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Most of the users who’re on iOS 5 haven’t jailbroken their device yet, even those who had jailbroken before are thinking twice. Why? Right now, iOS 5 is pretty new and the awesome jailbreak developers have only managed to conjure a working tethered jailbreak for all devices except the iPad 2. So, obviously nobody would want to tethered jailbreak their iOS device.

An untethered jailbreak is however in development, as reported by iH8sn0w, but we have no time or date for the release or any updates on the work. Thus, a semitethered jailbreak seems like a better idea right now. If you haven’t heard of this term before, then let me tell you what it is. It’s somewhere in between an untethered jailbreak and a tethered jailbreak, it’s better than the latter, but comes with a catch.

Earlier today, Cydia developer, BigBoss released a semitethered jailbreak for iOS 5, which is now available for download from the BigBoss repo in Cydia. A semitethered jailbreak will let you reboot your device when away from your PC, you need not connect your iOS device to the computer every time you want to reboot. However, after rebooting, Cydia will not work, nor will any of the jailbroken apps or tweaks. Also, some of the stock iOS apps such as Safari and Mail will not work.

Now, that’s bad to an extent. But, it can be useful in certain scenarios, where you will need to reboot your iOS device, but aren’t close to your PC. You can get the Cydia package from the BigBoss repo by adding this to source: http://thebigboss.org/semitether.

Will you be performing a semitethered jailbreak on iOS 5? 

UPDATE:  The semitether jailbreak for iOS 5 has been updated to fix certain bugs, here’s the list.

1) Much more stable with new mobile substrate
2) Can patch safari so it works in the non-jailbreak reboot mode
3) App to monitor the status of your semitether and reapply. Check after Cydia installs.

This means that you can run Safari and all those jailbroken Notification center widgets after performing a semitethered boot. Here’s a tutorial on how to semi-tether jailbreak your iOS 5 device.

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If you are planning to buy a New Tablet PC in near future and would like to use it for some gaming then Gamestop has something just for you.

gamespot tablets

Gamestop has rolled out Acer Iconia Tab A100, Asus Eee Pad Transformer and the Samsung Galaxy Tab in 200 of their stores across USA which comes bundled with Kongregate’s Arcade app store that offers 7 free high quality games including titles like Dead Space, Madden and Sonic CD.

This is a part of their experiment, if they get good response from people; they are going to release more tablets in 2012.

You must be wondering, when there are so many games available on Android Market, why should I buy a New Tablet from these guys. Well, definitely, there are several games available on Android Market and few of them are HD also, but these games are truly developed for some serious gaming action.

It is possible that this is released to compete with Tablets released by Sony. Sony’s tablets come loaded with PlayStation app on which you can enjoy some high quality games.

The tablets offered by Gamestop are priced somewhat close to what you would usually pay. Acer Iconia Tab 8GB would be offered at $330, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer at $400 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (or 750) at $500. They are also going to bundle a Bluetooth gamepad with all these tablets for a better gaming experience.

According to me, if you think you might use a Tablet for gaming, you shouldn’t miss this deal.

[via, image credit Phandroid]


To be honest, we really really do want to be able to run Siri on our iPhone 4, iPad 2 and iPod Touch. But, all the efforts until now have failed in making Siri respond to the questions asked to it. Apple wanted it to be exclusive to the iPhone 4S only, so as to help them sell more of the most amazing iPhone yet. Unfortunately, developers and hackers took this as a challenge and sat to work on porting it to older iPhones that don’t run the new A5 chip. It was an instant success.

Right after the launch of the iPhone 4S, developer Steve Troughton Smith managed to port Siri to the iPhone 4, however, he wasn’t then able to make it reply or look for answers, as it wasn’t able to verify itself with the Apple servers. That was a huge blow, since the Siri GUI worked amazingly well on the iPhone 4 as well. You can even Google for the Siri GUI and learn how to install it on to your iPhone 4 right away, but it’s not going to work. Steven needed some important data from an iPhone 4S to make Siri run on older devices and that was possible only if there was a jailbreak for the iPhone 4S.

We informed you a few days earlier that MuscleNerd had given som


Apple’s television ads are always directed in a beautiful way, sometimes very inspiring too and out of the box. There’s no other company that makes their ad so short, while showing the most important features of the device. After Apple launched the iPhone 4S, they’ve just aired one ad so far, and despite that, the phone was very very successful.

Now, Apple has released 3 new ads for the iPhone 4S, each for iCloud, Siri and the new 8 megapixel camera.

The iCloud ad shows off the cloud syncing features of Apple, that enables users to purchase a song, edit a photo, write a note and more on one iOS device and have it available on all other iOS devices. Photo Stream and iWorks is also shown in the short video. Pretty useful, and the ad also has that nice soothing background music, well, all of them do.

The second 30 second ad is about Siri, which is one of the most awesome features of the iPhone 4S and one also one of it’s strongest selling points. Again, like before, the video involves people asking for weather conditions, directions etc in natural speech.

The third video is about the all new 8 megapixel camera with upgraded optics and 1080p HD video recording. It shows off the new camera, editing options in iOS 5, how easy it is to share a photo via Twitter and why this pretty much could be all the camera that you’d need to carry around. And the ad ends with the same ” the most amazing iPhone, yet ” line said by the same voice.

Apple sure knows how to make amazing ads, maybe others should learn something from them about making product advertisements.


If you have recently upgraded your iOS device to iOS 5 and jailbroken it, you most certainly must have experienced the iBooks app crash. This is because of the jailbreak, since iOS 5 is still not fully compatible with the jailbreak that we currently have. We’ve been facing the iBooks crash on our iPhone 4 from a long time, and until now there seemed to be no fix. And now that the Steve Jobs Biography is available for download, I bet all you of you must be quite irritated with the iBooks issue. However, you could alternatively use the Adobe Reader app to read the e-book.

Here’s an easy to perform tutorial on how to fix the iBooks crash in iOS 5 after jailbreak. Before we start, you will need a jailbroken iOS device running on iOS 5, iFile installed from Cydia and the original iBooks app already installed. Right, lets get on then.

Firstly, if you haven’t installed iFile, look for it in Cydia and then install it. After installation, open iFile and head to var>mobile>applications from the root directory and search for the iBooks.app folder. It’ll look something like this.

Once you’ve located the iBooks.app folder, select Edit and copy the iBooks.app folder. Just that folder using the copy to clipboard button available at the bottom of the screen.

Once you’ve copied the folder, go back to the root and then select Applications. Launch the clipboard again and paste the iBooks.app in to the /Applications folder.

After it’s copied, open the folder and look for Info.plist. Tap Info.plist and select Property List viewer.

Now, look for CFBundleIdentifier, open it and edit the line com.apple.iBooks to com.apple.iBooksfix.

Select done and exit iFile and wait for a few minutes. A new iBooks icon should appear on your homescreen, if it doesn’t, just Respring your device. The new iBooks icon will be squared at the edges, thus easily distinguishable. Delete the original app.

Now, since this iBooks fix is located in the root Applications folder, iTunes will not recognize it and the iBookStore will also not work. Hence, to read and add ebooks or pdf files, just copy them to iFile and open with iBooks, it’ll then be stored in the iBooks app. That’s all you have to do. So now, you have successfully fixed iBooks crash in iOS 5 after jailbreak.

Do try out this fix and let us know if it worked for you. Remember, this is only for those who’ve jailbroken their iOS devices running on iOS 5.

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Things are looking quite good for Windows Phone. Just recently, Nokia launched their first two Windows Phones and now its Acer which has announced a Windows Phone 7.5(Mango) phone which would be known as Acer Allegro. This is going to be yet another phone aiming at mid-range market.

The code name of this phone is Acer W4. As the reports say, it was very quietly announced and one of the first sites to cover the announcement was a French site known as Mon Windows Phone. Acer may not have much greater influence on the smartphone market but such phones will only lead it to superiority.

Acer Allegro comes with a 3.6 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen. It has 8 GB internal storage which is expandable up to 32 GB using a microSD card. It has a 5 megapixels camera with autofocus and LED flash. Video recording is available. It has a 1 Ghz Snapdragon processor. GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and microUSB are available. It has a 1300 mAh battery which offers up to 6 hours of talk time. It weighs around 126 grams.

Acer Allegro will first come to France in mid-November in Black and White stylish colors and would be available for €229. By adding more and more companies to their network, surely Windows Phone is advancing and getting more famous but we will have to wait and see that how much are the people excited for these Windows Phones.

I am quite excited for all these phones and truly want to get my hands on one of these, but that ain’t possible. Nevertheless, I feel these phones(especially Nokia ones) are going to make a lot of money in the market. Now, talking about Allegro, it is a wonderful phone. Design is good and specifications are truly good. In the Indian market, it may cost around 20,600(converting Euro amount to INR) which a lot of people look for. Acer isn’t much experienced brand in smartphones but yet, I feel this phone could do wonders for its company.


Since the launch of Apple’s iPhone 4S, people have been quite busy with their personal assistant Siri and almost forgotten about the much needed jailbreak. As of now, the iPhone 4S cannot be jailbroken, which means it cannot be customized beyond what iOS 5 provides. Almost all the basic Cydia tweaks have been readily getting the iOS 5 updates, but there has been no news on the 4S jailbreak.

However, earlier today, iPhone dev team developer MuscleNerd, gave the world some good news and released some pictures of a jailbroken iPhone 4S. We knew that the devs have been hard at work on the jailbreak, but this is the first time any update has been let loose in the public. He also said that this is just the beginning, there’s lots more to work on, thus nobody should expect any good news in the coming weeks. There is not time frame to be honest.

But, as you can see from the above screenshot, the team has managed to do something and Cydia has been installed. Jailbreaking an iPhone is very important, as it unlocks lot of new things and features. We were also given some updates on an upcoming iOS 5 untethered jailbreak, but again, no exact date or any such details were mentioned. Hence, all you iPhone 4S users out there, you just have to hold on to Siri and wait for the big news on a jailbreak.

iPhone 4S jailbreak would be great news, because you can try out some cool Cydia tweaks like IntelliScreenX and more.


Cross platform messengers are everywhere these days and most modern phones have their own exclusive messengers too. For example, Apple has iMessages and BlackBerry has BBM, but these aren’t we are looking for. Sure, if you just want to chat with your iPhone or BlackBerry buddies, these are pretty good, but what if you want to talk to someone with an Android or a Windows Phone 7 device.

One of the best and most widely used cross-platform messengers out there is the Whatsapp Messenger. This app revolutionized instant messaging, sharing and more. However, Whatsapp isn’t a free app for iOS users, which is why not many have it on their iOS devices. It is free on other platforms. So, in case you’ve been looking for a free alternative for Whatsapp, then we’ve got the right app for you. This messenger is known as Kik.

Kik Messenger for iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry is the next best thing to mobile calls, is really fast, easy to setup and cross platform. It’ll soon be available for Symbian devices as well. And unlike Whatsapp, this doesn’t charge you for anything, you don’t even need to activate anything. Just add your friends from contacts and get on with it. It’s very similar to Whatsapp, and lets you share pictures, videos and this all happens in real-time.

Some say it’s actually faster than Whatsapp and also shows you when the the person has read the message, rather than just tick marks.

Kik Messenger is the totally free, crazy-fast cross-platform messenger app that connects you to your friends in real-time. Use Kik to chat, share pictures privately, plan outings with groups, and stay connected to the people who matter most to you.

Kik Messenger for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Kik Messenger for Android.

Kik Messenger for Windows Phone 7.

Kik Messenger for BlackBerry.

Try this messenger out and let us know what you think of it. We’d definitely recommend this to all those iOS users who have to pay for Whatsapp, this app is free folks and it works just as great, maybe better.


When it comes to imagining what the future is like, film directors and visionaries are to be looked up on. They hardly get it right, but it still is amazing to believe for a moment, how the future would be. One thing we know about the future; human beings are going to turn in to the most laziest creatures in the world. More than half of all the people in the world are most of the time in front of their mobile devices, notebooks, desktops or television sets. We are going to be doomed. With better and easier to use products, people grow lazier. And that’s what Microsoft wants us to be.

Microsoft posted a new video on how they want the future of smartphones and computers to look like and how it would help increase productivity. The video is quite interesting and a little stupid at times. It starts off with a lady leaving an Airport where she uses a special set of spectacles to translate speech to English. It’s not shown how it happens, as there is no earphones connected to the device, but yes it translates. After that there’s just a lot of touch screen devices that aren’t anything like what we have today, and is most likely running on Windows Phone 2000 or something.

This concept video was produced and directed by the Microsoft Office team, not the creative technology designers or some other wacky team who’re all fat and want to have everything at their fingertips. A little shocking that the Office team has come up with such a concept, but anyways, here, have a look and decide for yourself.

So what do you have to say? We really did like the phones shown in the video, but it looks super complicated rather than easy.

Learn more: Microsoft Vision.


There’s some bad news for all those Nexus One owners. If you were all smiles about Google’s latest Android version, Ice Cream Sandwich, making it on to your phone, you’re going to be making a pout face in a few seconds. I’m not saying that the Nexus One is old or doesn’t have the power to run Android 4.0, but Google apparently thinks so.

Google has confirmed that their first flagship Android phone, the HTC Google Nexus One, will not be receiving the Ice Cream Sandwich update because of it’s old hardware. The Nexus One was announced early last year, and yes it does have old and out dated hardware. Since, the latest Android 4.0 version requires powerful hardware to run all the goodies, it’s a good choice made by Google. However, if you’re feeling let down, we do have something that’ll cheer you up.

The day Google released it’s Ice Cream Sandwich SDK to the public, some developer already ported it to the Nexus One. So, the development on that custom ROM is in the oven, it’s being cooked carefully for the Nexus One. The Nexus S however, will soon be treated with Ice Cream Sandwich, right after it goes live for everybody else in the world, after the Galaxy Nexus is available.

Ice Cream Sandwich is a heavily improved version of Android and has many new features. It’s a mixture of both Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb, which makes it the best of both tablet and mobile world. It’ll be a unified operating system for all Android based devices that will come out in the near future.

Read: Android Ice Cream Sandwich: What’s New.

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