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To Jailbreak, or Not to Jailbreak…

Written by mcarberry. Posted in Tech Musings

  Today we’re going to get into a little bit of a grey area here. Now we love iOS at ScreenTek, and we use it every day. However, sometimes you need just a little more than what iOS has to offer and jailbreaking is a great way to get it. So maybe you’ve never heard of the term, or perhaps you’ve heard of it, but think jailbreaking is illegal or will turn your phone into a brick. Relax. ScreenTek’s here and we’re going to help. Call them crazy, but Apple puts restrictions on its iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV. This allows them to ensure the integrity and uniformity of the operating system. Unfortunately, it also keeps a lot of great features off of iOS and leaves users at the mercy of iTunes. Jailbreaking allows users root access to their devices and enables them to remove this restriction, thus allowing for more freedom and control. There are lots of advantages to circumventing Apple’s restrictions such as complete customization, wi-fi tethering, feature upgrades, and using apps that aren’t allowed by iTunes.

Jailbreaking can give you custom icons, backgrounds, and themes. It actually allows custom… everything!

Now before I sound like I’m too biased, jailbreaking isn’t for everybody. There are lots of downsides to jailbreaking as well. For one, jailbreaking essentially turns your phone into a regular computer. This meaning if something goes wrong, the solution won’t be simple, and will not be solvable by those Apple geniuses. Stability and safety will go away with jailbreaking, as will the support. Additionally updates become a hassle. You won’t be able to update as quickly or as easily because you’ll lose jailbreak and access to all those great apps.

Be careful, you don’t wanna turn your phone into a brick.

Jailbreaking doesn’t always work, and if you can’t get it to work, a full restore might be in your future. Granted I’ve never had to restore my iPhone or iPad with a jailbreak, but I know some people who have. If backing up and restoring your media doesn’t sound appealing, you might want to leave jailbreak alone. The last reason not to jailbreak, and in particular the biggest one in my opinion is that not all apps are free, and those that aren’t can be really expensive. Believe it or not the apps that are sold through iTunes are reasonably priced, and you won’t always get that in the Cydia store.

Cydia is the unofficial App Store of all jailbroken iPhones.

So as you can see there are many reasons to jailbreak, and maybe even more reasons not to. The choice is completely up to you, but I like it because I’m a horrible control freak, and I expect way too much out of all my technology. However, it’s obviously not necessary to enjoy your device, and if you’re looking for a way to get a lot of customization out of your phone without changing it, you might want to consider Android.

Apps We Love: Gilt Taste

Written by mcarberry. Posted in Apps We Love

Okay, so we’re huge foodies here at ScreenTek. Any chance we get to cook, bake, or even look at food we take. Gilt Groupe released its Gilt Taste app  Tuesday, and we got our hungry little hands on it. I spent more than a few hours playing with it, and even trying out a couple recipes.

Now I must say, prior to downloading the app, I was initially skeptical. I thought, “Okay so I’m going to download a free app that’s going to make me want to spend way too much money on a bunch of designer kitchen gadgets I don’t need.”  I was actually delighted to start up the app and see how incredibly clean it was. I mean, I knew with a Gilt app the interface was going to be clean, but man was it sleek! You’re greeted by a massive collage of absolutely mouth-watering images of food. Man are they great pictures, from perfectly grilled steaks to sweet, shiny cups of compotes, and baked goods you can practically smell.

I was even more surprised to find that the shop was more food focused than gadget (The prices were still way above what I’m willing to pay although I don’t dispute the quality of the food). You can purchase some pretty bizarre stuff from kangaroo loin to soy lecithin, which I actually ended up buying since I like using it to make vinaigrette. It’s a fantastic emulsifier so it… Well, that’s an entirely different blog. “