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Follow Up: Verizon makes good on our FiOS privacy woes

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A little under two weeks ago, we made a long-standing issue that we had with public. The fact that they had ignored our request to fix a huge oversight that resulted in our private FiOS account info to fall into the wrong hands for over 8 months was starting to upset us just a tad. We knew that if we shared it with you, our readers, that Verizon would have no choice but to respond quickly. At least, that was the hope.

Well, sure enough, after the story was picked up on The Consumerist as well as made it to the front page of Digg, we received a phone call. Then an email. Then another phone call. Then a couple more emails. Verizon Damage Control had stepped in.

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Bleeding Edge TV 254: Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies - Amazing

While not the fuel cell battery replacement for gadgets we keep hearing about Horizon is promising some very cool technology nonetheless: portable, enviromentally friendly power on demand - just add water! Their portable generator technology is aimed at disaster relief, outdoor, and developing countries. The totally recyclable cartridges have an infinate shelf life until activated, and can be activated by adding plain old water - no filtration neccesary. Check out the video for more details on this cool new tech.


Early access into FlyTunes iPhone music service

FlyTunes Beta

If you want to get in to the new FlyTunes iPhone and iPod touch music service, we’ve got the good for you. While FlyTunes is currently a closed service, you can get in using our special invite URL. Be sure you click on the following link while using an iPhone or iPod touch, otherwise it won’t work:

FlyTunes beta sign-up

For more details on what FlyTunes actually is, here you go:

FlyTunes offers you a music experience that’s better than satellite radio, offering access to thousands of high quality music channels that you can personalize and enjoy on your iPhone any time, anywhere you go, without limitations, and without fees.

FlyTunes for iPhone/Touch is available now. As we scale up our systems to meet the tremendous demand, we will be sending your invitation to rock on with Flytunes.

Be sure to check out the FlyTunes demo we’ve embedded, after the break.

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Bleeding Edge TV 246: iPhone 1.1.3 Jailbreak with iBrickr on Windows video tutorial

We gave you the details on how to jailbreak your 1.1.3 iPhone on OS X, but don’t think we forgot about people running the trusty Windows OS.

Luckily, we have a special edition of , which will allow you to jailbreak your iPhone very easily, all you need is a little patience. In case you missed it, check out our iPhone 1.1.3 video tour.

By the way, if you are looking for an excellent program to create custom ringtones for your iPhone, check out iPhone RingToneMaker.


Bleeding Edge TV 245: iPhone 1.1.3 Jailbreak OS X video tutorial

Now that we know that the iPhone 1.1.3 jailbreak method has been released, we figured it would be good of us to give you a video tutorial showing you how to get it done. After all, you all enjoyed our old-school 1.1.1 jailbreak video, right?

In this video, we provide step-by-step instructions that will help anyone upgrade their iPhone to a jailbreaked version of the 1.1.3 firmware. This should keep you tided over until that pesky SDK is released, right?

By the way, if you are looking for an excellent program to create custom ringtones for your iPhone, check out iPhone RingToneMaker, who sponsored this episode.


Bleeding Edge TV 244: A look at Drobo Storage Robot

One of this year’s hottest topics is storage.  It seems like we’re about two steps away from getting flash drives as prizes in cereal boxes.  With the release of OSX and its Time Machine app, backing up computers has become easier than ever.  Enter Data Robotics’ Drobo storage robot.

As easy to use as a flash drive, the Drobo has four slots to accommodate 3.5” SATA I or II hard drives, and automatically makes redundant copies of data in order to protect from single drive failure.  Drobo uses 2.0 to make backing up quickly, and is fully operable with OSX and Windows 2000 and up.

Retailing at $499, Drobo comes with everything you need to get started except the hard drives.  It’s available now from online retailers.


Our Verizon FiOS customer service nightmare: Why won’t they protect my private customer information?

Verizon FiOS Privacy issues

Seeing as we’ve been experiencing a ton of customer service issues with our service for the past 8 months, we figured it was time to put out a warning to you guys. After all, we typically hear that the FiOS Internet service is remarkably amazing, and people have been dumping cable in droves when FiOS becomes available in their area. Hey, there is good reason to. Where we are at, right outside Seattle, our choices are slow DSL, Comcast at 8.0 down and 768k up, or FiOS with a max speed of 30.0 down and 15.0 up (which is the plan we are on.)

Now let’s be clear here, we love the FiOS service. It works fantastically, it has never gone down in the 8 months we’ve been using it, and it’s, well, fast.

So what is the problem? To put it bluntly, Verizon has shown that they don’t care - at all - about protecting their users private, confidential information. Now, why would we make a statement like that? Check it.

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iPhone 1.1.3 Jailbreak app for OS X now available

iPhone 1.1.3 jailbreak OS X

Here’s a quick update for you owners running OS X who want to get in on the 1.1.3 jailbreaking fun. We told you that Nate was working on a solution for Mac users, and he just published it. It isn’t as pretty as is on the Windows side of things, but it works. Click below to download the DMG file, which will launch Terminal. Follow the instructions in the Terminal window, and you are good to go.

We will have video tutorials available soon over at Bleeding Edge TV. For more info on the OS X download, hit the 1.1.3 jailbreak page.

UPDATE: Here is a video tutorial showing you how to jailbreak your 1.1.3 iPhone on OS X!

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iPhone 1.1.3 Jailbreak coming today

iPhone 1.1.3 jailbreak

Alright guys, we know you’ve been waiting for the official jailbreak method ever since the firmware went live last week. Fret no more, as that day has finally come. While it isn’t released just yet, we can confirm that the iPhone 1.1.3 jailbreak method will be available later today. In fact, it may be out in as little as an hour or two. As you can see in our image above, we have our web clips and Installer.app running on our 1.1.3 . Even better, if you are uncomfortable with all the command line typing that it takes to jailbreak your phone, you will be happy to know that a new Special Edition version of will be available later today as well, and it will be fully capable of jailbreaking your iPhone running the 1.1.3 firmware.

EDIT: Oh yeah, for all you iPhone owners running OS X rather than Windows, a version of iBrickr for OS X is definitely in the works!

EDIT #2: Here are the goods. The iPhone 1.1.3 Jailbreak software for Windows and for OS X.


CES 2008 Video: Bug Labs on the Bug Base and Bug Platform

Think Lego Mindstorms meets Radio Shack. has been working on their Bug Base—a fully modifiable, open-source gadget building block system. The base itself includes specs similar to “a three-year-old laptop” but includes and Ethernet, USB and more. Once you have the base, you can add additional “modules,” including LCD displays, , cameras, motion sensors and tons more. Each of the modules will require you to program them using a software package similar to VisualStudio in appearance, but everything is open source. Bug Labs has about 80 different sensors on the roadmap right now and they’re constantly interfacing with the community to come up with new ideas.

The concept has a lot of promise and some great tinkering cred. For the first 60 days, they’re offering an early-adopter special with the base costing just $299 (down from $349) and modules ranging from $49-$119. Pre-orders began on January 21st and will ship by March.

Take a look at our video to see us get our hands on the base and its modules and to talk to Jeremy from Bug Labs about what’s coming down the road and what’s in store for Bug Labs.


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