Beau Giles Posts

October 6, 2011
February 5, 2011

If you’re like me and enjoy tinkering and playing with the latest iOS betas simply for the ‘fun of it’, chances are you’re pretty ‘cluey’ about iOS and how the iPad, iPhone and so on work.

As of the iPhone 3GS and iOS 3.x, Apple now signs every single firmware with a signature, unique to every single device and firmware called a ‘SHSH blob’. This means that usually once Apple releases an update, you can’t go back down, you’re forced to go up. Presumably in an attempt to prevent jailbreaking, to enforce security and to make sure everyone has the latest version.

Usually it’s pretty easy to downgrade if you’ve got the SHSH blob for your device for the firmware you’re trying to downgrade to. Unfortunately, as of iOS 4.2.1, Apple is making things somewhat trickier.

January 13, 2011

So Apple this morning released beta one of iOS 4.3, bringing with it a whole heap of little tweaks and a couple of major features, including the new ‘Personal Hotspot’ feature.

Personal Hotspot extends on the existing tethering support in iOS by adding WiFi as a sharing method in addition to the existing Bluetooth and USB methods.

As far as I can tell, I’d believe it’s tied to the tethering settings; if you carrier has tethering enabled (and depending on your carrier, you’ve paid for access), you should have access to WiFi tethering; it’s just another method in addition to bluetooth and USB tethering. However, don’t quote me on this!

November 23, 2010

When iTunes Ping originally debuted in September 2010, for the first few hours Ping let you connect your Facebook account with your Ping account, making it easy for you to find your Facebook friends who are also using Ping. Unfortunately, that’s as far as the integration went, there was no ability to share things with your Facebook friends.

Several weeks ago, iTunes Ping introduced Twitter support, allowing you to connect your Twitter account, see who else you’re following is on Ping, but also goes one step further by allowing you to tweet your recent activity on Ping (Liked items, as well as other posts you make).

Thanks to this integration, it’s possible to pull this data back into Facebook, sharing your Ping likes and posts with your Facebook friends. Sure, it’s hacky, and completely messy, but it works, and is better than nothing until Apple and Facebook kiss and make up.

November 2, 2010