Unable to Install Cydia from JailbreakMe 3.0?


I love JailbreakMe.com. Jailbreaking your iDevice couldn’t be any easier. Unfortunately, I ran into some issues using the recently released JailbreakMe 3.0 to free my phone. I thought I’d post the workaround here in case anyone else ran into the same problems.

After updating my iPhone to iOS 4.3.3, I proceeded to JailbreakMe.com and attempted to perform the jailbreak. Cydia would begin the install on the springboard then the icon would disappear when it was about half way through. Rebooting my phone and computer didn’t seem to help. I ended up making a backup of my iPhone and performing a factory restore. Once the restore was complete and I was prompted to restore from a backup image or set up as a new phone, I performed the jailbreak from JailbreakMe.com and it worked flawlessly. After the jailbreak I selected the option to restore my phone from backup and I was good to go. I also had to sync my apps and music which took some time but in the end I became the proud owner of an up-to-date, jailbroken iPhone.


Magician Uses iPods to Perform a Trick About Deception

Marco Tempest, known as the Virtual Magician, performs a trick he developed using 3 iPod Touches. A lot of creativity and technical setup went into this trick and the outcome is absolutely gorgeous.

Marco’s niche as a magician is his fusion of magic, technology, media and branding. If you’re into to either of those things (or all of them like me), you should subscribe to the newsletter from his website and to his YouTube Channel. He has a great series of videos called PhoneCam Magic where he records a quick illusion on his phone without the use of post-production editing software. They’re fun to watch and try to figure out.

Marcos has inspired me to think of different ways that a company or brand could incorporate magic into a show or campaign. If I think of anything good I’ll be sure to post it.


Apple Reveals iOS 5 at the 2011 WWDC


iOS 5 logo

I spent lunch today at my desk reading engadget’s liveblog of the 2011 WWDC with bated breath, hoping for an iPhone hardware update. I could feel my heart pound with each auto-refresh of my browser. Unfortunately, an iPhone update was not on the agenda today, which I kind of expected from reading the rumors. But I’m not too upset because the features included in the upcoming release of iOS 5 easily filled the void left in my heart by an absent iPhone update.

iOS 5, which is due out this Fall, has over 200 new features. Many of these new features could almost eliminate my desire to jailbreak my iDevices. Here are some of the updates I look forward to the most:

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The iPod Touch Makes a Great Babysitter

Hudson on iPod

My 13 month old son is a gadget geek, which makes me both proud and a little concerned (but mostly proud). He has mountains of toys and things he can climb or roll around on but once he’s caught sight of a laptop or cell phone his toys no longer exist. I typically wait until he falls asleep before getting my devices out. Lucky for our son, my wife had an iPod Touch when she made the switch to the iPhone so we were able to give him his own iPod to bang around and occasionally chew on.

The App Store has several apps designed for babies and toddlers and the ability to sync the device with our collection of music and videos for him makes the iPod Touch a great baby entertainment hub.  Unfortunately, there was one problem that hindered the baby entertainment/temporary parental relief. When we had an app or video up for our son, he would inadvertently press the home button and leave the app, so we were constantly relaunch them. It was a viscous cycle and it was tearing our family apart. When it seemed that all hope was lost, I discovered an application called IncarcerApp. IncarcerApp allows you to disable the home button of your iDevice while in an application. So now when I launch, let’s say the Baby Rattle Toy app (which he LOVES), I enable IncarcerApp, which disables the home button and avoids any unintentional exiting.  When he’s had his fill of flashing lights , floating suns and animal noises, I re-enable the home button, allowing me to exit the app as normal. Unfortunately, your iDevice must be jailbroken in order to use IncarcerApp, but it’s free and can be downloaded from Cydia.

Another great application that we’ve found very useful for keeping him entertained for long car rides is MxTube. MxTube is another jailbreak app that allows you to search YouTube and save videos directly to your device. We have tons of educational videos saved for him to watch when he gets fussy in the car or while we’re out.

The iPod Touch has been a really great toy for him. It’s also nice to have our collection of classical music to soothe him during nap time when we’re away from home. Check out Parents Magazine’s Best iPhone Apps for Babies and Toddlers for a great list of apps your baby will enjoy.