About Jeff Benjamin

Jeff has been with iDownloadBlog since 2010, acting as resident video specialist, and tutorial expert. He earned his degree in Computer Network Systems back in 2001, but decided Cisco routers and the like just weren’t for him. Since then, he’s been heavily involved with online writing. He’s written for numerous tech and video game sites since the late 1990′s, and has a knack for explaining things in a simple, clear, and concise manner. Jeff works primarily from the east coast on his Retina Macbook Pro, and shoots video with a Canon DSLR. During downtime he likes to travel the world, visiting the various Apple Stores across the globe. You can email him at jeff [at] idownloadblog.com and follow him on Twitter @JeffBenjam or on Google+.

How to stream torrents to your Apple TV, no jailbreak needed

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 31, 2014

A new Mac app called TorrenTV was recently released to allow users to stream torrents directly to the Apple TV. The app, which begins playing movies immediately via a simple drag and drop of a .torrent file, streams to the Apple TV, even if the device isn’t jailbroken.

Even better is the fact that TorrenTV requires zero setup. As long as your Mac and Apple TV share the same Wi-Fi network, TorrenTV will begin streaming video to your Apple TV almost immediately.

Of course, being that we don’t condone piracy, the use of such an app would have its limits. Thankfully, there are legitimate videos available via torrents, which can thus be streamed directly to your Apple TV. Have a look inside for more information. Read More

 

AboutUDID: a super-handy tweak for finding your iPhone’s UDID

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 31, 2014

AboutUDID is a relatively new jailbreak tweak that does something extremely useful for those of you who test beta software. It allows you to easily view the device’s UDID from the General > About section of the stock Settings app. This UDID, which stands for Unique Device Identifier, is a 40 character hex value that is used by developers for registering test devices for apps.

The UDID can easily be retrieved by connecting to iTunes or by downloading third-party applications, but this tweak makes it even easier. In fact, AboutUDID allows you to copy and paste values from a device’s About section, which makes sharing the ID with developers even more painless. Check out our video inside to see how it works. Read More

 

QuickFolders: a more efficient way to launch apps in folders

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 31, 2014

QuickFolders is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that will allow users to launch apps contained in folders using a single tap and hold gesture. The tweak, which should be hitting Cydia any day now, will also allow users to venture into nested folders, switch folder pages, and exit folders all in one motion.

We’ve gotten our hands on a preview build of QuickFolders and have put it through its paces. While it isn’t quite as stable as it’ll hopefully be when the tweak officially launches, the potential is undeniable. Have a look at our full video walkthrough after the break for more information. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 67: That’s so beta

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 30, 2014

Episode 67: Activator gets a massive update and brings a ton of new features to the table.

To celebrate, the crew talks about some of the ways that they use this jailbreak staple.

Other tweaks covered include Mikoto, Scrub Radio, and Smart Search.

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Let’s Talk iOS 039: Internet problems

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 28, 2014

Episode 39: Sebastien laments about his ongoing Wi-Fi troubles, Jeff gushes over the greatness that is his new 4K Dell monitor, and Cody talks about his latest deals. The trio talk about three apps that they’d recommend to new iOS users, plus they discuss all of the latest iOS news.

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‘Mikoto’ is like Springtomize for apps

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 28, 2014

Mikoto is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to customize various aspects of App Store apps and default iOS apps on the iPhone. It’s similar to Springtomize in that you can alter loads of various features for a variety of different areas within supported apps.

You won’t find Mikoto on the BigBoss repo or the ModMyi repo; it’s only available by means of a third-party non-default repository. Have a look inside as we take Mikoto for a spin on video, and we’ll show you how to score this free jailbreak tweak for yourself. Read More

 

Upgrading to a 4K monitor: enjoy Retina quality graphics on an external display

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 26, 2014

As many of you know, I’m rocking a 13″ Retina MacBook Pro, and I love it. The screen is killer, it’s fairly fast, and it’s portable.

But as I begin to take on more “intense” projects, I’m starting to realize that I simply don’t have enough screen real estate to be the most productive I can be. I need an external monitor.

The problem is, and if you’re a current Retina MacBook owner you’ve no doubt faced a similar conundrum, most of the popular external displays pale in comparison to the Retina display. Even Apple’s mighty Thunderbolt Display, with its 27″ screen and 2560×1440 native resolution, looks downright grainy when placed side-by-side with the Retina screen of a MacBook Pro.

So what to do? You could hold off until Apple finally decides it wants to get with the program and offer a Retina capable Thunderbolt Display, or…or…or! You could get a ultra-HD 4K capable monitor right now and enjoy a “Retina” experience.

That’s exactly what I decided to do. Inside, I’ll break down some of the pluses and minuses of my latest pickup, Dell’s ($799 on Amazon) 24″ ultra-HD display, the UP2414Q. Read More

 

EqualizerEverywhere makes it possible to adjust audio in any app

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 25, 2014

EqualizerEverywhere is a recently released jailbreak tweak that makes it possible to create and activate custom equalizer presets on the fly. If you’re someone who listens to a variety of different audio types on the iPhone, and you’re looking for a way to customize sound based on the type of audio, this is a tweak that you should definitely investigate.

We’ve taken EqualizerEverywhere for a spin, and we were pretty impressed by what we found. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the jump. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 66: The Airport Extreme disaster

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 23, 2014

Episode 66: A look at the latest jailbreak news this week, including the hacking of the BigBoss repo, Geohot’s latest endeavors, Apple security issues, and a whole list of new jailbreak tweaks. This week’s tweaks include Hermes, HUDSpeed, Meter, Brevity, and more.

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Easily theme your iPhone signal bars with ‘Meter’

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 23, 2014

Meter is an upcoming tweak that replaces the stock signal meters for the iPhone’s cellular signal with custom themed meters. The signal themes, which are selectable via Meter’s preferences, allow users to enjoy a different look in the iPhone’s status bar.

Meter is developed by the same developer who brought us Circlet, a similar status-bar-item-altering tweak. While Meter isn’t as ambitious as Circlet, it’s a great compliment to the status bar, and looks awesome when paired together.

We got our hands on a preview copy of Meter to record a video demonstration to show how it works. Take a look inside for more details. Read More

 

Brevity: send a quick canned response via the Messages app

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 23, 2014

Do you like the idea of being able to send quick canned text responses to your friends or family? Do you want a quick way to acknowledge the receipt of a text message? If so, a Messages app tweak entitled Brevity might be just what you need.

Brevity is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that makes it easy to send a single canned text message response in an instant. We’ve been able to test out a pre-release version of Brevity, and we like what we’ve seen thus far. Check out our video walkthrough inside for additional details. Read More

 

Power Tap: add more options to the power off slider in iOS

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 23, 2014

Power Tap is a jailbreak tweak with a simple premise that’s executed to perfection. It allows you to perform a respring, reboot, power down, or boot into safe mode from the convenience of the stock iOS power down screen.

The great thing about Power Tap is that it reuses most of the assets already available on the power down screen. The result? A jailbreak tweak that could potentially pass as a stock feature. Check out our video walkthrough of Power Tap after the break. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 038: Confessions of a former minimalist

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 21, 2014

Episode 38: Jeff ditches minimalism, Cody starts coding, and Sebastien ponders the idea of getting a new iMac. We also discuss Apple and IBM’s new partnership, Starbucks ambitious mobile payment plans, and the best email apps for iPad.

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RemindMeAnywhere: access a custom reminder with Activator

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 17, 2014

Looking for an excruciatingly simple way to set a personal reminder, and don’t feel like fooling with the stock Reminders app? If so, RemindMeAnywhere might be the jailbreak solution for you—if you can deal with its limitations.

RemindMeAnywhere allows you to create a custom reminder and assign it to an Activator gesture. Upon invoking the tweak using the established gesture, a dialogue box will appear containing your custom reminder text.

It’s not the most intuitive method for setting reminders, but it could work for you if you have the right circumstances. Have a look at our demo video after the break for a brief glance into how it all works. Read More

 

How to remove uppercase text headings in the Settings app

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 17, 2014

If you look closely at some of the pages in iOS’ stock Settings app, you’ll stumble upon UITableView text with all capitalized characters. It’s not something that’s bothered me before—I barely noticed it—but apparently it’s an annoyance to more than a few users out there.

You can find a good example of the capitalized text in Settings > Photos. There, you’ll find various headings in capitalized text.

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could tone down this text and make it consist of lowercase characters? That’s the exact premise behind a recently released jailbreak tweak entitled NoUpperCaseTable. Have a look at our video demonstration inside. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 65: The death of an intro

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 16, 2014

Episode 65: We dissect Saurik’s latest thoughts on competition and community, and talk about the viability of a bonafide Cydia competitor, its effect on the jailbreak community, and much more. We also discuss a whole lot of new jailbreak tweaks, including Vestigo, OneThumb, FullyMaskedPasswords, and many more.

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HUDSpeed: speed up the volume HUD fade out animation

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 16, 2014

One of my personal iOS pet peeves is how long it takes for the volume HUD to fade away after adjusting the volume. It seems to linger there for an absurd amount of time, wearing out its welcome in the process.

A new jailbreak tweak called HUDSpeed has been released to combat the extended presence of the overlay. HUDSpeed is a tweak that takes a logical approach to fixing this issue—it speeds up the HUD animation forcing it to disappear quicker.

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BookSong: make the Music app remember where you left off

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 15, 2014

BookSong is one of those jailbreak tweaks that sounds a bit silly in description, but turns out to be fairly interesting when you begin using it. It’s a tweak that allows you to automatically reestablish the spot where you left off on a song even if you kill the stock Music app or perform a respring.

Without this tweak, iOS will not remember where your song left off, regardless of where you were mid tune. With BookSong, iOS remembers exactly where you left off, and picks up the jams from that exact spot. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the break to see BookSong in action. Read More

 

Hermes: a lightweight cross-platform quick reply solution

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 15, 2014

Are you itching for a lightweight quick reply solution, and feel that existing tweaks don’t work for you? What about being able to quickly reply to WhatsApp, Kik, and iMessage messages from the same quick reply interface. If you answered yes to one or both questions, then you may want to check out Hermes, a brand new $0.99 quick reply solution for jailbreakers. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 037: Our favorite accessories

by Jeff Benjamin on Jul 14, 2014

Episode 37: We discuss the latest Apple ongoings along with a breakdown of each of our go-to accessories for our iOS devices.

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