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iPhone Tip: Change System Font with BytaFont

November 21, 2010 — by Simon Ng10


bytafont lock screenSeveral months ago, we showed you how you can change the iPhone’s system font using FontSwap. BytaFont, which is a free app available on Cydia, provides an alternative way to customize the system font and it offers even more font choices to choose from.

BytaFont lets you change fonts on any iOS devices including iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 4.0 (or up).

To use BytaFont, you need to have a jailbroken iPhone. If you already have one, simply launch cydia, search for “BytaFont” and install it. The app is just a font selection font. It doesn’t come with any fonts (except the original system font of iPhone). You need to go to the “Font” section on Cydia and download the fonts.

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How To Change the Default Browser for iPhone

November 18, 2010 — by Simon Ng7


Apple’s iPhone comes with the mobile Safari as the default web browsing app. The mobile Safari does a great job and makes web surfing fun and easy. That said, you may want other browsing options. Just do a simple search for “browser” in App Store, you’ll find ample of Safari-alternatives available for download. To name a few, 360 browser, Opera mini, Atomic web browser, VanillaSurf, Skyfire are all great alternatives for web surfing on iPhone.

You may already use one of the alternative browsers on your iPhone to browse the web. You love the browser and really want to stick with it. However, when someone sends you an email with a link in it, you can’t use your favorite browser to open the URL. When you tap on the link, it’s still Safari that loads the web page for you.

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Want To Run FaceTime On iPhone 3GS? Try FaceIt Hack!

November 13, 2010 — by Gaurav Kheterpal6


Like several other iPhone 3GS owners, I was smitten with jealousy when I saw the FaceTime feature first on the iPhone 4. The obvious question was – Is there a way to bring FaceTime like capabilities on the iPhone 3GS? And that’s precisely what a group of iPhone hackers called iPhoneIslam have managed to do – get FaceTime up and running on an iPhone 3GS — albeit with one-way video transmission, so you can chat with FaceTime contacts and see their faces, but they can’t see you. The “FaceIt-3GS app is now available in the Cydia store, and allows users to enable FaceTime in the iPhone 3GS’s Settings app.

How to Enable FaceTime on iPhone 3GS

Installing the FaceIt-3GS app on your iPhone 3GS is quick and easy. Simply, follow these steps.

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How To Backup and Export iPhone SMS as CSV to Your Computer

November 8, 2010 — by Simon Ng11


Some time ago someone asked me how he could backup the SMS on iPhone to computer. Normally you use iTunes and sync all SMS data to computer. But that was the answer he’s looking for. He would like to export his SMS from iPhone to computer as a file in CSV format (a comma-delimited file). Later he could read the SMS on computer and import the messages to other mobile devices.

In iPhone, all the text messages are saved inside a mobile database. With jailbreaking, you can actually save that database back to computer and manipulate the data with some SQL database tools.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to save the SMS database, export the messages into a CSV file and read it in Excel. This tip is for geek who wants to gain full access to the text message on iPhone directly. If you just want to backup the text messages to computer, simply sync your iPhone with iTunes and the SMS should be saved to computer automatically.

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Best Way to Create Free iPhone Ringtone

November 5, 2010 — by Simon Ng9


Earlier, I showed how you can create free custom ringtone for your iPhone using iTunes 10. Alternatively, you can also rely on iPhone apps such as RingBuilder and Ringtone Designer Pro to create your own ringtone.

All these methods work pretty well. But they involves certain-level of manual processes (such as renaming the song file to .m4r and importing the ringtone file into iTunes) that not everyone of you can handle them well. Today, I’m going to show you a software tool and I think it’s the easiest way to create custom iPhone ringtone.

The tool is called iPhone Ringtone Maker, developed by 4Media. The software provides an all-in-one solution for you to create ringtone from any music file and transfer it to iPhone directly. With iPhone Ringtone Maker, you no longer need to sync the ringtones to iPhone via iTunes. What you need to do is to click a button and the ringtone is automatically copied to your iPhone. It’s just awesome!

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Google Sync Makes Life Easy for iPhone Users

November 4, 2010 — by Simon Ng0


This guest post is contributed by Alvina Lopez, who writes on the topics of accredited online colleges.

Just another convenience of the iPhone, if you are an avid Google Account user, you don’t have to switch to Apple’s iCal or Address Book just because you got a new mobile device. Google Sync for the iPhone ensures that your Gmail, contacts, and calendars are always the same whether you are at your office or on the go. Just follow these five easy steps to make sure you always have the information you need right at your fingertips.

Step 1: Access
Tap on the settings icon on your iPhone’s home screen and select “Mail, Contacts, and Calendars.” Now tap “Add Account” and go to Microsoft Exchange.

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How to Refund Accidentally Purchased iPhone App

October 20, 2010 — by Megha Bassi3


We are humans and we make mistakes. Way too often actually. Lucky for us, some of those mistakes can be rectified and the damage too can be undone. This guide will show you how to return an iPhone or iPad App that you might have accidentally purchased from the iTunes App Store. You can not only return the Application but also get a refund in all likelihood.

I found myself in a similar scenario recently, when I had accidentally purchased an app which I thought would be compatible with the iPad. Unfortunately, it was not and for a moment I really thought I lost my ten dollars. Later I figured out a way we could get it back. Here’s how.

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How To Upgrade iPhone 4 to iOS 4.1 Without Baseband Update

October 14, 2010 — by Simon Ng11


Other than Game Center, the iOS 4.1 comes with a new version of baseband (i.e. 2.10.4) for iPhone 4. As of now, there is no unlock tool to unlock this baseband. If you want to upgrade to iOS 4.1 and preserve the unlock, you need to take extra steps for the upgrade.

In this guide, I’ll walk you through how you can upgrade to iOS 4.1 but without updating baseband. As the baseband (i.e. 01.59.00) can be preserved, you can still use ultrasn0w to unlock your iPhone 4 after upgrading to iOS 4.1.

Before you proceed, make sure you read through the following notes carefully:

  • This guide is for iPhone 4 ONLY. Please do not use it for other models of iPhone.
  • Make sure you use the latest version of iTunes (i.e. 10.0.1). If you haven’t upgrade the iTunes. you can download it here.
  • This guide is catered for both Windows and Mac users.
  • The procedures are tested using my iPhone 4. It works really well. However, there is no 100% guarantee that it’ll work on your iPhone. Use it at your own risk.

Okay, let’s get started.

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Workaround To Fix Broken iPhone Home Button

October 3, 2010 — by Simon Ng3


Activator for iPhoneQuite a long time ago, a reader sent me email and wrote,

“Hey, Simon. My iPhone’s home button is broken. Is there any way to fix it?”

I replied,

“The best way is to send it back to Apple Store!”

Recently, I stumbled upon an article on Evan Hahn and iPhone Download Blog. It turns out there is an interesting workaround, that makes use of a cydia hack, to fix a broken iPhone button.

The workaround only works on jailbroken iPhone and you need to install a hack called Activator which can be found on cydia. With the Activator hack, you can assign other iPhone buttons (e.g. volume buttons) to emulate the Home button. You can also use gestures to activate the home screen.

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Why Missing Ringtones Library in iTunes?

September 25, 2010 — by Simon Ng185


Earlier, I published a step-by-step guide on how to create custom ringtones using iTunes 10. I am glad that some of you love the guide and find it useful.

However, some claimed they even couldn’t find the ringtone library in iTunes. It’s just missing!

This isn’t a problem of your iTunes. You do not need to re-install it in order to resolve the issue. The ringtones library is just hidden and what you need to do is to make a little configuration to unhide it.