Jailbreaking is freedom for iOS users, giving them a way to break free from Apple’s restrictive App Store ecosystem, install whatever software they want, and use their phones however they please. Technically, each jailbreak is a hack; an exploitation of some flaw in the devices’ operating systems, used to install unauthorized software. This software generally includes some kind of alternative App Store, called either Cydia or Rock.

Jailbreaking is openly discouraged by Apple, who updates various jailbreak exploits out of existence as fast as hackers can find them, but even after three years of pressure from Jobs and Co., the jailbreak scene is still as lively as ever.

Why Jailbreaking is worth trying?

Because the jailbreak app stores are packed full of previously forbidden goodness. This ranges from replacement text message apps and device skins to Wi-Fi tethering apps and access to hidden device settings. The best case to be made for jailbreaking is a showcase of the apps it lets you download.

Jailbreaking is easy to install on any iOS device

There are a few different options for jailbreaking iOS devices, some more involved than others, but at this point, and for current software versions LimeRa1n is the best choice. It works the same way on both Windows and Mac, works for nearly all iDevices (though some 2G iPhone owners have problems), and gets the job done quickly.
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Things YOU’LL NEED:

• An iOS device running version 3.2.2 (iPad) or 4.1 (iPhone and iPod Touch)
• A computer with which your iDevice has been paired via sync
• LimeRa1n software from here (an .EXE for Windows users, and a .APP file for Mac users, which must be extracted from a .ZIP)
• A recent iTunes backup of your device, since it will need to be restored after jailbreaking
• About 10 minutes, max

Instructions

1. Connect your iDevice to your computer, and wait until it is recognized by the operating system or iTunes
2. Open the LimeRa1n app
3. Click “make it ra1n”
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4. Your device will enter recovery mode. One it’s done, you will be prompted to manually put the device in DFU mode by pressing and holding your home and power buttons.
5. After about 10 or 15 seconds you’ll need to release the power button, but continue holding the home button. You will be prompted by the installer to perform this step, so keep a close eye on it.
6. The device will enter DFU mode, at which point you can let go of the home button. The installer takes care of the rest.
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When the phone reboots you will see a new startup screen, and find a limera1n app on your homescreen. Run it to install Cydia—then from there, whatever the hell you want.

[Via Gizmodo]

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Android vs iPhone File Sharing appsOne thing smartphones aren’t very good at? Sharing. They keep to themselves, hoard what they create, and bristle at the thought of accessing and sharing files like a normal computer. Thankfully, we have these apps.

These apps will fall into one of two categories, and sometimes both. Some are cloud-based storage apps, and others focus more on local sharing, via USB or network. All are a means to the same end: being able to access your computer’s files while you’re on your phone, and your phone’s files while your using the computer.

iOS

GOLD MEDAL: ReaddleDocs


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ReaddleDocs’ devs seem to have set out to build a document reader, slipped into some kind of ecstatic coding frenzy, and added features until their fingertips turned to pulp. Along with extensive document (primarily PDF) reading and file managing abilities, it acts as a network drive over Wi-Fi, supports two-way file sharing over 3G or EDGE, can connect to pretty much any major cloud storage service from Dropbox to MobileMe to Google Docs, has a phone-to-phone transfer feature and accepts any files sent to a unique ReaddleDocs email address. I’ve only scratched the surface, really. $5, iPhone and iPad

SILVER MEDAL: Dropbox


The Best File Sharing Apps

The official Dropbox app is by far the best implementation of the widely use and supported cloud storage service, earning its place not for a particularly impressive feature list, but for ease of use and the strength of its parent service. Think of it as a substitute for having an accessible filesystem for your iOS device, with the bonus that it’s available everywhere. Free, iOS

BRONZE MEDAL: Box.net


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Box.net is a distinctly Dropbox-y app, but with a specialty: Collaboration. Most cloud services and apps let you store and to some extent share files, but Box.net lets people comment and exchange notes on a given file. Free, iOS

OTHERS TESTED
SugarSync: A cloud storage service with a generous free allocation, and a less than perfect app.
MobileMe iDisk: You’d think Apple’s own cloud service and accompanying app would fare a bit better, but a combination of service cost and an anemic feature list held it back from the leading pack.
Goodreader: Another document reader with sharing abilities, Goodreader is at its best when the files at hand are all business: PDFs, Word docs and the like.
Air Sharing Pro: An old favorite supplanted by cheaper, snazzier upstarts. Still worth a look, though, if sharing over Wi-Fi is a priority.

Android

GOLD MEDAL: Dropbox


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It really doesn’t get easier than Dropbox. With its Android app, you can view and edit all your Dropbox files in a sweet and simple interface and even stream music and videos you’ve uploaded to Dropbox in its media player (or save for offline viewing). Plus you can upload photos and videos taken from your Android phone straight to Dropbox too. The cherry on top is that Dropbox on Android works with a bunch of third-party apps and offers easy link sharing. If you’re not using it already, there’s really no excuse not to try it (especially since Dropbox gives you 2GB of storage for free). Free, Android.

SILVER MEDAL: GoAruna Files


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GoAruna is a similar service to Dropbox (free 2GB online storage) and its Android app can do a lot of similar things (like stream uploaded media) but it just not quite as easy to use (due to some unnecessary pizazz). But! It does offer a little more versatility than Dropbox, with GoAruna you can dig around your phone’s local directory and literally upload any file from your phone to GoAruna’s cloud. If you’re more concerned with uploading files from your phone to the cloud (as opposed to grabbing files from the cloud to your phone), GoAruna may be better suited for you. Free, Android.

BRONZE MEDAL: SwiFTP


The Best File Sharing Apps

If you’re looking for an FTP server (and not cloud storage), SwiFTP is as good as it gets. It’s fast and simple, all you need to do is create a username and password, set it to start, and you can access your phone from any FTP client (or browser) within your network. Free, Android.

OTHERS TESTED:
SugarSync: Another cloud storage/file sharing app that’s easy to use but not exactly the prettiest girl at the ball
Zumodrive: Really straightforward UI but a little slower than Dropbox, also only gives you 1GB free when you sign up from your phone (have to earn the other 1GB on the computer)
Files Anywhere: Complicated UI and only 1GB of cloud storage but lets you fax documents straight from the app.
File Share: Basic way to bring files from your PC onto your phone over your network. Annoying that there’s no way to exit the program.
WebSharing File/Media Sync: Great way to transfer files over Wi-Fi, just not worth 3 bucks

[Via Gizmodo]

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Nokia is touting some impressive numbers for Ovi and the Ovi Store today, including surpassing 2.3 million daily application downloads. It faces an uphill battle though in its quest to catch up with Apple and Google.

The Ovi Store has only been around since May 2009, but Nokia is touting not only 2.3 million app downloads per day (an increase from 2 million just a few weeks ago), but it also claims that 70 developers have surpassed 1 million downloads for their applications.

The phone manufacturer also announced that Ovi is signing up 200,000 new users per day and is available in a staggering 190 countries. The company even listed some of its most successful application developers, including Fring, HeroCraft (creators of a game called Farm Frenzy), Offscreen Technologies (which has over 34 million downloads), and Shazam.

The numbers are certainly impressive, especially considering that the Ovi Store is just 16 months old. But as we’ve noted before, Nokia is hurting because of its lack of a killer smartphone. It’s a big reason why Nokia hired former Microsoft president Stephen Elop as its new CEO.

Earlier today, I had breakfast with Tero Ojanpera, executive vice president, Nokia services. I asked him about these issues, specifically whether Nokia could create a competitive mobile experience to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android OS. While he said the Nokia N8 is a step towards Nokia making a comeback, he pointed to MeeGo, the new mobile OS being created by Nokia and Intel, as an even more important milestone in Nokia’s effort to make a smartphone comeback.

There’s no question that Apple and Google are ahead of the game. Apple recently touted over 6.5 billion iOS app downloads, and attention by consumers and developers for its app store dramatically overshadows Nokia’s Ovi Store.

Nokia may be making progress, but it has a lot more work to do in order to take on Apple and Google. It needs the hardware and software to compete with iPhone and Android devices. MeeGo may be what settles the question fo whether Nokia can build a killer smartphone.

(Via Mashable)

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