Jailbreak

DMCA updated: Jailbreaking, unlocking and fair-use DRM bypassing are allowed

DMCA updated: Jailbreaking, unlocking and fair-use DRM bypassing are allowed

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has been seen as a double-edged sword by many, offering small content producers a legitimate way to defend themselves against copyright theft, but also throwing into doubt things like fair-use excerpts, jailbreaking of devices like Apple's iPhone, and unlocking handsets.  Now, in a new set of exemptions pushed for by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the legal rights of those looking to do those things have been made clearer and - dare we say - more palatable.  That includes the proviso that jailbreaking a device to run an app that has been made incompatible by the handset manufacturer is fair use, as is bypassing copy protection on media (such as DVDs) to excerpt sections for derivative fair use works.

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iPhone 4 jailbreak demo by Geohot won’t see release

iPhone 4 jailbreak demo by Geohot won’t see release

iPhone (and PS3) hacker Geohot has been showing off his freshly jailbroken iPhone 4, but he also apparently has no plans on releasing it.  So far the bulk of the jailbreak work has been done by the iPhone Dev Team; Geohot - or George Hotz as he goes in real life - says his reasoning for not releasing the jailbreak isn't technical but motivational, since he believes users will then simply move on to demanding the next step in the unlock chain.

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Apple to patch iPhone 4 Jailbreak hole in new iOS 4.0.1 update?

Apple to patch iPhone 4 Jailbreak hole in new iOS 4.0.1 update?

According to multiple sources at Apple retail, the company has decided to hold off on releasing their next iOS4 firmware update so as to use it to patch the hole used in the promised jailbreak hack.  Two employees from an Apple Store in Lakeside, UK, have apparently confirmed to Redmond Pie that the iOS 4.0.1 (or 4.1) update will be toward the end of Apple's tipped "next few weeks" release window.

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iPhone 4 jailbreak and unlock coming soon

iPhone 4 jailbreak and unlock coming soon

An all-devices jailbreak that will liberate the iPhone 4 from its Apple lock and permit the installation of unofficial third-party software - among other things - has been promised as imminent by one of the iPhone Dev Team, who has confirmed that the group's next release will address the fourth-generation smartphone.  MuscleNerd revealed that the next jailbreak app will work in a similar way to Spirit, addressing all devices, all bootroms and the latest official Apple firmware, with a "painless install".

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PwnageTool 4.01 jailbreaks iOS4 iPhone 3GS, 3G & iPod touch 2G, ready for unlocking

PwnageTool 4.01 jailbreaks iOS4 iPhone 3GS, 3G & iPod touch 2G, ready for unlocking

Having pushed out an iOS4 redsn0w updated yesterday for the iPhone 3G, the iPhone Dev Team are back today with a new version of their PwnageTool 4.01 for the iPhone 3GS, 3G and second-gen iPod touch.  The new software works with the new iOS4 releases Apple pushed out earlier in the week, together with an updated version of the ultrasn0w baseband unlocking tool that severs the carrier lock.

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iOS4 leaks to iPhone 3GS & 3G owners; hack enables 3G multitasking

iOS4 leaks to iPhone 3GS & 3G owners; hack enables 3G multitasking

Keen to get iOS4 on your iPhone before Apple officially release it on June 21st?  Turns out, with the iOS4 Golden Master (GM) release in the wild - which Apple pushed out to developers after Monday's WWDC keynote - those of us with iPhone 3G or 3GS handsets can now take advantage of the new functionality, and thanks to a little hacking you can also jailbreak an iOS4-running iPhone 3G and enable the custom wallpapers and multitasking Apple don't want you to have.

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Wi-Fi Sync getting 3G and VPN support; temporarily half price

Wi-Fi Sync getting 3G and VPN support; temporarily half price

Last we heard of Wi-Fi Sync, the app which allows you to wireless synchronize your Apple device with iTunes, it had been updated for Windows and the iPad; now developer Greg Hughes is adding 3G and VPN support.  The app - only available in the Cydia store for jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, since Apple refused it entry into the official App Store - is also on sale, at $4.99.

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