A Dutch hacker has demonstrated that jailbreaking your iPhone opens it up to a hack that allows your jailbroken iPhone to be easily accessed and remotely controlled. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t jail break your iPhone (or that you should, we pass no judgement on the act of jailbreaking an iPhone), but it does mean that if you are going to jailbreak your iPhone, you need to know how to close the security hole you will create (or already have created) by jailbreaking your iPhone.
If you are thinking that your iPhone seems to be dropping an awful lot of calls, it’s not all in your head. Or your calling area. iPhone users around the country have the same feeling, and now Apple has (perhaps unwittingly) confirmed it: in some areas the iPhone drops as much as 30% of all calls! It all started when Manoj Gupta brought his iPhone into the Apple store in the Soho area of New York City…
Only Internet-years behind the rest of the cell phone toting, SMS messaging texting world, iPhone users are finally able to send MMS messages. MMS messages are “Multimedia Messaging Service” messages, meaning that instead of just text, you can send multimedia items such as pictures and videos.
No matter how snazzy a cell phone is, it’s only as good as the carrier that is servicing it. And in the case of the iPhone, it turns out that it is straining Ma Bell’s system to the point that AT and T’s 9 million iPhone users are disproportionately dragging down AT and T’s network infrastructure.
David Molnar over at Ephermata had a great idea. His girlfriend was moving from Chicago to California, and he thought “Hey, let’s track her stuff as the movers take it cross-country.” He did it using a $99 iPhone and the “Find My iPhone” service included with Apple’s Mobile Me, and it worked really well. So well, in fact, that he discovered that it’s possible to track anyone using their own iPhone, and doing so is pretty trivial.
Apple has just publicly copped to the fact that you can get a “small and quick electrical (static) shock from your ear buds while listening to iPod or iPhone.” The problem is not specific to the Apple ear bud type of head phones (those headsets that fit into the opening of your ear canal), but rather is specific to iPod and iPhone, and other sorts of MP3 players, and can happen with any brand of earbud.
If you believe that Apple really manually reviews and approves (or disapproves) every iPhone application before it can be sold through iTunes, then you have to believe that Apple inexplicably approved an application that simulates a crying baby which can only be quieted by shaking it to death (demonstrated by the cessation of the crying, and red Xs over its eyes).
Oh goody. The anti-privacy folks at Flexi Spy, who brought you cell phone tapping software for Nokia 60, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile phones back in 2007, have just announced a new iPhone cellphone spying software version of FlexiSpy. Whee!
For those of you who are easily offended, stop reading right now. Otherwise, well, you have to know where to draw the line, and Apple apparently does. Flatulence is in – jiggling breasts are out. That is the message behind Apple’s banning the newly minted iPhone iBoobs application, while iFart has rocketed to become the #1 in the iPhone appstore (the applications store).
Amazon Remembers is a new iPhone application that lets you send a picture of anything to Amazon, and if it is at all available for sale within Amazon’s huge network of products, they will send you a link to purchase it within 24 hours.
A woman whose husband sent a picture of himself, in a compromising position, to another woman, has turned to the online Apple community for help in confirming that her husband is cheating on her.
If you have an Apple iPhone 3G, then you are affected by the just-announced recall of all Apple iPhone 3G power adaptors! Apple announced over the weekend that they are recalling all of their Ultracompact USB Power Adaptors which were packaged with the new 3G iPhone, because the prongs can snap off while inside an electrical outlet, creating a hazard of shock.
Did you know that your iPhone is capturing and storing screen shots of everything you do? And while we can assume (and hope) that it deletes it as soon as it not longer needs the information, it could be relatively easy for forensics experts to uncover – essentially “undelete” – that information.