Feb 28

Okay, iPhone is obviously a target for cloning, here is a list of iPhone wannabe that have pop-up here and there (China is definitely the King of copyright infringements, there is nothing that can’t be copied) :

CECT-p168
cect-p168-iphone-clone.jpg
http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/eew/blatant-iphone-clone-sucks-hard-283786.php


Pink iPhone Clone (Not even close!)iphone-pink.jpg
Click to watch video.


Meizu M8 (this is the nicer one)4260m8.jpg
http://en.meizu.com/userforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=1676


Hi-Phone (Even the box is cloned!)
Also known as D800i or 99% iphone clone, noticed there is only 3 rows of icons
52918.jpg
http://www.live25.co.uk/content/say-hello-hiphone


BTL M2801
m2801.jpg
http://www.iphoneworld.ca/news/2007/12/08/btl-m2801-iphone-clone-but-not-quite/


PI-Phone?deeda-piphone_1176454893.jpg
http://www.esato.com/news/article.php/id=1613


V2000 (not a phone)
v2000-real-player.jpg
http://www.pmptoday.com/2007/05/26/shearers-v2000-with-real-media-support/


Desay N8sku92394an1.jpg
http://thegadgetsite.blogspot.com/2007/10/desay-n8-pda-phone-is-iphone-clone.html


Awang A8+ (The shake phone! Same thing, another name)
awang-a8-iphone.jpg
http://www.iphoneworld.ca/news/2007/12/16/awang-a8-the-best-iphone-clone-so-far/

Watch the video and see how it shakes


MyPhone
There was a video commercial from a Chinese mobile company, which is totally hilarious, but Apple/YouTube took it down, but here is another copy of it :

The actors in the commercial are so fake…
Here is how much the HiPhone cost : 2380 Yen, that is about US$350, but they also include a led case, a 1 GB MicroSD, as well as 30,000 movies!! I guess these movies aren’t worth anything in China.


Here is where you can actually buy some of them, but let’s face it, the REAL iPhone rulez already, why the hell would anyone wants to save 1-200 bucks for fake ones that don’t necessary works the same. Don’t forget Apple will continue innovate, with the upcoming SDK, you will start to see a big pour out of new and exciting apps! Can’t wait…

If anyone find more clones, let me know, I will post them up here…

Feb 08

iPhone Unlock

iPhone user wannabe rejoice!

Software unlock for brand new 1.1.2 or 1.1.3 firmware iphones can now be unlocked.

Thanks to hard work from George Hotz, he found an exploit to do software unlock on latest iphones which was previously thought impossible.

Here is a clear step by step instructions from Pinky’s Brain blog : http://pinkysbrain.wordpress.com/2008/02/08/unlock-iphone-otb-112113-bootloader-46-step-by-step-tutorial/

Here are some more news about it :
http://apple20.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2008/02/08/how-to-unlock-a-113-iphone
http://www.engadget.com/2008/02/08/out-of-the-box-1-1-3-iphones-now-software-unlockable/

Hack away!!

Update

Even though Geohot is the king of hacks, Zibri’s ZiPhone that uses Geohot’s Gunlock bundles a whole bunch of stuff into a nice simple package is the most popular iphone jailbreak/unlock out there, check out his blog :
http://www.ziphone.org/
I have already seen a few 1.1.3 16gb unlock iphones around the company here.
I hope that Geohot and Zibri can just work together, stop the argument, have some fun and enjoy the ride….

Jan 23

Okay, this is definitely possible, and does not look too difficult, just a touch hairy when opening the case, I probably won’t have to worry about it at least a few years down the road.

Warning : Doing this is of course voids your iPhone warranty. But I guess who cares, since they don’t even sell them in Canada!

Here is the original blog : http://video.gearlive.com/video/article/q407-replace-iphone-battery-tutorial/

Dec 18

Been awhile I’ve wrote.

But yes, I finally got my iPhone for xmas. Bought it during Thanksgiving at an AT&T store in Troy near Detroit. It’s got the 1.1.1 firmware, didn’t realized at the time. But all newer 1.1.2 firmware is currently still not able to unlock. I tried to get another one for my friend a month later, and couldn’t find one with 1.1.1.

Phew!

Anyhow, did some research, found out the easiest way to unlock, that took me around 10mins, with no computer required, just WIFI! Dead simple…

I’m enjoying the phone alot, there were bunch of apps that I can install, but really hope when Apple release the SDK next February, there would be floods of new apps to play with.

If you are lucky to get the 1.1.1 iphone, here is the simple instructions similar to what I’ve used :
http://iphone.unlock.no/

Oct 29

Mark your calendar, December 7th, is the latest rumor for a possible Cdn$499 (3 yrs contract) iPhone launch!

iphone-coming-to-canada.png (PNG Image, 256x213 pixels)

» Check out the possible leaked Rogers Ad.

Oct 08

I’ve been waiting and waiting for a legit iPhone in Canada, but if rumors is true that it will come at a price tag of $799 with contract, then I will pass.

Unlocked iPhone is going around at $600 street price, with Canada and US$ at parity, this would be simply a case of gouging, I have enough of this crap, and would say see ya Rogers.

Although I will end up using Rogers network anyway for their monopoly in GSM. =(

I hope it is not true :
http://www.betanews.com/article/Report_iPhone_Coming_to_Canada_via_Rogers/1191600464

Sep 12

iPhone Ringtones
There was a lot of people ridiculing the idea of Apple’s new Ringtones service.

Their main point being having to pay twice for something you own. Well, those who have bought ringtones from anywhere else in the first place are idiots anyways.

BUT everyone have a right to buy whatever they wish, if I have a gazillion bucks, I wouldn’t care less what you call me, I’ll pay that extra. Why, because Apple did created the software to make it easy for me to edit and create my own personalized ringtone, it’s convenient.

I don’t see why people should complain. If someone is stupid enough to buy a ringtones in the first place off other ringtone websites, then decided to buy the songs, they still have to pay twice. Also if I couldn’t careless about a few bucks worth of ringtones (how many ringtones you gonna need anyways?), I would pay that just to get my personalized DIY ringtones which I couldn’t get from other ringtones services in the first place. It’s really your choice, and Apple is just giving you this better service/convenience to get what you want, so why complain when Apple is not really forcing you to buy?

Since you are not stupid, and you don’t want to pay that extra bucks, stop whinning and do it yourself here :
http://www.tuaw.com/2007/09/05/iphone-ringtones-on-the-cheap/

or here :
http://joemaller.com/2007/09/08/make-custom-iphone-ringtones-work-with-itunes-741/

Jul 07

I’m still waiting for iPhone to be available here, however, there are already tons of nice iPhone Wallpaper to pick from, and will continue to grow :

>> Check it out!

Here are a few nice samples…
iPhone Wall Paper Samples

Jun 29

iPhone is finally out, there were a few video (here and here) out already showing how it was used… so far it looks good.

But ThinkSecret right away wants to look at the inside, and took one apart.

Unfortunately, it’s no pretty job, and I doubt it will ever be able to put back together :O

dead iPhone

>> Check out the photos

Jun 21

Okay, China is a paradise for faked goods, fake everything. As small as a fake USB Key, as big as a fake Disneyland!

Of course, how can an iPhone escape? Introducing the new “tPhone” :

 

Jun 21

What’s a blog without any iPhone news? So here is one…

Right after Apple has added YouTube feature on AppleTV, iPhone will also have it’s own little YouTube application when they launch on June 29th. The only thing is that it will only play YouTube video that are re-encoded in h.264, which currently covers about 10,000 video and the rest by fall

According to MacRumors, Apple has special h.264 decoder chip, which helps on battery life, the same reason why they avoided Flash Video which requires more processing power/battery.

Here  is a demo on how YouTube is being used on an iPhone.

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