It has come to my attention that Apple have pulled the Wikileaks app from the app store, citing it’s developer guidelines as the reason:“We removed WikiLeaks because it violated developer guidelines. An app must comply with all local laws. It may not put an individual or target group in harms way.” (thanks to Business Insider http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-says-wikileaks-app-put-an-individual-or-… and appadvice.com http://appadvice.com/appnn/2010/12/apple-plays-censorship-card-shutting-wikil… for the skinny there) I bring this up because I know a way you can still access Wikileaks on the go and I thought it best to disseminate this knowlege with the rest of you. Firstly, open up Safari on your iOS device (I’m using my trusty old iPhone 3G for this demonstration)
Tap the Google search box in the centre of the screen (or most likely on the top right-hand side of the screen) and when the keyboard comes up, type the phrase ‘wikileaks.’
Once the Google results page comes up, tap on the first result.
Now those if you who use alternative browsers, don’t fear, it works on them too!
I haven’t yet tested this method with my iPad, but I’m supremely confident that the result will be the same, if not better thanks to the larger screen size. On Android or Blackberry? No problem! See that little browser icon on your screen? Seriously people, not everything needs an app, and while Apple can block apps from their app store there is nothing their devices can do to stop you surfing to whatever pages you can get to with a traditional internet browser. Regardless of what you think of Wikileaks, Julian Assange or the United States government, you can’t argue with the power and effectiveness of good ol’ fashioned internet. Common sense isn’t dead, but a picture of it lying in a back alley with a broken leg, bleeding nose, a black eye and torn clothing does come to mind.