Why I Jailbreak my iPhone: The Top 10 Jailbroken Utilities & Apps

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Apple, Technology | Posted on 23-02-2010-05-2008

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I’ll be the first one to admit it – the reason to jailbreak your iPhone is at an all time low. If we look back a few years, we all had iPhones with no applications except for the default set, no chance of using video streaming or VoIP applications, and we had a 10MB cap for downloading applications over the cell connection. We live in a different world now. Our phones are chock full with 3rd party applications. We can use VoIP applications and Slingplayer over 3G connections. The download cap has been raised up to 20MB for applications. Things are looking rosier and rosier. However, all is not perfect in Apple land. Read on to hear about my top ten favorite jailbroken iPhone utilities and applications. BTW, Big shout out to the iPhone Dev Team for making it all possible.

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FlightTrack Pro & TripIt: A Match Made in Heaven

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Apple, Technology, Travel | Posted on 21-02-2010-05-2008

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Do you travel frequently? If you’re answer is no, then you may not be interested in this post. But if you’re answer is yes, then let me rock your world :-) . When bouncing from airport to airport, sometimes on different carriers, it can be tough to keep up to date on flight delays, gate numbers, etc. FlightTrack Pro from Mobiata gives a great interface for tracking ALL of your flight information. Combine it with TripIt and you get all of your flight info automatically entered. Read on to hear how! Read the rest of this entry »

I beat Geo-Defense!

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Apple, Technology | Posted on 26-01-2010-05-2008

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Just a quick post to brag that I beat Geo-Defense! This is a really great game for the iPhone, and I bought it when it went on sale a couple weeks ago. Posted a pic of my scores for the last of the hardest levels to prove it. It was a VERY challenging game. Time to delete it and move onto the next!

Picking the Best Headphones for the Road Warrior

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Technology, Travel | Posted on 16-10-2009-05-2008

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As both a fan of music and a frequent traveler, I have been in constant search for the best pair of headphones. Like many, I started first with the included iPod / iPhone earbuds. To be honest, I actually find them to be pretty good, especially when walking around the city. The added convenience of the speaker for talking on the phone makes them a great default pair of headphones. But my love for these default headphones ends immediately when i step on a plane. Once the engine noise fires up, the only way to hear music is to blast the volume. Quality suffers, and because your headphones are competing with the engine noise, your ears are stressed and could possibly become damaged. Read on to find more about my slow progression to find my favorite headphones for the frequent flier!

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Is my iPhone 3G Phase-out Prediction Coming True? Engadget Thinks so….

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Apple, Technology | Posted on 06-08-2009-05-2008

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phone-png-99When the iPhone 3GS was first announced, Apple said that they would be offering the iPhone 3G at a $99 price point. I predicted that this wouldn’t last. It just doesn’t make sense for Apple to manufacture two different versions of the same phone. Will I end up being right? Engadget thinks so!

KRON 4 San Francisco Camera Crew Outside Apple Store Trying to Make a Big Deal of iPhone Virus… er… SMS Exploit

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Apple, Technology | Posted on 31-07-2009-05-2008

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So I was at the Apple Store on Chestnut Street yesterday to buy a Time Capsule and Airport Express. As I walked outside of the store, a man with a camera stopped me and asked me if I was an iPhone user (turns out he was from KRON 4). While I normally don’t stop to entertain random people on the street, I was intrigued about where he might go with this. I said, “Yeah I’m an iPhone user.” His response: “Did you hear about that new iPhone virus that’s supposed to be unleashed today – how does that make you feel?” I said, “Oh I think you’re talking about the SMS exploit. Yeah I think some researchers are going to explain how to do it today.” He fished on further and responded, “How does it make you feel that ANYONE could just TAKE OVER YOUR IPHONE with a TEXT MESSAGE?” I was like, “Um… well, it’s just a security hole that a researcher discovered. This happens a lot with all operating systems and usually the companies issue fixes pretty quickly.” He retorted, “There has been zero response from Apple and this is going to be a huge deal.” I said, “Okay.” He asked me if I wanted to share my feelings on camera – I said no and walked away. Anyhow, it’s pretty annoying how much the media will try and twist reality just to get some idiot on camera to say something ridiculous. More pics after the break.

UPDATE: APPLE ALREADY FIXED THE EXPLOIT.

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Google Voice – My Impressions of the Product and the iPhone Fiasco

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Apple, Technology | Posted on 29-07-2009-05-2008

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IMG_0111I got my Google Voice invite a couple weeks ago. Since then, I’ve had some time to play with it. To make matters more interesting, there was a Google Mobile iPhone app released! To make things even more interesting, Apple yanked the app from the App Store (apparently at AT&T’s request). And to make things even more interesting, the developer re-released the app via Cydia (the application installer for jailbroken iPhones)! I’m happy to have GV Mobile on my jailbroken iPhone right now so read on for my thoughts about the Google Voice service as well as the experience on the iPhone.

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Interesting License Plates – Will Wright? Rolando Dev?

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Gaming, Misc | Posted on 14-07-2009-05-2008

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While driving around the bay area recently, I’ve seen a couple interesting license plates that I thought I’d post here. Up first is one I saw on the Embarcadero on my way downtown… And man that iPhone camera did a great job of snapping up the action shot!

Is this the Rolando creator's car?

Is this the Rolando creator's car?

For those of you not familiar with Rolando, I definitely suggest you check it out. They just released the Sequel, Rolando 2. My first impressions are positive, but I haven’t had the time to beat it yet. Moving along, I saw this license plate driving on 880 just south of the Oakland airport a couple months ago. Could this be Will Wright?? Or does someone else just have great taste in vanity plates?

Will, are you in there? Can you pass me some simoleans?

Will, are you in there? Can you pass me some simoleans?

So, have I spotted two tech celebs? If anyone knows, I’d love to hear in the comments!

Exchange Calendar Somewhat Broken on iPhone OS 3.0

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Apple, Technology | Posted on 01-07-2009-05-2008

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The iPhone OS 3.0 software is really great, and it’s ALMOST good enough to be enterprise ready. You would think that after a couple years, Apple could get this right. Here are a couple issues I have. If I accept an exchange calendar invite on my phone, the event appears on my iPhone calendar, but not in my entourage calendar. That’s bad. Conversely, if I accept an event in Entourage, it pretty much instantly appears on my iPhone. They need to fix this.

Additionally, I use iCal for my personal calendaring and Exchange for my work calendaring. If I create a new event on my iPhone, it does not let me select which calendar to put the event on. It automatically assumes I want it on my exchange calendar (which of course, does not get sync’d back to entourage). So if I’m going to a baseball game on Saturday, I can’t add that to my personal calendar since the iPhone just assumes I want that on my work calendar, and even after I put it on my calendar, it doesn’t actually get sync’d back to my desktop client. Sheesh.

redsn0w released – just waiting for ultrasn0w

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Apple, Technology | Posted on 20-06-2009-05-2008

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The iPhone Dev Team has been hard at work since the release of the iPhone / iPod Touch 3.0 software update. The jailbreak for all devices except the iPod Touch 2G was released yesterday. Today redsn0w, the iPod Touch 2G jailbreak, was released! Now we’re just waiting for ultrasn0w, the iPhone 3G OS 3.0 unlock. Thanks, Dev Team!