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+.

Home Depot to become largest retailer to support Apple Pay

by Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

Contrary to earlier reports today, Home Depot isn’t disabling Apple Pay, it’s instead rolling it out to all of its 2,000+ brick and mortar retail stores. As Bloomberg reports, this will make Home Depot the biggest retailer accepting Apple Pay to date.

This is huge news, and certainly a major turnaround from the reports that said otherwise early this morning. Home Depot, which has been subject to massive data breaches in the past, is clearly putting its chips in with Apple Pay, which is known for its ease of use and its security. Read More

 

Muswitch: a jailbreak tweak that places music controls in the App Switcher

by Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

App Switcher tweaks seem to be all the rage these days, so it’s not surprising to see a tweak like Muswitch pop up on Cydia. Muswitch, as its name hints to, allows you to place music controls in the iOS 8 App Switcher.

These Music controls replace the contact shortcuts that normally reside above the cards found in the App Switcher. Watch our video walkthrough for more details. Read More

 

CCSwipe adds customizable swipe zones to iOS

by Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

CCSwipe is a recently released tweak that replaces the standard Control Center swipe gesture with a gesture that invokes the App Switcher, and a gesture that takes you to the Home screen.

By itself, CCSwipe isn’t mind-blowing, but its preference panel contains an innovative features that I feel is worth some praise. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see what it I mean. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 080: Slaptic feedback

by Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

Episode 80: Apple’s Q2 earnings call, more blatant Samsung copying, Microsoft is opening up, BestBuy changes its stance on Apple Pay, and Apple pushes to kill free streaming music tiers.

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How to add an old school combination lock to the iOS Lock screen

by Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

Combination Lock, a brand new jailbreak tweak that just recently touched down on Cydia, makes me feel a bit nostalgic. It takes me back to my high school days when I used to use a combination lock for my school locker. It’s been so long since I’ve used one of those locks, but this new jailbreak tweak resuscitates the experience.

If you’re looking to add a little flair to the iOS Lock screen, then you should take Combination Lock for a spin (pun intended). Have a look at our video walkthrough to see what I mean. Read More

 

PhotoSize lets you quickly calculate the size of items in the stock Photos app

by Jeff Benjamin on May 4, 2015

PhotoSize is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to quickly calculate the size of photos, videos, and screenshots selected in the stock Photos app. The tweak is capable of calculating the size of a single photo, video or screenshot, and it’s also capable of calculating the size of multiple items as well. Have a look at our video walkthrough to see PhotoSize in action. Read More

 

Review: Logitech MX Master – a good choice for OS X users?

by Jeff Benjamin on May 4, 2015

The Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse has been at the top of my must-try list ever since it came out. Debuting to glowing reviews, and statements of increased productivity, I had to try this mouse out to see if it would help my workflow on OS X. Does it live up to my high expectations? Check out our review for more details. Read More

 

iOS 8.2 is no longer being signed

by Jeff Benjamin on May 4, 2015

Today, Apple ceased signing iOS 8.2. Although the closure of this particular signing window has no measurable impact on jailbreakers, it’s still worth nothing any time Apple closes a firmware signing window.

If, for some reason, you didn’t want to upgrade from an earlier iOS version to iOS 8.3, you could, up until today, upgrade to iOS 8.2. Or, if for some strange reason, you wanted to downgrade to iOS 8.2, you could do so up until today as well. That is, of course, no longer the case. Read More

 

How to complete various actions hands-free on Apple Watch

by Jeff Benjamin on May 4, 2015

You may have noticed that while using Siri, the Apple Watch interface presents on screen buttons that you have to tap with your finger to confirm commands. While this is doable in a lot of circumstances, it takes away from the hands-free element that’s necessary in many situations.

At times, it’s simply impossible to physically tap a button on the Apple Watch to confirm a command, and that’s where using the Hey Siri hands-free assistant to its full potential can come in handy. In fact, it’s totally possible to send text messages, establish calendar events, set reminders, and more without touching your Apple Watch.

Yes, despite what the Apple Watch interface may lead you to think, you can use Siri completely hands-free in quite a few scenarios. Watch our hands-on video for the details. Read More

 

GroupMe separates regular Messages app conversations from group conversations

by Jeff Benjamin on May 4, 2015

Do you find your Messages app to be too cluttered? Perhaps it’s the mix of group messages combined with normal one-on-one messages that make sit feel that way.

GroupMe is a new jailbreak tweak that can go a long ways towards decluttering the Messages app. It separates group messages from regular messages using tabs at the bottom of the Messages app interface. Watch our video walkthrough for a thorough explanation. Read More

 

How to check remaining battery life on Apple Watch

by Jeff Benjamin on May 3, 2015

Although battery life has been much better than most anticipated with Apple Watch, you should still expect a day or, at tops, a day and a half of battery life after a full charge. For that reason, it’s pretty important to keep a close eye on your Apple Watch battery throughout the day, especially if you decide to use battery hogging functions like phone calls and the workout app.

Fortunately, Apple makes it super easy to monitor battery life on Apple Watch. In fact, it’s more verbose than it is on the iPhone since the watch shows you the full battery percentage by default. Inside, we’ll show you two easy ways to monitor battery life on Apple Watch. Read More

 

What are Glances and how to use them

by Jeff Benjamin on May 2, 2015

Glances on Apple Watch are quick summaries of information that can be quickly viewed at a glance—hence the name. Glances contain, or at least should contain, information that you view the most frequently.

Why did Apple include Glances in Watch OS? How many glances can you have configured at once? These questions, and others are answered in this Glances overview. Read More

 

How to use Siri on Apple Watch

by Jeff Benjamin on May 2, 2015

Like the iPhone and iPad, Siri can help you find information and get things done on Apple Watch. Unlike the iPhone and iPad versions, there is no voice feedback present. Instead, Siri communicates via haptic feedback and text on the Apple Watch screen. It works, but it does take a bit of adjustment, even if you’re familiar with how to use Siri on the iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

How to turn Do Not Disturb on/off on Apple Watch

by Jeff Benjamin on May 2, 2015

Do Not Disturb is a feature that first appeared on the iPhone. It allows you to suppress notifications so that you aren’t interrupted by alerts. The same principal works on Apple Watch.

You can enable Do Not Disturb directly from the Apple Watch settings. You can also choose to mirror Do Not Disturb settings so that the effect takes place on both devices. Do Not Disturb is a great way to make sure that your Apple Watch doesn’t alert you during meetings, while sleeping, or any other situation where silence may be needed. Read More

 

How to remove apps from Apple Watch

by Jeff Benjamin on May 2, 2015

Although third party apps interface with a paired iPhone in order to run on Apple Watch, an installation does occur when adding apps to the Apple Watch. With this considered, it would only make sense to be able to remove apps from the device as well.

Fortunately, it’s extremely easy to delete apps from Apple’s wearable. Actually, there are several ways to remove apps from the Apple Watch, and we’ll highlight all of those ways in the following post. Read More

 

Andrios: an Android-inspired experience for iOS

by Jeff Benjamin on May 1, 2015

Andrios has been a hot topic for jailbreakers as of late. The upcoming tweak, which should be touching down any second now on Cydia, brings many Android-inspired features to iOS.

The developers of Andrios, BrandDev & Logan O’Connell, have worked hard to make the tweak’s tag line live up to the final product. Does it succeed in doing so? Read More

 

How to toggle Airplane mode on Apple Watch

by Jeff Benjamin on May 1, 2015

Airplane mode disables all of the Apple Watch radios, which is handy when you want to disconnect from all devices, or when you’re flying and are requested to do so by an airline. There are several ways to enable Airplane mode on Apple Watch, as we show you in this continuation of our Apple Watch Guide series. Read More

 

10 most wanted Apple Watch jailbreak tweaks

by Jeff Benjamin on Apr 29, 2015

It officially launched less than a week ago, but many people are already thinking about jailbreaking the Apple Watch. I’ve seen prominent hackers and developers talk about jailbreaking Apple’s new wearable device, and I’ve heard it mentioned several times on some prominent podcasts.

The question is, why are so many people interested in jailbreaking Apple’s new hardware? The answer is mixed, but there are lots of similarities to iPhone OS and the early iPhone hardware. When the iPhone first launched back in 2007, it was severely limited. You couldn’t copy and paste, you couldn’t have custom wallpaper, there was no App Store, etc. Jailbreaking eventually allowed early users to do all of those things.

Similar to the early iPhone software, Watch OS 1.0 won’t allow users to do things like use custom watch faces, or run native apps. Jailbreaking could, in theory, allow for both of these features. But that’s not all. Jailbreaking Watch OS opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 105: Our most wanted Apple Watch tweaks

by Jeff Benjamin on Apr 29, 2015

Episode 105: The tweaks we’d like to see for the Apple Watch.

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How to change the watch face on Apple Watch

by Jeff Benjamin on Apr 29, 2015

With the Apple Watch being the company’s most personal product ever, it only makes sense that there are several watch faces to choose from with their own customizations. Indeed, Apple makes altering the look of the watch face an easy task. In this basic Apple Watch tutorial, we show you how easy it is to change your watch face in seconds. Read More

 
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