iDB News CC

If you’re an avid iDB reader, and let’s face it—you should be—then I suggest you check out two recently released jailbreak tweaks that allow you to add our headlines to Control Center or Notification Center in iOS 7. Aptly entitled iDownloadBlog for Control Center and iDownloadBlog for Notification Center, these new jailbreak tweaks make it easy to stay up to date with all of the latest Apple news.

We’ve taken both tweaks for a spin on video, and while we weren’t blown away by the presentation, we did find them to be pretty handy additions for iDB fiends. Have a look inside as we step through the features.

Both of the tweaks are available free of charge on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. We find that the easiest way to locate them is by typing “iDownloadBlog” in the Cydia search bar. Each tweak is its own individual entity, so if you want to have both, you’ll need to install both.

I personally prefer the Control Center version over the Notification Center version. The Control Center widget, which piggybacks on CCLoader, seems to be more readily accessible due to how easy it is to quickly invoke Control Center.

Each tweak can have its height adjusted by using a simple setting found within the stock Settings app. The Control Center version can be adjusted on the fly with no respring, while the Notification Center version requires a full respring.

IDB News

When using the Notification Center widget, you’ll need to be sure to go to the Notification Center preference panel in the stock Settings to enable the iDB News section. You can then use the edit button in the upper right-hand corner of Notification Center’s settings to adjust the order of the iDB News section’s appearance.

Both tweaks present to you simple news headlines straight from iDownloadBlog. Each tweak can be refreshed by using the pull-to-refresh mechanism present in many popular App Store apps. Tapping on a headline loads an individual page for the news item in the stock Safari browser. Unfortunately, there’s no way to customize which browser to use, or any other settings for that matter.

As I stated, both tweaks are pretty bare bones as far as features and presentation are concerned. However, if you’re looking for one of the simplest ways to stay up to date with all of the latest iDB news, then you should consider trying out one (or both) of these tweaks.

What do you think?

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    Is there any rss widget for idb on the homescreen. A full page?

    • Salman Burhan

      Hello, I’m the developer of iDB News Feed. I’m currently working on a tweak just like the above that let’s you enter any RSS feed. Should be out in a week. Or maybe even this Sunday.

      • Ishaan Malhotra

        That’s great!!

      • Amr Badr

        Anything new?

  • Great tweak

  • Andrew delorge

    Hey Jeff, was a big fan of Badger on ios6&5, and was wondering if you could do a review on Badger7? Would be greatly appreciated.

    • It’s being worked on.

      • Carlos Gomes

        “Thanks for your suggestion, Andrew!” – said no one.

  • Renii

    Nice idea, but honestly it is ugly.

    • Diego Milano

      Yep, I can’t really tell why someone would promote something like this honestly. No offense to anyone. Hopefully it’s useful to someone.


      Well mostly all people won’t have safari open always to check iDB so having this tweak is very good as Jeff stated it’s very good for avid iDB user(Like me

      • Renii

        I didn’t say it was not useful. It’s a nice idea, since in iOS we lack the safari notifications like in OS X. But the tweak is really ugly..


        Yep you got a point it looks kinda weired while looking at it on repeated usage may be the size of font not sure

  • Ryan

    I tried the CC version and the one thing I didn’t like was the pull to refresh. Is that something also the NC version?

  • patmack

    This is cool!

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    I downloaded this and HATED the presentation of it. No separators just a list of the articles. I deleted it right away. We need that IDB app though!

    • There seems to be one on the insanelyi repo…haven’t bothered installing it though; LockInfo 5’s RSS reader works fine for me.

  • Abe Villa

    I’m that dedicated to this site. Lol jk

  • Mohammed Sahib

    Actually my iDB feed IS in my NC. I follow iDB on twitter and enable push notifications through the official twitter app, changed the settings to show 10 recent notifications instead of 5 and there it is, done.

  • Jeffrey

    i’ve been waiting for an rss feed for idb for a while now so i appreciate this tweak. it’s pretty ugly but usable so yeah… idb; if you find another rss news feed for idb please review it:) and PLEEASEE make an iDB app:(

  • Leviscus Tempris

    Would love a lockpages version of this!

  • Z_Atout

    Not the greatest presentation in the world, but its simplicity is appreciated.

  • What is the iDB rss url to put into the Intelliscreen 7 RSS feed?