A new process for jailbreaking and allowing the installation of non-sanctioned third-party applications to the iPhone has debuted. It's called AppSnapp, and is unique in two respects: it automates the process on iPhones running software/firmware 1.1.1 (previous methods were multi-step), and it can be completed purely using the iPhone; no interaction with a Mac or Windows computer (as with previous methods) is required. The process will jailbreak the iPhone or iPod Touch then push Installer.app to the device, which contains a catalog of native applications that can be installed directly over a WiFi or EDGE … Read more
One of the things that separates the new News.com personal blogs, like this one, or Declan McCullagh's The Iconoclast, or Caroline McCarthy's The Social, from the larger, impersonal News.com blog, is that they are a place for us to write not just about what's going around us, but also what we're doing ourselves that's relevant.
In my case, that's pretty easy because I live a lot of the things I write about. So there's a never-ending supply of blog fodder. And you get the benefits of that. Insert smiley here.
Well, … Read more
Google recently added IMAP support to its Gmail email service, a major boon for iPhone users since it allows changes made by the user to be reflected on the server, won't put both sent messages in your inbox and more. In addition to text-based step-by-step instructions, Google has now posted a video demonstrating how to setup IMAP Gmail on the iPhone. The process is pretty simple: Enable IMAP in your Gmail account settings through a Web browser, then create a new "Other" mail account in your iPhone's mail settings (the "Gmail" icon for creating … Read more
Users who unlocked their iPhones under software/firmware revision 1.0.2 with AnySIM or iUnlock, then lost functionality (bricked) their iPhones by updating to software/firmware 1.1.1 now have an option for restoring their devices to an ostensibly factory-fresh state under software/firmware 1.0.2, then upgrading to software/firmware 1.1.1 again and performing a successful unlock using the new version of AnySIM. This is made possible through the release of a "re-virginize" tool that is loaded directly on the iPhone.
In other words, users like this iPhone Atlas reader:
"I … Read more
There's a great scene in Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy saga; I think it was in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. The lead characters find themselves on a spaceship full of middle-managers from the planet Golgafrincham. (No, I don't know how to pronounce Golgafrincham.)
According to the hapless, half-witted middle-managers, their home planet was doomed and they'd been sent off on this spaceship to escape certain death. The plan was to rendezvous with two other ships - one of which contained the planet's leaders and scientists, and the other containing all its useful workers.
In fact, the planet wasn't doomed and the other two ships didn't exist. It was all a scheme to rid the planet of its useless populace. And the middle-managers were clueless.
Contrary to the book's satire, middle managers are useful, especially these days. There was a time - the 80s - when bloated companies had three or four more layers of management than they needed. That was ridiculous. The great management-layer purge of the 90s took care of that.
Still, there is a stigma attached to middle-management. But is it deserved? Let's see.… Read more
A version of AnySIM that is compatible with iPhones running software/firmware 1.1.1 has been released. In a nutshell, this means that iPhones running the new software release can be unlocked to run on carriers other than AT&T via an iPhone native application with a graphical interface.
A note from the iPhone/iTouch Dev Team reads:
"Please note that this version works only on VIRGIN 1.0.2 or 1.1.1 phones. We are working on a re-virginizer. DO NOT USE IF YOU HAVE ALREADY UNLOCKED WITH ANYSIM 1.0."
In other words, … Read more
The recently posted instructions for jailbreaking iPhones running software/firmware 1.1.1 is being met with difficulty for some, but has been successful for most. If you're having trouble, read the tips in our initial report.
Several readers have inquired how to put Installer.app -- the wondrous native iPhone application for finding and directly downloading other native apps to the device -- on their jailbroken iPhones. It can be done, and is relatively simple. Here are the steps for a Mac OS X system (this assumes you have jailbroken your iPhone, installed the ssh tools, and enabled … Read more
Tifel, a poster on the iPhone Dev Elite forums has posted a step-by-step solution for restoring full functionality to iPhones that were unlocked under firmware/software 1.0.2 then "bricked" -- phone functionality completely disabled -- by the iPhone firmware/software 1.1.1 update.
The 18 step process is not for novices, and requires the use of iNdependence, ieraser2, and familiarity with things like DFU mode. Fortunately, most of these terms and tools are thoroughly explained on the iPhone Dev Wiki. Also, phones that undergo this process will be left with firwmare/software revision 1.0.… Read more
The iPhone dev team has posted a genuine jailbreak for the iPhone 1.1.1 software/firmware revision that is now available for download. The news comes to iPhone Atlas from team member NIcholas "Drudge" Penree. This version of the jailbreak does not require the use of a TIFF exploit (which takes advantage. a security hole that Apple is likely to patch in a future revision). Instead, with this process, you downgrade your iPhone to firmware/software version 1.0.2, jailbreak it, then upgrade to 1.1.1 while jailbroken -- a procedure that was previously impossible. … Read more
Traveling in Japan, I have come across a Tokyo relocation guide so good it almost makes me want to move here. Tokyo: Here and How was produced by the Tokyo American Club Women's Group. This brand-new guide solves many of the mysteries confronting a Western family who is moving to Japan. From culture, to schools, to obtaining medical care, the guide leads families through each step of the process. As a visitor I found it an intriguing read. As a transplant it would be an indispensable 350-page resource.… Read more