So long, unlocked smartphones — we hardly knew ye.
Apple has added extra security features in iOS 5 that will make it much harder for hackers to safely jailbreak their iPhones, according to the high-profile jailbreakers at Dev-Team Blog. Apple’s changes will make it harder to roll back to an older version of iOS if jailbreaking goes bad.
Sony has settled its lawsuit against hacker George “Geohot” Hotz for circumventing the security system of the PlayStation 3 video game console.
Microsoft’s fledgling mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7, managed to be live for little over a month before somebody released a jailbreak tool for the OS. Three men have just done that, as Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh and Long Zheng put out the ChevronWP7 yesterday, an executable file that allows users to sideload apps to a Windows Phone 7 phone – making it possible to install software on the devices without going through Microsoft‘s official Windows Marketplace.
If you were disappointed by the lack of apps in the new $99 Apple TV, now you have another option: The iPhone Dev team, a group known for its timely iPhone operating system hacks, has confirmed that it can jailbreak the new Apple TV — opening the door for apps and other tweaks on the device.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the five most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
Apple evidently wants to have a killswitch to disable “jailbroken” iPhones. That could piss off users of the popular method for running unauthorized software on an iPhone.
A lot of people complained about the iPad’s closed-off software. But no one did anything about it — until now, apparently.