Hacking & Softmodding

  • Spycam Car Key Fob Camera This is the coolest spy gadget I have ever used.  This tiny keychain fob (what the heck does “fob” mean?) poses as an automatic door unlock/panic for a car.  In actuality it is a tiny albeit powerful camera capable of snapping photographs at 640 x 480 resolution and recording video in AVI format.  I figured the photos and video I got with this little device would be blurry and useless in real world spying practices. I took the camera out on a couple secret missions and compiled a plethora of photographs and video files.  When I arrived at my home base I plugged the device into my computer and downloaded the files from the 4 […]

    ThinkGeek Product Review: Spycam Car Key Fob Camera

    Spycam Car Key Fob Camera This is the coolest spy gadget I have ever used.  This tiny keychain fob (what the heck does “fob” mean?) poses as an automatic door unlock/panic for a car.  In actuality it is a tiny albeit powerful camera capable of snapping photographs at 640 x 480 resolution and recording video in AVI format.  I figured the photos and video I got with this little device would be blurry and useless in real world spying practices. I took the camera out on a couple secret missions and compiled a plethora of photographs and video files.  When I arrived at my home base I plugged the device into my computer and downloaded the files from the 4 […]

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  • How to play SNES games on your iPad or iPhone with a Wii remote First of all you must have a jailbroken/unlocked iPad or iPhone (if you don’t simply navigate to our NERD TREK tutorials on How to Unlock iPhone 4.2.1/Unlock iPad 4.2.1. After you are jailbroken you must download “snes4iphone” which is located on Cydia.  If you’re unfamiliar with jailbreaking and Cydia please do some reading on our iPhone NERD TREK tutorials and come back when you’re ready. After you have the SNES emulator you’ll need a few roms (games) to test this out with.  Make sure you put the ROMS in the /var/mobile/media/ROMs/ folder. Now for the Wiimote!  Open snes4iphone, go into the options panel, and turn on […]

    Play SNES games on iPad with a Wii remote

    How to play SNES games on your iPad or iPhone with a Wii remote First of all you must have a jailbroken/unlocked iPad or iPhone (if you don’t simply navigate to our NERD TREK tutorials on How to Unlock iPhone 4.2.1/Unlock iPad 4.2.1. After you are jailbroken you must download “snes4iphone” which is located on Cydia.  If you’re unfamiliar with jailbreaking and Cydia please do some reading on our iPhone NERD TREK tutorials and come back when you’re ready. After you have the SNES emulator you’ll need a few roms (games) to test this out with.  Make sure you put the ROMS in the /var/mobile/media/ROMs/ folder. Now for the Wiimote!  Open snes4iphone, go into the options panel, and turn on […]

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  • There are a lot of really complex guides out there on how to do this.  I’ll keep this short, sweet, and simple.  Here we go! Step 1: Download & Install ePSXe Here’s a link ePSXe Step 2: Get BIOS for ePSXe Download the BIOS for ePSXe here. Step 3: Video Plug-ins There are a wide variety of Plug-ins available that are custom depending on your video card and settings.  You must find a matching plug-in here. Step 4: Obtain Audio If your audio isn’t working you will need another plug-in, they are found here. Step 5: Disk Driver Plug-Ins Most likely everything will work fine since ePSXe has built in plug-ins, but if your disk drivers are not working you […]

    How to Play Playstation 1 Games on your PC

    There are a lot of really complex guides out there on how to do this.  I’ll keep this short, sweet, and simple.  Here we go! Step 1: Download & Install ePSXe Here’s a link ePSXe Step 2: Get BIOS for ePSXe Download the BIOS for ePSXe here. Step 3: Video Plug-ins There are a wide variety of Plug-ins available that are custom depending on your video card and settings.  You must find a matching plug-in here. Step 4: Obtain Audio If your audio isn’t working you will need another plug-in, they are found here. Step 5: Disk Driver Plug-Ins Most likely everything will work fine since ePSXe has built in plug-ins, but if your disk drivers are not working you […]

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  • If you have the new kinect xbox 360 dashboard and you cannot get your xbox 360 console to read your game discs or DVDs, you are not alone.  An update that was recently applied through Xbox Live makes your discs unreadable. Remove the update by navigating to:

    Xbox 360 won’t read game discs

    If you have the new kinect xbox 360 dashboard and you cannot get your xbox 360 console to read your game discs or DVDs, you are not alone.  An update that was recently applied through Xbox Live makes your discs unreadable. Remove the update by navigating to:

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  • From the moment the Microsoft Kinect was announced I knew it would make a great new toy, but not as an addition to the Xbox 360.  Like my iPhone, the Xbox 360, the Wii, and practically every other piece of technology in my home, the Kinect was just asking to be hacked. The Kinect has 3 cameras, two of which are 3D depth sensors and the third which is a simple RGB camera for pictures and video.  It also sports a multi-array microphone that lines the bottom of the unit.  Finally, it adjusts it’s own view of you via a motorized base. Instead of getting deep into tech specs and techno jabber here I will simply refer you to the […]

    Hacking the Kinect

    From the moment the Microsoft Kinect was announced I knew it would make a great new toy, but not as an addition to the Xbox 360.  Like my iPhone, the Xbox 360, the Wii, and practically every other piece of technology in my home, the Kinect was just asking to be hacked. The Kinect has 3 cameras, two of which are 3D depth sensors and the third which is a simple RGB camera for pictures and video.  It also sports a multi-array microphone that lines the bottom of the unit.  Finally, it adjusts it’s own view of you via a motorized base. Instead of getting deep into tech specs and techno jabber here I will simply refer you to the […]

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  • Stuxnet, the worm virus launched by Israel in the 2010 attack on Iran’s uranium enrichment facility.  What is a worm?  What exactly is Stuxnet? In simplest terms Stuxnet is a worm virus capable of secretly infecting a computer network and working it’s way in to the target.  During this process it does not cause any harm to the computers it uses to locate it’s target, nor does it make itself known in any way.  When it reaches the target computer it reprograms the target code in the software.  These code changes cause actual physical changes in the industrial environment which these worms were created to infiltrate, without notifying the operators of any abnormalities. Stuxnet was first discovered in July 2010 […]

    What is Stuxnet?

    Stuxnet, the worm virus launched by Israel in the 2010 attack on Iran’s uranium enrichment facility.  What is a worm?  What exactly is Stuxnet? In simplest terms Stuxnet is a worm virus capable of secretly infecting a computer network and working it’s way in to the target.  During this process it does not cause any harm to the computers it uses to locate it’s target, nor does it make itself known in any way.  When it reaches the target computer it reprograms the target code in the software.  These code changes cause actual physical changes in the industrial environment which these worms were created to infiltrate, without notifying the operators of any abnormalities. Stuxnet was first discovered in July 2010 […]

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  • The answer will probably surprise you. First off we did some investigative research on the current technologies available to the general public. Given what we currently know about computers, an auditory and oral interface would be completely plausible and can even be constructed in such a way that it would only respond to your voice commands or those whose voices have been authorized. People have been designing, programming, and utilizing oral interfaces for years now. The holographic technology displayed in the movies is still years away and technically holograms are not capable of producing the imagery shown in the Iron Man movies. The closest thing to that technology is the Microsoft Surface. There’s actually another solution that will let you […]

    Is it possible to operate a computer like in the Iron Man movies?

    The answer will probably surprise you. First off we did some investigative research on the current technologies available to the general public. Given what we currently know about computers, an auditory and oral interface would be completely plausible and can even be constructed in such a way that it would only respond to your voice commands or those whose voices have been authorized. People have been designing, programming, and utilizing oral interfaces for years now. The holographic technology displayed in the movies is still years away and technically holograms are not capable of producing the imagery shown in the Iron Man movies. The closest thing to that technology is the Microsoft Surface. There’s actually another solution that will let you […]

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  • How to Unlock your iPhone, Unlock iPad, Jailbreak iPhone, Jailbreak iPad, Unlock 4.2.1, Unlock 4.1, Unlock iPod Touch 4.2.1, Unlock iPod touch Obviously you have come here seeking answers on how to unlock the new firmware 4.2.1 from Apple for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Unlocking iOS 4.2.1 is finally possible. Just follow the steps below to unlock iOS 4.2 The first iPad firmware 3.2.2 has baseband version 06.15.00 still vulnerable to AT+XAPP. The iPad baseband is built for the same baseband chip as the iPhone3G & 3GS.  There are mixed reports regarding GPS functionality at 06.15.00. Please be aware that you might lose GPS at 06.15.00. If you need to download the 4.2.1 Firmware please scroll to the bottom […]

    Unlock iPhone 4.2.1 / Unlock iPad 4.2.1 / Unlock iPod Touch 4.2.1

    How to Unlock your iPhone, Unlock iPad, Jailbreak iPhone, Jailbreak iPad, Unlock 4.2.1, Unlock 4.1, Unlock iPod Touch 4.2.1, Unlock iPod touch Obviously you have come here seeking answers on how to unlock the new firmware 4.2.1 from Apple for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Unlocking iOS 4.2.1 is finally possible. Just follow the steps below to unlock iOS 4.2 The first iPad firmware 3.2.2 has baseband version 06.15.00 still vulnerable to AT+XAPP. The iPad baseband is built for the same baseband chip as the iPhone3G & 3GS.  There are mixed reports regarding GPS functionality at 06.15.00. Please be aware that you might lose GPS at 06.15.00. If you need to download the 4.2.1 Firmware please scroll to the bottom […]

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  • Hackintosh users can upgrade to 10.6.6 but make sure you read this information before you do. 10.6.6 isn’t a huge upgrade, so many Hackintosh owners might be able to upgrade via Software Update without any problems.  If you used the Tonymacx86 method, there are a few things you want to prepare for before the update.

    Update Hackintosh to 10.6.6

    Hackintosh users can upgrade to 10.6.6 but make sure you read this information before you do. 10.6.6 isn’t a huge upgrade, so many Hackintosh owners might be able to upgrade via Software Update without any problems.  If you used the Tonymacx86 method, there are a few things you want to prepare for before the update.

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  • I have a dilemma- I need to develop 2 iPhone apps.  In order to do this I need to pay $99 to be part of the iOS developer program with Apple and download the SDK.  There are also some fees you must pay once you go to submit your application.  If your application is denied you have to go through this process all over again.  OK, I can do this… what’s the catch?  You have to use a Mac with OS X Leopard or newer.  Don’t get me wrong, Macs are sweet computers and I would love to have one, but I already own a desktop pc, laptop, iPad, and iPhone.  I don’t really need another computer, plus Macs are […]

    Building a Hackintosh – Part 1

    I have a dilemma- I need to develop 2 iPhone apps.  In order to do this I need to pay $99 to be part of the iOS developer program with Apple and download the SDK.  There are also some fees you must pay once you go to submit your application.  If your application is denied you have to go through this process all over again.  OK, I can do this… what’s the catch?  You have to use a Mac with OS X Leopard or newer.  Don’t get me wrong, Macs are sweet computers and I would love to have one, but I already own a desktop pc, laptop, iPad, and iPhone.  I don’t really need another computer, plus Macs are […]

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  • If you've had the wonderful Xbox 360 RROD (Red Ring Of Death) then you like me are ripping your hair out trying to figure out what the problem is. I have experienced (and fixed) almost every RROD Xbox issue in the book. Some of the problems have been easy to fix, others more difficult.

    Broken Xbox RROD Codes – How to fix your Xbox 360

    If you've had the wonderful Xbox 360 RROD (Red Ring Of Death) then you like me are ripping your hair out trying to figure out what the problem is. I have experienced (and fixed) almost every RROD Xbox issue in the book. Some of the problems have been easy to fix, others more difficult.

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  • If I wanted to hack into your jailbroken or unlocked iPhone I could do so in under 2 seconds. All I have to do is use SSH to attempt to access your phone and enter the username: root and the password: alpine. All iOS devices by default have the same username and password, and once jailbroken can easily be accessed. Not only that, but using a program to crack open your entire vault of stored passwords is yet another simple task for any novice hacker. Want to protect yourself? If your phone is unlocked you should have Cydia. #1 – Open Cydia #2 – Get and install TERMINAL #3 – Open TERMINAL #4 – You should see iPhoneName: ~ Mobile$ […]

    How to change the default username and password on your iPhone

    If I wanted to hack into your jailbroken or unlocked iPhone I could do so in under 2 seconds. All I have to do is use SSH to attempt to access your phone and enter the username: root and the password: alpine. All iOS devices by default have the same username and password, and once jailbroken can easily be accessed. Not only that, but using a program to crack open your entire vault of stored passwords is yet another simple task for any novice hacker. Want to protect yourself? If your phone is unlocked you should have Cydia. #1 – Open Cydia #2 – Get and install TERMINAL #3 – Open TERMINAL #4 – You should see iPhoneName: ~ Mobile$ […]

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  • …and why it’s addicting. For me it’s the feeling of accomplishment when you make a machine do something that it wasn’t built to do.  Some people like to take things apart and put them back together.  I like to softmod, whether it’s a Nintendo DS, old school Xbox, or a Wii- there’s something to be said about the feeling you get when you beat the system.  Play Super Mario World on my Wii?  No problem!  How about Goldeneye 007 on the Xbox?  Yeah!  Multiple player! With the internet it is so easy to find instructions on how to softmod almost anything you can imagine.  I’ve even found myself trying to turn my iPhone into an old school mac which is […]

    Softmodding Video Game Systems

    …and why it’s addicting. For me it’s the feeling of accomplishment when you make a machine do something that it wasn’t built to do.  Some people like to take things apart and put them back together.  I like to softmod, whether it’s a Nintendo DS, old school Xbox, or a Wii- there’s something to be said about the feeling you get when you beat the system.  Play Super Mario World on my Wii?  No problem!  How about Goldeneye 007 on the Xbox?  Yeah!  Multiple player! With the internet it is so easy to find instructions on how to softmod almost anything you can imagine.  I’ve even found myself trying to turn my iPhone into an old school mac which is […]

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  • Have you noticed since installing iOS 4 that your iPhone 3G or 3Gs slowed to a horrific crawl? I was going crazy tearing my hair out waiting to access information and check my email on my iPhone. Sometimes by the time I was able to access the information I was looking for it was too late. It felt like I was using a new OS on an old computer, which essentially I was. The new iOS4 was really designed for the new iPhone 4 and although functional on the older models it is FAR from efficient. The iPhone without it’s efficiency defeats the purpose of even possessing one. After playing around with the settings I have finally figured out the […]

    How to speed up iPhone 3g running iOS4

    Have you noticed since installing iOS 4 that your iPhone 3G or 3Gs slowed to a horrific crawl? I was going crazy tearing my hair out waiting to access information and check my email on my iPhone. Sometimes by the time I was able to access the information I was looking for it was too late. It felt like I was using a new OS on an old computer, which essentially I was. The new iOS4 was really designed for the new iPhone 4 and although functional on the older models it is FAR from efficient. The iPhone without it’s efficiency defeats the purpose of even possessing one. After playing around with the settings I have finally figured out the […]

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  • ORIGINALLY POSTED 26 JANUARY 2011 I spent hours looking for the tools needed for the 4.2.1 unlock. Instead of wasting your time clicking on stupid links and getting nowhere, HERE IT IS: Update your iDevice in iTunes to 4.2.1 Download Redsn0w for Mac or PC. Download IPSW 4.2.1 Run Redsn0w and select 4.2.1 IPSW Follow the instructions DONE.  Was that so hard for someone to post on the internet?  Damn.

    Pinapple Express! It’s the iPhone 4.2.1 Unlock!

    ORIGINALLY POSTED 26 JANUARY 2011 I spent hours looking for the tools needed for the 4.2.1 unlock. Instead of wasting your time clicking on stupid links and getting nowhere, HERE IT IS: Update your iDevice in iTunes to 4.2.1 Download Redsn0w for Mac or PC. Download IPSW 4.2.1 Run Redsn0w and select 4.2.1 IPSW Follow the instructions DONE.  Was that so hard for someone to post on the internet?  Damn.

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  • 2 days later and 10 hours less sleep.  Eyes are glazed and dry, wrists cracking and fingers aching from hours of grinding bits of odd unfamiliar code into kext files… kext files… I didn’t even know what those were before I started this project.  They are like drivers for Windows, but since Macs basically come preloaded with specific hardware the OS doesn’t have plug and play- auto detect functions like Windows does.  Well, they do… but those settings don’t expect you to be launching OS X off your home personal computer. Let me get to the good stuff.  I turn on my computer and a crazy chameleon looks me in the eyes, below him is an apple and a windows […]

    Building a Hackintosh – Part 2: OS Nirvana

    2 days later and 10 hours less sleep.  Eyes are glazed and dry, wrists cracking and fingers aching from hours of grinding bits of odd unfamiliar code into kext files… kext files… I didn’t even know what those were before I started this project.  They are like drivers for Windows, but since Macs basically come preloaded with specific hardware the OS doesn’t have plug and play- auto detect functions like Windows does.  Well, they do… but those settings don’t expect you to be launching OS X off your home personal computer. Let me get to the good stuff.  I turn on my computer and a crazy chameleon looks me in the eyes, below him is an apple and a windows […]

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  • Homeland Security has demanded that non-profit internet browser company Mozilla Firefox remove the browser add-on “MAFIAAfire”. MAFIAAfire regates ICE’s domain seizures by automatically rerouting users to alternate domains. The Department of Homeland Security demanded that Mozilla take the extension off its listing of Firefox extensions claiming that the add-in “circumvented” DHS’s seizure orders. Mozilla isn’t just giving up and letting the DHS do whatever they want like the rest of the pansy websites out there. Instead, Mozilla sent demands of their own in a publicly available letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding answers to their questions. Here is Mozilla’s letter to the DHS in it’s entirety: To help us evaluate the Department of Homeland Security’s request to take-down/remove […]

    Homeland Security demands Mozilla Remove MAFIAAfire

    Homeland Security has demanded that non-profit internet browser company Mozilla Firefox remove the browser add-on “MAFIAAfire”. MAFIAAfire regates ICE’s domain seizures by automatically rerouting users to alternate domains. The Department of Homeland Security demanded that Mozilla take the extension off its listing of Firefox extensions claiming that the add-in “circumvented” DHS’s seizure orders. Mozilla isn’t just giving up and letting the DHS do whatever they want like the rest of the pansy websites out there. Instead, Mozilla sent demands of their own in a publicly available letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding answers to their questions. Here is Mozilla’s letter to the DHS in it’s entirety: To help us evaluate the Department of Homeland Security’s request to take-down/remove […]

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  • You think you’re safe when you walk up to your large bank branch and slide your debit card into the ATM machine.  You are confident that everything is legit and secure when you pull up to refuel your tank and feed your credit card to the pump machine.  Your confidence is about to be shattered by something called “Skimming”.

    How to keep your Credit Cards safe from Skimmers

    You think you’re safe when you walk up to your large bank branch and slide your debit card into the ATM machine.  You are confident that everything is legit and secure when you pull up to refuel your tank and feed your credit card to the pump machine.  Your confidence is about to be shattered by something called “Skimming”.

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  • If you are looking for all the files you need to jailbreak iphone 4.2.1 or iphone 4.2b3, ipad 4.2.1, ipad 4.2b3, or ipod 4.2.1, ipod 4.2b3 then look no further.  I find it very frustrating when jailbreaking/unlocking my ios devices that I must go to multiple websites just to locate all the software and files I need to make it happen.  Thus, the purpose of this page. I will continue to gather all the files for each iOS that is released in the future so that you may quickly locate them all at http://www.NERDTREK.com NERDTREK LINKS FOR JAILBREAK/UNLOCK IOS 4.2.1 & 4.2b3: ***READ THIS BEFORE CONTINUING!! – MAKE SURE YOU BOOKMARK THIS PAGE OTHERWISE YOU WILL LOSE IT WHEN OPENING […]

    Compilation of links to jailbreak iPhone 4.2.1/ iPad 4.2.1/ & iPod 4.2.1

    If you are looking for all the files you need to jailbreak iphone 4.2.1 or iphone 4.2b3, ipad 4.2.1, ipad 4.2b3, or ipod 4.2.1, ipod 4.2b3 then look no further.  I find it very frustrating when jailbreaking/unlocking my ios devices that I must go to multiple websites just to locate all the software and files I need to make it happen.  Thus, the purpose of this page. I will continue to gather all the files for each iOS that is released in the future so that you may quickly locate them all at http://www.NERDTREK.com NERDTREK LINKS FOR JAILBREAK/UNLOCK IOS 4.2.1 & 4.2b3: ***READ THIS BEFORE CONTINUING!! – MAKE SURE YOU BOOKMARK THIS PAGE OTHERWISE YOU WILL LOSE IT WHEN OPENING […]

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  • ORIGINALLY POSTED 4 FEBRUARY 2011 Today I stumbled upon a website I haven’t visited in years.  Since 1996, Cryptome.org has functioned as a repository for information about freedom of speech, cryptography, spying, and surveillance. According to the site: “Cryptome welcomes documents for publication that are prohibited by governments worldwide, in particular material on freedom of expression, privacy, cryptology, dual-use technologies, national security, intelligence, and secret governance—open, secret and classified documents—but not limited to those.” At first glance I found information on a Homeland Security detention facility being build in nearby Tacoma, WA.  After skimming through those supposedly classified documents I went on to read about nuclear fission reactors in China, DOD spy training and Julian Assange.  I’m sure many of you find […]

    Before Wikileaks there was Cryptome

    ORIGINALLY POSTED 4 FEBRUARY 2011 Today I stumbled upon a website I haven’t visited in years.  Since 1996, Cryptome.org has functioned as a repository for information about freedom of speech, cryptography, spying, and surveillance. According to the site: “Cryptome welcomes documents for publication that are prohibited by governments worldwide, in particular material on freedom of expression, privacy, cryptology, dual-use technologies, national security, intelligence, and secret governance—open, secret and classified documents—but not limited to those.” At first glance I found information on a Homeland Security detention facility being build in nearby Tacoma, WA.  After skimming through those supposedly classified documents I went on to read about nuclear fission reactors in China, DOD spy training and Julian Assange.  I’m sure many of you find […]

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  • ORIGINALLY POSTED 25 JANUARY 2011 Release of jailbreak / unlock for untethered 4.2.1 for iPhone, iPod, and iPad is imminent Untethered jailbreaks or unlocks have been utilized for years now and many have come to rely on an unlock after a new iOS release.  With the new iOS 4.2.1, many iDevice users upgraded to obtain the great new features; Especially on the iPad which previously did not have folders and many of the options now available with iOS 4.2.1.  I am one of these users and have impatiently awaited the completion of the latest unlock by Dev-Team so I can get back into Cydia and unlock the full potential of my device and pry Apple’s tight virtual fingers off my […]

    Untethered Unlock iOS 4.2.1 imminent

    ORIGINALLY POSTED 25 JANUARY 2011 Release of jailbreak / unlock for untethered 4.2.1 for iPhone, iPod, and iPad is imminent Untethered jailbreaks or unlocks have been utilized for years now and many have come to rely on an unlock after a new iOS release.  With the new iOS 4.2.1, many iDevice users upgraded to obtain the great new features; Especially on the iPad which previously did not have folders and many of the options now available with iOS 4.2.1.  I am one of these users and have impatiently awaited the completion of the latest unlock by Dev-Team so I can get back into Cydia and unlock the full potential of my device and pry Apple’s tight virtual fingers off my […]

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