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New Unlock Released for iPhone 3.1.3

June 21st, 2010 | 06:25 PM


For those of you who got stuck with a locked iPhone – or for those with a friend whose iPhone is locked – a solution has arrived.

The Good Samaritans over at the iPhone Dev Team have developed a way to unlock the iPhone 3G and 3GS models.

Until now, if you were one those unlucky people who accidentally updated your iPhone OS and firmware, you may have lost the ability to use your phone in Argentina.

For reasons I won’t get into here, not everyone suffered this problem. But for those who did, you can now relax.

So, for those who know what I’m talking about here, you can solve your problem by looking for ultrasn0w version 0.93 within the Cydia program.

If you want to follow the Dev Team’s work, and keep pace with their latest hacks, click here to follow them on Twitter.

WARNING: If you have an unlock iPhone and want to upgrade to iOS4.0, DON’T, at least not yet. Wait for the Dev Team to fully develop its unlock package.


iPhone App Gives Buenos Aires Traffic, Subway Info

June 16th, 2010 | 07:20 PM


Ever get stuck in traffic in downtown Buenos Aires?

Or have you ever been stranded at the subway or train station waiting for a a ride that never seems to arrive?

This splendid new iPhone App may be of help.

It offers subway, traffic and train updates to keep you posted on transportation around the city.

Click here for download it for the iPhone. For the Android, click here. (I can offer no Android support, sorry.)

*Kudos to Emo for the heads up.


Learn Spanish for Free with ‘Bueno, Entonces’ App

June 14th, 2010 | 06:32 PM


You may have heard of “Bueno, entonces,” the Spanish language learning tool available for iPhones, iPods or your desktop or TV.

Now is your chance to try it out for free.

Act fast because the App is now free on iTunes. But it won’t be free forever.

To give it a shot, click here.

For more information, click here.


The Gigantic 55″ HDTV I Brought to Argentina

June 13th, 2010 | 07:56 PM


To experience the World Cup in style, I decided to buy a gigantic new HDTV.

But since these things cost a fortune in Argentina, I bought it in the U.S., where they typically sell for half or even one third of what they do here.

In February, I wrote about purchasing a new 40″ Samsung LED HDTV, which I brought down with me on American Airlines. This time I pulled the trigger on a new 55″ Samsung LED HDTV, an even bigger monstrosity which here in Argentina costs an obscene 20,000 pesos.

The box for his beast was huge. But it wasn’t tough enough to stand the flight. So I took the box to a packaging store and had it stuffed into a second box, this one double-packed with bubble wrap and extra styrofoam.


Argentina Ups Entrance Fee on Americans to $140

June 9th, 2010 | 08:29 PM


Argentina has formally raised the entrance fee for Americans to $140, according to a “disposición” published Tuesday in the Official Bulletin.

The higher reciprocity fee, which apparently went into effect on June 4, is in direct response to a U.S. decision to raise the fee it charges Argentines to get a U.S. travel visa.

Argentina announced last year that it would start charging the fee to travelers of all countries whose governments forced Argentines to pay visa fees to visit those countries. In a message at the time, the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires issued the following statement:

“This warden message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens that on December 20, 2009, the Government of Argentina will begin charging American Citizens visiting Argentina for business or tourism an entry fee of $131 U.S. dollars. The fee will be collected only at Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport. Once paid, the fee permits multiple entries into Argentina for ten years in accordance with United States visa reciprocity. Americans may pay in dollars, by credit card, or with travelers checks.”

Twitter: @taos


Per Capita Beef Consumption Drops to 56 Kilos

June 9th, 2010 | 08:16 PM


Argentines ate less beef during the first four months of the year than they did during the same period in 2009, the beef industry chamber, Ciccra, reported last week.

A smaller supply of beef combined with higher prices to push consumption down.

But at 56.3 kilograms a person (124 pounds) on average per year, Argentines still chewed up a massive amount of beef.

Last year locals ate 70.3 kilos (155 pounds) per person on average. That’s almost a half a pound of beef per day, every single day.


Crime Declines For Second Straight Month

June 9th, 2010 | 08:02 PM


Torcuarto Di Tella University’s latest crime “victimization rate” survey indicates that both overall criminal activity and violent crime fell last month.

Di Tella’s study, which surveys households in 40 urban centers around the country, shows that about 30% of these homes said at least one household member was a victim of a crime within the past 12 months.

That figure is down sharply from 32% the previous month and from 33.6% in March. It’s also down about two points from a year ago.

Around 16.5% of households reporting suffering from a violent crime in May. That’s down from almost 19% the previous month but most unchanged on the year.

Link: Di Tella Victimization Survey (from April)


New iPhone 4 May Not Hit Argentina Till September

June 7th, 2010 | 06:55 PM

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Apple, the coolest computer and consumer electronics company in the history of humanity, announced Monday that on June 24 it will start selling the new iPhone 4 in the U.S.

But the stunningly feature-rich new phone may not be available in Argentina until September.

That, at least, is what local sites like InfoBAE reported Monday. I contacted local celular providers late Monday but was unable to confirm a local release date.

Among the phone’s new feature is “FaceTime,” which allows users to easily do live video chats using one or both of the phone’s new video camera lenses. Click here for more details and a video presentation.

Imagine being in the subway in Buenos Aires while using the Subte’s WiFi to video chat – for free – with a friend in New York or London. Wouldn’t that be incredible?

Given the phone’s dual-lens capability, your friend in New York could see either your face or look at what you yourself were seeing in the Subte. Pretty incredible, and it’s only a few months away.

As if that weren’t enough, the iPhone 4 can also shoot, edit and share video in 720p HD.

I’ll update this post when more release date details are available.


Argentina Issues Five New One-Peso Coins

June 3rd, 2010 | 10:21 PM


Argentine President Cristina Fernández announced Thursday that the government will start circulating five new one-peso coins.

The Central Bank will add 300 million pesos (about $76 million) of the coins into the economy during the remainder of the year.

The first coins – totaling 60 million pesos – will start circulating Friday.

The coins aim to help celebrate the country’s bicentennial. They depict five of Argentina’s areas, including the Northwest (Pucará de Tilcara), the Northeast (El Palmar de Colón), Cuyo (Cerro Aconcagua), the Pampas (Mar del Plata) and Patagónica (the Perito Moreno glacier).

Workers at the country’s innumerable Chinese supermarkets will surely appreciate the additional change.


Director Oliver Stone Meets with Cristina

June 3rd, 2010 | 10:09 PM


The Oscar-winning American film director Oliver Stone met Thursday with Argentine President Cristina Fernández.

Stone has been in town promoting his new film, South of the Border, in which he reportedly focuses on how leaders like Fernández, and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, have “revolutionized” Latin America.

Stone interviews seven regional presidents and looks at how they compare their work with the way they are typically portrayed in the media.

In the photo here Stone is shown with Fernández, her translator, and Tristan Bauer, who runs the state news channel, Canal 7.

You can see a trailer of the film here below:

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