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iPhone app: Mainlobby remote for your home

Posted in iPhone,Remotes by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2008

Control your home with your iPhoneHere’s a neat app for iPhone that makes your home smarter. Many people have dreamed of automating their house, but it has always been an expensive proposition. Now anybody can do it for a reasonable price, thanks to DIY software like Cinemar’s Mainlobby. The Mainlobby iPhone app works with iPhone and iPod touch. It will turn your iPhone/iPod touch into a universal remote control that can control almost everything in your home, like lighting, heating, TV, security, audio and video etc.

It works with the iPhone/iPod Touch web browser,and Mainlobby’s built in web-server using Safari’s Ajax support. It basically becomes a touch screen which sits on your wall and interfaces with all your equipment. How cool would it be to control your home using your iPhone or iPod?

Turn in your old iPod or bricked iPhone for cash

Posted in iPhone,iPod,News,Services by Conner Flynn on November 7th, 2007

Turn in your old iPod or bricked iPhone for cash

Do you need cash and have a broken iPod or iPhone? Ebay is not the only option anymore. BuyMyBrokeniPod.com is offering a new service that is quick and environmentally friendly. Best of all you’ll get a return on your old useless device that is just gathering dust. Beginning next week, they will even take gaming consoles.

They will take your old iPhone or iPod regardless of it’s physical condition. Yes, even if it is completely dead. So, do your part and make sure that it does not end up in a landfill somewhere. Give them a proper “burial”. After all, they served you well during their short lives, didn’t they?

Apple limits iPhone sales and accepts no cash

Posted in Apple,iPhone,News by Darrin Olson on October 28th, 2007

Apple limits you to two iPhones and won’t accept cashApple started placing new restrictions on the sale of its iPhones last week in the U.S. and reports are saying that the restriction will apply in the U.K for next months launch as well. When purchasing an iPhone, consumers are no limited to purchasing two per person and must use a credit or debit card to make the purchase. According Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris, the restrictions are to ensure there are enough iPhones available for everyone through the holidays, or everyone that’s willing to play by the rules, that is.

“Customer response to the iPhone has been off the charts, and limiting iPhone sales to two per customer helps us ensure that there are enough iPhones for people who are shopping for themselves or buying a gift,” Kerris said. “We’re requiring a credit or debit card for payment to discourage unauthorized resellers.”

Apple opens up the iPhone

Posted in Apple,iPhone,News by Darrin Olson on October 17th, 2007

Steve Jobs announced that Apple will be opening up the iPhone for third party applicationsAfter Apple iPhone developers have already had a couple of volleys with hackers who want to run 3rd party applications on the new phone Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, has today let the hacking community know that they can stop, or at least slow down for a few minutes. Jobs has announced that Apple is going to open up both the iPhone and the iPod Touch for third party application development on the device in February of 2008.

Prior to this the only way to get any third party applications on the iPhone was through an “open” platform on the Safari web browser which runs on the device and was still fairly limiting. Jobs attributed the these development restrictions to security issues stating that open development increases risks of viruses. He also states that these security risks are also why it will take until February to release an SDK for developers.

Hackers continue cycle, unlock iPhone after 1.1.1

Posted in Hacks,iPhone,News by Reuben Drake on October 14th, 2007

Hackers find a way around the latest update for bricked iPhones unlocked by softwareFor those who have iPhones unlocked by third party software hacks and were foiled by Apple’s 1.1.1 firmware release, it looks like the game is back on. SimFree version 1.6, from the same company that created the original hack to unlock Apple’s iPhone outside of the exclusive and required AT&T service plan, is a new countermeasure hack that gets around the new firmware update and will once again unlock those iPhones “bricked” by the 1.1.1 update.

According to iphoneSimFree, this new iPhone “jailbreak” will let anyone who has rightly been a little leery to update after Apple’s warning to safely go ahead and apply the 1.1.1 update and SimFree will keep the phone usable, at least until Apple comes out with another update.

iPhone firmware update not good for unlocked phones

Posted in Apple,iPhone by Darrin Olson on September 27th, 2007

Apple releases iPhone 1.1.1 firmware update with threats of bricking unlocked iPhonesApple released the expected version 1.1.1 update to the iPhone firmware today with fixes for some critical bugs and the additions to support the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store. But what makes this release such big news are the less-known things in the update that threaten to brick unauthorized, unlocked iPhones.

Prior to the update Apple put out a warning to those with unlocked iPhones which basically stated that the next firmware update may render these unlocked phones useless, and the result is not covered by the warranty. With the new firmware update iPhone owners were presented on screen with the same message before installing the update:

Apple sends warning on unlocking iPhones

Posted in Apple,iPhone,News by Chris Weber on September 25th, 2007

Apple warns that unlocking iPhone may result in the phone being unusable after updateYesterday Apple sent out a short and to-the-point message about using software hacks to unlock the iPhone, in which they basically warn not to do it. Apple has a new software update coming out for the iPhone in a couple weeks that among other things will contain the new iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store and could very possibly have something that will “take care” of hacked iPhones, intentional or not.

According to the statement issued by Apple, hacks that unlock the iPhone could cause the phone to be irreparably damaged after installing the update that Apple is planning on sending out, and these unlocking hacks are not covered under the iPhone warranty. Press release after the jump:

Jobs Apologizes, Gives $100 iPhone Credit

Posted in Apple,iPhone,News by Darrin Olson on September 6th, 2007

Apple offers $100 rebate for those who paid full price for 8GB iPhoneIf you’re one of those early adopters who bought the 8GB iPhone when it first came out, you may have been feeling a little wronged over the past 24 hours. Yesterday, just 2 months after the initial launch of the product, Apple announced a $200 price cut off of the $599, 8GB iPhone. This announcement was met with different responses by those wanting an iPhone, basically depending on whether or not they already owned one or not.

In response to “hundreds” of emails, today Steve Jobs published an open letter on the Apple website stating that they “need to do a better job taking care of our early iPhone customers” and offered a $100 Apple store credit to anyone that had already purchased an iPhone, but not before reminding us that technology is a bumpy road …

Apple cuts 8GB iPhone by $200, 4GB going for $299

Posted in Apple,iPhone,News by Darrin Olson on September 5th, 2007

Apple announced a price cut of the 8GB iPhone by $200 with the 4GB model discontinuingAmidst announcements of a number of new iPod products and product upgrades, Apple made a surprising move today by cutting the price of its iPhone, likely much to the dismay of early adopters. Apple is now selling the larger 8GB version of its iPhone for $399 which is down $200 from the original $599 price only a couple months after the products initial launch.

Apple also said it is going to discontinue the 4GB model of the iPhone altogether, now selling it at $299 until the supplies run out.

iPhone Hacked To Use Old AT&T SIM

Posted in Hacks,iPhone by Reuben Drake on July 22nd, 2007

iPhone hack to allow use of old SIM card without new contractThe guys over at HackTheiPhone have come out with another one, with this hack changing the iPhone so that you can use it with your old AT&T/Cingular SIM card from a different phone. This allows you to use the voice services of the iPhone without having to start a new contract.

So, to take advantage of this hack you’ll need an iPhone, another phone with an AT&T SIM card that you can use and enough time to follow the 19 step process to make your old SIM card work with your new iPhone. Note that this process does look a little easier than the iPhone ringtone hack as there appears to be about four fewer steps involved.

via CellPhoneBeat

iPhone Custom Ringtones Hack

Posted in Hacks,iPhone by Reuben Drake on July 13th, 2007

iPhone custom ringtone hackIt looks like some folks have found a way to add custom ringtones to your iPhone by following some steps and using a couple programs called jailbreak and iPhoneInterface. Currently the steps only work for those that are using Intel Mac’s but from the description it probably won’t be long until someone makes an interface to broaden the reach.

The instructions are listed over at HackiPhone and involves a lengthy 23 step process. The steps involve backing up and restoring your iPhone from iTunes and they have a few warnings before you start that stating that this process could totally brick your iPhone if it doesn’t work out. (They are considerate hackers.) Once your done you must also be sure you added all the ringtones you wanted or you’ll need to follow all the steps again to add more.

If you want custom ringtones for …

iPhone Hacker Claims to Have Bypassed AT&T

Posted in iPhone,News by Darrin Olson on July 7th, 2007

Hacker Jon Johansen of Norway claims to have hacked by AT&T with the iPhone activationJon Johanson has been a fairly well known hacker of consumer electronics gadgets for years, and has now claimed that he has found a way to activate a new Apple iPhone without signing up through AT&T’s service. Using the iPhone without AT&T’s two year plan is not allowed by the agreement made with Apple and AT&T since the company is the exclusive carrier for the iPhone.

According to Johanson’s blog post entitled “iPhone Independence Day”, the hack will activate the phone to enable the iPod functionality and WiFi, but it doesn’t have any phone capabilities. This is good for someone that uses the iPhone outside the U.S. where the voice service wouldn’t be available anyway.

In response, AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said “Any other use of the device is not authorized and we can’t …

T-Mobile Bring iPhone to Germay Nov 1

Posted in Apple,iPhone,News,T-Mobile by Darrin Olson on July 3rd, 2007

iPhone coming to Germany November 1 with T-MobileAccording to a recent report from Rheinische Post, Apple has just signed a deal with Deutsche Telekom T-Mobile to make Germany the next stop for an iPhone launch on November 1 of this year. The report is a preview to an alleged announcement planned for tomorrow where T-Mobile will be unveiled as the exclusive provider of the iPhone for Germany, selling the famed gadget for about 450 euros ($612).

While no sources of the news were cited and no comments from the involved parties were made this isn’t really set in stone but we’ll be watching tomorrow for an official word.

Source: Reuters

Analysis Says Apple iPhone Has 50 Percent Margin

Posted in Apple,iPhone by Darrin Olson on January 19th, 2007

Analyst reports that Apple has over 50 percent margin on iPhone.A preliminary analysis from iSuppli states that they estimate the iPhone from Apple has over a 50 percent gross margin which all comes back to Apple since they do not allow carriers to subsidize or discount the phones.

“With a 50 percent gross margin, Apple is setting itself up for aggressive price declines going forward,” said Jagdish Rebello with iSuppli.

According to iSuppli, the total expense to manufacture the 8GB iPhone is estimated to be about $280, leaving $319 in profit $599 price tag. The firm did not have an actual iPhone device available to them to take apart, so this estimate was made from the knowledge and experience with similar parts from other products.

The firm estimated that the cost for the flash memory was the most expensive component of both the 4GB and the 8GB iPhones, which …

Specs on the Apple iPhone

Posted in Apple,iPhone,Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on January 9th, 2007

New iPhone from Apple Detailed InformationApple added some iPhone pages to their website today after Steve Jobs’ keynote speech was completed. Now that the dust has settled a little bit, here are some additional detailed specs to go along with the iPhone release information we posted earlier today.

The new Apple iPhone has a 3.5 inch Multi-touch screen with a resolution of 320 x 480 at 160 ppi. The Multi-touch screen works by finger touch, not a stylus and can track multiple fingers moving on and across the screen to perform tasks such as resizing an image. It has a 2.0 megapixel built-in camera and a battery that allows 5 hours of talking, watching videos or browsing the web, and up to 16 hours of listening to music.

The service will be provided by Cingular with Quad-Band (850, 900, 1800, 1900) GSM, EDGE, Bluetooth and WiFi. …