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Jailbreaking as a Career Path to Being a Spy

Jailbreaking as a Career Path to Being a Spy

As the newest (and best in my opinion) Bond movie Skyfall illustrates, spying today is as much about mastering technology as it is about mastering a Walther PPK. A couple articles today caught my eye for that very reason. Not that I fancy myself a spy—or a hacker, just a geek—I have to imagine that all the work that is done on jailbreaking devices is great training for being the next James (or Janet) Bond.

Can Good Design Just Let Go of the Past?

Can Good Design Just Let Go of the Past?

A lot has been made of the use—and over use—of skeuomorphism in iOS and OS X. I think it’s safe to say that dead horse has been well and truly beaten enough. Here’s the thing, the essential thing, that we’ve forgotten—sometimes skeuomorphism works and we need it to make sense of things.

Why Do You Jailbreak?

Why Do You Jailbreak?

When I was still on the fence about getting an iPhone (a couple years ago now), lots of my friends had them already and a goodly number of them jailbroke their iPhones right off the bat. Couple years ago there were a lot of good reasons for it (personal hotspot just one of them) and when I got an iPhone I jailbroke it pretty soon after I got it. Myself, I didn’t get a lot out of a jailbroken phone, so I reverted back. But this leads me to pose this question to you: Why do you jailbreak?

Why Can’t Apple Manage Cloud services?

Why Can’t Apple Manage Cloud services?

Yesterday iMessage and FaceTime were down for a while. Today it was iTunes Match (ironic, since I just wrote about it). I think it’s safe to say that Apple’s track record with cloud-based services is mixed at best, so what’s the deal? Why can’t Apple seem to make their Internet-based services as great as their devices?

The 2012 Election Was a Turning Point for the Second Screen and News Broadcasting

The 2012 Election Was a Turning Point for the Second Screen and News Broadcasting

The election is over, but some of the effects of the election will be felt for years and years to come. And I don’t mean the results of the election, either. I mean how we followed the results election night. During election 2012, most people who followed the election did so on TV, but almost a third did so online at the same time—the second screen. Now, what does that mean from now on?

Steven Sinofsky, Scott Forstall, and the Road Less Taken

Steven Sinofsky, Scott Forstall, and the Road Less Taken

As much as we’ve discussed Scott Forstall’s pseudo-departure from Apple—I’ve Come Not to Bury Scott Forstall, But To Praise Him—at length, we haven’t talked about seemingly unrelated, but curiously related, news of Steven Sinofsky’s abrupt departure from Microsoft. Is there a connection? Is there an opportunity for Forstall in this? The mind boggles. In the end, however, it’s going to come down to which path they choose next.

Practical, Pragmatic Reasons Why We Don’t Have a Retina iPad Mini

Practical, Pragmatic Reasons Why We Don’t Have a Retina iPad Mini

Marco Arment is a smart guy. Helped create/develop/invent Tumblr, created Instapaper (which I couldn’t live without), and started The Magazine (which I love to read), he also has some practical and pragmatic things to say about why we couldn’t have made a Retina iPad mini—at least not yet.

Blinding Flash of the Obvious: Tim Cook the Most Powerful Man in Wireless, But It Doesn’t Matter

Blinding Flash of the Obvious: Tim Cook the Most Powerful Man in Wireless, But It Doesn’t Matter

FierceWireless peered into their crystal balls and used their fancy digital number counting machines and came up with something that we all already know—Tim Cook (and therefore Apple overall) is the most powerful man in wireless. Of course FierceWireless has data to back it up. The thing is, I don’t this it matters a whit.

I’ve Come Not to Bury Scott Forstall, But To Praise Him

I’ve Come Not to Bury Scott Forstall, But To Praise Him

Overnight there has been a flurry of discussion about Michael Lopp’s commentary about the departure of Scott Forstall from Apple and what it really means for the company. And if you’ll pardon my Shakespearean reference in the title, I think that while Lopp makes some great points—especially about collaboration and consensus—I also think Apple needs a mix of both the fire of Steve Jobs and Scott Forstall and a collaborative executive team that can work together.

Greetings From Tris Hussey, New Editor-in-Chief

Greetings From Tris Hussey, New Editor-in-Chief

You might have seen the tweet yesterday, but it’s also just as likely that you missed it (since the half-life of a tweet is about 15 minutes), so let me introduce myself. I’m Tris Hussey, the new Editor-in-Chief here at iPhoneHacks.