Apple TV iOS 5 Jailbreak In the Works

I am always amazed at the effort and skill that hackers show whenever there is a new update.

The most recent update on the firecore site states that they already have a tethered jailbreak and are working out other kinks.

This likely means that a full working jailbreak will arrive in the next month or so.

I went ahead and accepted the OTA update to my Apple TV2 when it came out (it is iOS 4.4 on the ATV2, the numbers are still not in sync with the software numbers for Apple phones and tablets).

Wanted to see all the new features. I must say, they were impressive. I liked the Wall Street Journal feed, as well as the the new hockey Feed.

Mirroring from the iPad and other iOS devices will be great for gaming and sharing video and pictures with the family and I really liked the new photo streaming and screensaver options.

All that being said, I have really come to rely on the jailbreak and my XBMC for a great deal of our video entertainment since cutting our cable.

So after playing with the new iOS for a few hours, I re-jailbroke the ATV. This required reverting back to iOS 4.3.

I look forward to having the best of the new Apple software in conjuntion with my hacked add-ons. I am willing to wait a little longer.

iOS5 Finally Provides What Android Owners Already Have

After the release of iOS5, I am actually interested in having an iPhone again. I have been very happy with my DroidX this last year and went with Android because I felt it provided more features and cloud services than the iPhone offered (plus the availability of rooting which has provided me hours of geek out play!)

LifeHacker has an article showing how we in the Android world have had the best features of iOS5 already on our phones and how to get them.

That being said, Siri, the contextual interactive voice feature on the new iPhone 4S, looks pretty amazing and I really want to play with it.

Additionally, here is a news story about 6 free Android apps that are iOS5 alternatives. Did I mention they were free?

 

 

Aardvark Shutting Down

According to an email I got this morning:

Dear Aardvarker, 

This mail is to remind you we will be shutting down vark.com shortly, and you will no longer be able to access Aardvark.

We’re sad to say goodbye to Aardvark now, but pleased that this project has inspired so much related activity in this area.
(See http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-spring-clean.html for the broader story.)
Thank you for your support for Aardvark along the way!

All our best,

– The Aardvark Team

(p.s. You can visit blog.vark.com for information about data portability after Aardvark shuts down.)

I am really bummed. I enjoyed being a part of this community for the last year and a half.

My only solace is the hope that with the fall-spring-clean, that Google can finally deliver on the projects they keep promising (I’m looking at you, Google TV!)

Here is the text of the post on blog.vark:

Goodbye Aardvark

By Max, Zoo Director | Published: September 2, 2011

As part of the shutdown of GoogleLabs, Aardvark will be shutting down at the end of September.

Aardvark began as a small experiment in a new kind of social search, and over a few years blossomed into a service that made millions of connections between people to answer each other’s questions.  It was a great experience in seeking to combine a broad vision for the future of technology with a rigorous user-centered design process.  Over this time, we learned a lot about creating and maintaining online communities, and how to facilitate sharing of knowledge between people.

We’ve been excited to share these lessons within Google over the past year, especially as part of the effort behind Google+.  It has been gratifying to see how well this project is doing — even in these early stages, Google+ has already become a great place to share knowledge online, eclipsing the original vark.com! — and there is much more to come very soon.  In this and other projects at Google, the Aardvark team remains committed to developing powerful tools for connecting people and improving access to information.

Of course, we’re also sad to say goodbye to the original Aardvark here at vark.com.  Who would have thought that a digital version of a nocturnal burrowing mammal would have engendered so much affection!  We’re very grateful to the whole Aardvark community for your support along the way.

Onwards,

Max and Damon

p.s.  In the spirit of data liberation, we want to make sure that any of you Aardvark users who would like to retrieve your past data from the service can do so.  Right now of course you can log in and manually copy anything you’d like to keep.  Or if you prefer, you can email us at support@vark.com and we’ll send you a bulk dump of your data (please allow time for us to process these).  After September 30, there will be no way to retrieve your data, as shortly after that we will delete everything permanently.