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iPhone Recovery

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I thought I had posted this previously, but if your power button is hosed and you need to recover the iPhone, there is a very good utility called RecBoot. In my experience, it has only worked on Windows XP. The LibUSB program hosed my Win7 install, and I hadn't tried it on Linux yet. To run, download RecBoot and place the itunesmobiledevice.dll from here into the same folder as RecBoot. If the first run of RecBoot doesn't succeed, you may need libusb-win32-filter. THIS WILL REPLACE YOUR USB DRIVERS, BE VERY, VERY CAUTIOUS. I recommend making a restore point or backing up your OS before doing so. The LibUSB drivers killed all USB devices on my Win7 machine.

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Best iPhone Apps

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My phone is jailbroken. To some, this is a warning sign. To others, it means a whole new realm of possibilities. Because I have rebuilt my phone about four times in the past three months, I figure it's about time to make a list of my favorite apps for the next time I rebuild it.

SBSettings
This is by far the most useful app I have come across. Moving all the toggles in settings such as bluetooth, wifi, airplane mode, etc. into a drop-down menu is just awesome.


OpenSSH
Most won't see functionality with this, but restoring files, saving videos and pictures, etc. is much easier with an SFTP client than iTunes.


Winterboard
Making the iPhone look pretty is, to a lesser degree, important. By default, Winterboard allows you to have photos as wallpaper, remove icon labels, and extend the beauty of your iPhone desktop and sounds with misc add-ins and features.


Cycorder

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iOS 4, iPhone 4, and Freedom

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I played with the new iPhone 4G earlier today, and was not very impressed with the speed of the phone. Supposedly it has an underclocked 1GHz A4 processor, but there is noticeable difference between the iPhone 4G and the iPad (which has the same proc). In addition, the iPhone comes with the new iOS (hmmm... Cisco lawsuit pending?) 4.0, which is told to have improvements over the current 3.1.3, including multi-tasking, battery life, and other misc. improvements. According to today's Slashdot article, it also checks home for jailbreaks and reports them.

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Activating 2G iPhone Without AT&T

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After my 3G iPhone was replaced, the replacement was activated with my SIM. It was great to have my phone back, but at the same time my daughter needs hers back. The 2G iPhone was stuck on the Different SIM detected screen, and wouldn't allow me to pass authentication without completely messing up my phone SIM. After half a day of restoring the phone to the 3.1.3 firmware, then shift+restoring the phone to the custom firmware, then re-restoring to the 3.1.3 firmware, I almost gave up. The phone would require authentication. Then I found iREB. iREB puts the phone into a restore mode that allows for bypassing of the 16xx errors that I had been receiving (both 1601 and 1604). However, it wouldn't get to the white screen as it was supposed to.

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My Broken 2G

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So while waiting for my trip to Des Moines, and the impending iPhone 3G replacement that comes with it, I am relegated to using my daughter's 2G iPhone. This would normally pose no issue, were it not for the dead portion of the screen that touching just will not work. If looking at the dialer, it is the entire 4-5-6 row of keys. This isn't that much of a problem, for the most part. Except when it comes to installing apps. The password-protected functions for the app store don't allow for any other button to finalize password entry except the OK button. Not the return button, not shaking the phone, nothing. This would not be a normal problem for me, were it not for the annoying wrong voicemail password prompt that will not go away. No press of the home button would send this prompt back from whence it came. Calls may be answered, but get sent behind the prompt immediately, disallowing any speakerphone, muting, or hanging up options.

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