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iOS 6.1 jailbreak arriving Sunday, here’s how to prepare

iOS 6.1 jailbreak arriving Sunday, here’s how to prepare

An official iOS 6.1 untethered jailbreak is just around the corner. Come Super Bowl Sunday, iOS users will once again be able to jailbreak the latest firmware in order to open up a world of customization on their iOS devices. However, we haven’t seen an untethered jailbreak since Apple released iOS 5.1.1 back in May 2012, so it’s definitely been awhile since avid jailbreakers have had anything to do. With that said, we’ve decided to refresh your brain and help get you on the right track towards a successful jailbreak before it officially releases on Sunday. Here are a few things you should do before you dive in.

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SlashGear 101: What is Vine, and what does it do?

SlashGear 101: What is Vine, and what does it do?

Right this very moment you're probably seeing a few Vine videos popping up on your Twitter feed wondering what on earth these tiny videos are taking hold when previous (rather similar) apps and services have done it so many different ways before. There are several reasons why this service is catching the public's taps at a furious rate, the first of them being the fact that Twitter acquired the company and decided to tell their entire userbase to go ahead and make Vine videos as much as possible, right away! The second is the iTunes App Store choosing Vine as an Editor's Choice download just yesterday.

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SlashGear 101: What is Facebook Graph Search?

SlashGear 101: What is Facebook Graph Search?

The system known as Graph Search is Facebook's way of allowing you to search through the massive amount of connections that exist between you and your friends. This search system is in Beta mode when the article you're reading now is being published, but it'll be in full swing by the Spring or Summer of 2013. This release is a relatively important addition to the Facebook ecosystem because before now, only the titles of people, places, and things could be searched - and photos were all but buried hopelessly under piles of galleries with no search connections at all.

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SlashGear 101: What is Nintendo TVii?

SlashGear 101: What is Nintendo TVii?

As the Nintendo Wii U gets wrapped up for presents for the holidays and is getting pumped up in hardcore fun-loving gamer abodes across the planet here at the end of 2012, so too is one of the most value-added features ready to create an impact with its television-enhancing abilities. What we're having a look at today is the Nintendo TVii, a software experience inside your Wii U that works with both the main screen on your television and the miniature touch-friendly display on your Wii U GamePad. With Nintendo TVii you'll be taking control of your television and interacting with a collection of media in ways you've never before experienced.

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SlashGear 101: Does Instagram own my photos?

SlashGear 101: Does Instagram own my photos?

The short answer is no, Instagram doesn't own anything of yours (at the moment) - but once January 16th, 2013 rolls around, there's a few more words attached to that simple assurance. What we're talking about today is the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy updates to Instagram laid down this week that'll be taking effect on the 16th of January, 2013, many of them put in place to better tie them up with Facebook as their new owner. What many have found right out of the box is a few key phrases that appear very much to have Instagram taking control of the entirety of your library of photos hosted with them - we're going to talk briefly here about what their jargon actually has to say.

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Why NASA wants the next Moon landing to crash (but not burn)

Why NASA wants the next Moon landing to crash (but not burn)

Tonight NASA will be pushing twin lunar-orbiting spacecraft down towards our moon in order to crash them out with one final mission after nearly a full Earth-year's work. This final mission will have Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission probes "Ebb" and "Flow" rammed purposefully into an unnamed moon mountain using up the remaining fuel reserves on both units. This final mission will help NASA engineers validate models outlining fuel consumption so as to improve future mission fuel needs.

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How does Android 4.2 Jelly Bean wireless display mirroring work?

How does Android 4.2 Jelly Bean wireless display mirroring work?

If you're like me, the first time you heard of wireless display mirroring, your first question was - how? With Google's new Android 4.2 Jelly Bean+ operating system update, wireless mirroring is included in the code - but how does that work without the hardware to back it up? As it turns out, this whole situation has to do with Miracast wireless display sharing - an industry standard that allows your device to connect to larger device's displays using your wi-fi network as a middle-man.

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SlashGear 101: How will I pay for Starbucks with my iPhone in the near future?

SlashGear 101: How will I pay for Starbucks with my iPhone in the near future?

This week eBay board member and CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz spearheaded an investment by the coffee giant in the mobile payment company Square. This is not the same acquisition-type situation that occurred back in 2002 when eBay picked up PayPal, but it could end up having many of the same giant results as that deal did. Speaking with Wired on the subject of this business tie, Schultz noted that after seeing a presentation about Square earlier this year, "it was very obvious to me that this was a game-changer."

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SlashGear 101: NASA’s Curiosity Mars Landing Start to Finish

SlashGear 101: NASA’s Curiosity Mars Landing Start to Finish

In order for you to be prepared for the NASA Curiosity rover mission to Mars that's going to touch down - if all goes according to plan - on August 5th, we've put this simple guide together for you! What you'll find here is a step-by-step showing of how the landing will occur as well as a round-up of some interesting promotions and videos NASA has worked up to make sure the whole world knows about the landing. The NASA Curiosity rover Mars landing livestream video will be popping up tomorrow in the evening - get knowledgeable right now!

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