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How to tether iphone on Ubuntu via USB

First you must have tethering enabled in the iPhone, either via your carrier, or via a 3rd party app such as MyWi.

Simply add the corresponding PPA repository, either via your prefered GUI or with the command:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:pmcenery/ppa

The update your sources with your GUI or with:

sudo apt-get update

And the install ipheth-utils via Syaptic, or with the command:

sudo apt-get install ipheth-utils

Ready, next time you connect your iPhone, Ubuntu Lucid will automatically connect.

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How to sync music between iPhone and ubuntu using new ifuse

iphone and ubuntu can be much more well integrated now.

If you used the previuose method described here some months ago, you must first remove those changes:

First remove the packages

sudo apt-get remove gvfs-backends ifuse libiphone-dev libplist0 libplist-dev libiphone0  libgpod4 libusbmux0 libusbmux-dev gtkpod

Now let’s remove the jonabeck PPA repo:

Either adding it as root to your /etc/apt/sources.list file

Or with the GUI “Software sources”

Now:  lets perform an update and upgrade:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

At this point it might be a good option to reboot the system.

New Mehod starts here

Let’s add a new PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmcenery/ppa

Let’s make a full update and upgrade:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Let’s install the new needed packages:

sudo apt-get install gvfs gvfs-backends gvfs-bin gvfs-fuse libgvfscommon0 ifuse libgpod-dev libgpod-common libimobiledevice-utils libimobiledevice0 libimobiledevice-dev python-libimobiledevice libplist++1 libplist-utils python-plist libusb-1.0-0 libusb-1.0-0-dev libusbmuxd1 usbmuxd

Now we have to add our own user to the fuse group:

sudo adduser $USER fuse

Let’s modify the fuse config file:

gksudo gedit /etc/fuse.conf

Uncoment the line that says


(uncoment means remove the “#”)

Ready: Now symply connect your iphone and it will be detected, you can see it in Rhythmbox and other media players.

Tip: iPhone should not be password protected when connected

You will notice that you have two iphone mounted devices, one as camera, and one as phone. Enjoy :-)


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How to make iPhone Skype calls over 3g and not only over WiFi

Because of Apple policies, the VoIP software can use WiFi connections only and not 3G.
In other words you can not make skype calls on the road.
In order to do it, this is what you need:

1-Your iPhone must be jailbroken, if it’s not, read this.
2-Install your Skype or Fing app from the App Store.
3-Install 3G Unrestrictor from Cydia.
4-Open 3G unrestrictor and add the desired applications (skype, fringe, whatever you want)


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How to sync music between iphone and Ubuntu

This method is deprecated
Use This other method instead to sync iphone and ubuntu


OK, now is beginig to be possible to sync your music from Ubuntu to your iPhone, thanks to the work of marcan and many others.

Disclaimer: This is very Alfa software, I didn’t invented any of the things I’m writing about, I just adpated the marcan instructions in the way they worked for me, to my personal systems, wich I’m sure many are using: Ubuntu Karmic Koala 9.10 and iPhone 3G with OS 3.1.2, by the way you need to have some music synced by iTunes before you can start.
Don’t cry if your iPhone melts:

1- update your system, either via synaptic or with

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

2- Add the PPA repository with the needed packages :

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/jonabeck/ppa/ubuntu karmic main

Either adding it as root to your /etc/apt/sources.list file

Or with the GUI “Software sources”

Then add the key for the repo with this command:
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com F0876AC9

And update again with:

sudo apt-get update

3- Install the packages required for compilation, and the already packaged libraries:

sudo apt-get install git-core cmake autoconf libtool libglib2.0-dev intltool gtk-doc-tools libsqlite3-dev libxml2-dev  libiphone-dev libplist1 libusb-1.0-0 libusb-1.0-0-dev libusbmux0 libusbmux-dev ifuse libiphone0 libplist0 libplist-dev

4-Get the libgpod code and compile it:

$ git clone git://gtkpod.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/gtkpod/libgpod
$ cd libgpod
$ CFLAGS=”-g -O0″ sh autogen.sh –prefix=/usr
$ make
$ sudo make install

5-Create a folder to mount it, and mount it:

sudo mkdir /media/ipod

**connect your iPhone**

sudo ifuse /media/ipod

6-Create the needed directory and files:

cd /media/ipod/iTunes_Control
mkdir Device

Find your UUID with

lsusb -v | grep -i iSerial

grab your UUID wich is the 40 characters long text
and run the following command replaceing with yours:

ipod-read-sysinfo-extended /media/ipod

This has generated a needed file into the Device folder.

7-Thats it. Now you can open the gtkpod application and sync your iPhone.

In order tu unmount your iphone first dissconect it via gtkpod and the you can use

sudo umount /media/ipod

And to mount it again just

sudo ifuse /media/ipod

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How to Jailbreak an iphone with OS 3.x

I have a previouse post about how to jailbrake an iphone but now it may be diffrent, there are two publishers of jailbreaking applications: the Dev-Team and geohot (any other source you find is just selling what they give for free).

Well, geohot has published a new app called blackra1n, this is definitivelly the fastest jailbreak I have ever seen. Not even a how to is really needed, just go to his site, download, run, follow the onscreen instructions (basically, click, connect, and wait)

And have fun!

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How to turn you iPhone into a Multitasking device

There are not technical reasons, only Apple marketing policies, but the iPhone is not allowed to run multiple applications simultaneously , by design only the phone, mail, ipod, and maybe some other Apple application can run in the backgroud.

This is of course not the desired behavior for many cases…

Multitasking you can, for example:

  • Have a messaging service available at any time.
  • Have an IP phone (e.g. skype, gizmo5) available all time.
  • Pause a game,  go to write an email, read the news, and go back to the game…etc.
  • etc

So this is what’s needed to enable Multitasking in your iPhone:

  1. In order to enable it, the iPhone must be jailbroken, if  it’s not, there’s a jailbreak how to here.
  2. From Cydia (or Icy), search and install the backgrounder app. This will provide the availability to run applications in the background.
  3. From Cydia (or Icy), search and install the application kirikae. This will provide a task manager that will let you switch between open applications and close them. You can also add favorite apps to open faster.
  4. Have Fun :-)
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How to view PNG images from iPhone

For some unknown reason the images in the iphone, stored as png files do not have a standard format and are not viewable by the general image viewers.

In order to be viewable by linux or windows, they need to be normalized, Axel E. Brzostowski has written a python script that normalize the files, making the readable by any imaging program.

Here is a zip file with the script: iPIN – iPhone PNG Images Normalizer v1.0 it sholud work on any system with python installed (I have personaly only tested in linux)

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How to jailbreak an iPhone

First thing to understand, the jailbreaking process is something you do the software on your own device, and although it has been proven to be safe, you are the only person responsible of what you do, and you understand that you might loose your apples warranty. So you understand and accept your own risks.

Jailbreaking is fun

OK, first thing, don’t get spamed or confused the official page for the jailbraking is this the Dev-Team blog http://blog.iphone-dev.org/

The jeailbreaking process can be made from Mac, Linux or Windows.

0-Syncronize or back up your data!

1-Download the redsn0w application http://blog.iphone-dev.org/ for your corresponding operating system from the software section (left side) on the blog from the Dev-Team.

2-Find the firmware file of your current firmware that iTunes downloaded when upgrading.

in OS X look in

~username/Library/iTunes/iPod Software Updates/

in Windows in look in

C:\Users\Your Account Name\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPod Software Updates


%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPod Software Updates

in Linux look in


2.1-If you don’t have the file, you can download it from this page:


3-Run the redn0w program. And simply follow the on screen instructions. You need to get the iphone in a special mode called DFU my pressing and holding the buttons as you will see, if you don’t get it on the first time, simple click back, and try again….

4-Once it ask for what programs to install select Cydia (it’s been reported that selecting icy might cause some problems)

5-Keep following on-screein instructions, wait, and your are all set. Welcome to the club!

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WordPress app for iPhone

If you have a blog and an iPhone, you can write your post on the road, this app is for you.

This app supports the blogging system WordPress, either hosted at wordpress.com or in your own domain, the only pre-requisite is to have wordpress 2.5.1 version or higher.

To get it from the AppStore, simply search for wordpress and download it, it’s a free App from Automattic, Inc.

In order for you to be able to post, in your blog site,   you have to go to your SiteAdmin>Settings>Writing ->Remote Publishing and toggle the XML-RPC on.

Enable xml-rpc
Enable xml-rpc

Back on your iPhone, start the app with the WordPress logo, and you will this screen:

First Screen
First Screen

There you can add your blog, it will simply ask for your BlogURL, username and password.

Once your blog is added you can click on it, and from there you will be able to see,  edit, and write your Posts, Pages and Comments:

Post Pages Comments
Post Pages Comments

There you can write your Posts, and provide the tags and categories:


And you can even take photos to submit to your post:

Add photo
Add photo

Very Easy, now you can comlepletly update your blog while on the road.

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