Archive for November, 2007

iPod Touch Firmware Downgrade

I have decided to just downgrade my iPod Touch and jailbreak that, much easier than jailbreaking 1.1.2. It is an easy process, all you need to do if find a copy of the old firmware at http://www.megaupload.com/?d=V7H8X2QQ. Then in iTunes, where it says check for updates, shift+click then find the firmware you saved. This downgrades your firmware to 1.1.1, then all you need to do is go to “jailbreakme.com” on your device and you have a jailbroken iPod Touch.

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iPhone/iPod Touch NES Emulator Tip

I have noticed that my post on how to use the NES emulator on the iPhone/iPod Touch is my most popular post at the moment, so I thought I would tell you about a much better file browser for your device. The program is called CuteFTP 8, it can be found at http://www.cuteftp.com/downloads/ this is only a trial version, but if you are going to be doing a lot of file transferring or hacking I really suggest getting this.

Username:root
Password:alpine

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Belkin Headphone Adapter

I found this handy accessory for the iPhone today and although I have no need for it, it took my interest. The iPhone has the aluminium band around the edge of the device, and the 3mm jack is set into the device, so the iPhone earphones insert well enough, but for any other earphones when the wire protrudes horizontally to the jack insertion is really impossible.

So obviously this device reaches the 3mm jack on the iPhone so you can use any pair of earphones you want to, this will be perfect for fans of shure earphones or any other high end earphones.

So yes, I saw a product of this ilk emerging soon, and I am sure it will be a well selling accessory for the iPhone.

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iPod Touch 1.1.2 Firmware

Okay, so as you know my iPod is fine now, or so I thought. Restoring it meant that I have updated to 1.1.2 firmware, which means I am going to have to do a lot of messing to jailbreak it. Seen as I have a proven record of bad hacks when I hack manually, do I take the risk and jailbreak? I used jailbreakme.com to jailbreak my old firmware, but the website says it will only work for 1.1.1.

This is a real problem for me because going from a jailbroken, to a normal iPod will be a huge step down. I had my NES and GBA emulators, I had a txt. Editor and all the handy fun things, but now I just have a media player. I am quite unhappy about this, I will probably resort to doing it manually, but I still do not trust myself, things seem to go wrong just when I don’t do anything.

Oh well, please if anybody finds a one click or one touch jailbreak for 1.1.2 I will be very great full.

p.s. I still don’t encourage anybody to jailbreak unless they know hat they are doing, it is just with me where I will be taking a step down.

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iPhone/iPod Touch NES Emulator Instructions

In my last post I mentioned the NES emulator for the iPhone/iPod Touch. I had to do a bit of searching to find out how to do this, but thankfully you have me to tell you now.First of all your device is jailbroken, then make sure you have MobileFinder installed (see my article on how to jailbreak for more information on this0. Once you have this open it, tap the squiggle in the top right corner, double tap Media, tap create, tap folder, and name it “ROMs”. Inside this folder do the same but call the folder “NES”, this is where you will place your roms.Then visit this site http://code.google.com/p/iphonelist/. Download the file and install iPhoneList, this will allow you to explore your iPhone/iPod Touch’s files and folders so you can place the roms. Then you need to find some roms, just search on Google or something, they are not hard to come across.So finally just place your roms into the “ROMs” Folder you created earlier and you are set to go.

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How To Jailbreak iPhone/iPod Touch

One of my most viewed article is concerning the time when I messed up my jailbreak, I assume most people thought it was a how to article, then they were disappointed to find it was just me complaining. So I thought that I would tell you how to do it rather than just complaining. I found an extremely simple way to do this:

All you need is your iPhone/iPod Touch and a wifi internet connection. Really all you do is direct your safari to jailbreakme.com, your safari will crash and take you back to the home screen. Wait for a few minutes until the locked screen appears, unlock your device and you should see a new icon amongst your apps called installer. This allows you to install many new apps to your device to be used anywhere.

My first suggestion is to open installed, go to install, sources, community sources, and install that. It will take you to the locked screen, unlock then go back into installer, now there are much much more apps to choose from.

My suggested apps to install are as follows:

  • NES (emulator) – see next post for instructions on how to install games
  • MobileFinder (file browser)
  • MobileToDoList
  • Sketches (sketch pad)
  • BSD Subsystem
  • Dock (nice app selector)
  • SummerBoard (allows customisable themes)
  • Touch Calendar Fix (adds an “add task” button to the calendar)

They are all the things I have installed to make my iPod Touch an all round better device, but of course there are many more fun and useful apps ready for install so feel free to experiment and find a setup that is right for you.

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iPhone/iPod Touch Stylus

As anybody who knows anything about apple’s new multi touch interface, you will know that it has been designed to be used with your finger. But of course, this means a smudgy screen and problems for people with long nails.

A developer of Web-based iPhone games called iGiki has introduced a stylus for the iPhone called the TapRight. They say the device delivers more accurate input. It uses technology called TouchField, pressure is given from the upper centre of the stylus, and this means that there is little pressure on the sides and bottom centre. The tip shifts the pressure upward. This stylus is now being sold at the price of $20. The package includes the stylus, carrying pouch, a getting started guide and 10 iPhone Games From iGiki Studios.

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