Friday, 25 May 2012

Absinthe 2.0 iOS 5.1.1 Untethered Jailbreak Now Available For Download!

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, we have hit that time once again in the jailbreak cycle when we can all breathe a huge sigh of relief and raise a glass to the jailbreak producers while we overload their servers attempting to download the new and shiny utility that will provide our devices with freedom. Yes, that is right, I am indeed talking about downloading Absinthe 2.0, the latest version of the Chronic Dev Team tool that brings an untethered jailbreak to the majority of our iOS 5.1.1 devices.

We have found ourselves in an all too familiar situation over the last couple of months, stuck in limbo between wanting to update to the latest official firmware, but not knowing when or indeed if a functional jailbreak would be released. Keeping history in mind, we should be able to rest easy in the fact that researchers such as Pod2g have always managed to escape the securities put in place by Apple to bring a jailbreak to the masses, but there will always remain a small part within us that has doubts each time Apple pushes a new version of iOS.

absinthe 2.0

With work on the iOS 5.1.1 jailbreak being finished and satisfactorily tested, the team involved have included the files and exploits in a new version of the Chronic Dev Team’s Absinthe tool that was introduced to us as a jailbreak solution for iOS 5.0.1. One of the main benefits of the tool is the extreme simplicity of the interface, with user guidance being provided all the way through and only involving a few clicks to get the job done.

As confirmed by iPhone Dev Team leader MuscleNerd, the 5.1.1 jailbreak will also be available through the use of the tried and tested Redsn0w tool as well as an updated version of the command line interface cinject binary. We already know that a large number of users prefer the familiar interface that the Redsn0w tool offers, but for those who aren’t stuck on familiarity and want to go down the route of using Absinthe for its rather cool and edgy sounding name as well as the simple and intuitive interface, then it is officially available to download now!

iOS 5.1.1 PWNED

Compatible devices for iOS 5.1.1 untether:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad (3rd Gen)
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 1
  • iPod touch 3G/4G
  • Apple TV (2nd Gen)

Download Absinthe 2.0 for Windows
Download Absinthe 2.0 for Mac

Download Absinthe 2.0 for Windows
Download Absinthe 2.0 for Mac

Download Absinthe 2.0 for Windows
Download Absinthe 2.0 for Mac

Monday, 7 May 2012

Download iOS 5.1.1 For iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS, iPad And iPod touch [Direct Links]Download iOS 5.1.1 For iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS, iPad And iPod touch [Direct Links]

In March, Apple introduce the gadget loving world to the new and improved, next-generation iPad complete with a high-resolution Retina display and pre-installed with iOS 5.1. Straight after the media event, compatible devices all over the world started receiving notifications that an OTA iOS update was available, allowing iPhone, iPod touch and iPad owners to update their software and benefit from the minimal enhancements that iOS 5.1 brought.
In a move that was perhaps somewhat expected, Apple has now taken the opportunity to push out an additional iOS update, taking their mobile operating system to version 5.1.1. Apple have obviously felt the need to quickly implement some changes and fixes into iOS in a response to some criticisms about the performance of the new iPad.

On the surface of it, the release of iOS 5.1 didn’t seem to implement many additional changes, with the only addition getting air time being the amendments made to the camera app on the iPad. However, when digging into knowledge base it seems that a number of important bug fixes and improvements were introduced including Japanese language support for Siri, the ability to delete photographs from the iCloud Photo Stream, multiple face detection in camera app and fixes for an issue that occasionally caused dropped audio during calls. Not an update full of Hollywood changes, but packed full of important enhancements nevertheless.
The iOS 5.1.1 update is now available to users as both an iTunes and OTA update. We have the download links below for individual devices, however, if you are an iDevice user who is currently on an untethered jailbreak on iOS 5.0.1 then the recommendation as always is that you stay as far away as possible from this 5.1.1 update. Although certain members of individual development teams have shown off an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1, there is currently no way to distribute this publicly and no timescales at all for a workable jailbreak for this new update.
Non-jailbroken users are safe to go ahead and download the iOS 5.1.1 update as they see fit, which can be achieved by either plugging the device into iTunes and selecting the ‘Check for updates’ button or by navigating to Settings -> Software Update on the device itself and checking if an over-the-air update is available.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

This File Transfer Concept Would Allow Files To Be “Swiped” Between A MacBook And iPhone [VIDEO]

Apple products are renowned for being in sync with each other in a harmonious, seamless fashion. The Cupertino company places much emphasis on getting things done with less and less wires, buttons, and optical drives, and designer Ishac Bertran has created a wonderful concept in keeping with that motif.
File transfer used to be a painstaking exercise. Burning files to a DVD or transferring to bulky, loud portable hard drives via USB 1.1 were accepted as the time-consuming norm. Things are a little different nowadays though, and thanks to vast improvements, most file transfers can be programmed to occur in an automatic, smooth and unattended fashion.

Bertran progresses things delightfully forward, however, with his swipe-based concept. Believing there isn’t, as he describes, a "tangible connection" in a file sync, he has created a concept video, which, as you can see, would allow user transfer files simply by holding an iPhone to the side of a MacBook:

Once each device has detected that the other is within proximity, a semi-circular shape appears on each, allowing various files such as pictures, music, videos or documents to be dragged from one to the other. Bertran envisages a similar implementation as natural progression:

I thought that a representation of a physical connection would facilitate a more intuitive interaction based on traditional mental models from the physical world.

Although it most certainly looks interesting, without any real information regarding how such technology would be implemented, it is simply a pipe-dream. Without, say, a touch-screen Mac, it wouldn’t quite feel as smooth as it perhaps should, and also, unless file transfers were to become significantly quicker, holding an iPhone for a prolonged amount of time would likely arouse some form of repetitive strain injury.
Although it looks a little more James Bond than a viable Apple product, if Bertran (or anybody, for that matter) were to go ahead and try to develop this concept, I’m sure you guys will agree that it would be a great deal of fun to try out.

Like all futuristic ideas for mobile devices, though (see face detection for Android), some things are just better off left as concepts, and this, I’m afraid, is probably one of them.


(via TheVerge)

Friday, 4 May 2012

Galaxy S III – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

After months of speculation, guesswork and supposedly leaked photos, the Samsung Galaxy S III is now 100% real. Samsung’s great and good took to the stage in London to announce the latest in the line of Galaxy S smartphones, powered by Android, along with UK TV presenter Suzi Perry. The result was the revealing of a smartphone that Samsung claims is the biggest announcement of the year. A bold claim, we are sure you will agree.
The handset itself is pretty much what we expected. It is instantly recognizable as a Galaxy S family device, with the same button layout that we have come to expect from Samsung’s flagship line of smartphones. A glance through the specifications list reveals one or two interesting tidbits, though, and not all of them favorable depending on which side of a narrow fence you happen to sit on.
The most striking specification for us has to be that screen.


Weighing in with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display and 720p resolution, the Samsung Galaxy S III is indeed something of a beast. Put beside an iPhone 4S, it is clear that Samsung believes that bigger is indeed better, and if you’ve got the hands of King Kong, then it is fair to say you’ll agree. But is it really that easy to live with?
Samsung’s own 5.3-inch Galaxy Note is probably the largest handset being marketed as a smartphone right now, and even then the Korean company’s own marketing pushes the thing as a cross between smartphone and tablet – branding which has the unfortunate side effect of making the phone seem more than a little schizophrenic. C’mon guys, that’s marketing 101 right there.
But back to that massive 4.8-inch screen.


One plus that we have to level at the screen is the fact that it means Samsung can include a relatively large 2,100mAh battery, and battery life was something that Samsung itself spoke about during its reveal today. The cynics amongst is would suggest that the handset is so large because Samsung needed to pack in such a massive battery to make the 4G version – available in the US, Japan and Korea this Summer – last long enough to be useful.

An 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9 megapixel front-facing affair should be enough to keep photographers happy, though the quality of the camera software will determine whether the iPhone 4S has anything to worry about in that department.

No CPU specs were given during the announcement, which leaves the software as the standout feature here. Samsung seems to be trying to differentiate itself from other Android-using OEMs by packing new and interesting software into its handsets. It is here, assuming they haven’t broken Android at the most fundamental level, that the Galaxy S III could potentially shine. Although, Samsung announced beforehand that the CPU which would power the Galaxy S III would be the Exynos 4 Quad, so indeed it is that processor.
Take ‘Smart Stay’ for example. According to Samsung’s blurb, this feature will track a user’s eyes and alter the screen’s brightness to reflect their attention. ‘S Voice’ is Samsung’s Siri clone, which is interesting to say the least considering the company’s current spat with Apple.

Other software-based features include voice recognition that will allow the phone to tailor commands to users, and various DLNA features that some will no doubt use a lot, whilst others barely notice.
All in, and these are still very early days for the Galaxy S III, the handset appears more iterative than revolutionary. With the main competition, Apple’s next iPhone, due to be announced in six months, Samsung may not have pushed the boat out far enough to really push its rival to the limit.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Gmail Attachment Download” For Android Lets You Download Attachments Of Any File Format And Save Them To Your SD Card

Despite being an open mobile operating system which offers more freedom than competing platforms, Android comes with a bunch of small but nonetheless frustrating limitations. One such limitation is Gmail’s limited support for different file formats; it plays well with things like PDFs, DOCs and AVIs, but when it comes to ZIP files and other, lesser known formats such as 7z, the popular email client simply denies the user from downloading it. Further, Gmail doesn’t let you save attachments to specified locations on your device’s internal memory or SD card.
Both of these shortcomings are easily solved with an app we’ll be talking about in this post. Check it out after the jump!

gmail attachment downloader

Developed by Poofinc StudiosGmail Attachment Download is an easy-to-use app that lets you download any attachment from Gmail and place it anywhere on your device.
Gmail Attachment Download doesn’t come with any app icon and is only activated when you attempt downloading an attachment from Gmail, so it is more of a plugin than a standalone app.
To get it to work, you simply press view/preview in Gmail and select Gmail Attachment Downloadwhen the option comes up. This launches the plugin from where you can select the exact path where the attachment will be saved. You then tap Save file and voila!, the attachment is saved for later use.
We’ve tested the app on a Samsung Galaxy S II (Android 4.0.3 ICS) and can confirm that it works as advertised.

Gmail Attachment Download is more of a necessity than anything else. If you use Gmail on your Android device (who doesn’t?), you really need to install this app.
Gmail Attachment Download is a free, ad-supported app [Google Play]. It works on all Android devices on version 2.1 and up. The app also apparently works on other email clients, but we weren’t able to test this.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 Trailer Released [VIDEO]

The first real trailer for Treyarch’s upcoming Call Of Duty game has finally aired on television, giving fans of the franchise their first look at what Black Ops 2 will encompass.
We have been waiting for it for a while now, and as soon as Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 was heavily rumored to be the next Call Of Duty game to steal all our time, the anticipation reached fever pitch.
We knew that a new trailer, the first to be released, was set to air during the NBA Playoff final today, and that is exactly what we got. Did the new trailer disappoint?
Not one bit.

call of duty black ops 2

The trailer itself  roars into life with Black Ops veteran Sgnt Frank Woods reciting a monologue which not only tells us that he is still alive after the first game, but that the sequel is set to be a whole new kind of crazy.
Set in the near future, Black Ops 2 will feature more bangs and crashes than we could shake a metaphorical stick at, and surely plenty to keep even the most keen excitement junkies out there smiling for some time.
Right now there isn’t really that much information to share, other than we suggest you sit back and take the new trailer in, preferably on a big TV screen.  We see no reason, so far at least, to think that Black Ops 2 isn’t going to be the huge success that the franchise now demands.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 goes on sale November 13th and will be available on the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Call Of Duty games have been something of a license to print money over the last few years, with the people behind the series of games apparently acutely aware of just how to entice their audience to part with that hard earned money.
There is no reason to believe that Black Ops 2 will be any different to the games that came before it in the money stakes, and with fans eager to pit their wits against the latest Call Of Duty games as well as take part in the hugely popular online portion of the game, sales are almost guaranteed.
At this point it’s more about how many records will be broken, rather than how much money Black Ops 2 will make.

Source : Redmond Pie

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Meet The iPhone Plus: New iPhone Concept Which Is Ridiculously Thin And Aluminicious [IMAGES]

With the next-generation iPhone set to launch sometime in the next few months – many credible rumors suggest October – concepts of what the device could possibly look like are being produced by designers already. ADR Studio, a common source of such art has outed yet another concept mockup of what they call the “iPhone Plus”. It depicts an extremely thin iPhone with a 4.3″ screen and an aluminum back, similar to the iPad, or even the first-generation iPhone in some regards.

The mockup doesn’t stop at skin-depth, however. The concept also lists out a number of specs and features that the next iPhone should have: A liquidmetal body, a screen with double alkali-aluminosilicate sheet glass, a 4.3″ Retina display with In-Cell technology, an A6 quad-core processor, a rear 10-megapixel camera and a 2MP front-facing camera, a rear motion sensor, a pico projector on top to project content on surfaces, a slim-dock connector, and a fully capacitive Home button.

iphone plus +

iphone plus +

Now of course, such a mockup as this is more of a fantasy of what the artist wishes that the iPhone could look like rather than a prediction. Anyone sensible would chuckle at the thought of a 4.3″ iPhone for example. It’s clear that Apple put a lot of research into the appropriate size for the device, and will not be changing their stance any time soon (the larger iPhone screen crowd are just as adamant about their nonsensical requests as the smaller iPad crowd are).

iphone plus +

iphone plus +

A recent rumor has also suggested that Apple will not be implementing a capacitive Home button, and will rather just be making a minor and seemingly unnoticeable – at least to the user – change to that component. And finally, I’m not exactly a huge fan of the form factor of the device. Holding a thin, less rounded iPhone seems like it would be uncomfortable in hand. The design also makes it look far less unique to other phones than it currently is.
While I am critical about the design, however, the concept seems great on the fictional spec level. The addition of a projector seems like it has quite a bit of potential for presentation purposes, and a quad-core processor is definitely welcome.
Now of course, props to the designer, but I’m just not a fan of these concepts. But, if you do want a thin, square, larger-screened iPhone, then you will find this concept to be the ultimate dream.

Source : Redmond Pie