Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Jailbreak iOS 6 Beta 2 Using Redsn0w 0.9.13dev2

The second beta version of iOS 6 – currently only available to registered developers – has just landed, and thanks to Dev Team’s Redsn0w, it can be jailbroken already on A4 devices like the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G, iPhone 3GS. Of course, the jailbreak is tethered, which means you will need to connect your device to a computer with Redsn0w installed each time your device is turned off or rebooted, but you knew that already.
We have tested and can confirm that the current Redsn0w 0.9.13dev2 works with iOS 6 beta 2.

You will need to "point" Redsn0w in the direction of your older iOS 6 beta 1 firmware in order to spoof the jailbreaking tool into freeing up your device, but keep in mind that you have to use Redsn0w 0.9.13dev2 for the process, links at the end of this post.

The process is none too difficult, and we expect you already know what you’re doing, however for those who haven’t followed the process through in the past, please check out the link to our previous tutorial, by simply heading over to the link at the end of this post.

iOS 6 has quite a few new treasures for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users, but no matter how much research Apple does, there are still many glaring oversights within the software as a whole, which is one of the main reasons why the jailbreak community continues to thrive.
Not only has Cydia offered most of the upcoming iOS 6 features for years now, but most of the newfeatures have already been ported through to those running the older firmware. For example, thanks to a little search through Cydia, my device already has the Notification Center tweet widget, and most of the other niceties from the WWDC announcement have been picked off the new firmware like a scavenger hunt.
Still, those running the dev-only release iOS 6 can now enjoy the best of both worlds by jailbreaking their newly-updated devices, and although iOS 6 beta 2 isn’t a spectacular update by any stretch of the imagination, it’s worth downloading and keeping up with the progress of Apple’s latest, supposedly greatest iteration of the iconic mobile operating system.

It is important to note here that installing Cydia on dev releases of iOS 6 is officially not supported yet. Therefore this jailbreak as expected wont install Cydia on your device. You will however have root access on your device, which means that you can install any app using SSH or afc2.

If you’re looking to jailbreak with iPhone Dev Team’s Redsn0w tool, please click on this link for a step-by-step tutorial. As aforementioned, it is tethered, but I suspect those happy to run an unfinished, potentially buggy version of iOS won’t see booting tethered as a massive inconvenience.

Download Redsn0w 0.9.13dev2 [Windows / OS X

Install / Flash ClockworkMod Touch Recovery On Galaxy S III GT-i9300 [How-To Tutorial]

ClockworkMod Recovery is the de facto standard when it comes to custom recoveries on Android. After the release of the touch-based TWRP, developer koush announced ClockworkMod Touch which is the CWM everyone knows very well but with the ability to use the touchscreen for navigating around the menus (instead of Volume Up/Down and Power buttons). Most high-end Android smartphones already have CWM Touch and now the Samsung Galaxy III is the latest to receive it. We’ve got a step-by-step guide ready right after the jump which will help you flash CWM Touch to your 4.8” monster.

clockwork mod galaxy s3

DISCLAIMER: I will not be held responsible for any damage incurred to your device as a result of following this guide. Follow at your own risk.

Step 1: Download recovery-clockwork-touch- [Direct Link] andOdin_v3.04_Files.zip [Direct Link].

Step 2: Extract the contents of Odin’s ZIP file using a suitable software (we’re fans of PeaZip). Launch Odin3_v3.04.exe.

Step 3: Shut down your Galaxy S III. Press and hold HomeVolume Down, Power buttons until you see a big, scary Warning! screen. Press Volume Up to get into Download Mode.

Step 4: Connect your device with your PC using USB cable. Odin should detect your device; you’ll see an Added! message in Odin.

Step 5: Click oPDA and select the .tar file you downloaded in Step 1.

Step 6: Ensure that only Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time are enabled in ODIN.

Step 7: Click on Start under ODIN to begin the flashing process.

If you followed the steps correctly, your Samsung Galaxy III International Version will have ClockworkMod Touch Recovery ready to be used. You can access it by shutting down your device and then pressing and holding Home, Volume UpPower buttons until you see the iconic ClockworkMod icon.
This doesn’t root your Samsung Galaxy S III, by the way. For that, you will have to follow our guide on how to root Galaxy S III GT-i9300 (International Version). If you’re scared of rooting younewsmartphone or need some motivation, you should check out our post on why you should root your Android device, be it smartphone or tablet.

For queries, please visit the official thread over on XDA Developers.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

SIM Unlock Galaxy S III In Seconds By Simply Installing This APK

Although, when initially manufactured, smartphones are designed to work with a particular type of SIM, the carriers narrow things down by locking devices down to their particular network. The process of trying to unlock can be difficult indeed, and as such, consumers look to the expert developers and modders to offer a solution.

Picture the scene. You upgrade your device on one carrier, let’s call them, for argument’s sake, AB&B, but your daughter – who is far more technologically-orientated than yourself, wants your shiny new device, to which you begrudgingly oblige. Unfortunately, your daughter is contracted with another carrier – Dash – and of course, you both want the new device to work with her carrier. Herein lies the problem.

android sim unlock

You call up AB&B, requesting they unlock your device. You’re contracted to make the payments anyhow, so you would think, perhaps, AB&B would happily unlock your device – even if a small fee is incurred. Unfortunately, that’s not how things play out, and although some carriers and circumstances allow a carrier unlock to be achieved, chances are, you’re going to be stuck with a locked device, which then becomes the clich├ęd expensive doorstop.

The developers, without whom, I don’t know how we’d cope, come up with varied unlock solutions, and although a wait is often involved, there’s invariably light at the end of the tunnel. For those rocking an i9300 strain of the Samsung Galaxy S III, you’re among the luckier folk who can now unlock their device, and the clincher is, it gets as complicated as installing an .apk file from the Google Play Store.

As you may expect, you will need to have a rooted device, and although precious date is backed up prior to the unlocking procedure, the auto-restore feature is not yet fully operational, thus the unlock solution is labeled as a beta at present.
Still, it works just nicely, and if you’re rooted and raring to go, hit up the link below and you’ll have your i9300 Galaxy III unlocked in a matter of moments.

Note: Do not install on variations of the S III other than the I9300 model. It will not work.

Download Voodoo Galaxy S III SIM Unlock [Google Play link]

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Install CyanogenMod 9 Android 4.0.4 ICS On Galaxy S III GT-i9300 [How-To Tutorial]

The latest version of popular custom ROM CyanogenMod now supports Samsung’s recently released Galaxy S III (GT-i9300). Those of you interested in checking it out can follow our detailed, step-by-step guide right after the jump!

The news comes straight from XDA-Developers – a popular forum for Android enthusiasts, developers and modders – in the form of a thread posted by Team Hacksung developer XpLoDWilDin which they discuss the state of CM9 for the Galaxy S III, what’s working and what’s not and, of course, how to get it working.

DISCLAIMER: I will not be held responsible for any damage incurred to your device as a result of following this guide. Follow at your own risk.

Before you dive in, please keep in mind a couple of things. Firstly, this will void your warranty. Secondly, there are a few minor bugs that you should know of: FM radio does not work, using the flash in Camera app may cause it to crash and trying to wake up the device using volume keys “may” not work, so there you have it.

Step 1: Root your Galaxy S III and flash ClockworkMod Recovery to it.

Step 2: Download the latest nightly build of CM9 [CM Downloads] and Google Apps for CM9 [Goo.im]. Transfer both to directly under /sdcard on your Galaxy S III.

Step 3: Shut down your device. Boot into ClockworkMod Recovery by holding the Volume Up + Home + Power buttons.

Step 4: Take a nandroid backup. This will come handy later on if you wish to revert back to previous setup.

Step 5: Navigate to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > [CM9 .zip file you downloaded in Step 2].

Step 6: Similarly, you must flash Google Apps.

Step 7: From ClockworkMod’s main menu, perform wipe data / factory reset.

Step 8: Choose reboot system now from the main menu.

If you followed the steps correctly, your device will now boot into CyanogenMod 9 based on Android 4.0.4 ICS. The developer advises not to reinstall apps using Titanium Backup. Also, if your Wi-Fi doesn’t work, remove .cid.info from /data using a root-ready file explorer (e.g. ES File Explorer).

For queries or if you’re stuck at any point, please visit the official thread over on [XDA-Developers].

Sunday, 17 June 2012

How To Recover Deleted Photos And Images From Memory Card On Your Android Phone

We can all empathize with the sinking feeling felt when something important is erroneously deleted from our smartphones, but instead of becoming lost for good, the DiskDigger team has created aAndroid app to help you recover those precious files you thought had disappeared into the Recycle Bin of no return.

DiskDigger is a household name already, and if you’re a Windows user, you may already have been acquainted with the tool that spares your files from the hangman’s noose at the eleventh hour. The tool carries all of its strengths through to Android, and if you’ve recently deleted a file and are having second thoughts, DiskDigger is arguably your best hope of a reprieve.


Like the Windows iteration, it’s absolutely free of charge, although does understandably require root access in order to work its magic. Currently in beta stage, it will recover recently deleted images with aplomb, and like any respectable app, it keeps its user interface as minimalistic as possible, as not to bamboozle those downloading it.

Far from one-dimensional, it uses a variety of different techniques in order to achieve its goal. Of course, there are no guarantees, but having tested it ourselves, it performed flawlessly, and having encountered many similar apps in the past, DiskDigger has to be among the best. When you launch it, you’ve the option of sifting through each partition of your device’s storage. All you need to do is select the one which contained those images before you opted to remove them, and tap Scan device. From then, you can also refine your search down to the specific file type, and those found will appear in the corresponding window on the left hand side of the UI.

You can preview each file discovered, and simply hit Save, which will in turn present you the opportunity to restore the files to the location of your choosing. A Mail button is also included which lets you e-mail the images to an address of your choice, and although this no-frills app doesn’t necessarily boast the various features offered by similar apps, it does a stellar job of what it proclaims to do.

Download DiskDigger for Android [Google Play link]

How To Get The Best iOS 6 Features On iOS 5 Right Now

After including major missing features in iOS 3, 4 and 5, iOS 6 has turned out to be more of an incremental update than anything else. Other than Maps, there are no downright mind-blowing features. Everything iOS 6-related announced by Forstall at WWDC 2012, we’ve seen in one form or another whether as a Cydia tweak or a minor feature on other platforms.
Yes, I am tad disappointed at how things turned out at the event. I went through the iOS 6 keynote, wrote down every new feature mentioned in it and found that most of these features are available in iOS 5. They are definitely more scattered and less polished, but the functionality is there and that’s what we will be discussing in this post: how to get iOS 6’s best features on iOS 5 right now.

iOS 6

New Siri Features
Believe it or not, Siri’s new features – including the ability to take sports-related queries and local searching in newer countries – have already been implemented in one way or the other with tweaks from Cydia.
Let’s start with sports: SiriSports tweak, free from Cydia under ModMyi, lets you make queries related to NBA, MLB and NHL from Siri. You can look up match timings, statistics and scores with phrases like Did The Giants win last night?, just like it was shown in the WWDC keynote.

siri iOS 6

Sireet, free from Cydia under ModMyi, lets you use Siri to tweet. Just saying Tweet [your actual tweet] and Siri will do the rest.
Last but not least, those of you in unsupported countries can install International Locations for Siri($0.99, BigBoss repo) to get local search.
There are many other Siri tweaks available with go well beyond its limited built-in feature-set. You can search for them on our site using the search function in the right column.

Siri for iPad
Siri on the iPad is something which we’ve been looking forward to for ages! Well, not exactly ages, but since the launch of the iPhone 4S and iOS 5. We knew Apple would eventually bring Siri on other devices, but didn’t know it would happen this quickly.
And now, Siri has finally made its way onto the iPad with iOS 6. But there’s one problem, iOS 6’s launch is a bit far away, and only the 3rd-gen iPad is supported to work with Siri.
Fear not, the jailbreak community has us covered with a tweak called Spire, which brings Siri to the iPad. But there’s one small catch, it doesn’t support iOS 5.1.x and will work on devices running iOS 5.0.1 or earlier, which also means that it won’t support the new 3rd-gen iPad right out of the box even if it’s jailbroken.
The devices supported by Spire are; iPhone 4, 3GS, iPod touch and the first and second generation iPads.

Do Not Disturb
We discussed a Cydia tweak called BannerDisable (free, BigBoss repo) just a few days ago here. Just like the iOS 6 feature, it lets you turn off all push notifications with a flip of a toggle from the native Settings app.

It doesn’t come with the “fine-grain control” that is offered in iOS 6’s Do Not Disturb feature. We suspect the developer will update their app to make use of user-interest in Do Not Disturb until Apple’s version of it releases under iOS 6 this fall.

FaceTime over Cellular
FaceBreak ($1.99, BigBoss repo) has been in Cydia for almost two years now. As the name implies, it lets you make FaceTime calls over 3G.

This results in reduced picture quality but, let’s be honest, it’s better than not being able to make a call at all, right?

Full-screen Mode in Safari
FullScreen For Safari ($1.99, BigBoss Repo) is another one of Cydia’s famous old tweaks. To make better use of the 3.5” Retina display, it lets you view webpages without the intrusive bar at the bottom.
The tweak is actually better than the official iOS 6 feature as it lets you view full screen in not just landscape orientation but also portrait! Also, let’s not forget that you can enable OS X-like multitouch gestures for Safari with the same tweak.

Pull To Refresh in Mail app
Because of it’s intuitive-ness, Tweetie’s Pull to Refresh feature has made its way through hundreds of other apps such as Facebook, Tweetbot, Sparrow etc. Now Apple has taken notice of it and included it in their Mail app.

The vibrant jailbreak community understood this before Apple and as such, a tweak named Pull to Refresh Mail (free, BigBoss repo) was introduced many, many months ago.

Turn by Turn Navigation
One of iOS’ biggest shortcomings, especially when compared to Android, was its lack of turn-by-turn navigation feature. Until its introduction in iOS 6, however, users had plenty of options in the form of third-party apps.

The most well-regarded in this case is TomTom’s official app which costs a whopping $59.99, but the free, crowd-sourced Waze also does a pretty splendid job.

Upload Photos from Safari

It’s not as elegantly designed as Apple’s feature in iOS 6, but it gets the job done. On sites that give you the option, Safari Upload Enabler ($1.99, BigBoss repo) will let you choose a photo/video using a file browser like on a desktop PC.

3D Maps
The most anticipated and one of the hottest features in iOS 6 has to be 3D Maps. Giving Google Maps the thumbs down in iOS 6, Apple has stepped up to the roster and implemented their very-own in-house implementation of the Maps app which sports mind-blowing 3D renders of numerous cities around the globe.

up maps hd screen

Quite unfortunately, there aren’t many apps in the App Store which provide the same results as Apple’s own implementation, but if you’re rocking an iPad then the UpNext HD Maps app is your best bet to get the same Apple-esque results. The only downside of the app is; no support for the iPhone nor the iPod touch.
Google announced at the start of this month that they will be bringing a dedicated Maps app to iOS which will bring 3D maps to the masses, which is a clear sign that Google is also stepping up its game to compete with Apple’s invention. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for this one.

Facebook Integration
Facebook Integration in iOS 6? Hah! The jailbreak community released a tweak called Fusion ($2, BigBoss repo) two months ago that not only integrates Facebook in iOS, but also MySpace and Foursquare so you can share photos, links and more just like you would with Twitter.

You can even update your status on these networks with the Siri integration that comes with Fusion.

Upload Photo to Facebook using native Photos app
This is a feature we’ve all been yearning for a long time now, and it’s there in iOS 6 by default, and thankfully the jailbreak community has us covered in this department as well. With a tweak called FacebookThis – free from the BigBoss repo – it allows you to upload photos and images directly from the native Photos app.
Do you have any other tweaks/apps in mind which let you enjoy iOS 6’s features right now? If so, name them in the comments section.