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When you send a text message to someone, you always want to know if it was delivered to them or not. If you’re using an iPhone, the stock SMS app won’t give you any such delivery notifications, except on the new iMessage. There are third party apps like BiteSMS that do provide extra features and a delivery notification as well, but wouldn’t it be nice if the original SMS app had it. Well, if you’re using a jailbroken iPhone, then you’re in luck, because there’s a tweak to make that happen.

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How to Get iPhone SMS Delivery Report

SMSConfirmation is a Cydia tweak for jailbroken iPhones that brings the much needed iPhone SMS delivery report to the stock Message app. Normally, all the other mobile operating systems do provide the option of whether you want to get the delivery notification. The notifications are quite useful, as it lets you know if the recipient has received your text or not, specially if you’re in a area where this is low network coverage. Times like those, SMS delivery notifications on the iPhone could be pretty helpful.

When you send a text message, a popup appears saying Message sent, which means that your text has been delivered to the recipient. Once the tweak is installed on your iOS device, it will show you the notification pop-up even if you navigate away from the Message app. However, it doesn’t utilize the new iOS 5 notification center features, so no banner/lockscreen notifications. All you get is a popup in the form of the older iOS notifications, which is still not bad.

The tweak is available for free from ModMyi repo in Cydia or you could just perform a search to find it. Once it’s installed, you’ll have to respring your device to be able to receive the notifications and there are no settings for the tweak. If you don’t like it, and want to get rid of it, then all you have to do is head over to Cydia and uninstall the tweak.

Try this tweak and let us know if it worked for you and also if it’s useful. iPhone SMS delivery report is something that we’ve all been wanting to have on our devices from a long time.

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Apple recently announced the iOS 5.0.1 beta 1 & 2 for developers and even released a private version of the former for some specific users to try out. According to most reports the iOS 5.0.1 private amazingly fixed the battery life issues that most were facing with the new version. And today, they’ve released the final version of iOS 5.0.1 to the public.

It was confirmed by Apple, that iOS 5 did have a bug that caused the battery life issue in most iDevices, specially on the new iPhone 4S. This new update will fix that, however, it will be really bad for all those jailbreakers. The latest version fixes a bug in iOS 5, which would’ve been the key to an untethered jailbreak. So, if you’re planning to upgrade, you should also stop thinking about an untethered iOS 5 jailbreak. But, if your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad is giving you really bad battery backup and if you’re Australian, then you should consider upgrading.

Here’s all the bugs that iOS 5.0.1 addresses:

  • 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
Again, unlockers and jailbreakers should stay away from this update, unless it’s really very important. Though the battery life bug has been fixed, installing this update will mean that you’ll never have an untethered jailbreak. Right now, only a tethered jailbreak is available for iOS 5, but the iPhone 4S has nothing yet. You’ll find the iOS 5.0.1 direct download links after the break. You can either update via iTunes or using the Over the Air feature in iOS 5.
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Looks like at least two new hidden features have been unearthed in the latest iOS 5, and they’re pretty useful. I’m sure all of you must’ve heard of Panorama, a mode that lets you take wider pictures in a single shot. There are many apps out there that you could use to take Panoramic pictures from your iOS devices camera, but imagine a built in feature. Yes, there’s a hidden Panorama mode in the iOS 5 camera app.

How to Enable hidden Panorama Mode in iOS 5

The hidden Panorama mode in iOS 5 lets you take wider pictures and uses the Gyroscope in iPhone 4 and iPad 2 to tell you if your sweeping motion is balanced. It works pretty good for a stock and hidden camera feature and although it doesn’t go all the way to 360 degrees, it covers most of the view. It’s a useful feature then, and here’s how you can get it enabled on your jailbroken iOS 5 device. For now, this only applies to the iPhone 4 and the the iPad 2, because only those come with a gyroscope. There are two ways to enable panorama mode in iOS 5, and below are both of them:

Using iFile to Edit plist Files on iPhone

  • Launch Cydia and install iFile.
  • Open iFile and navigate to var/mobile/Libraries/Preferences and look for the string com.apple.mobileslideshow.plist.
  • Open com.apple.mobileslideshow.plist using the Property List Viewer.
  • Now click on the + button located at the bottom to Add Item.
  • Use the name as EnableFirebreak and the Type as Boolean. Create the new item.
  • Go back and you should now see a toggle to switch on/off EnableFirebreak.
  • Turn it on, exit iFile and respring your device.
  • Open the camera app and you should see Panorama Mode in the Options menu.
That is one way of doing it. Now let me tell you about the second method, which is much simpler and easier for people who don’t like to play with plist files. It involves installing a Cydia tweak called Firebreak.  This tweak is available in the Big Boss repo for free, alternatively, you could also search for it on Cydia and try the Panorama mode out.
Have you unearthed the hidden panorama mode in iOS 5? Do check it out and let us know if it’s going to help you out on your adventures. 
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Earlier this week ZDnet got hold of some crazy statement from an Adobe insider, stating that they will be stopping development of Flash for mobile and tablet devices. And now, Adobe has confirmed that it most definitely is going to stop the development of Flash Player for mobile, however, it will provide bug fixes and support to all devices using the Flash Player.

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Apple devices have never supported Flash in the first place, stating that Adobe Flash is something not required for a mobile phone, it is vulnerable to attacks, gives poor battery life and more. Even Steve Jobs made it clear in an official note, why the iPhone will never support Flash, but instead go with HTML 5. Looks like the guys at Adobe have finally realized that he was right and have now come to their senses. Flash is also one of most important point that Android users talk about when bashing iPhone and iOS, saying that the iPhone is useless because it cannot run flash. Well, it looks like all the Android phones in the world are going to be useless as well. Here’s what Adobe has to say;

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores.  We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.  We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations.  We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations.

Instead, Adobe is now going to put more effort, time and invest on the growing HTML 5 technology that can do everything that Flash can and is better. They also said that a Flash Player 12 will be released, which will be the final version and new Android devices will not come with Flash, as version 11.1 will be the last on mobile devices. It’s best if all mobile makers shift their focus on making their devices HTML 5 compatible, well, most new phones already are.

It’s not like Adobe Flash Player for Android will not be available anymore, but no development on it is good as it being dead. Looks like Apple and Steve Jobs were right all along, Android users must know think of new things to disgrace iOS devices.

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Google’s latest Android update, Ice Cream Sandwich is going to be released to the public in the coming weeks. But, the most important thing all the Android users want to know is if their device is eligible for the update. Well, most of the Android phones in the market will not be getting the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. That’s the bitter truth. Only few phone manufactures have given out confirmations about some of their devices that will be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade.

So, if you were wondering/hoping/praying that your device will get the update too, then here’s a list of all the confirmed devices that you can cross check with.

All the above phones will be receiving the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update, so do check if you’re device is on the list. None of the manufacturers have given out a proper release date for the updates, but we will update you with the same when we get more information on this.
Out of all the hundreds of Android phones from all the different manufactures, these are the ones that will be getting a special treatment. Doesn’t this make you feel betrayed, finding out that your device will not be updated? Well, that’s one thing that we do not like about Android software updates, not everyone gets them.
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This is one of the many reasons why I love technology. Sometimes, before a product is even made public, we get to know crucial details about it, even possible details on how to root it. Samsung and Google unveiled the Galaxy Nexus sometime back, and there’s already a way to root it. This feat is accomplished by using the rooting tool Superboot, which is developed by guys over at MoDaCo

The Galaxy Nexus is the latest Google smartphone that comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and dual core processor and what not. This phone is not yet available in many countries and yet they’ve managed to get their hands on one these and root it using this tool. So, what is Superboot and how does it work. Let’s take a lesson from the developers themselves;

Superboot is a boot.img that when booted, will root your device the first time you boot (installing su and the superuser APK). No need to flash any partitions, no need to mess around with ADB, no messing with the contents of your data partition, no overwriting the shipped ROM on your device, just boot the boot image using the instructions below and you’re done!

There you go, it’s simple as that! All you need to do now, is wait for your Galaxy Nexus to arrive. If your device bootloader isn’t unlocked, then you can do so by typing this command in the CMD in Windows ” ./fastboot-windows oem unlock “. Google for appropriate commands if you’re on a Mac or Linux. Anyways, here’s how to go about with the Rooting of Galaxy Nexus.

  • Firstly, download this zip file of Superboot. Extract it on to a folder, preferably placed on the desktop. Remember to connect your device to the computer and turn of USB debugging.
  • Now, turn of your Galaxy Nexus. Power it back on and hold the Volume Down + Volume Up key to enter the Bootloader of Galaxy Nexus.
  • In Windows, double click ‘install-superboot-windows.bat’ present in the extracted folder. In Mac, open a terminal window, head to the directory containing the files, and type ‘chmod +x install-superboot-mac.sh’and ‘./install-superboot-mac.sh’. In Linux, open a terminal window, head to the directory containing the files, and type ‘chmod +x install-superboot-linux.sh’ and ‘./install-superboot-linux.sh’
Your device will now reboot and you should have root access and SuperUser already installed. Your Galaxy Nexus is now rooted.
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Yesterday, at the Canon Hollywood Event, the company announced one too many products that may change the way people produce/direct movies. With the launch of their all new Cinema EOS System, Canon has now stepped in to the official Motion Picture/Production Industry. This is big and so is the Canon EOS C300.

Canon launched the new C300 and C300 PL Cinema cameras, that will help a film maker to dive in to Hollywood mainstream, no problem whatsoever. The cameras don’t have super awesome specifications like all those industry leading equipment, but it’ll get you started and probably get you a short-film award too. Both the models feature a Super 35mm CMOS sensor with 8.29 million pixels, which reduces noise and improves color sensitivity.

It can record at 1080p, which is standard, but with the EF range of high-quality cinema lens mounts the quality of the video, performance, colors and depth all get real close to motion picture standards. Do a little bit of editing and you’re good to present them at the Oscars.

The main difference between the Canon C300 and the C300 PL cameras, is the lens mounting capabilities. The C300 cannot mount PL lenses, but only EF and EOS, whereas the latter can only mount EOS and PL. You can also choose the EF Prime and Zoom lenses. It has a portable body that measures at 5.2 (w) x 7.0 (h) x 6.7 (d) inches, which makes it even easier to place the camera at points where normal movie cameras won’t fit.

You can even control the camera remotely with your smartphone or tablet device using Canon’s WFT-E6B Wireless file transmitter. Yes, the EF Cinema lenses are rather large, but you can still use the camera with the EOS range of lenses to make it actually portable. It has a load of accessories too, that you can use per your preference.

For a camera that has so many features and that’s with industry standard camera, the price tag of $20,000 doesn’t sound like a lot, or maybe it does. The cameras will be available in January and March 2012 next year, both with the standard lens mount and the standard $20,000 price tag. For more information visit www.canoncinemaeos.com.

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There’s a really practical reason as to why Apple thinks that a mobile phone touting a display larger than 3.5 inches is actually useless. After reading this post you’ll probably get rid of that Galaxy S 2 with the huge 4.3 inch screen. Normal human beings don’t use all 10 fingers at one go, while using the phone to make a call, reply to text, look something up or any regular gesture.

All of us normally use our thumb finger most of the time. Why? Because it is easier to do so and this way, you can also hold your phone securely in your palm. Now, go hold your 4 inch device and try reaching the top corner of the screen with your thumb, unless you’re one of the Fantastic 4′s, this is not normally possible. This is where display size matters.

A mobile device that has a 4 inch or larger display is practically useless, since you’ll not be able to reach all the areas of the magnificent AMOLED or IPS touchscreen without risking to drop it. Here’s a piece of information from Designer Dustin Curtis who believes;

Touching the upper right corner of the screen on the Galaxy S II using one hand, with its 4.27-inch screen, while you’re walking down the street looking at Google Maps, is extremely difficult and frustrating. I pulled out my iPhone 4 to do a quick test, and it turns out that when you hold the iPhone in your left hand and articulate your thumb, you can reach almost exactly to the other side of the screen. This means it’s easy to touch any area of the screen while holding the phone in one hand, with your thumb. It is almost impossible to do this on the Galaxy S II.

As you can see, in the above screenshot, this is actually very true. Now, go try it on your phone, if you have a device that has a display anywhere south of 4 inch, it’ll be really easy to use with one hand. But, a 3.5 inch display is actually the best to go with. When Apple recently introduced the iPhone 4S, people were really disappointed that it carried the same design and screen size. Now you know why Apple products actually make sense. Having a big screen is very pointless, unless you have nothing else to do with your other hand or are watching movies and playing games on it.

This is why Apple chose to stick with a 3.5 inch display and maybe, even the iPhone 5 will sport a display smaller than 4 inch, or maybe they’ll come up with something out of the world.

Don’t you think a phone with a large display is actually a pain to use with one hand, because that’s how normal phones are used. 

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Okay, so we’ve already told you about the latest iOS 5.0.1 update from Apple, meant for developers, which is supposed to get rid of the battery issues some users have been facing. If you’re a developer and have already updated to the latest firmware, then you should know that iOS 5.0.1 is jailbreak friendly. Why jailbreak? Well, to try out all those amazing jailbreak tweaks and notification center widgets available for iOS 5.

iPhone dev team developer MuscleNerd confirmed that the latest iOS 5.0.1 beta can be jailbroken by pointing Redsn0w to the iOS 5 final firmware.

So here’s how to jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 beta using the latest version of Redsn0w. Download RedSn0w 0.9.9b7( Mac , Windows) and make sure you have with you the iOS 5 final ipsw.

  • Launch RedSn0w and make sure you’ve connected your device to the computer. Click on Extras>Specify Firmware and point it to the iOS 5 final ipsw.
  • It’ll identify it and not give any errors, then select Jailbreak and Install Cydia. You’ll have to put your device in DFU mode for this to happen.
  • Once your device boots up, you’ll see a white Cydia icon. Don’t panic.
  • Put your device into DFU mode again and then select Just boot tethered in RedSn0w to boot tethered. Now you should see the Cydia icon.
That’s done then. Your device is jailbroken. Remember, this will not work for iPhone 4S and iPad 2. You can also install the Semitethered jailbreak now, as that works on the latest beta too. Also, the iOS 5.0.1 beta expires on December 14, just saying.
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Earlier today, Apple released the very first software update for the all new iOS 5, but it’s only for developers. iOS 5.0.1(9A402), which was released just for developers, supposedly fixes the new found battery issues in iOS 5. Recently, there have been a lot many reports from iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users stating that they’re facing battery issues. Apple looked in to it and confirmed that it had something to do with iOS 5, hence they got to work. So, yes, this is a developers beta, but it brings some more to the table. Apple has also mentioned in the changelog, that the multi-tasking gestures on the original iPad has been re-enabled, iCloud document syncing has been improved and the Siri has been fine tuned for Australian accent.

9to5Mac also noted that the Smart Cover security flaw discovered earlier has also been given the Apple treatment and is now a gonner. That’s all that the new iOS 5.0.1 beta brings to all those developers who’re trying to make the world a better place. Also, the fact that a public update looks closer.

Have you been facing any battery problems on your iOS device? If so, the wait is almost over, as soon there will be an update that will fix that and more.

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