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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

iPhone Unlocking Software - Myth or Reality?

Creating a cool device like iPhone is of course a great thing. However, urging users to use services of a particular company is not nice. While there is nothing illegal with Apple's choice of AT&T, I believe it is not ethical. Customers must have a freedom to use the device with any of the carrier of their choice. Hence, it is not a surprise that the race to unlock iPhone began from the very first day the device was launched.

While it is already possible to unlock iPhone at a hardware level, no software existed until now to unlock the miracle device. As a matter of fact such software might not exist even now but at least two different videos that have hit the web recently show that there is a software that can unlock iPhone.

In the six-minute video posted on the iphoneunlocking.com blog, John McLaughlin, founder of Uniquephones demonstrates unlocking an iPhone with a software from his company.

A company called iPhoneSimFree.com also claims to have the first software-only unlocking method. Moreover, iPhoneSimFree.com was the first to show it to a credible third party, an editor of Engadget.com.

John McLaughlin has not posted the method on iphoneunlocking.com though. A phone call from an AT&T Wireless representative was more than enough to keep him from doing so. John McLaughlin could earn a fortune by selling the software but even if makes no cent on it, the software will spread quickly throughout the web. That's why I don't believe in artificial restrictions. People will always find workarounds.

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Saturday, August 04, 2007

Google Phone: Myth or Reality?

Recently the Wall Street Journal has reported that Google was showing a prototype mobile phone to cell phone manufacturers and cellular service providers.

The search engine giant's entering in the mobile communication's market won't be extremely unexpected. After all, we have a precedent of Apple introducing iPhone.

At the moment the information about the "Google Phone" is just a rumor. But some rumors are quite in a range of possibility and frequently materialize. If this is the case with "Google Phone", we may see in a couple of months.

Personally I do not see a reason why Google could not produce a high class mobile phone. If Apple succeeded in it, why Google should not? Moreover, if we take into account the innovative and sometimes rather wild ideas coming out of the Google Labs, the Google's cell phone may really become an iPhone killer.

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Old Code Problems in a New iPhone

Charlie Miller of Independent Security Evaluators was the first person to crack Apple's much hyped iPhone. The vulnerability was found in an old, buggy part of the Safari browser, in the old Perl Regular Expression Library (PRCE) in Webkit. The regular Mac OS X Safari as well as the Windows beta version of the browser were also at risk.

I have been using the Windows beta since its release. While I had noticed a number of bugs, I could not assume the software had such a severe problem. So if you use the Safari browser - whether on a Mac, PC, or iPhone - be sure you update it with Apple's just-released patches.

This incident with iPhone once again makes me think that in computers there is no such a thing as absolute security. All systems are vulnerable and all systems have bugs. However, it is important that the developer quickly reacts to eliminate security problems (Apple was very quick indeed).

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