Android

“Instead of focusing on creating one or two high-end phones to get them through the year, these OEMs have perfected the art of incrementalization. They have thrown true quality to the wind to incrementally launch the same device in multiple, ever so slightly different variations, sending the previous version into irrelevancy by a slight margin mere weeks after its arrival. And it never fails; there is at least one gaping flaw with each and every one – build quality, poor camera, poor audio recording, lackluster display, etc. There isn’t a single phone that has it all and also touts near perfect build quality.”

http://www.phonedog.com/2011/12/21/is-htc-finally-beginning-to-get-the-picture/

Internet tethering without Jailbreak.

For weeks, “PayUpSucker” and now “PayUpPunk” have been available on the iTunes App Store.

The programs allows an iPhone to share its Internet connection via a SOCKS proxy:

itunes.apple.com/app/payuppunk/id336009164

It costs just $0.99. No need to jailbreak.

I have tested this under Windows 7 and Mac OS X. It should work the same under Windows Vista. I’ve never made an Ad-hoc connection under Windows XP, so your mileage may vary with that.

Method to tether your internet connection:
– Create an Ad-hoc network with Vista/Win7/Mac OS X (tested without a password and with WEP).
– Set your computer to use a static IP. I went with 10.0.0.5/255.0.0.0.
– Join your iPhone to the Ad-hoc network.
– Set you iPhone to have a static IP. I went with 10.0.0.1/255.0.0.0.
– Set Firefox to use SOCKS for DNS (about :config, search for “dns”).
– Set Proxy to the iPhone’s IP, port 8888.
– Start up “PayUpPunk”, tap IOU, and enter Its my data (no punctuation).

Enjoy Internet tethering!