Vibe Duo Contest Winner to Be Redrawn

Though it's been feeling a bit like we're becoming V-Moda's iPhone accessory headquarters around here lately, there's some news on the Vibe Duo contest front. For those of you that have been awaiting the announcement of the winner and perhaps wondering if we just decided to keep the earbuds for ourselves, fear not.

As both of the initial winners who were selected at the contest's closing have been disqualified for violating the contest rules, we will be

Rumor: Apple to Announce 3G Capable iPhone 2 Later Today

A rumor, originated by UK gadget magazine T3, is suggesting that Apple will announce the existence of a 2nd generation iPhone that offers 3G connectivity at it's September 5th media event, happening later today. Also rumored to be coming later today is the announcement of a confirmed UK release date for the iPhone.

3g iphone coming to europe

iPhone Unlocking Software Release Blocked by Legal Warnings

It was announced yesterday that a second company was preparing to provide software that would unlock the Apple iPhone and allow it to be used on any GSM network worldwide. The announcement, which came from mobile phone unlocking company UniquePhones, promised the software would be available to consumers today (August 25th), for a price between $25 and $50.

The initial team, which proved their iPhone unlocking software works, iPhoneSIMfree.com has not yet publically released their software. They have, however, unlocked phones for press outlets. Their delay in releasing would have made the Uniquephones solution the first publically available unlocking tool.

Unfortunately, alleged legal warnings from AT&T via a law firm out of Silicon Valley, have seemingly put a halt on the process. According to the project's blog

iPhone Full Software Unlock is Here, Working, Confirmed

We all knew it was only a matter of time. For some it has taken longer than expected while others are shocked at how rapidly hackers were able to tear apart the reportedly impenetrable Apple defenses on the iPhone. Regardless of your level of surprise, the fact of the matter is that the iPhone is now fully unlocked, and the iPhone can be used on any GSM carrier anywhere in the world.

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The unlock is here, without question, though it might not be from the source most people were expecting. The iPhone Dev Wiki team, which has been behind the vast majority of progress in hacking the iPhone, and who have been knocking at the full unlock door for weeks were not behind the unlock. Though it's unclear whether or not their efforts contributed to the unlock (it is incredibly likely that it did), the unlock announcement came from another source.

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