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Soap star’s secret revealed! She jailbreaks.

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When she's not on set, actress Melissa Archer dabbles in jailbreaking.
When she's not on set, actress Melissa Archer dabbles in jailbreaking.
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Cult of Mac 2.0 bugThis is the third story in a three-part series on jailbreaking iOS.

When Melissa Archer learned she would die at the hands of a serial killer, she made one last request: “I asked if I could have a death scene because I am a nerd.”

Her death had significance. It meant a long run as a mainstay and fan favorite of daytime soap operas was about to go on hiatus. It also meant she would have more time to devote to another passion — jailbreaking iPhones and inventing new features.

Jailbreakers Will Make The Pilgrimage To JailbreakCon Yet Again Next Month

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For the fourth year in a row, JailbreakCon will gather hackers, developers, and jailbreak enthusiasts from around the world under one roof. JailbreakCon 2014 will be held from April 12-13th at the South San Francisco Conference Center in sunny California.

Tickets are now on sale, and the lineup of speakers includes developers behind tweaks like Springtomize, and hackers like Cyril Cattiaux, who is better known as “pod2g.” The creator Cydia, Jay Freeman, will be speaking again as well.

Jailbreaking Gets Back In The Game With iOS 7

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In the final months leading up to the next major iOS release, there’s barely enough activity on the jailbreak front to fill a couple of conference rooms. But with the public release of iOS 7 just around the corner, it’s like the calm before the storm as hackers gear up for what may be the toughest system to crack yet.

Developers, hackers, and hardcore fans gathered in late August at JailbreakCon in New York City, an annual summit for the meeting of the minds within the jailbreak community. And while the conference’s founder, Craig Fox, wasn’t “overly pleased” with attendance for the third edition, he still considers the event a success. Why? It fulfilled its mission.

For the past few years, JailbreakCon has played a crucial role in providing face time to code jockeys from different continents who would otherwise only know each other by Twitter handles. Friendships are formed and ideas are shared. This year was no different. And as the release of iOS 7 draws near, jailbreaking’s closely-knit group of hackers and developers is getting back in the game.

iOS Hackers And Devs Gather For JailbreakCon 2013

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As the public release of iOS 7 looms, momentum behind the world of jailbreaking has stalled. There hasn’t been a big jailbreak release in months and there likely won’t be one for many months to come.

But a mid-year funk hasn’t stopped talented hackers and developers from gathering yet again at JailbreakCon, the world’s only convention dedicated solely to the jailbreaking community. 

JailbreakCon 2013 Scheduled For August 23-24 In New York City

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Jay Freeman, the creator of Cydia, at JailbreakCon last year.
Jay Freeman, the creator of Cydia, at JailbreakCon last year.

JailbreakCon, the only convention dedicated solely to the iOS jailbreak community, took place last summer in San Francisco, California. We brought you on-the-ground reporting from the convention floor, including profiles of people like pod2g, the luckiest jailbreak hacker in the world.

Now JailbreakCon is coming to New York City on August 23rd-24th.