Access Twitter and Facebook in China

If you plan to use twitter for iphone(iTunes) in a place where twitter dot com has been blocked, like me, then i recommend you to take a look at twip.


twip is a twitter API Proxy in php,like birdnest.

twip is licensed under Mozilla Public License 1.1

If you are a user and want to have your own API proxy, please read ForUser Guide.

If you are a client developer and want to support twip in your client, please read ForDeveloper Guide

In my testing until now it works like a charm!!
And it’s great to breathe the free air.

And yep, i’ve also tried hard to find an facebook proxy. Those online proxies out there either are blocked already, or on the way to be.

Same to those free VPN solutions(Paid one is a good solution to the gfw blocking, if you’re willing to pay).

Tor(and the bridge part) is a little bit slow to me. And i tried also to setup my own with the help of phpproxy, and unfortunately failed(fk gfw, and the creator fxd!).

So for now I still use GAppProxy in my computers, though ssl problem happens time to time. In the iPhone due to the ssl issue, those fb and twitter apps that require ssl cert to authenticate has no luck for sure.

Hope it helps.

First Unofficial iPhone 4 Entering ZGC of Beijing,China

‘Someone fly to Japan to get the iPhone 4 after a in-line waiting. And currently it costs 8~9k RMB(1178~1325 USD) and has been pre-ordered.’, said the ZGC reseller,’the device is still un-jailbroken, no phone call and sms sending and receiving’.

Via XinhuaNet.

With that price, I’d rather choose to get an Mac Pro, personally.

GWT in iPhone is Blocked in China

Not just in the Wifi network as shown in the screenshot left, same in CMCC’s cellular network. That’s why I guess it’s blocked by the  famous GFW.

And I don’t know exactly when GWT started becoming unavailable here in Beijing. I don’t know the reason either. Not mention when it will come back.

But I won’t leave Google Reader for that, since I’m addicting to the Buzz right now, who’s tightly integrated with Google Reader’s Share feature.

In the meantime, I’d like to trying some more native news client like NYTimes, Time Mobile and infzm(Chinese, App Store), ‘coz they can provide a better reading experience.

My Fix: Cydia’s Host Unreachable Error

Cyida became unusable last week here in my case, just after I restored to the firmware 3.1.3. Whenever I tried to do some updates on it, I always got the error message of ‘Host Unreachable‘ and related blablabla. Even the official one is no luck. BTW, All this happened in my two Wifi avaiable spots: office and home(I didn’t try in the cellular network, ‘Coz I don wanna run the application that way).

The solution is actually easy, just remove those bad URLs who causes this errors. As to why even the offcial is reported as bad url(Manage->Add Source), please don’t ask me.

But how to remove?

In my case(just after a fresh restore), a USB solution is the only choice, either DiskAid or 91 Assisant Suite for iPhone, as far as I know.

I will not choose 91, because I know it will install its daemon on the device and that’s conflict with my power-saving principle(daemon as few as possible). Please help me to confirm that I’m right here, ‘Coz I assume DiskAid uses the already installed and running jailbreak demons which I’m not sure what it is and if it’s ok to toggle off.

OK, now please launch your DiskAid with iphone connected and check to clear up the following things:


Remove all the existed unavailable sources(lists and downloaded packages) accordingly. For me, I removed all(Make your decision here, please, since I just wanna a quick and dirty solution).

Now launch Cydia and manually add the sources you want. Here’s mine until now(see, the official one is deletable as well.Actually I did try some other sources, but all reported as bad.):

There maybe some cons that I haven’t realized yet, to my quick and dirty solution, so please share with me if you know more by the comments.

Anyway, I’ve got what I want(iCostaPY 3.0, Cycorder and 91进程管理) from Cydia, and I’m a happy Cydia user now.

Watch 2010 CCTV Spring Festival Gala on iPhone

As reported(Chinese),  people can watch the coming 2010 CCTV Spring Festival Gala on their iPhone by CNTV‘s CCTV Mobile iPhone application, which I’ve talked before.  Screen shot above is captured at the time of writing.

Though the report did mentioned that Apple has agreed to give this application a big recommendation on its homepage(no clue on exactly which one, AppStore or somewhere else?), at least until now I haven’t seen it on neither of them.

Anyway, if you are not be able to watch this traditional party show via TV or PC, perhaps you can give this application[iTunes Store] a try, though personally I’ve been spending less and less time on the gala year by year.

It’s Hard To Be A Chinese Netizen

Yes, it is. How hard? you ask. Well, check it out now by taking a look at the picture below(I’m not the author,someone anonymous(but pretty creative) is).

Tons of thousands of websites and personal blogs have been shut down, no .cn domain names registration for the individuals any more, no Tor, no YouTube, no Facebook, no Twitter, blablabla.The rope around the Chinese netizen‘s neck is becoming tighter and tighter.

Jordy sings ‘It’s hard to be a baby‘, well, a Chinese netizen as well.

Happy New Year 2010

BTW, 2010 is the year of Tiger. sorry, Woods, don mean you here.

Enjoy, my dear friends and readers.


1.300k iphone has been sold until Dec.27, Dec by China Unicom(Chinese). And China Unicom’s gonna present a big marketing campaign in eight big cities from Jan.1 to 3 of 2010(Chinese,again. sorry).

2.I’m expecting the Wonder of Apple’s Tablet as well on Jan.6, how about you?

Chinese Native App Stores

Inspired by wikipedia’s List of digital distribution platforms for mobile devices, I’ve just created a similar but compact list for the Chinese native App Stores here. It’s far from complete and detailed, but it could give you an idea of how the success of Apple’s AppStore business has influenced the Chinese mobile market.

Name Established Status Organizations Organization Gene Available apps
Mobile Market Aug.17,2009 Live China Mobile Carrier 1683
Surfing Space AppStore(天翼空间) Sep.1,2009 Live China Telecom Carrier 392
Wo Store(沃商城) Unknown Internal Testing China Unicom Carrier Unknown
Vogins AppStore Unknown Internal Testing MediaTek Mobile Phone Manufacturer 800+
Coolmart AppStore(Coolmart应用商店) Unknown Live Coolpad Mobile Phone Manufacturer 600+
Unknown Oct.2009 Internal Testing 天语 Mobile Phone Manufacturer Unknown

I’ll keep it updated when related information is available later. BTW, all links in the table are directed to Chinese page, so be awared.

CCTV App for iPhone

[iTunes Store]

CCTV, the biggest video content owner of China and the state-owned tv station, has released its official free application for iPhone platform: CCTV National Mobile TV.

Built upon CCTV’s news, sports, entertainment, music, animation and other content, this product provides you with a brand-new experience of watching TV programs from China Central Television (CCTV).

凭借着CCTV旗下新闻、体育、娱乐、影视、音乐、动漫等强大的资源优势,该产品为您提供了内容丰富的各类精彩节目。CCTV手机电视会对国内外各类热点 事件,各类重大体育赛事,各类综艺节目进行详细的播报。您可以随心随意选择,随时随地收看CCTV众多拥有独家版权的精品节目。

I’ve tried it yesterday. My first try is in the morning and it’s a failture ‘coz all the videos cannot be played at all. However later in the evening when I tried again, the video played very smoothly. All that I can say is it’s not as stable as expected.

So far all the content are not live, but VoD. However, the news part are updated so frequently, which makes it almost ‘live'(almost as soon as it’s played on TV).

The videos are from 32 well-known columns covering 8 channels(CCTV 1~5,CCTV-7,CCTV-12 and CCTV-News) . Besides, there are also 9 topic-centered videos including Shanghai EXPO and 11th National Sports etc. As to the Top chart, it’s just another view of the 32 columns.

It’s not as good as expected, but better than nothing.

iCosta Updated to 1.2.8

Title says all.

Source from the iCosta official blog(Chinese) here, which says the update fixed the bug of the iCosta’s easy crash when not-enough system memory left.

I myself did see a few crashes by icosta before, esp. in the when I wanna reply and ready to type in the input box. That kinda crash really drove me crazy.

Hopefully it wouldn’t happen any more.

Update(Sep.17,2009): title modified based on the author says 1.2.8 also works on the latest 3.1 too.

Update(Sep.22,2009): the install source is, fyi.

Update(Sep.28,2009): iCosta 1.2.8 works well on the latest iPhone firmware 3.1.