Gov Says OK to Jailbreaking iPhones

July 27, 2010 – Today’s most interesting stories in technology, media and entertainment:

Do you wish your iPhone worked with another carrier? Would you like it to have access to an entire world of apps that aren’t available from the Apple App store? If so, your in luck, because the Library of Congress has just made some changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that will make it legal to Jailbreak your iPhone, run any lawful app and, maybe most importantly adapt your iPhone to run on any compatible wireless network. Most of you probably won’t take advantage of jailbreaking programs like Blackra1n, but if you do, you will open up your iPhone to a whole new world of apps that Apple really wishes you didn’t have access to. Blackra1n is spelled b-l-a-c-k-r-a-1-n, the number 1 replaces the “I” in the word rain. What can you really do with a jailbroken iPhone?

A minor bug in Citigroup’s iPhone app put users data in danger. The security flaw archived a user’s account information, as well as security codes, in a secret, hidden folder on the iPhone & on PC’s that were synced with the iPhone. Citigroup is currently telling customers to upgrade to a newer version of the app. What information are you willing to enter into your phone?

AT&T continues to take drastic measures to fix its clogged network. The company announced that it plans on releasing software fixes in the coming weeks that will increase customers upload speeds, which have been suffering, apparently from a bug in Alcatel-Lucent’s technology. The patch should be available in 2-3 weeks for most customers, just around the same time AT&T will deploy a new Wi-Fi zone in Chicago, similar to the one in Times Square.

Bump is making it even easier to friend someone on Facebook or follow someone on Twitter. The iPhone app, known for making it insanely easy to exchange numbers, is now using its ‘bump’ technology to tap into social networks, letting users become friends by simply bumping their phones together.

Today’s Video — Shelly Palmer Talks About The iPad vs. Kindle on FOX5’s Good Day New York

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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