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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.



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    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. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      Quote Originally Posted by katmeef View Post
      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 13.37.13.37:1337";
      }

      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
      got it tethering to the ipad now without a mac to start things off
      i'll put up another post with more detailed instructions.. but in a nutshell, use mywi on the ipad to start the adhoc network, connect the iphone to it, and shut mywi. then you can connect the ipad to the adhoc network in settings (which is sustained by the iphone now).
      (and use lighttpd to serve proxy.pac on the ipad)
    1. lili4311's Avatar
      lili4311 -
      Porque?!?!
    1. kraziebone's Avatar
      kraziebone -
      Haha wouldn't using mywi defeat the whole purpose of this app? We use this app cause we can't jailbreak yet, or at least I do. By the way I trie to tell everyone about this app in the applestore and AT&T forums. I hope that notified at least a couple people.
    1. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      ^^ MyWI goes on the iPad to start the AdHoc network. If it was able to go on the unjailbroken phone we wouldn't need this app

      use Handy light to tether to iPad from unjailbroken iPhone on 4.0+ (without another PC)
    1. smooth22's Avatar
      smooth22 -
      DAMN! that was fast!
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Ya post how a hidden feature got through on the AppStore and see how fast it gets pulled. You guys really surprised?
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      sucks i bought this app when i was at work and saw the story and now the video doesnt work lol too funny thank god it was only $0.99
    1. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      if you're able to install this app from the place not to be mentioned, why not just install mywi??
      this app really only benefits people who dont have jailbroke iphones (people who can't make use of apps from the place not to be mentioned on their phones)
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by katmeef View Post
      if you're able to install this app from the place not to be mentioned, why not just install mywi??
      this app really only benefits people who dont have jailbroke iphones (people who can't make use of apps from the place not to be mentioned on their phones)
      yea good point but as i dont use either i just wanted to see what all the fuss was about with this app.its actually pretty neat how(color combo)you set up the connection. it was just a post for anyone who is jailbroken and missed the app store version.
    1. Windmeel's Avatar
      Windmeel -
      I dont understand how its been mentioned a couple times about not discuss these things and it still happens.
    1. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      i thought we were discussing why not to use these things.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      we arent discussing anything of any nature here
    1. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      Can I just say that MyWi (or a lack thereof) was the #1 reason keeping me from upgrading my 3gs to 4.0... but now that i have handy light and can tether to my ipad I'm going to leave my phone unjailbroke on 4.0.1 until comex is ready to drop the next spirit.

      so cool that apple let this slip, albeit for a short window!

      it's times like this it pays to be obsessive compulsively watching these forums, eh
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      i'm so disappointed that I missed this.
    1. scatman10's Avatar
      scatman10 -
      Well for us iPhone 4 users apple won't be telling us what we can and can't install soon enough.
    1. ~rage's Avatar
      ~rage -
      Question:

      Obviously, if you are using this app it means your device isn't jailbroken. And if your device isn't jailbroken obviously you can't disable Apple's 'nifty' little kill switch.

      So, my question is, does anyone think apple would pull the plug on this app?
    1. greekking23's Avatar
      greekking23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ~rage View Post
      Question:

      Obviously, if you are using this app it means your device isn't jailbroken. And if your device isn't jailbroken obviously you can't disable Apple's 'nifty' little kill switch.

      So, my question is, does anyone think apple would pull the plug on this app?
      Well, they already did?
    1. ~rage's Avatar
      ~rage -
      Wow, you guys completely misunderstood the question.

      I meant do you think apple would use the 'kill switch' (more info see here: Apple's Jobs confirms iPhone 'kill switch' - Telegraph) to remove the app from devices that ALREADY have it installed.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Quote Originally Posted by ~rage View Post
      Wow, you guys completely misunderstood the question.

      I meant do you think apple would use the 'kill switch' (more info see here: Apple's Jobs confirms iPhone 'kill switch' - Telegraph) to remove the app from devices that ALREADY have it installed.
      If you really thought that that ANCIENT POST would be true, AND hold up, do you think that this post which is very similar would be the 3rd post on MMI as we speak???
      http://modmyi.com/forums/mac-news/719982-apple-answers-geo-data-questions.html
    1. ~rage's Avatar
      ~rage -
      Quote Originally Posted by GellBrake'rrrr View Post
      If you really thought that that ANCIENT POST would be true, AND hold up, do you think that this post which is very similar would be the 3rd post on MMI as we speak???
      http://modmyi.com/forums/mac-news/719982-apple-answers-geo-data-questions.html

      /sigh

      First, it was really a 'yes or no' question, maybe with a 'here's a short sentence or two explaining my view' tacked on for good measure.

      Two, no need for theatrics...it's way too early in the morning.