According to 9to5Mac, a Russian hacker has published a relatively simple method that allows users to obtain in-app purchases from many iOS apps for free.
The method, which doesn’t require a jailbreak, involves installation of two certificates on the user’s iOS device and changing DNS entry in wi-fi settings. Then users can perform purchases of in-app content as usual.
FireCore announced today that they have successfully jailbroken the Apple TV 2 with the latest iOS 5.1 (5.0). The jailbreak is tethered which requires the Apple TV to be connected to a Mac/PC when powering it on (each time).
Today we’re happy to release new versions of Seas0nPass and aTV Flash (black) that are compatible with latest 5.0 (iOS 5.1) software running on the ATV2.
What’s new in the 5.0 AppleTV software? Should I update?
New interface: - Fast, visual access to all content choices
Movie purchases in iCloud: Support for buying movies on Apple TV and playing back purchased movies from iCloud
Genius Recommendations: Recommendations for content on the iTunes Store based on previous rentals and purchases
Screensaver photos: New National Geographic photos built-in for screensaver
On-device sign-up: On-device sign up for content partners on Apple TV using your Apple ID
Updating to the new 5.0 software is not required, and all aTV Flash (black) features will continue to be supported on AppleTV versions 4.2 and later.
What about the ATV3, will this work?
Unfortunately not. Work is still ongoing for the ATV3, and we hope to have more news soon. For the latest updates be sure to follow us on Twitter.
Which plugins are currently supported on 5.0?
Couch Surfer (works)
Media Player (works)
RSS Feeds (works)
Overflow (not working)
Plex (not working)
Remote HD (not working)
Rowmote (not working)
XBMC (not working)
Note: Non-working items require an author update for 5.0 compatibility.
Happy New Year! Today we are happy to release an updated version of Seas0nPass that supports an untethered jailbreak of the latest 4.4.4 (iOS 5.0.1) AppleTV software. Big thanks goes to the world famous @pod2g for doing the lion’s share of the work to make this new version possible.
Most of the apps are working just fine:
Which plugins are supported on 4.4.4?
● Couch Surfer (works)
● Last.fm (works)
● Media Player (works)
● NitoTV (works)
● Overflow (works)
● Remote HD (works)
● Rowmote (works)
● RSS Feeds (works)
● Weather (works)
● XBMC (works)
● Plex (0.9.0 beta only)
You can take a look at our step-by-step tutorial for Apple TV untethered jailbreak here.
You can download the latest version of Seas0nPass from here: Windows, Mac.
The iPhone Dev team has just released the second beta of their untethered RedSn0w jailbreak (the first beta has been released few hours ago and has more bugs).
New jailbreak is called “Jailbreak Monte”, as it uses new “backup method”. The iPhone Dev Team warns that their beta-version is not a general release and you should back up all your media before using it. There are also other limitations and bugs:
The beta is limited to iPod touch 4G, iPad and iPhone4;
The team asks not to participate in testing if you rely on the ultrasn0w carrier unlock;
The bluetooth functionality is disabled due to sandbox problem;
iPod player works only on iPod touch 4G;
To use this version of jailbreak Cydia should have your 4.2b3 SHSH blobs saved on file and following:
“You must already have the usbmuxd software installed and running on your Mac (this requirement will eventually go away too). The correct invocation of the relay is just as that page says: “./tcprelay.py -t 22:2222”. If the relay isn’t installed or running correctly by the time the redsn0w ramdisk has started, you’ll need to restore to stock FW again to try it again. Please test it beforehand to save yourself some time!”
Now, if you’re ready to apply this version of jailbreak, upi can download redsn0w 0.9.7 beta here.
After downloading and applying just select “Jailbreak Monte” to try out the untether.
The iPhone Dev team asks to test it after a fresh restore in order to keep track of the variables involved. Be careful!
By the way, iPodUplink has posted a video where you can see how to jailbreak your device with the latest version of redsn0w:
This week Google has released a new version of its client app for Android Market, which will work on any smartphone running Android OS 1.6 or higher.
The company aims to facilitate the process of discovering new software and its purchase. That’s why new Android Market will have a Cover Flow-like style of app listings and include new categories like Widgets and Live Wallpapers, as currently the catalog is filled pretty much with these kinds of software. Besides that, app pages will now have more info and links to related content.
Some changes were made to the policy of software returns. If earlier user could take his money back in case he didn’t like the app he bought within 24 hours, now this time is shortened to 15 minutes.
As the number of Android devices continues to grow and it becomes hard for developers to make their apps hardware compatible with as many existing handsets as possible, Google presents its new solution:
“To make it easier for developers to distribute and manage their products, we will introduce support for device targeting based on screen sizes and densities, as well as on GL texture compression formats.”
Another important feature of new Android Market is a new limitation of app file size, which is now extended to 50 MB (earlier it was 25 MB). This is still 40 times smaller than the current limitation for iOS apps (2GB). This can be explained by the fact that iOS apps can be downloaded not only via its mobile client (like apps for Android), but also via iTunes, that can be connected to the Internet in any possible way and thus capable to download such amounts of information. Nevertheless, some developers pass this limitation by offering tiny apps for Android that can download necessary files (like music, textures, video) of any size after its purchase.
However, Google’s attempts to create a rival to an App Store still are not successful as they can be. AppleInsider has studied the subject and revealed that the Android’s openness has led to a number of cases when popular titles like Radiant were cracked to be used as illegal copies by “97% of players in Asia, 70% in Europe and 43% in North America”. That’s why most of developers like Rovio (which created Angry Birds) offer free versions of their apps to earn money from showing the ads. But that kind of income is not as profitable as offering paid apps, which makes iOS more attractive for developers than Android.
It was also noted that Android Market offers poor security for users, though this situation can be changed by cleaning up the store. At least, that was what the developer of DoubleTwist Jon Lech Johansen advised Google more than a half a year ago, but the company has not still made any steps in that direction.
Apple has released iOS 4.1 for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 2G, iPod Touch 3G and iPod touch 4G.
iOS 4.1 enables the Game Center social gaming network, support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos, and HD video uploading to YouTube. The update also fixes several bugs, including proximity sensor issues, performance issues and Bluetooth problems.
Full official changelog and download links are after the break:
● Game Center
- Send and receive friend requests
- Invite friends to multi-player games over the Internet
- Play multi-player games by auto-matching with other players
- View LEaderboards and Achievements
- Discover new games from friends
● High dynamic range (HDR) photos on iPhone 4
● Support for TV show rentals on iTunes
● Ability to upload HD videos to YouTube and MobileMe over Wi-Fi on iPhone 4
● Additional support for AVRCP-supported accessories, including next & previous track control
● FaceTime calling directly from Favorites
● Bug fixes, including
- iPhone 4 proximity sensor performance
- iPhone 4G performance
- Nike+ iPod fixes
- Bluetooth improvements
Game Center requires iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 2G or later. HDR photos and HD video upload requires iPhone 4.
It seems the device is the latest version of the white iPhone 4, which is officially scheduled for release in the end of this year. “Some people believe that this may be one of those devices that have been destroyed by Apple in the last minute after the discovery of defects of white color that have been found.” Check out
With the white iPhone Apple had some difficulties while its production. Its release has been delayed already twice, and there is still no exact release date. We hope that most of the issues associated with the “color” and “light leakage” are being solved right now, so that we can get it much sooner rather than later.