Monthly Archives: August 2010

Guide to downgrade your iPhone 3G/3GS from iOS 4 back to iOS 3.1.3

Many iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS users have been complaining that their iPhone gotten sluggish and slow after updating to iOS 4 and above. There are many “un-proven” methods out there to improve the performance like hard-reset and restoring. But the only real way to solve this issue is to restore back to iOS 3.1.3 from iOS 4.

We all know that restoring previous version is a troublesome way, but it will be bringing back your old fast iPhone. So follow the guide below to restore your iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS from iOS 4 to iOS 3.1.3

Step 1: Download iOS 3.1.3 and RecBoot

You will need the old iOS 3.1.3 Firmware file to do a restore, you can download iOS 3.1.3 here:

iPhone 3G iOS 3.1.3 or iPhone 3GS iOS 3.1.3

Else you can find the rest of the list here if yours is not the above 2.

You will need to download RecBoot that will help you “come out” from recovery mode when you do the restore on your iPhone

Download RecBoot for Mac here, and Windows here

Step 2: Putting your iPhone into DFU Mode:

In order to do a restore, you need to put your iPhone into DFU Mode, so follow the steps below or watch the YouTube Video and follow the steps.

  1. Plug in your iPhone.
  2. Open up your iTunes
  3. Power it down by holding the sleep/lock button and sliding to power off.
  4. Once it’s powered down, press and hold both the sleep/lock button and the home button for ten seconds.
  5. After ten seconds, release the power button but continue holding down the home button.
  6. If you did it right, iTunes will pop up a window (like the one below) telling you that it’s detected an iPhone in recovery mode and your iPhone’s screen will be black. If it didn’t work, start from the beginning and try again.

Step 3 Actual Restoring Process

Once your got into DFU Mode, your iTunes should prompt your with such a message.

  1. Dismiss the alert prompt by clicking OK, then go to your iPhone under Device sidebar in iTunes.
  2. If you are on Windows, Hold on Shift key and click on restore, if you are on Mac, hold on to Option and click on Restore
  3. iTunes will prompt you to select restore file, select the iOS 3.1.3 file you just downloaded.
  4. The iPhone will start to restore, the whole process will take around 10-15mins.
  5. Once the iPhone finish restoring, you will be prompt this error

Don’t worry! Open up RecBoot file which you just downloaded, click on Exit Recovery Mode and you are done!

You can check out the YouTube Video on the restoring process if you are not sure below:

Step 4 Restore your Backup and Sync

By this point, you should be almost done, now you just need to restore your iPhone from your old backup and sync the apps and media back to your iPhone.


Death Grip increase Radiation Output, It happens for Google Nexus One, iPhone and Blackberry 9700

We all know that you can perform ‘Death Grip’ on your iPhone 4, and you reception will drop badly, and you might end up dropping calls. Although this issue is not really happening in countries with good reception like Singapore, but we all though ‘Death Grip’ will only affect reception. The video shown below shows that ‘Death Grip’ not only reduce your phone’s reception strength, it actually makes your phone emits more radiations and might be harmful to your health!

Why does it emits more radiation? When your phone sense that it is losing connection to its nearest cell tower, it will increase radio frequency output to try to get a better signal. It is true for most smartphone out there in the market.

Check out the video below, where the App will show you the radiation level when ‘Death Grip’ is applied on iPhone 4, Google Nexus One and Blackberry 9700.


Microsoft launch PC vs Mac site, and why I think Microsoft is Wrong!

Microsoft just launched a new PC vs Mac site telling users why they should choose Windows and buy a Windows PC/Laptop rather than Mac. They have categorized the reasons into 6 main groups, mainly “Having Fun”, “Simplicity”, “Working Hard”, “Sharing”, “Compatibility” and “Choice”.

Microsoft Reasons why You Should not choose a Mac

Their reasons:

  • Mac might spoil your fun, not allowing you to do things out of the box.
  • Mac take time to learn
  • Mac don’t work as well at work or school
  • Mac don’t like to share
  • Mac might not like your PC Stuff
  • Mac don’t let you choose

My Reasons why I think they are wrong:

  • Mac is full of fun, out of the box I have iTunes, one of the best media organizing app, iMovie, one of the easiest to use video editor, iPhoto, one of the best photo App. There are tons of very useful and stunning looking Apps like Safari, Final Cut, Skitch and Toast.
  • I was a new Mac user 1.5 years ago, and I took only 1 week to learn using Mac. Although I am still learning everyday, but using a Mac is completely different from Windows. You will still learn new things everyday although you might have use Mac for years.
  • Mac work very well with Office work and School work because I used it for both. During my Schooling days, most of my assignments are done on my Macbook Pro. I have Eclipse, CyberDuck, TextEdit, Evernote, OpenOffice to do my school work. I use Parallel for my Office work where it is a all Windows Environment with no issues at all.

  • Sharing is the easiest in any Mac computer compare to Windows. I can easily share Network, DVD-Drive, Harddisk, Folders, Files. There is even a dedicated Sharing area on Mac to ease your Sharing needs.(I love it)
  • Mac Love PC Stuff, I can never use Windows as easy as now, with Parallel.
  • The last point Microsoft got it quite right, Mac don’t let you choose. We are quite limited by the Processor, Hard disk, RAM, Optical Drive chosen by Apple and we don’t have much say. They are right, but for end consumers, I just hope my laptop works as simple as possible and never lag, and this is what I got from Macbook Pro. No hours of troubleshooting like my PC Days(I’m a PC users for more than 18years)

Yes, I might be biased, but I am speaking from my thoughts after using Mac for 1.5years or so.


12 Core Mac Pros Available for Order now!

Apple is now accepting orders for their new 12 cores Mac Pros. It has been quite awhile since Mac Pro got their refresh, now finally you can order new Mac Pros. They come in 3 configurations:

$2499 – (Quad Core) One 2.8GHz Quad-Core Nehalem Processor
$3499 – (8-Core) Two 2.4GHz Quad Core Westmere Processors
$4999 – (12-Core) Two 2.66GHz 6-Core Westmere Processors

Each Configuration you can further customize it with faster processor, newer and faster graphics or even SSD Drives.

You will be able to get the new Mac Pros in 7-10days. So buy them at Apple Store now!


New Apple Store in London Covent Garden, it is HUGE! [Video]

Apple just opened their newest and largest Apple Store in London Covent Garden! It is HUGE and very beautiful! Apple have been opening quite a few Apple Stores in recent months, and they are huge ones, like the one in Shanghai, China and this in London.

Scott Forstall also paid a visit to the largest Apple Store opening in London, and we did not see Steve Jobs or Ron Johnson for this opening. [9to5mac]


Apple adds Email Support for FaceTime in iOS 4.1 Beta 3

Apple just released iOS 4.1 Beta 3 to developers, and we are seeing Apple adds email-based FaceTime support in new iOS 4. So in very near future, we can make FaceTime call with non-iPhone devices, for example iPod Touches or iPad.

It is rumored that the next Generation iPod Touch will come with Front-Facing Camera, thus FaceTime Function should be available in iPod Touch too.

Apple is expected to be releasing new generation of iPod Touch this fall, maybe together with new MacBook Air too?


BundleHunt – 12 great deals in 1 Bundle!

This bundle is the heaven of all Designer or Blogger, it includes WordPress themes, HTML Editor, Web Hosting, Design EBook, billing software, icons and stock photos all in 1 Package. They total up to $1400 but you will be able to get them at just $49 in this special deal period.

Bundle Hunt is a premium resource pack aimed at empowering the creative community, offering more than $1,400 worth of outstanding apps, templates, icons, eBooks, hosting plans and premium memberships, all for less than $50. The design bundle will only be available for 14 days, from Aug. 2-16 and includes some of the most prestigious brands in the business.

Bundle Hunt is a premiere service within the design community, a project started by Noura Yehia, founder of Noupe.com, and curated by well-know authors in the design community, including Walter Apai of Webdesignerdepot; Steven Snell of Vandelay Design; Henry Jones of WebDesignLedger; Jacob Gube of Sixrevisions.com; Jon Philips of SpyreStudios and Ray Cheung of Webappers.com

The Bundle is finally exposed, here is the complete line-up:

Billings, THE time billing program for professionals who want to simplify quoting, invoicing and time tracking. Includes customizable templates for those who want their invoices to make a good first impression. Valued at $39.99

Flux is a state of the art WYSIWYG engine that creates the code for you as you drag and drop web page elements. If you prefer to have control over how the code looks, you can also switch to a mode that allows HTML, XHTML, and CSS. Official price – $63.99!

Mastering Photoshop, the new eBook from Smashing Magazine, is written for advanced and intermediate designers who want to brush up on their workflow and improve their Photoshop skills. The eBook contains 178 pages, explaining fundamental techniques that Web designers need to know to produce high-quality work in Photoshop. Official price – $19.90!

Subernova is a sleek project management tool that lets you track time, send invoices and estimates, collaborate with others and keeps your business smooth by keeping tabs on late payments, deadlines and more. Get a one year membership worth $149.99!

MojoThemes offers high quality templates for WordPress, Tumblr, and co. With the Bundle, you get three best selling three WordPress themes (Signal 8, Apollo & FolioStudio) valued at $135.

DryIcons is another icon site with exclusive resources. They created a special pack for Bundle Hunt worth $150!

WP Bakery is a new WordPress themes marketplace that prepared two never-seen-before templates (Cubixoid & Simplic) valued at $70.

Icondock is one of the most trusted places for stock icons. Bundle Hunt includes their Moi icon pack usually sold for $60.

Designious is a well-known resource for designers around the world, offering more than 6000 stock graphic files. The Bundle includes the Giga Vector Pack sold for $179.99.

Photocase is a strictly curated stock photography platform focusing on modern, creative photography. They made an exclusive selection of the most popular 100 photos (extra large size) worth $500!

Vandelay Premier is a new membership-based community managed by Vandelay Design. They prepared a special pack with high quality textures, bokeh backgrounds, Photoshop brushes & more. List price – $27.

Site5 is a web hosting company specially created for web designers. They offer free migration and a guaranteed 99.99% uptime. Get 6 months of the HostPro + Turbo plan worth $83.70!

Get your Bundle now at BundleHunt, note that promotion will end by 16 August 2010.


Why Jailbreak iPhone 4? You can FaceTime on 3G!

Earlier this week, Comex have released the new web-based jailbreak on the web. So what is the killer feature if you get your iPhone 4 jailbroken? FaceTime, you can now do FaceTime on 3G network and no longer need any WiFi Connection!

Steps to achieve it:

1) Jailbreak your iPhone 4 via www.jailbreakme.com.

2) Download and upgrade to the latest Cydia package.

3) Open Cydia, Go to Manage then Sources.

4) Click Sources, Edit then add: http://apt.modmyi.com

5) Search for “My3G” — download, and install it.

6) Go through the Rock setup process with a username and password. Open My3G and leave all settings on the default.

7) FaceTime should now work over 3G! — Make sure to “Forget” the WiFi network you are on (via iOS settings) if you want to test it.[9to5mac]


How to Solve the Jailbreakme stuck at purple screen issue

Many of you might have encounter issues when you try to jailbreak using the newly launch Jailbreakme.com page. I was stuck at the purple screen after I did the “slide to jailbreak” action. So this is what I did which solve the issue and can continue to jailbreak. I don’t think it is a solution, but it is kind of a workaround.

Steps to prevent being stuck at purple Screen:

  1. Put your iPhone on Airplane Mode
  2. Go to Settings -> Safari – >Cookies -> Always Accept
  3. Double Tap on your Home Button
  4. Press and Hold to quit your Safari (Multi-Task)
  5. Go back to Settings – > Safari – > Clear all Cache, History and Cookies
  6. Off your iPhone Airplane mode
  7. Go to Safari and go to jailbreakme.modmyi.com or jailbreakme.com

Hope this will solve your problem when you try to jailbreak your iPhone. Enjoy!


JailbreakMe 2.0 Jailbreaks iPhone 4, 3GS, and 3G and iPad

Now you can jailbreak your iPhone without downloading anything or do anything to it, Simply go to a webpage and your iPhone can be jailbroken! Thanks to Comex, now jailbreaking of iPhone is now online.

Jailbreakme 2.0 supports iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G running iOS 4.0 or iOS 4.0.1. It also supports iPad running iOS 3.2 or iOS 3.2.1

Steps to Jailbreak your iPhone:

  1. Backup and sync your iPhone to your iTunes.
  2. Go to Jailbreakme.com or Jailbreakme.modmyi.com (Please note that the server is under huge traffic now)
  3. You will be prompt to “Slide to Jailbreak”
  4. Slide your iPhone
  5. You be prompt that you are downloading files
  6. You will then be shown a jailbreaking screen
  7. Last cydia will be installed on your iPhone. No restart is required, but it is recommended.

Enjoy your Jailbroken iPhone!


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