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How to jailbreak the Apple TV 

Well the Dev-Team has done it again…
Introducing the newest PwnageTool which now includes the exploit to jailbreak the Apple TV and iPad. Though there is not a handy user interface to deal with the Apple TV, you can still SSH into it via the command line and access the file system. Heres a quick how to guide.

1. Unplug your AppleTV from your TV and plug it into your Mac with a MICRO-USB cable (no power cable necessary), then launch PwnageTool 4.1.

2. In Pwnagetool click the iPad/AppleTV 2G image and click the blue arrow.

3. Pwnagetool should automatically detect the AppleTV 4.1 firmware you downloaded before this guide. Select the firmware and click the blue arrow, if the firmware package doesn't show up then just switch to expert mode and manually find it.

4. Click the blue arrow to start making the custom package. You may be asked for your password, go ahead and type that in and hit enter.

5. Once the firmware is done building now its time to put your AppleTV into DFU mode, PwnageTool will prompt you on what to do. Take your AppleTV remote, point it at your AppleTV and hold the “menu” and “Play/Pause” button on your remote for 7 seconds and then release.

6. In iTunes hold the option key on your Mac while clicking the “Restore” button on the AppleTV tab. Now you navigate to your desktop and select the custom firmware, it should be called “AppleTV2,1_4.1_8M89_Custom_Restore.ipsw”.

8. Voila! You are now the proud owner of a jail broken Apple TV!
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OSX 10.7 announced 

Apple has announced that its new operating system (10.7) will be called Lion, keeping with the big cat theme. One of the more interesting concepts for the new OS is the idea of "all the best features found in iOS, integrated into OSX". Some of the new features include a Mac app store, which, like the iOS app store, allows you to browse apps directly from the operating system and download them to your computer. Also included are full screen apps and a nifty little addition called Mission Control which allows you to have a unified view of full screen apps, expose, solaces, and dashboard. Look for Lion to be released sometime this summer.

picture of "mission control" below

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Apple drops Flash support 

Apple silently announced that they are considering dropping Java altogether. Though the new update for 10.6.3 contains a update to Java, it is depreciated, which means Apple may be getting ready to completely remove the development from Mac OS and iOS. A statement released from Apple stated that, "As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the version of Java that is ported by Apple, and that ships with Mac OS X, is depreciated," Apple said. "This means that the Apple-produced runtime will not be maintained at the same level, and may be removed from future versions of Mac OS X." As we know, Apple also has some problems with Adobe right now, and this will only aggrivate further issues between them.

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New MacBook Air announced 

It was announced by Apple at the back to the Mac event, that there was a new MacBook Air in the works. The new portable runs on flash memory which allows the Air to keep its streamlined shape and still have a decent storage capacity (64G to 256G) though still no firewire support or internal disc drive. The baseline price for the new Air is $999.00 which is definitely a price drop considering just a few years ago the white MacBooks were going for the same, but it still feels a bit gimmicky. After the initial oohs and ahhs about the design, most people will realize that this is a machine for a small but gradually widening niche, though it is certainly worth taking a closer look at.

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Verizon iPhone!? 

The Wall Street Journal has recently quoted an unnamed source saying that Apple's hardware manufacturers are working on a CDMA version of the iPhone. Verizon is the only network that uses CDMA so it would naturally point to the fact that the rumors we have been hearing about for the past two years are now coming true. The sources also said that the new iPhones would begin production late September and possibly be released on the traditional date between late January and February. Another interesting thing to note is that AT&T recently raised its early termination fee from $175 to $325, which could be a way of setting heavy penalties against potential migrators to the Verizon network. Not a single one of these things is a smoking gun, however they definitely point to the possibility of seeing a CDMA iPhone launched later this year.
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