Jailbreaking or Rooting your Smartphone? Think Again…

I get many calls and mails about Jailbreaking, and while I don’t recommend it, I wanted to explain what it is.

“Jailbreaking” is the term used for iPhones and “Rooting” is the term used for Android phones. Both, in simple terms means releasing your phone from the restrictions coded into the phone by your provider or manufacturer.

But beware of the consequences before you proceed. In many cases it would invalidate your warranty and most importantly it may brick your device. Brick! Yes the word exactly means that your phone could be used as a brick if the process fails for some unknown reason. Read more

Can you trust your Blackberry device?

As mentioned in my previous posts and publications, Blackberry Messenger uses the same encryption key on all devices. This would mean that if one could intercept the PIN message sent to another device it could be decrypted and read.

RIM does give its customers an option to replace the default encryption key on the devices with a company specific key. This would limit the BBM communication to company devices only, which have the same key.  It should also be noted that it is only the message body, which is encrypted, and not the header, which will still carry the source, and destination device PIN identifiers in clear text. Read more

A Startup Born on Twitter: Paper’d Is Custom Art for Your iPhone (Infographic)

Paper’d is the addictive, lifestyle-inspired iOS wallpaper app that makes your device more you. Download it today (for free!) and you’ll get fun, humor, inspiration, and high-end design, right at your fingertips.

It gives you unlimited access to 200+ free wallpapers, as well as an ever-changing gallery of 260+ additional wallpapers available through in-app purchase. For the latest news about Paper’d, follow us at@paperdapp on Twitter and on Facebook at facebook.com/paperdapp. Read more

Seiko Astron is the world’s first GPS solar watch

The new Seiko Astron watch is the world’s first GPS solar watch, which means that it’s the first watch to be able to automatically reset to the precisely correct time anywhere on the planet. No more hunting for elusive time zone servers. The secret lies in the fact that the boffins have managed to develop their own very low power GPS receiver, which means they can cram it into a watch without instantly draining the batteries. And how it works is quite cool too.

The watch is clever enough to connect to four or more GPS satellites once a day, and by triangulating it pinpoints its position and adjusts to the precisely correct time. Because it’s solar powered it never needs a battery change, and the thing also sports a perpetual calendar so owners should be good with their timekeeping needs for a few decades at least.

The company has applied for 100 patents on the GPS technology and the case is fashioned with ‘high intensity’ titanium, so expect a price which is eye wateringly expensive for all this high tech magnificence.


Caterpillar launches heavy duty Smartphone

Caterpillar Inc, perhaps better reconginsed as CAT and most famously known for being the worlds largest manufacturer of construction and engineering equipment have entered the smartphone market. It will come as no surprise to find that the B10 is a mid-range Android phone that positions itself as a rugged, heavy duty device.

The CAT B10 is fully IP67 certified meaning it’s water, scratch and dust resistant. The tech specs are relatively modest, sporting Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, a 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 3.2″ display, 5MP rear camera and a front facing camera for video calling. The B10 is expected to go on sale worldwide from May.

All terrain phones aren’t new to Android. The Motorola Defy+ has been around for a while and Samsung recently announced the Rugby Smart. The interesting story here is to see if heavy duty experts but smartphone virgins, CAT, can challenge the Android elders.


Apple Unveils ‘The New iPad’

Apple’s original iPad has been a transformative tablet device, but it was cursed from the beginning with a low-resolution display. That changed with the launch of the new iPad, Apple’s third-generation tablet, which adds an ultra-high resolution Retina Display and LTE 4G connectivity.

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the new iPad at a media event in San Francisco, where he also announced an updated Apple TV set-top box. “We think the iPad is the poster-child of the post-PC world,” Cook said.

Almost boasting, he reminded the audience that Apple sold 15.5 million iPads last quarter, more than any PC manufacturer sold in their computer lines. Read more

Apple User Gets $10,000 iTunes Card for Downloading 25 Billionth App

After a few weeks of counting down Chunli Fu of Qingdao from China initiated the download of Where’s My Water? being the 25th Billion App to be downloaded.

Though the app was free, Chunli Fu’s luck and timing ultimately resulted in the awarding of a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card, according to Apple, as part of “the App Store Countdown to 25 Billion Apps.”

Aside from learning that Apple handed out a $10,000 gift card, the company’s press release touted 550,000 apps available in 123 countries to more than 315 million Apple portables, “with more than 170,000 native iPad apps available.”