Wednesday, December 28, 2011

iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak (except 4s and iPad2)

Finally an iOS5 untethered jailbreak for all nearly all devices.
  • The untether is for iOS 5.0.1 on iPhone3GS, iPhone4, iPhone4-CDMA, iPad1, iPod touch 3G, iPod touch 4G

  • If you have one of those devices and are not on 5.0.1 yet, update now! The SHSH window is still open for 5.0.1 If you unlock via ultrasn0w or gevey, make sure you only get to 5.0.1 via a custom IPSW! Once you’re at 5.0.1, use the latest redsn0w 0.9.10 to both jailbreak and untether.
  • If you’re already at 5.0.1 with a tethered jailbreak, you have two choices: either run redsn0w 0.9.10 over your current jailbreak (deselect “Install Cydia” if you do that), or install the Cydia package prepared by the chronic devteam. The patches are the same regardless of which you choose.
  • Some of you are using a hybrid 5.0/5.0.1 configuration. If so, do not attempt to install this untether over that setup! You will most likely get into a reboot cycle. Do a sync and fresh restore to 5.0.1 then install the jailbreak + untether.
In short if you just need a jailbreak download upgrade your idevice to 5.0.1 and use redsn0w to jailbreak it. If you depend on any kind of unlock (Gevey or Ultrasn0w) use PwnageTool to create a custom firmware and preserve your Baseband.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tune•Instructor - expanding your iTunes experience

As a permanent attendant in the menu-bar, Tune•Instructor informs you about actual track information and allows you to keep a quick access to ratings and further basic functions without having iTunes in the front. A great integration and the ability to organize our library makes it the perfect discrete iTunes add-on.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

iOS 5.1 Beta - Available Now

A new iOS Beta, sadly i had no time to check it out yet but will do soon.

Available at Apples Developer Center

Monday, November 28, 2011

Absolute Instant - Great iOS SHUMP

And its free today!

Great shooter in the spirit of cave games. Great graphics, good gameplay and tons of bullets.

DRAG the circular region to move the fighting jets.
TAP anywhere to teleport out of enemies’ attacks.
SHAKE to drop a black hole bomb that sucks in all enemies’ bullets, even the smaller enemies!

•Unique teleporting gameplay (only possible on touchscreen!)
•3 difficulty levels
•3 characters with different attacks
•6 stages with bullet hell bosses
•Over 30 different enemy types
•Various magical attacks from special enemies and bosses
•Compatible with Game Center & OpenFeint
•Built-in tutorial
•Awesome HD graphics
•Fast paced and adrenaline rushed music
Download in iTunes

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

atMonitor - Mac OS X System Monitor and Process Explorer Tool

atMonitor is the most advanced monitoring tool for Mac OS X that displays system activity in real-time. It is designed to allow quick assessment of computer's state and it is powerful enough to make it a core utility in anyone's system troubleshooting toolkit.

atMonitor offers a better alternative to Apple's own "Activity Monitor" and combines the best of the features of many other existing monitoring utilities. It also adds an extensive list of unique features of its own. In addition to the standard CPU, GPU, VRAM, FPS, Disk and Network info, atMonitor allows interaction with processes, setting up triggers, logging, purging RAM and much more. atMonitor can be displayed in the menu bar, as a stand alone floating window or in the dock icon.

The tool shows you the system usage in a nice sidebar as well as in the menubar similar to iStat.
it also keeps you informed about the 3 applications that draw most cpu power in one quick look.

In the process list you see all applications unlike the activity monitor that hides system services from you, this can be useful but as well dangerous if you dont want you are doing. Stuff like changing priorities of a process and sending unix signals is very handy as well.

Since its free its a definitive download recommendation, go grab it now!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Photo Stats

Nice little iPhone App that creates infographics out of your camera roll.
Its currently free so go grab it!
Photo Stats on iTunes

Friday, November 4, 2011

iOS 5.0.1 out for developers

iOS 5.0.1 beta contains improvements and other bug fixes including:
  • Fixes bugs affecting battery life
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
  • Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation
  • Contains security improvements
  • iOS 5.0.1 beta introduces a new way for developers to specify files that should remain on device, even in low storage situations.
  • iOS 5.0.1 beta and iTunes 10.5.1 beta are pre-release software and are considered Apple Confidential Information and are subject to the terms of your iOS Developer Program License Agreement. Unauthorized distribution or disclosure of Apple Confidential Information is prohibited.
You can download iOS 5.0.1 at the Apple Developer Site

Friday, October 28, 2011

iPhone 4S Jailbreak

Breaking News: musclenerd just let slip the info that the iPhone 4S is already jailbroken.
It might take a while till the dev-team ironed out everything for a public release but i think its safe to assume we see a release before the year ends.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs, Apple Founder, Dies at 56

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Stream any Audio to your AirPortExpress (AirPlay)

Using an AirPortExpress to connect speakers is a convient way to avoid wires or connect several Macs to the same speakers. By default you can only stream music via iTunes which is not a satisfying situation.
My goal was to stream all sounds no matter what source and the solution was simpler than i thought.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Backdrop - useful but simple utility

Backdrop is a simple utility to fill your screen with a giant blank window. Fill the window with a solid color or a custom image, your choice. ALSO, includes a Pixel Test mode to check for bad pixels on your displays.

Backdrop is useful for:
* Screenshots - take screenshots of one or many windows without having to clean up your desktop
* One thing at a time - Use Backdrop in between applications to let you focus on a few windows at a time. Want just one window of an app? Switch to Backdrop, then use Expose to pick out the window.
* Web design - create a full size image with outlines of more common screen sizes to help to check how your pages will look on different monitors
* Pixel Test - run the Pixel Test to see red, green, blue, white, and black to check for "bad" or "stuck" pixels on your displays.

* Supports multiple displays
* Set a color or a custom image
* Pixel Test mode
* Remains in the background during Exposé
* Works well with Spaces

Download for free from the Mac Appstore

Saturday, August 20, 2011

ImageOptim - Image Optimizer for Mac OS X

ImageOptim optimizes images — so they take up less disk space and load faster — by finding best compression parameters and by removing unnecessary comments and color profiles. It handles PNG, JPEG and GIF animations.
ImageOptim provides GUI for various optimisation tools: AdvPNG from AdvanceCOMP,OptiPNG, Pngcrush, JpegOptim, jpegtran from libjpeg, Gifsicle and optionally PNGOUT.

It's excellent for publishing images on the web (easily shrinks images “Saved for Web” in Photoshop) and also useful for making Mac and iPhone applications smaller.

Friday, July 29, 2011

NameChanger - Rename a list of files quickly and easily.

NameChanger is designed for the sole purpose of renaming a list of files. And its doing its job pretty well. You can replace characters, add numbers or strings even use regexp and access the exif data of images.

Add the files through the GUI or drag and drop files directly onto the App. These original filenames show up in the Original Filename column. Grayed out rows indicate files that you do not have permissions to change.

Next select how to change the file names:
•Replace First Occurrence
•Replace Last Occurrence
•Replace All Occurrences
•Character Removal
•Regular Expression
Download here for free (if you feel like it donate to the creators)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lion Preview: Lion available in Mac Appstore!

OS X Lion is the next major release of OS X, the world’s most advanced desktop operating system. It includes over 250 new features that will transform how you interact with your Mac. Tap, swipe, and scroll your way through your apps using fluid Multi-Touch gestures that make everything you do feel more natural and direct. Full-screen apps take advantage of every pixel of your display — perfect for reading email, surfing the web, or browsing photos. Launchpad gives you instant access to all the apps on your Mac in a stunning new layout where you can quickly find any app and open it with a single click. And Mission Control brings together Exposé, full-screen apps, Dashboard, and Spaces in one unified experience. With a gesture, your desktop zooms out, displaying a bird’s-eye view of everything running on your Mac and making it easy to navigate anywhere with a click.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Disco - Mac Disc Burning, now for free

Disco is a powerful burning suite for Mac OS X. Sadly the developer seems to be out of business so they made Disco available for free (nice move guys!).

"As of July 2011 development and support of Disco have been officially discontinued. Disco will remain downloadable by any one who wishes to use it. The following fully free license code and name will remain available for everyone to use:

Code: DSCO-111-113-199-99"

On my MacBook it's crashing each start, could be related to Lion or the fact that i removed my SuperDrive.

iOS 5 Beta 3, iTunes 10.5 Beta 3 and Xcode 4.2 DP 3 released

Currently downloading, soon more...

Thursday, July 7, 2011 - Simple and Fast Jailbreak for (nearly) every iDevice

"JailbreakMe is the easiest way to free your device. Experience iOS as it could be, fully customizable, themeable, and with every tweak you could possibly imagine.

Safe and completely reversible (just restore in iTunes), jailbreaking gives you control over the device you own. It only takes a minute or two, and as always, it's completely free."

Finally we have an iPad2 Jailbreak, sadly only for iOS 4.3.3 on the other hand i don't need a unlock on my iPad2 and (nearly) everything i used from Cydia is now available in iOS natively.

Currently supported devices and iOS Versions:
  • iPad1: 4.3 through 4.3.3
  • iPad2: 4.3.3
  • iPhone3GS: 4.3 through 4.3.3
  • iPhone4: 4.3 through 4.3.3
  • iPhone4-CDMA: 4.2.6 through 4.2.8
  • iPod touch 3g: 4.3, 4.3.2, 4.3.3
  • iPod touch 4g: 4.3 through 4.3.3
To jailbreak your device simply visit with your iDevice.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hands Off! - New version works with Lion

Hands Off! is an personal firewall for Mac OS X which monitors network access (inbound and outbound) as well as file access. It helps you to monitor normally unnoticeable  access of applications to your network and disks and allow/disallow those based on your rules.

Version 1.3.2, without stating it on the update log, seems to add full Lion Compatibility.

Monday, July 4, 2011

iCloud - Beta3

What is iCloud?

"iCloud stores your music, photos, apps, calendars, documents, and more. And wirelessly pushes them to all your devices — automatically. It’s the easiest way to manage your content. Because now you don’t have to."

Lion Gold Master - Build 11A511

I made a lil break from blogging last week, so this might be bit late but nonetheless:
Apple released the Gold Master of Mac OS X Lion Build 11A511. I see no visual changes and since i had no stability issues with DP4 i guess its just a polished DP4.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

iOS 5 Beta 2, iTunes 10.5 Beta 2 and Xcode 4.2 DP 2 released

Yesterday Apple released iTunes 10.5 beta 2, iOS 5 beta 2 and the Developer Preview 2 of Xcode 4.2.

So whats new?

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Unarchiver - a much more capable replacement for "Archive"

The Unarchiver is designed to handle many more formats than Archive Utility, and to better fit in with the design of the Finder. It can also handle filenames in foreign character sets, created with non-English versions of other operating systems. I personally find it useful for opening Japanese archives, but it should handle many other languages just as well.

It is very simple to use and install - simply copy it into your Applications folder or whereever you prefer, and then set archive filetypes to open using it. This can either be done the usual way, or by double-clicking the icon to show The Unarchiver's preferences.

Supported file formats include Zip, Tar-GZip, Tar-BZip2, RAR, 7-zip, LhA, StuffIt and many other old and obscure formats.

The Unarchiver is free and open source, download here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

IconBox - download, organize & customize your icons

IconBox is an iPhoto like application that enables you to store, manage & change your icons or dock using simple drag & drop like functionality which has been seamlessly integrated into our new "Box" system.

Very similar to CandyBar from Panic, but it works with Lion and is imho more easy on the eye.

Download free Trial. (30 days full working, then buy it for 29$)

Monday, June 20, 2011

OptiBay - Replace Superdrive with a second Harddisk

So finally the final piece i need for my hardware upgrade arrived, the OptiBay.

It is basically an adapter that allows you to replace your MacBooks SuperDrive with a second harddisk. The installation is "quite" easy and done in a few minutes.

My little 13'' machine now features 620GB Storage, a Intel X-25M 120GB SSD and a 500GB 7200rpm Seagate Momentus.

Next post will be in depth look at the software update, dropbox home folder syncing and a little glimpse at iCloud.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lion Preview: Developer Preview 4 (build 11A494a)

Yesterday Apple released a update for the Lion Developer Preview 4. The new build number is 11A494a and besides a new background for the login screen i see no differences so far.

Well seems to be stable again.

So no much optical changes, i guess its just a stability/speed improvement update.

If you wonder if Lion is already ready for all day use, i would say yes its already very stable, fast and really an improvement over Snow Leopard.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My Perfect MacBook Setup - Part 1 Hardware

Since i have to stay a while on my late 2008 13'' MacBook before i can buy a new i7 MacBook Pro, i decided to tune it with a brand new Intel SpeedStar 120GB SSD and a fresh Installation of Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview 4.

E3: Street Fighter IV Volt

Upcoming Street Fighter Game for iOS, controls are a bit hard but it has great graphics, and its Street Fighter!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

E3: Shadow Gun upcoming iPad Game

Not only the WWDC had some interesting news for the iPhone and iPad, the E3 had some awesome stuff as well.

Check out Shadow Gun

Looks like a "Gears of War" rip off, but an awesome one.
One of the first "next gen" games for the iPad which is using the current development branch of the Unity 3D Engine instead UDK3.

Friday, June 10, 2011

iOS 5 Jailbreak (tethered) available

To allow developers to "play around" ;) the iPhone Dev Team released a jailbreak for iOS 5 on the
iPhone4, iPhone3GS, iPad (1) and the iPod Touch 3G/4G.

The jailbreak is tethered means you need to do it every time your restart your device.
If you wanna keep your unlock STAY AWAY from it.
You can't activate your device with it (so you still need registered UUID).

PS: if you want a UUID registered contact me :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Lion Preview: Developer Preview 4 (build 11A480b) review

Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview 4, build 11A480b is ready to download from the Apple Developer Center, and some reported they had it available via Software Update but that wasn't the case for me.

Installation looks a little bit different (better) and i guess its the same installer which gonna be used in the final version.

Monday, June 6, 2011

iOS 5 - First Hands On (on a iPad2)

Fast post, before i go to bed i wanna share a little gallery of iOS 5 on my iPad2.

The Setup Process

WWDC - iTunes 10.5 Beta

Just installed iTunes 10.5 Beta and so far i could only spot optical changes.

WWDC - iOS 5 ready to download (iTunes 10.5 as well)

After a little downtime the Apple Developer Center is back and iOS 5 beta is ready to download!
Xcode 4.2 and iTunes 10.5 beta are available as well and it seems you need iTunes 10.5 beta as well to install the new firmware.

Will tell you more in around 1 hour...

WWDC - iCloud

Syncing your digital data is getting harder and harder with more devices and more content to manage. In the past the Mac/PC was the digital hub but today it's just another devices.
Now the iCloud gonna be your new digital hub (for the cloud haters: you can stay with your pc/mac as hub) and takes care of syncing and pushing your content to all your devices. Also iCloud can be integrated in any application (a new api:3) making it possible to sync data of all applications that support it.
Change your calendar, contacts, photos on one device and the data gets updated on all your other devices automatically.
It's fully integrated in the AppStore, iBooks and iTunes,
buy once and use it on all your other devices (no extra costs)

WWDC - iOS 5, 10 Key Features

The 10 Key Features of iOS 5

1. Notifications

Notifications are no longer modal, not interrupting and just appear as a bar on the top of the screen and fade out after a while. They appearatnly took the style from Mobile Notifier a jailbreak extension. (they hired the developer).
A swipe on the top bar (like for SBSettings) brings up the notification center a unified place showing weather, new notifications,sms etc.. it kinda looks like the Lock Info jailbreak extension.
There is also a way better lock screen with all features of the notification center and widgets 
(weather,news etc..).

WWDC - Mac OS X Lion

Here is a fast overview of the Mac OS X Lion preview from this years WWDC.

Emphasis is on the new iOS like gestures, Mission Control and Launchpad.

They showed gestures for switching to full screen and back.
Photo Booth has full screen mode and new effects, expect twitter birds.
In depth preview of the auto save and Versions feature.
AirDrop peer 2 peer file exchange over WiFi, its already available in the beta builds will write in depth about it soon.
New Mail
Mac OS X Lion will be released in July for 29,90$ only on the Mac Appstore.

Read more about Mac OS X Lion.

Next: iOS5

Saturday, June 4, 2011

BootXChange - customize your boot screen!

BootXChanger will allow you to change the boot image and background colour on Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6. I had no time to test it on Mac OS X Lion yet (currently on a trip) so use it on your own risk on 10.7.

The usage is straight forward and some sample images are included as well.

Limitations If your image has transparency, it will be redrawn over the background colour before being applied, so save the original somewhere in case you want to change the background colour later.
Some macs will scale big images down when booting, or ignore the image if it's really big. Others will happily accept a full-screen image.
If you have a PowerPC Macintosh, you can use BootXChanger 1.0.4, which you can still download from

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Caffeine - don't let your Mac fall asleep

Simple, realy useful, tool i use daily to stop my MacBook from going to sleep-mode.

Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back. Right-click (or ⌘-click) the icon to show the menu.