So, I was talking to some friends last night and one of them was compaining how her boss is going through her pictures on her iPhone while she is charging the phone in his office on his computer. So, naturally I said “Why don’t you put a password on your iPhone?”. She responded “I did. I have a password”. I didn’t really understand how this is possible so I asked her to explain. Apparently you cannot password protect your pictures on an iPhone. I am a blackberry user. I have been for many years. This is something RIM had ages ago. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember ever not having been able to password protect my picutres. They are private. They should be protected. I don’t know how come I didn’t find out about this before.
I had the “pleasure” of trying to figure out if it’s possible to unlock an iPhone 4. Well, this device had a particular setup. The device came with iOS 4.2.1 and the baseband firmware version was 3.10.01. Also, the device was already jailbroken. A friend, who lives abroad, was visiting me in the States. He decided to buy the phone on Craigslist.org. In order to use this device with his carrier back in Europe he needed to have it unlocked. We spent hours trying everything. The conclusion is: please stop wasting your time. It’s not possible. At least as of today (01/06/2011), it’s just not possible. It’s all about the baseband/modem version. It can never be downgraded. So, until there is a hack for this baseband/modem version you will not be able to unlock it. Everyone is saying the hack should come this month. We all know that it will be here sooner rather than later. Anyway, it is interesting that the device is jailbroken but could not be unlocked. What is the problem with unlocking iPhones anyway?! How are they different then any other device (at least in terms of unlocking)?! Shouldn’t this be illigal?! What if you bought the device (no contract), shouldn’t it be yours to take to any carrier you’d like?! I think this is a class A lawsuit waiting to happen. The evil empire has proven to be just plain evil once again.
Finally someone to speak up!
It is just amazing to see to what extent S.J. will go. Luckily, there is still plenty of us still living outside the distortion field. Jim called Steve out.
And here’s the official word from Jim Balsillie:
“For those of us who live outside of Apple’s distortion field, we know that 7″ tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience. We also know that while Apple’s attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more options and customers want to fully access the overwhelming majority of web sites that use Flash. We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple. And by the way, RIM has achieved record shipments for five consecutive quarters and recently shared guidance of 13.8 – 14.4 million BlackBerry smartphones for the current quarter. Apple’s preference to compare its September-ending quarter with RIM’s August-ending quarter doesn’t tell the whole story because it doesn’t take into account that industry demand in September is typically stronger than summer months, nor does it explain why Apple only shipped 8.4 million devices in its prior quarter and whether Apple’s Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders. As usual, whether the subject is antennas, Flash or shipments, there is more to the story and sooner or later, even people inside the distortion field will begin to resent being told half a story.”
- Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion (RIM)
The big question… Well, read the title (RTFT). A friend of mine who plans to travel abroad just asked me if it’s possible to Jailbreak his iPhone 4 running the latest 4.0.2 firmware. The only reason why he would like to Jailbreak is so he could use the phone with a local carrier over there. Well, that’s at least what he told me. I did not know the answer, so I decided to spend some time on Google and to figure out the puzzle. After reading a few posts, I came to the following simple conclusion. The answer is “NO”. Actually, the answer seems to be “Hell NO”. That is if you want the truth. However, knowing a lot of my dear friends who own this evil device, I’ve learned that they don’t like to hear the truth. They would rather listen to the monster (SJ are the initials, I believe) then accept the fact that they are being brainwashed. What can I say?! It’s a religion, so I won’t discuss this any further.
Way to go, Joe! Stand up and fight the monster. Joe Hewitt is the guy responsible for Facebook’s app for iPhone. He’s just tweeted about how he’s done with the project:
“Time for me to try something new. I’ve handed the Facebook iPhone app off to another engineer, and I’m onto a new project.”
Apparently he’s fed up with Apple’s tyranny. Not everyone is aware of Apple’s regorious and unfair approval process for app development and roll out. Let me remind you of Google Voice… Hewitt adds:
“My decision to stop iPhone development has had everything to do with Apple’s policies. I respect their right to manage their platform however they want, however I am philosophically opposed to the existence of their review process. I am very concerned that they are setting a horrible precedent for other software platforms, and soon gatekeepers will start infesting the lives of every software developer.
The web is still unrestricted and free, and so I am returning to my roots as a web developer. In the long term, I would like to be able to say that I helped to make the web the best mobile platform available, rather than being part of the transition to a world where every developer must go through a middleman to get their software in the hands of users.”
This is a big deal! And let it be known that Joe Hewitt is well respect, not only in the company, but amongst developers around the world. He is known for contributing to the Firefox project.
Heroic move, Joe! Wake up, Steve!
Adobe’s message says it all:
“Flash Player not available for your device. Apple restricts use of technologies required by products like Flash Player. Until Apple eliminates these restrictions, Adobe cannot provide Flash Player for the iPhone or iPod Touch”.
So… I was talking to some friends last night and one of them was complaining how her boss is going through her pictures. He was going through the pics on her iPhone while she was charging the phone in his office on his computer. Naturally, I said “Why don’t you put a password on your iPhone?”. She responded “I did. I have a password”. I didn’t really understand how this is possible, so I asked her to explain. Apparently you cannot password protect your pictures on an iPhone. I am a blackberry user, and I have been for many years. This is something RIM had ages ago. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember ever not having been able to password protect my pictures. They are mine! They are private! They should be protected! I don’t know how come I didn’t find out about this before. I’ve said this many time before… Things the iPhone users are willing to put up with… Wow! And the loyalty they still have towards the manufacturer. Double wow! Over and out…
Muahahaaaa!!! What do you think this site is about?! I intend on trashing the hell out of iPhones and its manufacturer (the name not worth mentioning). Not only do I intend on trashing the device, but its owners as well. All feedback is welcome, so let’s hate this game and its players.