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  • Handy Light Hides a Free Tethering App

    We received a tip from a reader this evening about an app that was certainly worth looking in to. Introducing "Handy Light," an app that made it to the Apple App Store even though it is actually a tethering app. Yes, for once there's actually a flashlight app worth getting excited about. But this application is merely disguised as a flashlight, while all along providing tethering capacity for your iPhone to easily share your device's internet connection with your laptop.

    Nick Lee’s Handy Light app, which looks like any other flashlight app that uses the iPhone’s screen to provide illumination, actually camouflages a tethering feature using the SOCKS proxy, la Nullriver’s Software’s NetShare app that was available for a short time nearly two years ago. The app just hit the App Store a little while ago and costs a mere $.99.
    Of course, it's only a matter of time before this app is yanked, so get it while you can. Handy Light, which requires an iPhone running iOS 4.0 or later, already has available a video tutorial outlining the necessary steps to access the app's neat tethering ability. This thing is so sophisticated that it actually managed to sneak by Apple. Understandably, the suits in Cupertino - oops, I mean, the "jeans," since they don't own suits - will likely not appreciate the guise that got past them.


    Update: Apple has removed Handy Light from the App Store. Well.... that didn't take 'em long, now did it?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Handy Light Hides a Free Tethering App started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 134 Comments
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      As the famous quote goes... Missed it by that much!"
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      Ouch apple ouch
    1. remoteme's Avatar
      remoteme -
      Dont you guys know that Apple employees read this stuff? lol
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Those "yankers" damn it anyway... Oh well JB will be out soon I hope... :-)
    1. kadinh's Avatar
      kadinh -
      This is why it pays to follow any iPhone related person on twitter

    1. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      I got it working with my iPad using my unjailbroke 3gs on 4.0.1 using this app (and my mac), it's dirty....

      - start the adhoc network on my mac and get my mac working on the proxy as per the youtube video.
      - setup a http webserver on the mac (or locally on the ipad if you can) and serve a file titled socks.pac with the following contents:

      function FindProxyForURL(url, host) {
      return "SOCKS";

      connect the ipad to the adhoc network and set the proxy to auto (on the ipad) and the url is going to be the url of the MAC which serves socks.pac

      *edit* if there's a way to start an adhoc network directly from the ipad (i haven't been able to find one) and a way to serve socks.pac locally on the ipad (i'm pretty sure there's a http server in cydia ...?...), this would tether to an ipad without a computer to start things up
    1. dadon4sho's Avatar
      dadon4sho -
      App was pulled fuuuuuu
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Man how did they find this out so fast,I think we have people in here that works for apple.
    1. chrisrotolo's Avatar
      chrisrotolo -
      got it.
    1. jdm.accord's Avatar
      jdm.accord -
      This APP was pulled a solid hour before this story was posted. I saw it on Engadget and got it. Definitely rocks. I love sticking it to AT&T with tethering AND my unlimited plan.
    1. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      ^^how are you going to use a cracked app on a non jailbroke device? lol
    1. allanes5's Avatar
      allanes5 -
      Damn, i missed it too!!!!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      WTH how many times does it have to be said? Guess I should have added don't ask for it either.

      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      It was a paid app. DO NOT POST LINKS TO THE CRACKED VERSION OR THE IPA FILE. You will recieve an infraction.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by wwefan54 View Post
      any one got the crack verison
      Dude how's the crack is going to help you ,when you can't put on your iPhone you are a douche for even ask that lol.
    1. afernando17's Avatar
      afernando17 -
      This app is on **********!
    1. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      why would anyone who has the ability to use ******** apps want to use this instead of mywi?
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      Dude how's the crack is going to help you ,when you can't put on your iPhone you are a douche for even ask that lol.
      Cracked or hacked apps are illegal and don't support the hard work of the devs. But... Apps on Cydia will work :-). Also he might have a 3G or 3GS that is JB.
    1. Bronxboy99's Avatar
      Bronxboy99 -
      Wow, I seriously didn't think it would be this fast. At least we know how bad we have their attentions....
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Its on cracked app sites but you obviously need to be jailbroken and if your jailbroken you would use mywi anyways cuz this sucks lol
    1. DoocesWild's Avatar
      DoocesWild -
      It works very well. Glad I got it in time.