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 »
Our society is really good at building stuff. We’ve proven that we can build just about anything and everything—from large structures to small devices to entire communities. But why stop there? What happens when we challenge ourselves to build something even greater? What if we tried to build a whole new world? Literally.
Sustainia is an innovation platform in Copenhagen that celebrates today’s top visionaries. These are people who are chipping away at the world’s biggest problems using tangible solutions—all in the pursuit of a sustainable future.
Want to travel without harming the planet? Want to know how to salvage the mass amounts of food thrown away every year? Want to sport fashion that is ethically sound for the workers producing it? These are the tricky, uncomfortable, fear-inducing questions of our generation—but Sustainia is finding and celebrating the folks with the best answers to date.
iFixit recently partnered with Core77 and Autodesk to sponsor the second Design for (Your) Product Lifetime contest. And the winners are in!
The design content challenged student participants to throw their mental muscle behind a topic that is near and dear to our heart. iFixit’s mission is to help build a society that has a sustainable relationship with the things we make. Repairing products is part of that equation, but repair is only possible if the products we buy are conscientiously designed.
So iFixit, Core77, and Autodesk reached out to the next generation of hardware designers and asked them what a brighter future of product design might hold. Their challenge: Design a smart product that is durable, repairable, and sustainable. Read the rest of this article »
UPDATE (7/26): The deadline has been extended to November 15th, 2012.
Smart appliances were all the rage at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. A smart refrigerator might let you check if you’re out of eggs from the grocery store aisle. You could turn on your smart Roomba from the office and return to a vacuumed house.
But when we add short-lived electronics to long-lived appliances, the complete product’s lifespan is usually reduced to the lowest common denominator. A refrigerator could easily last 20 years—but a touchscreen embedded in the door probably won’t.
So here’s a challenge for the students among you: Can you design a smarter “smart” product? Can you make a product that is connected and wired, but also environmentally smart—repairable and designed to last, even if some of its components need to be replaced?
After our recent article about Apple’s unfixable design direction, many people told us it isn’t possible to design compelling products that are also repairable. Well, here’s your chance to prove them wrong. One idea: set up a free Dozuki site and write an iFixit-style repair manual for your product.
We are partering with design magazine Core77 and design software company Autodesk to present the second-ever Design for (Your) Product Lifetime contest. Details below. Submit here.
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…Just not from us. Can you figure out how to track electronic waste as it moves downstream, from electronics recyclers to its final location in waste sites, scrap markets, or remanufacturing plants? Popular Science and InnoCentive‘s latest Innovation Challenge offers a reward of up to $10,000 for the best scalable system to track electronic waste.
Do you know what this is? Tell me in the comments. I’ll update Monday morning with the correct answer—the first person to guess correctly gets a $20 iFixit gift certificate! Just make sure to include your email address so I know where to send it.