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How To Unlock Any iPhone (Including The Latest XS, XS Max, XR) On iOS 12 Using This R-SIM And ICCID Trick

By | December 2nd, 2018

Buying an unlocked iPhone can be a costly business, and unlocking them isn’t always the easiest thing in the world. There is a solution for those who have a locked device and need to use a SIM card that isn’t from the carrier the iPhone is locked to, and’s available right now.

That Metroid is to use the latest R-SIM ICCID trick which is basically a SIM card that, once installed, unlocks the device by taking advantage of a flaw in Apple’s iOS. That means that this SIM can be installed, a few steps taken, and then any carrier’s SIM can be swapped back in to get it working as any other unlocked iPhone without any issues, regardless of which carrier it belongs to.

We’ve written about these SIM swap methods before, but that was using R-SIM 12. The R-SIM is now updated to v13 to support the latest iPhone XR and iPhone XS / XS Max, which is notable as the older one had trouble working on Apple’s newer iPhones due to change in phone’s SIM card tray design. The update also brings with it a faster process and improved standby time, which is all good news.

The process for unlocking a locked iPhone using the R-SIM is as follows:

  1. First up, you will obviously need to get the latest version of R-SIM for your iPhone, which you can do so from here.
  2. Insert the R-SIM into your locked iPhone.
  3. Next, open Emergency Call screen and then enter the following code *5005*7672*00# in the dialer and then tap on phone calling button.
  4. On the Input ICCID screen, enter the following code 8901-4104-2792-0258-7523 and then tap Send.
  5. Reboot your iPhone and follow the regular iOS setup process for activation.
  6. Once done, you can just remove the R-SIM from your iPhone and insert your network’s regular nano SIM card back and start using your phone as a regular unlocked iPhone.

Those steps will work on anything from an iPhone 5 all the way up to an iPhone XS Max, with iOS 11 and iOS 12 confirmed as working just fine.

This process may be less than ideal, especially if it needs to be done again in case your iPhone hard reboots or is restored via iTunes, but it’s absolutely better than nothing and well worth checking out. Just be aware Apple might patch this flaw at some point in future iOS update although it’s working fine since iOS 11 days.

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New Fire TV Cube Update Lets You Control Apps Using Alexa

By | October 28th, 2018

Amazon has long allowed Alexa to be used to launch apps and streaming services on the Fire TV Cube devices, but a quietly-rolled-out update to the devices’ software now allows Alexa to dip into apps, giving users the chance to control them using their voice.

Amazon has confirmed that a new update, rolled out to the Fire TV Cube devices, allows users to control apps with their voice rather than having to reach for the control. The update brings voice-controlled support for changing profiles and moving through menus as well as selecting items within those menus. That means that once a user has all of their AV gear turned on, they need not touch a controller again.

According to Amazon, the reason it has now enabled the feature is that users were asking for it. “We got a deeper understanding that customers want the ability to use their voice to select, browse and navigate through their favorite apps, just like they can on the Fire TV home screen,” a spokesperson is quoted as saying.

Anyone with a Fire TV Cube who wants to test the feature out can say things like “Alexa, move right” followed by “Alexa, select that.” If that sounds amazing to you, we think you’re probably right. Support is already baked in for a host of apps, with more to come. Right now, you can use voice control in Hulu, Netflix, ESPN, HBO Go, HBO Now, FOX Now, FXNow, ABC, FilmStruck, Boomerang, Tubi TV, Red Bull TV, Cartoon Network, Hallmark Movies Now, DramaFever, The CW, and CW Seed.

Over to you, the rest of the set-top box brigade.

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How To Jailbreak iOS 11.1 – iOS 11.4 Beta 3 Using Unc0ver [Tutorial]

By | October 16th, 2018

This past weekend saw the release of a new jailbreak in the shape of the Unc0ver tool. Built by Pwn20wned, a former member of the renowned Electra Jailbreak team, the new release is perfect for jailbreaking devices running iOS 11 through iOS 11.4 beta 3. That includes iPhones, iPads, and of course, iPod touch devices – who could forget those?

As always, there is a specific way in which the jailbreak needs to be applied and if you’re new to the world of jailbreaking, it can be a daunting prospect. Don’t worry, though; we’re here to make sure everything goes according to plan so, without further ado, let’s get started, shall we?

The first thing that needs to be noted is which devices are supported by the new jailbreak – the list is long, so you’re probably fine. Anything compatible with iOS 11 is good to go, which means:

Compatible Devices:

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • 2nd-gen 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 1st-gen 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2, iPad Air
  • 5th-gen iPad
  • iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2
  • iPod touch 6G

So with that out of the way, exactly how do you do the deed?

Step 1: The first step, as ever, is to download the tools required. The jailbreak tool itself can be downloaded from GitHub, while Cydia Impactor can be downloaded from its own website at cydiaimpactor.com.

Step 2: Now, connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your computer of choice using a Lightning cable.

Step 3: Fire up Cydia Impactor on your computer. At this point, it should detect your iOS device. Drag the downloaded Unc0ver jailbreak IPA file into Cydia Impactor. Enter the Apple ID and password for your Apple Developer account when the app asks for it and then wait for Cydia Impactor to do its thing.

Step 4: Once the Unc0ver jailbreak IPA has been copied across to your iOS device, open the Settings app before heading to General > Profile(s) & Device Management – in older versions of iOS this may just say Device Management.

Step 5: Tap on the entry that shows your Apple ID, select the Trust option, and tap Trust again on the dialog that follows.

Step 6: We would suggest enabling Airplane mode prior to using Unc0ver Jailbreak just to be safe. The same goes for disabling Siri – do that in the Settings app under the Siri and Search entry.

Step 7: Restart your device, making sure that Airplane mode is still enabled when the device is powered back on.

Step 8: Launch the Unc0ver Jailbreak app from your Home screen and tap the Jailbreak button in the middle of the screen.

Step 9: Sit back and try to relax. This should be the end of the process, with the jailbreak working its magic. Once the process completes, your iOS device will respring.

See, that didn’t hurt one bit, did it?

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How To Send WhatsApp Message Without Saving Contact Using iOS 12 Siri Shortcuts

By | September 23rd, 2018

We’re huge fans of WhatsApp here at RP, and the instant messaging service is massive in certain parts of the world. In fact, it’s pretty huge everywhere except the United States, but it does have one minor issue in the fact that you cannot normally send messages to phone numbers without them first being part of your contacts.

That can be a real pain if you just need to send a quick message to someone you’re selling something to, or are perhaps looking to buy their house. It’s a huge pain and can leave your contacts full of random people. Thankfully, this can all be avoided thanks to a relatively simple Shortcut.

In order to use this, you’ll need to be using iOS 12 and have downloaded the Shortcuts app, but assuming that’s the case, you can head on over to the link here then download the Shortcut via iCloud. Once that’s done, you’ll have a new Shortcut that can be run whenever you want. When you do, the Shortcut will check your clipboard to see if a phone number exists. If it does, the Shortcut will use that as the recipient’s number but if no number is found, it will prompt you to enter one.

Once that’s done, the Shortcut will create a new WhatsApp message with that number as the recipient. Super simple, and super slick.

By default, the Shortcut has the country code set to 65, so remember to change that to your local code when you download it but beyond that, there’s no input from you needed in order to get this up and running.

We’re really keen to see what great Shortcuts people come up with and this is just a prime example of one that doesn’t need to be super complicated in order to do something awesome.

We’re really keen to see what great Shortcuts people come up with and this is just a prime example of one that doesn’t need to be super complicated in order to do something awesome.

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U.S. Teenagers Seeking Plastic Surgery For Better Selfies, Using Snapchat Filters As Reference

By | August 4th, 2018

And in today’s news that will make you question society as a whole, we bring you a report by The American Academy of Facial Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, which says that the majority of its clinicians have now seen patients who want to undergo plastic surgery in order to look better in selfies.

In fact, some even want to be able to look like their Snapchat-filtered selves, too.

The news comes as the current generation apparently want to be able to look like the images they share with their friends, asking clinicians to make them look like they would as if a real life filter had been placed on them.

Ten years ago, a teenager might have come into a plastic surgery clinic clutching a photo of their favorite celebrity, professionally Photoshopped to centerfold-level perfection. These days, teens don’t want to look like celebrities anymore. They want to look the way they look with a Snapchat filter, and they’re willing to undergo plastic surgery to make it happen […]

“There has been some work suggesting that with social media-induced plastic surgery people come to value, and relate to, the idealized images they create on social media over their actual felt body, and strive to attain ‘ideal’ standards through body modification,” says Kaylee Kruzan, a Ph.D. candidate who works in at Cornell’s Social Media Lab.

The whole situation is being dubbed “Snapchat dysmorphia” and the fact it has been given a name should perhaps highlight just how prevalent it is. The definition is a specific version of body dysmorphia where the sufferer over-fixates on what they deem to be flaws in their appearance, which in turn has them wanting to make themselves look like they would as if photo filters, specifically Snapchat ones, in this case, had been applied to them.

Grim news indeed.

Grim news indeed.

(Source: Inverse)

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How To Unlock Any Locked iPhone On iOS 11.4.1 Using This R-SIM And ICCID Changing Trick

By | July 29th, 2018

A new discovery has been made in Apple’s iOS platform which allows any device to be factory unlocked to any network by using an R-SIM and directly modifying the ICCID. The device will then continue to work, without the R-SIM, using any network’s SIM card.

iPhone and iPad owners are used to hearing about iOS vulnerabilities but are also used to them being discovered by security researchers and used for the purposes of trying to find a route into the device for jailbreak purposes.

It’s rare – at least in the modern world of iOS – to have something like this discovered that is uniquely related to unlocking the device and ensuring that a factory locked iPhone can be used on any network without having to request Apple or the locked carrier to interject. However, with the right tool, and with the right process, it can be done and that’s exactly what we appear to have here. Best of all, it doesn’t require jailbreak to work.

The process appears to be as follows. There’s a chance that Apple might patch this in future but as of right now, it’s working as intended:

Note: You will of course need R-SIM for this to work. You can get it from here.

  1. Insert a unsupported SIM with the R-SIM into a locked iPhone
  2. Launch Phone app and type *5005*7672*99# and then tap edit ICCID
  3. Type 8901-4104-2778-0604-3133
  4. Restart the device and follow the setup
  5. Once back at Home screen, remove the R-SIM and just use the previously unsupported SIM card

And voila! There you have it. By changing the ICCID, it leverages a vulnerability that unlocks the device for use with any SIM card. It is being pointed out that this isn’t entirely permanent and will be put back to being a factory locked device if a hard reboot or reset is performed on the device.

However, you can go through the process of an over-the-air (OTA) firmware update without the unlock being taken aware. However, if you do a full restore through iTunes, then the unlock is removed and the hard work is undone, so to speak.

If you have a device that needs unlocking, then this is definitely worth giving a try.

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Turn Any Power Outlet In Your Home Smart With This Alexa And Google Assistant WiFi Plug And By Using This Buy 2 Get 1 Free Offer

By | July 22nd, 2018

The world of home automation continues to expand, especially thanks to the arrival of affordable pieces of the puzzle such as Echo Dot, Google Home Mini, and inexpensive smart plugs such as this one that can turn just about anything into a smart appliance.

While there are other smart plugs out there, we think this offer is just too good to ignore. What if we told you that you could buy two smart plugs and get another for free? What if we told you that you could buy three and get two free?!

That’s exactly the case right now. You can use offer code WSOA335 to buy two smart plugs and get one free or if you need more, use code WSOA545 to buy three and get two absolutely gratis from here. That’s five smart plugs for the price of three!

No matter how many you pick up you will be getting a smart plug that can work in the US, EU, UK and more as well as being compatible with both Google Assistant and Alexa. These attributes make this particular smart plug one of the most versatile around and at a price that will not break the bank.

Just pick which country you want to use the plug in when ordering and away you go.

  • Rated to work at: 100-240V 50/60HZ (UK/UK/EU/Asia – depending on the model you pick)
  • Max power: 2000W
  • Available in white color only.

If you’d rather not use a digital assistant to control your smart plugs then you can also download the iOS or Android app and activate/deactivate the plug from your smartphone remotely from anywhere, too.

We think we’re going to buy one for everything in the house!

Buy: WiFi Smart Plug With Alexa & Assistant Support: $ 34.95 for 1, $ 69.95 for 3 using promo code WSOA335, $ 99.95 for 5 using promo code WSOA545 | Original price: $ 49.95 for 1

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How To Jailbreak iOS 11.4 Beta On iPhone X, 8, 7 Using Electra

By | July 10th, 2018

Here’s a step by step guide on how to jailbreak iOS 11.4 beta 3 on your iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus using Electra 1131.

As you may already know, Electra was recently updated to add support for iOS 11.4 beta 1-3 firmware on aforementioned devices.

Since Apple is still signing iOS 11.4 beta 1-3, at least as of this writing, this is significant and could be important for a lot of you who missed the boat with iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak. Here we take a look at how you can go about jailbreaking your supported device on iOS 11.4 beta.

Step 1: Download iOS 11.4 beta 3 for your iPhone X, iPhone 8/Plus or iPhone 7/Plus from here.

Step 2: Launch iTunes and restore to this firmware. You should of course make sure that all of your important data is backed up somewhere cause iTunes restore will remove all of the data from your device.

Step 3: Download latest version of Electra 1131 from coolstar.org/electra and Cydia Impactor from cydiaimpactor.com. Also make sure latest version of iTunes is installed on your Windows PC or Mac.

Step 4: Before jailbreaking, make sure Find My iPhone is turned off on your device, Airplane Mode is enabled, WiFi is turned off, and Siri is disabled. Also reboot your device before running Electra jailbreak on it.

Step 5: Connect your device to your computer. Launch Cydia Impactor and sideload Electra IPA on your device. As you may already know, there are two versions of Electra 1131 available, one which requires paid developer account while the other one doesn’t and can be used with free Apple ID account. The difference between the two is the exploit being used. For most users, we recommend going with non-dev version. So, depending on the type of Electra version you are sideloading, Cydia Impactor will ask for Apple ID and password. Make sure you provide the correct paid Apple Developer account ID or non-paid ID credentials depending on the Electra version you are using. If you need help with using Cydia Impactor, make sure you check out our separate guide on it here: Sideload iOS Apps On Windows, Mac With Cydia Impactor Without Jailbreak, Here’s How.

Step 6: Once sideloaded, launch Electra app from your device’s Home screen and tap on “Jailbreak” button. After a short while, device will respring/reboot.

Step 7: Once the device comes back from respring/reboot, unlock the Lock screen, launch Electra app again, and then tap on “Jailbreak” button again.

Step 8: Let the Electra jailbreak do its thing to complete the jailbreak process, after which you will have Cydia icon on the Home screen.

Step 9: Launch Cydia and start installing tweaks!

Since Electra 1131 is a semi-untethered jailbreak, you will have to put your device into jailbreak mode after every reboot by simply re-running Electra app. Also, after every 7 days, you will be required to re-sideload Electra and and then re-jailbreak. Your tweaks, data and settings will remain intact during this re-sideloading and re-jailbreaking and won’t have any affect.

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What If Bak Zhang Is Made Using BROWN RICE?

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The annual Dragon Boat Festival approaches, and it’s time to chiak sio bak zhang! My family makes our own glutinous rice dumplings every year. I love it but just eating one is enough to make me bloated and full for the entire day. BURPPPP…

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This year, Gov.sg gave us a challenge! That is, to do a blind taste test between the usual Nyonya Rice Dumpling, Hokkien Rice Dumpling and a special Brown Jasmine Rice Hokkien Dumpling.

Dong Yuan’s Brown Jasmine Rice Hokkien Dumpling has tender pork cubes marinated with five spices, plus chestnuts and mushrooms. Now, this is interesting because I have never tried a brown rice dumpling before!

Most of us know that eating brown rice is good for our health. It reduces the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and certain coronary heart diseases. But, how will it taste when wrapped into a dumpling?

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Time to let our taste buds decide in the ULTIMATE TASTE TEST!

Our team of 6 tried the dumplings together and judged them based on taste, texture, and fragrance.

Safe to say, all three ba zhangs did not disappoint! In terms of fragrance and taste, the Nonya Rice Dumplings and Hokkien Rice Dumplings came out tops . Especially the Hokkien Rice Dumplings, which carried a distinct five-spice aroma that which many of us loved.

However, when it came to texture, we preferred the brown rice dumpling which was delightfully chewy. The rice adds more bite to the savoury dumpling and it is neither too mushy nor too sticky. In addition, the dark brownish-red colour is so appetising!

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Like any new food, brown rice dumplings just need some getting used to BUT it is a great option to satisfy your cravings because it is less gluey and gelat compared to regular rice dumplings.

Now, I must get my Ah Gong to try using brown rice in his dumpling recipe too instead of the usual glutinous rice, as it is healthier and keeps us full longer.

In fact, don’t just stop at rice dumplings; incorporate brown rice into your daily diet and make healthy living a part of your lifestyle! I have already switched to brown rice since last year but if you can’t get used to the taste at first, try replacing a quarter of your normal rice intake with brown rice. Together with regular exercise, you will be on your way to healthy eating and living in no time!

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P.S. Are you a fellow bak zhang lover? There will be a free sampling of rice dumplings from Dong Yuan Bak Zhang (300 Balestier Road, Singapore 329737) on 15 June, from 9am to 9pm. Redeem by mentioning the code “Miss Tam Chiak I love Brown Rice”. While stocks last! Remember to sample the brown rice dumpling!

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Born into a family of enthusiastic foodies, Maureen has always loved all things culinary, especially the local cuisine here in Singapore. With a life-long fascination with the rapidly evolving food scene in Singapore, she started this website in 2007 to explore and celebrate all types of local Singapore dishes and to share her love of travel and food with the world. With 4 years of experience as a journalist and producer, she has a wealth of experience in food writing, photography and styling.

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Apple Confirms Using Google Servers To Store Some iCloud Data But There’s No Need To Panic

By | February 28th, 2018

Apple has made amendments to its living iOS Security Guide document to confirm that it now uses Google servers to store user’s iCloud data.

Under the iCloud heading in the document, Apple now references Google Cloud Platform alongside Amazon S3 as one of its utilized third-party storage services.

Previous versions of the iOS Security Guide had confirmed that Apple used Amazon S3 and Microsoft’s Azure platform to securely hold iCloud data. It was suggested as far back as 2016 that Apple would make some changes to how that data is stored and that it would likely use Google’s mature and efficient Cloud Platform as part of those changes.

Over twelve months later, the iOS Security Guide has been revised to confirm that Google is now part of Apple’s iCloud solution.

As far as data is concerned, it’s possible that Apple is storing photos, contacts, calendar information, documents, and videos – basically, anything that can potentially be uploaded to iCloud through first or third-party apps – on Google’s servers, but the company is keen to stress in the Security Guide that the data is meaningless to Google and that the company cannot access anything meaningful or access a user’s private files – which for endusers mean there’s no need to panic:

Each file is broken into chunks and encrypted by iCloud using AES-128 and a key derived from each chunk’s contents that utilizes SHA-256. The keys and the file’s metadata are stored by Apple in the user’s iCloud account. The encrypted chunks of the file are stored, without any user-identifying information, using third-party storage services, such as S3 and Google Cloud Platform.

Apple uses the iOS Security Guide to give additional insight into the steps and actions that it takes to ensure that iOS is as secure as it possibly can be. Having references to Google’s Cloud Platform within this document could immediately be a red flag for some users who knowingly choose to boycott any Google services or products through privacy concerns.

However, given how intricate a feature and service iCloud is, and given that Apple uses multiple third-party storage providers to make iCloud work, it’s likely that a user’s data is spread out across multiple services rather than having a single-point of failure. You can read more about iCloud and iOS security in general in the iOS Security Guide.

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