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Jailbreak developer helps fight cancer with his latest tweak


Jailbreak tweak developer Filippo Biga released his newest piece of iPhone-modding software, called LivelyIcons, today. The tweak itself is simple: it adds fun animations to your iPhone's homescreen icons when you open an application. You can find a video of it in action right here. The animations aren't the only reason to buy it, though.

Biga has also announced via a blog post that he will be donating the proceeds from this tweak to two foundations that focus on funding research to fight pediatric cancer. On his blog, Biga writes:

Hey everyone, I think you probably already heard about my new upcoming tweak, LivelyIcons: I posted a small video preview on Twitter a couple of days ago, and many people seemed to like it.

However, what I will be telling you in this post is not strictly related to the features of the tweak, nor I will speak about any technical detail: what I want to tell you today is how you can help other people by purchasing LivelyIcons.

In fact, I had a plan for this tweak right from the beginning: gather funding for research, in particular pediatric cancer research.

Research is important, but many people tend not to realize it until they are directly involved in such things.

The tweak costs $1.99, and after taxes and PayPal fees, Biga is left with $1, which he will donate to two pediatric cancer foundations. From his blog post:

• Who will you be donating to?

I will donate to 2 different foundations, both focused on pediatric cancer research:

  1. Città della Speranza, an italian association based in Padova.
  2. Because of Ezra, a non profit pediatric cancer research foundation run by Kyle and Robyn Matthews

I won't spend much time speaking about any of them, you can look up all the details on their site.

The tweak is now available on Cydia. It works on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It requires iOS 6.

New Model (Early 2013) Retina MacBook Pros use some upgraded internal parts

2013-Retina-MacBook-PRo (Click to enlarge)

It appears that the recent spec update to the MacBook Pros wasn't as minor as we had originally thought. According to a leaked Apple repair guide for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, many internals including the SSD, I/O Board, Logic Board and even the bottom case have been updated to new parts. While it isn't clear yet how the updated parts were changed (besides the obvious CPU speed), it reminds us of a Foxconn leak we got in October of last year:

1. The rmbp in production line D2 is identified as defected products as in terms of thermal heating and screen ghosting. P/S: Apple is not going to re-launch the 15" rmbp. Just that Apple will improve on the production technique in D2 line. Apple will launch the 13" rmbp. Ghosting and thermal issues will be fixed but internals and design will be similar to 15" rmbp.

Interestingly, that report also said that Retina MacBook Pro production would also move, at least partially, to Mexico.

We also have the 2013 repair manual for the 13-inch MacBook Pro below which only shows 2013 updates to logic board (likely just for CPU updates) and also how to tell which model of Retina MacBook Pro you have for both 13 and 15 inch varieties.Related articles

Google to open retail stores to compete with Apple Stores

Google is launching retail stores by the end of the year to sell its own products we're reporting over at 9to5Google. Will Google try to squeeze into the local Mall between the new Microsoft Store and the existing Apple Store? Will they be able to supplant some of Apple's MacBook sales with their $249 Chromebooks? iPhones with Nexuses?