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QuickPwn Mac screenshots

August 30, 2008 2 comments

I just got the chance to try QuickPwn on the Mac and take a few screenshots to show the stages of the process. There are some differences from the Windows version I previously used, the program takes you through the whole jailbreaking task instead of passing you to a terminal program, and it detects your device automatically. I was disappointed to no be offered a choice of what software gets installed, so didn’t go through with the jailbreak. Here’s the screenshots of what I did. Read more…

QuickPwn for Mac released

August 29, 2008 Leave a comment

Following the release of QuickPwn for Windows and updates to PwnageTool for the Mac, QuickPwn has finally been released for Mac. Details from the iPhone Dev Team blog indicate the Mac version of QuickPwn is only compatible with firmware 2.0.2 at the moment, and until demand settles down it will only be available as a Bittorrent download. No problem there, it only took a couple of minutes to complete when I just tried it so there’s plenty of seeders out there. I’ll give it a try in the morning, and post screenshots if anything looks different to the previous QuickPwn for Windows.

New MacUpdate promo bundle

August 27, 2008 Leave a comment

The latest bundle deal from MacUpdate has just gone live (111 sales as I type) offering the usual deal of 10 apps for $49.99 with three locked until sales targets are reached. The first target is 1,000 sales so it shouldn’t be too hard to see all the apps being made available. I’ve bought the last two of these deals and everything was unlocked so I expect the same will happen this time. The apps on offer are:

  • HookUp An iTunes and iPhoto companion which allows you to access, stream and download media from shared libraries in a remote network
  • Alarm Clock Pro manages alarms and a variety of notification methods
  • Periscope is a webcam recording app
  • DEVONagent powerful internet search app
  • Mellel word processor with several advanced features
  • Norrkross Movie video editor offering features beyone iMovie
  • Bookends bibliography/reference and information management system
  • MacJournal personal journaling software (locked until 1,000 sales)
  • Contactizer Pro manage, share, organise personal and business information (locked)
  • LightZone powerful desktop photo-editing (locked)

I’m guessing this bundle is aimed at students off to college or university, with the exception of the last app LightZone. This sells as either a basic version for £75 or a full version for £115. The MacUpdate bundle doesn’t say it’s the basic version included, so it looks like a £115 app plus nine other apps for under £30. Now that’s a bargain, especially since I have been looking at buying LightZone for a while.

UPDATE Lightzone has now changed to Lightzone Basic on the description page. Looks like that was just too good a deal to be true.

Psystar Sues Apple, claims anticompetitive practices

August 27, 2008 Leave a comment

In an unexpected move, Mac clone maker Psystar has counter sued Apple, accusing the company of restraint of trade and other violations of antitrust law. Apple had originally filed a formal complaint with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on July 3rd. Now that Psystar has responded, Apple has 30 days to reply to the allegations.

Psystar are looking to challenge the EULA of Mac OSX, which states that the operating system can only be used on Apple hardware. It’s starting to sound like a David and Goliath battle, but if the comment on Engadget that ‘EULAs have traditionally been upheld in California and Florida’ is any indication Psystar has a tough battle ahead.

This is one case that could have a huge impact on the future of Mac OS, especially the right to run it on non-Apple hardware. The chance to buy a legal copy of OSX for a hackintosh would be a big improvement, even though it’s looking like a very slim possibility at the moment.

Read more at

AppleinsiderMacworldEngadgetTechradar

Pwnage and QuickPwn updated

August 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Very late last night came the news that the iPhone dev Team has updated both the Macintosh PwnageTool and the Windows QuickPwn. Both tools will jailbreak the latest iPhone/iPod vesion 2.0.2 firmware. PwnageTool 2.0.3 for the Mac is reported as having some problems with the iPod Touch so the Dev Team are recommending you hold off a little longer and wait for the next version due soon. Windows QuickPwn is updated to beta 150 offering some bug fixes.

There’s a comment on the blog recommending that QuickPwn isn’t run through Macintosh virtualisation software such as parallels and VMware. I had wondered if this was an option while rebooting into Windows to use QuickPwn, so there’s the answer.

iPod Nano 4G case revealed

August 25, 2008 Leave a comment

A case for the rumoured 4th generation iPod Nano has showed up on Alibaba.com. Shown above, the silicon case appears to confirm the image leaked by Kevin Rose a couple of days ago. The interesting part from the product details is ‘Various color available, match with iPod nano 4G colors’. Will this be the same colours as the current range? This excitement is just too much.

The details I really want are on the rumoured inclusion of GPS in the new iPod Touch. Now that would be one sweet PDA, if only Apple would get the copy/paste and syncing of notes and todos sorted out.

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New Ipod Nano Details?

August 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Details have been posted at kevinrose.com of the new iPod Nano due to be introduced in the next few weeks. The image above is  claimed to be the new Nano, and it certainly fits in with the current rumours of a return to the tall and thin shape with a larger screen. The post also claims price drops for the ipod range to bring them in under the current iPhone $199 starting price. Well worth a visit for a few other details and a video.

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