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Create A Backup Charger Out Of Your Netbook’s Battery

Posted July 30, 09 6:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Hacks 

Although the new iPhone may sport an improved battery life, modders are always looking for a way to eek out just a bit more juice.

One enterprising modder managed to convert his netbook battery into a backup charger for his iPhone. The battery, which was retrieved from an MSI Wind, was modified to include an extra USB port which managed to charge an iPhone 3G in 2 hours and 22 minutes leaving just half the battery charge left.

Via: Gizmodo


Massive SMS Security Flaw For The iPhone Revealed

Posted July 29, 09 4:00 PM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Hacks Software 

image A massive security flaw has been found in the iPhone which would allow a hacker to “take over every iPhone in the world” security research Charles Miller said.

The flaw exploits how the iPhone handles text messages and once hijacked, that iPhone could hijack other iPhones within that user’s contact list. The security hole was found by Charles Miller, a well known iPhone security researcher and another unnamed researcher. While they are the only ones who know about this at the time, the pair contacted Apple over a month ago but the Cupertino based company never responded. It will make its debut at the Blackhat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas tomorrow. If you receive a text message containing a single square character, immediately turn off your iPhone and deactivate it until a public fix is revealed.

“This is serious. The only thing you can do to prevent it is turn off your phone,” said cybersecurity researcher Charles Miller. “Someone could pretty quickly take over every iPhone in the world with this.”

Via: Everything iCafe


Windows 95 on an iPhone

Posted July 14, 09 10:26 AM by Jovan Washington
Categories: Hacks News jailbreak Hacks 

Leave it to someone to experiement with something many of us have all had in our minds.

Russian site GooDiPhone demonstrates Windows 95 running on an iPhone via an emulator. Of course, Windows 95 is pushing it for the poor iPhone, but imagine the possibilities. Take a look:


iPhone Survives Pwn2Own Unscathed, So Did Everyone Else

Posted March 27, 09 5:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Analysis Hacks Problems 

imagePwn2Own, a competition between hackers to find exploits in various operating systems and platforms has claimed some victims but the iPhone has survived every round unscathed.

Hackers were unable to crack in to the iPhone alongside a handful of other devices but ironically, the Mac was hacked within minutes thanks to an exploit within Safari. Applying the attack to the iPhone proved to be more difficult due to the device’s limited resources. Terri Forslof of 3Com Inc.‘s security response team had this to say about mobile exploits:

“With the mobile devices so limited on memory and processing power, a lot of [researchers’] main exploit techniques are not able to work,”



Connect A Keyboard Without Jailbreaking Your iPhone

Posted March 26, 09 10:00 AM by Jovan Washington
Categories: News jailbreak Hacks 

People have been trying to think of great ways to connect a keyboard to the iPhone for years. It is quite possible, however, you must jailbreak your iPhone first. Not this time.

A few creative engineers with Perceptive Development have successfully connected an infrared keyboard with an iPhone without jailbreaking the device.

Most people have been trying to connect a keyboard to the iPhone through the usual like the dock connector, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Unfortunately, all of these methods are off limits in Apple’s strict SDK. The audio port, however, is not.

From what I understand, the circuit ($20) accepts the infrared signal from the keyboard or other USB devices and sends the signal in through the audio port using frequency shift keying, or turning keystrokes into sounds.

It is all very interesting, however, if you are like me, then this convoluted setup is not appealing. Fortunately, Apple is opening up the iPhone OS a little more, so perhaps we won’t even need to do this in the near future.

Via: Ars Technica


Push GMail on your iPhone

Posted January 19, 09 9:58 AM by Chris Seibold
Categories: Hacks 

imageYou’ve got the awesome iPhone but you feel a bit jealous of your Blackberry toting counterparts (well not the guy with the Storm, what was RIM thinking?) because they get all that nifty push email from GMail and you have to wait five minutes to get your mail? It’s a real hassle, the guy next to you is reading some important message from the boss while all you can do is make fart noises with your iPhone.

Things don’t have to be that way anymore. With a little hackery (no jailbreaking involved) you can harness the power of your horribly named .me account and get your GMail pushed to you. The process isn’t hard and it won’t set you back any cash. All you need to do is to follow the nifty instructions provided by David Berube on his blog and you’ll have push GMail on your iPhone in no time.


Turn by Turn Navigation Demoed for iPhone

Posted January 12, 09 10:17 AM by Chris Seibold
Categories: Applications Hacks 

You won’t find it at the App Store anytime soon but a ALK is demoing turn by turn navigation for the iPhone at CES. is it exciting news? You bet it is, the demo means that it is obviously possible. Of course, just because it is possible doesn’t mean ALK will be able to get it into the App Store. They’d like to though.

Bur Apple might not be so hip on the idea. Tom Tom has had the Turn by Turn thing working for months and it still hasn’t shown up in the App Store. Which leads one to wonder where the hold up is. Turn by Turn isn’t some very hard, next to impossible feature to implement like copy and paste Turn by turn is something almost every wants and something a lot of people would be willing to pay for. With that in mind the easy guess for the reason Turn by Turn hasn’t shown up is because Apple has a… more...

A real keyboard coming to the iPhone?

Posted November 6, 08 9:16 AM by Chris Seibold
Categories: Hardware Hacks Cases 

That’s a video of an obviously jailbroken iPhone being used with a nifty keyboard. Is this the shape of things to come? A third party iPhone keyboard add on? Would you buy it?



Want to Jailbreak that iPhone? Don’t use a new Mac

Posted November 5, 08 11:43 AM by Chris Seibold
Categories: Hacks 

imageApple is still steadfastly against the idea that you should be able to Jailbreak your iPhone. You can imagine why, you might use more of that precious data or you might install programs that aren’t from the App store. Worse yet you might find a way to run android on the thing. Let’s face it, Jailbreaking your iPhone is just wrong, wrong, wrong. Just because you own the thing doesn’t mean you should be able to use it how you see fit. Nope you’ve got to leave everything up to Apple. End sarcasm.

Still, Apple’s position is that Jailbreaking is bad and the company has a new weapon to help prevent you from actually Jailbreaking the thing. The new tool? The new MacBook and MacBook pros the company recently revealed. Sure the machines are beautiful and I really, really want one but if you try to use one to Jailbreak your iPhone you’ll be out of luck. Apple has made some clever change in the OS or hardware that prevents the iPhone from going into DFU restore mode when attached to one of the new machines. If it is in the OS there’s a… more...

The iPhone as a money saver?

Posted October 30, 08 9:50 AM by Chris Seibold
Categories: Apple AT&T Hacks 

imageYou know those iPhone types: Eating sushi, drinking high grade port, lighting fine cigars with hundred dollar bills in their billiards room during a game of snooker, maybe they even have a monocle. Wait, that is completely over the top, the only person who actually behaves like that is Hadley Stern. The more accurate stereotype is a geek with disposable cash. But stereotypes never capture the full picture and the iPhone is gaining popularity with those who want to save money!

Can that be right? According to this Wired article it turns out that lower income groups are the fastest growing iPhone market segment. The idea is that while the iPhone seems expensive it isn’t if you use the iPhone to replace your internet service, landline and TV. To get the most out of it you’ll have to jailbreak the thing but, as these folks are pointing out, the future is clear: someday you’ll only pay for one data stream and trust it to deliver all you digitizable wants.


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