The tweaks of the week

By Sébastien Page on Mar 29, 2015

Another slow week in terms of releases in Cydia with these 14 new packages to hit the default repos. Still, quality is more important than quantity. This is more true today with some of these tweaks providing great features. Have a look! Read More

 

Bokeh wallpapers for iPhone and iPad

By Jim Gresham on Mar 29, 2015

With another week, comes another set of images for Wallpapers of the Week. Previous posts include popular sections such as geometric wallpapers and galaxy images. However, there are a few wallpaper categories that have yet to be covered within the iDB community.

In today’s post we highlight a traditional wallpaper genre, bokeh. Lens tricks and lighting changes determine and define the bokeh genre. As exampled in these standard representations below, focal point and background lighting define0 the imagery. Read More

 

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: six months on, choice is king

By Oliver Haslam on Mar 29, 2015

We all knew it was coming following months of uncharacteristic leaks, but the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus double announcement of September 9th 2014 saw the biggest thing to happen to the iPhone since the handset was first brought to market. Apple launched two handsets, both with differing screen sizes but more importantly, both of those screen sizes were bigger than the iPhone 5s they were replacing.

After years of mocking users of Android phones that seemed to know no limits when it came to packing ever larger, ever more pocket-busting screens into smartphones it was time for Apple fans to embrace the idea of a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch device in their midst. Read More

 

iDB top stories of the week

By Sébastien Page on Mar 29, 2015

Like every Sunday, we get to take a look at some of the most popular posts that were published on iDB during the week that just ended. Whether it is a news item, a new jailbreak tweak, a tutorial, or an app review, we sum it all up in one convenient place for you.

As always, if you like what you’re reading, please feel free to spread the love by sharing our posts on your favorite social network.

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Auxo Legacy Edition: nothing beats an original

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 28, 2015

The wait is over; Auxo Legacy Edition has just touched down on Cydia. For those of you that purchased Auxo 2 or Auxo 3, Auxo Legacy Edition will cost $0.99. Everyone else is asked to pay $1.99 to join in on the fun.

And fun it is.

While I liked the sequels to the original Auxo, neither of them felt as cool to me as the original version—a tweak that arguably laid the groundwork for the modern App Switcher that we enjoy today on iOS. Auxo Legacy Edition, Auxo LE hereafter, brings the well-liked card preview interface back to iOS 8 with a modern look and new features.

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The limits of Android Wear compatibility with iOS

By Sébastien Page on Mar 28, 2015

If you can’t beat them, join them. This could be the motto for Google, which is rumored to bring iOS compatibility to Android Wear. And if strings of code that were recently discovered are any indication, it seems the rumor actually holds a lot of truth to it.

Considering this probable move, there seems to be a lot of excitement about the potential possibilities, especially among people who don’t believe in Apple Watch, or want the convenience of a smartwatch without all the strings attached to the Apple ecosystem.

One thing people don’t seem to realize is that even with full iOS support, Android Wear will never be more than a shiny screen with a handful of limited features. Read More

 

The ultimate iPhone photography bundle

By iDB Deals on Mar 28, 2015

Apple’s “Shot on iPhone 6″ ad campaign emphasizes the iPhone camera’s power to take incredible photography. With this bundle of must-have mobile photography accessories, you can take the amazing camera built into your phone, and the pictures you take with it, to the next level. Better yet, it’s available at a nice discount with free US and international shipping. Read More

 

Charge your iPhone 6 in style with Mophie’s Lightning Desktop Dock

By Lory Gil on Mar 28, 2015

If I had to guess, I’d bet that a lot of iPhone users charge their device at night, next to their bed. Doing so serves two purposes. You can charge your iPhone through the night while you sleep, and you can use it as an alarm clock. When docked, it could also serve as a display for relaxation images and late night talk show viewing.

The Lightning Desktop Dock from Mophie is a stand that is compatible with the iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, and 6. Connect your device to the dock and it will charge all night while you watch movies in portrait mode until you fall asleep. Read More

 

Periscope, Beast Towers, Whipclip and more apps to check out this weekend

By Lory Gil on Mar 28, 2015

There just isn’t enough time in the day to play all the games and use all the apps that flow through the App Store like a river of chocolate. How is one person supposed to find the cream of the crop on his or her own?

Instead of trying to check out every single title that comes along, you should check out our list of apps and games that we think you would find useful and fun. We weed through the mound of junk to find the highlights for you. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for March 27

By Cody Lee on Mar 27, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today, we have a number of app and game deals to help you get your weekend started off right! Read More

 

Pangu Team talks money, discrimination and more in open letter

By Cody Lee on Mar 27, 2015

The Pangu Team, which has been responsible for multiple iOS 7 and iOS 8 jailbreaks, posted an open letter to its website on Friday. The letter is entitled “Jailbreak Should not Tolerate Regional Discrimination,” and it talks about discrimination, rumors regarding Pangu, and more.

It appears much of the motivation behind the post comes from comments made by hacker Stefan Esser, better known as I0n1c. The team says during his talk at this year’s Syscan conference, Esser made several comments that they felt were racist and “full of morbid imaginations.” Read More

 

Ditty: a third-party Facebook Messenger app that sings your chats

By Lory Gil on Mar 27, 2015

It has only been a couple of days since Facebook announced that third-party app integration would be added to the social chat app. There are already dozens of GIF makers, custom avatar creators, and special sticker add-ons to bombard your friends and family with hilarity.

Ditty is a third-party Facebook Messenger app that turns what you write into music. Pick a song, type out your message, and watch it transform into a musical. The next time you want to cheer someone up, do it with a song set to your own, personalized lyrics. Read More

 

Favorite Contacts Launcher lets you call, message, or FaceTime anyone from Notification Center

By Josh Gallagher on Mar 27, 2015

Favorite Contacts Launcher allows you to have instant access to your most used numbers. Once downloaded, this app will allow you to quickly call, text, or FaceTime anyone directly from Notification Center. The concept sounds extremely useful to non-jailbreakers, but does this launcher deliver? Read More

 

Vine upgrades video quality to 720p

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2015

Vine, a service for sharing short 15-second looping clips, announced on Friday that it is finally upgrading video quality from a rather paltry 480p resolution to a more acceptable 720p.

“We’ve been working on technical upgrades that support Vines in higher quality,” the Twitter-owned company said. The 720p format offers a resolution of 1,280-by-720 pixels whereas the 480p standard tops out at 640-by-480 pixels. Read More

 

Meerkat 1.1 gains better search, in-app streaming alerts and other enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2015

Meerkat, an app which kicked off the live broadcasting craze by letting you stream live video from your iPhone to all of your Twitter followers at once, has released its first major update since its App Store debut a little more than two weeks ago.

The app is now more stable and user friendly and comes with nearly a dozen improvements related to searching, following other people, getting notified about their activity, discovering new streams and more. Read More

 

SetBack is a great way to revert to a preferred Home screen layout

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2015

One of the reasons why I’ve never been heavily into theme reviews is because of the time it takes to set up the theme and revert my Home screen configuration after testing. Many themes only support certain apps and app icons, hence, it requires a lot of app icon rearranging to aptly show off the theme in question.

I can’t remember where I read the comment, but an iDB commenter mentioned SetBack as a possible solution to my problems. It claims to allow you to restore your SpringBoard layout with ease. Yesterday, I tried SetBack for the first time, and he was right, it is the solution that I needed, and you might like it too. Read More

 

Apple officially announces Watch shop openings in London, Paris and Tokyo

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2015

Apple on Friday announced (via iGen.fr) grand opening for Apple Watch stores-within-a-store located in high-end department stores in London, Paris and Tokyo. The company’s UK Retail website confirms that the Selfridges Apple Watch shop will open doors to business on Friday, April 10, at 9am local time.

Located on London’s 400 Oxford Street, the Selfridges shop is just across the popular Wonder Room shopping hall where a bunch of watch brands and jewelers operate their luxury shops. Apple previously said pre-orders for the wearable device will kick off on April 10. Read More

 

Court rules UK users can sue Google over Safari privacy breach

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2015

Things could get ugly for Google as the Internet giant lost a UK appeal in the Safari cookie tracking case, potentially opening the door to litigation from the millions of British users, BBC News reported Friday.

The case revolves around Google’s practice to continue tracking users of Apple’s Safari browser via cookies even after they had changed their browser settings to block cookies, in order to target them with advertising. Read More

 

Good deal: get the active wrap Bluetooth headphones for $24 (free shipping)

By iDB Deals on Mar 27, 2015

If you like to listen to music while exercising, on the move, or just in comfort at your desk, this pair of portable headphones might be for you. Lightweight, comfortable, ergonomic and stylish, the Active Wrap headphones are a great budget option for bluetooth headphones. Get them for just $24 at iDB Deals, with free US and International shipping. Read More

 

Strategy and timing meet in action puzzler ULTRAFLOW

By Josh Gallagher on Mar 27, 2015

ULTRAFLOW draws heavily from both the puzzle and action genres. Each level is essentially a two stage process. First, you have to figure out how to solve the puzzle. Then, you have to actually be able to do it. This creates a surprising amount of challenge in ULTRAFLOW, proving that it’s more than just a fun word to type. Read More

 
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