Your phone wants to be free. Time to stage a jailbreak.
It’s been nearly three months since Apple released iOS 7 to the public, and—despite a 70% adoption rate amongst users—a jailbreak still isn’t available for Apple’s newest mobile operating system. Well, accessibility advocate Chris Maury and activist Elizabeth Stark just sweetened the pot a little bit.
Yesterday, Maury launched the Device Freedom Prize, a crowdfunded reward for the first developers to release an open source jailbreak for iOS 7.
“We strongly believe that users should have the freedom to control their devices,” the contest details explain. “We wanted an open source jailbreak for iOS 7, giving users the capability to install what they want on their own devices and the ability to audit the code they’re using to do so.”
Jailbreaking removes the limitations that Apple places on its operating system—and, by extension, on its users. Even though Apple frowns on the practice, jailbreaking is a popular hack. The most successful jailbreak package for iOS 6.1, evasi0n, was downloaded onto 7 million devices just four days after its release earlier this year.
For some users, a jailbreak is absolutely essential to get what they need from their iPhones, iPods, and iPads. As Maury points out, jailbreaking has been critical to ensuring that those with disabilities are able to use their mobile devices as easily as possible. Read the rest of this article »
When I was little, I had a grey teddy bear. At least, I thought he was grey. One day my mother washed my best bear friend while I wasn’t looking (sneaky grown-ups). And when I found him in my toy box, he had turned white.
I thought he was dead. I cried. I grieved. Between sobs I asked my mother, “What did you do to him?!” The world was ending.
Nothing my mother could say would make me believe that he actually started out white—that the layers of mottled grey had been added by years upon years of tree climbing, hide-and-seek, and bedtime stories. Apparently, my mother had quite the challenge even getting the bear away from me long enough to wash him in the first place. Fortunately, the scorn of a three year old is easily forgiven—but never forgotten. Read the rest of this article »
In a Reno warehouse, Patagonia team members sort through boxes of garments. Weather-beaten windbreakers, jackets with melted zippers, and ripped pants are placed in tidy piles: a kaleidoscope of crumpled colors and textures.
Since 2012, Patagonia’s repair department has mended 65,000 of these wounded warriors. Some of the repairs are simple—a missing button or a busted seam. Others are not. Every once in awhile, a customer sends in a pile of ripped fabric that used to be a jacket, says Delia Martinez, head of Patagonia’s repair department. It’s up the repair team to put the pieces back together again.
By the time a garment makes its way to Patagonia’s repair center, it has usually been on an amazing journey. The gear is, after all, designed to endure rugged environments—climbing up El Capitan, hiking into the Grand Canyon, rafting the Tatshenshini River. Your jacket becomes part of your memory, Delia explains, and people tend to want the exact same jacket back. It’s too precious to just throw away. Read the rest of this article »
Some things are funny. A busted seam at a wedding is not. Despite the glamour of wardrobe malfunctions, there is some serious Facebook blackmail to be held against you if you aren’t prepared.
Here at iFixit we are all about being prepared. We’ve got a thirsty bag for your aquaphilic phone, we’ve got the fix for your gaming death stare, and now we even have sewing supplies—including Tenacious Tape and the Sweater Stone—to keep the textiles in your life together.
So how can you repair your well-used and much loved clothing? Here’s our list of the top five sewing repairs you should know, or face the consequences.
1. Sew a button. It’s simple—just four holes. But many people don’t know how to sew a button. A missing button can lead to a disastrous peek-a-boo. Fortunately, this can all be taken care of with nothing more than a needle and thread. Read the rest of this article »
Hot on the coattails of yesterday’s Xbox One comes America’s favorite surveillance system — the second-generation Kinect! Good news, tin-hat wearers: the Kinect *does not* have any NSA-grade hardware inside.
Instead, we found tons of interesting IR/camera technology, including one “regular” camera, one IR camera, and three IR emitters. The overall internal design is less convoluted than the original, allowing folks to replace tidbits if needed — but not much can be replaced, and you’ll have to void your warranty to gain entry. Either way, the second-generation Kinect earned a respectable, if not stellar, 6 out of 10 repairability score.
Oh shoot! We got teardown all over our brand-new Xbox One! That’s definitely going to void our warranty—but then again, doesn’t everything? That’s right, we dragged our butts out of bed and over to New Zealand to bring you a breakfast-in-bed teardown of the Xbox One.
We dismantled Sony’s PS4 last week, so we were eager to see how the highly-anticipated Xbox One would stack up to the competition. The Xbox One’s design—with a giant, external power brick—is less elegant than the PS4. Still, part of the Xbox’s added girth goes towards housing a huge cooling assembly, a welcome addition after the infamous Red Ring of Death fiasco. Perhaps hedging their bets against the unthinkable, Microsoft also made both the fan and the heat sink easy to replace.
While the Xbox One doesn’t officially feature a replaceable hard drive, we did find a standard 2.5″ Samsung 500 GB, 5400 RPM hard drive lurking inside. If you don’t mind voiding your warranty, the hard drive is technically user-replaceable—but it remains to be seen whether or not a replacement drive will work with the Xbox. With high marks for modularity, the Xbox One managed to match the PS4’s repairability score, earning itself an 8/10.