We the human race are quite the sorry bunch, and thanks to “progress” it’s easier than ever to indulge our own douchbaggery with gadgets. Often times we get away with it, but sometimes we don’t. Here are five attempts to influence fate with the help of gadgets, ranging from gaining a competitive advantage to simply pure perversion. [Read more…]
Now if you’d like your old first generation iPod touch to be a bit more… open, wait a little while and you can run Google’s Android operating system on it.
Now the person who ported Android for the iPhone 2G and iPhone 3G is now working to bring Android OS to the first generation iPod touch. Obviously, you can’t make calls on it, but then this is an exciting project if you’d like to run an operating system other than iPod OS on your iPod touch.
It’s not quite ready for primetime though. From the developer’s blog:
Meanwhile, I am working on some stuff that is slightly more fun. Last night, I brought openiboot for the first-generation iPod touch up to scratch so that it supports all the features the other ports of openiboot support: sound, multitouch and SDIO (for WLAN) are the notable things I had to fix. Earlier today, I figured out how to drive the piezoelectric tweeter on the iPod touch.
Hopefully, we’ll be able to roll out the iPod touch binaries with the 3G binaries and get on with the real work: power management and the little details that will make Android a truly viable alternative on our three early ports.
Now I was hoping that they can get it to work on the second and third generation iPod touch, but we’re getting this all for free, right? There’s just no way we can make demands on busy developers spending some of their time to make a free port of Android for the iPod touch.
So, would you risk installing this on your iPod touch or are you perfectly happy with a good old jailbreak?
Oooh boy, Apple’s legendary secrecy standards seem to be a little bit lax lately. You’d think they’d tighten up security after Gizmodo’s now-legendary iPhone leak, which resulted in a collective gasp heard round the web, along with the obligatory lawsuits and raids. you’d think Apple would take precautions to keep this from happening again.
Apparently, another iPhone has been leaked and is being scrutinized by the Vietnamese blog Taoviet. And yes, you got it right: Vietnam. How the next generation iPhone landed in the hands of those guys is beyond me. Well, except for the fact that they allegedly paid $4,000 for it.
This iPhone seems to be a similar model from the one that was leaked a few weeks back, save for a few differences like the missing screws at the bottom. Now we can’t be a hundred percent sure if it’s the real thing – you see the guys at Mashable and Engadget can’t exactly confirm it because, you know, Vietnam – but the innards look suspiciously like the real thing. The processor running this baby looks a lot like the A4 processor running the iPad (if this is true, this is a great deal), and there’s a sticker labeled “N90” inside – which is rumored to be Apple’s internal codename for the next-generation iPhone.
More from Engadget:
From the looks of these images, the Vietnamese site has nabbed an honest to goodness 4th generation iPhone — a 16GB model to be exact. It’s clearly pre-production judging by the XXX placeholders on the backside stamp and likely lacks any OS other than a “Bonfire” test routine. Nevertheless, it looks authentic enough that we expect Apple’s henchmen to be busting down the guy’s door before he pries it open to reveal Apple’s chipset of choice.
Now, what do you think of this? Is Apple becoming really lax, or is this one leak already deliberate? Is this making you want the next iPhone, whenever it comes out?
Now, I don’t mean to sound like a fanboy here, but the iPhone still is the best-looking smartphone out there. I may not be totally sold on the iPhone OS and Apple’s Apps Marketplace, but the iPhone’s smooth, minimalistic hardware always appealed to me. And then there’s the iPhone OS. I know, there’s so much love for the iPhone OS and its huge apps marketplace, but it really is not my cup of tea. I’d rather go for something more… open. Kind of like Google’s Android.
Now of course, we can’t really ask for Google Android to be installed on the iPhone, that’d be a pipe dream. But that never stopped an iPhone hacker known only as Planetbeing from trying. He was able to port Google’s Linux-based operating system. This is probably the first time anyone has done this, and nobody can deny how huge this is.
It’s still in alpha version for now, but with some improvements, this would allow anybody to use both iPhone and Android OS on their iPhone. Just like you can do Bootcamp on your Mac to access PC apps, you’ll be able to go on Android to try all these apps that don’t exist, or were not allowed on the iPhone. Imagine for a second that Adobe manages to puts flash on there, well, you’ll get to have it too.
Obviously this is not condoned by either Google or Apple, and it is unclear if you are going to break your iPhone’s warranty by doing this. Now if somebody, anybody, can pull this off on the iPad…
Apple released a new draft of their iPhone developer program license, and it contained the following clause:
The thing is, Adobe has been, for a time, trying to find a way to bring Flash or at least Flash-based apps to the iPhone. In fact, Adobe has proved that there is no technical reason that Flash can’t run on the iPhone, and that developers can create well performing and compelling content for the device with Flash.
Mike Chambers says that Apple’s new developer program license “has the effect of restricting applications built with a number of technologies, including Unity, Titanium, MonoTouch, and Flash CS5. While it appears that Apple may selectively enforce the terms, it is our belief that Apple will enforce those terms as they apply to content created with Flash CS5. Developers should be prepared for Apple to remove existing content and applications (100+ on the store today) created with Flash CS5 from the iTunes store.”
However, they feel that it’s not a total loss. There’s Android, which has been doing well because of the Droid and the Nexus One, plus the fact that Android-based tablets are just around the corner, which everyone who would like a tablet PC but don’t give a damn about the iPad (like me) are excited for. This is going to be interesting.
I know, people are demanding that they get to use their phones the way they want to, and jailbreaking is a way to free your phone from the shackles of Apple’s tyranny. But jailbreaking opens up your phone to security risks and now, we have two separate incidents of iPhones being hacked.
First off, we have the Dutch hacker who held iPhones (that left SSH running) for ransom. The message read, “Your iPhone’s been hacked because it’s really insecure! Please visit doiop.com/iHacked and secure your iPhone right now! Right now, I can access all your files.”
Visiting the URL directs the user to send €5 to a PayPal account, after which the hacker will e-mail instructions to remove the hack. Apparently he had a change of heart and returned the money he gained from his stunt.
And then, we have Ashley Towns, a 21-year-old from Wollongong, south of Sydney, who was able to install a worm into unsuspecting users’ handsets. The worm changes your iPhone’s wallpaper to a picture of Rick Astley. Yes, even though Rickrolling is old, this guy decides to rickroll the heck out of iPhone users. The virus relied on the iPhone user leaving a default password unchanged after installing the software that allows them to run third-party apps. Anyway, he claims it is a harmless prank, but it still highlights the need to make sure your iPhone is secure after jailbreaking. Who knows what malicious hacker would come and steal all the personal files stored in your phone next time.
The world of iPod docks is severely crowded, but when one from Arcam comes along it really is worth sitting up and taking note.
This really is an audiophile-grade dock for iPod and iPhone users. It doesn’t output audio itself, but instead allows you to connect to any hi-fi or home cinema system.
Interpret reveals that despite being massively disadvantaged in the marketplace, Palm managed to nab a huge chunk of mindshare with the Pre — in fact, the report suggests that the Pre is number two only to the iPhone 3GS in the metric. The study looks at the driving factors behind purchaser’s decisions to buy a smartphone, narrowing down the list to three major components: belief that the phone is “smart,” belief that the phone is “hip / cool,” and belief that the phone will make them more productive.
Personally I have tried both phones out, and I like the Pre, but I believe the iPhone has a much sleeker, easy to use interface, and it definetly more a hip, cool , and easy to justify phone. The Palm Pre on the other hand is probably more geared towards an active business executive who wants more phone and less music and multimedia capability.
1. UK’s T-Mobile and Orange mobile operators may merge
Two of Britain’s mobile network operators have announced their intention to merge into a single company, which would then become the largest in the UK.
If the T-Mobile and Orange deal is allowed to continue, it could be signed in November. The new company would then control over one-third of the UK market.
More than with any other 3G smartphone, iPhone users love to bitch and complain about the battery performance of their Jesus Phone. It must be said that the battery life isn’t too great but I am not aware of any powerful smart phone which lasts longer than a day if used in as often online, as music player and feed reader as I do with my iPhone.
Fact is, we are Apple users and just love to complain about these 3% imperfections of our expensively paid devices.
The X-Power 1 is another attempt at helping out iPhone users and offering them a better battery life on the road. And it’s one more failure.