Posts tagged wifi

3G Unrestrictor Bypasses Wi-Fi Only Restrictions for iPhone 3GS

3G Unrestrictor allows you to use applications over 3G even if they are restricted to Wi-Fi only. You can also use 3G Unrestrictor to enable application/podcast downloads over 10MB and watch high quality YouTube videos over 3G.

You can for example while on 3G/EDGE/GRPS:
o Make free calls using VoIP software like Skype, Fring, Truphone and others
o Watch TV with SlingPlayer
o Watch high quality YouTube Videos, just like on WiFi
o Download apps bigger than 10MB
o Download podcasts bigger than 10MB

Developers were forced to put those restrictions in by Apple, but since with the help of 3G Unrestrictor, the apps actually “think” they are on WiFi, you can do all that.

Verified applications include: Skype, Slingplayer, YouTube, AppStore, iTunes Store, Nimbuzz, Fring, Truphone, FriendCaller, SipPhone

3G Unrestrictor supports the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS. It is now available from the Cydia Store for a cost of $2.

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[Thanks to Mandeep for the vid!]

iPhone Dev-Team Offers Tips to Fix Unlock Issues

The iPhone Dev-Team has posted some tips to help those experiencing problems with the UltraSn0w unlock

It looks like version 0.9 of ultrasn0w fixed up the vast majority of any problems people were seeing with the 3G/3GS carrier unlock. But here’s a brief list of fixes for anyone still seeing problems:

* Unusual battery depletion is almost always caused by people choosing to “Restore from backup” instead of “Setup as new iPhone” when iTunes asks you. This isn’t caused by either the jailbreak or the unlock, but it’s a common 3.0 snafu. The fix is to just re-run the official 3.0 restore and choose “Setup as new” this time. Your music and apps and all that will still be synced, but you’ll get rid of any conflicting wifi, bluetooth, or carrier settings. Then just re-run redsn0w and install ultrasn0w.
* Remember, ultrasn0w works with hacktivated phones too, but don’t outsmart redsn0w into thinking you don’t need hacktivation! If you don’t plan on using an official sim, don’t activate via iTunes with such a sim. Just keep your unofficial sim at all times and let redsn0w and ultrasn0w handle hacktivation :)
* T-Mobile in the USA doesn’t use the 3G frequencies that the iPhones support, so turn off 3G in Settings->General->Network. (Some T-Mobile territories gracefully hand down to Edge mode, but most do not).
* Certain unofficial plans have limitations on whether you can make calls and use data at the same time. That’s not unlock-related.
* Some people have installed previous versions of ultrasn0w using non-standard techniques. While the ultrasn0w 0.9 update should have removed all previous versions of ultrasn0w, these users may have outsmarted our removal. So make sure you don’t still see /usr/bin/ultrasn0w present if you’re at ultrasn0w 0.9 (which doesn’t have such a binary anymore).
* If you don’t need or plan to update to ultrasn0w 0.9 from a previous version, you can avoid having that red badge over Cydia by removing repo666 as a Cydia source. Don’t worry, you can always add it back later :) If you follow us on twitter you’ll be advised of any new updates anyway.

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‘Real Racing’ Updates with 6-Player Wi-Fi, New Cars, and More


Firemint has released a major update to their Real Racing game today. Aside from the usual bug fixes, Firemint has added a number of new features:

  • 6-player multiplayer over local WiFi network (previously 2 player only).
  • New vehicle class with a distinct roar of a V12 engine with “unsurpassed speed and control with 12 new exotic vehicles”
  • New game soundtrack with 10 original music tracks
  • Career Mode additions: exotic vehicle qualifier and two new championships
  • OS 3.0 iTunes Music Library picker
  • New Control Method: Touch-Wheel-to-Steer, Manual Accelerate and Manual Brake.

The game originally came out in June and we loved it:

Real Racing sets a new standard for what to expect of racing games on the iPhone. Great graphics combined with a solid framerate make for an action-packed racing experience.

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App Store Link: Real Racing, $9.99

How to Unlock the iPhone 3GS Using PurpleSn0w

These are instructions on how to unlock the iPhone 3GS for use with any GSM cellphone carrier using PurpleSn0w. Geohot has posted stating that the purplesn0w unlock should improve issues with wifi, battery, and the unlock itself. If you would prefer to use the iPhone Dev-Teams UltraSn0w unlock you can find those instructions here

Before you can follow these instructions you must have a jailbroken iPhone and you must be on the 04.26.08 baseband(modem firmware). This means that you must be running the 3.0 firmware and have used PwnageTool, RedSn0w, or PurpleRa1n to jailbreak. YOU MUST ALSO (FOR THE TIME BEING) HAVE ACTIVATED YOUR IPHONE WITH AN OFFICIAL APPLE CARRIER. NO HACTIVATION SUPPORT YET.

To find your firmware and modem firmware(baseband) versions you can follow this tutorial. If you are not on baseband version 04.26.08 then you need to follow one of these tutorials before unlocking: Mac, Windows

If you are on T-Mobile or any carrier without 3G remember to turn it off before starting…

Step One
Press to launch Cydia Installer from your SpringBoard.

Step Two
Press to select the Manage tab at the bottom of the screen.

Step Three
Press to select the large Sources button

Step Four
Press the Edit button at the top right of the screen.

Step Five
Press the Add button at the top left of the screen.

Step Six
Enter as the source url and press the Add Source button.

Step Seven
Once the source has been added press the large Return to Cydia button.

Step Eight
Press the Done button at the top right of the screen.

Step Nine
Press to select from the list of user entered sources.

Step Ten
Press to select com.geohot.purplesn0w from the list of packages

Step Eleven
Press the Install button at the top right of the screen.

Step Twelve
Press the Confirm button at the top right of the screen.

Step Thirteen
After installation completes successfully press the large Return to Cydia button.

Step Fourteen
Now press the Home button then power off and power on the iPhone. You do this by holding down the power button for 3 seconds then moving the power slider that appears to the right. Press the power button again to turn on the phone.

You should now be able to insert the SIM of your choice!

Your Feedback on Firmware 3.1: Battery Life, Speed and Improvements

Shortly ago, the developer Andrea Mazzoni wrote in an email which informed about the impressions of the Firmware 3.1 beta. In particular, here are some parts of the message:


The first thing you notice is the speed, significantly improved with respect to the application iPod.

It also noted some improvements with regard to signal reception Wi-Fi and battery life which, in some tests conducted by the undersigned, improves by 35%. Nevertheless, it remains a first beta version which is surely even more performance in the future.

It is also resolved, in part, the problem of overheating of the iPhone 3GS

As you know, I tested the 3.1 firmware on my 3GS and the Sermon on the battery are not, unfortunately, agree with Andrea. Instead, with regard to improvements in signal reception and WiFi overheating and had already spoken here and we can confirm with certainty.

If you want to leave your feedback, this is the place to do it.

CLUE Review

Mr. Boddy was murdered last night in his mansion. He had three guests at his house. It is your job to inspect the house and question the suspects, then accuse who murdered Boddy, in what room, and with what weapon.  In this element it is similar to the board game, CLUE, and that is why it Electronic Arts named it that.

CLUE, $4.99, isn’t an actual port of the board game, it is a mystery game based on it. In the missions, Mr. Boddy dies in his mansion, and there are varying numbers of people and rooms in his mansion.  The game revolves around how many minutes you have left, and is not actually based on how long you take, but instead, how many activities (inspecting fireplaces, switching rooms, talking to people, etc.) you do.  There are two introduction missions, and ten regular missions in three groups of three, also increasing your reporting skills. You start with the tutorial levels as an Internship, get up to Junior Reporter, then Reporter, then Beat Reporter then Senior Reporter. For each level, you get a certain amount of stars based on whether you accused the right person, room, weapon, and if you had a certain amount of time left.  Once you get into a house, you can scroll around the room that you are currently in. There are five buttons in the top left of the screen. The one on the far left is obviously the pause button, the one with your boss is to call in with your report, the button with footprints is to move around the house, the flashlight is to investigate objects in the room, and the speech bubble button is to talk to a person in the room.  On the bottom of the screen are three buttons to help you keep track of your clue, the crime map, where you can arrange the suspects and weapons in rooms freely, the notes button, where all the notes you have found are stored, organized into a general section, and sections for each of the suspects.  To the right of the note button is the Suspicions button. In it, you can check off suspects, weapons, and rooms to clear them from your suspicion. (Note: You can always un-clear them.) When you go to the map to walk around the house, it shows what items are in what rooms, which is helpful when a suspect says that another suspect was doing something involving an item.
Because you have to get a certain amount of stars on each mission to unlock the next three, and each mission has different endings, there’s tons of replayability. The interface is easy to use, the graphics are cool and have a geometric feel to them.  You can sit down and play the game for hours, or play one mission for a few minutes. It takes time and many playing sessions to master the game.
The one thing this game lacks is some sort of multiplayer. The fun of the board game CLUE is that you are racing against a friend or family member, but this game lacks that breakneck pace. The game would be much better if it had a classic option where you could play a port of the original game, on one device or through WiFi, like EA has done with its previous ports of board games.
Great Graphics
Interesting Mysteries
No Classic Mode
No Two-Player
Bottom Line:
Fans of mystery games; go out and get this. Fans of CLUE; go out and get this. Customers who have some spare money on their hands and want to have some fun; go out and get this.
Graphics: 4.75/5
Gameplay: 4/5
Controls: 5/5
Overall: 9/10 (not an average)

iCam for iPhone

iCam is an iPhone app that enables live webcam video streaming of up to 4 webcam video and audio feeds from anywhere in the world to your iPhone or iPod touch over WiFi, 3G and EDGE.
iCam works with any MAC or PC. After you buy and install iCam on your iPhone or iPod touch, you need to install the iCamSource software on your computer. iCamSource recognizes your connected webcam and from there you just have to pick a username and password. Then open up your iCam app and re-enter the same username and password into the app. Once connected you will see a the main page of iCam where you see 4 cam windows, with the cam you connected to. Tap any cam to zoom in on it, and double tap zoom out. iCam can deliver both audio and video to your iPhone, but you can choose to turn off audio if you like. iCam is a wonderfully powerful iPhone app for monitoring you home, office, baby, or any place you want, quickly and easily.
View the developer website here
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Fast & Furious

Road race, Drift race, Drag race, GPS race, Tunnel run, Pursuit, Evade your way through one of the most impressive racing games for the iPhone. Blast through streets of L.A. and the Mexican desert. Fast and Furious the Game is the official game for iPhone supporting the newly release movie of the same name.
Each scene can also contain various targets and objectives. For example while drifting you have to meet a set drift score in one drift. Or during the Pink Slip Challenge your task is to win a defined car befre you can move on. While doing a Race challenge requires you to win all the races to proceed.
Game Modes include Quick Race or Story mode. Compete online to post scores and videos to a global leaderboard website.
Awards are unlocked for achieving certain goals in the game. An icon will appear to inform you that an award has been unlocked and it is summarized at the end of a level.
Wifi Multiplayer mode lets you do lay against friends and family using wireless on your iPhone or iPod touch. Simply select the Wifi Multiplayer option from the menu and your game will scan to see who else around you is playing Fast & Furious and you will be able to prompt them for a challenge.

View the developer website here
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Marble Blast Mobile Review

Once I had played Marble Blast Gold for the computer, I knew it would be perfect for the iPhone. Imagine my surprise when it came out, very recently, on the App Store, costing $4.99.

In Marble Blast Mobile, the goal is to collect all the gems in the level, then get to the exit. Some levels do not have gems, just the objective of getting to the exit. You tilt the device and use arrows on screen to control your marble and change the view angle. An alternate control scheme is also in the game, where you use virtual analog sticks to move and adjust the camera. The graphics are also incredibly good.
There are two modes in Marble Blast Mobile; Single Player, and Multiplayer. In Single Player, there are 20 levels, which may not be enough for a Marble Blast fan. The level selection is easy, just tapping arrows or swiping to move through the levels. In Multiplayer, you play on one of a few courses, against a player on WiFi. The only downside to this is that unless someone is on WiFi near you, in the game lobby, you will never use this game mode. Other features included on the main menu are the ability to choose one of many marbles to play as, Options, to change the controls, calibrate, change your high score name, or turn sound effects and music on or off.
The game was quite fun for the first few levels, but I didn’t like having to collect the gems. I wanted to play the later levels, which were more streamlined and didn’t have gems, but they were locked, until I could get a gold medal on one of the levels I had already unlocked. But, it you are a casual gamer, it is very hard to get the gold medals, and unlock the later levels. So, I eventually stopped playing the game, and I keep wishing that there could be different difficulty levels.
Lots of different marbles
Great graphics
Good controls
Needs difficulty levels
Bottom Line:
This is a good game for fans of the Marble Blast series, but if you are a casual gamer, there are better options for you. The game has all the features it needs, but it just doesn’t nail it.
Graphics: 5/5
Gameplay: 4/5
Controls: 4.5/5
Overall: 8/10 (not an average)

Trivial Pursuit Review

Trivial Pursuit, $4.99, is another game in the App Store that EA released recently. Like its name suggests, it is a port of the board game, Trivial Pusuit, in which you control a circular playing piece colored either green, purple, yellow, pink, light blue, or orange around the board, with the shape depending on which of the four modes you are in. The modes are Classic Mode, WiFi-Multiplayer, Pursuit Mode, and Pass ‘N Play. Classic is the original Trivial Pursuit board, in the shape of a circle, with paths coming in to the center, and you can play against 1-3 computer players. WiFi Multiplayer is self explanatory, it is multiplayer over WiFi. In Pursuit mode, you are the only player, and you move along a path with some alternate paths, and try to get to the end of each level. Pass ‘N Play is a mode where you play with 2-4 players and pass the device every turn.

At the beginning of each game, you can customize your playing piece, and profile. There are many figures to play as on the side of the screen, and six colors of playing pieces. You can name your character, although default is the name of your iPod Touch or iPhone. Once you start Classic Mode, you can either shake to roll the dice, or tap, then tap again to stop. You move around the board using your dice rolls and answer questions in any of the six categories of trivia, Arts & Literature, Science & Nature, Sports & Leisure, Entertainment, Geography, or History. If you land on one of the “headquarters” spaces, which are the spaces with triangles on them, and get the trivia question right, then you get a wedge put onto your playing piece. If you get all of the different colored wedges, you win.
I found the gameplay fun, and so did a few other people I showed it to. The questions are all the same difficulty, and there is no option to change the level. Also, the graphics in the game are amazing, and everything is rendered beatifully. The game also allows you to skip your opponent’s turn, if it is a computer, and that makes the game go by faster.
Beautiful Graphics
Good Trivia
4 Modes
Fun Gameplay
WiFi Multiplayer is local, so unless you are at a party where everyone has iPhones and Trivial Pursuit, and you organize a game, wireless is not going to happen
If you want a game that is both fun and you can learn from, do not hesitate to buy Trivial Pursuit, which costs less than half the price of the board game, and has more gameplay options.
Score: 9.25/10