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Wonder if Android OS runs on iPhone! Well, it might sound strange but it has been done already. Alright people, Planet being made it possible. He managed to install Android OS which runs on Android phones to run to iPhone. This is completely unusual to run a non-Apple OS on iPhone but when it has been done, there a way ahead for it. Although it is in alpha version now, but if it can be improved an iPhone user can use both iPhone and Android Operating System on their iPhone. This will allow users to try some of the most exciting things like Android apps which were earlier not allowed on iPhone.

Well, with the improvement in mobile operating system Android a threat prevails on iPhone market place. This is little creepy but the growing volume of Android apps say so. Though Android is available on fewer number of smart phones including G2 Touch, Samsung 7500, HTC G1, HTC Magic and HTC Hero, yet it is becoming quite popular among the masses. Also it would not be wrong to admit that number of Android apps is much less than iPhone but it cannot be denied Android is coming at par slowly, but surely. However it would be entirely wrong to say that Android apps are not powerful as iPhone apps, in fact they are a lot but it can work better to produce even more powerful apps. Infact sources say 45 Google Android can potentially be an iPhone replacement.

Well, for those who are confused among the two, there’s no point of confusion about their quality, all that matters is your choice. Both Android and iPhone are distinct in themselves and each having their own apps which are powerful and distinguished yet similar. Since Android has still lot to work upon, iPhone apps take a place above Google’s Android Operating System.

You can download any number of mobile apps corresponding to both Apple and Android using App directories. On a test conducted, it was found that iPhone apps transmit more data than apps on phones running on Android operating system. Android and iPhone versions of Pandora and paper Toss are working at great pace in sending phone’s ID number to ad companies. Google’s Android operating systems are used by companies including Motorola Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. it’s your smart phone running on Android OS or iPhone, download apps now and make it even smarter.

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Apple released iOS 5 beta 2 yesterday and since then lot of things have been proved, such as it still can be jailbroken and that the Gevey SIM mole has been dealt with. There are also few new features in the new beta, but it’s best we wait until proper testing is done and then know what all the new features are. For now let’s just discuss the main three. The latest update of iOS 5 beta 2 brings along the much awaited Wi-Fi sync, OTA updates and the wireless recovery mode, hence making transfer of files, software updates and entering DFU mode much easier.

iOS 5

Seems like Apple is slowly adding new features with new beta releases and not all the 200 at once. There are few other features that we have already discussed, some minor ones and there will be more to come.

 

 

Wireless Syncing

Wi-Fi-Sync

We’ve all been waiting for this, the ability to sync our iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad without the need of any cables. Just connect to your Wi-Fi network and select Wi-Fi sync in iTunes and you’re ready to bounce. However, at the moment this only works for Mac users and you’ll need to be running on Mac OS X 10.6.8 or Lion developer versions and iTunes 10.5 beta 2 to try this. You can sync all your data including music, videos and applications, even from your iCloud account.

Over the Air Updates

OTA Updates

As promised, iOS 5 will see over the air updates for all new software updates and patches. 9to5 Mac also noticed that OTA updates may also work over a 3G connection, but apparently it’s not happening with the beta 2 build.

Wireless syncing is triggered automatically when the device is connected to power and on the same network as the paired computer. Or, you can manually trigger a sync from iTunes or from Settings -> General -> iTunes Sync (same network as paired computer required). Be sure your device is plugged into a power source when performing Wireless syncs.

Wireless Recovery  Mode

Wireless Recovery Mode

With the latest beta of iOS 5, you can also enter right into Recovery mode without having to go through all the trouble of playing mind games with your fingers. It’s way simpler. Again, 9to5 Mac reported that they achieved this by using Recboot for Mac.

Do let us know if you’ve had any success or have tried iOS 5 beta 2 on your Apple device.

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Since Apple released the latest update of iOS, people have been upgrading their iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad to see what’s new. The new update, iOS 5 beta 2 was bound to get some minor changes, it was obviously foreseen by developers alike. Apple iOS 5 beta 2 gets some minor changes to Lockscreen alerts, adds a new iCloud icon and a sliding iMessages keyboard, well that’s it so far.

The testing began just moments after Apple released iOS 5 beta 2, and MuscleNerd was quick to confirm that it’s still jailbreak friendly. After that there were updates after updates about all the new features added to this release. Of course, until now there are not many new features but as the beta number increases there will be new.

New Lockscreen Alert Style

When Apple showed the new Notification alerts in iOS 5 at WWDC, it was one happy moment for everyone. But in iOS 5 beta 2, it looks like Apple has taken a step backward and has brought back those older notification alerts. Luckily, this only happens in the case of alerts and they disappear and go back to the iOS 5 beta style when you check it the second time.

The New iCloud Icon

This isn’t much of an important discovery, but it’s something that Apple users will notice. The beta 1 had a regular pink colored Apple iCloud Icon which for obvious reasons wasn’t appreciated much. iOS 5 beta 2 gets the original silver iCloud icon and gets things back to normal and certainly made people happy, at least me!

All the places where the old iCloud icon used to be are now showing the brushed aluminum iCloud icon. One of the minor changes.

Sliding Keyboard in iMessage

iMessage, one of my favorite new things about iOS 5, doesn’t seem to work with people running iOS 5 beta. Anyways, there is something new here, a nice sliding keyboard for when you need some more space. The keyboard slides down once you start receiving replies and makes a little more room than before.

As you crawl up to see previous messages the keyboard slowly slides down until it totally disappears. Don’t be surprised to see it creep out from the bottom, Apple devices are magical you see!!

That’s all the minor changes you’ll see, so far!! We’ll update when other minor changes come up.

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I’m not really a screensaver type, but when I checked out this screensaver out I had to set it up on my system. Screensavers are actually good, they save battery or something like that and also makes you screen look good while you’re away attending nature calls. iPhoneLS is a simple yet functional screensaver for Windows and iPhone fans alike that locks your screen and gives the same Slide to unlock to unlock the screensaver.

You wouldn’t want to keep this as your screensaver if you’re one of those types who’re always working on something highly classified or downright illegal. The reason? Well, I’m pretty sure all of you know how the regular iPhone Lock screen looks. Time on the top, Slide to unlock below and the background in between. It’s the same with Windows 7, because once you activate it and the screensaver starts rolling, you’ll still be able to see what’s happening on your screen. You can’t hide that, so it’s a screensaver, but doesn’t really hide the screen or save it.

iPhone Lockscreen Screensaver

I don’t mind showing people what I’m working on, it’s almost never illegal or something that should be hidden. I really liked the iPhoneLS screensaver, mostly because it makes that unlock sound and the Slide to unlock actually works. You have to slide it to unlock the screensaver and get back to your desktop. It’s pretty simple to install too; just download the zip file, unzip and then right click on the application and point to install. Once done you can set the timing and if you’d go back to your desktop or your login screen.

Download iPhoneLS for Windows.

Also make sure you have Microsoft .NET 3.5 Framework and above installed on your Windows OS. iPhone user or not, you should try this screensaver, you aren’t going to lose anything. Maybe in the future we’ll an update that will add custom backgrounds to it, which should make it nearly perfect.

Update: There’s been a slight improvement in the functions of this screensaver. The developer has now added the feature to add your own custom background making this screensaver perfect. Thanks for the update Raphael.

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iOS 5 Beta 2 was released by Apple earlier today, and they seemed to have added a few new features to the OS. With the addition of new features, Apple also decided that it was time for them to remove some features too. Apple has patched the security hole using which the Gevey Turbo SIM used to unlock a locked iPhone 4 in iOS 5 beta 2.

iOS 5 beta 2

The Gevey Turbo SIM, as we all know of it, uses an Emergency dialer hack to activate the locked basebands on an iPhone 4. You dial 112, hang up, play with the Airplane Mode and boom!! you get your iPhone unlocked. Gevey SIM users were specially happy to also find out that it was also able to successfully unlock the new baseband on iOS 5 beta. To much disappointment, Apple has seen to it that the Gevey SIM doesn’t unlock the iPhone 4 in iOS 5 beta 2. The confirmation came from none other than MuscleNerd;

Gevey SIM iOS 5 beta2

We have no idea why Apple decided to do so with the beta versions and why they couldn’t wait for the final build to be out. They’ve been under a lot of pressure ever since the Gevey SIM was out, going about illegally unlocking locked iPhone 4s. Maybe they decided to put an end to it, or maybe it has something to do with the beta versions. Anyways, the Gevey SIM manufacturers are not going to sit in their offices with their heads down. I’m pretty sure they’re going to work on this and deliver a working unlock on iOS 5 too, as till date there has been no word or update from the iPhone dev team about the same.

There isn’t any word on the other alternative, the Rebel SIM. Also, the newly released Gevey Ultra SIM won’t work on iOS 5 beta 2 either. At the moment, we can only hope that the iPhone-dev team comes with a software unlock soon enough for all the locked basebands.

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All new mobile phones come standard with a proximity sensor, the one that scans the nearby environment and detects if any object is nearby. It helps turn off the screen during calls to help save battery and stops the touchscreen from being active. Prox, is an Android app that extends the use of the proximity sensor and the accelerometer and completes other useful tasks.

Prox

Prox, was developed for the next generation smartphone users who never want to touch any button to do anything. At the moment you cannot assign Prox to every action, but you can make it do quite a few really well. To play with this application, you need to have patience and quite a bit of common sense, because it’s really complicated to setup. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s better off you just hang on to your dear phone and pray that you find someone who can. Once you’ve configured it, Prox will turn your Android phone into something from Transformers. You can tilt your phone in 5 directions and wave your hand over it to initiate the set functions.

Prox Screenshot

Here are some of the gestures that can be done using Prox for Android;

  • Pull down and release the notification tray
  • Go back to home
  • Turn off display
  • Put the phone in silent, vibrate, ringer and other ringer modes
  • Show some text (Toast)
  • Launch applications

Also watch the following video, it’ll make the setting up of this app a little easier.

Those are the gestures that you can perform right now and more will be making their way in to the app soon. To keep your calls safe, Prox will not work and thus not meddle with screen functions. Oh and last but not the least, be sure to check if your phone has a Proximity sensor. This app will work great if the Proximity and Ambient Light sensors are different.

You want to try Prox out? The app is available in the Android Market for $1.99 and I’m pretty sure it’s worth that price.

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Apple released iOS 5 Beta 2 earlier today, and developers can avail it by using their Apple developer passes. The testing and upgrading to iOS Beta 2 must’ve already begun. Moments after iOS 5 Beta 2 was made available for the developers, MuscleNerd reported that this new build of iOS 5 can be jailbroken too.

MuscleNerd said that the previous released versions of RedSn0w and Sn0wbreeze both of them can jailbreak iOS 5 beta 2. However, reports have been coming in that the activation hack that was seen on iOS 5 beta 1 has now been patched on the beta 2. Hence, users who don’t have a developer ID can’t activate iOS 5 beta 2. This is to keep all those non-developers from getting their hands on the beta builds(damn I say)!!

To jailbreak iOS 5 beta 2, all you need to do is have a copy of the latest Redsn0w 0.9.8b1 jailbreak tool and the previous iOS 5 beta ipsw. When you begin the jailbrake process, just point Redsn0w to the older iOS 5 beta ipsw and thinks should get working instantly. But, remember that this is only a tethered jailbreak and you’ll have to boot tethered every time you reboot. MuscleNerd also mentioned that this method should work for all the betas that Apple may release in the coming weeks.

Follow our tutorial on How to Jailbreak iOS 5 Beta 1 Using Redsn0w [Tethered] [Mac].

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It was only a few weeks back that the first beta of iOS 5 was released for all the developers to test out the new features. Developers and normal users alike got their hands on the iOS 5 Beta and learned some tricks on how to activate without a developers license. After their release of iOS 5 beta, there were many jailbreakers who came out with some really nice iOS Notification Center Widgets. Apple today released iOS Beta 2 for developers and it is currently available for download from their developers page.

The new build of iOS 5 Beta 22 brings some new features as well, more like features that weren’t available in  the first beta. Wi-Fi Syncing is now possible in this build of iOS 5.

In iOS 5.0 beta 2, wireless syncing is now available for the Mac. It requires iTunes 10.5 beta 2 and OS X 10.6.8 or Lion. You will see an option to enable wireless syncing when you connect your device to iTunes with the USB cable. It is recommended you perform your initial sync with a cable after restoring your device.

To download iOS 5 Beta 2, you’ll need to be enrolled in the iOS Developer program for $99 a year, or you’ll have to wait for someone to upload some direct download links somewhere like it happened with iOS 5 beta. However, if you’re already enrolled in the developer program then you can directly download it from the iOS Developer Program page and begin testing and meddling with iOS 5 beta 2. iTunes 10.5 Beta 2 has also been released to aid the developers with development and testing of this latest build.

Update: You can download all the ipsw or dmg files for iOS 5 beta 2 from over here and iTunes 10.5 beta 2 from here.

Stay tuned, we’ll update you with direct download links if they happen to go live!!

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Whenever you will enter a query for things like ‘How To’ in Google a large number of results pop-up showing numerous things. More specifically If you type in ‘How To’ in Google some results from YouTube will also be visible, showing online videos from that category. So if you happen to be looking for some ‘How To’ online videos then today’s post is a must read for you. I am highlighting 3 really useful YouTube video channels that houses some interesting collection of ‘How To’ videos.

VideoJug

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Apparently it’s an educational video site with a bit of twist in it, its YouTube constituent has almost 2200 videos having almost 175 million views. You can find stuff like ‘How to Recognize Geeks’ on it, plus it also has some really cool videos ranging in categories like Technology & cars and Education & Outdoors. You can visit VideoJug’s YouTube channel and surf through some really interesting stuff.

Howcast

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Its an excellent source of some fun goers YouTube videos with an informative and a serious ‘How To’ angle tagged to them. Out of all the categories the gaming channel is having the highest number of subscribers. I personally liked the Tech & Gadget section of Howcast because it had a large number of video collections telling users How To use certain kind of gadgets. The Howcast YouTube channel has a total of 7700 videos divided in various categories.

Khan Academy

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If you are looking for a study oriented ‘How To’ based YouTube channel then Khan Academy is definitely worth looking at. It’s even endorsed by Bill Gates as a perfect stop for learning all the basics of sciences and math. You can view Khan Academy YouTube channel by visiting their official website.

What other channels you think that might be there in this list of YouTube channels. Try these out and Let us know in comments that were these YouTube channels were useful or not.

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The interest in the subject of invisibility has always been in our head, being able to be not visible is truly awesome. But, we also know that this is something that cannot be achieved, as far as I know. Well, in case you own an Apple iPad 2 then you could probably check out what this Invisibility app is all about. Invisibility App for iPad 2 will not turn your iPad invisible, as this will only create an illusion of invisibility.

Invisibility App for iPad 2 is only for when you’re super duper bored and want to show them some iPad Magic.

Give your iPad 2 the stunning illusion of invisibility. Its screen can behave like transparent glass. As you move your iPad, you and your friends will swear you’re seeing through it to a table top or floor underneath, or even into a fanciful virtual world.

After reading that, I’m sure you’d want to try this app out. This app makes use of your iPad 2 camera and then using it’s gyroscopes and what not makes the display look like a see-through surface. Just take a picture of a colored table, bed, the nature and any other interesting surface using the Invisibility app. Once done, you’ll need to place your iPad on that surface and pinch, zoom and adjust the image to the surface so that it looks like the image taken is just a continuity of the surface. Now go over to your homescreen and start rubbing it away using your fingers, you’ll gradually start seeing the image appear behind. When you move the iPad, the image stays stationary and makes it look like you’re actually seeing through the display.

Of course, you may realize after some time that there is going to be a lot of difference between the two images since the iPad 2 camera isn’t that great. This new technology is known as Pantomime technology and as mentioned before uses the Gyroscope and accelerometers to make all of that happen. If you’re still confused by what the heck all this is about then you should check the video after the break;

This here is one of those technologies that are still under development, like the head-tracking app we told you about. Hence, you may not experience the best when using this on your iPad, don’t blame me, because it’s your fault you’re not good at taking pictures. You’ll need to upgrade your iPad 2 to iOS 4.3.3 for the Invisibility shield to be working properly.

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