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+.

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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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

 

Android Wear meets the iPhone

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 26, 2015

Over the past few days, I’ve been working with developer MohammadAG to test his in-progress iOS-to-Android Wear application on the LG G Watch. This application, which has a ton of potential for both jailbreakers and non-jailbreakers, allows iOS to forward notifications to Android Wear devices. In the video that follows, I showcase some of the features that are in the current version of Mohammad’s new Android Wear APK. Read More

 

How to troubleshoot Cydia refresh issues

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2015

From time to time, you may encounter a situation where Cydia will not stop “Reloading Data”. This usually has something to do with a bad repo, or a repo that may be unresponsive, offline, etc. If you have a lot of third-party repos added to Cydia, then the chances of you encountering this error increase. In this post, I’ll show you how to successfully troubleshoot this issue, and make it so that Cydia can successfully refresh. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 100: A signed Alf picture

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2015

Episode 100: Reminiscing about Let’s Talk Jailbreak and its history over 100 episodes. A hacker creates a new brute force tool. A new TinyUmbrella beta. We also discuss several big jailbreak tweaks like Multify, Couria, and DockWare.

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AKMessages can make using the stock Messages app faster

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2015

Wouldn’t it be nice if the keyboard interface opened automatically when tapping on a conversation thread in the stock Messages app? The developer of AKMessages must have thought so, because that’s the exact premise behind his new jailbreak tweak.

Like TypeTab, another tweak that we recently reviewed, AKMessages reduces the amount of friction in your day-to-day app activities. Have a look at our video walkthrough to see how it eliminates the need for you to perform a tap before you start typing within the Messages app. Read More

 

RecordPause lets you pause and resume video recording in the stock Camera app

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2015

RecordPause is a recently released jailbreak tweak that allows you to pause and resume the stock Camera app while shooting video. Some of the more popular social media apps, like Vine and Instagram, have a similar feature. Now, thanks to RecordPause, you can pause and resume video right from within the stock iOS camera as well. Read More

 

How to configure apps to launch at system startup on Mac

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Do you have certain apps that you always open as soon as you restart or log in to your Mac? If so, it might be a good idea to make those apps auto-start upon logging in to OS X. Thankfully, it’s very easy to add and remove auto-start items using OS X’s System Preferences. Read More

 

TinyUmbrella can now save local SHSH blobs from device, and that includes iOS 8.1.2

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Semaphore has been on a roll lately, as shown by the release of yet another TinyUmbrella beta build, and this version contains a significant new feature. You now have the ability to save SHSH blobs directly from a local device. This means that if you’re on a jailbreakable firmware like iOS 8.1.2, you can save the 8.1.2 blobs even though Apple is no longer signing that firmware version. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 074: Not made for humans

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Episode 74 lends a deeper discussion about the Apple Watch, including understanding its position within our lives. How the new Apple TV could potentially change the way we watch television. Jeff explains why you should consider using a mechanical keyboard.

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Transition: new unlock animations for the Lock screen

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Transition is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that adds a ton of new Lock screen-to-Home screen animated transitions to iOS. In all, there are over two-dozen animated transitions, and that doesn’t include the random option that will allow you to enjoy a different transition with every unlock of your device. If you’re looking to add some spice to the unlock animation on your iPhone, then Transition may be just what you need. Read More

 

How to enable WhatsApp Web via iPhone

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Android users have been able to enjoy WhatsApp’s Web interface for a while now, while iOS users have been left longing for the feature. The WhatsApp Web interface allows you to carry on and continue conversations from a web browser on your desktop, which is great for those times when you’re seated and working.

Thankfully, there is a way to enable the WhatsApp Web feature directly from your iPhone, but you’ll need to be jailbroken to do so. It’s called WhatsApp Web Enabler, and we’ll show you how to use it in this step-by-step video tutorial. Read More

 

How to simulate the Apple Watch with augmented reality

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Still baffled about how the Apple Watch will actually look on your wrist? There’s a new app that provides what is arguably the best look yet (outside of trying on a real Apple Watch). The app, called ARWatch, uses augmented reality to simulate the presence of an Apple Watch on your wrist. Read More

 

Hacker creates a software-only brute force tool for jailbroken devices

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 23, 2015

Well-known iOS jailbreak developer and hacker Majd Alfhaily was intrigued when read about MDSec’s black box hardware brute force for iOS devices. The tool, which runs over a USB connection, tries every possible passcode combination in an attempt to unlock an iPhone secured with a simple passcode.

The downside of such a tool, is that each PIN entry takes approximately 40 seconds, so it could take more than 110 hours to brute force an iPhone. Majd, being the curious person that he is, devised a way to do it in a fraction of the time using only software. The only caveat, if you even want to call it that given what it does, is that the device must be able to run unsigned code, i.e., the device must be jailbroken. Read More

 

New TinyUmbrella 8.2.0.41 beta released

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 22, 2015

TinyUmbrella, the tool that allows users to save SHSH blobs to be used for potential downgrades, has received another update. As we reported a few weeks ago, TinyUmbrella has made a significant comeback, and its developer, semaphore, is hopeful that downgrades to iOS firmware will be a real thing in the not so distant future.

With this in mind, semaphore is continuing to improve TinyUmbrella, and this latest beta version contains numerous fixes and iterative enhancements. If you still haven’t saved your SHSH blobs, I advise you to stop what you’re doing, download TinyUmbrella, and do so today. Read More

 

How to get a 3D dock on OS X Yosemite

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 22, 2015

Do you miss OS X’s 3D dock? OS X Yosemite finally did away with the 3D dock that’s been present since the release of OS X Leopard, but you can get it back by using a simple application called cDock.

cDock includes, among a host of other features, the ability to theme the dock with over a dozen built-in themes. There are night themes, fullscreen themes, pink themes, and, of course, 3D themes. If you’ve been reminiscing about the “good ol’ days”, then you can easily relive the past with this handy little application. Read More

 

DockWare for iOS 8 brings enhanced dock features to the iPhone

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 22, 2015

Looking to add special enhancements to the dock on your iPhone? If so, then look no further than DockWare for iOS 8. The follow up to the original DockWare for iOS 7 devices, the sequel brings the ability to access the dock while within apps, hide the dock while on the Home screen, and invoke the dock using a handy Activator gesture. Read More

 

Review: Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 21, 2015

I’ve been using the Das Keyboard Professional Model S for the last two years, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed typing on this mechanical keyboard. If you do any sort of long form typing on a regular basis, then having a mechanical keyboard can make a huge difference in your life.

After typing on my MacBook’s chiclet keyboard for years, I began to develop problems with severe wrist pain. Although it was never officially diagnosed, I’m pretty sure that I suffered from some sort of repetitive stress injury, which made it excruciatingly painful to type for extended periods of time. Needless to say, having a mechanical keyboard has alleviated 99% of these issues, and I can never see myself going back to using the MacBook’s chiclet keyboard full time.

Earlier this month, Das Keyboard released an updated keyboard for Mac with new features and functionality. The Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac, as it is called, brings a similar typing experience to the table. Is it something you should consider if you’re in the market for a new keyboard? Should previous Das Keyboard owners upgrade? Have a look at our video review and walkthrough for the answer. Read More

 

How to unlock the Apple Watch Activity app on iOS 8.2, no jailbreak required

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 21, 2015

A few days ago, we showed you a detailed walkthrough video of iOS 8.2’s Activity App. Today, we’ll show you how you can go hands-on with this brand new app.

In the tutorial that follows, we’ll walk you through each step needed to get the iOS 8.2 Apple Watch Activity app running on your iPhone today, even though the Apple Watch is still weeks from releasing. No jailbreak required. Read More

 

How to access the Couria beta for jailbroken iPhones

by Jeff Benjamin on Mar 20, 2015

Yesterday, we brought you a preview of the upcoming quick reply and quick compose tweak, Couria. Today, we’re showing you how you can go hands on with the tweak.

Couria is now available on a special beta repo by its developer, QusicS. If you’ve been desperate for a good quick compose solution and an enhanced quick reply interface, then you may want to take it for a test drive. Read More

 
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