How To: Disable iPhone Balance Notifications

iPhone balance notifications are probably the only downside to having an iPhone on Pay As You Go, every time you send a message, make a phone call or use data without having a data package in place, you will have to dismiss your balance every time. It may be nice to sometimes see your balance, but if you send a lot of SMS messages like me then it soon gets frustrating.

I decided to research the subject a few months ago to see if there was any way of removing it, a few threads on some forums but no conclusive answer. I got in touch with O2 to get it removed but back then they told me that you couldn’t remove it. There was nothing in Cydia to get rid of it either. But yesterday I got in touch with O2 again, after reading that the carrier can turn it off at their end and I woke up this morning without having to see the balance notification screen. So to remove the balance screen just get in touch with your carrier, whether it be O2 or any other carrier worldwide and they should be able to disable it for you. I hope this has helped and leave your success stories in the comments.

greenpois0n Jailbreak ETA Announced

A few minutes ago the Chronic Dev-Team announced that the greenpois0n jailbreak has an ETA of the 10/10/2010 at 10:10:10 GMT. This is going to be a huge relief to all those who accidentally updated their firmware or got an iPhone 4 after 4.0.2 had been pushed out, like me. The jailbreak will be available at the greenpois0n website.

Surik Creates Fix For PDF Security Issues

Surik, creator of the Cydia store has rolled out a patch that fixes PDF security issues that are fixed by the 4.0.2 update along with ones that Apple hasn’t fixed yet. Seems that if you want to be secure and protected the only thing to do is to jailbreak your device, escpailly if your running a first gen iPhone or iPod Touch. The package can be found in Cydia.

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iOS 4 Custom Firmware (w/iBooks Fix)

Yesterday I provided you with Custom Firmware Restore files for all the iDevices that support the new update and can be jailbroken. This morning the Dev-Team released an update as it had the same issue as redsn0w to cause a problem with iBooks. Obviously if you don’t intend on using iBooks you don’t need to re-download it but I will be re-uploading the firmwares (without custom boot logos) with the fix for iBooks.

Please read this Dev-Team article before using any of the custom restore files.

iPhone 3GS iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 831MB)
Hactivated – iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hacktivated).ipsw
Not Hactivated – iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw (Alt Link – MegaUpload)

iPhone 3G iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 756MB)
Not Hacktivated w/Multitasking Enabled – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw
Not Hacktivated – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw
Hacktivated w/Multitasking Enabled – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hactivated_Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw
Hactivated – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hactivated).ipsw

iPod Touch 2G iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 688MB)
With Multitasking Enabled – iPod2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw
Without Multitasking Enabled – iPod2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw

iPhone iOS 4 Custom Firmware

Today PwnageTool 4 was released for the Mac and seeing as now I have a MacBook I thought I’d create some custom firmware for all you Windows users who don’t have an official tool as of yet.

Below are the links to the files, I will update them as I upload them and feel free to share this post with others.

Please read this Dev-Team article before using any of the custom restore files.

Details: Only non-hacktivated firmwares without Multitasking Enabled come with custom boot logos, root size is shown in brackets next to the device (I just used the default setting.)  Also baseband update is not enabled.

iPhone 3GS iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 831MB)
Not Hacktivated (w/Custom Boot Logos) – iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw
Not Hactivated – iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Without_Custom_Boot_Logos).ipsw
Hactivated – iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hacktivated).ipsw

iPhone 3G iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 756MB)
Not Hacktivated (w/Custom Boot Logos) – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw
Not Hacktivated – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Without_Custom_Boot_Logos).ipsw
Not Hactivated w/ Multitasking Enabled – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw
Hactivated – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hactivated).ipsw
Hacktivated w/ Multitasking Enabled – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hactivated_Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw

iPod Touch 2G iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 688MB)
Without Multitasking Enabled (w/Custom Boot Logos) – iPod2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw
Without Multitasking Enabled – iPod2,1__4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Without_Custom_Boot_Logos).ipsw
With Multitasking Enabled – iPod2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw

If you have any requests that aren’t shown above then get in touch via Twitter @sbraidley

Spirit Released for iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad

The day has finally come, comex has released Spirit, the first userland jailbreak since the 1.x era. It runs on the latest iPhone OS firmwares (3.1.2, 3.1.3 and 3.2). Spirit is an untethered jailbreak which comes as great news to many 3rd generation iPod Touch & iPhone 3GS users who have the MC models who were stuck with a tethered jailbreak for months.

It works on all the iDevices but on the iPad, all this is still sort of beta. Some packages in Cydia, not designed for iPad, might screw up your system and require you to restore.

You can download it from SpiritJB.com

iPad Jailbroken & Cydia Running

MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev-Team has revealed a video showing a successful jailbreak of the iPad. The new hack exploits a bug found on the 3.2 version of the iPad OS, however with the iPhone OS 4.0 being previewed on April 8th plans for a release of this jailbreak might be changed so that Apple can’t patch the bug. In a recent picture it shows Cydia running on the device.

N64 Emulator Released For iPhone 3GS & iPod Touch 3G

ZodTTD today released his N64 emulator for the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 3G, a while before expected. A 14-year-old developer had begun work on a N64 emulator, slated for release in Spring but ZodTTD beat him to it.

It is a port of mupen64plus along with Ari64’s ARM Dynarec, and Adventus / Orkin’s OpenGLES GPU. Since the graphics processing unit (GPU) code is written with the OpenGL ES 2.0 specification, it limits the devices able to be used to the iPhone 3gs and iPod Touch 3rd Gen as of the current Apple lineup.

The current version sports:

  • Support for the Wii Remote via Bluetooth;
  • Emulation dynarec fast CPU;
  • Emulation of sound;
  • Download the ROM of games from the same;
  • Using Open GL libraries | ES 2.0;
  • Supports ROM:. N64 and. Z64 and archives. Zip and. Gz

n64iPhone is available now from Cydia.

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N64 iPhone Emulator Coming in Spring 2010

iPhone Security Issues Not Exclusive To Jailbroken Devices

In the past few months there have been multiple worms released into the wild that affected inadequately protected jailbroken iPhones. However a Swiss iPhone developer has published research that indicates that there are also security vulnerabilities affected un-jailbroken devices too. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise to most as it was only a matter of time.

The developer, Nicholas Seriot has created a proof of concept app called SpyPhone to demonstrate how Apple’s own APIs can be used to read and edit user’s address books, gain access to the user’s web surfing history or even recent location information. Although this is not as bad as what can be done with root permissions to the device, it can still effect users, especially when they think they are safe.

For the attacks to work, the application with the malicious code would need to get through the App Store approval system, however this wouldn’t be very hard as pointed out by many developers, as Apple doesn’t check source code but does have a kill switch on every app. The code would be delayed, so that it only beings to work so many weeks after the app is released or it could be an encrypted payload.

Nicholas Seriot detailed these possible iPhone privacy risks in a talk he delivered in Geneva, during which he also outlined possible defense strategies, suggesting that Apple should design the iPhone OS to require users to authorize read or read-write access by iPhone applications to potentially sensitive on-device information such as the Address Book, add firewall functionality to the device and ensure the keyboard cache is not as readily available to third-party applications.

Developers Research

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