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Two bootrom exploits, two jailbreak solutions; only one can survive

Today was supposed to be the big day for GeenPois0n, an iOS 4.1 jailbreak tool based on the SHAtter exploit. However, Geohot dropped in to steal the show yesterday with the release of his own Limera1n tool.

The problem comes from the fact that Geohot's Limera1n tool uses a different bottom exploit than the one that was supposed to be released today based the work of the Chronic Dev Team and the iPhone Dev Team. Since Apple likely wouldn't release a new hardware revision for current generation devices to block the bootrom exploit, it would be useable until Apple releases its next generation iOS devices.

Instead of releasing two separate bootrom exploits in short succession, giving Apple the opportunity to kill both of them at once when the latest crop of iOS devices are released, the Chronic Dev Team has made the decision to delay its SHAtter-based exploit and instead release a new tool based on Geohot's implementation according to Redmond Pie.

The Chronic Dev Team states:

Thanks to the irresponsible antics of geohot, we will have to delay the release of greenpois0n (new ETA = as soon as possible), so that we have time to clean up his little mess and integrate the exploit he uses in limera1n into greenpois0n. This way, we can save SHAtter for future devices that may still be vulnerable to it.

We know that this is not what some people want to hear, but due to geohot needing to feed his ego (as usual) and revealing his limera1n exploit, we do not have any other responsible options.

The Chronic Dev Team seems especially peeved that Geohot's Limera1n is simply a beta release and has plenty of bugs in it, and that it was seemingly released a day before GreenPois0n just to steal the spotlight. In addition, Geohot's jailbreak only works on Windows-based machines -- for now.

But the good news is that a jailbreak solution for the iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G is now available, albeit in less than optimum form. If you want to take your chances and use Geohot's solution, you can grab it here (Windows-only). However, it may be a safer bet until GreenPois0n is updated to take advantage of Geohot's exploit.

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Moving on from the trivial
By Tony Swash on 10/11/2010 5:30:16 AM , Rating: 3
I know some people get jolly excited about jail breaking and all, but its pretty trivial stuff compared to the big picture, the giant technological revolution which is rapidly unfolding and which is the result of what we currently call smart phones.

Brian S Hall runs an amusing and though provoking blog called "the smartphone wars"

Its here:

Here is his most recent post which his "Smartphone top 10: predictions on how the smartphone will change you in the next 50 months" Meant to be provocative and somewhat amusing - although he is serious about the dramatic nature of the impact of smart phones - what do you guys think of his predictions?

The smartphone is changing everything, mostly through destruction but also, to a far lesser extent, by creation; creation of new businesses, new modes of content, new forms of learning, connecting, seeking, finding. Here's my top ten predictions for how the smartphone will change -- you -- over the next 50 months:

1: You will have a child. This child will never use anything made by Microsoft.

2: You, your friends and loved ones will have 'contests' over who is verifiably least knowledgeable about popular trends and celebrities

3: As many times as you use your smartphone to 'check-in' today, you will do the reverse in 50 months. Your smartphone will always auto-check you in, you will periodically set it to check-out of some place, location (or group).

4: You will spend more on content for your smartphone than you do on cable/satellite television. On the plus side, you will not pay for any content you do not want.

5: You will have at least one friend whose job seems to your 2010 self as a type of ongoing, continuously updated smartphone game.

6: 90% of the information we provide and/or access dailiy via our smartphones will touch Facebook.

7:The majority of your voice calls will be video calls.

8: You will periodically tease yourself into seeing how long you can go without checking your smartphone. In reality, this will prove fruitless and you'll devise more odd ways of keeping it out of sight, hearing and mind. Think of it like how you will try and ignore a big bowl of M&Ms placed next to you on your desk. How long can you go without having some? It will be like that.

9: You will utilize a variety of hyper-local business listings and similar data that is curated by prisoners.

10: You will drive a car that has a high-level of integration to your smarpthone and enables you to easily text, call, search and update while driving

Bonus: You will never again go inside a bank with one exception:

finalizing your parents' estate

RE: Moving on from the trivial
By Alexstarfire on 10/11/2010 10:40:02 PM , Rating: 2
1. Dumb
2. Dumb, and already done with some people
3. Makes no sense.
4. The only point that might turn out to be true. It's a little over 4 years from now and I don't know how 4G will change things during that time period.
5. I don't really understand. Could be, but probably not.
6. Doubtful.
7. I know that won't happen. Video calls have been around for years and is hardly ever used. That won't change. Hell, if anything the reverse seems to be true. We'd rather have less direct contact, which is why text messaging took off.
8. Could be, will depend on the person. I use my phone for several things around my house and while my phone isn't necessary for them, it's a big help.
9. Makes no sense either.
10. Very doubtful.

More amusing predictions than anything else. I think that's what he was going for though.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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