to TUAW, the project is a open source project named the Gordon Project, and is hosted on github.

The Gordon project is a JavaScript powered Flash runtime using which users can load SWF files on iPhone’s mobile Safari browser. You can try out some demos by loading http://wiki.github.com/tobeytailor/gordon/demos on your iPhone/iTouch browser.

In my experience the flash files loaded fine, however it was pretty slow. It can be expected though, since this is a very preliminary build. You can expect it to improve and show better performance in future builds. Developing flash based websites using the Gordon Project is not very easy though, you can find instructions on how to use this JS framework here.

Rest aside, this is pretty exciting as there are not plans from Apple to actually include Flash support on the iPhone and iPod Touch, the Gordon project at-least gives developers an alternative to work with.

Chrome, Safari and Opera Gain Market Share at the Expense of Internet Explorer and Firefox

Earlier today, Net Applications published the monthly summary of browser and operating system market share reports. The biggest news is that Chrome has managed to overtake Safari. Chrome jumped from 3.93% to 4.63%. Opera and Safari also managed minor gains in market share. On the other hand, Microsoft Internet Explorer continued to bleed. Even Firefox saw its percentage drop by 0.11 points.

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Browser Market Share in November
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Browser Market Share in December

Mobile browsing continued to display strong growth and now accounts for 1.3% of all browsing. Both Windows and Mac devices lost market share, while all major mobile operating systems gained. This indicates a general tendency to browser more from mobile devices, irrespective of the platform. Android was the biggest gainer in December with 54.8% growth. Blackberry and iPhone managed to grow by 22.2% and 20.1% respectively.

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Mobile OS Market Share in December (source)

Apple Bans Dalai Lama Apps in China

After blocking thousands of websites in the past, China’s authorities seems to be interested in blocking iPhone apps. Just two months before China Unicom launched iPhone in China and made it regulatory to evaluate and sanction all the iPhone apps before they are available for download. Apple has been instructed by the China’s authorities to ban certain iPhone apps in China.

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Dalai Lama iPhone Apps, which are available for download in others countries, seems to be unavailable for iPhone users in China. Even apps related to Rebiya Kadeer are banned in China. Apple is the latest American technology company that has been instructed to ban some of their contents, by Chinese government.

Next-Gen iPhone May Have 5 Mega-pixel Camera: Will Be Launched in WWDC 2010

iPhone fans get ready – the next-gen iPhone is coming. According to reports, Apple may be preparing to introduce the new model during WWDC 2010, which will probably take place during June 2010.

Omnivision – the manufacturer of the iPhone 3GS imaging unit, is expecting the number of units ordered by Apple to grow from 20-21 million in 2009 to 40-45 million in 2010. Omnivision is also believed to have received orders for 5 mega-pixel CMOS image sensors (CIS) from Apple. This confirms the speculation that, the next generation iPhone will include a 5 mega pixel camera.

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In 2009 alone, Apple ordered a total of 65 million CIS units from Omnivision. This enabled Omnivision to register a profit of $8.1 million in the second quarter of 2009, after being in the red for four consecutive quarters.

At the moment very little is known about the next-gen iPhone. But, Apple is definitely on the right track. An upgraded camera will help iPhone remain competitive in the face of renewed competition from the likes of Droid (and upcoming Nexus One).

Use Your Old iPhone as a iPod Touch

Convert Old iPhone to iPod Touch

If you have an old iPhone lying around whose contract is over, or because you bought a newer version, you can continue using it as a iPod touch. Apple has put up a support article which lists out instructions to convert your iPhone to be used as an iPod Touch with Wi-Fi support only.

If you upgrade your iPhone to a newer model or cancel your wireless service account/tariff for your iPhone, it is possible to continue using your older iPhone without an active cellular service (using it with Wi-Fi only).

For older versions of iPhone (1G/2G), you will need to have the original SIM card, without which it would be useless. However, iPhone 3G and 3GS can use any SIM to activate the phone to be used as a iPod Touch.

So don’t throw away or sell that old iPhone yet, you can create a nice little gift for someone who has been longing to get a iPod Touch.

[via TUAW]

JVC Launches XS-SR3 Speakers for iPod/iPhone

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JVC today launched its XS-SR3 speaker which is compatible with Apple’s iPod/iPhone. The speaker can hold the iPod/iPhone either in vertical or horizontal mode, so that you can enjoy your videos in widescreen. The JVC XS-SR3 comes with a 5W speaker, which according to JVC is enough to blow you away when you crank the volume level to the maximum. The retail package of the device also includes a remote. The speakers also feature two ports for audio input analog and digital. The speakers and the dock have a sleek design to match the glossy black color of the device. JVC also states that the speakers can alternatively be used a computer speaker system.

The device will be available from the end of this month and the retail price will be around 149.95 US$.

Fix for Jailbroken iPhone 3.1.2 Showing Restore on Restart or Reboot

If you have a iPhone or iPod Touch running iPhone OS 3.1.2 jailbroken with Blackra1n, which keeps asking you to restore your phone on reboot or restart, here is a handy fix. Just run the Blackra1n jailbreak once again without running restore and your iPhone or iPod Touch should be back to normal. It is a minor inconvenience, but hey it fixes the problem.

This works 100%, I tested it few months back, but someone emailed me to ask for a solution, so here goes. I do not endorse jailbreaking, but I certainly entertain tech help requests. You can always use the contact us form to find help for your tech related problems.