Posts tagged with: Jailbreak
  • by | June 19, 2012 3:11 PM

    Multiple user accounts have been offered by various platforms for a long time. My first exposure to the idea of distinct user profiles was on my family's Packard Bell computer running Windows 95. With five of us sharing the machine, multiple-account support was a blessing. There was no security to speak of -we all had administrator access, though none of us knew what that meant- but it gave us the illusion of privacy. At the very least, we could select our own wallpaper and arrange our desktop icons the way we wanted. The underlying nature of separate-account support has changed since ...

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  • by | June 12, 2012 4:32 PM

    Following Apple's announcement of iOS 6 yesterday at the WWDC, a beta release of the software has become available to developers. Any time Apple churns out a new release of iOS, those of us who choose to jailbreak our devices start worrying about just how the change will affect our ability to do so. So, what does the iOS 6 jailbreak situation look like at the moment? The good news, at least for this beta release, is that Apple hasn't closed-up all the holes that let hackers worm their way into the system to effect a jailbreak. Before the iOS 5.1 untethered jailbreak was released, there was ...

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  • by | May 25, 2012 11:07 AM

    We've heard reports of some major progress towards the development of an untethered iOS 5.1.1 jailbreak over the course of the last several weeks. From the early announcement of a few exploits, to later work on fleshing-out the tool's compatibility with more and more iOS devices, things have been moving forward at a brisk pace. Back at the start of last week, we heard via pod2g that the Chronic Dev Team just might have something to show us during this week's Hack In The Box conference. Sure enough, GreenPois0n Absinthe 2.0 has just been released, supporting jailbreak on a wide range of ...

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  • by | May 18, 2012 11:04 AM

    For the past couple weeks, we've had cause to be pretty optimistic about the prospects for seeing an untethered iOS 5.1.1 jailbreak, one supporting even the new 2012 iPad, released in the very near future. Developer pod2g has been keeping us all advised as to his progress in uncovering exploits, and then adapting them into a usable jailbreak. Most recently, though, he dropped a bit of bad news for some iOS users, announcing that a key exploit didn't appear to be working on the third generation iPod touch and the iPhone 3GS, leaving them invulnerable to this jailbreak. Today, pod2g has ...

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  • by | May 17, 2012 7:06 PM

    Around here, we might all be fans of unlocks, jailbreaks, and pretty much anything else you can do to a phone to remove unnecessary limitations put in place by the manufacturer, carrier, or any combination thereof, but it's clear those companies involved have very little interest in us being able to do so, some to the point of being openly hostile. Considering how much money Apple makes from its cut of sales through iTunes and its App Store, it shouldn't be any surprise when the company acts in a manner consistent with protecting those interests. Still, might it be going too far in its ...

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  • by | May 14, 2012 6:10 PM

    So far, May has seen swift progress towards the release of a working untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1 devices. We quickly moved from talk of the hypothetical, to that of real exploits, and late last week got a look at just such a jailbreak running on the 2012 iPad. If you've been wondering what all that means when it comes to the actual public availability of a jailbreak tool, pod2g has some new posts up on his blog to explain where the project's at and point out some current limitations. The good news is that pod2g's got his trusted cadre of iOS tinkerers helping him test the jailbreak, ...

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  • by | May 11, 2012 3:32 AM

    Those of you rocking a New iPad with iOS 5.1 on it will be happy to find out that an untethered jailbreak is in the works. According to the video teaser below, by pod2g, the project is in a rather advanced stage but it's not just yet available for the public. Aside from the fact that you will see Cydia and the truckload of applications listed you will definitely notice that the Apple tablet is booting up on its own, with no help from a computer. Whether the full untethered jailbreak will be released soon or held back in order for Apple not to patch anything in iOS is yet unknown but ...

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  • by | May 3, 2012 7:35 PM

    Earlier this week, we got some good news from pod2g about his progress towards a new jailbreak for iOS 5.1. He announced discovering a pair of exploits, as well as started gathering feedback from fans about what he should do with his finds: save them for the future or work towards getting a jailbreak tool out now. The poll has since closed, with just about two-thirds of users voting in favor of getting things out ASAP and not worrying about iOS 6 until it actually arrives. It sounds like pod2g has been quite busy since then, as he just posted to Twitter news that he has an iOS 5.1 ...

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  • by | May 1, 2012 7:05 PM

    Last we heard from pod2g, back at the end of March, he was still poking away at iOS 5.1 on the new iPad, looking for weaknesses that might eventually lead to the release of a public jailbreak. At the time, pod2g urged patience, pointing out that even if the needed exploits were known, it would still take some time to develop them into a tool ready to be released. It seems that he's had some good luck since then, recently tweeting the announcement of his discovery of a pair of a new exploits. Those previous warnings stand, and exploits don't automatically equal jailbreaks, but pod2g finding ...

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  • by | March 31, 2012 12:35 AM

    Owners of the new 2012 iPad barely had time to get their new tablets out of the box before we got news of the first jailbreak working on the model. We've seen some evidence from devs showing that such feats are within reach, but we haven't had a public release just yet. Notable iOS guru pod2g took to Twitter earlier today to update anxious users on his own work towards such a goal, and why we might not be seeing any release in the immediate future. The Chronic Dev Team has reportedly made some progress towards coming up with a userland jailbreak, but its work is incomplete. Just finding ...

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  • by | March 16, 2012 4:54 PM

    Apple's next iPad is finally here, and for those of you Apple users who prefer living outside the walled garden, work's already well underway on the first public jailbreak for the tablet. The iPhone Dev Team recently put up a new blog post outlining where current efforts lie, and the situation is definitely looking promising. Right now, only Apple gear based on older chipsets has an iOS 5.1 jailbreak available for it, and even that's semi-tethered. As for the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and 2012 iPad, there's no public solution available; what about private? At least two, and possibly three or four ...

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  • by | March 8, 2012 9:39 PM

    So if you're on the list of people that cringed their teeth when they hit the Install button of the OTA upgrade of iOS 5.1 and forgot all about their Jailbreak, you might be in luck. The Dev-Team has just updated RedN0w to version 0.9.10b6 and it brings you the option of getting a tethered jailbreak of your device as long as it doesn't run on an A5 chip (Sorry iPhone 4S and iPad2 readers). There's nothing hot about a tethered jailbreak of any iOS device, but if you lost it by mistake, you're sadly out of of choices. Make sure you download the version of Redsn0w for either your Mac or PC ...

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  • by | February 20, 2012 8:21 PM

    Just about a month ago, we told you about current efforts by the United States Copyright Office to revisit the topic of jailbreaking as a legal exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. While jailbreaking smartphones got the OK last time around, these exemptions don't automatically renew, and the case for them must be made over-and-over as they expire. To that end, the Electronic Frontier Foundation was asking smartphone users across the US to submit their own comments about jailbreaking in order to show the Copyright Office just how strongly many of us feel about freedom to use ...

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  • by | January 25, 2012 12:46 AM

    A couple years ago, the smartphone user community scored a major victory in the United States when the Copyright Office added jailbreaking phones to the list of anti-circumvention exemptions allowed under the DMCA. While a manufacturer could still use jailbreaking as an excuse to void your warranty, there was no longer any doubt that the owners of phones could now legally modify them is such a manner. Problem is, the exemptions granted under the Act aren't permanent (though the restrictions sure as heck are), requiring petitions to renew them every three years. It's just about time to ...

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  • by | January 24, 2012 7:40 PM

    We just told you last night about a recent update to the iPhone-4S-jailbreaking tool Absinthe, from the Chronic Dev Team. That release brought with it a Windows installer, and attempted to eliminate a few bugs that crept into the previous release. We've been waiting for a solution like this to arrive ever since the iPad 2 first introduced the A5 processor, so we're understandably focused on following the evolution of Absinthe as the last kinks are worked-out. We've now learned of a new update to the tool, once again bringing bug fixes and support to new operating systems. This time around, ...

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