• Jailbreak? Why And How?

    Most people would never consider jailbreaking one of their Apple products. They might view it as illegal, or “hacker activity” and won’t have anything to do with it. And they would be HALF correct.

    As it turns out, it is NOT illegal to jailbreak and iPhone, iPod, iPad, or even an Apple TV. But it will void the warranty. And it isn’t even a difficult or dangerous thing to do. You won’t ruin your device, it has a very minimal effect on battery life, and is easy as plugging your device into your computer and hitting a few buttons. Because of the way Apple designed these products, if there is ANY trouble it is a simple matter to reset and restore the device. You don’t lose your apps, your music, your videos, your pictures. You even have access to the App store.

    So what are the downsides? Well, you can’t send the unit back to Apple for repairs. You lose maybe about 5% of battery life. You have to learn a new way of installing software. And there may be some issues with updating applications through the App store.

    Meanwhile you can add pictures to the background (springboard), rather than sticking with the plain black. You can add multitasking to ANY of the “i” devices, something that those naughty hackers have had available on jailbroken units for quite a while, long before it was introduced on the iPad. The list goes on and on.

    Be sure you do your research before you make a decision as to whether to jailbreak. Understand that it is easy to revert to a “regular” device as long as you have a backup before starting the process. If you do decide to give it a try, there are LOTS of links on the web to tell you how.

    There are several ways of doing this, but I prefer greenpois0n.

    The program will make the unit do all kinds of weird things. When it restarts, watch the Apple logo; it will slowly evolve. When it is finished, you have a jailbroken device.

    Next step? Look for the green Loader app and run it. Use it to install Cydia.

    Did you run into trouble? The text file that came with GreenPoison will give you a couple links and an IRC chatroom to visit. Trust me, no matter what problem you’re having, someone else has already solved it.

    With a jailbroken device, there reall is an app for almost ANYTHING you want to do. Developers don’t need to go through the process of submitting apps to Apple, then having them possibly reject them, or force them to charge for it. Suddenly the world opens up.

    Realize, however, that I am not condoning downloading and installing cracked or pirated apps. These are applications that have been downloaded, then had their security compromised so they can be installed on any i-device without paying. There are a ton of them out there, probably including all of the apps you may have purchased, and basically all free for the taking. Just remember that the developer doesn’t get a single penny if you choose do download a cracked app. Those pennies help keep them in business, and keep them motivated to update the app with new features. It also motivates them to write more apps.

    http://www.streetarticles.com/personal-tech/jailbreak-why-and-how

  • Why You Should Buy An Iphone Instead Of An Android Phone?

    When Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007, it changed the entire mobile phone industry forever. As an answer to the iPhone, Google Inc. created and open platform operating system that has been powering some of the best smartphones on the market today. Why choose and iPhone over an Android? It is a matter of what you want and need from your cell phone. Below are several reasons to consider an iPhone.

    If you don’t consider yourself tech savvy, the iPhone is for you. Android phones offer many options that the iPhone does not, but many of those options you won’t even use because you can’t figure out how to use it. The iPhone set up and interface is very easy to use, and you won’t have to download anti-virus software on your iPhone; you will on your Android.

    The Siri personal assistant on the iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send text messges, dictate emails, messages, schedule your meetings, place phone calls and more. Just ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you normally talk. Siri does understand what you say, she knows what you mean, and even talks back. The Siri appl is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it, even ask her what she thinks is the best phone or what she thinks about Android.

    The iPhone 4S has an excellent battery life when compared to its competitors out there and with people using their smartphones more and more, battery life is critical. According to Apple’s specs , there is approx 7 hours of talking time and a amazing 6 hours of usage when used on 3G. So if you’re not like me and use your phone just calls and emails , the iPhone can last you well over a day but why buy an iPhone if you not going to us it, I love mine.

    The iPhone Retina Display is amazing and needs to be seen up close and personal to appreciate see how good it really is. Pixels are almost invisible and the video looks fantastic, do you need that Sony camera anymore!!. Some Android phones on the market come close to that hi-resolution, but they’re still not as crystal clear as the iPhones fantastic Retina Display. Apple isn’t the first to put a super-high-resolution screen in a smartphone. Google’s Nexus One android phone, for example, features a nice OLED screen with a resolution of 800-by-480 pixels, but its subpixel arrangement has some issues when compared to the iPhone display.

    Apples App store has now over 350,000 apps for iPhone/iPod/iPad. Unfortunately the Android Market has only around 150,000 apps. That 200,000 difference in the amount and varity of apps available is a reason alone to go for the iPhone.

    Apple lets all iPhone users enjoy ever iOS update for free every couple of months and now with IOS5 release these updates can be done wirelessly, with a new major release once a year. Android updates come at the discretion of the manufacturer and cannot be done wirelessly, so you could be waiting months for the next version of Android, life is too short to way.

    The iPhone 3Gs, 4 and 4S are now all cheaper to buy then compered to the high end android phones. The 3Gs is now available for free from AT&T with a two-year contract. That’s quite a steal considering you’ll get to enjoy most of the same features as the iPhone 4.

    The FaceTime function, video conferencing is a so easy and amazing with the iPhone 4/4S. So with the latest update to Skype on the iPhone, you can make FaceTime video calls for free over any 3G network. Most Android phones have front-facing cameras by now, but not all apps work with each model. Qik comes close, but it’s still not as good as the iPhones FaceTime.

    The iPhone 4/4S is all glass and metal packed into a thin profile. It feels solid in your hand, like a truly-high end device. We’ve used way too many Android phones that are covered in flimsy plastic and feel cheap.

    I bet you are now, ordering your brand new iPhone online now, you wont regret it!

    http://www.streetarticles.com/personal-tech/why-you-should-buy-an-iphone-instead-of-an-android-phone

  • Iphone Battery App – Does It Help Conserve Battery Life?

    Conserving your iPhone’s battery is one of the issues that you have to deal with especially if you are using it throughout your day. I’m going to explain here how a free iphone battery app can help you conserve your battery life and to what extent it can do so. The app I’m using is called “Battery Doctor” made by Beijing Kingsoft so I’m gonna use it as an example of what it can do to conserve your battery life.

    Battery Status

    The app gives you an estimate time of usage with the current battery level you have. The good thing about it is that it doesn’t just give you a general usage time but different usage times for different activities you do on your iPhone.

    Activities like:

    • Internet on Wifi
    • Internet on 3G
    • Talk time (2G)
    • Talk time (3G)
    • Video Playback
    • Youtube
    • Audio Playback
    • Audio via Bluetooth
    • 2D game
    • 3D game
    • Video Recording
    • Photo Taking
    • GPS Navigation
    • Reading
    • Standby
    • Voice Memos
    • FaceTime
    • LED Torch
    • Siri (iPhone 4S)

    The other cool thing as well is you can adjust the current level of battery being shown on the status so you’ll know the different usage times for those activities at certain battery levels. So let’s say you have 80% on your battery level right now and you want to know the usage time for each activity when the battery goes down to 50%. You simply drag the battery level indicator to 50% and it automatically adjusts the different usage times for you.

    Charging levels and stages

    The Battery Doctor gives you 3 different stages for charging. These are Fast Charging, Continuation, and Trickle Charging. So it goes to fast charging first and completes it before moving on to the next stage. It also give you an estimated time remaining for charging. Completing the three battery stages actually lengthens your battery lifespan. Usually when the iphone’s battery indicator is 100%, it has only completed the fast charging stage and not the other two.

    Charging Records

    This free iPhone battery app also shows you a calendar which gives records of your charging history. It will either indicate a “full cycle”, “normal”, or “overcharge” on each day with circled marks in different colors representing each one.

    Tips

    It also has free tips for you to conserve your battery life by turning off certain setting that you are not using to prevent it from consuming your battery.

    This free iPhone battery app can certainly help you keep track of your battery usage and charging habits but it doesn’t help you extend your battery life. Although it provides tips on conserving its battery, this will also restrict you from using some features of your iphone for the sake of saving energy. If you’re using your iPhone often and need something to get your battery life extended then check out iPhone accessories that actually do that.

    http://www.streetarticles.com/software/iphone-battery-app-does-it-help-conserve-battery-life

  • 5 Tips To Increase Your Ipad 2 Battery Life

    Included in your iPad 2 is one of the most technologically advanced batteries commercially available today. Though the iPad 2 battery life may be fine just for many people, if you are on the internet much or just frequently on the road, you no doubt need to find ways to maximize your battery life. Below are a 5 ways to maximize your iPad 2 battery life so you spend more time using it and fewer times charging it.

    Screen Brightness One of the best ways to decrease the drain on your battery is to turn down the brightness of your screen. You no doubt may be guilty of this at home with your big LCD t.v. as well, as it seems many people think brighter is always better. While that may be your preference on your plugged-in flat screen, having that attitude on your iPad 2 can eat up a big chunk of your battery time. You can use auto-brightness as well to automatically adjust brightness to the ambient light.

    Push and Fetch Less Unless your iPad 2 is your main device for all things media, news, e-mail related, you likely don’t need new messages constantly “pushed” to you. You can set up the iPad 2 to fetch manually or hourly to save some charge.

    Turn off WiFi When WiFi is activiated, your iPad 2 uses power to essentially engage a radio to send and receive data. The longer/better the range of the WiFi, the more power it will tend to use. Even though the iPad 2 employs power saving features in its WiFi, you will still burn up battery charge you don’t really need. So, unless you are actively using the WiFi at home or at hot spots, turn it off to maximize your iPad 2 battery life.

    Turn off Bluetooth Similar to WiFi, when on, it is another radio activated and will regularly search for devices to connect to. Though it may not use a lot of power, it’s another drain you likely don’t need often unless you are frequently using a Bluetooth keyboard or other accessory with it.

    Turn off the Equalizer This may be a touchy subject for some, but for many, turning off the equalizer in your iPod app in the Ipad2 is another easy way to minimize drain on your battery. Some people swear they need it on to listen to their music, while others may not even tell the difference or ever miss it.

    While there may be other ways as well, I hope I gave you some quick and easy ways to maximize your iPad 2 battery life. Play around with some of these settings and see which are best for you to adjust so you can extend your iPad 2 battery life.

    http://www.streetarticles.com/personal-tech/5-tips-to-increase-your-ipad-2-battery-life