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  • Chromebooks Could Soon Be Unlocked Automatically When Your Smartphone Is Near

    Chromebooks Could Soon Be Unlocked Automatically When Your Smartphone Is Near

    Passwords, geez those things suck. You may not need them to login to your computer in the future, and Chromebooks might be the first PC device to offer that feature natively, according to some hints found in the developer preview channel of Chrome OS by Android PoliceĀ (via 9to5Google). Early code included in the latest build suggests there will one day be a way to unlock your Chromebook just… Read More

  • Apple Patents iOS Unlocking Methods That Determine Level Of User Access To Device Features And Software

    Apple Patents iOS Unlocking Methods That Determine Level Of User Access To Device Features And Software

    A big request from parents regarding iOS has been that Apple implement user accounts on its mobile devices, in order to make it so that a parent can sign in with greater access to device features and apps than a child, for instance. It’s a system that already has an analogue on the desktop, and that Google has seen fit to implement with multiple user accounts with varying levels of… Read More

  • Google Exploring Location-Dependent Security Settings For Smartphone Unlock

    Google Exploring Location-Dependent Security Settings For Smartphone Unlock

    Google has a patent application published today (via Engadget) that would make the standard system of unlocking a device much more intelligent, using a smartphone’s built-in sensor to change your security settings on a sliding basis depending on where the phone finds itself. This would allow a user to make it easier to unlock a phone while in the comfort of their own home, while making… Read More

  • Unlocking Your Phone Is Now Illegal, But What Does That Mean For You?

    Unlocking Your Phone Is Now Illegal, But What Does That Mean For You?

    All the salacious headlines are (mostly) true — as of today, you can’t unlock a carrier-subsidized smartphone on your own before the contract associated with it runs out without technically running afoul of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Granted, I’d wager that the number of people who faithfully stick to their multi-year wireless contracts far exceeds the number of… Read More

  • New iPhone Unlock Should Work With Any Model

    New iPhone Unlock Should Work With Any Model

    iPhone unlocks are usually a tetchy experience – you have to have the right firmware on the right model iPhone at the right time. Now, however, thanks to a method that spoofs the activation server, you can unlock almost any iPhone semi-permanently. The system, called Subscriber Artificial Module or SAM, requires a jailbroken iPhone and Cydia. To run it, you de-activate your phone, insert… Read More

  • Google: Unlocking The Door For More Android Originality?

    Google: Unlocking The Door For More Android Originality?

    It sometimes feels like a absurd story without an ending, trying to track who is attacking whom in the mobile patent game. But Google has now secured one patent that may demonstrate how companies are figuring out ways of getting around would-be infringement issues — and possibly produce more differentiated products in the process. A Google patent, published by the U.S. Patent and… Read More

  • iPhone 3.1.3 firmware unlock coming soon


    Been waiting to upgrade your iPhone? Can’t because it’s unlocked? Well, wait no longer. Sherif Hashim, an iPhone hacker, has discovered an exploit that seems to unlock the latest baseband. Not a lot of other information other than now the exploit is in the Dev Team’s hands and they will, like some creaky Soviet politburo, release the unlock to the masses. Read More

  • Purplera1n+ultrasn0w unlocks iPhone 3GS

    Only a couple of days after George Hotz became the first hacker to release a jailbreak app for the iPhone 3GS on Windows, there’s a Mac-compatible version out too. This time, Hotz got some help from two fellow coders to be able to please the Mac folks, but he also made some improvements to the Windows version. Happy jailbreaking, and in case you didn’t know yet: happy unlocking too. Read More

  • Users angry that Dev Team won't release the 3GS unlock/jailbreak

    The Interweb is a tizzy over the 3GS unlock/jailbreak and the Dev Teams decision not to release it until there is a new firmware update immanent. Why would they do this? Well, if they release now, Apple can close the hole with the new release, something they’d be loathe to do if the unlock happened closer to launch. While this isn’t very nice, it’s amazingly practical and… Read More

  • iPhone 3GS carrier unlock imminent thanks to old exploit

    An old exploit that worked to control the iPod Touch 2G can be used to take control of the iPhone 3GS, ensuring that carrier unlockers will soon be able to crack their fancy new phones. It seems a piece of boot code was left unaltered since August 2008, allowing the Dev Team to use an old exploit. Read More

  • iPhone 3.0 unlock is go – don't try it on your 3G S, though

    The dev team has released their latest carrier unlock, ultrasn0w, It requires a quick using redsn0w and then the installation of ultrasn0w through Cydia. If you’ve already jailbroken your iPhone 3G simply add repo666.ultrasn0w.com to your repositories list and download ultrasn0w. What does this do? It carrier unlocks the iPhone 3G. Sadly, it doesn’t yet work on the 3G S. It is… Read More

  • It's official: iPhones 3G now selling without a contract

    Apple stores are selling iPhones 3G without contracts, en masse, for $599 for 8GB and $699 for the 16GB. You can activate the phones in the privacy of your own home or, more importantly, you can downgrade the firmware and unlock them. Read More

  • I haz success: YellowSn0w update works a treat

    I just installed the latest yellowsn0w (0.9.4) and reset all my network settings (Settings->General->Reset->Reset Network Settings). The phone rebooted and T-Mo popped right up. Note I also had 3G turned off. Read More

  • iPhone 3G unlocking software updated; should work now (hopefully)

    Yellowsn0w, the illustrious iPhone 3G unlocking software, dropped with the Time Square Ball yesterday, but the first beta edition didn’t work for many. Hopefully the updated 0.9.4 beta from the iPhone Dev Team should resolve those issues and allow all those Jesusphone 3Gs to be released from their AT&T shackles. So if our step-by-step guide left you frustrated and furious, give… Read More

  • iPhone 3G unlocking software updated; should work now (hopefully)

    Yellowsn0w, the illustrious iPhone 3G unlocking software, dropped with the Times Square Ball yesterday, but the first beta edition didn’t work for many. Hopefully the updated 0.9.4 beta from the iPhone Dev Team should resolve those issues and allow all those Jesusphone 3Gs to be released from their AT&T shackles. So if our step-by-step guide left you frustrated and furious, give… Read More

  • How to unlock your 3G iPhone


    YellowSn0w is out and it’s ready to rock. Here’s how to become SIM-independent. 1. First, download quickpwn and jailbreak your phone. Use the latest firmware to pwn your phone (download it from Apple here). This will allow you to install Cydia or Installer. Read More

  • First real iPhone 3G software unlock

    Put on your woot hats and prepare your fun cannons because the iPhone 3G is getting its official unlock on New Year’s Eve. Isn’t it a little cynical to launch a cellphone unlock on New Year’s Eve? Listen: the folks who will buy an iPhone, break the contract, and soft unlock the thing probably won’t be hanging out in the Rainbow Room come midnight. They’ll be snug… Read More

  • Software unlock for BlackBerry 8000/9000 series released

    Got just about any GSM BlackBerry laying around that you want to take to another carrier, but just can’t seem to find anyone who can get the job done? You’re in luck. From the darkest pits of who-knows-where, someone has gone and released the MFI Multiloader required to free BlackBerry 8000 and 9000 devices from their reins. Want to take a BlackBerry Bold off of AT&T? Sure… Read More

  • iPhone 3G unlocked? [UPDATED]

    http://qik.com/player2.swf?streamname=c89c603b836b45388abe59bfaeb7191d&vid=155737&playback=false&polling=false&user=patphelan&displayname=patphelan&safelink=patphelan&userlock=true&islive=&username=anonymous I’m getting the dirt on this right now but it seems that Pat Phelan of MaxRoam just unlocked his iPhone 3G and will be giving away the… Read More

  • Pwnage 2.0 released: For iPhone 3G, you can only jailbreak

    Pwnage 2.0 is here! It was officially released a few hours ago, and the servers have been pounded ever since. As such, mirrors keep popping up on the Dev Team’s blog; be sure to check often if you’re keen to use the software. Note that for the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch, Pwnage 2.0 only jailbreaks—that is to say it doesn’t unlock Apple’s newest speedbumped phone… Read More