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Monday, January 31, 2011

OS7 Theme - Windows Phone 7 Theme for iPhone and iPod Touch

ndwarrior, a jailbreak iPhone theme creator has brought OS7 theme, a Windows Phone 7 Theme for iPhone and iPod Touch. OS7 theme is decent Windows Phone 7 experience on iPhone and iPod Touch featuring the Windows Phone 7 live tiles and displaying applications.

OS7 theme requires your iPhone to be jailbroken. You can Pin application to Start Menu and can also unpin from Start. Of course, even jailbroken, don’t expect too much from it due to iOS certain limitations. Still, the result is impressive. Checkout the screenshots below to see what OS7 will offer you, once installed on your iPhone or iPod Touch.


  • No Iconoclasm
  • No Infiniboard
  • No SpringJumps
  • No WinterBoard
  • No Setup Required
  • No Missing Icons (Auto-create)
A simple plug-n-play theme for iPhone and iPod Touch. Static tiles and application lists are both auto-created. Easily customizable start menu, including live tiles. Requires NO paid tweaks or even Winterboard.

Live Tiles & Application List

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Customizable Start Menu

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How to Install OS7 Theme

OS7 theme creator has not determined the theme price yet. However, OS7 public beta is available for download. Follow the steps below to install OS7 theme on iPhone and iPod Touch.
** we assume that your iPhone / iPod Touch is already jailbroken.
  1. Open Cydia, go to Search tab, search for Backboard and install it.
  2. Open Backboard and hit the ‘+’ button and input any name, then hit Create button. (This will backup your current iPhone state)
  3. Open safari Browser on your iPhone / iPod Touch and input the following URL:
  4. This link should open Backboard
  5. Backboard should prompt you to download OS7 theme, hit Yes and wait for it to download (about 4MB).
  6. Once done, it will notify now. Hit Dismiss button.
  7. Now select OS7 from Backboard. Press Install. Respring.
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Tip: Instruction to Stop Text From Appearing Over Your iPod Album Artwork

Annoyed by text appearing over your album artwork in your iPod app? What about all that description junk that usually appears over podcasts? Whenever you tap on your song/podcast’s album cover, the time “scrubber” drops down with other settings like shuffle and repeat.
Depending on your song/podcast’s metadata, tapping the album artwork could also result in text being displayed over the artwork. You can download songs with lyric or credit info in the description. Lots of podcasts use this window to display episode descriptions and show notes.
Some people really like this feature of the iPod app. It does have its positives. However, if you find it annoying, we’ll show you how to easily hide text from appearing over your album artwork…
Seeing all that text every time you tap for the “scrubber” can get annoying. Luckily, turning it off is rather easy. What you need can be found in the Settings app.
Head over to Settings and tap the “iPod” option. Then, swipe the “Lyrics and Podcast Info” to “Off.” Your change is applied instantly and your iPod should now hide descriptions from showing over your pretty album artwork.
It really is that simple!
If you want to edit or remove text from a certain song or podcast, you can do so in iTunes by right clicking the song and clicking “Get Info.” Whatever is in the “Comments” section will be what shows when you tap on your album artwork in your iPhone’s iPod app.
Was this tip helpful for you? If you have any more interesting/favorite iPod tips, let us know in the comments below!

PS3 Firmware v3.56 Released, Blocks Custom Jailbroken Firmware

It’s been a busy day for Sony so far, what with them launching a new handheld console todayalready. Now they’ve also released a software update for their PlayStation 3 bringing the version number up to 3.56.
Described as a ‘minor update’, the new update adds a security patch while also blocking 3rd party firmwares from being used.
Sony’s PS3 console has become the jailbreaker’s latest target recently and Sony isn’t taking it laying down.
Clearly Sony is going down the technology route to stop jailbreaking as well as the legal route.

South Korean film director makes movie on iPhone

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Acclaimed South Korean film director Park Chan-wook is wielding a new cinematic tool: the iPhone.
Park, director of the internationally known "Old Boy," ''Lady Vengeance" and "Thirst," said Monday that his new fantasy-horror film "Paranmanjang" was shot entirely on Apple Inc.'s iconic smartphone.
"The new technology creates strange effects because it is new and because it is a medium the audience is used to," Park told reporters Monday.
"Paranmanjang," which means a "life full of ups and downs" in Korean, is about a man transcending his current and former lives. He catches a woman while fishing in a river in the middle of the night. They both end up entangled in the line and he thinks she is dead.
Suddenly, though, she wakes up, strangles him and he passes out. When the woman awakens him, she is wearing his clothing and he hers. She cries and calls him "father."
The movie, made on a budget of 150 million won ($133,000), was shot using the iPhone 4 and is slated to open in South Korean theaters on Jan. 27. Park made the 30-minute film with his younger brother Park Chan-kyong, also a director.
Park Chan-wook's "Old Boy," a blood-soaked thriller about a man out for revenge after years of inexplicable imprisonment, took second place at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. His vampire romance "Thirst" shared the third-place award at Cannes in 2009.
Park Chan-kyong said that a wide variety of angles and edits were possible because numerous cameras could be used.
"There are some good points of making a movie with the iPhone as there are many people around the world who like to play and have fun with them," Park Chan-wook said. Compared to other movie cameras, the iPhone was good "because it is light and small and because anyone can use it," he said.
He said the directors attached lenses to their phones and nothing was particularly different from shooting a regular movie.
Lee Jung-hyun, who plays the woman, said the film has a bit of everything.
Though it is a short film with a running time around 30 minutes it "mixes all elements from horror and fantasy to some humor," she said
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

INSTRUCTION on How To Save Your iOS Game Progress Before A Restore [Jailbreak Only]

There are a ton of great games to play on the iPhone. Most of them have multiple levels and achievements to unlock. You wouldn’t want to lose your game progress and achievements in the event that you have to restore your iPhone.
For jailbreakers, backing up data is essential. To upgrade to a new version of iOS, a jailbroken iPhone is completely wiped and updated to the default setup of the next iOS release. A new jailbreak has to then be applied, and all personal data (media, contacts, jailbreak apps, etc) has to be synced back onto the iPhone.
Through the magic of SSH, you can save your iOS game data on your computer in the event that you have to restore. Here’s how to do it…

1. Download AppLinks for free from Cydia

2. Launch AppLinks

You will be greeted by a blank window with a circular arrow at the bottom left corner and an info icon at the bottom right corner.

3. Tap the circular arrow to have AppLinks scan your directory of installed apps

AppLinks will create a list of all of your currently installed apps in the blank window. This creates an easily-viewable method of viewing your app’s data when we use SSH to access your game info.

4. Hook your iPhone up to your computer and open your SSH client

(Cyberduck, WinSCP) I prefer iPhone Explorer.

5. Navigate in your iPhone’s file directory to/var/mobile/AppLinks”

Here you will see a list of all your currently installed apps and their data on your iPhone.

6. Open the folder that corresponds to the game you want to backup

(For example, “The“)
When you open the folder, you will see several files and folders.

7.  Copy all of these folders and files to your computer

Use this method for any games that you don’t want to lose your progress in. Once you are done, feel free to restore and wipe your iPhone clean. After you re-jailbreak and re-sync all of your apps back onto your iPhone through iTunes, you can copy this data back into each game’s respective folder through your SSH client.
Progress and achievement data is normally stored under “Documents” in each game’s folder, but sometimes this data can also be saved under Library/Preferences. If that happens, you will have to copy all of the “Preferences” folder (except for the file), then drag that content back onto the iPhone again once the device has been restored.
Sometimes the “Preferences” folder will only have the file. That means that the game has its files saved in a different path. If that is the case for you, all you can do is look at the names of the files and figure out which contains the game’s save information.

iPhone 3G on BaseBand 06.15.00 Unlocked for Life

It’s official. If you have an iPhone 3G on baseband 06.15.00 and you are unlocked , you better get comfortable. MuscleNerd confirmed in a recent tweet that since the iPhone 3G will not be receiving the 4.3 firmware upgrade, your iPhone 3G will remain unlocked indefinitely.

Now let’s not all panic, this only affects iPhone 3G users on the above mentioned baseband.

For 3GS users experiencing problems, The Dev Team is definitely aware of the GPS issue, and currently working on a way to downgrade your baseband with iOS version 4.3.

Google introduce Interactive Weather Results to the iPhone

Google has been lighting it up as of late. Just earlier, we told you about Google’s Cloud Print capabilities for the iPhone, and now the search giant has rolled out something new that’s closer to its roots.
You might have already been taking advantage of Google’s cool location based weather results, but they’ve added hour-by-hour forecast results to the fray as well.
That’s right, not only can you quickly locate the forecast for your area, you can also alter a slider for an hour-by-hour breakdown featuring real time weather adjustments…

To try it out, head over to on your iPhone and search for ‘weather’. Google should prompt you to use your current location if it doesn’t already have you locked in, and then bring you to some familiar looking weather driven search results.
You will, however, notice one slight difference — the addition of a slider control to note the hourly changes in weather. Google has even gone the extra mile by adding subtle gradients to simulate night and day based on the slider’s position.
Google’s weather search has always been a great place to look if you were in need of a high-level weather overview; with this latest addition, it’s evident that Google wants to look at weather searching in a more serious and low-level manner.

‘YouTubeToMp3′ Convert And Download YouTube Videos to MP3 For the iPhone

If you’ve ever listened to the background music of a YouTube movie, and thought to yourself, “Hey, I’d like to have an MP3 of that music,” then today is your day.
YoutubeToMp3 is a free jailbreak app for the iPhone that allows your to convert and download MP3 movies all on your iPhone, no computer required…

For those of you that don’t know, I’m a pretty big J-Pop fan, and a lot of the stuff that’s released in Japan will never see the light of day in the States. Thankfully, I can import a lot of my favorites from Amazon, but there are still quite a few things that are simply impossible to get my hands on.
Fortunately for me, YouTube is home to a bunch of obscure performances that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to see or hear. More than once I’ve heard something on YouTube that I would love to have as an MP3 for later enjoyment, so a tool like YoutubeToMp3 fits that need very well.
Basically, you feed the app a YouTube URL, and it extracts and downloads the audio to your iPhone’s download library. You can then choose to email the file to yourself, or you can just leave it on your iPhone and access it via the app, or via a file manager such as iFile.
The actual time it takes for the conversion process can of course vary, depending on the quality and length of the source material. Once the process is finished, there are options to rename the download to whatever you desire for archival purposes.
Overall, the oddly named app is a nice tool to have in your toolbox. It’s not something you’ll use every day, but it’s extremely helpful when you stumble upon something special on YouTube.

YoutubeToMp3 is available on Cydia for those of you with jailbroken iPhones.

How to Uninstall Unstable Apps When Cydia Won’t Work

Sometimes we install apps out of curiosity only to discover that they are unstable on our device. In some cases, it’s an app developed for a specific iPhone or iPad model. In other cases, the app is only compatible with certain firmware versions. Other times you may have installed conflicting tweaks.
Whatever the reason may be, here is a fix for a constantly crashing Springboard with no way to open Cydia to uninstall unstable apps. If your iPhone boots to the lock screen, but crashes if you do anything beyond that, this guide will help you to remove problematic packages without Cydia.
This is a last resort to uninstalling apps when Cydia won’t open. If Cydia loads, try to uninstall there first before resorting to this.
There are a few things that you need in order to make this happen. First, you need to have OpenSSH installed. Second, you need to remember the last package(s) that you installed before the problem occurred. If you just installed multiple apps, you’ll probably need to go one by one (or all at once) to remove the unstable package.
Navigate your web browser to and search for the name of the app.

Click the correct link in the search results, and you’ll find yourself at the modmyi package information page for that app. Look for the Identifier field and copy it down.

Now, go to SSH into your device from a Terminal prompt (ssh root@iphone-network-address) and run the command apt-get update. Once it completes, enter the command apt-get --purge remove identifier (where identifier is the field you copied in the previous step, i.e. net.limneos.sbrotator) and hit enter. Then type respring and hit enter.

Once you finally get rid of the unstable package, your iPhone will be usable and function as normal.

Toshiba Disses the iPhone And the iPad

You mad? Toshiba’s teaser site for their upcoming tablet line looks like any regular Flash website on a normal desktop web browser. Visit that same website from an iOS device such as the iPhone or iPad, and not so much.
While it’s obvious that the Flash aspects would be omitted from the iOS versions of the website due to Apple’s well documented lack of support for the plugin, it’s not the lack of Flash that has people talking this time…

Visiting from an iPhone yields a deliberate war of words against Apple’s devices in particular. This isn’t some thinly veiled subliminal diss, it’s an obvious knock against the iPhone and the iPad.
Interestingly enough, Toshiba’s tablet lacks a solid release date and even a name at this point in the game. It seems to me like you’d want to have your product further along before taking shots at the competition.
And isn’t Toshiba an Apple partner anyway? Won’t they directly benefit from Apple’s success? I guess that’s just the way things work in today’s world.
What’s funny is that if you remove the “apple.html” from the end of the website, you’re presented with a Flash-less, full HTML website that works just fine on any iOS device.
It’s obvious that Toshiba went out of their way to throw stones in Cupertino’s direction.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Print from your iPhone with Gmail for mobile and Google Cloud Print

The untethered society is becoming more of a reality each and every day, with the latest development being ubiquitous cloud printing from Google.
Google Cloud Print allows those of you on iOS devices to print directly from Google Docs Mobile or Mobile Gmail, over the air to any printer configured to use the service.
Details on how to set it up inside…

While today’s announcement from Google about the rollout is an exciting one, Mac users en-masse will have to wait. That’s because to connect your local printer with Google Cloud Print you will need a Windows machine running Google Chrome.
The good news is that if you are running Windows on a Mac via a virtual machine solution such as Parallels, the cloud printing solution will work if you follow the setup instructions listed here as if you were on a Windows machine.
I was able to connect my Mobile Gmail account using Google Cloud Print with no problem. Just a point of note, after setting it up on my desktop, I did have to log out and log in to the Mobile Gmail account for the ‘Print’ option to show up.
Afterwards I was able to print with no problems, from anywhere to my home printer, even over 3G. Pretty awesome stuff!
The main problem with using this method on a Mac is that Parallels or whatever virtual machine software you use, has to stay running. Not a big deal when you have 16 GB of RAM, but a point of note nonetheless.
Hopefully AirPrint will evolve to the point where we can print anything, from anywhere over Wifi or 3G. That option is more desirable, because it’s baked into iOS. In the meantime, both AirPrint and Google Cloud Print combined is a good start.