How to Put Your iOS Device into Recovery Mode (DFU Mode)

If you have ever needed to restore or need to remove a jailbreak from your iOS device you would need to put it into “DFU” mode. In other words this means recovery mode.

Putting your device into recovery mode is simple when you follow these steps:

  1. Plug your device into your computer
  2. Turn off the device by holding the Sleep/Power button and swiping to turn off your device
  3. Hold the power button for 3 seconds
  4. Begin holding the Home button without releasing the Sleep/Power button for 10 seconds
  5. Release the power button and continue holding the home button until you get a popup from iTunes that your device is recognized as being in recovery mode.

It’s that simple, then you can restore your device in iTunes. If you need to get out of recovery mode then hold down the Sleep/Power button and the home button simultaneously until the Apple logo appears

How to Set Up Your Raspberry Pi as an AirPlay Receiver

The Rapberry Pi is a great little computer that provides a device to do little projects on.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to set up a Raspberry Pi to be used as an AirPlay receiver so you can stream audio from any iOS device, iTunes or compatible AirPlay software.

Requirements

You’re going to need a few things before we get started.

  • Raspberry Pi (I’m using the Raspbian OS]
  • 4GB (Or larger SD card)
  • Power Adapter (Micro USB)
  • Display & Keyboard (or set up SSH)
  • Speakers
  • Ethernet Cable

Install Updates

We want to make sure that the Pi’s software is all up to date by entering the following into the command line:

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

This lets us run two commands one after another. The first, sudo apt-get update , checks for any new software packages. The second, sudo apt-get upgrade, downloads and installs the software packages that are available.

Installing Additional Software

Now that the Raspberry Pi is up to date, we need to install additional software that isn’t included as standard. This software will help us set up the AirPlay receiver:

  • avahi-utils
  • build-essential
  • chkconfig
  • git
  • libao-dev
  • libavahi-client-dev
  • libcrypt-openssl-rsa-perl
  • libio-socket-inet6-perl
  • libssl-dev
  • libwww-perl
  • pkg-config

In order to continue we will need to install those software packages, so let’s install them.

Installing Software Packages

To install the software packages, we’re going to use one huge command:

sudo apt-get install avahi-utils build-essential chkconfig git libao-dev libavahi-client-dev libcrypt-openssl-rsa-perl libio-socket-inet6-perl libssl-dev libwww-perl pkg-config

As soon as you enter that Raspbian will begin to download all of the files necessary.

ShairPort

Now we will need to download a piece of software called ShairPort. This is the core piece of software that will allow us to stream audio to our Raspberry Pi. Just to make sure we’re at the right place in the directories type¬ cd into the command line and we will be ready to continue.

We can now use one of the pieces of software that we previously installed called¬ git to download ShairPort from GitHub.

git clone -b 1.0-dev git://github.com/abrasive/shairport.git

This will then download the ShairPort files that we need, so once it has completed the download type the following into your command line:

cd shairport

This will take you to the ShairPort folder which you just downloaded. Now we are going to prepare ShairPoint for install and then we will install it.

sudo ./configure && sudo make && sudo make install

After that has completed ShairPort will be ready to go.

Starting ShairPort

To start ShairPort, enter the following command:

shairport -a ‚ÄėNot Apple Pi‚Äô

This will start the ShairPort server. I decided to call it¬ Not Apple Pi but you can call it whatever you like.¬†Our Raspberry Pi will then state that it’s “listening for connections” which means it’s ready to go.

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I’ve opened up the AirPlay menu on my iPod, and you can now see that the Raspberry Pi, titled¬ Not Apple¬ Pi¬ is in the list.¬†To test it out, simply start streaming some audio to it and plug in your speakers or headphones.

If you have HDMI and a headphone jack plugged in the Raspberry Pi will play through the HDMI instead, so unplug the HDMI and reboot the Raspberry Pi, then run ShairPort again.

Adjusting the Volume

Hopefully you should have some audio playing through your Raspberry Pi.

If the audio is a little quiet you can boost it. Firstly pressing¬ Ctrl+C will stop ShairPort and then you can enter the following command:

alsamixer

Then using the up and down arrows you can adjust the volume levels. I’d recommend around 75-80, otherwise your audio may become distorted.

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Press¬ Esc to save your changes and quit and then run the ShairPort starting command again.

Finishing Off

The quality through the headphone jack is not great but acceptable, and you get better quality through HDMI. But it’s a cool thing that you can set up in just a few minutes so you can stream audio to your Pi.

Top 5 Mobile Games to Play in Your Spare Time

 

ab-goAngry Birds GO!

This game reminds me alot of Mario Kart. The game is free and is available on most mobile platforms, it’s fun to play and you can have a quick game in a minute. The only complaint I have is that the graphics look a bit pixelated on my device.¬ Download

 

doodle-jumpDoodle Jump

Doodle Jump was one of the first games I downloaded back in the days of iOS 3. It’s very simple and addictive, all you have to do is get the character to jump as far up as possible. The game is available on most mobile platforms and on some consoles, so give it a try!¬ Download

 

cut-the-ropeCut the Rope

Cut the rope is a very simple game and you can get levels complete in just a few seconds. Cut the ropes to get the candy to Om Nom to complete the level. You can collect stars in the level to get extra points.¬ Download

 

tiny-wingsTiny Wings

The objective of Tiny Wings is to win the race for the food. To speed up touch the screen when your bird goes downhill, and avoid the ponds by using the lily pads.¬ Download

How to Temporarily Install Fonts on Windows

Sometimes you only need to have a font installed for just a few minutes so installing and uninstalling them can become tedious. This is when FontLoader comes in. Font loader allows you to install fonts temporarily with ease. All you have to do is drag and drop the fonts that you need on the program and it will temporarily install them. And once you’ve finished with the fonts you can close the program to remove them.

Microsoft Wireless 800 Keyboard Review

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When I was looking for a new keyboard a few months ago I went through all the major brands such as Logitech. But when I saw this I had to get this keyboard, the reviews on it looks good, but also it was cheap – ¬£30 for the mouse and keyboard combo.¬†So I chose this keyboard and haven’t gone back to my old one since.

Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 800 Video Review

Battery Life

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It depends on what batteries you but in the keyboard, but the batteries that shipped with the keyboard haven’t run out yet, and there is also an indicator at the bottom right of the keyboard by the Microsoft logo to tell you when the battery is running out.

Wireless Range

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This keyboard works fine on a desk and would also work in a home theater setup if you wanted to use it there too. I wouldn’t recommend using it from over 5 meters but anything less than that should be fine.

The Mouse

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The mouse that comes with the keyboard is pretty standard and it shares the same receiver as the keyboard which is pretty neat. The mouse works fine for me and I haven’t had a problem with it, it is powered by 2 AA batteries. The wireless receiver also tucks in under the mouse when you don’t need to use it.

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ProSound Microphone Review

This ProSound microphone is great value for money. You can pick one of these up for around £50 and they provide good audio quality for the price you are paying. I have had this microphone for 3 years now and it has not stopped working on me yet so I would thoroughly recommend it.

Video Review

Design

The microphone is simple but still looks nice, it doesn’t look cheap and it looks well made.

How to Install XBMC on the Raspberry Pi

For this tutorial I am going to show you how to install XBMC on your Raspberry Pi. First of all I’d recommend using an 8gb SD card and it has to be at least class 4.

To get XBMC you will want to go to¬ www.raspbmc.com/download then just choose the version for your OS and download it, I’m using Windows so I will get that version. Once it has downloaded extract the ZIP file and run the setup.exe¬ it will download a few more files and then you can choose which SD card you want it to install it on, once it’s finished just plug in SD card and then your Ethernet, a keyboard and mouse, HDMI and the power cable.

The Pi will start the setup automatically and it takes around 15-25 minutes. After it’s finished it will bring you the XBMC home screen and you are ready to go.

If you want to turn on AirPlay for the Pi go onto, Settings > Services > Airplay and check the enable AirPlay box.