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Behold the iPhone. It’s so simple on the surface; merely swipe your finger, and voila!—e-mail, Web browsing, calendars, contacts, and more. But there’s much more to the iPhone than meets the eye. There are clever ways to use those built-in tools to do things that Apple never intended (or, at least, never deigned to tell us about). And there are all those third-party applications that can extend the iPhone’s powers even further.
We’ll share some of our favorite tricks and tips for using the iPhone in unexpected ways. Looking for ways to keep files, notes, to-dos, events, and other data synchronized among multiple iPhones, Macs, and other users? We’ve got em. We’ll also show you how to take maximum advantage of the iPhone’s GPS powers and how to turn the phone’s built-in camera into a personal shopper or wide-angle lens. And if you can’t stand to be out of the loop for a moment, we’ll help you cram as much media from blogs, radio, and news feeds as possible onto your iPhone. These are just a few alluring hints of the remarkable power that lies in your hands, waiting to be tapped.
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The following is a way for ATT cellphone subscribers with LOCKED iPhones to block specific telephone numbers. My battle against a particular nasty Telemarketing Company continues with some of their system calling me every couple of days. You too may have a number you’d like to block; a disgruntled ex, a bailiff or debt collector, your parole officer, or any other such “person non grata”.
The bad news is that there is currently no way to block a particular phone number from calling your iPhone for FREE. Att appears to offer a paid service called “Smart Limits” that allows a user to block numbers but it’s $5 per month and why should we have to pay for this.
The method I’m going to describe here is called the silent ringtone trick. Here it is in three easy steps:
1. First download the silent ringtone app file – Go to iTunes CLICK HERE for “Silent iPhone Sound – Single“ app Download Only ($.99) – IMPORTANT — <<< DO NOT SIMPLY DOWNLOAD THE APP – FIRST YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD IT TO YOUR COMPUTER.
Once you visit the site and download the app you will find instructions on how to add the app to your ringtones folder and then sync it to your iPhone.
2. Next add the number that you wish to block to your Address book, give it a nice name like “Telemarketer Scum”, “Miffed Ex” or “Jonny Law”. If you’ve got a lot of numbers to block create one universal blocked call contact called Blocked and you can then add other numbers to it in future by the “Add to existing Contact” feature.
3. Finally assign this secret Silent Ringtone to the just added Telemarketer or Miffed Ex. Voila! you’ll never be disturbed by them again.
This method is not really a true way to block calls at the telephone exchange but really a workaround as you’ll still see their number in the Phone > Recents > Missed list BUT the phone will never again ring when they try to call and harass you, out of sound out of sight perhaps??!! I believe other phones such as the Treo have software to do this – so let’s hope that Apple iPhone will add this as a user software feature in the future!
I was looking at my account online and was browsing under the Manage Tab > My Services > My Features and noticed an add on option called “Smart Limits for Wireless Parental Controls” for the pricey sum of $5 per month.
It mentions that this option can “Block/allow specific numbers that can be called or text messaged (incoming and outgoing)” so perhaps this is what some of us have been looking for? This plan is mainly designed to lock down a phone a child’s phone for safety reasons but If anyone has tried it let me know.
Presenting a list of 150 Twitter feeds of people and organizations associated
with media that appeals to geeks you should be following on Twitter.
Whether you’ve been using Twitter since 2006, are determined never to use it unless dragged kicking and screaming, or are somewhere in between, you probably know that it’s wildly popular with all sorts of people. In addition to the celebrities who make a big deal about Twitter (e.g., Ashton Kutcher), there are tons of people, both famous and not, who tweet about lots of interesting things.
Twitter ID’s Listed Here
Al Yankovic alyankovic An icon of geeky music
Discovery Channel US Discovery
Items of interest about shows on the network Matt Roush RoushTVGuideMag
A good source for info about all sorts of TV shows, including geeky ones Cracked.com cracked
Awesomely amusing lists of stuff Lore Sjöberg loresjoberg
A strange, strange man who writes for Wired and other publications Carlton Cuse CarltonCuse
Writer and Executive Producer of LOST Aasif Mandvi aasif_mandvi
Correspondent for The Daily Show, actor in a few movies Craig Engler Syfy Craig is a Senior VP at Syfy, and tweets about shows on the network. Plus he gives away stuff now and then.
John Cusack shockozulu An excellent actor in many movies, some of them geeky
DavidHLawrence XVII dhlawrencexvii Extremely creepy and evil villain Eric Doyle on Heroes on NBC and the BBC, etc.
The Big Picture big_picture Some of the best photographic features on the web; always worth a look
Psych_USA Psych_USA The official Twitter account for the excellent, and geeky, show “Psych.”
Guy Kawasaki GuyKawasaki A good source for interesting news stories
Ira Glass iraglass The host of This American Life; his Twitter account is “on hiatus,” but hopefully he’ll come back soon.
Kevin Smith ThatKevinSmith The director of “Clerks,” “Chasing Amy,” “Dogma,” etc. Warning: Many, if not most, of his tweets are NSFW.
Chris Hardwick nerdist Fun and interesting geeky stuff
Bear Grylls BearGrylls The guy from “Man vs. Wild,” which isn’t inherently geeky but is often awesome.
Michio Kaku mkaku2050 Theoretical physicist, star of “Sci-Fi Science” on the Science Channel.
Discovery Space Discovery_Space All kinds of space-related news
Josh Schwartz JoshSchwartz76 TV producer and screenwriter; co-creator of “Chuck.”
Alyson Hannigan alydenisof Actress from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and, currently, “How I Met Your Mother”
Felicia Day feliciaday Actress, writer, geek, best known for “The Guild” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”
Neil Gaiman neilhimself One of the best writers of any sort alive today, and an often-entertaining tweeter
Richard Garriott RichardGarriott Pioneer of computer gaming (the Ultima series, e.g.). Also recently traveled to space and back
James Kyson Lee jameskysonlee Plays Ando on Heroes
Henson Company hensoncompany Yes, that Henson. They don’t own the Muppets any more, but they have some awesome projects nonetheless.
Teller MrTeller As in “Penn and Teller.”
Brilliant magician; also an actor and author Stephen Colbert StephenAtHome If you have to ask, you probably shouldn’t follow him.
Peter Serafinowicz serafinowicz British actor, comedian, and voice artist.
Always good for a laugh. Star Wars starwars The Official Lucasfilm StarWars.com
Twitter Mo Ryan moryan The television critic for the Chicago Tribune, often tweeting about geeky shows.
The Muppets Studio MuppetsStudio The official Twitter account of The Muppets Studio
Lucasarts Games lucasartsgames Official Twitter feed for LucasArts, creator of videogames from Fate of Atlantis to The Force Unleashed
Bill Corbett BillCorbett Self-described “Clown Prince of Crime.” best known as Crow from MST3K. Currently works on RiffTrax.
Penn Jillette pennjillette The magician and TV personality; has an opinion on just about everything.
Eliza Dushku elizadushku Actress on “Dollhouse” and “Buffy.”
Peter Sagal petersagal The host of the always-awesome “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me” radio show.
Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me waitwait The oddly informative news quiz from NPR
Beth Riesgraf BethJRiesgraf Actress on the excellent show “Leverage” (she plays Parker).
William Shatner WilliamShatner Captain Kirk himself
Burn Notice BurnNotice_USA The offical Twitter feed for the great TV show, which you should watch if for no other reason than that Bruce Campbell is a regular cast member.
Miles Kahn mileskahn Producer on The Daily Show; often tweets about interesting stuff.
Bill Prady billprady Executive Producer, The Big Bang Theory
David Blue DavidBlue Actor who can currently be seen on “Stargate: Universe.”
Paul McCartney PaulMcCartney If you don’t know, telling you probably won’t help.
Discovery Communications DiscoveryComm News from Discovery Communications, parent company of the various Discovery networks
Jeffrey Donovan Jeffrey_Donovan Actor, star of “Burn Notice,” often tweets from the set.
Paula Poundstone paulapoundstone One of the funniest people on Twitter.
Topless Robot ToplessRobot Nerd news, humor and self-loathing.
John Kovalic muskrat_john The awesome cartoonist behind Dork Tower and all the illustrations for Munchkin, among many other things.
Disney’s D23 DisneyD23 The official community for Disney fans
Girl Genius girlgenius The Twitter account for Phil and Kaja Foglio about their awesome webcomic.
Tim O’Reilly timoreilly Founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media; tweets about lots of awesome stories.
Pavel SciFiScoop Sci Fi Scoop is a science fiction and fantasy news site.
Bre Pettis bre Founder of MakerBot, contributor to MAKE, all-around awesomely geeky guy.
Ken Plume KenPlume Very funny guy, has worked with Kevin Smith a fair bit.
Dr. Horrible drhorrible A Twitter account that has on occasion actually been manned by Joss Whedon… we think. Tweets news of all things Whedon, not just Dr. Horrible.
John Scalzi scalzi Sci-fi writer, essayist, blogger, and huge geek.
Brian Bendis BRIANMBENDIS Comic book writer extraordinaire
Neil Grayston neilgrayston Plays Fargo on SyFy’s “Eureka.”
AnimalPlanet AnimalPlanet Updates on all things Animal Planet.
Sockington the Cat sockington Not really geeky, but so much fun we had to include him.
Walt Disney Pictures DisneyPictures The official Twitter account for Walt Disney Pictures.
Rainn Wilson rainnwilson Best known as Dwight from “The Office” (US version). Tweets about all sorts of interesting stuff.
Diane Duane dduane Writer of some of the best Star Trek books from several decades ago, and tons of other good stuff.
Dean Devlin Electric44 Producer of “Leverage,” among many other things.
Ken Levine KenLevine Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer.
Tory Belleci ToryBelleci MythBuster. ‘Nuff said.
Cory Doctorow doctorow Writer, blogger, major geek.
Patrick Norton patricknorton Part of Tekzilla
Greg Grunberg greggrunberg Plays Matt Parkman on “Heroes,” voiced Kirk’s stepdad in the new “Star Trek” movie, and is very much a geek himself.
Dave McKean DaveMcKean An incredible artist who collaborates with Neil Gaiman from time to time.
Simon Pegg simonpegg Hilarious British actor. Played Scotty in the new “Star Trek” movie.
Chris Anderson chr1sa Editor-in-Chief of Wired Magazine; GeekDad’s Editor Emeritus; popular author of many books.
John Cleese JohnCleese Quite probably one of the funniest men ever to have lived
Jane Espenson CapricaSeven Writer of many geeky TV shows, including “Buffy,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and the upcoming “Caprica.”
J.K. Rowling jk_rowling Author of the Harry Potter books, of course.
Disney•Pixar DisneyPixar The official Twitter account of Disney•Pixar.
Andy Ihnatko Ihnatko Technology pundit
Matt Nix MattNixTV Creator of the USA Network series Burn Notice.
LeVar Burton levarburton Actor best known to geeks as Geordi from ST:TNG.
Bill Cosby BillCosby Still one of the funniest people around
Psych Writer’s Room psychwrites An account shared by various of the writers of “Psych.”
Stephen Hawking Prof_S_Hawking Yes, that Stephen Hawking.
Steve Levitan SteveLevitan Co-Creator, Executive Producer of ABC’s “Modern Family,” which is one of the funniest new shows on TV.
Heinz Doofenshmirtz DrDoofenshmirtz The evil “genius” from “Phineas and Ferb.” Probably not official, but still fun.
Neil Patrick Harris ActuallyNPH Dr. Horrible himself! Has proven to be much, much more than Doogie.
Sesame Street sesamestreet The official account for the great 40-year-old kids’ TV show.
Nar Williams narwilliams Host of the show “Science of the Movies,” and all-around geek.
John Hodgman hodgman Much more than just a PC.
Mindy Kaling mindykaling Writer and actress (Kelly) on “The Office.”
Henson Parents hensonparents The Jim Henson Company’s official outreach to parents.
Veronica Belmont Veronica Host of Tekzilla on Revision3 and Qore on PSN. Also, a geek.
Buzz Aldrin TheRealBuzz The second person to set foot on the moon, among other things.
Neil Innes NeilInnes Composer of very silly songs, many of them with the members of Monty Python.
Jewel Staite JewelStaite Best known to geeks as Kaylee in “Firefly”/”Serenity.”
Rob Corddry robcorddry Former correspondent on The Daily Show. A strange, strange man.
Rachel Maddow maddow Political commentator on MSNBC; occasionally mentions geeky subjects.
Michael J. Nelson michaeljnelson Mike from MST3K; founder of RiffTrax. Hilarious guy all-around.
How I Met Your Mother HIMYM_CBS The official Twitter account for the very funny show
Adam Baldwin adamsbaldwin Best known as Jayne from “Firefly”/”Serenity.” Currently plays Casey on the excellent and very geeky “Chuck.”
Stephen Fry stephenfry The amazingly funny British actor, author, and blogger.
Zachary Quinto ZacharyQuinto Sylar, Spock, geek
Ming-Na MingNa Self-described geek, actress who can currently be seen on “Stargate: Universe.”
Bonnie Burton bonniegrrl Editor and Writer at Lucasfilm; author of several excellent books.
Elizabeth Banks ElizabethBanks Actress in the Spider-Man movies (Betty Brant) and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” Very funny tweeter.
Zachary Levi ZacharyLevi Plays “Chuck” on the show of the same name.
Miles O’Brien milesobrien NOT the Star Trek character, but an excellent journalist specializing in space and technology.
Steve Jackson Games SJGames Probably the best game company in the world.
Drew Carey DrewFromTV Actor and current game show host. Also an admitted geek.
Science Friday scifri The official account for NPR’s Science Friday. Tweet them questions during the show.
Mark Bittman bittman Food columnist for the New York Times. Author of many excellent cookbooks.
Jon Favreau Jon_Favreau Director of Iron Man and, soon, Iron Man 2. Self-described geek.
Grant Imahara grantimahara MythBuster and major robotics geek.
Discovery News Discovery_News Science, technology, and related news stories
Warren Ellis warrenellis British author of comic books, novels, TV shows, etc.
Rob Neyer robneyer Writer on baseball who includes geeky observations every so often.
Great White Snark GreatWhiteSnark Very geeky humor
Ruth Reichl ruthreichl Former editor of Gourmet magazine. Tweets about food-related things, mostly.
MythBusters Official MythBusters If you like the show, you should be following this Twitter account.
Annalee Newitz Annaleen Writer and Editor-in-Chief for the sci-fi blog io9.
John Rogers jonrog1 TV, comics, and film writer
Jason Segel Jason_Segel Actor, writer, currently working on the next Muppet movie.
Trace Beaulieu TraceBeaulieu Former MST3K-er, now on Cinematic Titanic.
Robert Scoble Scobleizer Well-known geeky blogger.
The Onion TheOnion Often hilarious fake news
Michael Ausiello EWAusielloFiles TV news, often including geeky shows.
NASA NASA News from NASA
Bill Amend billamend Cartoonist, best known for “FoxTrot.” Self-described geek.
Carrie Fisher CarrieFFisher Best known to geeks as Princess Leia, of course, but a very talented writer and actress in other roles besides.
Curt Smith curtsmith Co-founder of the excellent rock group Tears For Fears. Appears to be fairly geeky.
DK Publishing DKPublishing Publishers of some of the best kids’ books, and many excellent grown-ups’ books around.
Rod Roddenberry roddenberry Gene Roddenberry’s son
Jayson Peters nerdvana Excellent geek blogger
Adam Savage donttrythis MythBuster, geek dad, funny guy.
PBS Parents pbsparents Official Twitter account for parents regarding PBS programming.
RiffTrax rifftrax If you enjoyed MST3K, you need to know about RiffTrax
Adam West therealadamwest Batman — the campy out-of-shape one, not the one who needs a throat lozenge.
Rick Bayless Rick_Bayless Excellent chef, TV personality, and cookbook author.
Brent Spiner BrentSpiner Best known as Data, of course, but an excellent character actor besides.
Nathan Fillion NathanFillion Captain Tightpants himself
Damon Lindelof DamonLindelof Co-creator of LOST
Katherine Nelson katherinen VP of Communications at Discovery Channel
Maurissa Tancharoen MoTancharoen Co-writer of “Dr. Horrible.” Also Joss Whedon’s sister-in-law.
Science Channel ScienceChannel The official Science Channel Twitter feed. Features show information, network exclusives and breaking science & tech news.
Ryan Penagos Agent_M Editor of Marvel.com.
Anthony Daniels ADaniels3PO The man inside C3PO.
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Hacking your iPhone to run unofficial, third-party apps may seem unnecessary since Apple hosts its own App Store. But the corporation’s recently enforced prohibitions on some apps, such as the banning of Google Voice, are reviving the incentive for customers to jailbreak their iPhones once again.
Thanks to Cydia, an unauthorized app store open to jailbroken iPhones, consumers can still access some software that Apple won’t allow. Think free text-messaging and cheap international calls thanks to a Google Voice app that Apple banned. Or features that we can’t have yet, such as multimedia messaging and tethering. Here, we round up a list of the most compelling reasons to jailbreak your iPhone.
1. Google Voice
Apple recently rejected and banned Google Voice apps from its App Store. The apps would have augmented the search giant’s new voice service, which enables users to rely on a single phone number to ring all their phones, while also delivering the gift of free text messages, voicemail service and cheap international calls. The move stirred so much controversy that even the Federal Communications Commission is inquiring about the prohibition.
Thankfully in the Cydia store there’s GV Mobile, an unofficial Google Voice app. In light of Apple’s blanket ban of Google Voice apps, GV Mobile is the no. 1 reason to jailbreak your iPhone (if you weren’t one of the lucky few to grab a copy before Apple banned it). Overall the app is really sweet, despite having room to improve in terms of performance (connecting to Google’s server each time you launch the app can be a drag). Your contacts list is nicely integrated into the phone dialer and SMS sender; the overall UI is slick and cool. After a few minutes you’ll be sending free text messages, and maybe even dialing your relatives in Taiwan for once with cheap international VOIP calls. The best part? The app’s free.
2. Unrestricted 3G Privileges
AT&T iPhone owners pay $30 per month for “unlimited” 3G data access. But your access isn’t truly unlimited, thanks to restrictions that Apple imposed on some apps. SlingPlayer, an app that streams television from a Slingbox device, was crippled to work only on a Wi-Fi connection at the request of Apple and AT&T. And the Skype VOIP app only works on Wi-Fi, too, rendering it impractical.
This is where 3G Unrestrictor comes in handy. The $2 app enables jailbroken iPhone users to select any app that they wish to use over 3G, including Skype and SlingPlayer. Also, by default the App Store won’t let you download files larger than 10MB on the 3G network, and 3G Unrestrictor will remove that regulation, too. Free your apps and download away!
Apple promised the new iPhone 3.0 OS would deliver tethering, but AT&T customers have yet to see that promise fulfilled. AT&T promised tethering would arrive “late summer.” Well, we’re waiting, and it’s not here yet. Some iPhone 3.0 users have figured out a roundabout way to turn on tethering without hacking, but that solution is only temporary.
Guess what? There’s a tethering app in Cydia, too. It’s a $5 app called Tether. The steps on setting up tethering aren’t as simple as Apple’s, but hey, you don’t even have to pay a monthly fee to use the service. The app even includes a feature to set a data cap in case you’re worried about extra charges incurred on your account if AT&T catches you tethering. It’s a little rough around the edges thanks to the network setup taking a few minutes, but we still love it.
4. Overseas Travel
Need to travel? Your iPhone can only go so far thanks to its carrier-tied SIM card, unless you wish to receive bills up the nostril thanks to international roaming costs. Jailbreaking will actually enable you to follow a process to unlock your iPhone to work with other carriers’ SIM cards overseas.
5. Pissing off Apple
Whether you’re a developer who has a beef with Apple, or if you’re a consumer who’s pissed at Apple, or if you’re a kid whose puppy was run over by an employee of Apple, then you may want to exact revenge by jailbreaking your iPhone. That’s because Apple clearly doesn’t like it when users jailbreak their iPhones. The company claims the process is illegal, and goes as far as to say jailbreaking will crash cellphone towers. So far these are empty threats, although buyer beware: Future court decisions, laws or FCC regulations may put teeth into Apple’s claims.
6. Pissing off AT&T
Frustrated with AT&T’s brainless customer service, spotty network reception and passive-aggressive totalitarian rule over the App Store? Jailbreaking for any of the reasons above will piss off AT&T, mostly by enabling your applications to use its 3G network without restriction. Or, if you like, you can take your protest a step further and unlock your jailbroken phone, enabling it to work with with T-Mobile or any other GSM-based carrier. It’s not a tea party, it’s an AT&T party!
Cydia is a replacement packaging and repository manager for the original Installer.app for the iPhone or iPod touch. It was created by Jay Freeman to replace BSD Subsystem and Installer.app. Cydia is a UI frontend to his Open Source APT for Debian called Telesphoreo. Cydia pomonella is the scientific name for the codling moth, which is what we often think of the as the stereotypical apple worm.
Cydia itself looks similar to Installer.app but add many improvements to organization, functionality and performance of Installer. With Cydia you:
See the number of apps in each category
See details of what installing each app include such as file size and functionality added
Search for apps by name
See changes to your currently installed apps and available upgrades
See details of currently installed app and easily manage them
Currently with the release of the iPhone 3G which comes with OS 2.0 and the related iPhone pwnage tools many of the apps written for the older Installer.app have to be ported over so developers are working on that. In the next few weeks you will start to see more and more apps in Cydia with lots of cool new features, so check back often.
Note: The quick and easy way to get Cydia on your iPhone is to install it using QuickPwn.
: For Windows users with the iPhone 2.1 software update, you can get both Cydia and Installer on your iPhone really quickly and easily by installing the QuickPwn software on your Windows PC. The entire process is streamlined and takes only a few minutes.
: Ultrasn0w for iPhone 3G or 3GS is ready. You can now jailbreak and unlock your iPhone 3G or 3GS with OS 3.0 firmware.
1. Ensure you have upgraded to iPhone OS 3.0
2. Jailbreak your iPhone 3G using redsn0w or PwnageTool & if you have the 3GS use the purplera1n installer app to jailbreak it instead. (after this step you will have Cydia)
3. Run Cydia
4. Add the repo repo666.ultrasn0w.com to Cydia. (that last o is actually the number zero)
5. Search for ‘ultrasn0w’ in cydia and install ultrasn0w
6. Reboot your iPhone 3G
7. T-Mobile USA users should disable 3G before using ultrasn0w
: Purplesn0w can also unlock your iPhone 3GS, so use it instead of Ultrasn0w if you wish. The steps are exactly the same as the above. Only use this repo source in Cydia apt.geohot.com and install Purplesn0w from there.
Use iPhone mods and hacks at your own risk! Installing 3rd Party iPhone apps requires you to jailbreak the iPhone before installing the native software and apps. Browse the full list of all iPhone and iPod touch native 3rd party apps filed under the software category.
Cydia Developer’s website is here
Look here for info & instructions on: How to jailbreak iphone / ipod touch and install cydia
Directory of applications usable on a jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch. Adds custom sources to APT.
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