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Apple Inc. hired 19-year-old iPhone jailbreaker

Posted on 27 August 2011 by Aeron M. Peterson

Apple Inc. has hired a 19-year-old hacker who has found security vulnerabilities in the iOS software that runs its iPhone, iPad and iPod devices.
Nicholas Allegra, a.k.a. “comex,” said in an entry on his Twitter account he is to start his internship with Apple.

“So, the week after next I will be starting an internship with Apple,” he tweeted.

TechCrunch said Allegra had made the process of jailbreaking the iPhone “as simple as visiting a webpage using mobile Safari.”

It described Allegra as a 19-year old hacker from Chappaqua, New York, who was one of the most visible members of the jailbreaking community.

His JailBreakMe was far easier to use, allowing visitors to just launch the website from their mobile devices.

“Not all jailbreakers are interested in stealing apps – sometimes, like their Android-rooting counterparts, they just want control over their handset. On jailbroken iOS devices, users can make tweaks to the software and install widgets, themes and other unapproved applications by way of third-party ‘jailbreak’ app stores like Cydia, Icy and ThemeIt,” TechCrunch said.

TechCrunch also noted Apple has begun to take notice of the now-burgeoning jailbreak community in recent months. *6

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‘Facebook Phone’ development not true,only deeper integration

Posted on 21 September 2010 by Aeron M. Peterson

The rumor about ‘Facebook Phone’ was refuted by Facebook and says the company only pushing deeper mobile integration.

TechCrunch.com suggested Facebook is “secretly building a phone” on its report last weekend but Facebook spokesperson denied the allegations and says that the company only wants to “integrate deeply into existing platforms and operating systems.” in her email.  The spokesperson stressed that Facebook is only working with phone manufacturers on “deeper integrations” of its social networking phenomenon.

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Facebook phone development hinted by Techcrunch was denied by Facebook

Spokesperson said:

“Our approach has always been to make phones and apps more social, not build a phone, Our view is that almost all experiences would be better if they were social, so integrating deeply into existing platforms and operating system is a good way to enable this.”

Bloggers and analysts speculated that although there are already Facebook apps available on iPhone and Android phones, the company could be planning to deeply integrate contacts list and other core functions of the phone.

According to Techcrunch, Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos, two of the high level Facebook employees, are said to be secretly working on the project, which is unknown even to most Facebook staff. The two are known for having great experience when it comes to operating system development.

But Facebook spokesperson again refuted what have Techcrunch reported and said:

“The bottom line is that whenever we work on deep integration, people want to call it a “Facebook Phone” (even internally) because that’s such an attractive soundbite, but our real strategy is to make everything social and not building one phone or integration.”

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Paypal’s availability on Android phones

Posted on 15 August 2010 by Aeron M. Peterson

Paypal will soon be available on Google’s Android phones as Ebay and Google talks goes on.

With credit cards and Google’s Checkout only available payment on smartphone, app developer seems to sway away from developing apps to the said mobile device. Compare to Apple iTunes, users can easily by apps with one touch since payment information are already available.

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Paypal will soon be available on Android phones giving head to head competition with iPhones

On the other hand, Google’s Checkout isn’t popular as Paypal which has 87 million active accounts. By having Paypal, Google may attract more paying Android users.

Android only have 70,000 available apps compare to 225,000 apps available on Apple devices but integrating Paypal, Android will most likely increase app developers by making it easy to accept payments.

The said service is yet to be confirmed since Google and PayPal declined to comment on the report. Based on Bloomberg’s report, the Paypal service app will soon be available this year  said Bloomberg’s source who are still unnamed since discussions are not publicly available.

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Apple to release fix for iOS vulnerabilities

Posted on 05 August 2010 by Ian Villanueva

Apple will release soonest the fix for  iOS vulnerabilities or iPhone, iPad and other Apple gadget operating in iOS.

Security problem on iPhone or iPad was exposed yesterday by both top tech sites Gizmondo and CNET. According to the sites, the jailbreak live version can present the exploit as a simple PDF link. The link which does not require explicit user action short of clicking a link.

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Apple will release its fix for iOS security vulnerabilities

Hacker group named “comex”, an iPhone Dev Team, was first to exploit the said security problem. Jailbreak became live week after Jailbreaking legalized by the court.

Apple issued the statement on Wednesday:

“We’re aware of this reported issue, we have already developed a fix and it will be available to customers in an upcoming software update.”

German government already issued an official warning pertaining to the security threat of the jailbroke device could get. This is the second time German involved themselves, last June an official clarified personal data collection from German iPhone 4 users.

Most affected gadgets are iPhones using iOS versions 3.1.2-4.0.1., iPads using iOS 3.2-3.2.1 and iPods Touch using iOS 3.1.2.-4.0.

Minor fixes can also be found at Macstories,

Here’s some instructions from Macstories:

download this .deb file  and open it on your device using either Terminal from your Mac, or iFile on the iPhone. Just download it and place it in /var/mobile.

Also noted that it won’t fix the issue, but it’ll simply ask you if you really want to open a .PDF every single time.

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Jailbreaking iPhone now legal

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iPhone and smartphone’s “jailbreaking” now legal

Posted on 27 July 2010 by Ian Villanueva

Jailbreaking, a practice for enabling iPhone and the rest of the smartphone units to install unauthorized applications or simply unlocking it from a specified network provider.

Monday, court ruled the copyright being fought hard by Apple to its product iPhone. Apple claims that software modification to is already a form of copyright infringement.

For iPhone developers like Mario Ciabarra, founder of Rock Your Phone, the rules mark the first step toward opening the iPhone app market to competition and removing the “handcuffs” that Apple imposes on developers that want to reach users of the wildly popular device.

Jailbreaking practice was technically illegal but no one has been prosecuted but Apple’s strategy is to use software upgrades. By this operation, it will disable jailbroken phones, may not take advantage of software improvements and worse, warranty will be void.

Jailbreaking iPhone now legal

Jailbreaking iPhone now legal

Corynne McSherry, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco digital rights organization that pushed for the clarifications said that the rulings were “a major victory for consumers,” and “Copyright law should be supporting fair use and not getting in the way of it.”

Natalie Kerris,Apple spokesman said Monday that they are concerned about jailbreaking because the practice can make an

iPhone can be unstable and unreliable due jailbreaking which is the concern of the company, said Natalie Kerris, Apple spokesman.

“Apple’s goal has always been to ensure that our customers have a great experience with their iPhone, and we know that jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience,” she said.

Aside from jailbreaking other exemptions are

• allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers.

• allow people to break technical protections on video games to investigate or correct security flaws.

• allow college professors, film students, documentary filmmakers and producers of noncommercial videos to break copy-protection measures on DVDs so they can embed clips for educational purposes, criticism or commentary.

• allow computer owners to bypass the need for external security devices called dongles if the dongle no longer works and cannot be replaced.

• allow blind people to break locks on electronic books so that they can use them with read-aloud software and similar aides.

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iPhone 4 white model

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White iPhone 4 will be released “Later this year”, delayed again

Posted on 26 July 2010 by James Campero

Apple says white iPhone 4 model will be released “Later this year”. The delay could possibly make Apple amend iPhone 4 antenna problem. Initial reports says it could be on September 30 same time when iPhone 4 free bumpers ends.

In the press conference held by Apple about the antenna issues, Steve Jobs said himself that the white model iPhone 4 would be out by the end of July. However, the delay could mean that Apple is already addressing the antenna design without using the “cases” or bumper to improve its signal.

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iPhone 4 white model delayed release

A short statement from Apple:

White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected, and as a result they will not be available until later this year. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.

Engadget’s post production challenge adds up to Apple’s statement pertaining to the production issue, saying:

Specifically, the factory’s still working out the perfect combination of paint thickness and opacity—the former to ensure the next subcontractor has enough clearance for the digitizer overlay, and the latter for the absolute whiteness that Jony Ive and Co. strive for.

Apple’s reputation has been put at stake, after all it could have been address before the device was officially launched.

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