iOS Advancements Have Jailbreaking to Thank

Like a recent article in Wired points out, you should thank the jailbreaking community if you like the new features in iOS 5. Jailbreakers have been advancing iOS at a far faster rate than Apple. Of course, it is win-win for Apple as they are then able to turn around and implement identical features that have long been available through 3rd party developers – it just doesn’t seem fair to users.

Many iPhone users are in the dark when it comes to jailbreaking. Apple has made it consistently more difficult to keep your phone jailbroken – locking users out of significant customization and advanced features. For those who are unaware: jailbreaking is awesome! Many of the new iOS features, including the newly implemented notifications, camera controls and even applications similar to iMessage, have long been available to those who have jailbroken their phones. I, for one, have been enjoying many of these features for over a year.jailbreak-iphone-ios-advancements copy This video outlines some of the features that jailbreakers have enjoyed long before iOS 5.

Of course, when Apple implements these features themselves they are usually more polished and more tightly integrated, but it doesn’t make up for the delay in availability. I’ll take a less polished implementation of a particular function if I am able to use it more than a year in advance.

Many people will argue that it is best for Apple to keep a tight lid on their system to keep things simple. I certainly understand this point of view but there are ways around it. Consider implementing an extension of the App Store that contains iOS customizations. That way, individual hacks can be evaluated by Apple and they can retain control of the system that they so desperately want. Currently, they have no control over those who jailbreak and they are essentially forcing users to do so by offering them no alternative.

I have two things to say in summary:

  1. Apple should be more open so that users do not have to go through the trouble of jailbreaking just to enjoy advanced functionality developed from 3rd parties.
  2. Jailbreak your phone! Give me a shout if you need help. It can be a bit of a process but it is easy to find someone (like myself) who knows how to do it but it is totally worth it! It is definitely one of those “you don’t know what you’ are missing until you have it” things.


No iPhone 5, but the iPhone 4S is Still Awesome!

iphone-4s-siriA lot of people are upset that after months of build-up, Apple failed to release an iPhone 5. I understand why some people would be disappointed but – the iPhone 4S is awesome!

Although I find certain things about the iPhone 4 annoying (like the lack of openness, in an open source world), it still remains the best phone on the market to this day. Well, until October 14th that is.

Yes, we all expected to have our imaginations shattered with Apple’s announcement the other day. The iPhone 4S is certainly an incremental improvement but a large incremental improvement at that. This is one powerful phone! The real question though, is if all those improvements did not warranty a “5”, then what will? I am truly excited for the next innovation that Apple will see worthy of the name “iPhone 5”. Who knows, by then it might be known as something else entirely.

What was particularly interesting in the pre-conference build-up was how sure many were of the iPhone 5 rumours. Some case manufacturers even went as far as to make cases for the non-existent iPhone 5, and some people are still buying them!

It is always a big gamble to try and predict what Apple will do next. Despite the “evidence” that travels around, the truth is that no one ever truly knows what they will do next . . .


Organize Your Social Media: HootSuite App


Update: Don’t use HootSuite – it’s bad for engagement!

If you are not already using HootSuite, you should be. This nifty little app allows you to simultaneously update multiple social networks at once. There are a number of programs and apps that allow you to do this, but what makes HootSuite special is that you are also able to schedule updates into the future.

Find a great article at 2am and want to share it with your friends? Schedule to post it the next day when they are actually awake! Manage social media as part of your job? Find some interesting articles and schedule them to post throughout the week auto-magically. Perfect!

The user interface is intuitive and easy to use and the iPhone app is absolutely gorgeous (pictured on the left). It is also completely free so you really have nothing to lose. HootSuite is a necessary addition to anyone’s social media arsenal – social media marketers, that means you.

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Marketing, Technology And Business Podcasts

marketing-technology-business-podcastFor a while now I have been doing the occasional podcast with a good friend of mine, Shum. This blog post will serve primarily as easy access to the variety of podcasts I have been a guest on.

If you are interested in marketing, technology or business, I highly recommend checking our Shum’s website and listen to a podcast or two. If you are like-minded, I am sure he would love to have you on his podcast and likewise, I am always looking for guest bloggers.

To give you more of a background on what you can expect some common themes that are discussed are: Google, Apple, changing technology, noteworthy IPOs and acquisitions, social media and social networks, marketing campaigns etc.

    1. “An Additional Network”
    2. “iRevolution”” (with Andrew Baskerville)
    3. “Transparency Rules”
    4. A Sunday Evening Trio
    5. Channel Surfing
    6. Plus One
    7. Fools in the Cloud
    8. Thoughts About Tablets
    9. UBB and the Shift of Power

Dragon Dictation: A Hilariously Awesome Dictation iPhone App


It is illegal to text while driving. Many people do it anyways. I, on the other hand, only text when I am at a complete stop. I just found out recently, though, that apparently that’s illegal too. So I turned to a dictation app (well, I’m still texting at red lights but trying to integrate it).

The app is called Dragon Dictation and it is amazing. It is VERY good and can recognize even fairly fast speech with accuracy. To truly test it out, I subjected it to Lose Yourself by Eminem. It didn’t stand up against rap . . .


Original verse

“tear this motha f*cking roof off like two dogs caged, I was playin’ in the beginning, the mood all changed, I been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage, but I kept rhymin’ and stepped, writin’ the next cipher, best believe somebody’s payin’ the pied piper’”

“Translated” verse

“tennis mother f*cking roof off like two dogs cage I was playing in the beginning the mood I’ll changed have been chewed up and spit out Booda stage picket ravenous step Brenda best of the somebody’s panda Pied Piper”

Awesome. You’ll notice that it actually took some of his slang and corrected it.

But seriously, it’s a great app and it’s FREE. Get it here.

Play around with it and post anything amusing you do with it.