Posts by Bob Niffen

Jailbreak Tues — Will Apple spy on jailbreakers?

An interesting development occurred last week: It was reported that Apple’s new patent application would help iPhone owners recover or possibly wipe their lost or stolen devices. The company even went a step further, proposing that a picture could be snapped of the stranger using the handset, and the phone’s GPS coordinates could sent to the rightful owner…

ZAGAT TO GO 4.0 now available for iPhone

Stop and ask yourself, “Where are we going for dinner tonight?” A pretty common question for those who rely on fast food or restaurants. I personally have been challenged to walk into new restaurants because I didn’t know what their menu held and what their food looked like. With ZAGAT TO GO 4.0, you will no longer be left in the dark. . . This…

Jobs on iOS 4/iPhone 3G bugs: “Software update coming soon”

Not everyone has moved into an iPhone 4; in fact, there are still a lot of people using the 3G model. If this describes you, then you’re probably intimately aware of those widely reported  iOS issues on this handset, like unresponsive system performance while scrolling, zooming and typing – you know, basically everything involved in using your…

Jailbreakers enter the world of iPhone widgets

I can honestly say that my hands are shaking from excitement, as the iPhone is slowly moving into the direction of widgets (at least the jailbroken iPhones are). Android users have long been enjoying them, and now iPhone users are FINALLY starting to hop on board the widget wagon as well. If you’re not aware of what this beautiful word means, Dictionary.com…

MMS 911 for help?

. With the continued popularity of cell phones, this story may not come as a shock. PowerPhone has just filed for a patent that could allow MMS messaging to be used to pinpoint your location when sent to 911. This patent, “Integrated Call Handler and E-Mail Systems and Methods,” was approved by the Patent and Trademark Office. With this…

Bob’s top 5 sexy iPhone 4 cases

Soon every iPhone 4 owner will have a free case from Apple hitting their doorsteps. (Many have already even gotten theirs.) But not everyone may be content with the choices offered. In fact, some may be wondering if there isn’t something better out there, something even more worthy of that sleek glass-and-steel handset. That leads to an obvious question:…

Jailbreak Tues — Your questions answered

From time to time, I receive  reader questions about jailbreaking and unlocking their iPhones. I do my best to answer each of those questions. But today, I wanted to u reach out to one reader particular. Terri emailed me with several issues that I feel all of us can learn from. . . So let’s start with the overall concern that Terri is…

NAVIGON chops iPhone nav app prices in half

Happy anniversary, NAVIGON! So what are they doing to celebrate? Cutting the cost of its navigation apps – like MobileNavigator North America – by 50%! But don’t hesitate to grab one or more of their GPS programs – this is only valid until August 15th. Here is a complete breakdown of their prices: . . Have you used any of these nav…

1st gen iPhone/Touch must jailbreak for protection

Apple’s recently updated iOS  to 4.0.2 to address the vulnerability to malicious PDFs. (The patch also prevented devices from using the ridiculously easy hack offered by JailbreakMe.com.) So all’s good now, with Apple devices being safe from bad hackers out to do harm, right? Um, no… at least not if you’re still using an original iPhone or iPod Touch….

Gelaskins’ Back-to-School sale: 20% off

. Getting ready for school? Why not get your gadgets ready too? Now would be a good time to deck out that device, since GelaSkins is offering a 20 percent off promo until Sunday! Just use the code word “gelaschool” at checkout to save a few bucks. We love these modern art skins, and if you do too, then head on over to the Gelaskins website to…