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One thing that never ceases to amaze me is the level of creativity that developers seem to muster up in order to bypass the restrictions imposed upon them by the Apple developer guidelines. In the past month alone we have seen a number of popular applications accepted into the App Store and then subsequently be pulled from sale by Apple due to a breach of the guidelines.
The developer App Store and human interface guidelines that are given to iOS developers offer an intriguing insight into the world of Apple, and are regularly criticized by developers on other platforms for the strict restrictions they place. However, if you take the time to read through them, the first thing you notice is they are generally common sense, designed to give the best user experience for the customer. Secondly, they are written in an extremely casual manner with one part saying:
We will reject any apps for any content or behaviour that we believe is over the line. What line, you ask? Well, as a Supreme Court Justice one said, “I’ll know it when I see it”. And we think you will also know it when you come across it.
The new Lock Screen Weather application by Pavel Kozarek adopts an interesting approach to produce an app which would otherwise be rejected by Apple for a breach of the guidelines. Lock Screen Weather allows us to display local weather information and graphics directly on the devices lock screen. This doesn’t seem too revolutionary, considering weather widgets tools have existed within Cydia for a number of years. However, the interesting thing about this application is that it is available directly within the App Store and does not require a jailbreak.
If having the weather on your lock screen is important to you, then you can expect the following features from Lock Screen Weather:
- Current weather conditions on your lock screen (location configured through settingspanel).
- An optional five day weather forecast.
- Support for tens of thousands of cities around the world.
- Current weather and future forecasts updated regularly.
- Both Fahrenheit and Celsius units supported.
- An original set of weather graphics for every conceivable weather condition.
Perhaps the most interesting and unorthodox thing about this application is the way in which the developer has gotten around the developer guidelines. The weather application works by playing a silent track via the devices iPod app and taking advantage of the lock screen album art display. Due to the way the iPod app dynamically handles the album artwork of a playing track, the screen is updated whenever the device is locked.
Lock Screen Weather is clearly a very clever application, and from a technical mindset it is a very clever implementation. However, to work effectively it requires a constant playing track through the iPod which in turn would stop the user from playing their own music. If the feedback on the App Store is to be believed, the application also bypasses all sound notifications other than the ringtone meaning alerts such as text messages will no longer work.
You may also like to check out:
- This iPhone App Provides You Weather Info As A Widget On Home Screen, Sort of. [No Jailbreak Required]
- HTC Sense like Weather App for iPhone
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Jailbreaking is a process that changes little by little with each iOS upgrade. Rather than always publishing new guides, we’re simply going to keep this one up to date. If you want to jailbreak your iOS device, you’ve come to the right page.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: This jailbreak is only available for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches that do not have an A5 chip. That means if you own an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S you cannot jailbreak at this time. Please do not attempt to use this jailbreak on your device as it will not work and could cause serious problems. A jailbreak for your device is underway and hopefully we’ll see it soon. For now, those of you with older devices are good to go.
Current Untethered Version: iOS 5.0.1 For additional jailbreak options for older versions of iOS, please see the list at the bottom of this page. As this guide is updated, previous versions of the guide will be archived there as well.
Current Tethered Version: iOS 5.0.1 We do not recommend tethered jailbreaking, as it requires you to connect your iDevice to your computer to boot it every time. This is especially bad with new operating system releases, as they tend to freeze up a bit more. You probably don’t want your device freezing up and becoming unusable while you’re out and about, so you really should wait until an untethered jailbreak is available for iOS 5. That said, if you’re jailbreaking for development purposes or carry a laptop with you everywhere, this post will show you can do it.
How to Jailbreak: The Step by Step Process
The video above will show you how the whole process works, both on your computer and your iOS device. The video depicts the jailbreak process for iOS 4.3.1 but it is identical to the process for iOS 4.3.3 (and 4.3.2, for that matter). Here are the individual steps:
Before getting started, make sure you are running iOS 5.0.1, as this jailbreak will only work on iOS 5.0.1 and not 5.0.0. If you’re still running 5.0.0, update to 5.0.1. Also, be sure your iDevice does not run on an A5 chip. (This means iPad 2s and iPhone 4S’.) Any earlier device that can run iOS 5.0.1 should work just fine. (This means the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 GSM, iPhone 4 CDMA, iPad 1, iPod touch 3G, and iPod touch 4G.)
Turn off your iDevice, connect it to your computer, and open up the redsn0w application.
On the redsn0w application window you’ll see a Jailbreak button. Click it. You’ll be told you’ll need to put your iDevice into DFU mode and to click the Next button when ready. When you are ready, go ahead and click it.
Hold down the power button at the top of your iDevice for three (3) seconds. Next, continue holding down the power button but also hold down the home button for a total of 10 seconds. Finally, let go of the power button but continue holding down the home button for another 15 seconds, or until redsn0w changes screens and tells you it’s exploiting your device for the jailbreak.
Once redsn0w has finished doing its business, it’ll ask you what you want to do for this jailbreak. By default, only Cydia will be checked. Most of the other options are irrelevant, but you might want to check Enable multitouch gestures if you want additional multitouch gestures on your iPhone or iPod touch.
Wait a few minutes for the jailbreak to finish and for your iDevice to reboot. Once it has booted, you’ll see the Cydia icon on your home screen (although it may not be on the first page, so look around). Open it up and you’ll have access to a bunch of jailbreak hacks.
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One such device is the FbF mobileOne which connects with the iPod touch using a secure yet removable cradle or sleeve allowing the iPod to be docked or undocked rapidly and easily.
The mobileOne comes equipped with a FIPS 201/PIV compliant fingerprint sensor from AuthenTec. The built in fingerprint sensor provides a full 256 bit grayscale, 508 dpi image suitable for the most demanding 1:N identification challenges. Fingerprint capture, quality check and image transfer to the iPod takes approximately 700 milliseconds from the time a finger is placed on the sensor surface. A full set of ten PIV compliant fingerprint images can be collected within approximately 25 seconds for an experienced user. By using the built in multi-megapixel camera on the iPod Touch, in combination with the mobileOne’s fingerprint sensor, it is possible to capture all ten fingerprints plus a full set of 5 facial images (90, 45, 0, 45, 90) in less than 1 minute.
Fulcrum is already selling the mobileOne. You can purchase it here for $599. When asked why the device isn’t available to local law enforcement officials, Ken Nosker, president of Fulcrum Technologies, said the holdup is getting the device approved by state IT departments.
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