iPhone Home Screen Layout

I have far too many apps, And organizing them is a pain. Currently if you want to start from scratch there is an option in:

Settings > General > Reset > Reset Home Screen Layout

However this setting simply resets the default Apple apps on the first screen to the way a new iPhone would be and then arranges all other apps alphabetically starting on page 2.

This is pretty much useless. And would only take a small change to make it worlds more useful.

My thoughts is instead to keep the reset action the same for the first page. but then toss all apps into folders Alphebeticly based on the application’s category in teh App store.

  • Books
  • Business
  • Catalogs
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Finance
  • Food & Drink
  • Games

And so on…

Then, place all apps in each category Alphbeticly in each folder. if you fill up a folder you make another Games, Games 2, Games 3, etc. This would make organizing apps on the iphone so much easier. Thoughts?

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Pebble Watch

EMAIL AND ALERTS

I’m not a big fan of watches but I may have to pick one of these guys up. Connecting via Bluetooth to your iPhone it gets all kinds of nifty information from your phone and the internet depending on the apps you install to the device.

Pebble can receive simple alerts and notifications from if this then that (ifttt.com) More adventurous developers can use the Pebble SDK, with its Arduino-like abstractions and simple C structure, to gain full control of the watch.

Watchfaces

I should have taken advantage when the Pebble was on Kickstarter they were hoping to raise $100,000 for production and ended up with over $10 Million. By backing them with $99 you essentially preordered a Jet Black watch. If you’d like to pre-order one now you can do so on http://getpebble.com/ but it’s going to cost you $150

The watch allows you to view Incoming Caller ID information, emails, calendar alerts, Facebook messages, Twitter notifications and more.

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Reset your forgotten iPhone4 SSH password.

Wonderful, I SSH’d to my iPhone 4 this morning to find out I forgot the mobile and root account passwords. Not to worry! We can fix this!

Ok this is relatively simple the only problem I ran into was that MobileTerminal crashes under iOS4 so I had to figure out another way to edit the files in question as well as come up with the crypto hashes, but lets not get ahead of ourselves.

First we need to make some backups, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not skip this part!There is a potential to really screw things up if you make a mistake and have a backup. Its easy to correct by restoring the original file. Proceed at your own risk if I outline something here you do not understand find someone who is more versed in unix to assist you, or shoot me an email and I’ll do my best to help you out.

Since we cant use MobileTerminal we need another way, head into the Cydia Store and find an application called iFile and install it to your device. Fire up iFile and browse to /etc you can do this by clicking the button in the top left until your at the root of the filesystem / then finding the etc folder and clicking it.

Now find the file master.passwd, don’t open it yet, we first need to make that backup click the edit button in the top right of the screen and select the master.passwd file, there will be a red checkmark showing you have it selected, now hit the button in the bottom right (the arrow coming out of the box). And select Copy/Link. You now have the file copied to iFile’s clipboard, click the done button (top right). Followed by the home button, (little house 2nd from right on the bottom).

Hit the edit button again but before you select anything click the bottom right button (the arrow coming out of the box) and click Paste. We now have our backup.

Navigate back to the /etc folder. open up the master.passwd file the 2 lines we are interested in are:

root:UI48wgPSS/M1k:0:0::0:0:System Administrator:/var/root:/bin/sh
mobile:UI48wgPSS/M1k:501:501::0:0:Mobile User:/var/mobile:/bin/sh

Before you go thinking you have my Hashes I’ve replaced both of them with the hash for the Password of Password1 (not my password).

To get new hashes we need to generate one, head over to functions-online.com’s crypt function: http://www.functions-online.com/crypt.html

$str is your new password
$salt is an optional string to base the hashing on, when I first learned this I was taught to use a salt of ‘Ul’ others might work but I’ve always stuck with Ul since I know it works. generate your new passwords and then get them onto your device somehow, I used http://myphonedesktop.com/ which allows me to transfer things (images, text etc) to my phone pretty easy. you could also simply generate the crypto hash in MobileSafari on your phone then simply copy paste it over, you want to replace the part between the
::’s I;ve highlighted it for you. now just save the file and SSH to your phone with your new password.

root:UI48wgPSS/M1k:0:0::0:0:System Administrator:/var/root:/bin/sh
mobile:UI48wgPSS/M1k:501:501::0:0:Mobile User:/var/mobile:/bin/sh

If it still does not work we should restore your backup from the mobile users home directory (/var/mobile/master.passwd) back over the /etc/master.passwd file and try again.

This works because most applications on the iPhone are executed with root permissions giving the iFile application the ability to edit a file only the root user should have access to. this is also why its very important to always reset your password if your going to jailbreak your iPhone. all it takes is someone sniffing out your iPhone on an open wifi and figuring out they can use the default password of ‘alpine’ to get full access to your device while its in your pocket.

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limera1n verified on 4.1

Verified limera1n Jailbreak works with iOS 4.1 today, I’ve been running 4.0.1 for some time, and I decided tonight to upgrade to 4.1 to get HDR Photographs and GameCenter on my device.  I was a tad worried about trying the upgrade but fairly confident I could revert to 4.0.1 since I took the time to store my SHSH keys with Cydia (http://www.saurik.com/).

So if your currently running 4.1 on your iPhone and want to jailbreak it for any reason at all feel free to use limera1n (http://limera1n.com/). Its extreamly easy to use simply run the application plug in your phone and click the “Make it rain” button. then follow the instructions on the app until it tells you its finished.

After the app tells you its done, your iPhone will be off. Turn it back on, and run the limera1n app, you can then install Cydia and uninstall limera1n from your iPhone. Happy Iphone hacking =)

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EPICWIN! – Level up your life.

In my experience I’ve found one small problem with to do applications on the iPhone. At least for me I never actually use it. and since I never open it I forget about things I need to get done. Epic Win ($2.99) fixes that, it combines your to do list with RPG style gameplay. When you add a new item to your to do list you can assign it an XP value to reward you with when you complete that item. Gaining XP causes your character to level up and gain loot. Thus encouraging you to actually work at doing the things on your list of items to do.

Check out the Epic Win Pre-Release Trailer

I have to admit I think its highly worth the $3 price tag. This little app will be sure to remind you to take out trash, Send that Birthday card and visit the Gym on a regular basis. With Epic win you get to watch your avatars stats develop based on your real life actions.

Every time you complete a task from your task lice you move forward on the quest map, every location will uncover new rare items.

Give Epic Win a try today, and start Leveling up your life!

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