Archive for February, 2010

Solar flares set to wreak havoc on GPS signals

on Feb.10, 2010, category Tech News

The sun’s activity isn’t usually a hot topic around these parts, but when it threatens to derail satellite navigation services around the world, it must surely take center stage. UK researchers have corroborated Cornell’s 2006 warning that our solar system’s main life-giver is about to wake up and head toward a new solar maximum — a period of elevated surface activity and radiation. It is precisely that radiation, which can be perceived in the form of solar flares, that worries people with respect to GPS signaling, as its effects on the Earth’s ionosphere are likely to cause delays in data transmission from satellites to receivers and thereby result in triangulation errors. Still, it’s more likely to be “troublesome than dangerous,” but inaccuracies of around 10 meters and signal blackouts that could last for hours are being forecast in the absence of any intervening steps being taken. So yes, you now have another reason not to trust your GPS too much.

source Engadget

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Dev-Team Warning Do Not Update to 3.1.3

on Feb.09, 2010, category iPhone

About 2 days ago the iPhone Dev-Team posted a warning not to update your iPhone to firmware 3.1.3 unnecessarily.  There are no update advantages and the fix are minor other than the loss of your ultrasn0w and blacksn0w unlock.

From the Dev-Team

Pre-game show

On Tuesday, Apple released firmware 3.1.3 for the iPhone and iPod touches.  Unless you’ve personally observed a problem with the reporting of your battery percentage, there’s no reason to update to 3.1.3.  We know some of you will want to anyway.  Superbowl Sunday’s PwnageTool 3.1.5 for Mac OS X will let you do so safely, preserving your jailbreak and ultrasn0w unlock.  (If you use the blacksn0w unlock (at baseband 05.11.07), you need to stay at 3.1.2.)

iPhone 3G and 3GS unlockers should always be very wary to update their firmware.  This is no exception.  If you make a mistake along the way you may find yourself updating to official 3.1.3 in which case you will lose your unlock, possibly forever.

iPhone 3GS users (regardless of unlock) should stay away from this and all 3.1.3 jailbreak tools unless you know you have your “SHSH hashes” backed up via Cydia.  That’s because if you make a mistake you may find yourself stuck at official 3.1.3 with no way to jailbreak or come back down to 3.1.2 to jailbreak.

If you really truly feel that you need to update, this version creates a custom 3.1.3 IPSW for you to restore to on your iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS with early bootrom, iPod touch 1G, and iPod touch 2G with early bootrom.  If you don’t know if you have an early bootrom or not, please avoid updating until you learn more.

You don’t need to be pre-jailbroken on anything but the iPod touch 2G early bootrom.  And really for that device, it’s faster and easier to use redsn0w 0.9.4 as mentioned in our last post.  For that matter, if you have an ipt1g, iphone2g, or iphone3g(and don’t need an unlock), you should use redsn0w too (but version 0.9.3).  It’s faster and you won’t have to go through a full restore process (just do an update then run redsn0w, pointing it at 3.1.2 FW instead of 3.1.3).

If you have an iPhone 3GS, PwnageTool works if you’re currently at version 3.1.2 or below (down to 3.0).  You don’t need to be already jailbroken — PwnageTool will ask you if you’re jailbroken after you’ve created the IPSW.  Don’t use PwnageTool on the iPhone 3GS if you’re at 3.1.3, it just won’t work.  Downgrade to 3.1.2 using the methods described here.  If you can’t downgrade because you don’t have your 3GS 3.1.2 hashes on file with Cydia, you’ll need to sit out the 3.1.3 jailbreak.

We aren’t revealing any new exploits to Apple with this jailbreak. Everything here has been used before, it’s just a straightforward port of Pwnage2 and 24Kpwn to the new firmware.  It’s possible the new firmware was released largely to flush out new exploits before the next big release.  We won’t be biting.

We’d really like the above warnings and disclaimers to sink in. Please don’t download the files below and use them blindly.

Here is an unoffical mirror:
PwnageTool_3.1.5.dmg   Download (1006)

source Dev-team

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Offically approved as Universal Remote Developer

on Feb.07, 2010, category Universal Remote Control

I think the title says it all.  After filling out several forms and waiting a few days I had received an email notifying me that my application to become a developer had been approved.  I quickly  logged into Universal’s site and submitted my first package containing my custom Techno Wallpaper collection for the MX-6000.  I plan to submit examples of advanced variables and other graphic design content.  Check out the screen shots below and the download link for non URC members.

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Large Hadron Collider producing tons of awesome collisions

on Feb.07, 2010, category Tech News

Hey, now, this is some great news, right? The trouble-plagued Large Hadron Collider looks to be doing a bang up job in some of its primary tasks. After breaking the energy record previously held by the Tevatron particle accelerator back at the end of November, 2009, reports are now coming in that the LHC is, in fact, producing some extremely high energy collisions. A research team led by MIT, CERN and the KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics in Budapest, Hungary have released a report detailing findings that the collisions are producing an “unexpectedly” high number of particles called mesons, subatomic particles composed of one quark and one antiquark. The research is considered one of the first steps in the search for rarer particles, and the elusive, theoretical Higgs Boson. The paper, published in the Journal of High Energy Physics has led scientists to fine-tuning their predictive models for how many mesons will be found in even higher energy collisions.

source engadget MIT

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iPhone Theme 31 Days of Technology

on Feb.07, 2010, category iPhone

Added 463 Glassy Icons and fixed Default Dialer
See below in post for new screen shots.

This theme features 31 technology based abstract images that change daily on SpringBoard and on the Lock screen’s background.  There is beautiful new wallpaper for every day of the month.  Also included a new dial pad for the phone app, a notes theme, blue page dots and a big blue number battery.

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iPhone Theme 31 Days Under the Sea

on Feb.07, 2010, category iPhone

Take an exotic journey under the sea with this colorful wallpaper and lock screen theme.  A new adventure will begin every day with one of 31 different wallpapers changing automatically.

screen shots:

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Website Design Dragonflies in July

on Feb.07, 2010, category Portfolio

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Website Design James l. Howard

on Feb.07, 2010, category Portfolio

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Website Design Ann Victoria

on Feb.07, 2010, category Portfolio

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Website Design Connected to Connecticut

on Feb.07, 2010, category Portfolio

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