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defriended

Being unfriended on Facebook is never pleasant. To smooth things over, Facebook doesn’t alert you when it happens (that must be the only thing it doesn’t alert you about), however I’m sure most of you would rather know when it does happens.

Defriended does just that.

At every launch it records your list of Facebook friends and compares it to the last one, if someone took off, you’re sure to know about it.

It’s price? $1.

The awkward encounters that follow its use? Priceless.

[via App Advice ]

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Exchange is extremely useful for syncing your data live to your phone, especially since Gmail added Exchange—but iPhones still only allow one Exchange account at a time. If you’re jailbroken, here’s how to add as many accounts as you want.

The folks over at the Modmyi.com forums figured this one out through some trial and error, and since the instructions require sifting a thread and picking out the important steps, we’ve narrowed down the process here. It looks a little daunting at first (and you should proceed at your own risk), but all it requires is a little bit of copying and pasting. In order to do this, you’ll need to have jailbroken your iPhone or iPod touch and installed OpenSSH on it, as well as already have an Exchange account set up.

First, you’ll have to SSH into your iPhone (which we’ve covered how to do before) and grab the com.apple.accountsettings.plist file from /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/. Download it to your computer and open it up with a plist editor (OS X has one built in, and there are a few for download on Windows). Be sure to back it up before you edit it, though, in case you mess up and need to go back to the original.

When you open it up, the Exchange account should be the first entry, and it should look something this:

<dict>
<key>ASAccountEmailAddress</key>
<string>account1@gmail.com</string>
<key>ASAccountHost</key>
<string>m.google..com</string>
<key>ASAccountMailNumberOfPastDaysToSync</key>
<integer>0</integer>
<key>ASAccountUseSSL</key>
<true/>
<key>ASAccountUsername</key>
<string>account1@gmail.com</string>
<key>ASLastKnownProtocolVersion</key>
<string>2.5</string>
<key>Class>/key>
<string>ASAccount</string>
<key>DAAccountPersistentUUID</key>
<string>47F76882-2678-41C7-91B9-5D1AD5F76BFA</string>
<key>DAAccountVersion</key>
<integer>2</integer>
<key>DATrustSettingsExceptions</key>
<dict>
b8fa0b7f 0e99494e e3210953 21fa4725 65454492
<data>
YnBsaXN0MDChAdICAwQFW1NTTEhvc3RuYW1lWlNIQTFE
aWdlc3QITxAUuPoLfw6ZSU7jIQlTIfpHJWVFRJIICg8b
JicAAAAAAAABAQAAAAAAAAAGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Pg==
</data>
</dict>
<key>DisplayName</key>
<string>Gmail</string>
<key>Enabled Dataclasses</key>
<array>
<string>com.apple.Dataclass.Calendars</string>
<string>com.apple.Dataclass.Contacts</string>
<string>com.apple.Dataclass.Mail</string>
<string>com.apple.Dataclass.ContactsSearch</string>
</array>
<key>Identifier</key>
<string>F4EBDF4A-8C1E-486E-89A8-766C1C5D8170</string>
<key>Short Type String</key>
<string>Exchange</string>
<key>Sync Identifier</key>
<string>F4EBDF4A-8C1E-486E-89A8-766C1C5D8170</string>
<key>Type</key>
<string>Exchange</string>
<key>Type String</key>
<string>Exchange ActiveSync</string>
<key>kASAccountVersionKey</key>
<integer>7</integer>
</dict>

Copy this whole section and paste it directly below itself—and then all you need to do is edit a few parts of the section you just pasted. Change the strings below ASAccountEmailAddress, ASAccountEmailUsername, and DisplayName to correspond to your second Exchange account. You’ll also have to change the last 4 digits of the DAAccountPersistentUUID to something else (it doesn’t matter what it is, it just has to be different than the first account and have the same number of digits). You’ll also have to change the last 4 characters of the Identifier string to something else—and make those same changes to the Sync Identifier string (so that the two strings match). Repeat this entire process (starting with the copying and pasting) for each new Exchange account you want to add.

When you’re done, go back into your SSH client and upload your newly revised com.apple.accountsettings.plist file to the same folder you got it from, and you should be all set. You don’t even need to restart your iPhone, if you just wait a minute it should ask you for the passwords and start syncing. Thanks, Jan!

[via Lifehacker]

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Scosche

Oh Scosche…you had me at retractable.

The FlipSync just shot to the top of my little “must-have on my keyring” list (that’s misleading – it’s actually the only item there): it’s a tiny, retractable iPhone cable in the shape of a squared oval, and that’s really all there is to it. It’s so small that you can fit it on a keyring, which seems like a great place to have something as useful as an iPhone cable for quick charging and syncing. I’m still waiting on more details such as pricing, release date, and the length of the cable (probably short), but I’ll be back when the news is out.

[news and pic via iPhoneAlley via OhGizmo!]

[via Just Another iPhone Blog]

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BTKeyboardDriver

iPhone OS 3.0 is supposed to open up an exciting new level of integration between iPhone software and hardware accessories – but so far I don’t recall seeing that many thrilling examples of this.  As is so often the case though, we can count on a jailbreak app to establish another first – in this case support for bluetooth keyboards.

The new Keyboard Driver Demo app – available now in the Cydia store – provides this support, which we have never seen before on the iPhone.

Here’s a little more detail, from the developer’s site:

This iPhone Bluetooth keyboard driver fills this gap. It is based on the open-source BTstack project, a Bluetooth stack designed for embedded devices where resources are scarce.

This driver runs on the iPhone 3G(S) and all iPod touch devices with Bluetooth support. It is unclear yet, if it works properly on the iPhone 2G

The app is titled a ‘demo’ at least partly because it only works inside the app itself right now – though apparently the developer says a version that works outside the app will be available ‘soon’.

The demo app is free and out now in Cydia.

[via JustAnotherIphoneBlog]

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NetNewsWire

It seems like Orange Israel wanted to pull something special for their iPhone launch. For this purpose they had Ogmento, an augmented reality focused developer, prepare an iPhone app.

The concept, that you might have seen before, consists of making stuff appear whenever the app recons a certain pattern. In this case, you’ll need to point your iPhone at the Orange logo which will have it display an iPhone.

You can then interact with it via the touchscreen. Check it out:

Absolutely, what’s better than an iPhone? An iPhone in an iPhone.

[via App Advice]

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With the ever-increasing number of mobile internet users, webmasters have to make sure that there website is viewable on mobile phones. There a lot of checks and tests before a web page can be called ‘mobile friendly’, including page size, scripting, network, markup language used e.t.c.

To make things easier, World Wide Web Consortium (W3) has launched a Mobile Checker that runs a website through these standard tests to determine if a website is mobile friendly. All you need to do is simply enter the URL of the web page you want to check.

Mobile Checker run around 50 sub-tests and provides a final score out of 100. It also provides you a list of tests that the web page failed and details about each test. For most of the failed tests,  related best practice information is also provided for reference.

After you have implemented the recommended changes, you can run a test again to see if your score improved.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

W3C Mobile Checker is a great little tool to check your website for mobile friendliness. It is completely free and provides information about the best available industry standards.

Rating: 4/5

[via Techie Buzz]

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iTunes

Forget Counter-Strike because playing traditional FPS just officially went out of fashion. Gunman, the first of its kind augmented reality FPS game, just hit the App Store.

The idea is simple, you set it up by indicating what’s your opponent’s t-shirt color (for example) and be ready to fight. The shooting mode will activate and whenever you press fire with the selected color in the middle of your target, you make a hit.

It doesn’t stop there, you can play with up to 4 other players on Wi-Fi which will really make it fun. Your adversary will have its phone vibrate once you shoot him and you need to shake your iPhone to reload. I would recommend trying to get some unusual colors like red because white makes it too messy.

Another fun bit about this game is its Pro-Mode. The developers website features a Hit-list full of known personalities, the idea is for you to hunt them down, shoot them (from your iPhone, of course) and the app will let you tweet it directly. They are also working on integrating the FourSquare location service in it to increase the fun.

They are already preparing new game modes and more weapons which should really make it last.

Gunman is a lot of fun and even works on the 3G so make sure to check it out.

[via App Advice]

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