George Hotz decided to spend some time this summer unlocking an iPhone, so that he use it on his own network, T-Mobile. Partially inspired because his friend had just gotten one, the change of service fee, and the $20.00 monthly fee from AT&T for using an iPhone, he soldered two wires together and replaced the SIM card, although we are sure that the project is more complicated than he makes it sound in this CNBC video. It took about 500 hours to complete with the aid of four others online.
Being the kind fellow that he is, rather than selling his idea, he has posted it for free on his website, just in case you want to give it a try. Although he planned on selling one hacked iPhone on eBay, complications arose so he traded it for a Nissan 350Z and three 8GB iPhones. George left this weekend to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology where he will major in neuroscience or what he calls “hacking the brain.”
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The universal Solio can handle all your charging needs either by sun or wall plug. Use it on your MP3 player, digital cam, handheld game, cell phone, GPS, or Bluetooth headset. In an emergency, one hour of sun will provide about 25 minutes of talk time on your mobile phone or up to an hour of iPod tunes, and when it is fully charged it can handle a full charge on most phones and nanos. It comes with interchangeable power tips and offers extras for $10.00 each, while the device itself will set you back $99.95. You receive $10.00 off if you order it in pukey pink, proving once again that even girly girls don’t really prefer gadgets in that shade.
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Ever since the tragedy at Virginia Tech 5 months ago, many colleges and students have been purchasing devices to ensure their safety. The Rave Guardian has a “safe walk” feature that lets students set a timer when they want to be watched while crossing a dark campus. It also features the means of allowing administrators to contact students in an emergency.
Napco Security offers a Gem-WP Panic Button that can be placed on a key chain or pendant. The system features radio waves to find student locations. Other colleges and universities now have installed systems such as Send Word Now, so that students can receive instructions in case of an emergency.
Many of the institutions require scholars to purchase equipment after enrollment. It makes us sad that it took an extreme incident to make the schools sit up and take notice, but happier knowing that our kids are safer when going to and from classes.
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During the Leipzig Games Convention this week in Germany, Sony announced that they will be releasing a satellite navigational accessory for its PSP. Users will also be able to transfer recorded programs onto the game system. David Reeves, in charge of Sony’s European games unit, said the GPS will carry a price of between €100 and €150 (~$135.00 to $200.00).
The company also said an accessory for its PlayStation 3 that will allow it to record digital video will be available as well. Don’t get too excited about the changes. Although we have created our own mock-up, the real thing won’t be available until early 2008 in selected European markets.
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With so many new accessories for the iPhone we can barely keep up these days, but this one about matches Mad TV’s iRack in usefulness. The Shuffle is simply one little button. Push it and it literally rearranges all your contacts, then calls one at random. Hold it down for 3 seconds and it will automatically dial another number for a three-way teleconference. There’s more, but we don’t want to spoil the other neat tricks that the Shuffle can perform with little or no effort.
We had you going there for a minute, didn’t we?
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Last week we told you about LG’s new inexpensive Aloha cell phone, this week we see that they have an iPhone clone in the works. Landing in the UK before traveling on to other parts of the planet, the U990 (KU990 in London) has high-speed 3G HSDPA connectivity, a 3-inch, 400 x 240 pixel, 262k display touchscreen, a 5 megapixel cam with digital zoom and video recording, stereo Bluetooth capability, and 170 MB of internal, expandable memory. It also allows video and audio downloading and streaming, Internet access, and video calling. No mention of price yet, the U990 is expected to be released this October.
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Logic3 has come up with what they claim to be the iPhone’s first speaker system. In black gloss with silver trim, the i-Station Traveller measures 170 mm across, has a 4 watt output, and 35 mm neodymium drivers. It works with your phone vertically and horizontally, and comes with adapter and four AAA batteries. The speakers will be available for £29.99 (~$59.40) through retailers or Logic3’s online store. Because the i-Station is compatible with other media players through its 3.5 mm jack, it begs the question, which came first, the iPhone or the i-Station?
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These ultra-slim Micro SD/Flash Card USB 2.0 readers hook right up to your notebook, cell phone, digital cam, PDA or MP3 player and read and write your files at a full 480 MPS rate. With simple plug and play, it supports Windows 98/200/ME/XP at a size of 28 x 15 x 2 mm and a weight of only 3 grams. With a price of only $11.50 at Brando, it makes the copper coin attached a bonus, and maybe good luck next time you play the lottery.
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Advantek Networks has a new portable Bluetooth ABT-SPK-A8 speaker that will stream sound from MP3 players, CD/DVD players, and handheld gaming devices for up to 10 hours of play on its rechargeable battery. With its built-in mic, it provides hands free conversation through VOiP via Skype, MSN IM, or Yahoo Messenger with DSP noise cancellation technology so that you can hear clearly over that rush hour road rage. The device will automatically cut off when a call comes in and will auto-return to the music after it ends. If you want to take it with you during a long commute, it comes with a sun visor clip and a flip-out leg stand. You can find the speaker at Ayagroup for $89.95 and other online retail outlets.
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If you still have your eye on one of the larger iPods but cannot afford the lofty price, Audible is giving a $100.00 coupon for anyone who signs up with their Listener Gold or Platinum subscription service starting at $14.95 a month. You can use it to discount any AudibleReady gadget on their sister site Amazon. Included in the deal are selected PMPs, PDAs, GPS systems, and SmartPhones. Audible offers over 23,000 audiobooks, newspapers, magazines, radio, and original programs for download. The promotion is available until September 30.
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