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How to jailbreak iphone / ipod touch and install cydia

What is Cydia?

Cydia is a iPhone program via which you can download softwares on your Jailbroken iPhone 3G / 2G / 3Gs or iPod Touch running firmware 2.x / 3.0. A stock iPhone / iPod Touch can only download apps from the official Apple iTunes App Store; however Cydia being open source bring to you much more option. For users who have used Installer on iPhone 1.x; “Cydia is a v similar App”.

What is Jailbreak / Jailbroken iPhone?

“When you want to add ringtones, change wallpaper, or run third-party applications on your iPhone or iPod Touch, you need to perform a task called “jailbreaking”. What this does is to open up your iPhone’s file system so it can be accessed from your computer.”

How to install / get Cydia on iPhone or iPod Touch?

Yeah now you are talking business! Cydia and Installer get automatically installed when you JailBreak your iPhone. Just identify which firmware version you are running and look for a jailbreaking solution. Almost all versions of iPhone / iPod Touch can be jailbreaked.

How to Purchase Apps from Cydia: Click Here

How to Jailbreak my iPhone!!

Well Well! You will need to download several files and run a simple process to do this. A tool called QuickPwn is a simple GUI solution that works on PC. Listed below are the links for latest iPhone / iTouch Jailbreaks.

Update: Use the latest version of Redsn0w to Jailbreak and Ultrasn0w to unlock the iPhone OS 3.0 or earlier. Get the downloads  at the bottom of this page.

How to jailbreak your iPhone or iTouch to get Cydia

Top 10 Cydia / Jailbreak Apps For 3.0 & 3.0.1 iPhone / iPod Touch Part 1 of 2

Apple 3.0.1 Firmware Update / Top 10 Cydia Apps Part 2 of 2

Easy Jailbreak for iPod Touch 2G (Tethered) with Cydia and Installer

(Below) are some important download links for the Apple iPhone and the iPod touch. These are firmwares, jailbreaking tools and bootloaders that you shall require.

Once you have downloaded the firmware (.ipsw file) require you can simply press shift+Restore/Update button (option+Restore/update for Mac) in iTunes. A file dialog will open and let you choose the downloaded ipsw file. Downloading the file manually lets you chose the version you want to load instead of the latest version that iTunes will load by default.

Firmware files for the iPhone ‘3GS’ / ‘3G s’ (third generation)

Firmware v3.1.2

Firmware 3.1

Firmware v3.01 {iPhone 3G S (3.0.1/7A400)}

Firmware v3.0 {iPhone 3G S (3.0/7A341)}

for the iPhone 3G (second generation)

firmware 3.1.2

firmware 3.1

firmware v3.01 {iPhone 3G (3.0.1/7A400)}

firmware v3.0 {iPhone 3G (3.0/7A341)}

firmware v2.2.1 {iPhone 3G (2.2.1/5H11)}

firmware v2.2 {iPhone 3G (2.2/5G77)}

firmware v2.1 {iPhone 3G (2.1/5F136)}

firmware v2.0.2 {iPhone 3G (2.0.2/5C1)}

firmware v2.0.1 {iPhone 3G (2.0.1/5B108)}

firmware v2.0 {iPhone 3G (2.0/5A347)}

for the iPhone 2G (first generation)

for the iPhone ‘3GS’ / ‘3G s’ (third generation)

for the iPhone 3G (second generation)

for the iPhone 2G (first generation)

for the iPod touch

for the iPod touch

files for the iPod touch 2G

Download iPhone Bootloader version 3.9 and v4.6 here

The bootloaders are generally useful while jailbreaking / unlocking the old iPhone 2G aka First generation.

Also coming up – Downloads for all Apple iPods

Wilderness Survival iPhone Style & Info on “TickDoctor” Tick Identification Atlas App

If you scan the list of top iPhone apps, you might be forgiven for thinking that the device, like adolescence, is mostly for playing videogames, making rude noises and connecting to Facebook.

However, a more thorough examination of the digital delectables on offer in the app store will reveal that, far from being merely a plaything that receives phone calls — as long as you don’t live in rural Montana or my neighborhood — the iPhone is actually a hard-core survival tool.



Imagine that you’re stranded on your stock desert island, charged with surviving until the Globetrotters, your superiors at FedEx or the Smoke Monster finds you. And suppose that, for some reason, this island is equipped with a USB port for charging.

Well, then, as long as you have your trusty iPhone, you needn’t fear hypothermia, malaria or starvation. You just need the right apps. Let’s take a look, shall we?


I’ve used lots of electronic devices as flashlights: Nintendo DS, PalmPilot and once, in the ’80s, I tried using one of those LED football games. The iPhone, however, is my first device — outside of an actual flashlight — with a dedicated flashlight mode. (Inside a flashlight, it’s too dark to read.) There are so many flashlight apps for the iPhone that developers are actually adding features to differentiate their products and earn your precious download. You can buy all sorts of colored disco-strobe flashlight apps, in case you want to travel treacherous pathways at night while listening to “Umbrella.”

Mosquito repellents

Until we reach the day that the iPhone can dispense quinine (second quarter 2012 by most estimates), the only way the gadget can help fend off malaria during your island sojourn is by keeping mosquitoes away. These supposed bug-banning apps emit a high-pitched noise that most people over 40 can’t hear. However, I remain skeptical about whether biting insects of any sort are repelled by high-pitched noises, unless you’re being bothered by the rare-but-majestic Self-Loathing Mosquito.

Hand warmers

There are two different hand-warming apps in the iPhone store, each of which does the same thing: Ask the iPhone’s CPU “What is love?” so that it spins into a Trek-like tizzy of futile calculation, which warms your phone up and makes everyone in your Contacts sweat like a missionary. Almost guaranteed to not cut your iPhone’s life by more than 50 percent! I can attest that the TomTom GPS app does the same thing, so if you feel like spending 60 bucks on a hand warmer, you can.

Army survival guides

I assume there’s a public domain Army survival guide out there, because there are at least three apps available that reprint it in electronic form. Not only will this guide tell you how to build shelter and find fresh water, it reveals which kind of face camouflage is best in areas with lots of coniferous trees. (Slash patterns, duh.) On the plus side, it helps keep you alive, but it also might make you wish you were marooned someplace more exciting. As public domain works go, Pride and Prejudice is less likely to help you survive a snake bite, but the Army survival guide lacks that dreamy Mr. Darcy. It’s really a personal choice.

Hunting calls

You’re warm, well-lit, protected from mosquitoes and adequately camouflaged. At some point, you’re probably going to want to eat. And you’re going to want to eat meat, because seriously nobody wants to hear that you ate grubs to survive. That’s like knowing that astronauts wear diapers. So you’re going to want one of these apps that makes noises that attract animals. One of the more expensive ones can attract — among other animals — coyotes and raccoons. I assume that’s not so you can eat them, but rather so you can summon them both and watch them fight.

TickDrAppStoreButton(button above opens iTunes)

TickDoctor: Tick Identification Atlas

This app helps you identify any tick you come across, with detailed photos of them, both in their normal and their glistening, blood-engorged states. This will have obvious wilderness survival benefits if you accidentally eat something poisonous and need to induce vomiting.

These apps help you stay in the loop with your iPhone

These media-loving apps will connect you to news, radio, and your blog!

With immediate access to the latest news, as well as blogs and podcasts, you never have to feel disconnected these days. In fact, in most cases you can customize exactly which headlines end up on your screen so you only get the news you’re interested in. Here are a few of our favorite ways to stay in the loop.

Update your blog

iBlogger helps you manage your blog, including editing your recent posts.


You’re out and about when you stumble upon something you absolutely need to tell the world. All you’ve got on you is your iPhone. No problem. While the device isn’t ideal for typing out lengthy rants, it’s easy enough to dash off a short blog post.

Although most major blog platforms let you post to your blog via e-mail (you may need to change your blog settings or add a plug-in to do this), you’re limited in what you can do. For example, you may not be able to send pictures via e-mail, your formatting options may be limited, and if you make a typo you won’t be able to edit the post without resorting to the Web interface. A better option is to use an app specifically designed for the task. For a full-featured blogging client that works with just about any service, try IllumineX’s iBlogger ($10). iBlogger displays your 11 most recent posts and lets you edit them or delete them entirely. It can even manage multiple blogs. When updating your blog, you can easily post pictures, add categories and tags to entries, and tag your post with your current location, thanks to the iPhone’s location services.

Listen to podcasts on demand

If you run out of new podcasts to listen to while you’re away from your computer, there’s no need to do without. While most Web sites don’t stream audio or video in iPhone-friendly formats, the iTunes Store application offers instant gratification. The app lets you not only download new podcasts, but stream them, so you don’t even have to wait for them to finish downloading before you start listening. Just open the application, select Search from the toolbar, and enter the name of the podcast. You can download a podcast just as you would a song, by tapping on the Free button and then on Download, or you can play any episode immediately by tapping on its title. The iPhone’s media player will open and start playing the podcast (both video and audio, though the former will take longer to load). You can pause playback or even scrub ahead, though it will take a moment to jump, so be patient.

Missing out on your favorite public radio station? Public
Radio Tuner lets you stream many stations over the Web.

Public Radio Tuner

Stream the radio

While the iPhone can store plenty of media, sometimes you want to listen to something you don’t have on your iPhone, such as the local news when you’re out of town.

The free NPR Addict app from Pass Time Software offers access to recently aired episodes of popular shows from National Public Radio stations, such as A Prairie Home Companion and All Things Considered. American Public Media’s free Public Radio Tuner, on the other hand, can use your location to stream live audio content from many different public radio affiliates.

If you prefer a music station, try Weather Underground’s $6 Wunder Radio, which lets you stream audio content from conventional radio and Internet sources.

Get your news fix

If you’re a news junkie, you probably already have an RSS reader that keeps track of your favorite news feeds and delivers the latest headlines to you. If not, we recommend NewsGator’s free NetNewsWire, which allows you to sync your feeds with the desktop version of NetNewsWire as well as download them for offline viewing.

With InstaPaper you can save articles from your desktop for later viewing on your iPhone, even when you’re offline.


While the iPhone is ideal for checking up on news when you’ve got a little downtime, you probably don’t want to sift through 5,000 news items every time you load up your reader. No problem. Create a subset of your feeds: the 10 or 12 that you really want to read (in NetNewsWire, you can delete feeds on the iPhone version of NetNewsWire without losing them in the desktop version). Most readers also let you mark headlines to come back to later. This feature is your best friend on the iPhone, as opening multiple links can often be time-consuming, and there’s usually a limit on how many Web pages you can have open at the same time. In NetNewsWire, for example, you can save a story to your clippings and have it show up on your Mac.

To reduce the amount of noise you have to filter through, consider foregoing (or supplementing) your RSS regimen with Marco Arment’s free Instapaper. It lets you mark stories of particular interest from your desktop’s Web browser and have them download to a companion iPhone app. (For multipage Web articles, save the print-friendly version, if one’s available, to make sure you get the whole piece and not just one page).

How to use your iPhone’s built-in camera for more than just snapshots

Amazing uses for the iPhone’s camera

A 2-megapixel camera may not seem like much, but add Web access, a pocket-size Mac, and third-party apps to the mix, and that humble camera is now a personal assistant and digital video tool in one. The following are just a few of the ways you can expand the use of your camera.

See in the dark

The iPhone’s camera takes beautiful, crisp photos—as long as you’re outside on a sunny day. For the other 95 percent of the time, you’ll need to employ some photography kung fu to fight off blurry shots. The problem is that in low-light situations, even subtle hand movements can blur your image. Add to that the fact that on the iPhone you have to reach over and tap a small on-screen button to trigger your camera, and you have a recipe for bungled photos. For handheld shots, an app such as River Past’s $1 Night Camera can increase your chances of getting a steady shot. The program uses the iPhone’s accelerometer to determine when the camera is still enough to take the shot. It also lets you turn the entire screen into a shutter button-so you have an easier target-and lets you set a timer so you can prop up the iPhone and get in the shot yourself. In our tests, Night Camera gave us noticeably sharper photos in low light.

The Batrest lies flat in your wallet, so it’s always on hand when you need a little stability.


An even better way to get sharper photos is to prop your iPhone against something steady before you tap the camera button. If you’re willing to spend a little money, the $4 Batrest by Seskimo folds up to create a makeshift stand. When not in use, it collapses to the size of a credit card so you can carry it in your wallet. Seskimo also recently introduced the slightly larger $5 Crabble, which includes non-slip rubber pads that hold your iPhone more securely.

Take wider shots

Stitch multiple photos together to get the whole scene in Panoramas.


If you’re having trouble getting the whole scene in the shot, try taking multiple images and stitching them together into a panorama. There are several iPhone apps that let you do this, but Helix Interactive’s $2 Panoramas offers a good blend of affordability and power. You can take as many shots of a scene as you’d like in any orientation, and then stitch them together by placing markers on each photo to identify items that should line up. Panoramas then does its best to blend the photos and adjust colors to give you a seamless image. The process is very forgiving, so you don’t have to worry about keeping your camera perfectly straight or lining up the shots flawlessly—good news for those of us who are in a hurry.

Get a personal shopper

Show Amazon what you want, and the site will find it.


Want a teapot just like the one your local cafe uses? You could go to and manually search through more than 4,000 entries in hopes of finding the right model. Or save yourself a lot of time by downloading the free Amazon Mobile to your iPhone. In addition to providing options for browsing the store’s stock and making purchases, the app offers a personal shopping feature called Amazon Remembers. Use the program to submit a photo of just about anything, and someone from Amazon will try to match it with something similar from the site. If the person finds it, you’ll get an update within the app showing the details (including user reviews), as well as options to purchase it or add it to your wish list.

Find your mobile photos fast

Has one of the photos on your Mac performed its own disappearing act? If you took it with your iPhone, there’s a quick way to track it down. In iPhoto, press command-option-N to create a new smart album, and set the menus to read: Camera Model is Apple iPhone . Or, to gather every iPhone-taken photo on your Mac, regardless of whether it’s in iPhoto, use the Finder to create a smart folder. From the Finder, press command-F. In the resulting window, select Other from the Kind menu, and then choose Device Model. Select Is from the second menu and type iPhone in the text field. Click on the Save button to save the search in the Search For section of the Finder sidebar.

Supercharge your photo browser

Mobile Fotos lets you navigate your Flickr stream as easily as photos in the native Photos app.

Mobile Fotos

The iPhone’s built-in Photos app is a fine photo viewer, but it syncs with only one computer, it can’t show you other people’s photos, it can’t play videos taken with your digital camera, and the photos it stores take up precious room on your iPhone’s hard drive. To put some muscle behind your photo browsing, skip the Photos app and instead combine Flickr’s online photo sharing site with an app like Mobile Fotos by XK72 .

iPhoto ’09 makes uploading photos to Flickr as easy as adding them to a photo album. Once your photos are on Flickr, use the Mobile Fotos app to access them on your iPhone. In addition to being able to flick through your photo stream and rotate the screen just as you can in the Photos app, you can view videos posted to Flickr, explore photos of family and friends, leave comments on others’ photos, add photos to your Twitter feed, and even see photos taken in your vicinity. And because the photos are online, you won’t have to worry about syncing your latest shots or filling up your hard drive.

Track down a font

Get some help tracking down mysterious fonts.

what the font

Hobo? Giddyup? Rabiohead? A lot of creative professionals are font obsessed. If you’re one of them, WhatTheFont by MyFonts is a handy addition to your iPhone. This free app helps you track down the font used for any text you encounter, whether it’s a movie poster, a box of cereal, or advertising copy in the morning newspaper. When you snap a photo of the text, WhatTheFont tries to detect the letters in the photo (you can correct it if it gets something wrong) and then matches the characters with the right font. In our tests, the program wasn’t always spot on, but it did always offer up at least a very close approximation.

Don’t forget the small stuff

Heading out to the store to shop for something in particular? Let your camera help you remember all the little details. There are numerous ways to put your camera to work including keeping track of different prices and designs as you shop, snapping the phone number for a window contractor from an ad in the paper, and reminding you want your kids are wearing when you stop at the playground on the way home. We have been told that users use their iPhone’s camera to remember where things are located, or to take an inventory of what’s in their suitcase before taking a trip, and to remember the location of certain favorite spots that were discovered on their last trip.

FREE PandoraBox App– Finds Free and on Sale iPhone Apps!

You might wonder how we find all the free or on sale iPhone & iPod Touch apps.

Today, I am going to let out my secret. The fact is, there are more than one such app but this is what I have used in recent days.

PandoraBox is an iPhone app that tracks iPhone apps on sale.


With more than 100,000 apps in the App Store and everyday dozens of these apps either go on sale by 20, 30, 70, 80 percent on sale or even sometimes goes FREE for a limited time.

A smart iPhoner would make use of such sales and grab the iPhone apps on a nice deal.

An app like Pandora Box makes that such an easy task. You can see the apps that are on sale that are updated several times a day. You can see the description of apps that are on sale or free.

You can also create your own list of favorite apps and track apps you want to find on sale.

There are a few sneaky developers who keep throwing their app on sale and removing it flooding these lists. PandoraBox has an answer to that. You can block certyain authors you don’t care about seeing in the list.

With the Thanksgiving holidays coming up in the US, there is going to be a ton of sales with some nice apps.

Will you be ready?

I have another similar iPhone app deal finding app review coming up. Stay tuned.


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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Availability: App Store [iTunes link]

Price: Free

How to put your iPhone / iTouch’s iPod into sleep mode

Many of you were wondering about iPhone/iTouch’s iPod does not has a sleep option, Even I was wondering too, But somehow I found the sleep option, which will automatically put iPod in a sleep mode. 

Here are the steps to enable sleep mode for iPod:




  • Launch Clock app from your springboard.





  • Now tap on Timer icon.
  • Now set the Time, that is for after how much time you want your iPod to go in sleep mode.
  • After setting the timer, tap on list box where it says “When Timers Ends“.





  • Choose Sleep iPod option, and tap on set button.





  • Now you will redirected into Timer screen, Tap on Start button.





  • You timer will start and once it is done, it wil put your iDevice’s iPod into sleep mode.

iPhone enhanced peace of mind, Home Security Monitoring, Broadband & Energy Management

iPhone enhanced peace of mind 

 iPhone People of this generation adopting technology enthusiastically,fast growing technology brings the world in your finger touch. A lot of iPhone Application are readily available in market,the capacity of converting the ideas into iphone App is growing in a fast pace.Still people are hunting for Killer iPhone App. Palo Alto-based iControl Networks is being funded with $23 millon for developing iPhone App.This iphone application will provide remote access to your house via broadband connection.This will gain remote access to the Remote Security System,lighting,heating and cooling and locks for the entire home. Soon this application will be sold to HomeOwners via service providers with monthly subscription. iControl will create and lead a new technology category with connecting consumers to their homes, families and properties. This is going to be a techology which will provide enhanced peace of mind for the home owners.




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Apple iPhone Prices Start at $99 with ATT contract!

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