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iPhone Unlock Achieved Through Hardware Workaround

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Date: Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007, 07:10
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A group working to unlock the iPhone and thus allow it to run on wireless carriers outside of AT&T is claiming success. Contributors to the Finding JTAG blog are citing a successful unlock of the iPhone via a “hardware hack”. According to iPhone Alley, the hack involves removing a piece of hardware that’s temporarily installed in the iPhone that is temporarily installed into the iPhone during the time involved in unlocking the handset. Once the hardware is removed, the iPhone can function normally using any wireless carrier’s SIM card.
The group has provided the following YouTube video as a means of proving the group’s claim and demonstrating the hack in action as a successfully unlocked iPhone accesses the T-Mobile network:




The group has also stated that while their hack currently involves removing hardware through taking apart the iPhone and soldering certain components, they hope to have a software version available soon as well as instructions for the hack posted next Tuesday.
Cool to see this in action and it’ll be interesting to see where this goes. Stay tuned to the PowerPage for more details as they emerge and if you have an idea or feedback about unlocking the iPhone, let us know in the comments or forums.

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First “No-Hacking-Skills-Required” Tutorial Posted to Allow iPhone Third-Party Apps

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Date: Monday, August 20th, 2007, 13:53
Category: Hack

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If you’ve been determined to muck about with your iPhone, possibly violating its warranty and hack it so it can run third-party applications, this might be what you’re looking for.
The guys over at Gizmodo have posted a full tutorial as to how to install third-party applications on your iPhone via a program called Installer.app for the iPhone.
User-friendly but not for the faint of heart, this doesn’t have Apple’s blessing and may require resetting your iPhone if things go south.
That being said, this is also the least techie way of getting to a point where you can place third-party applications on your iPhone.
Be careful. Have fun. And let us know how it works out in the comments or forums.

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iBook G3 Becomes Book and Server

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Date: Friday, July 6th, 2007, 11:53
Category: Hack

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I was never this optimistic when my iBook G3 croaked a few years back, but a user over on Chaos Blog 2.0 has apparently taken a 500 MHz iBook G3 with a broken screen and turned it both into a book and a server.
After removing the non-functioning screen and trimming down the essentials of the case, the author then wrapped the remaining iBook in a hardcover casing and connected the unit to a Firewire hard drive.
Perhaps the most impressive part is that he was able to retrofit the power supply to another part of the laptop and cut the footprint down by half. The blog posts step by step instructions, complete with pictures, so if you have several free hours, the tools on hand, a somewhat-croaked iBook and a soldering gun, you can pull off a similar feat.
As always, if you have a cool fix, hack or workaround of your own that you’ve done with your Mac laptop, let us know about it.

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iPod Hacked into “iTop”

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Date: Tuesday, June 5th, 2007, 13:02
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A picture’s worth a thousand words in this case.
Engadget has a story about an iPod that’s been essentially hacked into a handheld/mini-laptop. The story originally appeared over on Hack-A-Day in which Owen McGarry took an out of warranty iPod, installed a swivel device, a protruding hard drive and a Linux operating system.
Unfortunately, details are scarce at this time, although additional photos can be found over here via FaceBook.
Remove the glare factor and you could have a cool portable video unit for flights as well…
Let us know what you think.

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Apple TV OS Hacked to Run on MacBook

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Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 11:40
Category: Hack

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While it’s not clear if this is practical or not, a video has been posted of the Apple TV’s operating system having been hacked to boot and run cleanly on a MacBook laptop.
Still, it’s kind of cool and the guys over at Apple TV Hacks have published a full tutorial as to how to find and use hidden files within the kernel file and use them.
If you have any ideas or feedback on this or how to use it for a spiffy new purpose, let us know.

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The Apple Core: MacBooks and death threats

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Date: Monday, August 21st, 2006, 13:00
Category: Hack

maynor-macbook-hack.pngIn today’s episode of ‘MacBook Exposed’ fellow ZDNet blogger George Ou has taken a few journalists to task for promoting the HackBook story incorrectly leading to “a vicious orchestrated assault on researcher David Maynor and the company SecureWorks.” The dissenters are upset because they claim that Maynor and SecureWorks falsified their research presented at Black Hat 2006.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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iTunes Visualizer for the MacBook Pro Backlit Keyboard

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Date: Thursday, June 22nd, 2006, 09:24
Category: Hack

iSpazz.jpgSorry MacBook users, this one requires a keyboard backlight.

iSpazz is a plugin for iTunes on OS X, controlling the MacBook Pro/PowerBook backlit keyboard and optionally the display backlight.

To use this yourself, download the plugin uncompress it and copy it to Library/iTunes/iTunes Plug-ins in your home folder.

Pressing the “i” key toggles the display flicker.

iSpazz

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Karma-improved SmackBook

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Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Hack

Some people thought that the original SmackBook was too violent so a YouTube user uploaded a video of the Karma-improved SmackBook which appears to take advantage of the MacBook’s ambient light sensor (ALS).

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Modding an old iPod Remote to Work With the New iPod

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Date: Monday, November 14th, 2005, 07:00
Category: Hack

modded-ipod-remote.jpgShakin-tosh, a member of KODAWARISAN, has modded the old iPod remote control to work with the new iPod. (Translation)
I guess there were now new Macs to disassemble this week :)

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PowerBook Hacks and Other Foolishness

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2005, 13:07
Category: Hack

bezels.jpgMacDan has posted a number of Macintosh related hacks, help and other foolishness. Some of my favorite PowerBook-related pages from MacDan:
- Fried chip in a DVI TiBook – Blank white LCD on a 667 DVI ‘Book, toasted chip and a solution.
- TiBook display take-apart, re-assembly and various other related info – TiBooks break LCDs, hinges, how to get the dang things apart so’s you can fix ‘em.
- PowerBook Video Display Subsystems – from Wallstreet to Ivory
- Sandblaster! – Fun with a sandblaster
- PowerBook Wallstreet hinges – Yet another display hinge repair solution
- PowerBook Expansion Bay Module upgrades and hacks – opticals, HDs, etc.
PowerBook 5300 power jack replacement – Where I replace the crappy original power connector with a regular-style PowerBook power connector. Hey, whaddya know?!?! It works great! :-)
Nice weekend reading for the geek in you. That last 5300 article was a flashback to 1995 when I started the PowerPage because of a defective Global Village modem in my PowerBook 5300. Stay tuned for more on our tenth anniversary in the coming weeks. -Ed

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