Its a Jailbreak!

So I was browsing TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) the other day and noticed a post about iNdependence 1.4 beta, This version of iNdependence has been updated to work with the latest firmware (1.1.4 as of this writing).

Having never attempted a Jailbreak I decided to give it a shot and was incredibly surprised at how easy the process really was.

In case you’re not aware, iNdependence is an open source application destined to “Jailbreak” the iPhone or iPod Touch.

First head over to the iNdependence Google code page for the latest version (please note for version the iPhone firmware version 1.1.4 you need the Beta v1.4 version of iNdependence.) You will have to drag the application over to the /Applications directory. If you try to run it from the disk image you will receive an error.

The next step is pretty straight forward. Simply launch iNdependence and under the “Jailbreak” tab click the button to Jailbreak your phone. Next go to the SSH tab and install SSH and SCP. This is a simple click of a button, you will be asked to restart your phone about 3 times. Do this by holding the sleep wake button and sliding the slider to confirm a power off. Turn the phone back on with the sleep wake button each time.

You now have a Jail-broken phone that you can SSH to with your terminal application. The next step is to download the latest version of from the page. This application will allow you to install additional applications.

Once you have you can either use iNdependence to upload it to your phone or filezilla. I used Filezilla because I did this on lunch break at work during this part of the process. Simply connect using SCP over SSH2 to your phones IP address. You can locate your phones IP address by going to Settings > Wi-Fi – then click the little > next to the network you’re currently connected to. Now you want to upload the folder to /Applications

Next you need to set the proper permissions. You can either do this from Filezilla or you can SSH into the phone and run the following commands:

  • chmod 777 /Applications
  • chmod 777 /Applications/
  • chmod 777 /Applications/

Once this has finished, restart your phone once more. You should have a new Icon on your home screen named Installer. The first step I would go about from here is to install the community sources package. You can do this by launching Installer. Next touch the install button near the bottom. Now scroll down to “Sources” and select the Community Sources package. Now touch the install button in the top right corner of the screen to install the package.

That’s it!

Feel free to browse all the applications and install the ones you wish. Another thing to note is after 1.1.3 applications are executed as the mobile user not the root user. Because of this older applications may not function properly until the developers update their applications.

If you have any questions regarding the above process please feel free to email me and I’ll answer your questions or help you find the answers if I don’t know.

Till next time

//Brandon Leon

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iPhone SDK?

Well here we are Feb 29th and no SDK to speak of yet. Well not entirely true. Apple COO Tim Cook took some time to speak about the upcoming SDK recently. ( Didn’t Apple announce this was to be released in February?)

All Cook really had to say about the upcoming SDK was that it would “only be limited by [their] imagination.” He declined to give further details because Apple wants to keep “the element of surprise.”

I’ve read from various sources that programming on the iPhone will be just like programming applications for the Mac. If this is the case it’s great news. This means Apple will not be forcing developers to work in a little box.
However this will also present a security issue. Users will definitely have to make sure they are getting their applications from a reliable source as the programs have access to everything in the iPhone including the mic, the camera, and even the ability to triangulate your position using cell towers.

What does this mean? This means, if you get an application from an unscrupulous source, they have the ability to listen to you with the mike on your phone and track where you’ve been by triangulating your position based on cell towers.

Now I do admit that this is all speculation on my part. Apple my have very well already thought of all this and have a solution to this issue. For example, what’s stopping them from verifying all applications and then offering them only through the Apple store via iTunes?

We all know Apple loves to keep themselves in control. If you’re interested in listening to Tim Cook discuss the SDK as well as many other things Apple, the recording is available on the Apple site at the following link:

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Yea, I bought an iPhone

You read right. I did it. I bought an 8gig iPhone.I had been searching for the right phone for some time.

The phone I got rid of…

I got really tired of my LG CU500. It had an MP3 player but only held 4 songs. It offers a microSDTM Port but I never bought an expansion card for it.

This forced me to decide between lots of ring tones, or 3 songs. Because this unit didn’t have a headphone jack, I opted for ring tones. On the other hand, the iPhone let’s you listen using…

  • the built in speaker
  • standard headphones
  • the headphones that came with the iPhone and it lets you take phone calls while listening to music

The iPhone headset has a small microphone which also has a button to answer/end phone calls. Here’s where it gets really good. If you happen to be listening to music when a call comes in, the music fades out and the phone starts ringing.

Click the button on the mike once to pick up the call. Once you finish the call, a simple press of the button on the mike causes the music to fade back in, picking up right where it left off.iPhone

Gasp! I barely escaped Windows

So the first option I considered in my search for a new phone was actually not the iPhone. Are you ready for this one? a…. Yikes, I can’t believe I actually considered this, and worse yet, that I’m admitting it publicly. As anyone that knows me will attest, I loath Microsoft software products.

I considered the Windows CE based Smart-phone, known as the AT&T 8525 (Formally the Cingular 8525) I know, I know. But it does have loads of nifty features.

The most relevant being the fact that it sports a RDP client. Granted, I was jazzed about this feature back when I actually ran a Server 2003 machine at home. I demoted that machine to a paperweight, soon to be my dedicated firewall. Linux based firewall that is.

Another nifty feature was that you could install a 3rd party application on it giving you the ability to SSH (Secure Shell) into Linux machines. This was the ability I was really stoked over.

Especially considering the reason my Server 2003 machine was demoted when it was replaced by a Ubuntu Server. At that point, I was really liking the idea of being able to SSH into my home server from almost anywhere.

But in the end, I decided I didn’t want this phone. I’m really glad I didn’t buy it. Especially since I no longer use Windows at home. My computers are now limited to ether Mac OSX or Linux based PC’s.

I’m pretty sure a Windows-based hand-held device is not going to like syncing with a Mac.

So now to the iPhone.

Believe it or not I did not start out researching this phone. What actually caught my eye was an add for the iPod Touch showing its features such as the iCal and the Address Book. I’m already familiar with these applications as I use the full blown versions on my iMac and love them.

Now I was not considering getting an iPod Touch. I have a 16Gig music collection and the Touch only comes in 8 and 16Gig versions. Essentially, this means if I add anything to my music collection, it won’t fit.

Besides I already own a 30Gig iPod I received as a graduation gift from my parents (Thanks mom & Perry!) . Everything and then some fits on it, plus it has a calendar application. Granted the iPod calendar only lets me view my calendar. There isn’t any edit capability on the iPod.

So there I am, sitting in the Apple Store playing around with an iPod Touch. That’s when I realized something. The iPhone does everything the Touch does, AND has a phone.

This got me thinking, so I started researching it a bit more. I discovered not only does the iPhone offer you a phone, it also offers email. How many times does someone e-mail you something they needed you to get right away and you didn’t get it until hours later when you finally got home to check your email?

I can’t tell you how many times my step father e-mailed me asking me to call him when I get off work. Only when I get home, I hop straight into World of Warcraft. Next thing I know its 3AM and I’m sure he’s already asleep, far to late to call.

Now I already know what your thinking, “Other Smart phones have e-mail”. Yea you got me there, they do. But what if someone e-mails you a Picture, or a PDF file, or even a Word Document? You get to wait until you get to a PC to view it. The iPhone has readers built in for all these formats.

On the other hand, the iPhone offers a full HTML E-mail client as well. This means you can get e-mails with pictures in them as well as send e-mails.You can even snap a picture using the built-in 2.0 mega-pixel camera and e-mail it right out.

Have you ever received an e-mail from Amazon? Or Borders? They usually send HTML e-mails. Good luck reading that on a Razr.

How about Web use? Most cell phones have a built in browser. But have you ever tried to browse a site using the built-in browser?

They’re next to useless. My past 2 phones, (The Motorola Razr and the LG cu500) did a horrific job rendering a web page. I rarely used this feature of the phones.

In the past 3 years, with the Razr, and then later the LG cu500, I used the web feature less than 5 times.Now I use it daily.

Whether it’s for Google Maps or just checking a blog I like to read. The iPhone uses Safari for its browser. Thats right, the same browser you use on your Mac. (Safari is available for Windows too – check the end of this blog for a link to download it.)

So when you’re using Safari on your Mac and you bookmark a page, guess what? That same bookmark appears on your iPhone in Safari as well. No more “What was that page I bookmarked last night?”Although the iPhone only has a 3.5 inch screen you have the ability to double tap image or columns of text on the page, the iPhone will then zoom in on only that picture or column of text making it much easier to read.

Or you can pinch to zoom. Simply grab 2 sections of the page with 2 fingers and drag your fingers apart from each other to zoom in. (The touchscreen on the iPhone rocks.)

So now lets get into why I decided on the phone.

Several reasons.

The top most being Google maps. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to call for directions. I’m really bad about finding new places.

However, I have yet to make a single call for directions since I have purchased my iPhone. I can look up the directions on my phone before I leave, and then get turn by turn directions by simply clicking next, each time I get to a step in the directions.

The map automatically re-centers on the next turn. This makes getting to places I’ve never been super easy.

Next reason. Its an iPod. Granted my iPod is usually in my backpack because my music collection is twice the size of the 8gigs of storage on the phone.

But I don’t always have my backpack with me. For the times I don’t have my iPod the iPhone takes over.

I always have my phone with me, so by integrating the iPod into the phone, I always have my favorite music with me.

I have a few smart playlists on my iTunes library that automatically update based on my listening habits so whatever I happen to be listening to at home always ends up on my iPhone.

I’ll be making a short blog entry shortly after this one describing how to accomplish this for yourself.

I just highlighted a few of my favorite iPhone features. It does loads more.

I’ve listed a few more of its features below.

If you have any other questions regarding this phone, please feel free to comment below.

I’ll be happy to provide a follow up post highlighting any specific details.

  • Phone
  • iPod
  • Wireless Internet
  • Google Maps
  • Stocks
  • Weather
  • 2MP Camera
  • iCal
  • Photos
  • Calculator
  • Notes


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