UBISOFT REVEALS E3 LINEUP FULL OF BLOCKBUSTER GAMES AND SURPRISES

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London, UK — May 23, 2012 — Today, Ubisoft announced that it will kick off the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2012 with an invitation-only press conference at the Los Angeles Theater at 3 p.m. PDT, June 4. The press conference will feature demonstrations and trailers of Ubisoft’s upcoming lineup of franchise hits, including games for the new Nintendo Wii U™, as well as digital titles, special guests and surprise announcements.

Following the press conference, E3 attendees can visit Ubisoft’s booth – #1023, located in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center – to see and play the company’s latest titles. Games available at the booth will include Assassin’s Creed® III, Far Cry® 3, Rayman® Legends, Rocksmith™ and many more. The finale of the ShootMania Marathon, an e-sport competition based on Ubisoft’s ShootMania®: Storm also will be broadcast from the booth on at 11 a.m. PDT, June 6.

“This year’s E3 promises to be one of our biggest and best yet,” said Yves Guillemot, Founder and CEO of Ubisoft. “We’re showcasing the strongest, most competitive collection of core titles we’ve had in years, innovative new games for new platforms and a broad lineup that has something for everyone.”

In a first, Ubisoft is inviting gamers to ask questions to its teams on Uplay®, Ubisoft’s online service dedicated to enhancing the experience of players across games and platforms. The best questions will be selected by one of the guest hosts and asked live during the press conference. Ubisoft also is sending eight select Uplay members to E3, where they will interview teams backstage, preview fans’ favourite games and provide video reports from the show floor. Finally, the Assassin’s Creed III® and Far Cry® 3 teams released two Road To E3 videos showcasing their preparation for the event, and are inviting fans to post their questions on their respective Facebook pages.

Those unable to attend E3 in person can watch the Ubisoft press conference live on YouTube, or embed the live feed on their own sites. Exclusive backstage videos and free content will also be available on http://uplay.com/e3.

STEELSERIES INTRODUCES THE ION – WIRELESS GAMING CONTROLLER

Compact Controller Can Be Used For Games on Your PC and Mobile Devices

LAS VEGAS, CES – Jan. 10, 2012 –SteelSeries the leading manufacturer of premium-quality, competitive gaming peripherals today, introduced the SteelSeries Ion Wireless Controller.  Through a licensing partnership with Zeemote Technology Inc., the SteelSeries Ion is designed to work fully with your PC, additionally the controller brings classic control schemes to touch screen devices like tablets and phones. The compact controller connects wirelessly through Bluetooth and can be easily customized and configured through its own application on the device.

“For PC users, the SteelSeries Ion is a convenient alternative, especially if they want something other than their mouse or keyboard as their tool. And for consumers with tablets and Smartphone’s, it really is an ideal accessory” said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. “Whether you’re sling shooting birds or playing a word game with friends, there are games that are ideal for touch screen.  Those types of games however, are not the only games available; there are a number of first-person shooter and RTS games that aren’t downloaded or played as frequently as they could be, because the touch screen doesn’t provide an optimal experience. The SteelSeries Ion provides the advantage for those types of games.”

Measuring only about the size of a standard deck of cards (approximately 108mm in length, 55.5mm in width and 18mm thick); the lightweight controller can be easily stored and carried. It connects through Bluetooth to your PC and/or your mobile device and includes a white LED light on the controller indicating a connection. The SteelSeries Ion includes a rechargeable, lithium battery that will provide up to 20 hours of wireless use and can be plugged into your device for charge and play use.

The SteelSeries Ion boasts a classic controller design that includes 2 mini-joysticks, a left side Dpad button, 2 trigger buttons one at each shoulder, and a four button layout on the right, similar to familiar Nintendo®, Xbox 360® and PlayStation® controllers. The buttons can be customized through an easy-to-use interface for both PC and mobile devices.

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The SteelSeries Ion Wireless Controller will be available in Q3; pricing will be announced closer to its availability. For more information about the new SteelSeries Ion, please visit http://steelseri.es/ion.

Dragon Shout App – Skyrim Mobile iOS App coming soon !

Your journal, everywhere

Create a Dragon Shout account and your data is accessible on any device you log in.

Around the world

Drop map markers and journal entries for your battles, quests, items, and more.

Don’t go alone

Coming Soon: Share map markers and journal entries with your friends and community.

Dragon Shout App – Skyrim Mobile iOS App.

iOS 5 Can Be Jailbroken with RedSn0w and Sn0wBreeze

Apple released iOS 5 to the public only moments ago, and it’s already been confirmed that you can jailbreak the final version of iOS 5 with RedSn0w and Sn0wBreeze.

MuscleNerd and iH8sn0w both confirmed that, since the public version of iOS 5 is exactly the same as the developer GM, a tethered jailbreak can be performed with the lastest versions of both jailbreak tools.

We’ve confirmed that you can jailbreak iOS 5 with RedSn0w, but the jailbreak is obviously tethered, meaning that you’ll have to re-jailbreak every time you reboot your iDevice. We’ve also noticed that there are some bugs with jailbreak iOS 5 right now, namely the fact that the iPhone will not activate with its carrier. This could be an isolated incident. We’re not sure.

If you point RedSn0w 0.9.9b3 to your iOS 5 IPSW file (which you can download directly here), you’ll be able to jailbreak. Same goes for Sn0wBreeze on Windows. To download the latest versions of both RedSn0w and Sn0wBreeze, see our downloads section.

To learn how to jailbreak iOS 5 with RedSn0w, refer to our video tutorial.

iOS 5 Can Be Jailbroken

JailbreakMe.com Transferred To Saurik !

Cydia Founder; Safe For Jailbreaking Again

JailbreakMe 3.0

When we writing the post about JailbreakMe.com being sold to an unknown entity, we wondered why Jay Freeman a.k.a saurik – founder of Cydia hadn’t bought the domain.

As it turns out, we were quite late in reporting the news as saurik is indeed the new owner of the JailbreakMe.com domain, as the person who had initially bought it from ConceitedApps was kind enough to transfer it to Saurik.

Minutes before we published the post warning you to avoid using JailbreakMe.com, Freeman announced the news on Twitter:

Yesterday, we learned that jailbreakme.com was sold in July; today, I talked with the new owner: he is actually very likable and awesome. ;P

…and tonight, jailbreakme.com was transferred to me (convenient, as I host the site ;P); so, going forward, we no longer need to worry! 😀

Saurik or the iPhone Dev team were the ideal folks to own or control the domain, so this is good news as there were concerns that the domain could be used to host iPhone malware.

So JailbreakMe 3.0 can be safely be used again to jailbreak iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for iOS 4.3.3 or lower. You can checkout this post for more details on how to jailbreak your iOS device on iOS 4.3.3 or lower.

Thanks Mgrove03 and HusAli for the tip!

[via Saurik]

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GameWire: Just Dance with the iPhone 4S

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October 7, 2011
This week, Target guests can pre-order the iPhone 4S at any of the 1,492 Target Mobile locations and lock in their trade-in value with the potential to receive a free iPhone 4S with a qualifying trade-in.* Guests can also pick up the highly anticipated Just Dance 3, featuring Target exclusive tracks from both Rihanna and B.o.B, as well as many more gaming favorites.

  • Grab Just Dance 3(Kinectand Wii), $39.99, featuring Target exclusive tracks from Rihanna and B.o.B.
    • As an extra bonus, Shopkick users can scan Just Dance 3 to receive 75 kicks instantly at all Target locations on Oct. 9.
    • Save big with the lowest price of the season on dance titles Just Dance Summer Party and Just Dance Kids, only $19.99.
  • Take advantage on great Nintendo Wii deals for the whole family to enjoy.
    • Grab the Nintendo Wii Mario Kart Bundle, which includes the Mario Kart game, Wii Wheel, MotionPlus remote and Nunchuk for $134, and receive a free $20 Target GiftCard.
    • Pick up a Wii Fit Plus Bundle on sale for $69.
  • Receive a free $75 Target GiftCard with purchase of a 4GB Xbox Kinect Bundle for $299.99, which includes the Kinect Adventures game, Xbox 360 game system, Kinect sensor and one wireless controller.
  • Reserve a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for $1 and receive a free $5 Target GiftCard with purchase of the game.

*In order to take advantage of this in-store and online offer, guests must trade in a working iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 and sign a two-year contract with AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. Guests may receive up to $120 credit for an iPhone 3GS and up to $200 credit for an iPhone 4, offering great cost savings on a new iPhone 4S. Guests who use their Target REDCard can save an additional 5%.

Sprint Now Taking iPhone 4 Pre-Orders, 4S on Friday

Sprint has started accepting pre-orders for the 8GB iPhone 4 model that Apple announced on Tuesday. Pre-orders for the iPhone 4S start tomorrow on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.

Apple announced that the iPhone would be coming to Sprint at its “Let’s Talk iPhone” event, and Sprint is differentiating itself from AT&T and Verizon by offering unlimited data for new customers…

You can visit Sprint’s website right now to pre-order the 8GB iPhone 4 for $99. The iPhone 4S will be available for pre-order on all carriers at 12:01 AM PST on Friday. All of the main 4S features are displayed proudly on Sprint’s website.

The 16GB iPhone 4S will be offered for $199.99, while the 32GB version will be sold for $299.99. A 64GB option will also be offered for $399.99.

While Sprint is offering an unlimited data option, it’s clear that an unlimited plan won’t be offered to customers for very long. If potential iPhone customers on Sprint want unlimited data, it would be wiser to buy sooner rather than later.

Yea now I’m not stuck with AT&T no more baby I can save money !!!!!

RedSn0w Updated to Improve iOS 5 GM Jailbreak Compatibility

Not even a day after updating RedSn0w, the Dev Team has pushed yet another update to the jailbreak tool, with the release of RedSn0w 0.9.9 beta 3. This update brings better compatibility with iOS 5 GM.

The latest version of RedSn0w can jailbreak iOS 5 GM on all devices except the iPad 2, but remember it is a tethered jailbreak, and it can be quite inconvenient…

This newer version of RedSn0w also hides a nice perk for Windows users:

Update #11: redsn0w has been updated to 0.9.9b3 to auto-detect iOS5 GM firmware.  Remember:  it’s still tethered for all devices except for iPhone 3GS with old bootrom.  If you don’t use redsn0w to “Just boot” at power up, all jailbreak apps  (and even some native ones like MobileSafari) will fail to launch.

If you already jailbroke the GM by pointing an older redsn0w at the beta7 IPSW, there’s no need to re-run the full jailbreak step again…just use this newer one to make the tethered boot easier :)

Update #11a: We’ve replaced the Windows version of 0.9.9b3 with 0.9.9b3a.  The new version fixes a caching bug that affected only Windows users — point it one more time at your iOS5GM IPSW, and from then on you won’t have to point at it again.

As a special bonus to Windows users, we’ve made it so that if you make a copy of redsn0w.exe and name it something like “justboot.exe” (anything with the word “boot” in it), it will start up in “Just Boot tethered” mode. That way you don’t have to click on any buttons at all to boot tethered! :)

As always, you can download RedSn0w from their downloads section. Not sure how to use RedSn0w, check out their dedicated RedSn0w jailbreak page, or watch our video tutorial.

RedSn0w Updated to Improve iOS 5 GM Jailbreak Compatibility.

Microsoft Officially Cans Zune Media Player

Microsoft Officially Cans Zune Media Player

After a steep uphill battle against Apple’s dominant iPod line and iOS devices, as well as competition from a crop of multifunctional game-, music- and movie-playing smartphones, Microsoft has officially canned its Zune media player.

“We recently announced that, going forward, Windows Phone will be the focus of our mobile music and video strategy, and that we will no longer be producing Zune players,” Microsoft’s official Zune site reads.

The company said Zunes that are out in the wild will continue to work with Zune services, despite the hardware discontinuation, and customer support will continue.

The canning of Zune hardware comes after a March 2011 report from Bloomberg, which cited anonymous sources who said no new Zune hardware models were in the works. At the time, Microsoft avoided confirming the rumor.

The Zune, released in 2006, had close ties to video gaming initiatives at Microsoft. The project was overseen by former Xbox 360 guru J Allard, and after the device launched, Microsoft integrated Zune functionality into Xbox Live.

The device was Microsoft’s bid to compete with Apple’s massively popular iPod. But in 2007, the iPhone and iPod Touch launched, and in 2008 the App Store debuted, changing the face of distribution of mobile entertainment including music, video and games.

The Zune was also a gaming platform, hosting titles such as Hexic, and versions of Project Gotham Racing and Audiosurf. But it neve

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AT&T Starts Sending Data Throttling Warning Messages

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Looks like AT&T are already starting to crack down on customers who are using huge amounts of data in a monthly cycle. As 9to5Mac reports, they have begun sending out warning text messages to those who are in the top five percent of heaviest users – advising that their speeds will be reduced if their usage is not reined in.

Reddit user skelatwork shows the text he just got from AT&T.  He was over 11GB (!!) today for the month which is pretty hefty to say the least.  Next month, he’s probably going to get throttled as per the news we broke in June.

Both AT&T and Verizon have made it known they were going to begin data throttling like this. I know many users are angry about this but I don’t have a problem with it at all. Unlimited data has become less and less viable as smartphone and mobile device users have used more and more and as a small percentage of users have begun using just crazy amounts of data. Something’s got to give if we want our data networks to remain usable and fast, and to me this is a fair way of trying to keep them going.

What do you all think? Are you hating AT&T and Verizon over this stance, or do you think it’s a fair approach?

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Amazon Announces Kindle Fire, A $199, 7-Inch LCD Tablet

Amazon Announces Kindle Fire, A $199, 7-Inch LCD Tablet

At a Gamasutra-attended press event in New York today, Amazon confirmed earlier reports that it will be bringing an 7-inch, Android-based LCD tablet to market for $199, with access to games through Amazon’s Android App Store.

The Kindle Fire, as the tablet is called, features a modified version of Android focused on presenting a smoother, more intuitive user interface. Unlike the iPad, which retails for $499 and up, the Fire does not offer a built-in camera, microphone or an option for 3G data connection.

Fire users will have access to all the apps available on Amazon’s Android App Store, which includes a wide selection of games. Titles including Plants vs. Zombies, Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja were shown at the event, the latter of which Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called “uncomfortably therapeutic.”

Bezos stressed that content on the Fire would be backed up to the cloud automatically, allowing users to delete local content from the tablet’s 8GB of internal storage as needed.

“The model that you need to back up all of your own content is a broken model. We feel the same way about syncing,” Bezos said, showing a picture of an iPhone’s USB cable.

He explained: “Syncing… should be done invisibly, in the background, and wirelessly, and it should actually work.”

The device will also connect to the Amazon Prime streaming movie service, as well as Amazon’s MP3 store, Cloud Drive and Kindle Cloud Reader.

The Fire also features a new “split browser,” called Amazon Silk, that splits web page processing between the Fire and Amazon’s EC2 cloud service. Silk will analyze aggregate reading habits of Fire users, to pre-load pages that it thinks users are likely to visit in the near future.

A pre-order page for the new tablet claims the Fire will get up to 8 hours of battery life for continuous reading, or 7.5 hours for video playback, with the Wi-Fi features off. The tablet’s 7-inch screen will support resolutions of up to 1024 x 600 pixels, according to the page.

Amazon also announced the Kindle Touch, a new version of its gameplaying e-ink digital reader, that will be available November 21 in a $99 model with WiFi support and a $149 model that includes free 3G service. The company is also offering a non-touch-screen version of the Kindle for $79 starting today.

The new e-ink Kindles will include a new reading feature called X-ray, allowing users to examine the “bones” of a book with a locally stored Wikipedia entries for interesting phrases and historical figures.

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Jailbreak iOS 5 Beta 6 and iOS 4.3.5 With RedSn0w 0.9.8b7

The latest version of RedSn0w 0.9.8b was recently released by the Dev Team, and it includes two key components.

The first component, is compatibility with the iPad 1 iOS 5 beta 6 IPSW. Apparantly, Apple updated this IPSW without altering its version or filename, so this latest version of RedSn0w features compatibility with both the original and updated files.

Secondly, you’ll find support for a tethered 4.3.5 (GSM) or 4.2.10 (CDMA) jailbreak, instead of the old method of pointing to the outdated 4.3.4/4.2.9 IPSW’s. The team also claims to have fixed an issues with the CDMA version as well. Check inside for the release notes, and downloads for both the Mac and Windows versions…

Here are the release notes from the Dev Team:

Apple updated the iPad1 iOS5b6 IPSW without changing its version number or filename, so we’re releasing redsn0w 0.9.8b7 to handle both the original and changed IPSW. We’ve also added explicit support for a tethered 4.3.5/4.2.10 jailbreak (instead of pointing at the 4.3.4/4.2.9 IPSWs) and fixed a 4.2.10 problem.

You can find RedSn0w 0.9.8b7 along with other versions of RedSn0w in their downloads section.

Again, keep in mind that all of these jailbreaks are of the tethered variety, and we’ll most likely have to wait until after iOS 5 officially goes public, before we get access to an untethered jailbreak.

The Sims 3 World Adventures Free on iOS Today

The Sims 3 World Adventures Free on iOS Today

The Sims 3 on iOS is a slightly different experience from the computer and console games. Focusing entirely on one Sim, the gameplay is a little more directed, but also more friendly to quick play sessions.

The iOS version of World Adventures is a standalone game rather than being an expansion pack. Tasking players with sending their Sim to Egypt, France and China in pursuit of fame, fortune and glory, there’s more variety to the gameplay as Sims explore unfamiliar lands and hunt down treasures to take home with them. It’s a different angle on the usual The Sims gameplay, and adds some interesting and fun adventure elements to the mix. Okay, they’re hardly brain-stumpers in many cases, but if you enjoy making little people do your bidding (or watching them wet themselves) then there’s fun to be had.

Free fun, too, since the game is completely free for today only in celebration of the recent release of The Sims Social on Facebook. Download it from the App Store here.

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How To Jailbreak iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS Using Redsn0w For iOS 4.3.5

Jailbreak iPod Touch On iOS 4.2.1 Redsn0w

Apple released iOS 4.3.5 earlier in the week to fix the security vulnerability with certification validation. The good news is that Redsn0w 0.9.8b4 released by the iPhone Dev team, which allows iPhone 4 and iPhone  3GS users to jailbreak iOS 4.3.4, also works for iOS 4.3.5.

In this guide, we will take you through the step by step procedure to jailbreak iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS on iOS 4.3.5 using Redsn0w.

Here are some important points to note before you proceed.

  • This guide is meant for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users only. This guide is not meant for iPod Touch and iPad users. iPad 1 users can checkout this step by step guide, while iPod Touch users can checkout this step-by-step guide.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.8b4 only supports a tethered jailbreak, which means that you need to connect your iOS device to the computer on every reboot.
  • If you are on iOS 4.3.3 then you can use JailbreakMe 3.0, which is one of the easiest tools to jailbreak iPad, which supports a untethered jailbreak. You can checkout this postfor instructions.
  • If you want to unlock your iPhone then please don’t use this guide as Redsn0w doesn’t preserve baseband. You should wait for PwnageTool for Mac or use Snowbreeze for Windows.
  • Please note that jailbreaking your iPhone may void your warranty and hence proceed with caution and at your own risk.
  • Please do not forget to backup your iPhone before you proceed. You can refer to this post for instructions on how to backup your iPhone.
  • If you’ve jailbroken your iPhone then you can use jailbreak apps such as AptBackup, PkgBackup or xBackup from Cydia to take a backup of all the jailbreak apps and tweaks so you can reinstall them easily after successfully jailbreaking your iPhone rather then installing them individually.
  • After the jailbreaking process is complete, do not forget to checkout our article on tips to keep your iPhone secure.
  • Please ensure you are running latest version of iTunes i.e. iTunes 10.2 or later.

We want to reiterate that if you want to unlock your iPhone then you shouldn’t use this guide as Redsn0w doesn’t preserve baseband. 

You can follow these step-by-step instructions to jailbreak your iPhone and if you don’t care about unlocking your iPhone:

Step 1: Download Redsn0w 0.9.8b4 (Mac and Windows) and save the application in a folder named “Redsn0w” on your desktop.

Step 2: You need to download iOS 4.3.5 and iOS 4.3.4 firmware files (use Firefox or Chrome to download the firmware file instead of using Internet Explorer or Safari):

iPhone 4:

iOS 4.3.5 firmware file for iPhone 4 users (iPhone3,1_4.3.5_8L1_Restore.ipsw)

iOS 4.3.4 firmware file for iPhone 4 users (iPhone3,1_4.3.4_8K2_Restore.ipsw)

iPhone 3GS:

iOS 4.3.5 firmware file for iPhone 3GS users (iPhone2,1_4.3.5_8L1_Restore.ipsw)

iOS 4.3.4 firmware file for iPhone 3GS users (iPhone2,1_4.3.4_8K2_Restore.ipsw)

Step 3: Double click the Redsn0w zip file and extract the application to the Redsn0w folder.

Step 4: Connect your iPhone to the computer, which should automatically launch iTunes.

Skip steps 5 and 6, if your iPhone has already been upgraded to iOS 4.3.5.

Step 5: From the ‘Devices‘ section on the left pane of iTunes, select your iPhone device. Now, hold down the Shift button (Option button for Mac users) and click the ‘Restore‘ button.

Step 6: Navigate to the Redsn0w folder on the desktop and select the downloaded iOS 4.3.5 firmware file (iPhone 4 users: iPhone3,1_4.3.5_8L1_Restore.ipsw, iPhone 3GS users: iPhone2,1_4.3.5_8L1_Restore.ipsw). Click on the ‘Choose‘ button to let iTunes update your iPhone with the required firmware. You will be asked to setup your iPhone either from a previous backup or setup as a new iPhone, select the backup you want for your device (ideally should be the most recent one). Wait for iTunes to finish.

Step 7: Navigate back to the Redsn0w folder and launch the Redsn0w application. Windows 7 users should run the exe in Windows XP compatibility mode (right-click on the Redsn0w exe and select Properties, then select the Compatibility tab and select Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP). Windows XP and Windows 7 users should run Redsn0w as ‘Administrator’ (right-click on the Redsn0w exe and select ‘Run as an Administrator’).

Step 8: You will be asked to select the corresponding IPSW file. Click on the Browse button and select the iOS 4.3.4 firmware file (iPhone 4 users: iPhone3,1_4.3.4_8K2_Restore.ipsw, iPhone 3GS users: iPhone2,1_4.3.4_8K2_Restore.ipsw).

Step 9: Redsn0w will verify the firmware file and inform you if it has successfully identified it. Click on ‘Next‘ to proceed.

Step 10: Redsn0w will now start preparing the jailbreak data.

Step 11: You will now be prompted to select the jailbreak options you would like. Make sure Cydia is selected and select ‘Next‘ to continue.

Step 12: You will now be prompted to switch OFF your iPhone and plug it to the computer. Follow the instructions and click on ‘Next‘ to move to the next screen:

Step 13: You will now need to put your iPhone into the DFU mode. Redsn0w will take you through the necessary steps:

(a) Hold the Power button on iPhone down for 3 seconds:

(b) Now simultaneously hold the iPhone and keep the two buttons pressed for 10 seconds:

(c) Now release the Power button while keeping the Home button pressed until Redsn0w identifies the device:

Step 14: Your iPhone should reboot now. Please remember to release the Home button.

Step 15: Redsn0w will now begin uploading the new RAM disk and kernel.

Step 16: You will now be notified once the jailbreaking process is complete. Click on the ‘Finish‘ button to exit the application.

Step 17: Your iPhone will reboot once again (which could take approximately 5 minutes). After it has rebooted, your iPhone should be successfully jailbroken. You should find Cydia jailbreak app on your iPhone’s home screen. If you’ve problems with Cydia, try to reboot your iPhone to resolve the issue.

Note: Once Redsn0w has finished jailbreaking your iPad, you will need to boot it tethered. All you need to do is rerun Redsn0w and this time select Just boot tethered right now from the list of options instead of installing Cydia.

If you’re new to the jailbreaking world and wondering what to do after jailbreaking your iPhone, checkout our jailbreak apps category page to find out the apps you can install on your iPhone using the Cydia app.

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TinyUmbrella Updated To Support iOS 4.3.4

TinyUmbrellaA new version of TinyUmbrella, the tool that allows you to take backups of SHSH blobs (ECID SHSH) has just been released to include support for iOS 4.3.4.

Apple released iOS 4.3.4 and iOS 4.2.9 on Friday to fix the JailbreakMe 3.0 vulnerability and the untethered jailbreak used in tools like Redsn0wPwnageTool and Sn0wbreeze for iOS 4.3.1iOS 4.3.2 and iOS 4.3.3.

The backed up SHSH blobs (ECID SHSH) are required if you want to downgrade to the previous iOS version as Apple usually stops signing them after a new iOS software update is released.

Semaphore – developer of TinyUmbrella announced the release of the new version on his blog, but has warned jailbreakers and unlockers to avoid upgrading to iOS 4.3.4 or iOS 4.2.9:

Apple has finally come out with their ‘fix’ for the pdf vulnerability that JailbreakMe 3.0 uses to jailbreak devices. In proper good form, @comex has released a much better* fix for the vulnerability which also incidentally allows you to stay jailbroken 🙂

I’ve updated TinyUmbrella to save 4.3.4 SHSHs (as well as the other ones Apple is still signing). So grab the latest if you want to save 4.3.4 for nothing else than for the sake of completeness.

You can download the latest version of TinyUmbrealla from Semaphore’s blog if you have upgraded to iOS 4.3.4.

You can checkout our step-by-step guide on how to take a backup of SHSH blobs:

Note: If you have jailbroken your iOS device then Cydia will automatically store the SHSH blobs (ECID SHSH) when you launch it so you don’t need to use TinyUmbrella to take a backup.

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Redsn0w 0.9.8b3: Tethered iOS 4.3.4 Jailbreak For iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch Released

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iPhone Dev Team has released Redsn0w 0.9.8b3 for iOS 4.3.4 to jailbreak iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Yesterday, Apple released iOS 4.3.4 to fix the security vulnerability that Comex had used in JailbreakMe 3.0, which is one of the easiest solutions to jailbreak an iOS device.

Dev team has provided the following information on their blog:

For the convenience of kernel hackers like @comex and @i0n1c, we have a new redsn0w 0.9.8b3 that supports a TETHERED jailbreak for iOS 4.3.4 on all devices that have 4.3.4 except the iPad2.  The vast majority of people will want to stay back at 4.3.3 because that’s where the untethered jailbreak is!  There are no new features in 4.3.4 — only fixes for jailbreak exploits.

Also, this is a good time to remind everyone (since we’re still seeing confusion about this): iPad2 owners with a baseband (3G or CDMA) cannot currently use saved blobs to go back to 4.3.3 once the signing window is closed.  This is unlike every other device, so don’t be confused!  iPad2 owners with basebands should stay away from all updates to maintain the jailbreak!

Redsn0w 0.9.8b3 supports the following iOS 4.3.4 devices:

Redsn0w 0.9.8b3 supports only a tethered jailbreak, which means that you need to connect your iOS device to the computer on every reboot.

So Dev team has advised users to avoid upgrading to iOS 4.3.4 if they want a untethered jailbreak and take a backup of SHSH blobs using TinyUmbrella for iOS 4.3.3 so that one can downgrade their iOS device if required. Apple still seems to be signing iOS 4.3.3 firmware file at the time of writing this post.

You can download Redsn0w 0.9.8b2 for Windows using this link and Mac using this link.

As always, let us know how it goes.

[via Dev Team’s blog]

Apple Fixes Untethered Exploit In iOS 4.3.4; So Don’t Expect Untethered iOS 4.3.4 Jailbreak To Be Released Anytime Soon

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iPhone Dev team released Redsn0w 0.9.8b3 for iOS 4.3.4 to jailbreak iPhone, iPadand iPod Touch.

But it supports only a tethered jailbreak, which means that you need to connect your iOS device to the computer on every reboot.

iPhone hacking expert Stefan Esser who goes by the Twitter handle i0n1c, credited for developing the untethered jailbreak used in tools like Redsn0w, PwnageTool and Sn0wbreeze for iOS 4.3.1, iOS 4.3.2 and iOS 4.3.3 has tweeted that it may not be possible to release an untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.3.4 anytime soon.

In a series of tweets he has revealed that Apple has also fixed the untether exploit in iOS 4.3.4:

Don’t expect a iOS 4.3.4 untether anytime soon.

In a way it is nice to see that Apple instead of merely fixing vulns add more mitigation checks. But for jailbreakers this suxx.

The dynamic linker performs additional checks on the mach-o header to stop a class of attacks against the dynamic linker.

This is how Apple broke your hearts: ADD.W R3, R11, #0xFFFFFFFF – CMP R3, #9 – BHI get_out_of_here

It checks the demux_count in ndrv_setspec

Actually no. That code is the code that fixes the untether exploit.

Apple has also fixed the security vulnerability used by Comex in JailbreakMe 3.0 to jailbreak iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

So the only option you have if you want to enjoy an untethered jailbreak would be to avoid upgrading to iOS 4.3.4 and ensure that you have taken a backup of the SHSH blobs via Cydia or using TinyUmbrella for iOS 4.3.3, so you can downgrade to an older jailbreakable iOS version if required.

Apple has again upped the ante in its cat and mouse game against the jailbreaking community. It has already made it difficult if not impossible to unlock iPhone on the latest basebands and with iOS 4.3.4 update it looks like it is also targeting jailbreaking.

Sometimes we wonder whether Apple would have taken a different stance if jailbreaking was not used for illegal activities such as piracy of apps. It was good to see Comex requesting jailbreakers using JailbreakMe 3.0“Please don’t use this for piracy”. The jailbreaking community probably needs to do more to prevent it altogether to get rid of the stigma of piracy associated with jailbreaking.

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

[via Twitter (Stefan Esser)]

 

Sn0wBreeze Updated for iOS 5 Beta 3 to Fix Problem with Apps Crashing

Apple released iOS 5 Beta 3 yesterday, and it was quickly confirmed that you could jailbreak Apple’s newest beta build with last month’s version of the popular jailbreaking tool, RedSn0w. A “sandboxing” error was discovered after jailbreak iOS 5 Beta 3 that caused all apps from the App Store to crash instantly upon being opened.

This problem has now been fixed in the updated version of the Windows jailbreak tool, Sn0wBreeze, and the Dev Team has also updated RedSn0w with the same fix. Happy jailbreaking!

Sn0wBreeze creator, iH8Sn0w, recently announced Sn0wBreeze v2.8b4 for iOS 5 Beta 3, and the tethered jailbreak will correct the problem with malfunctioning App Store apps that was found in the previous version of RedSn0w.

Sn0wBreeze v2.8b4 release notes:

  • Intended only for developers (as usual).
  • * Hacktivation is disabled (again).*
  • MAKE SURE YOU UPDATE TO iTunes 10.5 BETA 3

Supported devices:

  • iPhone 3G[S] (untethered on old bootrom, tethered on new bootrom)
  • iPhone 3G[S]
  • iPhone 4 (GSM/CDMA)
  • iPod Touch 3G
  • iPod Touch 4
  • iPad 1G

Remember, Sn0wBreeze is a Windows-only tool, and iOS 5 Beta 3 is intended for developer use only. You can download the newest version of Sn0wBreeze from our downloads section. Follow our tutorial to see how to jailbreak with the tool.

As you can tell, the iPad 2 is not supported in either of these jailbreak tools, and JailbreakMe will only jailbreak the iPad 2 on iOS 4.3.3. Don’t install an iOS 5 beta on your iPad 2 expecting to jailbreak.

Let us know how the updated versions of SnowBreeze and RedSn0w work for you when jailbreaking iOS 5 Beta 3.

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch with JailbreakMe

After weeks of anticipation, the long awaited JailbreakMe jailbreak by Comex is now out and available for everyone to use. As always, JailbreakMe is dead simple to use and doesn’t even require a tutorial but we’ll do it anyway for those that are new to jailbreaking and need to be reassured.

As noted before, JailbreakMe Saffron (its code name) will only be compatible with iOS 4.3 devices and newer, including the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, iPad 2, and iPod Touch. Support for older firmwares will come later.

In this guide, we will show you how to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch using JailbreakMe…

Note: To date, JailbreakMe will only work with these devices and firmwares:

  • iPad 1: 4.3 to 4.3.3
  • iPad 2: 4.3.3
  • iPhone 3GS: 4.3 to 4.3.3
  • iPhone 4: 4.3 to 4.3.3
  • iPhone 4 CDMA: 4.2.6 to 4.2.8
  • iPod touch 3g: 4.3, 4.3.2, 4.3.3
  • iPod touch 4g: 4.3 to 4.3.3

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone With JailbreakMe

Step 1: Go to www.JailbreakMe.com from your iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

Step 2: Tap the “Free” icon.

Step 3: The “Free” icon will turn into an “Install” icon. Tap this.

Step 4: Cydia will automatically install on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Step 5: You’re done. It’d be wise to reboot your device.

Troubleshooting: If you have any issue with JailbreakMe, make sure to clear your cache and cookies in Safari, remove all apps from the multitasking tray and reboot your device. That should help.

You Can Jailbreak the iPad 2 on iOS 4.3.3 Right Now! [Unofficial Release]

As we await the release of Comex’s JailbreakMe 3.0, a roundabout method has been uncovered for jailbreaking the iPad 2 on the latest version of iOS.

Comex’s jailbreak got briefly leaked online over the holiday weekend, and a hacker named Ryan Vanniekerk has put together a complex tutorial on how to use the JailbreakMe 3.0 files to set up your own web-based exploit for all iDevices running iOS 4.3.3 and below!

After the JailbreakMe exploit was leaked online, all links were quickly pulled. Some managed to successfully jailbreak the iPad 2 while the files were still available online, but most missed the opportunity. Ryan Vanniekerk was actually able to, through some clever web server trickery, get his hands on the JailbreakMe 3.0 source files. He has published a detailed how-to on his personal blog for those wishing to try his method.

“After a bit of digging I happened across a relatively inconspicuous comment that lead me to believe that the “unable to download jailbreak files” was attempting to connect directly to Comex’s server (located at 157.22.252.87) in order to download the existing jailbreak files. However, the files attempting to be downloaded were the exact same files that had already been leaked earlier in the day, they simply existed in a separate location.

My first thought was to spoof a local webserver with the same IP that the jailbreak is connecting to in order to make it look for the files there instead.  After a bit of tinkering around I finally managed to bypass the 403 error and successfully jailbreak my iPad 2!”

While it’s definitely cool that Ryan was able to hack his way into this situation, we don’t recommend trying this at home. Ryan’s tutorial involves reconfiguring your router and manipulating your DNS settings. This tutorial is not for the faint of heart, and the best thing to do is just wait for Comex’s official release on JailbreakMe.com.

Ryan does note in his post that this is an “experimental beta” and should be treated as such. If anything happens to your Mac or iPad 2 during the process, know that you have been warned.

We see no real point in trying Ryan’s method when JailbreakMe 3.0 should go live today (if all things go according to plan). Last night, a “We’ll be back soon” banner appeared on JailbreakMe.com, and we expect the site to go live sometime today.

Let us know if you go ahead and try Ryan’s workaround for the iPad 2 jailbreak. Our guess is that most people will just wait for the official release.

[Cult of Mac]