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XBMC on Apple TV 2

Since the first time heard about XBMC Media Player from many users who experienced it and said amazing things about it, I decided to get my self an Acer Revo device to be prepared as a Media Player as mentioned in this link. Which I believe is the best resource if you want to do the same.

Recently I’ve been reading a lot of good reviews about installing XBMC on Apple TV 2 after jailbreaking it.

Will, my experience with Apple TV 2 was really total different experience, since I noticed that it gives much better colors and better control since Apple Remote is utilized properly.

For installing XBMC I followed the below steps:


Jailbreak your Apple TV 2 by doing the following:

  1. iTunes is updated
  2. You have a Micro USB Cable
  3. Seas0nPass is downloaded: (Windows | Mac)
  4. No other iOS devices are connected via USB.
  5. You have your Apple TV remote control handy.
  6. The AppleTV is not connected via USB or Power.

This first part of this guide assumes you guide you have a non-jailbroken Apple TV. If your Apple TV is already jailbroken and you just wish to install XBMC skip below.


To Jailbreak your Apple TV:

  1. Extract Seas0nPass to a folder and Run it.
  2. Click Create IPSW
    1. This will Download the newest version of the AppleTV software directly from Apple. Seas0nPass will then add the jailbreaking changes to the file.
  3. Connect your Apple TV to your Computer via USB. Do not plug it in to an A/C outlet.
  4. Put the device into DFU mode using the remote, press and hold the MENU and PLAY/PAUSE keys for about 7 seconds and release
  5. Once Seas0nPass detects the device is in DFU mode, it will open up iTunes.
    1. If using a Mac, Alt-Click in iTunes on the Restore file and select the newly made IPSW file. — Thanks Raphael!
    2. If using Windows, Select the Apple TV on the left menu. Shift-Click restore and select the IPSW file located in My Documents\Seas0nPass
  6. Once Complete, The AppleTV is Jailbroken. Congrats!!
  7. Unplug from your computer and connect to TV. You should see a new Seas0nPass Menu


Install XBMX by doing the following:

To install the Cydia build:

  • Open up your terminal/ssh application and enter the following command to log in to your ATV2:
    ssh root@YOUR.ATV2.IP.ADDRESS
  • You will be asked for a password: default password is alpine
  • Continue to enter the following commands:
  • Issue these commands in your Terminal window, in sequence:
  • apt-get install wget
    wget -O- | apt-key add -
    echo "deb stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/awkwardtv.list
    echo "deb ./" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xbmc.list
    apt-get update
    apt-get install org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2


    Now you have your XBMC installed on your Apple TV 2
  • Once the install is done, we need to install the latest nightly build as it fixes lots of bugs that the initial official build does not. It’s also required for the newest version of iOS.
  • Find the latest version of the daily at
  • Run the following commands
    1. wget<latest .deb file from above>
    2. dpkg -i latest_atv2.deb
    1. rm latest_atv2.deb
  • This will download and upgrade the install to the latest semi-nightly build. This is required for the newer versions of the iOS software

Once installed, XBMC will be available as another item under FrontRow, the name for the standard AppleTV software.

Enjoy 🙂

Up close with iOS 5: Reminders

iOS 5’s to-do manager is pretty basic, but may satisfy some users’ needs


At its core, the Reminders app that iOS 5 introduces is a simple task-management utility, designed to look like a sheet of loose-leaf paper. It offers basic functionality for entering tasks and to-dos, mixing in geolocation fun for good measure.

It’s not as fancy as various to-do list managers you’ll find in the App Store. Todo, Pocket Informant, and Smart Pad offer more features than what you’re likely to find in this built-in app. That said, Reminders provides enough basic functionality to satisfy iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad owners with less extensive task management needs.


Getting started with Reminders

To get started, tap the first empty row in the Reminders app to type in a new reminder; tap Return, and your new task is saved. Next to each task is a checkbox—tap it to complete your task.

Tap an individual task to tweak individual settings for this entry. You can adjust the name of the task, when it’s due, if it repeats, its priority, and general notes on the task. In addition, if you tap Remind Me, you can schedule time- and location-based reminders.

As the name might suggest, time-based reminders are scheduled by time. Location-based reminders, in contrast, allow you to set a place (either your current location or a pre-specified address from one of your contacts), and whether you’d like to be reminded of the task when you leave or when you arrive there.

The app will also let you set up recurring tasks. Tap Repeat, and you can schedule your task to repeat daily, weekly, every two weeks, monthly, or yearly. When you schedule reminders, they won’t show up on your iOS device’s calendar, though you can pull them up in iCal (they’re saved as Reminders there; as Tasks in other calendar programs).

Reminders Tips and Tricks

By default, Reminders displays your tasks in a simple list, sorted only by task entry time. A second viewing option—Date—lets you browse only those tasks with reminders set for a specific day. Again, those tasks are sorted by the time you entered them; if you add a task with an earlier due date (or higher priority) after a different task, the more-urgent task is still listed after the less-urgent one.

If you want to remove a task, tap on it to enter the editing screen and then tap the Delete button, and, lastly, tap Delete a second time to confirm the deletion. You can also check off the unwanted task to remove it from your Reminders list.

Reminders lets you create multiple lists. For example, you might use one list for grocery shopping and a second one for home-improvement tasks. On the iPad, the names of your lists remain visible at all times; iPhone and iPod touch users need to tap a Lists icon in the upper left corner to reveal their assorted lists.


To create a new list, first tap the Edit button and then tap Create New List. If you’ve told your iCloud account to sync Reminders, you can choose whether each new list is device-specific or stored with iCloud instead. When you’ve created multiple lists, you can swipe sideways to flip through them on the iPhone. On the iPad, it’s possible to tap directly to the list from a sidebar.

iMessage… How to use it??


Apple iOS 5 one of the best features is iMessage. it allows the iDevices users to communicae with each other using their Apple ID over 3G or WiFi.


What I need to do in-order to activate it?

Nothing, simply nothing all. You can activate iMessage by tap or slide it over to turn iMessage on.

Once activated, there are some new options appearing on the Messages setting screen.


  • Turn ON the Send Read Receipts to activate read notification. With the Send Read Receipts turned on, the other party in your iMessage conversation will be able to see once you view a message they have sent to you. You will allow the others to be notified when you have read their messages. If you turn it off, the sender will not know whether you have read the sent message or not, but only delivery notification.
  • Turn ON the Send as SMS option to Send as SMS when iMessage service is unavailable. Your device will route a message through your carrier via SMS instead of iMessage when iMessage is unavailable. Of course carrier messaging rates may apply if you are not subscribed to unlimited text plan with your carrier.
  • Received At option lets you configure the address(es) where you would like to receive iMessages.

    In received at settings, you can configure where you can be reached for iMessages at, either phone number, email apple ID, or another email.
    To set up your e-mail address for iMessage, you will need to enter your Apple ID, followed by the e-mail address you would like to use. The email will be verified by Apple and will be added as iMessage. So, when the email activated, other party will identify your email as iMessage-activated users or not.
    If you have several emails to be set as iMessage recipient, add them by tap Add Another Email.

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    In this case, there are multiple email addresses where I can be reached for iMessage at. If a family member contact me to the first email and college buddy contact me to the second email and both of them using iMessage, I will get those message on my iPhone or any other device where this email assigned to.

    Also, you will be able to set the caller ID of for your iMessage identity, either it could be phone number, or the selected email, but it’s preferred to be an e-mail.


    • Tap on Caller ID to set which address you would like to use as your iMessages identity. If you select unfamiliar called ID (like a new created email), your contacts probably doesn’t recognize the message from you. So, be sure to select a familiar caller ID. Caller ID has to be an e-mail account to make it work.

    However, on the iPod Touch or iPad, you will not be able to set phone number as recipient nor caller id as they have no phone number. So, you will only be able to use your Apple ID as iMessage ID on other device like iPod Touch or iPad.

    Other Settings may not new and you shall familiar with:

    • MMS Messaging: Let you enable/disable to share Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) through iMessage. Disable this option if you only need texting on iMessage.
    • Show Subject Field: This option will show subject and the content just like sending email. There will be two rows for subject and content while sending iMessage.
    • Character Count: Do you really need it? It’s not the old-SMS style that limit 160 Character/SMS. I prefer to turn it off unless my carrier started to charge iMessage per character.
    • Show preview: You will see the content preview when you have a new iMessage if you enable this option.
    • Repeat alert: Just like SMS tone, will be repeated twice by default. Configure how many repetition you would like to get when a new iMessage notification appears.

    Now you are ready to use your iMessage!!

    Now watch the following videos to see a comparison between both SMS and iMessage and also how to use iMessage:



    The Shortcuts to your Facebook


    If you see Facebook as a benevolent time-waster, why not waste your time more efficiently when you’re there? Hit Alt+1 for the home page, Alt+? to search, or Alt+M for a new message.

    The How-To Geek runs down all the shortcuts he’s discovered. Aside from Alt+M and Alt+?, most of Facebook’s keyboard shortcuts line up with numbers. 1-5 will take you (roughly) from left-to-right on Facebook’s navigation links across the top of your Facebook page. 6-0 will navigate to less obvious settings pages.

    NOTE: If you’re on a Mac, you (currently) need to add Ctrl+Option+ to each of the shortcuts (Firefox on Mac is Function+Ctrl—thanks Robert Reents!). Other than that, they should work the same.

  • Alt+?: Search
  • Alt+m: Compose a new message
  • Alt+1Home page
  • Alt+2: Your profile page
  • Alt+3: Friend requests
  • Alt+4: Your messages
  • Alt+5: Notifications
  • Alt+6Account page
  • Alt+7Privacy
  • Alt+8Facebook’s Facebook page
  • Alt+9Facebook Terms/Agreement
  • Alt+0Facebook help center
  • The Geek notes, however, that the shortcuts work best in Chrome, and maybe Opera and Safari. In Firefox, you’ll need to add a Shift key to the combination, so as not to trigger Firefox’s own Alt-centered operations. On Internet Explorer, you’ll have to press Enter after hitting each combination.

    you can read the full article here

  • Facebook backing up your iPhone contacts behind your back!!

    Most of the Facebook users who own an iPhone, they use Facebook Application for easier connection and social networking experience.

    Recently some users realized that the phone numbers stored on the phone are uploaded to Facebook, without us knowing about it.

    to check  this, Go to the top right of the Facebook screen, click on ACCOUNT, click on EDIT FRIENDS, on the left side of screen click CONTACTS.

    You will see all phone numbers from your phone (FB friends or not) are published. TO REMOVE, go to the right column, click on this page which will take you the page shown below:

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    Click on REMOVE to remove the uploaded contacts.

    Also you need to disable the SYNC option on your iPhone by going to Facebook App, as shown below:



    15 Handy Google Search Tricks

    Most of us use Google search to search on various topics, products, tips, etc. No doubt it’s one of the best search engines available out there. In order to search something we simply enter the keywords in the search bar and search for stuff but did you ever know that there are several built in functions within Google which makes searching stuff even easier. Some of you’ll know about them. But well if you don’t, then here they are:

    The Chamber of Apple’s Help!!!!

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    If you are an Apple addict, or you are using any of Apple applications. then you will really need this.

    Apple has a chamber of documentations for all applications provided by them, and this chamber is located on their website.

    We went through the website and we can tell you that, it’s Amazing.

    Go and check it out here

    How to configure your Xbox 360 Controller for Windows on a Windows XP- or Vista-based computer

    Configure the controller

    You don’t have to configure the controller unless you want to customize the range of motion of the axes. To configure the controller, follow these steps:

    1. Click Start, click Run, type joy.cpl in the Open box, and then click OK.
    2. In the Game Controllers window, click XNA Gamepad, and then click Properties.
    3. Click the Settings tab, and then click Calibrate.
    4. Follow the steps in the Device Calibration Wizard.
      Note When you’re prompted to use the directional pad (D-Pad), use the left stick instead. If you use the D-Pad, the left stick configuration may be incorrect.
      1. To use this wizard to configure the axes of your game controller, click Next.
      2. Leave the D-pad (left stick) centered, and then press a button on the controller.
      3. Press all the D-pad’s corners (left stick), and then press a button on the controller.
      4. Leave the D-pad (left stick) centered, and then press a button on the controller.
      5. Move the Z Axis (left and right triggers) all the way up and down, and then press a button on the controller.
      6. Move the X Rotation (right stick – left right movement) all the way up and down, and then press a button on the controller.
      7. Move the Y Rotation (right stick – up down movement) all the way up and down, and then press a button on the controller.
      8. To save your configuration, click Finish.
    5. Click Apply, and then test the operation of the controller.
    6. If you’re satisfied with the new settings, click OK twice.
      If you’re not satisfied, click Settings, and then click Reset to defaults. When you click Reset to defaults, the device controls are reset to the default settings that are obtained from the device.

    Access Hulu from Outside the U.S. Without a Proxy Server


    We’ve featured one or two ways to watch Hulu from outside the US, but one user over at Reddit has discovered another method, no outside proxy server required. All you need is a Firefox add-on and a few blocked ports.


    Use a USB Key to Install Windows 7—Even on a Netbook


    Putting the Windows 7 installation on a USB thumb drive has a few advantages—a small USB key is much more convenient for carrying around than a DVD, the OS will actually install much faster, and you can use a USB key to install Windows 7 on systems that do not have a DVD drive, such as a netbook. In fact, you can even install Windows 7 on netbooks that have fairly modest hardware. Dennis Chung, an IT Pro Evangelist at Microsoft recently posted a video demonstrating how easy it is to prepare your thumb drive and use it to install Windows 7.


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