Backing up jailbreak data has always been an issue for those of us who have jailbroken iPhones, iPod touches, or iPads. Luckily there are a few ways to backup this data and have it easily restored the next time you have to re-jailbreak your device.
AptBackup [FREE] – This app is extremely simple and minimal. You tap a button that says “Backup” your data is automatically stored in a list. When you want to restore that data you tap the “Restore” button and it will re-download all of the jailbroken packages that you had before. The problem with this app, however, is that you must restore from a backup which means you won’t be able to have a fresh, clean, new iOS version. You’ll always have your left over junk data which bogs down your device. I have had issues with this app in the past not re-installing jailbreak data which is one of the reasons I no longer use it.
xBackup [$1.50] – This app is very similar to AptBackup in that it is very simple and minimal. The difference, though, is that xBackup will backup your data list to their servers so that you can do a clean restore on your device and start fresh.
PKGBackup [$9.99] – PKGBackup is my personal favorite as it provides many unique and useful features. The price is relatively high for a jailbreak app but given it’s usefulness it is well worth it. You can send your backups to Dropbox or any other cloud storage and you can schedule backups. Many other features are present and are shown in the video.
All three of these apps are available on default repositories so there is no need to add any sources.
Question: Have you used any of these apps before. If you have, which one, and if not, which one will you be trying?
Revo Uninstaller, developed by VS Revo Group, is a tool that allows you to completely uninstall a program from Windows. Often when uninstalling programs through the typical uninstaller, many registry files and directories are left behind. Over time these left over and useless files bog down your computer. By using a tool like Revo Uninstaller, it will uninstall the program like normal and then scan the computer for any additional files that were not removed. It allows you to select which files to keep and which to delete.
You can purchase the full version of Revo Uninstaller but I recommend just downloading the free version. It will still scan for leftovers after the standard uninstall, it includes eight additional cleaning tools, and free tech support is also included. There’s some nice features that come packed with the Pro version but nothing that I feel is worth the $20 – $40 price tag.
You can download Revo Uninstaller by clicking HERE.
Apple has just announced who downloaded the 10 billionth iPhone application and what it was. They stated:
With more than 160 million iPhones, iPod Touch, and iPad users worldwide. The 10 billionth app downloaded, Paper Glider, was purchased by Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, UK. As the winner of the App Store Countdown to 10 Billion Apps, Gail Davis will receive a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card.
It’s amazing that after only a little more than 2 years, Apple has already sold 10 billion iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad applications. Congratulations to Gail Davis most likely won’t need to buy anything from iTunes again.
Airplay is most likely the most exciting iOS feature since multitasking. It has huge potential, and we’re still waiting to see what Apple will do with it, they already leaked a couple of details this week that will lead you to think good about it.
Apple told Fox News during a review of Apple TV that, they will open the feature to developers. They will definitely let apps stream audio and video over the air, which is awesome. Will Apple take it even further and allow apps to stream to an external monitor of sorts? We don’t know right now, but it sure is interesting.
Big apps like Hulu or Netflix restricting the use of the feature can’t be underestimated. This is uncharted territory when it comes to licensing deals, so it might not even be up to the developers.
So what do you think Apple will do? Let us know in the comments below.
To make this short and sweet, iH8sn0w, maker of the extremely popular jailbreak too, Sn0wbreeze, has announced a release date for Sn0wbreeze 2.0. It will be released Wednesday September 23, 2010. Here’s the devices it will jailbreak:
- iPhone 2G — Works out the box
- iPhone 3G — Works out the box
- iPhone 3GS (old bootrom) — Requires you to be already jailbroken. (If you are the old bootrom on Spirit or Jailbreakme use Spirit2Pwn on http://repo.woowiz.net)
- iPhone 3GS (new bootrom) — Requires you to be on 3.1.2
- iPhone 4 (When exploit is released)
- iPod Touch 1G — Works out the box
- iPod Touch 2G (MB) — Works Out the Box
- iPod Touch 2G (MC) — Requires you to be on 3.1.2
- iPod Touch 3G — Requires you to be on 3.1.2
- iPod Touch 4 — (When exploit is released)
- iPad — (When exploit is released)
This new version is said to jailbreak iOS 3.1.x, 4.0, 4.0.1, and 4.1.
A new version of iReb is also said to be released. iREB is a tool for Windows and Mac that will bypass any errors while restoring to a custom IPSW in iTunes.
A jailbreak tutorial will be posted here as well as on our YouTube channel on Wednesday showing how to perform the jailbreak. We will also upload a video demonstrating how to jailbreak the iPod touch 4 & iPhone 4 when the exploits are released. Follow @TechGeec to stay up-to-date and if you have any questions, leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
Due to the work of Haklabs back in July of 2008 (when they successfully cracked Sega’s Super Monkeyball), cracked apps have been popping up everywhere from online file sharing sites, to sites that are designed for people to download cracked apps, and mainly, Appulo.us, by far the largest website which offers the ability to download thousands of cracked apps from your computer or from a native application on your iPhone/iPod Touch. We know that cracked apps have become incredibly popular but hardly any of us actually stop and think how it’s affecting the developers… in a big way. Apple doesn’t seem to care so much to these numbers however.
Quote (via The Big Money)
The financial blog 24/7 Wall Street had a detailed post calculating the amount that Apple (AAPL) and developers of paid apps are losing when copies of their wares are downloaded to jailbroken, or unlocked, iPhones. On some pirate hubs, you can download nearly 1,000 iPhone apps in a single click. Their conclusion? For every paid app downloaded in the App Store, three are distributed for free through means that Apple hasn’t authorized. Why isn’t Apple protesting? For one thing, $140 million is less than 2 percent of the $7.8 billion revenue Apple is expected to see this fiscal year. 24/7 also notes that Apple didn’t make a huge fuss over music piracy either, given that it was making more revenue from iPods and iPhones, including those that were playing pirated songs.
This problem seems unlikely to cease unless Apple gets involved and if they don’t, the developers likely will. Other sources report that Apple has lost upwards of $140 million from pirated apps which is believably significant considering Apple has only made five times that off of the AppStore.
As for the losses that the developers are facing – it’s around $310 million.
Developers Neptune Interactive Inc and Smells Like Donkey Inc have reported piracy rates has high as 90% for their game $1.99 Tap-Fu, and claim that it was available in a pirated version within 40 minutes of its release on the App Store.