Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rebel Micro Sim Card, another future-proof untethered unlock for iPhone 4

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As the jailbreak community awaits patiently for Dev-team to deliver a stable unlock for the iPhone 4 baseband (a tough nut to crack), third-party solutions are gaining traction. We told you about CutYourSim, a permanent factory unlock that doesn’t require jailbreaking. If your comments are anything to go by, that service has captured your imagination.

Unfortunately, at $168 per device many folks tell us it’s priced above their comfort level plus it is unclear whether this is a legal solution considering it basically comes down to whitelisting your device’s IMEI in a carrier’s database. Rebel’s Micro Sim is a bit more affordable, costing about $65 in the pro variant or $48 for the lite version. What’s the difference between those two?




The former ships with a custom iPhone 4 SIM tray that keeps the electronics inside the handset while the latter option does not require a special SIM tray for your iPhone 4 and the components are located on the outside of the handset, which isn’t aesthetically pleasing (see below). Both solutions unlock iPhone 4s with basebands 1.59.00, 02.10.04, 03:10.01 and 04.10.01 and support iOS 4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.2.1, 4.3 and 4.3. Like CutYourSim, it’s an untethered solution which doesn’t require a jailbroken device so it should appeal to casual unlockers. Unlike the former, Rebel’s use of a custom SIM tray lets you update the SIM Software even if Apple redesigns the iPhone.







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Angry Birds Sync coming before summer

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Angry Birds artwork by ijul

Does it bother you that you cannot continue playing a game on your iPad right where you left off on an iPhone? It always frustrated me that Game Center, Apple’s social network for games, only keeps record of your achievements and leaderboards but not other game data pertaining to your progress and current state of the game.

Unfortunately, until a system-wide sync of app data across all iOS devices via cloud iTunes takes off – if ever – it’s just a pipe dream. Well, not for Angry Birds developer Rovio Mobile. These guys are aware enough of the issue to come up with a solution of their own. They call it Angry Birds Sync and it’s coming soon to a platform near you…




The Appera pointed at a Rovio tweet confirming they’re “working hard” on the sync feature. It should be ready “before summer” and it’ll keep all Angry Birds devices in sync. Possibly even across platforms like Windows, Macs and iOS gadgets. Eat that, Apple!

Rovio also promised an “amazing” Easter-themed update to Angry Birds Seasons with 15 new levels for iPhone and iPad gamers. They posted a screenshot of the upcoming release, included below, and confirmed via their Twitter channel that the upcoming Angry Birds for Facebook app will include three Easter levels.






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Suppliers: Production roadmap for iPhone 5 not yet set in stone

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Whenever Apple decides to produce a new gadget, they usually commission suppliers and manufacturers a few weeks or months ahead. Deals have to be made, parts have to be purchased and the whole supply and production chain needs to align with Apple’s production roadmap before the actual manufacturing can begin. That Apple has not yet released iPhone 5 roadmap to Asian partners is an indication there are no immediate plans to manufacture the handset. Sources told Asian trade publication Digitimes:

Apple has not yet released a production roadmap for iPhone 5 as shipment volumes of iPhone 4 have continued to mount and related suppliers are not yet ready to shift their production lines for new products, according to sources at Taiwan-based touch panel makers.
The sources noted that touch panel shipments for iPhone 4 have remained steady and that suppliers have not been given a heads-up to begin preparations for a next-gen iPhone. Read on…



This corroborates the rumors that iPhone 5 will undergo a major overhaul and therefore won’t be introduced before the year’s end or even early 2012. The report goes on to note that sources at other brand handset vendors believe an inexpensive iPhone is due for a summer release because of the Android pressure. In a separate story, Digitimes says RIM has placed large-volume orders for the PlayBook tablet with contract manufacturer Quanta Computers. The company is reportedly”internally optimistic” about the gizmo’s prospect in the marketplace. When the tablet arrives later this month, it’ll be the first branded slate to match Apple’s pricing on the low end.

The BlackBerry maker had to delay Playbook for a month because Apple essentially gobbled up existing touchscreen supplies. It is believed Apple used a portion of its $60 billion cash hoard to prepaid a multi-year supply of components at best prices.

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Thunderbolt uptake expected as Intel promises development kits

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Thunderbolt interconnect, a technology jointly developed by Apple and Intel which debuted February 24 on the new MacBook Pros, will become widely available to third-parties this quarter via the official development kit, Intel said yesterday. This is important for Mac users eager to take advantage of this technology.

Even though pundits had initially slammed Intel for limiting Thunderbolt to the new MacBook Pros, even saying this would spell doom for the new technology, the early release of an SDK means we can expect a lot of Thunderbolt-enabled products by the year’s end. In addition to Mac notebooks, Intel is working with other players to embrace Thunderbolt. At NAB 2011 several video and storage companion products from AJA, BlackMagic, Matrox, Sonnet, G-Tech, Promise and La Cie are being demoed.



Intel is advertising Thunderbolt at NAB 2011 as a go-to solution for modern video and audio editing and content production. This will benefit Apple, which announced FinalCut Pro X yesterday. Thunderbolt is essentially built around PCI Express and is backwards-compatible with Display Port.

The first implementation is based on copper cabling that allows for 10Gbps throughput in both directions – enough to transfer a full-length, high-definition movie in less than 30 seconds. Fiber optic variant that ups transfer speeds to a whopping 100Gbps should roll out by the end of the decade due to high costs.

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Tweebot is the iPhone App You’ll Probably Replace Twitter With

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The official Twitter app for iPhone's been pissing everyone off since the introduction of the Dickbar. Even though it's since been removed, there's a general wariness around the app—so it's not surprising people are flocking to Tweebot, which just launched today.

There's just one small issue—it costs. $2 to be precise. Though from what we're hearing, that's not been too much of a problem for the developers, with users lapping it up thanks to its slick UI; use of gestures; multiple timelines (thanks to Twitter Lists) and the ability to save drafts. Since its release the app made a huge success.

Check out the video of the "Twitter client with personality" on Tapbots.com

I'm actually trying it at the moment pleas tell us what you think of it in the comments below.


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