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Reader Input On 3.1 Breaking Tethering

Posted September 11, 09 8:47 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Problems 

The other day we reported that Apple killed the unofficial tethering hack when users upgraded to Firmware 3.1. We asked you if the newest Firmware update gave you any problems and while most of you replied with the same response I had concerning tethering, a few of you managed to retain your tethering capabilities even after updating. While we can’t downgrade back to Firmware 3.0, we’d like to know which method you used to enable tethering on your iPhone that survived the 3.1 update. Sound off in the comments and list your iPhone model.

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How Is Firmware 3.1 Working On Your iPhone/iPod Touch/

Posted September 10, 09 4:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Problems 

Yesterday Apple released a Software update for the iPhone and iPod Touch bring its Firmware up to 3.1.1 and while we’ve yet to see any bugs or problems (besides our tethering hack being disabled) pop up. If you’ve seen any oddities or bugs crop up, let us know in the comments.

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Apple’s Intention to Prevent Employees Being Poached by Palm Revealed

Posted August 21, 09 8:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi

imageBloomberg News has recently revealed that Steve Jobs reportedly contacted then CEO Ed Colligan to agree not to hire away each other’s ex-employees.

The conversation took place sometime after former Apple executive Jon Rubinstein was hired away by Palm to help develop the Palm Pre and accompanying WebOS. Ironically, Apple had just hired away 2% of Palm’s workforce to help develop what would then be the iPhone, a short time before Rubinstein left Apple. Then CEO Ed Colligan had a simple response to Jobs’ offer and could likely land the Apple CEO in legal scrutiny once again:

“Your proposal that we agree that neither company will hire the other’s employees, regardless of the individual’s desires, is not only wrong, it is likely illegal.”

It’s not uncommon for top level executives and employees to sign a non-compete clause given to them by the company they work for so sensitive company secrets won’t be divulged and their road map jeopardized. However, Apple took this concept a step further and would’ve likely stifled design creativity by consolidating where former employees can work once they leave Apple. Jobs nonetheless was infuriated with Palm’s response which could… more...

iPhone Mail Bug Found In Firmware 3.0

Posted August 20, 09 8:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Problems 

imageA bug has been found in Firmware 3.0 that allows Spotlight’s search function to bring up cached messages of deleted emails even if they’ve been removed from a user’s phone and email server.

The bug, (demonstrated after the jump) occurs due to Spotlight’s nature of caching content on the iPhone to speed up search results and to provide faster access to content stored locally or remotely on a server. The problem with this bug is that messages that have been totally erased from the iPhone and from the server it was retrieved from can still be brought up if the subject is typed in to Spotlight. However, a fix is in the works by Apple and will be released in Firmware 3.1 which should arrive sometime this fall. But the issue seems to be specific to POP accounts on the iPhone. In the mean time, you can reconfigure you mail account to avoid this bug thanks to a tip from a Cult of Mac reader Dr. Harry K. Zink:

If you properly delete your emails, this does not happen – i.e. remove the email from both SENT and… more...

Apple Investigating Reports of iPhones Exploding in Europe

Posted August 18, 09 9:00 AM by Meiera Stern
Categories: Apple Hardware Problems 

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Reuters reports that Apple is investigating media reports that one or more iPhones have exploded in Europe, a European Commission spokeswoman said on Tuesday. A french teenager claims he got a splinter in his eye after his girlfriend’s iPhone started hissing and then exploded cracking the glass in a most impressive pattern.

The spokeswoman for the EU executive, which oversees the safety of consumer products sold in all 27 countries, said Apple had described the reported incidents as isolated. Apple said it was aware of the media reports, but did not comment on any contacts with the commission. “[Apple doesn’t] consider that there’s a general problem,” Commission spokeswoman Helen Kearns told a news briefing.

Apple did not comment on the commission spokeswoman’s remarks. But a spokesman for Apple Europe Ltd said, “We are aware of these (media) reports and we are waiting to receive the iPhones from the customers. Until we have the full details, we don’t have anything further to add.”

There have been reports of exploding iPhones in the past, but mostly from hacking jobs gone bad or extreme mistreatment of the gadget, but iphones… more...

Developer Of VoiceCentral Speaks Out Over Apple Pulling His Apple

Posted July 30, 09 5:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: App Store Problems 

Apple recently pulled GV Mobile and VoiceCentral, two Apps for allowing the iPhone to access Google Voice and even went so far as to bar Google from releasing it’s own App on the App Store. VoiceCentral’s developer has chosen to speak out against Apple.


The pulling of VoiceCentral was followed by a call from one of Apple’s representatives. An excerpt of the following conversation:

“Can you tell me what portions of the app were duplicate features?” Duerr asked.

“I can’t go into granular detail,” Richard replied.

Duerr persisted. “Is there something we can change or alter in order to regain compliance and get back in the Store?” he asked.

“I can’t say,” responded Richard.

Via: Macworld

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Apple Says Legalization Of Jailbreaking iPhones Would Be ‘Catastrophic’

Posted July 29, 09 5:00 PM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Problems 

imageThe Electronic Frontier Foundation has been fighting Apple over the legality of Jailbreaking iPhones. While the Cupertino based company has argued that it violates a customer’s warranty on their iPhone, they’ve gone to the extreme by claiming hackers could modify their iPhone’s Baseband to disrupt cellular service.

”…a local or international hacker could potentially initiate commands (such as a denial of service attack) that could crash the tower software, rendering the tower entirely inoperable to process calls or transmit data.”

“Taking control of the BBP software would be much the equivalent of getting inside the firewall of a corporate computer — to potentially catastrophic result.”

“The technological protection measures were designed into the iPhone precisely to prevent these kinds of pernicious activities, and if granted, the jailbreaking exemption would open the door to them.”

Via: Engadget

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AT&T’s Data Network Down In Upper East Coast

Posted July 29, 09 6:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Problems 

According to Gizmodo, AT&T’s data network is down in parts of Richmond, Virginia through New York. If you are experiencing problems with your iPhone in this region, sound off in the comments.

Via: Gizmodo

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Palm Re-enables iTunes Sync With Palm Pre, Complains About Apple To USB Consortium

Posted July 27, 09 5:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Legal Problems 

imageIn a game of cat and mouse, Palm has pushed out an update that brings back iTunes syncing to the Palm Pre after Apple disabled the feature with a small update to iTunes. Ironically however, Palm has filed a complaint against Apple.

Palm has reported Apple to the USB Compliance Organization for misusing the USB Vendor ID. The basis of Palm’s complaint contradicts its stance against Apple due to the Palm spoofing the Pre’s USB ID to appear as an iPod.

“Palm has released webOS 1.1, which, along with offering more robust EAS support for business users, re-enables Palm media sync,” said company spokesperson Lynn Fox. “Palm believes that openness and interoperability offer better experiences for users by allowing them the freedom to use the content they own without interference across devices and services, so on behalf of consumers, we have notified the USB Implementers Forum of what we believe is improper use of the Vendor ID number by another member.”

It will be interesting to see how this plays out considering Palm is making a bold step by spoofing Apple’s Vendor ID and crying foul over Apple’s supposed misuse of… more...

iPhones 3GS Encryption Easily Hackable

Posted July 25, 09 10:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Hacks Problems 

In a troubling report by security researcher, Jonathan Zdziarski has concluded that encryption methods used by Apple on the iPhone 3GS is easily hackable.

The report comes to many as a shock after Apple has highly touted the iPhone as enterprise friendly due to its focus on security. Data was stripped from an iPhone 3GS is under two minutes with the full decryption process taking up to 45 minutes Zdiarski said.

“I don’t think any of us [developers] have ever seen encryption implemented so poorly before, which is why it’s hard to describe why it’s such a big threat to security,”

Via: CNET

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