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Nov 11, 2012

Getting Closer to iOS 6.0.1 Untethered Jailbreak

Hacker Joshua Hill (@p0sixninja) has confirmed on Twitter that he’s discovered a BootROM exploit for A5, A5X, A6 and A6X processors, paving the way for an untethered jailbreak of Apple’s newest iPhone and iPad models.

The news comes via Appadvice which embeds tweets from a conversation between @p0sixninja and @l33tdawg that points to the discovery of a BootROM exploit for Apple’s A5, A5X, A6 and A6X processors. While there is still a lot of work to be done, the news is more than welcome in jailbreak circles. Apple’s latest iPhone and iPads use new processors that haven’t yet been exploited by jailbreak hackers, but work is underway to give users the necessary tools to open their devices to a wide range of third-party apps and tweaks. These tweaks are nowhere to be found in Apple’s App Store. A recent decision by the U.S. regulatory bodies this year extended the legality of iPhone jailbreaks.

However, jailbreaking an iPad has been deemed illegal in the United States, as the U.S. Copyright Office concluded that tablets should not fall in the same category. The Business Software Alliance (BSA), of which Apple is a member, told the U.S Copyright Office in July this year that “Jailbreaking enables the installation and execution of pirated -- i.e., unlicensed -- apps on a mobile device.” The BSA believes that “there is a direct link between piracy and the circumvention of TPMs [technological protection measures], -- jailbreaking is the precondition for making pirated apps valuable.” The group believes no iDevice should be jailbroken, regardless of the category it falls in.

However, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) argues that hacking can also lead to innovation. “There are many legitimate, non-infringing reasons why a user might choose to jailbreak or root a device,” said the EFF. The U.S. Copyright Office took note of the EFF’s plea and concluded that users should be allowed to hack their iPhones to extend their functionality. iPads, however, cannot be jailbroken legally, the Office said.

iPad mini jailbreak
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Nokia Lumia 920T (China’s Version of Nokia Lumia 920) Comes with Adreno 320 GPU

Lumia 920, Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 8 handset, will arrive on shelves in China as Lumia 920T, apparently with a series of enhancements over the international flavor of the device.

The phone is expected to hit shelves in the country with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor inside, with an Adreno 320 GPU attached to it, a nice enhancement over the original device, as China Mobile’s Online Store states in a recent tweet.

For those out of the loop, we should note that the Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone has been launched with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and with an Adreno 225 GPU. In China, the mobile phone will be capable of delivering up to three times the performance capabilities of the international version, which means a better experience for all those who will purchase it, as WMPoweruser notes.

Nokia Lumia 920
Image credits to Nokia

Guide: How to Disable Ads in uTorrent

A few months back, BitTorrent managed to get a lot of its users up in arms by announcing that uTorrent will start featuring ads. BitTorrent needs to make some money, but people were obviously annoyed at the idea of having ads inside their app.

The backlash got to BitTorrent who backed down and promised to make the ads optional. It seemed like a worthwhile compromise, but now that ads have actually made their way into the client, it seems that the option to remove them is a bit too complicated for most people. The ads, which promote various software, like Facebook Lite for Desktop - not an official app, are made to look somewhat like a regular torrent would.

But they are separated from the active torrents list and have a yellowish background, like Google's search ads, which should make them different enough for people to realize they're ads. Still, if you don't like them, there is a way to get rid of them. Go to Options > Preferences > Advanced and find "offers.left_rail_offer_enabled" and "offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled" Set them both value to "false" and you're done.

uTorrent 3.2.2 with ads enabled

Disable ads in uTorrent

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