Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2010 with Google GSM Smart Phone

December 31, 2009 By: Hema Manchanda

The famous search engine Google is going to launch its most awaiting smart phone in the new year .Assumptions are there that Google smart Phone Nexus One will be available in the market by 5th January 2010.

This phone will work on android platform known as android 2.1. The major telecom companies like Motorola and Samsung are already running their handsets on android.

Google Smart Phone will give a strong competition to Apple iPhone. Nexus One is likely to have a 3.7-inch AMOLED (active matrix organic light emitting diode) touch screen AMOLED, which is a bright display technology, requests no backlighting for the device to function. Since there is no backlight, touch screen looks brighter. Nexus One features a 5-megapixel camera and Wi-Fi connectivity.

According to various mobile based sites, Google may sell the smart phone (estimated $530 USD) unlocked, thus not locking buyers in long-term contracts with carriers.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

How to fix Cydia Crashes

For anyone looking for a solution to the "Cydia is Freaking Crashing All the Time Issue", here is it is:

The problem is with the ZodTTD repository. So all you have to do is to SSH into your iDevice , browse to /private/etc/apt/sources.list.d , find the repo and delete it. That’s it.

Special thanks go out to: Mark, Marco, iNinja, iPhoneP01s0n, Frank, Jessie and Maurice of for discovering this!!

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Cydia crashing December 28th


There is a problem with a particular source this morning. Signs point to it being Zodttd’s repo sending data that Cydia has a problem with. This causes Cydia to go into a crashing loop.

You should NOT need to restore your firmware to fix this problem. Please have patience, a fix is being worked on. If the coming solutions do not help there is still the possibility that a restore may be needed.

Update #1: Some good advice and instructions in the comments below. You can also try the FIXES AND SUGGESTIONS HERE, as the problem is the same as it was then. You must remove the zodttd source list that is causing the problem.

Update #2: A quick fix for some (works only if you have apt7 installed)

-Log-in as root using MobileTerminal or SSH and run this command:
-apt-get update
-This will update your lists and then Cydia should work.

How to Add ProSwitcher Multitasking to Your iPhone


When the details of the Palm Pre were released, one of the biggest features was the issue of background apps and their webOS cards-style multitasking. All you had to do was just swipe between “cards” to change apps. Well, there the latest application to hit Cydia can now replicate the exact same thing–it’s called ProSwitcher–and it’s awesome (ProSwitcher requires a jailbroken iPhone).

ProSwitcher: Allowing Safari Pages-Like Multitasking to the iPhone

ProSwitcher was released in Cydia about a week ago, but recently came out with version 1.0. This means all the little kinks have been worked out and so far with my testing it’s been working flawlessly on my iPhone 3GS. The app is FREE via Cydia and I really hope Apple comes out with something like this in iPhone OS 4.0.

In combination with the Cydia app Backgrounder, ProSwitcher allows you to quickly manage your applications running in the background. It’s similar to managing your open Safari pages on the iPhone. Want to give it a try? Follow the tutorial below!

How to Add ProSwitcher to Your iPhone via Cydia

1. Jailbreak your iPhone using our guide.
2. Launch Cydia, search for Backgrounder and install it.

3. Launch Cydia, click on Manage–>Sources–>Edit–>Add–>enter the following URL: –>Done

4. Go to Search. Enter “ProSwitcher” and install it.

5. Click Home and you will see the ProSwitcher icon. Tap it and you will be able to swipe quickly between open apps seamlessly! If you hold down your finger on an app within the ProSwitcher view, you can then swipe up to close it from view–just like the Palm Pre’s “cards” functionality. Pretty neat stuff!

6. To make a program run in the background with Backgrounder, configure your preferences on how to enable it. I’ve set mine to holding down the Power button to enable an app to run in the background. Once you do this, the selected app will now be shown within ProSwitcher. The small circular icon in the bottom left corner of app icons indicate they are running in the background via Backgrounder.

7. Edit changes to ProSwitcher via the control panel located via the iPhones Settings menu. From here, you can add rounded corners, add a Homescreen card, and even set how you want to activate ProSwitcher. I set it to activate by holding down my finger on the taskbar and voila–ProSwitcher appears!

ProSwitcher makes it extremely easy to multitask amongst open apps and shows just how amazing the 3rd party development community is. Get ProSwitcher on your iPhone today and let us know how it works for you!

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

New iPhone 4G coming to Verizon Wireless in 2010?

From QuickPWN:

According to Digitimes, OmniVision, the supplier of the 3.2 megapixel camera for the current iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS has secured 5-megapixel camera orders for the iPhone 4G . The iPhone 4th generation will launch in the second half of 2010. It will also contain a CDMA chip that allows it to be used on the Verizon Wireless network, if the rumors are true.

Apple launches new iPhones during the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). This year the WWDC conference is expected to be held during June, so that’s when we will find out whether or not there really is an iPhone 4G coming to Verizon. I’m hoping there will be one because I know a lot of people that would buy the iPhone if it came to Verizon.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Top 10 best free iPhone and Touch Christmas apps

Top 10 best free iPhone and Touch Christmas apps

December 21, 2009by Sean P. Aune

The iPhone and iPod Touch get into the spirit of Christmas with a slew of free Christmas related free applications.

There are a ton of free Christmas apps in the iPhone App Store, but we’ve sorted through them and picked 10 of the best that will get you into the Yuletide spirit for this upcoming holiday.

Find one you like that we didn’t list? Tell us in the comments!

Please note that all of these links go directly to the page in the iTunes store so clicking them will launch iTunes.

1. A Christmas Carol: The classic story of Scrooge by Charles Dickens is now an iPhone app! Read the book for free, bookmark your place and more.

2. Chrimbell: Do you enjoy the sound of hand bells? Well, now you can play them on your iPhone or iPod Touch. You can choose to play a tune by yourself or you can join with others to play a song with each of you selecting a differently tuned bell.

3. Christmas Countdown: Check to see how many days are left until Christmas while be listening to built-in Christmas songs, and watch the Christmas tree get bigger as the days get fewer.

4. Christmas Puzzles: Play multiple Christmas inspired crosswords and test your knowledge of the popular holiday season.

5. Christmas Sounds Free: Play all sorts of sound effects you associate with the holiday season such as sleigh bells, Santa’s “Ho Ho Ho” and a whole lot more.

6. Christmas Spirit Generator: Santa’s sleigh runs on spirit power, and it’s your job to help generate enough Christmas spirit so he can make this year’s Christmas Eve trip! You can view not only your spirit, but that of people all over the world who are trying to help.

7. Christmasfy Me: Take any picture from your iPod Touch memory, or take a picture with your iPhone camera and you can customizing a picture with Christmas decor almost immediately. Once done you can save it, email it, upload it to Facebook, share it on Twitter and more.

8. Elf Command: You’re an elf working in Santa’s workshop and you need to make sure the presents get into the corrects boxes. Do your best before time runs out and then upload your high scores to the global leader board.

9. iTree: Decorate the virtual Christmas tree and then you can send it to your friends as a virtual Christmas card with your customized message.

10. Winter Snow Globe: Shake your iPhone or iPod Touch to make it snow like a real snow globe.

Merry Christmas!!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Broke ur iPhone, no prob, fix it urself!!!

Recently I was faced with an iPhone that fell and the glass cracked. Phone still worked but was a mess!! Nor Apple or the service provider would cover this as it was physical damage to the device so I was left with 2 options: Send it away and pay to have it fixed or buy the parts and fix it myself. So begins my journey on my "do-it-urselfer iPhone repair!

I bought a lot of stuff and made some mistakes along the way but in the end I got 'er done! Ebay is a wonderfull source for replacement iPhone parts. I initially just bought the glass thinking I could go this route. I got a good deal, about $5 for glass, but the glass is actually adheard to the digitizer. You can fix it this way but it is a lengthy and dificult process and you risk damaging other parts. Here is a video showing this method. After watching this you can see, not the best way to do it.

See what I mean?! The above method not only takes way too long but is dangerous. As the glass cracks it does fly around, so I recommend eye protection!! I nearly crapped myself when he brings out the HUGE knife!! LOL! Want to lose a finger?!?!

The method I would recommend is to replace the entire assembly. That cost me between $30 and $40 on eBay. Below is the video supplied by directfix that I used as a guide. I recommend watching the entire video before doing anything to get a feel of what needs to be done then starting it from scratch, pausing along the way as you follow the steps. I'll include the reassembly video as well:

After watching these videos, you can see how easy it can be to repair the iPhone if the need arises. Just take your time and patience.

The parts and tools you'll need are:

A replacement digitizer

Replacement Adhesive Stickers

iPhone Opening Tools

A Heat Gun or Hairdryer

Good luck!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Apple to launch tablet in spring 2010

From Yahoo! News:

Apple Inc is preparing to launch a tablet personal computer in late March or April, with manufacturer partners poised to roll out as many as 1 million units per month, according to an Oppenheimer research note.

The highly anticipated tablet is expected to pitch Apple into the digital book market popularized by's Kindle e-reader. Apple declined to comment.

Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner said the new tablet could boost Apple's earnings per share by 25 cents to 38 cents per quarter, assuming that it sells 1 million to 1.5 million units each quarter at an average price of $1,000 and a corporate average net income margin of 22 percent.

"Our checks into Apple's supply chain indicate that the manufacturing cogs for the tablet are creaking into action and should begin to hit a mass market stride in February," Reiner wrote.

"The February ramp schedule suggests a late March or April commercial release, since Apple will need to build at least 5-6 weeks of inventory before going live."

He said the tablet will have a 10.1-inch multitouch LCD screen similar to that of Apple's iPhone.

Apple has also approached book publishers to distribute their content electronically, and has offered them a revenue cut of 70 percent without requiring exclusivity, Reiner said.

He said that compares favorably to the Kindle's 50 percent deal, and that Kindle only offers a 70 percent cut to publishers that give Amazon exclusive rights.

"As innovative as it is, we believe the Kindle has disgruntled the publishing industry (book, newspaper, and magazine) by demanding exclusivity, disallowing advertising, and demanding a wolfish cut of revenue," Reiner wrote. "The tablet is set to change that."

Reiner forecast Apple's fiscal 2010 profit at $8.39 per share, compared with $6.29 in fiscal 2009, saying his estimate has not yet factored in the new device.

Shares of Apple were up 1.6 percent at $192.89 on Nasdaq.

(Reporting by Gabriel Madway and Tiffany Wu; Editing by Richard Chang)

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