Untethered Jailbreak for iPhone 4S and iPad 2

Saturday, January 21st, 2012 | Business | 2 Comments

iOS 5pod2g and the Chronic Dev Team have released an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 called Absinthe A5.  The jailbreak is only for the Mac OS X right now, but we should see a Windows and Linux one soon.

The site is on and off available due to the large demand for it.

The following devices can be jailbroken with the Absinthe A5 jailbreak:

  • iPhone 4S with iOS 5.0
  • iPhone 4S with iOS 5.0.1
  • iPad 2 with iOS 5.0.1

If you need to jailbreak iPhone 4 with iOS 5.0.1, you can check out the iPhone 4 jailbreak here.

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How Can I Delete Photos from my iPhone’s Photostream?

Thursday, January 19th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

iOS 5I’ve gotten a few people asking this question.  How can you delete photos from your Photostream?

In reality you can’t.  You can “delete” the entire album, but not photos individually.  This is because Photostream is meant to make your photos available on all of your devices.

I don’t agree with it, but that’s how it is.

You can, however, reset your Photostream if you want to remove all the photos (and start fresh):

  1. Go to iCloud.com
  2. Log in (with your Apple ID, probably your Email address, and the password you have to type every day on your iPhone)
  3. Click on your name in the top right corner to bring up the Account options
  4. Click on Advanced
  5. Click “Reset Photo Stream

You can also turn Photo Stream off, if you want to do that:

  1. On your iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch)
  2. Open Settings
  3. Click/touch iCloud
  4. Click/touch Photostream
  5. Toggle On/Off

Hope that helps achieve whatever you wanted to achieve.

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Apple ‘Education’ Event Today in NY at 10am

Thursday, January 19th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

AppleFinally those of us on the east coast don’t have to wait until 1pm for an event to start.

Apple will likely be unveiling an effort to work with textbook publishers to create interactive eTextbooks (iTextbooks?).

You can follow the event live at TheLoop.

The initiative is rumored to be inspired by the immersive “Our Choice” app.  You can see the video below:

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SOPA Protest Today

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

It seems like quite a number of sites have joined in the SOPA protest.

Some interesting one’s that I’ve seen have been:

  • Google
    Given their high profile, I was happy to see the logo was blacked out today in protest of SOPA.
  • Ars Technica
    I like the way they blended a protest, with staying functional.  Personally I’d prefer to show the site “down” as in “black”, but they were creative with an inverse color scheme.
  • Wired.com
    This is one of my favorites.  It looks much more like “censorship” than any other just black site.  SOPA is about both censorship, and the shutting down of innocent sites.

If you want to join in the protest against SOPA and PROTECT-IP (remember, they are BOTH problems, not just SOPA) you can check out instructions (it’s very easy):

  • SOPA Blackout JS – My quick writeup on how to deploy the SOPA Blackout javascript utility
  • SOPA PHP snippet – pop this in the header of your includes, and you can participate too


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Liquipel – Waterproof your iPhone

Friday, January 13th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

Can’t wait to get this on my iPhone, thank you Liquipel for a cool product.  Wonder if it will work with underwater cameras?  Will my dive camera in a few years not even need a casing?

Interesting to think what impact putting your device in water will have, if it doesn’t short out your phone.  Does water get stuck in the case?

I want this on my iPhone 5 (Apple, please make note)

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SOPA Blackout JS

Friday, January 13th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

On January 18th, this site, among many others will “Blackout” in protest of SOPA.  The date is chosen, because that is the day that some technology leaders are appearing at a congressional hearing.  We hope they can convey the idiocy of the bill.

To join the protest, just put the following line of code on your site, and it will present a blackout (if the user clicks anywhere … they can get through it) that has links to relevent information (for more information visit the SOPA Blackout JS Utility site):

<script type=”text/javascript” src=”//js.sopablackout.org/sopablackout.js”></script>

If the bill is passed, many sites on the net may have to shut down.  The blackout is reminding people the site they are visiting may not exist if SOPA is passed.

If you want to read about what is wrong with the bill, I’ve posted some complaints in my article Boston.com Supports SOPA, a rant on SOPA.

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Makerbot 3D printer – Video at CES

Friday, January 13th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

I want one

Is WordPress Dead?

Thursday, January 12th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

I just ran across WordPress has left the building, by Kevinjohn Gallagher.

From his post:

… I love WordPress. With it, I have felt a genuine affinity for a product the likes of which is matched only by my Commodore64. It will be exceptionally strange for me to no longer recommend WordPress.

The reality is that we’ve moved in different directions, and if I’m honest this decision has been coming for a long time. Over the last year, for the first time since we started, we’ve migrated more clients away from, rather than to WordPress.

Everyone has the right to choose any CMS they want, but they should know why they are making that decision.

An excellent response by Joe Brockmeier, Missing the Point of WordPress Entirely:

Let’s look at some of Gallagher’s requirements, and ask ourselves was WordPress ever intended to do these things or were the expectations a little off?

Read his article, he goes into much more detail, but I wanted some room for my own opinions.

WordPress is a Tool

That’s just it, a tool.  A tool is only as useful as the person using it.

› Continue reading

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HTML5 Video – Attributes and Events

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

When working with the new HTML5 video tag, the official documentation is very confusing.  We just want a list of attributes and events!

I ran across an excellent resource, HTML 5 Video – DOM Attributes and Events at chipwreck.

From the post (this is incomplete, please go to the source for a full list):

Display attributes

src(string): The source file

poster(URL): An image to display before the video is playing

controls(boolean): Are the playback-controls being provided by the browser?

videoWidth, videoHeight(integer): The original video size

Playback attributes

currentTime(float): The current playback time in seconds

startTime*(float): The video start time (if the video does not start at 0.0 – streams for example)

duration(float): The duration in seconds

paused(boolean): Is the video currently paused?

ended(boolean): Has the video ended?

autoplay(boolean): Is is set to autoplay?

loop(boolean): Is is set to play in a loop?

They list everything beyond that .. thanks guys!

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Reddit Protests SOPA with Blackout

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

US Great SealThe official Reddit Blog says they will blackout the service, in protest of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) on January 18th from 8am – 8pm EST.

It makes sense as the bill would essentially force many sites, such as Reddit, to shut down.

Reddit members have rallied together to fight SOPA, and you can see their activities on their sub-reddit /r/sopa.  Until now the protests coming out of Reddit have been by members.  This marks the first official action taken by Reddit itself to protest the law.

As mentioned yesterday in this blog, Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian is against SOPA, and has been vocal on the news.  Alexis has been asked to testify at a congressional hearing on that same day.

Lets all hope he can convey the problems with SOPA, and convince the legislators not to pass it.

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