If you've grown tired of having to stick to keeping 4 programs loaded in your dock, then grief no more, ScrollingBoard is here.
This new app for jailbroken phones not only allows you to add an infinite number of apps to your dock, but also integrates folders and allows you to control your iPod from the dock.
Though I've yet to try it (will post a review when I have), it looks like a nice unified way to replace several apps at once. It also adds a variety of scrolling effects, and most importantly, looks great.
If you take a look at the screenshots, you'll notice that it looks great in landscape orientation on iPad, where you're able to fit and navigate 8 dock applications. You can include more if you throw them into a folder.
Lastly, this app is less than a few bucks, which is my favorite thing about it. I'm tired of overspending on Cydia apps compared to their iTunes counterparts. This looks like a practical, inexpensive, and useful solution.
According to the developers, it's also compatible with SBRotator4, Iconoclasm, Barrel, and Shrink.
The iPhone Dev Team, makers of RedSn0w, have just released version 0.9.6b3, which adds support for the new iOS 4.2.1 GM seed.
Though there are still many issues with the break, and Cydia does not yet support 4.2.1, this will enable Cydia developers to add support for 4.2.1 to their Cydia applications.
The full details are posted here, on the Dev team blog.
Some important notes:
"If you’re an unlocker, just stay where you are. Please, just stay where you are. Any mistakes you make now may be permanent. If you only care about the jailbreak and you’re absolutely sure you have your personalized 4.1 SHSH hashes, feel free to experiment but keep in mind that any mistakes you make may result in your losing pictures or notes or bookmarks that you’d rather keep. Honestly unless you love living on the bleeding edge, it’s better to just wait for official updates from Cydia/redsn0w/PwnageTool."
You can get the latest versions here:
In case you missed it, Jay Freeman, AKA Saurik, spoke recently at a TEDx event in Santa Barbara on the topic of jailbreaking. For those of you unfamiliar with TEDx events, they are a smaller local version of the "official" events, run by volunteers but carrying the official TED banner.
In his speech, titled "Even Software Should Have Screws," Saurik reaches out to non-techies and regular phone users in an attempt to explain the world of Cydia and jailbreaking to the layman.
You can watch via YouTube here:
Recently I've talked a lot of smack about the Android and their inability to stack up against the iPhone and iOS, but that doesn't mean I'm a hater. In fact, I'm intrigued by the way Google integrates seamlessly into the Droid's OS. So when I saw that I could install Android Froyo on my iPhone 3G, giving me the chance to dual boot between iOS and Android, I couldn't turn it down.
There's a great guid over at Redmond Pie that walks you through the process, which should take you between 30-60 minutes if you've already jailbroken your phone. To sum it up:
Step 1: Jailbreak
Step 2: Install Repo
Step 3: Install Bootlace
Step 4: Install OpeniBoot and Android
Though I wasn't able to get a network connection, I was able to take this version of the Droid OS for a spin without any major issues. It was a fun experiment, and I suggest you give it a spin if you're looking to take the Android for a test drive. That being said, I can almost guarantee you won't keep it around for long, at least in this form.
If the rumors are true, which they always tend to be, at least as of late, then Apple is set to release iOS 4.2 in just 2 days - Friday, November 12. Beta versions have been available to developers for some time now, as has the ability to upload 4.2 apps for approval, but it seems that all they're waiting on now is the rollout of OS X 10.6.5 and iTunes 10.1 to make the change complete.
iPad users are sure to rejoice, namely because of the multitasking that 4.0 allows, but more importantly, this makes the job for developers much easier, who before now were forced to develop for 3.0 and 4.0 should they want apps available on both the iPhone and iPod.
If you're looking to upgrade, make sure to grab all three downloads (iTunes, OSX, iOS) Friday at around 10 AM PST.
For those of you worried that a 4.2 upgrade will render your jailbreak obsolete, it looks like the Cydia team is working hard to have Cydia 4.2 ready at the same time, while Sn0wbreeze is set to have a 4.2 jailbreak ready to go.
Although RedSnow is able to jailbreak iOS 4.2, it is still completely useless to most of us as Cydia doesn't work and with that is lost most of the jailbreak applications.
Unless you are a jailbreak app developer, there is little to no reason to upgrade and it is recommended to stay with your current version of iOS until a jailbreak that is designed for iOS 4.2 is released.
The iPhone Dev-Team has released a new version of RedSn0w for Mac and Windows that uses the Limera1n exploit to support more devices and offer the ability to restore custom firmware ipsws.
Redsn0w now supports the iPhone 3G, 3GS, iPad, iPod 2G, 3G, and 4G (Not MC devices yet) on 4.1 firmware. They have also brought back the ability to use custom boot logos and have added the ability for Windows users to restore from custom IPSW files that were created using PwnageTool.
Update: This update continues to jailbreak version 4.2 GM which was released just hours ago to developers. It's not recommended that you try JBing 4.3 yet (unless you are an app developer) as most things will not yet work on 4.2 firmware.
There have been reports that jailbreaking your iOS 4.1 device with one of the latest jailbreaks (Greenpois0n, Limera1n, or PwnageTool) can result in breaking FaceTime and getting no cellular data connection. Not exactly what we signed up for when we decided to jailbreak.
Thankfully, there is already a fix out that seems to work well for most users. Apparently the issue has to do with some low-level SMS communication and a reset of the phone's carrier bundle, and both of these thigns can be fixed with a quick download from Cydia and a few tweaks to the phone settings.
Full instructions for the fix can be found here.