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Easily Download iOS .ipsw Files With ipswDownloader.

Downloading the latest iOS .ipsw firmware files isn’t necessarily the hardest task on the face of planet earth. But if it’s something you find yourself doing more often than not (especially for Jailbreaking’s sake) you may want to check out a handy little app called ipswDownloader.

This app makes it super fast and easy to download whatever ipsw file you need. On top of that, it will also tell you whether or not you can jailbreak/unlock your desired firmware and even go as far as notifying which pieces of software you can use to get said tasks accomplished.

For now, ipswDownloader is Mac only. Mac Update has the goods
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T-Mobile Web Connect Manager Is Broken: Incorrectly Tracks User Data Consumption.

In the unfortunate day and age of disappearing unlimited data plans both wired and wireless, giving consumers at least basic tools with which to adhere to the new rules seems like a common sense idea. In regards to cellular data plans, we consumers do in fact have a few options at our disposal. But what happens when those tools don’t work and the company in charge of providing said tools fails to give you any timeline for a fix? Now we’ve got a problem.

Today we got a notice via T-Mobile that our Web Connect account had gone over the 5GB cap, and as such, was being throttled. Instead of the 14+Mbps speeds we’re used to, we’re going to have to deal with 1.5Mbps, no more and certainly much less in some instances. Usually we’re pretty good at keeping an eye on data usage throughout the month. The only problem is if your data tracker — the very one issued by the company providing you service — isn’t accurately measuring data, you’re bound to get into trouble without even seeing it coming.

We scanned through various forums online and found a few instances in T-Mobile’s own user forums detailing Web Connect Manager’s inability to accurately track data usage. We even called T-Mobile just a little bit ago ourselves and were told it’s a known issue, though there isn’t any timeline as to when a fix or patch will be issued. How long can we realistically expect to wait? Quite a while if this forum post from mid-2010 is any indication. It looks like T-Mobile either doesn’t care or is simply incompetent in dealing with a serious issue.

In the meantime, follow T-Mobile’s “fix” and check your data usage online. No, it doesn’t take that long to navigate to your online profile page and see traffic usage. But it’s annoying and unneeded. Why provide a desktop tracking tool if it (1) doesn’t work and (2) you seem to have no desire to keep it working properly? We’ve fired off an email to T-Mobile inquiring further about this issue and when (if ever) it will be fixed.

Any T-Mobile Web Connect users as peeved as we are?

Redsn0w Updated: Untethered iOS 4.3.2 Jailbreak Now Live!

Redsn0w 0.9.6RC13 has been updated to suport the latest iOS 4.3.2 firmware and do so untethered. No more re-jailbreaking every time you reboot.

Redsn0w 0.9.6RC13 supports the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad (first generation), and iPod Touch (3rd & 4th generations). Unfortunately, the iPad 2 is still not supported. (Maybe next time…)

Windows 8 Feature Leaks: Task Manager Gets Revamped.

For an OS that often has you running back to task manager to kill rouge processes (I kid, I kid — maybe), it’s rather surprising to see the task/process manager within Windows hasn’t changed in over a decade. But that all changes with Windows 8 according to new leaks via WinRumors.

The new task manager in Windows 8 introduces a new “Advanced Task Manager” UI that delivers more information to the user while also looking a bit more modern (and dare we say nice to look at) design that makes use of a color-coded system. The various colors represent varying levels of strain on your system. Overall, it looks nice.

One other nice touch coming to Windows 8 in regards to system monitor is the way in which users can kill programs and processes. Instead of having to right click and kill process/kill process tree, a simple red “x” is now displayed alongside processes allowing one-click killing. Nifty.

Hop inside for another shot…
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NoDo Causing Color Banding Issues?

First it was people complaining of slow update rollouts for Windows Phone 7. Then people took matters into their own hands only to have the unknown effects turn out to be less than pleasant. And now once again NoDo is back in the news. Apparently, the WP7 update is causing color depth to revert back to a lesser desirable 16-bit which results in unsightly color banding. The fix is isolated and relegated to developer devices mainly, preventing the general public from correcting the issue themselves. However, if you happen to be one of those lucky devs, the below registry tweaks are said to fix the issue “up to 95%”:

HKLM\Drivers\Display\Primary\PrimBPP dword 32
HKLM\Drivers\Display\Primary\bpp dword 32
HKLM\Drivers\Display\Primary\PanelBPP dword 24

Android users are all too familiar with grotesque color banding, as ever since Android 2.1 began rolling out the inevitable lines of 16-bit color have been popping up. If the fix is as simple as a few lines in the registry or device source code, what’s taking Google so long?

Meanwhile, Windows Phone 7 users (specifically devs) are urged to give the above a try. Let us know if your phone is affected and how the above “fix” goes for you.
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Early Windows 8 Build Leaked. Hitting Torrents In 3…2…1…

Things just keep getting worse for the Windows 8 team. A claimed “official build” of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system has been leaked and posted over at BetaArchive Forums. But before you get too gung-ho, a quick look at the file name, “6.1.7850.0.winmain_win8m1.100922-1508_x86fre_client-enterprise_en-us.iso” shows that is quite an old Milestone 1 build and was actually compiled way back in early September of 2010. Essentially what it means is that yes, you’ll be getting your hands on the latest albeit early build of Windows. However, many of the new features of Windows 8 such as revamped explorer window, Smartscreen file checking, etc. will not be present.

Is it really worth the hassle of setting up a new machine (or restoring your own) just for the sake of a few differentiating build numbers? We don’t think so. Nonetheless, keep those eyes peeled to the torrent search engines of your choice if that sort of thing tickles your fancy.

Nokia Grabbing Straws With Upcoming “Anna” Symbian Update.

Nokia may be leaving Symbian for Windows Phone 7 over the coming months, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t hard at work still trying to convince the world Symbian is down to hang with the big three (Android, iOS, BlackBerry). A new update dubbed “Anna” features revamped icons, a faster browser and Ovi Maps applications, and onscreen portrait keyboard among other things. It all sounds rather nice — if we were in 2006. With Windows Phone 7-powered Nokia phones on the horizon, it just seems too little too late.

Supported phones will include existing Symbian 3 phones as well as the Nokia N8, E7, C7 and C6. Is Anna enough to keep your around?

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Windows 7 Eclipses Windows XP Marketshare In April 2011.

Finally: Windows 7 is about to do (or already done) what Vista should have done several years ago — overtake Windows XP in total market share. According to the latest StatCounter metrics (pictured above) Windows 7 has finally edged out Windows XP in market share. The 10-year veteran continues its decent into the realms of locked IT cabinets and recycle bins as Microsoft’s latest and greatest finally woos people over, unlike their previous attempt with Vista. Overall, it’s pretty joyous and simultaneously sad that a 10-year old OS is finally being unseated from its reign at the top.

The next big test: Consumer adoption of Windows 8 vs. Windows 7.
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iOS 4.3.2 To Address Verizon iPad 2 Connection Woes, FaceTime Issues.

Apple isn’t always the quickest in responding to software-based bugs — often taking weeks to months to address them — but the latest VZW iPad 2 connection/roaming woes are apparently a top priority at Apple HQ. BGR has managed to snag the latest iOS 4.3.2 beta and has confirmed that along with VZW iPad 2 connection issues, the latest update also corrects some ongoing FaceTime problems to boot. On that note, we’ll say that we have been having a lot of FaceTime issues as of late since upgrading to 4.3.1 — namely, FaceTime fails to correct continuously, and when it finally does establish a connection, randomly disconnects. And of course, bug fixes and a few performance enhancements here and there round up the feature list.

The iOS 4.3.2 update is rumored to hit the web sometime within the next 1-2 weeks. F5 campers, get your fingers ready…

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