Jailbreak! So Toying With Your iPhone Can Land You Behind Bars?

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“Some manufacturers (including Apple) have claimed that jailbreaking violates a section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)” states the article at Geek.com in no uncertain terms. Of course we have long known Apple to be brutal in keeping users in line and behind the line. It seemed everything was okay about users having the choice of what they wanted to install on their PC or laptop but when mobile came along things changed. Manufacturers decided they would take control of your nappy ass and tell you where to stand and how to hold their device.  Just another in the long list of reasons I enjoy using Linux and Android … mostly Linux but when it comes to mobile it’s Android or a string and two tin cans.

Your thoughts? Should jail-breaking your iPhone be punishable as a crime like producing illegal copies of software and distributing them? Read the Geek.com article here.

If You Must Use iPhone But Want to Manage Excel …

I read a tech opinion a few weeks ago where a real estate agent was asking how she could manage her Excel files (a Windows mark) on her iPhone and iPad. Of course my first suggestion would be to get an Android phone and tablet and do things right. However I recognized you may already have invested double in an Apple product so why invest more in tools you have to pay for to accomplish this simple task?

If you have an Apple mobile product but work on a Windows (or any PC other than a Mac) you can store thousands of documents for free on Google docs. You can also edit your files easily on any Android device without any additional necessities. If you use an Apple product, however, there is a solution and that is the iGoogDocs available in the App Store for only $1.99

Now the recommendations made by, actually a friend, are okay but unnecessary. While they recommended DropBox and DocsToGo chances are that’s little more than a waste of money for most people (I do use them both but they can be overkill for many). Google Docs is free and iGoogDocs is $1.99 which is much better than $19.99 and $75 per year.

No intended disrespect to my friend(s) but this would be my advice for those using iPhones and iPads to catch up with the Droid patrol.

Cool iPhone Gadgets: iRig

iRig for iPhone

iRig for iPhone

iRig for iPhone/iPad

iRig – suggested retail price $59.95 or on Amazon for about $40

So you’re hanging out on a rainy weekend with nothing much to do but you have your guitar and you’d like to send someone special back home that addictive tune you’ve had in your head. Thing is all you have is your iPhone with it’s so-so audio. Then you remember you read this article on thekencook.com about a portable mini studio type device for your iPhone and you asked for it from your mom for Christmas and there’s a package you still haven’t opened (right, just play along) so you open it and inside there is a … iRig.

Within minutes you have use VocaLive, AmpliTube and iRig Recorder to create a rich, effects filled song you then set to a video which you upload to YouTube. Within hours a mega-producer named Simon something or other sees your video on YouTube and you’re on a private jet on the way to Atlanta to record your … again, play along.

But really – truly – this is one cool piece of equipment. Here are some bullet points from the iRig website:

  • Ideal for all vocal applications from singing to speech
  • Great for all types of sound recording or processing in music or any other audio application
  • Quality condenser-electret unidirectional capsule
  • Dual mini-jack connector allows real-time monitoring on headphones, speakers, mixers, PAs
  • Rugged, durable metal housing
  • Easy to set-up for any sound source
  • Can be handheld or placed on a standard mic stand
  • Comes with apps for singers and songwriters
  • Can be used with a wide variety of other apps

It’s multitrack, has a growing list of available add-ons, works on iPhone or iPad, and it’s very cool.

Not convinced? I am! Even if you’re just doing a daily podcast to recount the days events you can insert a back beat, vocal effects and crazy coolness.