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There's been some concern that rooted Xooms would not be eligible for the free LTE upgrade that will come later this year. Motorola has taken to its support forums to clear up the matter. Xooms that hve been rooted will be eligible for the upgrade, with caveats. It's not a blessing by any means, and we know that Motorola is famous for its locked bootloaders. Those prevent custom ROMs, but not rooting. One of the caveats is that Motorola asks that the Xoom be returned to its factory installed ROM state, before shipping it for the upgrade. After all, they say, they can't guarantee that the software... Read more...
If you took a look at the George Hotz (geohot) PlayStation jailbreaking video that was formerly posted to YouTube, Sony wants to know who you are. The company is demanding that a federal judge order Google to release the IP addresses and other identifying information (.PDF) of those individuals who viewed or commented on the video. The company has also asked Twitter for the information related to the “fail0verflow hacking team,” who first unveiled a rudimentary version of the jailbreak last December. Hotz released a refined hack weeks later when he independently found and published... Read more...
The Chronic Dev Team has released the greenpois0n untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.2.1. It took an extra 48 hours for the jailbreak to be released for those using Windows systems (meaning, most of us), but that's now here as well. An untethered jailbreak means you can now boot your iDevice without having to have it tethered to a PC at the same time. The greenpois0n jailbreak now runs the gamut of Linux, Mac, and Windows based systems. However, just as the jailbreak arrives, there are rumors that Apple will be announcing iOS 4.3 any second now. As they just released iOS 4.3 beta 3 last week, we know... Read more...
Some say the best smartphone is a jailbroken iPhone, but one problem (aside from the obvious, that jailbreaking, although legal, voids your warranty) is the issue of reinstalling all your jailbreak-only apps if you update and re-jailbreak. The latest version of Cydia can help with that problem. iTunes will restore your non-jailbroken apps when you upgrade to a new version of iOS, or if you restore your iPhone. For jailbroken apps, you have to re-install them manually, at least until now. Cydia is the "market" that users go to for apps specifically for jailbroken iOS devices. Possibly because of... Read more...
The privacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls the Apple patent application for a method to monitor and perhaps disable jailbroken and unlocked iDevices "traitorware." They would call it spyware, they stated, but because of certain aspects of the technology involved, they preferred "traitorware." As we noted earlier, the Apple patent application mentions jailbroken devices, which sort of belies any notion that it's all about security. As the EFF says, "it's not just spyware, it's 'traitorware,' since it is designed to allow Apple to retaliate against you if you do something Apple doesn't... Read more...
A patent application doesn't necessarily mean such an idea will ever see the light of day, but iPhone jailbreakers should take note of this news, anyway. Apple has reportedly applied for patent for methodology of not just detecting jailbroken or unlocked iPhones, but also killing them, if necessary. It's true that if you read carefully through this patent application, it seems a lot of it is focused on security: detecting unauthorized users through various means, and sending an alert to a device or restricting its use. However, jailbreaking and unlocking are mentioned as part of the patent application... Read more...
The JailbreakMe website which allows users to have a browser-based jailbreak for their iOS devices is great for jailbreakers, but works because of a vulnerability in iOS: the iPhone automatically downloads PDF files, and the developer, Comex injected the jailbreak code into the FlateDecode stream section of the file. This is a clear problem for Apple and for non-jailbreakers. Why is it not a problem for jailbreakers? Well, once the device is jailbroken, you can patch the hole, to prevent malware from using the same trick to hack into your iPhone. The fix, or rather the workaround, comes from @cdevwill... Read more...
After losing a battle on Monday with the EFF over jailbreaking iPhones, which the U.S. Copyright Office clarified as legal, Apple decided it wanted to win the war. The company reminded customers that jailbreaking voids their warranty. What it didn't remind folks is how easy it is to un-jailbreak a device. Apple's official (yet unofficial) statement is: “Apple’s goal has always been to insure (sic) that our customers have a great experience with their iPhone and we know that jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience. As we’ve said before, the vast majority of customers do... Read more...
Every three years, the U.S. Copyright Office convenes to consider exemptions to the DMCA's ban on circumvention of "technical protection measures." On Monday, the EFF, which had submitted three such exemptions for this go-round of the triennial process, announced that all three exemptions had been granted, meaning for one thing, that jailbreaking iPhones is now officially legal. Apple had said a long time ago that it considered jailbreaking iPhones illegal, but there was no legal basis in either direction. This exemption now means Apple can't take any legal action against jailbreakers, and it also... Read more...
A number of iPhone worms have been released recently, all targeted at jailbroken iPhones. On Saturday, Sophos reported on a new worm that is a lot more malicious than these earlier attempts. Of the ones we reported on recently, the first was a little on the lame side, although it forced you to restore your iPhone, if you didn't want to pay a 5 euro "blackmail fee." The second was just plain silly, and more proof-of-concept, and all it did was "rickroll" your iPhone. There was a third iPhone worm that uploaded your iPhone data to a site, and that is along the same lines as this new one. The reason... Read more...
There's one thing Apple is right about with respect to jailbroken iPhones: they are less secure. At least, unless you take some precautions, that is. A Dutch hacker took advantage of that situation, but all he really wanted was some pocket change.On the other hand, we doubt jailbreaking will end life as we know it, as Apple believes.According to a forum post, the hacker broke into jailbroken iPhones on T-mobile Netherlands. Typically, SSH is turned on for jailbroken iPhones, allowing a user to log in via Terminal and run standard UNIX commands. However, if you want to do that, you really need to... Read more...
We wrote earlier that Apple has called jailbreaking "illegal." At the same time, however, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed comments with the Copyright Office asking for an exemption to the DMCA so that cell phone owners can unlock their phones (their "Free Your Phone" campaign), as well as be able to legally "jailbreak" their iPhones. On Friday, the Copyright Office held the first of its hearings in the triennial exemption process. Scheduled to appear was Apple Vice President of iPod and iPhone Product Marketing Greg Joswiak. Why is Apple's interest so heightened this time? While... Read more...
You'll remember that Apple has previously called jailbreaking iPhones illegal. Yet a recent patent application submitted by Apple uses images of a jailbroken iPhone to make their case. The attorneys at Kramer, Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, who submitted the application in Apple's behalf are probably red-faced; I wonder if Steve Jobs has called them to the mat for this yet. You can see the image above has an icon for Installer.app, SMBPrefs and the iWood Realize theme, all stuff you need a jailbroken iPhone to run. At any rate, the less "exciting" portion, and what should have been more exciting... Read more...
We know how protective Apple is with the iPhone, going to great lengths to make sure users can only install "approved" applications, but a way around that is to jailbreak the phone. Given that, Apple has filed comments (.PDF) with the U.S. Copyright Office, as part of the 2009 DMCA triennial rulemaking, claiming that jailbreaking an iPhone constitutes copyright infringement and a DMCA violation. The Electronic Frontier Foundation doesn't agree.  And why would they? They've already filed their own comments with the Copyright Office asking for an exemption to the DMCA so that cell phone owners... Read more...
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