After working long and hard on Apple’s second generation iPod Touch, the iPhone Dev Team and Chronic Dev Team released a little tidbit of information that is sure to please all you 2G Touch owners out there. It looks as though the Dev Team has identified a fatal flaw in the bootrom that allows the device to be pwned for life. Once jailbroken, always jailbroken — regardless of what firmware updates Apple throws your way. The firmware patch that provides this untethered jailbreak has been released to the masses but it has not yet been bundled into QuickPwn or any other Pwnage Tool. Early adopters, hit the read link for all the juicy details. Those of you who aren’t quite so Bold, sit tight for the impending QuickPwn/Pwnage Tool integration.
Put off by the £1,000 price tag LG and Orange will reportedly attempt to fetch for the upcoming GD910 watch phone? Don’t fret, English brothers, as your dreams of hitting the streets Dick Tracy style are not dead in the water just yet. Hyundai has just confirmed it will soon be launching a new watch phone of its own and just as the company has done in other markets, the touchscreen MB-910 watch phone is all about undercutting the competition. The MB-910 is much less capable than LG’s offering of course, but it does have a few advantages. Price, first and foremost, and a slightly better display resolution of 132 x 176 pixels — though it only supports 65K colors. The unit also has a 400mAh battery rated by Hyundai at 70 hours of standby and three hours of talk time. It will support voice, SMS, MMS, email, video playback and music playback, though its 128MB of internal memory will certainly limit the usefulness of any video and music capabilities. Finally, no 3G to be found unfortunately, though we’re not so sure it’s necessary just yet in a watch phone. Hyundai’s MB-910 will be released in the UK some time in Q2 and will run a respectable £200 ($277), including a Bluetooth headset.
Though the States seem dead last when it comes to mobile technology, we sure hope we keep up with what the rest of the world might start doing with their networks. It took long enough to build out 3G networks when the rest of the world had already been enjoying it for quite some time, but now that the high-speed footprint is growing 2G seems so two years ago. NTT DoCoMo has just announced an aggressive plan that will rid it of its 2G network by 2012. If you’re thinking that its non-3G users will be screwed, only 12% of NTT DoCoMo users are still using the soon-to-be-antiquated network. A whopping 88% of subscribers were on 3G as of December 2008 which makes getting that number up to 100% in three years much easier. For those who are still on the 2G networks, NTT DoCoMo will be offering incentives for subscribers to switch. With all the talk about AT&T reallocating its EDGE network to the 1900MHz band, maybe Big Blue should just step it up and dump 2G all together. Meanwhile, T-Mobile has yet to penetrate most markets with its own 3G network. Let’s keep up, people!
Owners of the latest and greatest iPod Touch may want to take notice of a new post over at the iPhone Dev team blog. A cryptic message hints at a possible 2G iPod Touch jailbreak:
Well it isn’t a British Thermonuclear Device.
It isn’t an episode from “The Twilight Zone”
And it certainly isn’t iPhone 3G related (right now)
There is one other device…
It fits in your pocket..
What can it be?
A link in the post directs you to a webpage for new project, redsn0w, which apparently contains an image of the iPod Touch 2G processor in the center of the star and shows a young girl playing Tic Tac Toe with her dog. Keep your eyes peeled for a big announcement coming next Sunday.
[Via Dev-Team Blog]
UPDATE: Ready for the decryption? The hash in the upper left corner is of a decrypted 2.1.1 iboot, and the “thing in the circle” is part of the iPod Touch 2nd generation processor.
If this rumor proves to be true, we’re going to be a little disappointed in AT&T. Word is big blue has been quietly reallocating its EDGE service to its weaker 1900MHz band, which translates into much weaker coverage. According to AT&T, this move is supposed to reinforce 3G strengthen its HSPA services. While 2G isn’t going to be phased out, this is essentially doing the same for many customers, especially people who are having difficulty with AT&T service already. The kicker in all this is that AT&T’s 3G network performance is still abysmal in many areas. Urban markets will likely but unaffected by this move but many customers in fringe coverage areas will likely be forced to move to a 3G device in order to retain data coverage. This brings us to a question: Is anyone here still relying on EDGE service (including the hoards of first-gen iPhone owners)? Remember, even if you have a 3G phone, 3G isn’t available in all areas and all you Bold and iPhone owners have undoubtedly seen your devices switch back to EDGE constantly. The bottom line is AT&T should be taking measures to strengthen its 3G service before it starts cutting the legs out from under its EDGE network.
The iPhone Dev team today announced on its shiny new blog that the iPhone 3G unlocking project, codenamed yellowsn0w, has been successful. iPhone 3G owners, you are now free to unlock your iPhone! Patience is a virtue as you will have to wait until New Years Eve for the Dev Team to wrap the unlocking tools and procedure into a nice easy package and release it for your unlocking pleasure. The unlocking method is available only to jailbroken iPhone 3Gs and to those iPhone 3Gs that are running baseband 2.11.07 or earlier. The Dev Team’s post on upgrading to firmware 2.2 contains detailed instructions on how to upgrade and keep your unlocking ability intact. Hopefully, you followed those instructions closely. Last but not least, the iPhone Dev team announced that it is not working on jailbreaking the IPod Touch 2G at this point in time. Others are currently exploring the possibility but the Dev Team has put that project aside for the time being. Happy New Years and Happy Unlocking!
A developer posted on a Russian iPhone forum yesterday that upon receiving the latest beta iPhone software, version 2.2.1, he discovered the much-awaited presence of push notification support. Woo hoo! He describes OTA syncing of Apple’s notes and calendar apps and the presence of push notifications to indicate that new notes are available. While you may have read this news around the net this morning and gotten pretty excited, anticipating a day when software such as Instant Messengers and social networking apps might actually be useful on the iPhone, we thought it was important to let you know that today is not that day. The site that houses the forum has posted an update to the blog post that brought attention to the push notification claim, and has stated the original posting was indeed a fake. So iPhone owners, don’t do your happy dance just yet. Apple still hasn’t made good on its push notification promise and while it’s certainly possible that the iPhone may get support soon, it’s still looking unlikely for 2.2.1.
Ruh roh. Reports are literally flooding in that iPhones across the Northeast are experiencing some major network issues. Reports are also coming from areas further south down the Atlantic coast. So what’s the deal? Well in a nutshell, data is kaput. Users are reporting that 2G and 3G data are both affected which means unless you’re in range of a WiFi hotspot you’re basically toast. Oddly, no other handsets seem to be affected by this outage which poses the question: Huh? In any event, AT&T is admitting that there’s a problem and has opened ticket # TT000008107719 to cover it. Roll call! If you’re experiencing problems drop a comment below and let us know where you are.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
Starting tomorrow, AT&T customers will have add new flavor of Laptop Connect modem to its selection. Sporting the moniker Mercury, you may already know this little puppy as the Sierra Wireless Compass 885. The Mercury will become available through all channels tomorrow and sports 3G / 2.5G / 2G compatibility. Here are some highlights from AT&T’s spiel:
- Performance and Coverage
- Work seamlessly across AT&T’s 3G Broadband Connect and EDGE networks.
- Tri-band HSPA.
- There is no need for an installation CD. The Mercury comes preloaded with ACM 6.8.104 that automatically installs when first inserted into the customer’s laptop.
- Typical uplink speeds: 500 – 1.2 Mbps
- EDGE Class 12
- Plug-and-play USB device provides multiple solutions in a compact form factor
- Note: For enterprise customers, you can disable the ACM auto install. For assistance, please contact your Sierra Wireless Field Sales representative.
- Integrated antenna with multi color LED indicator lights for a sleek form factor
- microSD card slot compatible up to 32 GB for convenient file storage and transfer
- Global Compatibility: The only single Laptop Connect card, single rate plan, global 3G solution offered today
- Work internationally in 150 countries including 60 with 3G
- UMTS/HSPA (850/1900/2100 MHz)
- GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
Not bad at all. Global 3G and EDGE support, automatic installation with no need for a CD, integrated microSD slot with high capacity support; can’t really go wrong. As for pricing, it breaks down like this:
- Two-year Best Price (with data plan of $60 or higher): Free
- Two-year: $99.99
- One-year Best Price: $74.99
- One-year: $174.99
- No Commit: $249.99
- Nat’l Contract Ref Price: $279.99
- Work internationally in 150 countries including 60 with 3G