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“Spirit” Jailbreak For iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad Released

The folks over at Spirit have released an untethered jailbreak for the iTouch devices from Apple. The untethered jailbreak is compatible with the iPhone OS 3.1.2, 3.1.3 and 3.2. The untethered jailbreak works only on activated iPod Touch/iPhone and iPads.

The official site has a word of caution for the iPad users saying On iPad, all this is still sort of beta. Some packages in Cydia, not designed for iPad, might screw up your system and require you to restore. Be careful. (And no, Cydia’s appearance is not final.)

The iPad users are recommended to make a backup before trying out the jailbreak. If things go wrong, the iPad users are supposed to use the backup to restore the device to a working state. The Spirit Jailbreak works only on the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS. The original iPhone users have been left out in the cold.

Please keep in mind that the Spirit jailbreak does not activate your iTouch device(s). Jailbreaking allows you to install 3rd party applications on your iTouch device which have not been approved by Apple.

iTunes Alternative – SharePod Rocks

mp3-player-ico [Windows Only] SharePod is a small portable freeware alternative to iTunes. There’s no doubt that iTunes is a fantastic program. However, it’s about a 93mb download and it’s not going to be on every PC that you might want to hook your iPod up to.

The advantages of SharePod are it’s small size and it’s portability. SharePod is a single executable file about 5mb in size. You can move the SharePod.exe file onto your iPod and take it with you anywhere you go. It will run right from the iPod without any installation.

Here’s what it looks like:

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SharePod will let you do many of the things that the huge iTunes app will do, such as:

• Add and remove music and videos from your iPod
• Add, remove and edit playlists
• Add and remove album art
• View and backup photos
• Copy music, videos and playlists from your iPod to PC
• Import music/videos into your iTunes library
• Tag editing
• Drag n drop to and from Explorer

Besides the typical iPods and Nanos, SharePod also supports iPhone and iTouch. The only major drawback I’ve found, is that it requires Microsoft .NET 2.0 Framework to be installed. Everything I’ve tried works flawlessly, and the interface is nice and simple.

Note: Another iTunes alternative we’ve discussed here is Floola, which is also free and portable.

Download SharePod

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I enjoyed trying SharePod and I plan to keep it on my Nano. It’s so handy being able to add and remove songs from any computer I’m using. If you don’t have a portable utility like this already, you should give this one a try.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Zune HD 64 GB Available For Pre-order, For $349.99

Microsoft has just released its Zune HD 64 GB pre-pre-order. In case you were left wondering what that means, Microsoft had originally scheduled the pre-order availability for April 12th. Though, it seems to have been launched ahead of schedule.

The Zune HD 64 GB is available from the Zune website and it is $50 cheaper than the iPod touch. This makes it a good contender for the music player market.

This new version of Zune HD does not include the latest firmware version 4.5. The users will be prompted to upgrade once they connect to the internet. The new firmware version has features like SmartDJ.

The Zune HD is available in colors of green,  platinum, black, blue, magenta, purple and red. You can customize your Zune with artwork at just $15.

This is just another product launch disaster from Microsoft but let’s just say, it is serving the greater good. To order your piece of the Zune, head over to the official website.

(Via: ArsTechnica)

Microsoft Unveils Zune HD 64Gb

Today, Microsoft has officially confirmed the existence of Zune HD with 64Gb storage capacity. It was just yesterday we had reported that Microsoft will soon be announcing a 64Gb version of Zune HD. Microsoft has set the release date of the media player to April 12. Along with the announcement of Zune HD 64Gb, Microsoft also reduced the price of 16Gb and 32Gb Zune HD by 20 USD$.

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Yesterday Microsoft had also announced that they will soon be releasing a new firmware update for Zune HD. The new firmware update brings with it native XviD codec support, Smart DJ application and few other features. The price of Zune HD 64Gb edition will be 349.99 USD$. The competitor of Zune HD 64Gb – iPod Touch 64Gb – costs 399.99 USD$.

GeoHotz Cooks Up Untethered Jailbreak For iPhone OS 3.1.3

George Hotz or GeoHotz as he is popularly known has managed to write a software based jailbreak for OS 3.1.3/3.1.2 which is untethered, aka you will not have to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch if it restarts or the battery runs out.

The Untethered Jailbreak for iPhone OS 3.1.3 has not been released yet, however, GeoHotz has uploaded a video of the working jailbreak on (embedded below). Apple had made it pretty hard for iPhone jailbreak developers to create untethered jailbreaks and this news will definitely bring a lot of cheer to people who have been waiting for it.

GeoHotz is also the author of blackra1n a jailbreaking tool for iPhone and iPod touch. The new untethered jailbreak will be released as a new software, however, George has said that there is no fixed release date yet.

We will keep you in the loop on when a untethered jailbreak is released by George, in the meantime watch the video of the jailbreak in action below.

Lobbying For Opera On The iPhone

Let’s get this clear, Apple has a very bad practice of rejecting apps, which are uhm, better than what they can come up with (amongst other reasons) for frivolous reasons a potboiler movie could be made out of.

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In the next few weeks, will submit a new browser to the app store for the . The Opera browser for iPhone looks brilliant and has features which Apple could not cook up in the previous 3 4 generations of iPhone.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have a iPod Touch and love browsing on Safari, but the fact is that Opera is a better mobile browser, and I have used it extensively on my Symbian S60 phone (and also on a Phone) for years now, however, I am sad for fanboys while I say that the Opera browser rocks and Safari sucks.

The fact that Opera has touch to enlarge portion and single finger navigation makes it much better than Safari which has pinch to enlarge, based on the videos I have seen. Repeated requests to Opera team members to send me the actual Opera app has gone unheeded.

I can envision a funny scenario on the email that Apple sends to Opera while rejecting their app from the app store:

Sorry, we have rejected your app, because we don’t want competition and don’t include apps which are better than ours. To top it your browser has tabbed navigation for easier access, a better home screen, a better touch interface and in the end makes Safari look like a lame app? For this and only this reason, should we say these reasons, we are rejecting the Opera Mini browser application from the app store.

Please feel free to distribute your app through Cydia or any other channels which jailbroken iPhone and iPod Touch use, after all it’s free right? We support and wish you best of luck with the unofficial app store for people who crack their devices because they think we are on crack. Cheers!! Steve Jobs and company. Oh well, cheers from Apple too.

We don’t need lobbyists to push how good the Opera browser will turn out on the iPhone or iPod Touch. However, knowing Apple, they would not allow a "much better" app, specially a browser "which is a competition to an apple product", to float around on the iPhone, specially when it competes with Safari. 100 cheers to closed software and stupid app approvals.

Let’s hope that Apple does approve the app and gives me a chance to not jailbreak iPhone to enjoy the forbidden fruit. If Apple does a turnaround and approves Opera for the iPhone and iPod Touch, I promise all the fanboys that I will buy an .

3 cheers to Opera, hope to see you soon on the iPhone.

Watch Oscars 2010 Live On iPhone and iPod Touch

So we have been telling you about ways to watch the Oscars 2010 live online on official sites of AP, Oscars and more, but what if you are on the go? Would you prefer to watch the live coverage on the ?

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Well, there’s an app for that. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has an official iPhone/iPod Touch app which will help you catch up with all the Oscars 2010 action live on the go.

The app features:

  • A complete list of 2010 Oscar Nominees organized by category.
  • Predict the winners in each 2010 Oscar category.
  • Nominees List: includes valuable insider information on each nominee.
  • Trailers: View previews from nominated films, including each of the 10 Best Picture Nominees!
  • User Predictions and Social Network Sharing: Share and comment on your predictions through Facebook, Twitter, text and email!
  • Real Time Community Results

Unfortunately the live streams are not available on iPhone due to flash restrictions. However, you can always watch watch the Oscars 2010 on a PC, Mac or Linux computer. We have embedded Oscars 2010 video below to watch the Red Carpet and Oscars 2010 Awards ceremony online.

Download Oscars 2010 App for iPhone

Blacksn0w, Ultrasn0w and Sn0wbreeze Jailbreak and Unlock iPhone 3G and 3GS with OS 3.1.3

Just a few days after Apple released an updated OS 3.1.3, the jailbreaking software followed suit by releasing updates that would allow users to jailbreak and unlock their iPhone. Earlier released redsn0w was not able to jailbreak iPhone 3G and 3GS, however, updated versions of blacksn0w, ultrasn0w and sn0wbreeze do.

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There is some good news for iPhone 3G and 3GS users as they will now be able to Jailbreak and unlock their phones using either blacksn0w, ultrasn0w and sn0wbreeze. Users can now unlock their iPhone 3G or 3GS with ultrasn0w for 04.26.08 baseband or blacksn0w for 05.11.07 baseband.

The crowd favorite unlocking and jailbreaking software blackra1n, which is written by George Hotz is not yet able to jailbreak or unlock iPhone using the new iPhone OS 3.1.3, so if you are a blackra1n user, you will have to wait for a few more days before you can see an update.

For instructions on jailbreaking and unlocking your iPhone 3G and 3GS visit Redmond Pie, who have complete step by step instructions on executing the jailbreak and unlocking using blacksn0w, ultrasn0w and sn0wbreeze.

A Bed For iPhone and iPod Touch Lovers [Geeky Fun]

Oh we all love our and iPod Touch, but how about sleeping in one? Well, "There is a Bed for It" :-). Take a look at the iPhone/iPod Touch bed below with comforters and pillows included.

iPhone or iPod Touch Bed

Before you ask, this bed iPhone or iPod Touch bedding is really sold by Ellos for $49, too bad that it has been sold out now. However, you can always try to buy one here. More info at Ohdeedoh. Thanks @labellagorda.

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.

Apple iPad – How It Stands As A Gaming Device

The Apple iPad bridges the gap between the iPod Touch/iPhone and Apples’ Macbook lineup. The iPad has a 9.7′ inch multi-touch LED display. Apple has itself manufactured the processor of the iPad. The processor of the iPad runs at 1Ghz and is known as the A4. Along with the use of this processor and some software tweaks, Apple has managed to make the iPad a great little gaming device. To make most of the current games compatible with the iPad, Apple has used two notable software tweaks here. Scotts said to make the application and games compatible with the iPad, they approached the do it with pixel for pixel accuracy in a black box, or we can pixel-double and run them in full-screen.

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Since the iPad also features an in built accelerometer, gaming on it is an absolute pleasure. Gaming on the iPod Touch/iPhone was already a pleasure. The iPad has taken the pleasure of gaming to the next level. The iPad in fact feels like a bigger version of the iPod Touch/iPhone. During the event, EA demonstrated Need For Shift on the iPad and the graphics looked pretty slick. The game did run a bit sluggish though. Since the game was developed in only under 2 weeks, it could not be properly optimized for the iPad.

The use of the inbuilt Accelerometer, along with the large 9.7inch multi-touch screen is definitely going to make way for games with awesome game play. The Need For Speed demo depicted this, when users need to double tap on the mirror on the screen to look back.Apple also released a new version of the SDK which includes new tools for the iPad. Developers will soon make use of these tools, to make some addictive games for the iPad.

Aside from being a great device for reading eBooks, and browsing the web on the go the Apple iPad is also a great gaming device.

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.

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]