iOS 6 3D Maps Possible On Other Versions Of iPhone?

Developers are working hard to get a solid jailbreak running for iOS 6 on different iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad models and so far having a little bit of success, they have a jailbreak, but a lot of apps and Cydia don’t work just yet and these wouldn’t work as of now because the jailbreak is still in the developer mode and will take time for it to be fully available to the users.

Although one hacker in Russia managed to figure out a way for making the 3D mapping feature run on an iPhone 4. A feature which was only available for iPhone 4S and second, third generation iPad has been tweaked by Anton Tiktov (also known as iTony) so that it works on a jailbroken iPhone 4 and installed his own, third party app called 3DEnabler in order to get 3D map viewing working.

Sadly, there isn’t much explanation yet into how 3DEnabler enables viewing Maps in 3D. One thing it can’t do, which iPhone 3GS and 4 owners might want though, is Turn-by-Turn navigation in the maps. One also can’t use Cydia to help install the app due to the software not working with iOS 6 for now.

However, the iGuides Forum details how Anton manages to get around this issue, which enlists more manual installation and it is pretty easy and one can do it yourself in two tricky steps, but be careful they might just get your iDevice bricked and you don’t want that to happen so it is better to take a backup and then do the tricky part because currently apple is signing iOS 5.1.1 and in some days maybe a week it will stop signing iOS 5.1.1 and then you’ll have to log on to iOS 6 and then wait for the actual proper jailbreak to come out and not the developer one.

The 3D view in Maps on the jailbroken iPhone 4 does look quite smooth and appears to load well, but it will be interesting to see how Apple would react to a hack like this and it would most probably try some kind of a patch to block it but then we know, Dev Team has answers to everything.

iOS 6 Jailbreak Already Available with Redsn0w 0.9.13dev

The first beta of iOS 6 has only been in the wild a few days but has already been jailbroken in the developer’s mode. The Dev team released a dev build of Redsn0w 0.9.13 to handle the jailbreak which works on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch 4G, though each device is tethered for the time being and there are a handful of major issues with the jailbreak that should prevent most users from attempting to use it on their devices. The major issue with it is the ipsw file of iOS 6 which is still the developer’s ipsw and cannot be handled by most of the people. The general users are still stuck up on iOS 5.1.1 and will be able to download iOS 6 at a later stage but for now the users should stick to iOS 5.1.1 and not try the developer’s iOS 6 because it is way too dangerous to try ones hands on it.

As the version implies, Redsn0w 0.9.13dev is intended for developers only. There are many components that do not work, including Apple’s default apps, many 3rd party apps, Cydia apps, and more. Adding on, this version of the tethered jailbreak does not install Cydia on to the homescreen which again is a MAJOR issue for users to deal with currently. Because of all these cavities this is really a proof of concept and should not be widely adopted beyond those developing jailbreak tweaks or apps, but it does suggest that when iOS 6 is released to the public a jailbreak will accompany it rather quickly.

If you’re a developer and you wish to try this out, point Redsn0w at the iOS 6 IPSW file to jailbreak, and then boot tethered. As the Dev Team mentions, anyone attempting to use this version of redsn0w will need a registered UDID to activate their device.

iOS 6 is scheduled for a public release this fall so we recommend the naive users to stay away from it and enjoy the perks of iOS 5.1.1 with a successful untethered jailbreak using absinthe.

How To Install Siri On iPhone 4

Siri… everyone wants it badly but there was NO way to port it and make it work until now. There was an old release called spire but it was useless and didn’t work at all. So here, we tell you in a very simple step by step guide how to get the favorite Voice Assistant Siri for your iPhone 4.

For those who are still wanting to get Siri on their older generation iOS device you will be glad to know there is an alternative method now available. This alternative is called SiriPort and will allow you to get Siri functioning without the need of a proxy server which was previously needed in spire. Now you can use Apple’s personal assistant, Siri on the iPhone 4 (GSM, CDMA), iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4G, iPod Touch 3G and iPad 1G running the iOS 5.1.1 firmware without iPhone 4S activation keys.

The Following are the steps you need to follow:

1)    Jailbreak your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad Untethered on the iOS 5.1.1 firmware.

2)    Add the official SiriPort repo.

  • a)    Launch Cydia
  • b)    Go into the Manage tab, followed by the sources section
  • c)    Tap Edit
  • d)    Add and type in the following repository : http://repo.siriport.ru

3)    With the repository successfully added go into Cydia Search tab and search for: SiriPort (original)

4)    Once you see SiriPort (original) on the search results you will need to tap on it and install it to your iOS device.

5)    SiriPort when installed on your iOS device you will need to launch Safari and go to the following URL: http://siriport.ru/siriport_ru_original.pem

6)    After visiting the URL you will need to download the certificate file. It will ask to install the certificate and then you press agree. Once the certificate has been installed you will need to reboot your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

7)    Simply invoke Siri and say “Hi”. If Siri does not respond in a few minutes you will need to reboot and repeat this process until you get Siri to reply to you. Once Siri does reply to you it is working and you now have Siri functioning on your older generation iOS device running the iOS 5.1.1 firmware.

Note: SiriPort is used by a lot of people and if you are not having any luck getting a response from Siri it could simply be because the SiriPort servers are overloaded. But trust me it works and i have tried it myself. Keep in mind before installing it that it is a large package (nearly 100MB) so you should be connected to a Wi-Fi network. If you followed all the steps correctly and met the requirements outlined previously you should have gotten Siri fully functional on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad running the iOS 5.1.1 firmware.

Please don’t forget to share your valuable feedback with us.

Blogtechnika will not be responsible if your device gets bricked while using Cydia.

How To Log In To More Than One Skype Account At A Time

Skype has now become the most preferred Messenger for communication across the world. Ever since its launch it has been adopted for both personal and professional use. It was acquired by Microsoft since then it has a large network which is growing larger day by day. Skype is not limited to just instant messaging but it can be used for making voice calls to landlines and mobiles at nominal charges. Like Gmail, Yahoo and other major instant messengers Skype also doesn’t allow running multiple instances but there are workarounds for this.

 

 

 

You can either opt for manual methods which are quite tiring and difficult or use Multi Skype Launcher which is a free software. It is compatible with windows XP, vista and windows 7. To run this program you should have at least a .NET framework 3.5 and Skype 4.0 Installed on your Computer.

How to Use Multi Skype launcher?

  1. Download Multi Skype launcher here.
  2. Installation is pretty straight forward and during this process it will give the option to install G launcher. G launcher is a standalone application that can record your Skype conversations. It is completely the user’s choice whether to have this application or not.
  3. When you will run the program it will ask for your Skype login credentials. Enter your details and click on OK button. Similarly you can add more accounts.
  4. To open an account, select the account and click on Launch button. Your account will open in a new window. Repeat this process to open more accounts.
  5. Multi Skype Launcher is completely safe and you login details are never shared.

I hope you liked this post and we would love to hear from you. Please leave your comments and feedback for this post.

Mountaincentre: A Tweak That Brings Mac OS X Experience To Your iPhone

The recent launch of mountain lion OSX has led to the development of this new tweak in Cydia and works great with iOS 5 and higher.

MountainCenter is a Cydia tweak that adds the Notification Centre experience from OS X Mountain Lion to your iDevice. With MountainCenter version, the Notification Centre is revealed with a customizable swipe from either side of the screen. As you swipe the contents of the screen will smoothly follow your fingers, revealing the Notification Centre behind.
You can download MountainCenter via the BigBoss Repo for $2.99.

Features:

  • Number of fingers required for swiping gesture.
  • Which side of the screen it should appear from?
  • The banner should be stretched or not.
  • The sensitivity of the drag gestures.
  • Whether you want it disabled when the keyboard is visible

But then why pay $3 for a tweak which is available for free?

To install this tweak you need to follow the steps given below:

  1. Open Cydia on your jailbroken iphone.
  2. Let the data load.
  3. Once the data is loaded go to search and type in “MountainCenter”.
  4. It’s free in the http://iGeeks.myrepospace.com/ repo.
  5. Select it
  6. Install it.
  7. Respring or reboot your device.
  8. You are done to use it.

If you know any other tweaks similar to this one or any other tweak which you might think would be useful to iphone users please let us know.

Blogtechnika will not be responsible if your device gets bricked while using Cydia.

Statustint: Change The Colour Of Status Bar Of Your iPhone

There are many status bar tweaks for setting a custom message on the status bar ribbon in place of the clock or carrier. There is a status bar tweaks for your tethered jailbroken phone. But what if you are bored with the status bar’s grey-on-white or vice versa theme? StatusTint lets you set the colour and the gradient of the status bar yourself, which provides a degree of flexibility second to skinning the status bar yourself.

StatusTint is a Cydia tweak that allows you to change the colour of your status bar and even add a gradient to it with the different and unique styles available and it also supports iOS 5 and higher.

An issue in this build of StatusTint tweak is a lack of landscape support. Turning your iPhone on its side will cause an inch of colour missing on the status bar, but that’s not really an issue after all.

To install this tweak you need to follow the steps given below:

  1. Open Cydia on your jailbroken iphone.
  2. Let the data load.
  3. Once the data is loaded go to search and type in “StatusTint”.
  4. It’s free in the BigBoss repo.
  5. Select it
  6. Install it.
  7. Respring or reboot your device.
  8. You are done to use it.

If you know any other tweaks similar to this one or any other tweak which you might think would be useful to iphone users please let us know.

Blogtechnika will not be responsible if your device gets bricked while using Cydia.

Hide Your Online Status On Facebook Chat From Selected Friends And Contacts

If you are connected with too many people on Facebook and need to hide your online status on Facebook Chat from certain contacts, here’s some help. Facebook has integrated friends list with Chat and you can also choose which of these list members get to see you online. Earlier you had to completely turn in order to hide your online status from other contacts.

So you can stay visible to your family members and close friends while the rest of your Facebook friends won’t know if you are logged into Facebook.

The Facebook chat window has easy sliders so you can easily toggle your online status for any friends list in a click.

Adding a new contact or a friend on facebook will show on your timeline but then there is another option to categorize that friend and add him/her to another list. Now the best part of facebook friend lists is that it can help you add friends to these lists and then according to your will you can show them your online visibility and status. If you are online and don’t want your family members to ping you unnecessarily then just apply the offline mode and you’re done. This definitely isn’t a difficult task but it just helps your facebook account remain neat and clean and to top it all it is organised. For those who are disorganised can make use of this and help themselves.

Archangel Brings You Three Tweaks In One For Your iPhone

A new jailbreak tweak has been launched that includes three great features that make your iOS device better. Archangel is the tweak we are talking about, this new tweak available in Cydia has three features:

  1. Tether Guardian
  2. Download Alerter
  3. Power Manager

Unlike most Cydia tweaks, Archangel comes with three features packed into one tweak that enable you to perform multiple tasks. The three features include Tether Guardian, Download Alerter and Power Manager which allows you to enable/disable any of those whenever you want. Tether Guardian prevents you from rebooting your device if you’re on a tethered jailbreak which I think is the most important tweak for a user with tethered jailbreak but on the other hand the user can also update to 5.1.1 and then jailbreak untethered which is now possible with absinthe 2. When you slide to power off the device, instead of a reboot the phone will re spring.

Download Alerter is very similar to the Download Reminder tweak and reminds you when App Store apps have finished downloading. Power Manager gives you access to quick links such as respring, reboot, power off and Google, when you hold down the power button.

To install this tweak you need to follow the steps given below:

  1. Open Cydia on your jailbroken iphone.
  2. Let the data load.
  3. Once the data is loaded go to search and type in “archangel”.
  4. It’s free in the BigBoss repo.
  5. Select it
  6. Install it.
  7. Respring or reboot your device.
  8. You are done to use it.

If you know any other tweaks similar to this one or any other tweak which you might think would be useful to iphone users please let us know.

Blogtechnika will not be responsible if your device gets bricked while using Cydia.

Google Drive Vs Dropbox Vs SkyDrive: The Fight For Cloud Storage Supremacy

Cloud Computing is gaining tremendous popularity these days. Firstly, Dropbox Inc. came up a new cloud storage service Dropbox. Then Microsoft launched SkyDrive in its newest Windows Operating system Windows 8 and now recently Google has started a new Cloud Storage Service Google Drive. There is also a stiff competitor, Apple with its iCloud but we won’t be getting into that comparison because it’s a completely different concept for apple. All of these cloud services have their own pros and cons.  So here we will summarize the comparison between these cloud storage services.

I have broken down the comparison into comparing 2 cloud drives at a time to make it easier.

Comparison between Google Drive and Dropbox

Email Access

Google Drive stuff can be easily accessed from the Gmail i.e. users can send the link of the Google Drive content to others in Gmail, instead of attaching files in Gmail.

In Dropbox, there is no direct way to access files through any of the E-mail services. Users have to upload their files to send others.

Price

Google Drive is cheaper than Dropbox. It provides free 5GB storage space on the cloud to each user. Users can also upgrade their cloud to 25GB and 100GB at the cost of $2.49/month and $4.99/month.

Dropbox claims to give 18GB free storage space but for the new user it gives 2GB free space and user can get additional 16GB free space by referring others, 500MB on each referral. To upgrade your storage space, you will be charged $9.99/month for 50GB space and $19.99 for 100GB space.

Platform

Dropbox running successfully on all the platforms like Windows, Linux, Mac, Smart phones and iOS.

Google Drive also runs on all the platforms except iOS. Soon, it will be available on it.

User Availability

Dropbox has started very earlier and more than 45 million people are use using it. So, there is no reason for such users to migrate from Dropbox to other cloud service.

Google Drive has recently launched and it not is open for all the users. Users firstly have to notify Google and then Google sends Email to the user when it becomes available for him.

Looks (User Interface)

Dropbox is not much intuitive but people are widely using it.

Google Drive looks something like Google Docs which many of you must have tried to and it also uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology to read scanned PDF, Images and other files. It reads the text from the images and filters your result according to it i.e. if you are searching for Mount Everest then it will also show Mount Everest images in your search result.

Security

In Dropbox, there is no internal security of your data i.e. the data shared in Dropbox is visible to everyone who is using Dropbox. Users cannot share their files and folders to specific people and there is no such feature to set password on files to restrict from unauthorized access. It uses SSL AES-256 bit encryption algorithm to share data.

Google Drive allows users to share files and folders publically or with specific people and it also gives liberty to its end users to share password protected files. There is no such encryption algorithm for sharing of your data.

Comparison between Google Drive and SkyDrive

Supported Platform

Google Drive runs on all the platforms like Windows, Linux, Mac, Android etc except iOS. Soon, it will be available on it also.

SkyDrive is available on all platforms supported by Google Drive except Android OS. It additionally runs on iOS and Windows Phones.

Storage Space and Plans

Google Drive provides free 5GB of storage space on the cloud to each user. Users can also upgrade their cloud to 25GB and 100GB at the cost of $2.49/month and $4.99/month.

SkyDrive is cheaper than Google Drive. It provides 7GB free storage space to each individual user and also allows expanding their storage space up to 20GB for $10 per year and 50GB for $25 per year.

Supported File Formats

Google Drive supports all daily use format files and folders. It also supports Photoshop Mock-ups and AutoCAD Drawings. User can view all these files without installing the supported software on their PC. Google Drive uses it’s on Built-in file viewer to view all kind of files.

SkyDrive doesn’t include any additional format files like Photoshop etc. It also uses web apps built-in file viewers to open documents files.

File Recovery

When a file is deleted accidently or Intentionally in Google Drive it goes to Trash folder which means an accidently deleted file can be recovered back easily.

SkyDrive doesn’t provide any Trash Folder i.e. file once deleted will not be recovered back.

Security

Users can also apply for two step verification on their Google Drive to protect it from any unauthorized access. Google Drive also maintains detailed log of every change made to any file or account.

There is no extra layer to protect SkyDrive account and it doesn’t maintain any log for any change.

File Search

Google Drive has made searching in files and folder very easy. It uses OCR (Optical Character Reorganization) technology to read scanned PDF, Images and other files. It reads the text from the images and filters your result according to it i.e. if you are searching for Mount Everest then it will also show Mount Everest images in your search result.

SkyDrive searches the contents as searches made in MS-Office.

Offline Access

In Google Drive, users can access all the stored files in offline mode using the mobile apps. You can download and save documents or files on your mobile for later use.

There is no such facility available in SkyDrive for iOS Devices but iOS device user can export documents to another app like iBooks or Good Reader to access them in offline mode.

Go to next page for comparison between SkyDrive and Dropbox

Comparison between SkyDrive and Dropbox

Supported Platform

Dropbox runs successfully on all the platforms Windows, Linux, Mac, Smart phones and iOS except Windows mobile phones (as of now).

SkyDrive is available on all platforms supported by Dropbox except Android OS. It additionally runs on Windows Phones.

Storage Space and Plans

Dropbox claims to give 18GB free storage space but for the new user it gives 2GB free space and the user can get additional 16GB free space by referral others, 500MB on each referral. To upgrade your storage space, you will be charged $9.99/month for 50GB space and $19.99 for 100GB space.

SkyDrive is cheaper than Dropbox. It provides 7GB free storage space to each individual user and also allows expanding their storage space up to 20GB for $10 per year and 50GB for $25 per year.

Supported File Formats

SkyDrive uses web apps built-in file viewers to open documents files. It doesn’t support any additional format files like Photoshop etc. To open such files users have to install compatible software on their systems.

Dropbox doesn’t use any built-in web apps to open any kind of file. It uses installed supported applications on your computer to open files.

File Recovery

When a file is deleted accidently or Intentionally in Dropbox it goes to Trash folder which means an accidently deleted file can be recovered back easily and it preserved the history of last 30 days in it which means you can easily restore the file which you have modified earlier.

SkyDrive doesn’t provide any Trash Folder i.e. file once deleted will not be recovered back. Users can also restore the earlier modified files but the exact duration isn’t specified yet.

Log Information

Dropbox maintains the detailed log information for any change made on any file.

No log information is maintained in SkyDrive.

Offline Access

In Dropbox, users can access all the stored files in offline mode using the mobile apps. You can download and save documents or files on your mobile for later use.

There is no such facility available in SkyDrive for iOS Devices but iOS device user can export documents to another app like iBooks or Good Reader to access them in offline mode.

Hope this little insight into all the cloud storage would help you to choose which is the perfect Cloud Storage for you. Do let us know which one did you pick or any views or comments  you might have regarding them.

Make Great Videos With Video Star Using iPhone Or iPad

Video Star is a glitzy and an app for the video savvy that lets you record pop star-style videos using your iPhone or camera-enabled iPad. It’s not a serious video recording and editing program, but a lightweight app that uses a variety of effects to spice things up but i must mention that it is amazing.

Every good rock song must have a good video but professionally it costs a lot. Video Star lets you import an audio track from your iTunes library on your phone or iPad. Selecting the audio is the first thing you do when you create a new clip. You can tweak the audio clip by cropping it or adjusting the speed and the pitch. If you don’t want audio, you can just skip this step and move ahead.

Once the audio is selected, you can move on to the video making part of the app and for Video Star, it’s all about the effects. You can choose between different layouts, overlay icons like hearts or balloons, add blur, change the colour effects, use green screen and add borders and more. If the default set of customization are not enough, you can buy add-on packs for 99-cents using an in-app purchase but if u don’t want to spend that amount then you can jailbreak your device and use iAppCracker tweak to buy free in app purchases.

Video Star lacks any editing features, so you can’t go back and edit or omit a section of the video. Shooting a video with Video Star is a one take process, unless you use a more sophisticated app to crop and mix clips. When you are done recording, you can review the video in the app and save it to your camera roll or can also send it to someone via email or upload it to YouTube.

Video Star is perfect for teens and anyone else who wants to make lively or funny video using their iOS device. It would be a big hit at a birthday party or struggling musicians can use it to make a video for their band and then promote their song. It would also be great for parents who want to grab a quick video when their children are acting silly. If you are creative and plan your shots, you could use it to record an amateur music video, but one might have to use another app like iMovie to edit any imperfections or anomalies in the video just taken.

You can download Video Star From iTunes here.