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iTunes and the App Store. The difference between the 2.

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Apple’s iTunes and Macbook App store.

These 2 places are the same but different. Different but the same in concept. At this point i am probably not making any sense. That is unless your eco system is all Apple. The difference is what it provides for you and your specific device.
The iTunes store provides you with music, movies, apps. This option is works for all devices except the apps which will only work on your portables. MacBooks and iMacs and the mac mini have their own app store. Which provide you with a bigger scale of the programs you may want. For example: Microsoft word on your iPad is designed for your iPad. You might not get the same bells and whistles that you would get with the desktop version. Things are more scaled to the platform they are going to be used on. So if you need to buy media and so on, You can do this through iTunes on your macbook and if you need a program like iMovie you can find this in the App store.

Here is a video showcasing the difference between the two. As you can see iTunes only shows 2 tabs. iPhone and iPad. Most of the apps and games in the iTunes library cater to those 2 devices. Now you can buy music and movies and still see them on all your devices which are linked together. Assuming you use the same Apple ID across your eco system.

So remember iTunes can hold all your media. Apple store is where you buy your software for you desktop devices or MacBooks. If you have any suggestions or comments please feel free to email me. politech101@gmail.com

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MAC OSX the Command key and how it helps us.

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The Command key in OS X.

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There are a lot of new users to the Mac world. People who have wanted to try a Macbook or a iMac. Somethings will be easy to do. Others will take a little getting used to. Today I will help you understand what the Command key does. The key with the little butterfly like symbol. This key best resembles the control key in the windows environment.

What is so important about knowing your Command key on your mac? You are thinking. Well it basically makes you a lot more efficient at whatever you are doing. Yes you can simply use a mouse and click here and there. But knowing your commands can speed things up a lot more. Believe it or not, not everyone travels with a mouse. People like myself carry a Macbook Air around on its own. All the extras stay at home. So i find commands a lot faster than the track or touch pad on the Macbook air. I decided to learn and use notes to write down the important Command shortcuts for when I am writing.
Things like:

Command + c = Copy
Command + v = Paste
Command + a = Select all

Those are just 3 of the many Command options which will vary between programs. Below i have made a video to quickly show how you can find out what commands you need to do things in your favorite program.

To those who use an external windows keyboard like myself at times on the Macbook. Your windows key is your Command key. Only when using a non Apple keyboard with OSX.

If you have any suggestions or questions feel free to email me at politech101@gmail.com

Apple’s Facetime and iMessage. How to add a contact and what they do for us Apple users.

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Facetime and iMessage. On your latest iOS, OSX devices.

FaceTime adding contacts to iMessage and Video chat.

Apple devices come with 2 ways to contact another Apple user.
Their phone number if it’s an iPhone,
The Apple ID. The Apple ID can be used on all Apple devices.

How do you add a contact to your apple devices. There are a few ways of doing this.

If you know someone with an Apple product is trying to contact you. You both share your Apple ID and then you can do several things.

When you have each others information. In your contacts tab or icon. You click on the + sign to add a new contact. After you fill out the information and when you try to look at their information. You see 2 icons next to their number or email. One is a camera and the other is a text bubble. You can then choose to video chat or send a normal text chat to that other Apple user. I have provided a video showing the basic way of adding contacts to your Apple devices.

As long as you have the other persons information you can then FaceTime or iMessage that other person. This will only work with Apple products. This feature does not require a cell phone carrier. You just need your internet. It will work over an ethernet cable or wi-fi. It will also work at hot spots or anywhere you have access to your internet.

Consider your Apple ID your very own Apple telephone number to communicate with other Apple products.

FaceTime can also work as a voice call only feature if you are shy of being on cam. It is just a matter of going into the options and turning off the cam. The advantage of not using the cam with FaceTime is that it lets you make conference type calls with other Apple users. This is probably the only advantage using Skype.

iMessage works just like FaceTime. Instead though it uses chat or texts. You can send videos, pictures , share an abundance of things with other Apple users. An example is: You and your friends are running about recording videos and taking pictures. Everyone has different devices though. From iPad to an iTouch. iPhone and mom is at home on her macbook air. As long as you have internet either through wi fi or cellular service you can all just iMessage mom personally and send her all the information to her Macbook air.

Whats the difference between using Skype or just texting someone everything. There are a few things.
1. cellular service does not work on a majority of the iPad, iMacs,MacBooks etc. Think of your Apple ID like your very personal ID that you can give to only your closest of friends and family. Also It does not use up data from your cellular service if you are on wi-fi.
2. Some people do not want to give out their numbers for privacy reasons or their Skype account because it may be for work related reasons only. You can take any of those reasons and make them vice versa.
3. Some people just like to separate business/school and personal contacts.
4. I believe iMessage does not cap you on how big a file you can send through iMessage to other Apple users like a text message can.

Those reasons also apply to FaceTime usage. I personally use FaceTime for personal use. Another example. I use FaceTime for personal calls to my younger nieces to check up on them or for them to check in when they are out. The beauty is i can be out and about with my iPhone or ipad and still receive the FaceTime call or iMessage at a hotspot or anyplace i may be with internet. My 13-year-old niece has a iPhone 5c and in 8th grade and my younger 5-year-old niece has a little iTouch and they both can hit the little green icon and call me without hassle. Only down side is taking the time to set up their Apple ID which does not take long at all so they can be called or make calls. You can not share the same email incase some readers have a 1 family type email setup. You will not be able to call yourself. When someone does call you ALL your devices will ring. Even worst all your iCloud items will be shared through out all your devices and this is another article.

What do you think? Do you use FaceTime? Do you think it’s better or worst than Skype? Let me know what you think. Facetime and iMessage. On your iOS, OSX devices.

Feel free to send me any questions or comments at politech101@gmail.com

3g unlocked and jailbroken! hello 2009

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http://report.yellowsn0w.com/index.php I edited and added this post about the 3g unlock so users can see what people are saying about the 3g unlock and if it works with your carrier.

 Was doing my morning mental jog around the infinite track thats layed before me on the highway of information and one of my favorite sites “Simon’s blog” you can find the link below. Claimed the unlock software and stuff is out. So for you guys i went and got the link and the guide for you to try. Now below is just the text or steps of getting through it. The real guide is here. Pictures and follow through. Enjoy.

This link is for windows users btw. Not sure about mac users, I will look into it and update when i can.

http://www.simonblog.com/2008/10/16/complete-guide-jailbreak-iphone-3g-firmware-21-using-quickpwn-for-windows/

 

Following the complete guide for jailbreak & unlock firmware 2.1 on iPhone 2G using QuickPwn, I received quite a number of requests from readers to write up the same guide for iPhone 3G. Before you run into the details of jailbreak, you’re probably aware that the word “Unlock” is missing in the post title. A typo? No, so far there is no solution to unlock iPhone 3G. For now, QuickPwn can only jailbreak iPhone 3G. That means you are still bind to single carrier and can’t use SIM card from other carriers. (For starter, you can check out this post to learn more about “jailbreak vs unlock”)

Important Update: This post is updated for firmware 2.2 jailbreak. If you are targeting to jailbreak firmware 2.2, please hold and read through this post first that briefly explain to you the potential impact of jailbreaking firmware 2.2.

Anyways, this post is devoted for iPhone 3G users who want to jailbreak their iPhones. If you can’t figure out a reason for jailbreaking, check out this post and see if jailbreak is for you. Okay, let’s start jailbreaking iPhone 3G.

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Preparation for Jailbreak & Unlock
1. First, make sure you have upgraded to iTunes version 8.02 and backup your iPhone data by synchronizing it with iTunes.

Tip: You can download older version of iTunes here if Apple already releases a newer version of iTunes at the time you’re reading this post.
2. Download QuickPwn 2.1 and iPhone firmware 2.1 (3G). Save them all in the same folder. And unzip QuickPwn21-1.zip. So make sure you have all the files in place before continue.

iPhone 2.2 Jailbreak: For those you consider to jailbreak firmware 2.2, please download QuickPwn 2.2 and iPhone firmware 2.2 (3G).

Installing iPhone Firmware via iTunes
3. Next, connect your iPhone to your computer via USB cable and launch iTunes. Select your iPhone in iTunes.

 

4. Okay, now hold the SHIFT key and click the “Restore” button. iTunes will launch a file dialog for you to select the firmware file. Locate the “iPhone1,2_2.1_5F136_Restore.ipsw” (or “iPhone1,2_2.2_5G77_Restore.ipsw” for firmware 2.2) you have downloaded in previous step and click “Open”.

5. iTunes will then restore your iPhone with firmware 2.1 (or 2.2). Keep your iPhone connected, don’t touch it and wait until the process completes.

 

Jailbreak with QuickPwn
6. Now, your iPhone should completely restore to firmware 2.1 (or 2.2).

Note: Please activate your iPhone in iTunes first before going to the next step.

7. Launch QuickPwn to start jailbreak.

 

8. Ensure you have the iPhone connected and then click blue button to continue.
9. Next, you are required to provide the firmware 2.1 IPSW file. Click “Browse” button to locate it.

iPhone 2.2 Jailbreak: Please select firmware 2.2 IPSW file accordingly.

 
10. You can then configure the settings for QuickPwn. Normally, you can check all checkboxes (i.e. Add Cydia, add installer, Replace boot logo). But if you do not keep the Apple logo, left “Replace boot logo” unchecked. Click blue arrow button to continue.

 

11. Your iPhone should still be connected with USB cable. QuickPwn requests you to confirm it once again as the Jailbreak process will begin. If you’re ready, click blue arrow button to continue.

 

12. Now, QuickPwn starts to jailbreak your iPhone. It automatically puts the iPhone into recovery mode. After that, you’ll be asked to hold Home button for 5 seconds. Then hold Home and Power buttons together for 10 seconds. Next, release Power button and continue to hold Home button until your iPhone is in DFU mode (QuickPwn will prompt you when you’re in DFU mode, just follow what QuickPwn says).

 
13. While jailbreaking, your iPhone will show downloading jailbreak data, etc. And, just don’t touch your iPhone and keep waiting.

14. Once completed, QuickPwn will let you know the jailbreak process is successful. Your iPhone will be restarted.

 

15. Congratulation! You now complete the jailbreak process with iPhone 3G firmware 2.1 (or 2.2). Lastly, sync back your backup data with iTunes.

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Links you will need for the update and unlocking and jailbreaking are

QuickPwn 2.1 – http://i.omerc.net/QuickPwn21-1.zip

QuickPwn 2.2 – http://www.theiphoneguru.org/wp-content/uploads/QuickPwn22.zip

Latest iTunes – http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ 

3g firmware 2.1 – http://appldnld.apple.com.edgesuite.net/content.info.apple.com/iPhone/061-5198.20080909.K3294/iPhone1,2_2.1_5F136_Restore.ipsw

3g firmware 2.2 – http://appldnld.apple.com.edgesuite.net/content.info.apple.com/iPhone/061-5778.20081120.Aqw4R/iPhone1,2_2.2_5G77_Restore.ipsw

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Remember to use versions corresponding with each other. for example QuickPwn 2.1 with 3g firmware 2.1 and QuickPwn 2.2 with 3g firmware 2.2. Thanks to Simons blog for this guide and info. Guys have any questions or info feel free to leave comments or check out simons blog linked on my page below. Im not responsible for you anything that breaks(they rarely do). Enjoy your new unlocked and jailbroken iPhone. FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS.

Jailbreak your iTouch

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Thanks to the poeple at hackthatiPhoneandiTOuch for information below

Step 1 Downgrade to 1.1.1 ( if required)

  1. Download the iPod touch 1.1.1 ipsw firmware file from Apple. Do this in Firefox .
  2. Connect your iPod touch to your PC or Mac.
  3. Put your iPod touch into restore mode: – first, turn off the ipod (slide to power off). – second, turn it back on but when the apple logo appears, hold down the home button until it shows the “connect to iTunes” picture. Now your ipod is in recovery mode Next, press and hold the Shift key on Windows or the Option key on Mac (In iTunes), then click Restore in iTunes. It will open up the File dialog. Now you can select the 1.1.1 firmware file you downloaded earlier.

Note: Currently Itunes versions 7.4 and up will install ipod touch operation software 1.1.1

Step 2: Jailbreaking 1.1.1

  1. Launch Safari on your iPod Touch.
  2. Visit http://jailbreakme.com/, Scroll down to the bottom, click “Install AppSnapp”. Safari will exit and you’ll return to your springboard. Slide to unlock, you are now jailbroken and are able to use Installer.app.
  3. Launch Installer.app (version 3). Click on the Install section at the bottom.
  4. Scroll down to All Packages.Select OktoPrep.Click Install
  5. Connect your device to your computer
  6. Click Update. Do NOT click on restore. If you do, everything you have done up until this point will have to be repeated.
  7. Eject your device from iTunes but keep it connected to your computer. Close iTunes.
  8. Download and extract the 1.1.2 Jailbreak Utility. Extract it to /tmp/ if you are using a Mac.
  9. On Windows make sure you have Java installed then double click on windows.bat, on a Mac, double click on jailbreak.jar
  10. Congratulations! You’ve jailbroken 1.1.2!

One thing when you install the installer app DO NOT INSTALL ANY TYPE OF NEW KEYBOARDS. TRUST ME IT WILL MESS UP YOUR IPOD.If you want to run Mobile Mail, Stocks, Weather, Notes, and Maps on your iPod Touch with 1.1.2 installed, make sure you use the 1.1.2 iPhone apps, which are available here: http://rapidshare.com/files/69144568/iPhoneApps112.zip.html

How to Pimp my BlackBerry

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First thing you will need is your Desktop manager. Make sure you get the latest one from http://www.blackberry.com.
Next a site to download themes from. Now themes will depend on the version of the operating system you have on the phone.
ALot of people are still probably running 4.2 for the curve maybe older on other phones. I’ve got 4.5 which gave me a few extra things.
Like video recording and voice notes. Another thing that came with the 4.5 update is the new menu setup. Other Blackberry update as well but the options that where included vary.
FOr example the Pearl got the update but still cant record videos.

http://sashasthemes.blogspot.com/2008/08/earth-zen.html

She makes excellent themes. Can get them OTA(on the air). TO get the Desktop Manager files you will have to pay $3 bucks. Well Worth it though.

I’m gonna go ahead and presume you guys have the latest Os installed.
Themes when downloaded consist of 2 files alx and cod files. Those are extensions.
In simple terms its like when you download music you might see, the name of a file followed by .mp3.
Same thing here. Make sure your phone is plugged into the PC and run Desktop Manager. Once it detects your phone we can go ahead.
On the lower left part of desktop manager you should see Device connected (pin) then some numbers, that’s your phone.
In the main part of the window you should see some icons. The one you are going to need for this article is Application Loader.
You should see 2 new screens. An Add/Remove applications and a Update Applications. Select the Add Applications by clicking on the start.
Once in there you should see some applications you have on your phone or you might not. I see a few themes i have installed. Don’t worry about it.
If you are using the old Desktop Manager you will probably see alot of programs pop up. Don’t worry about that either. Select the add or browse option and this is where you select the new theme to be added.
Find the alx file for the theme you have downloaded and click open or add it. You will notice the loading bar come up on Desktop Manager and it is installing. Once its done you might notice a couple of things.
Might notice your phone reset or load for a second or it might not do anything. OK now to get the theme working. On your phone open up the main menu icons and look for options. Once in options scroll down to themes.
The name of the Theme you just installed should show up. Hit the select button or  for curve or pearl users click the mouse ball. It’ll take it a few seconds to organize everything like changing icons, fonts etc.
You should be up and running.

Part 2 of this article is how to install on the air themes. OTA. This means you find a theme you want and have the link to download it sent to your phone.
This usually requires you to register to a site with themes for your phone and having them email it to you. Once you get the email it should provide you a link to download it directly.
Just scroll down to the link and click it. There should be a “do you want to download it now” option. You select Yes and the theme will be downloaded and installed automatically. You then do like the above paragraph.
Go to options. You select themes. Pick the one you just downloaded and installed and click on it or select it. The rest is wait a few seconds for phone to set it up. Some phones might take longer then others.

ANother thing to remember depending on your phones versions of OS(operating system) those are the theme versions you can use. SO if your phone is still 4.2 you cant use 4.5. Although some people make the same themes for different version of phones.

Remember what you need to do this stuff all vary on phones.

1. Desktop Manager( i use 4.5 with media manager)
2. Usb cable to PC for phone.
3. A place or site to get Themes. I use Themes4BB.com and Crackberry.com. In the forums sections you’ll find all the info you need on phones, themes and software for your phones.
4. Just follow instructions.

Enjoy your pimped out blackberry =)

my curve with the BeBold theme
my curve with the BeBold theme

picture quality sucks sorry about that.