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Turn Your iPhone Into a Web Server 158

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the because-you-can dept.
miller60 writes "A Japanese company called Freebit has released ServersMan, an app that turns the iPhone into a web server. It debuted in Japan in February, has now been launched in the US, and is being touted as a 'Personal Data Center.' Freebit also has a video with additional information on server-enabling your iPhone. 'Once the app is installed, PCs on the internet can access the iPhone to upload or download files through a browser or they can use the webDAV protocol. If the PC and the iPhone are on the same network, the PC can connect directly. If they are on separate networks, then FreeBit's VPN software will engage the connection.'"
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Turn Your iPhone Into a Web Server

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  • apache? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by pak9rabid (1011935) on Friday May 15, 2009 @01:54PM (#27970027)
    So...how is this any different than installing Apache through Cydia (aside from the fact that it requires being jailbroken).
  • Re:apache? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 15, 2009 @02:29PM (#27970533)

    Great! We get another random company's software and security vulnerabilities in the way. What, pray tell, is insufficient about https? Apache has vulnerabilities, but they are found and patched. Who is Freebit, and why should they be trusted over Apache?

    I apologies. I see the point you are trying to make: homogeneous computing environments are better than heterogeneous ones because we all have the same vulnerabilities. The world would be a more secure place if we all ran one set of software, one operating system, and one computing architecture.

    Right...

  • by sootman (158191) on Friday May 15, 2009 @02:36PM (#27970619) Homepage Journal

    I fail to see how this is news.

    Because you were trying to hard to get an early, highly-rated comment and didn't RTFA, WatchTFVideo, or even RTFSummary. Besides running a basic webdav server (which I, also, already have, with Air Sharing), "If the PC and the iPhone... are on separate networks, then FreeBit's VPN software will engage the connection." That is, you sign up for an account with them and you can access your iPhone from anywhere on the Internet by going through their server.

  • Re:How long until... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Mister Whirly (964219) on Friday May 15, 2009 @03:25PM (#27971289) Homepage
    Just because you think there is doesn't mean there is. ("Because I can" isn't a valid reason, I'm sorry.)
    I notice you sidestepped the issue. If you can see a valid use for this, please, enlighten us.
  • Prohibited by ToS (Score:1, Interesting)

    by midtoad (18044) <`stewart' `at' `midwinter.ca'> on Friday May 15, 2009 @04:42PM (#27972325) Homepage Journal
    Most cellular providers have a clause in their terms of service that prohibits running a webserver on your cellphone. You might want to check the consequences before you fire that thing up.

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