Saturday, 29 October 2011

OS X Daily: Enable Multi-Tasking Gestures & Display Mirroring in iOS 5 for iPad 1

OS X Daily: Enable Multi-Tasking Gestures & Display Mirroring in iOS 5 for iPad 1

Link to OS X Daily

Enable Multi-Tasking Gestures & Display Mirroring in iOS 5 for iPad 1

Posted: 28 Oct 2011 04:14 PM PDT

Multitasking Gestures for iPad 1 The first generation iPad got iOS 5, but it didn’t officially get multitasking gestures or display mirroring. Not a huge deal, because a user on ModMyi figured out how to enable these two features and has released a modified version of redsn0w so that it unlocks these abilities, without a jailbreak. It’s pretty easy to use, so if you want to enable these features here’s how to use the tool and make your first-gen iPad feel a bit more modern.

Warning: This is for iPad 1 only. The gestures and mirroring already exist on iPad 2 making this unnecessary. Backup your iPad beforehand just in case something goes wrong, and proceed at your own risk.

  • Download the modified version of redsn0w that carries the tweaked payload
  • Connect the iPad to the computer
  • Turn off the iPad
  • Launch redsn0w and select “jailbreak” (no it won’t actually jailbreak if you follow the rest of the instructions)
  • Follow the onscreen instructions to put the iPad into DFU mode
  • Uncheck “Install Cydia” – this stops the jailbreak nut enables the multitasking and mirroring
  • Check “Enable Multitask Gestures”
  • Click “Next” and let the process complete and the iPad reboot
  • When the iPad restarts, go to “Settings” and tap on “General” to find “Multitasking Gestures” and be sure that is set to ON

Multitasking Gesture for iPad 1 in iOS 5

Once it’s turned on, the easiest way to verify is by pinching with four fingers to see if you return to your home screen.

The Multitasking Gestures
Using four or five fingers you can…

  • Pinch to the Home Screen (much like OS X Lion pinches to Launchpad)
  • Swipe up to show the multitasking bar of running apps
  • Swipe left or right between open applications

Display Mirroring
Display Mirroring only works with HDMI cables and not AirPlay

For those interested in the technical details of this, here’s the source code (via ModMyi user dB) for the modification:

Thanks for sending this in Daniel

Re-Open Closed Browser Windows in Safari for iPad

Posted: 28 Oct 2011 10:43 AM PDT

re open closed browser windows in Safari for iPad

You can easily re-open closed web browser windows in Safari for iOS 5 on the iPad, just tap and hold the + button that usually opens new tabs – after holding it for a second you will see a pop-up menu that shows recently closed tabs for quick recovery and access.

If you don’t want the recently closed tabs to show any history, you can either clear mobile Safari history and cache or just use the new Private Browsing mode to prevent them from accumulating in the first place.

Helpful little tip from Lifehacker

Jailbreak for iPhone 4S & iPad 2 Coming Soon

Posted: 28 Oct 2011 09:17 AM PDT

iPhone 4S with iOS 5 jailbroken

An official jailbreak for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 running iOS 5 is coming sooner than later, as evidenced by iPhone Dev Team member MuscleNerd posting several screenshots of the works in progress. In fact, they jailbreak has already been achieved, but there are unspecified “hurdles left” before the jailbreak will see a public release.

There are currently no time estimates, but typically these teaser screenshots and videos start to appear soon before a first beta jailbreak becomes available. The iPhone 4S and iPad 2 have been noticeably absent from the current iOS 5 jailbreak, both devices share much of the same internal hardware including the A5 CPU, and has posed a challenge to jail break. It’s unclear whether this will be a tethered or untethered jailbreak.

MuscleNerd also posted the following video to YouTube, showing the jailbreak off on an iPad 2 running iOS 5:

Coming from the Dev Team, the jailbreak will probably be a released as a new version of redsn0w. We’ll keep you posted on any news or updates, be sure to follow our jailbreak coverage for more.

iPhone 4S jailbreak

Monitor Network Connections in Mac OS X for Free with Private Eye

Posted: 28 Oct 2011 05:02 AM PDT

Private Eye open connections

Private Eye is a free real-time network monitor app for Mac OS X 10.7+ that is extremely easy to use. Launching the app, you’ll start to see all open network connections, and you can then filter connections by app, monitor all open connections, or watch only incoming or outgoing transfer.

Connections are reported by application, the time of the connection, and arguably the most useful, the IP address that is being connected to by the app. If you have any interest in networking, security, or you just want to keep an eye on what apps are connecting to the internet and to where, you should download this app.

This is a simple yet powerful tool without the complexity or the learning curves related to compiling and using the command line tools lsof, watch, open_ports, or wireshark. Highly recommended.

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