Following Apple’s release yesterday of iOS 7.0.6, the evad3rs have released an update to their evasi0n7 jailbreak tool. The update, which brings the tool to version 1.0.6. included a fix for an SSL connection verification issue, which turned out to be a major security flaw in the operating system.
For this reason, we recommend that, if possible, you update to the latest firmware and then use evasi0n7 1.0.6 to jailbreak your device…
As always, this version of evasi0n7 is compatible with any device capable of running iOS 7. You can download evasi0n7 1.0.6 from our Downloads page, and for those of you who aren’t sure how to use the tool, we have a Mac tutorial and Windows guide to walk you through the entire process.
GridSwitcher is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that allows you to display the iOS 7 app switcher in a grid-based view. Most notably, you still retain the same app switcher functionality of the standard app switcher while in grid view.
At this point in the tweak’s life, there are no options to configure how it works, just install it and start using it. Have a look at our video walkthrough of the tweak after the break.
GridSwitcher allows you to use the same swipe-up gesture to dismiss apps in grid view. You can even dismiss multiple apps using multiple fingers—in this case up to four apps at once.
On the iPad version of GridSwitcher, users are presented with a 3×3 grid to take advantage of the iPad’s extra screen real-estate. On the iPhone version, the grid is set at a 2×2 view.
I anticipate that there will be many options added to GridSwitcher as the tweak matures, but as stated, the initial version will be devoid of any options at launch. You can expect GridSwitcher to touch down on Cydia’s BigBoss repo any day now for $1.50. Be sure to share your thoughts about the tweak down below.
Imagine directions to a new location not stopping at the street address, or never getting lost in a new building again. Or, how about playing hide-and-seek in your house with your favorite game character or competing against a friend “for control over physical space with your own miniature army”?
That’s the promise behind Project Tango, a new Google initiative which seeks to give mobile devices “a human-scale understanding of space and motion”.
The brainchild of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Tango is, on the surface, an unimpressive Android phone with a five-inch display and a four-megapixel camera.
But scratch deeper and you’ll find custom hardware like two Computer Vision Processors, sensors for measuring geometry and seeing in three dimensions, a camera which tracks motion and other goodies that basically turn this handset into a device that can map your environments, track its motion in full 3D space and much more…
Early prototypes of the device, of course, run Android and include development APIs to provide position, orientation and depth data to standard Android apps written in Java, C/C++, as well as the Unity Game Engine.
Check out the promo clip.
Project Tango is the result of a decade’s worth of research in robotics and computer vision across universities, research labs and Google’s industrial partners.
The initiative involves Johnny Chung Lee, a computer scientist and Human-Computer Interaction researcher at Google, who is perhaps best known for his work on Kinect development and extending the functionality of the Wii Remote controller.
Here’s Google’s pitch:
What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your phone before you went furniture shopping? What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? What if you never again found yourself lost in a new building?
What if the visually-impaired could navigate unassisted in unfamiliar indoor places? What if you could search for a product and see where the exact shelf is located in a super-store?
And this is what the prototype device looks like:
The sensors track the full 3D motion of the device while simultaneously creating a map of the environment, according to Google:
These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating it’s position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you.
Project Tango is an experimental device so don’t expect it to be sold to end users anytime soon. “Project Tango is a focused exploration of what might be possible in a mobile platform,” explains the firm. “It is not part of Android today”.
“Today” here is key, I’d say.
However, Google filed-testing Project Tango with cherry-picked developers indicates that the company is looking to add 3D depth sensing and environment mapping to mobile devices as soon as the technology is ready for prime time.
Project Tango is available to a limited number of developers: initially, Google will hand out only 200 devices which are expected to ship by March 14.
Here’s how 3D environment mapping works – it’s quite fascinating!
To learn more and apply for a development kit, head over to Google’s official Project Tango website.
I certainly would love my next iPhone to exhibit awareness of 3D space and motion.
The United States Postal Service approved a number of stamps today that will be printed as part of a collectible series next year. The subjects of these stamps include Nintendo’s Mario character, The Beatles’ John Lennon and yes, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
While any member of the public can nominate someone to appear on a postage stamp, an advisory committee must review and then select those that go into production based on subjects that are “contemporary, timely, relevant, interesting and educational.”
Jobs has been posthumously honored a number of times since he passed away in 2011, including a Grammy Award and an induction into the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame. He has also received a Disney Legends Award and has a Pixar building named after him.
According to The Washington Post (via Engadget), Steve’s commemorative stamp is still in the design stages and will be released at some point in 2015. Johnny Carson, Dora the Explorer and Michael Jackson are also set to get their own collectable stamps next year.
It’s funny, I can’t remember the last time I used a stamp, and a lot of that has to do with the things that Jobs built.
Another famous hacker is joining the ranks at Apple. Following in the footsteps of jailbreak community members Comex, and Peter Hajas, jailbreak developer Winocm announced this afternoon on Twitter that he would be joining Apple.
It’s still unclear as to what capacity he’ll be joining Apple, but if the past is any indication, it’s probably for an internship—Just like Hajas, and Comex a.k.a. Nicholas Allegra. I’ve reached out to Winocm for a comment, but he declined to elaborate. It looks like he’s already getting used to the Apple culture…
I figured now is the right time to say this, I will be working at Apple starting later this year.
As for what he will actually be doing at Apple, it’s anyone’s guess at the moment. He’s proven to be a multifaceted talent in the iOS community, whose most high profile projects involved a series of jailbreak releases.
Serious congratulations to Winocm. He’s been nothing but classy during the times I’ve had the privilege to interact with him. I’m sure this was a big dream of his, and it’s well-deserved.
The Air Force Times is reporting this week that the US military branch is replacing 5,000 of its BlackBerry devices with smartphones from Apple. The move is part of a broader strategy to exchange the legacy devices for modern handsets.
Eventually, the outlet says that all Air Force mobile users will be required to trade in their old BlackBerrys for Apple’s iPhone, or other approved devices. This will be in addition to the 18,000 iPads the branch purchased in early 2013…
Here’s more from the Times (via AppleInsider):
“In order to keep costs down and save on network resources, BlackBerrys will be turned in and shut off once the user is transitioned to an iOS device,” Brig. Gen. Kevin Wooton, communications director for Air Force Space Command, said in a statement.
Any new BlackBerry provisioned after Jan. 1 will require a waiver from AFSPC/A6, Wooten said.
Initially, the Air Force will focus on replacing BlackBerrys and executive users and enabling about 5,000 iOS devices for use. The Air Force didn’t say whether these devices will be supported by the Defense Information Systems Agency’s new mobile device management software, but it’s likely that DISA will play a role in centrally managing Air Force devices.”
BlackBerry has since issued a statement to CrackBerry:
“The ongoing threat of cyber attacks requires organizations to be vigilant about mobile security. For customers that have the highest security requirements, such as those in government, there is nothing more secure than a BlackBerry device managed by a BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
There is a clear reason why BlackBerry has more government certifications than any other vendor, and the only enterprise mobility management vendor and handset maker to receive the Department of Defense “Authority to Operate” certification. Security is built into everything we do, and we’ve been doing it longer and better than anyone else.
We’ve been a trusted partner to government agencies for more than a decade, and have more than 80,000 BlackBerry devices in DISA alone. Our competitors have not been tested in the field or subjected to the long term rigors of high stress applications, making their security model difficult to trust. BlackBerry remains the best option for governments around the world.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the only major government client BlackBerry is losing to its competitors. The company, which once had a monopoly on government and enterprise markets, has seen several high-profile patrons abandon ship.
John Chen is trying to right the ship though. In his first few months as CEO, he’s helped BlackBerry stave off a buyout, unveiled a strategy to help put the company back in the black, and stood up to T-Mobile’s trash-talking John Legere.
We’ve been getting asked on a fairly frequent basis over the past few weeks if we’ve heard anything about IntelliScreenX. The all-in-one Lock screen jailbreak tweak has been very popular with users since it first launched in late 2011, and it’s one of the few remaining holdouts for iOS 7.
Well this morning we finally received word from Intelliborn, the developers behind the tweak, and it’s good news. Apparently the team is almost finished with an iOS 7-compatible version of IntelliScreenX, and they are planning on releasing a beta version of it as early as next week…
Here’s the announcement via Twitter:
The wait was worth it. IntelliScreenX 7 Beta out next week. Please RT
For those unfamiliar with the tweak, IntelliScreenX is a utility for your Lock screen that gives you information and allows you to perform actions without unlocking your device. Use it to read your Twitter and Facebook feeds, email, or view the weather, or use it to send a quick iMessage.
For reference, here’s an older version of the tweak in action:
As you can imagine, we can’t wait to check out the new version of IntelliScreenX, and the fact the developers say ‘the wait was worth it’ only adds to our excitement. The tweak made our list of ‘The best iPhone jailbreak tweaks for iOS 6,’ and we have a feeling that’ll happen for iOS 7 as well.
Posted by Hatty Hattington,
08 February 2014
I'm just going to jump right off the bat with this one and say it. Winocm has managed to decrypt iBoot for the the 64-bit iPhone 5s which makes exploitation much easier.
Now to any iPhone 5s end user out there that doesn't exactly know what this mean let me tell you this is some poppycock to get poppin over! This will help tremendously with exploits, meaning future jailbreaks for us? I sure hope so!
Winocm posted a screenshot of the decrypted iBoot to Twitter saying, "64-bit iBoots anyone?".
He followed that up by noting, "iPhone 5s iBoots are definitely very interesting to look at. A7 is indeed a total reimagining of the iPhone architecture. Also, looks like the CPU implements the full AArch64 exception model. I think the part I like the most about the A7’s boot chain is the new boot monitor."
iH8Sn0w, who recently found a powerful iBoot exploit, notes that "They're dumps from userland. Will be much easier to exploit with iBoot though now that there's a dump to work with :)"
When asked if this means the A7 iPhone 5s can be jailbroken for life, iH8Sn0w replied, "No. But maybe. Will be a lot easier to get my stuff working now that I have dump to work with :)"
The US Department of Justice has long taken issue with large-scale copyright infringement. It’s gone after pirates of various different kinds of content, including music and movies—who could forget the FBI raid on the home of Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom.
But up until now, the DOJ has never gone after mobile app pirates. That changed this week, though, when it filed charges against 4 men behind Android app piracy websites Snappzmarket and Appbucket for conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement…
Bloomberg has the report (via The Verge):
“Two separate schemes for illegally copying and distributing copyrighted applications for Android mobile devices led to a first-of-its-kind piracy case against four men, the U.S. Justice Department said.
“These crimes involve the large-scale violation of intellectual property rights in a relatively new and rapidly growing market,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman said yesterday in a statement. “This represents the first counterfeit apps case by the Department of Justice.”
Kody Jon Peterson, age 22, is one of the 4 men arrested for his work on the SnappzMarket, which reproduced and distributed more than 1 million pirated Android apps. The 3 others—Thomas Dye, Nicholas Narbone and Thomas Pace—worked for Appbucket.
According to the filing, investigators have access to chat logs between Peterson and his conspirators where they specifically agree to ignore copyright takedown requests under the DMCA. And they believe his piracy facilitated close to $2 million in illegal downloads.
It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Piracy has been a major problem for developers—particularly on Android, though it’s definitely rampant on iOS too—for years now, and this case could lay the foundation for the future prosecution of mobile app pirates.
Repair wizards over at iFixit have decided to do something insanely great in honor of the 30th Macintosh anniversary - they tore apart the vintage 128K Macintosh, the original Mac system that jumpstarted the personal computer revolution.
Back then (in 1984), the Mac had an 8MHz (that’s megahertz, not gigahertz like today’s processors) 68000 CPU from Motorola and a nine-inch black and white CRT display sporting a very non-Retina resolution of 512-by-342 pixels, just thirteen percent more pixels than the original 2007 iPhone.
The operating system and applications purred along happily using just 128KB of DRAM. 1,024 kilobytes is one megabyte and to give you some context – 128KB is less RAM than the iDownloadBlog logo image.
Its then revolutionary Sony-made 3.5-inch floppy disk provided 400 kilobytes of total storage. Jump past the fold for a remarkable blast from the past…
The machine (Macintosh Model M0001) was loaned to iFixit by The Vintage Mac Museum (run by historian Adam Rosen), the team explained.
The roller-ball mouse (the Apple Mouse II, Model Number M0100 to be exact) was single button because Steve Jobs wanted to avoid user confusion. Both the keyboard and the mouse connected to the Mac through the bulky DE-9 plugs.
“Keyboards and mice are now wireless, thinner, and comprised mainly of sturdy, non-yellow metal,” the article notes.
The AC plug is the same!
The then high-speed serial ports had speeds measured in thousands of bps, rather than billions as today’s Thunderbolt I/O. If you wanted to repair the power supply or get to the CRT, you risked the possibility of a high-voltage electric shock from the display.
Notice any difference between the keyboards?
And here’s the teardown video.
Right from the beginning, the original Macintosh set an engineering example for all future Apple products to come. Back then, Apple didn’t use adhesive in the assembly process and there were no proprietary screws, though you needed the special allen wrench to remove the deep screws.
Apple also had a special prying clamp for cracking open the case.
All told, the original Macintosh was a lot easier to repair compared to contemporary Apple products, even though the RAM was soldered on the motherboard and the system wasn’t expandable internally at all.
iFixit awarded the computer a repairability score of seven out of ten.
What’s that you say?
The original Mac is weird by today’s standards? Let me tell you, you haven’t really seen weird until you’ve seen the twentieth anniversary Macintosh (below).
Steve Jobs unveiled the original Macintosh at Apple’s annual shareholder meeting on this day thirty years ago, here’s that legendary presentation.
These are all investors cheering, not the easiest bunch to impress.
For those wondering, the original system sold at retail for $2,495, or the equivalent of $5,594 in 2014 dollars.
We’ve really come a long way since 1984, haven’t we?