New beta tweak helps clean up Cydia package descriptions

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 27, 2015

Well-known developer Majd Alfhaily just released a new beta tweak on his personal repo called Cyte. The tweak aims to clean up the descriptions for packages present in Cydia to make them look more consistent and appealing.

In my opinion, this is one of the biggest tweak opportunities present since Cydia opened up to Cydia Substrate extensions. A more consistent and cleaner looking Cydia when it comes to package depictions, would go a long way towards improving the experience. Read More

 

Here are 5 new features coming soon to Google’s YouTube app for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2015

Google is doubling down on its mobile YouTube client. The most recent update, for instance, has at last brought push notifications to YouTube for iOS and support for fullscreen playback of vertical videos.

Prior updates have brought out such enhancements as the Cards feature and more perks and we also know that Google’s been testing a major YouTube redesign with a subset of its users since May.

Moreover, at the beginning of this year Google finally ditched Adobe’s Flash Player and switched to an HTML5-based player for YouTube’s desktop interface.

But the fine folks at Google aren’t standing still: yet another redesign effort is about to adorn YouTube’s iOS app and with it come a few major feature additions to make it easier than ever to find videos and create them, too. Read More

 

Bose SoundDock Series III is a rich sound system for your entertainment center

By Lory Gil on Jul 27, 2015

When you are sitting around, drinking coffee, listening to music in your living room after a long day at work, the last thing you want is to not be able to hear your music because the kids are playing too loud or the dog won’t stop barking. You need a good sound system.

If you really want to fill a room with sound, The Bose SoundDock Series III is exactly what you need to project your iPhone 6’s audio throughout the house. Although it is loud enough to act as your main sound system, it is small enough to sit on top of your Blu-Ray player without taking up very much space Read More

 

WSJ: Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy starting on August 7th

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 26, 2015

The Apple Watch is about to get even more mainstream exposure. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple’s wearable will be sold in Best Buy retail stores later this summer starting on August 7th.

The initial rollout will be limited to 100 stores, but will eventually triple that amount prior to the holiday shopping season. Read More

 

A first look at the upcoming Alympus jailbreak tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 26, 2015

Alympus is a brand new tweak by developer iKyle, and designer Surenix. It’s been teased for the past week, but until today, we really had no idea what to expect. Would it be a new messaging tweak? A new theme? Or something else?

Today, we have a better idea of what Alympus entails. It seems to be an App Switcher replacement for iOS.

Surenix just posted a teaser Vine, which showed off some of the tweak’s upcoming functionality. Needless to say, it looks really good. Have a look and tell us what you think… Read More

 

LockPlus: an upcoming WYSIWYG Lock screen theme maker

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 26, 2015

One of the most difficult things that jailbreakers can do is put together a decent looking theme. Sure, all in one themes like Ayeris make it easy, but building a fully themed iPhone piece-by-piece is a little more challenging.

And then there’s the fact that there are so many type of themes. There’s SpringBoard themes, Lock screen themes, app-specific themes, etc. There’s really a lot to plan out and think about when it comes to successfully theming a jailbroken iPhone.

Well, a new theming solution is aiming to change this—at least when it comes to theming the Lock screen. LockPlus is a soon-to-be-released theming solution created by @JunesiPhone and based on Cydget. It allows you to create full Lock screen themes using a simple WYSIWYG web editor. Read More

 

A cartoon world: wallpapers for iPhone and iPad

By Jim Gresham on Jul 26, 2015

Continue the Wallpapers of the Week section, we take a step away from the natural, in favor of the imagined. A small side project of @Frenchitouch, the website gallery boasts a few fun creations.

Inside, find a collection of imagined environments that were digitally created by his graphic design skills. Although not photographically based, the wallpapers are crisp, clean, clear, and make excellently colorful wallpapers.  Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: LyricForMusic, Dissident, ControlPane, and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 26, 2015

Although this week saw nothing quite as impactful as Cydia Impactor, it was still a fairly solid week for new jailbreak tweaks.

Among the new tweaks released in the past week was Dissident, a new true backgrounding tweak, and LyricForMusic, a tweak that makes it possible to display song lyrics from Apple Music.

Did you miss one of the sleeper hits that was released on Cydia in the last week? Check out our list of new tweaks and see for yourself.

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Obscura simplifies taking the perfect picture

By Timothy Reavis on Jul 26, 2015

Photography is the capture of emotion for reuse. I’m particularly fond of art – photography or otherwise – that makes me feel something on an emotional level, because if art doesn’t induce emotions, what is its point?

Obscura is a new camera app for iPhone that simplifies the art of taking meaningful pictures. The first real shot I took with this app made an onlooker want to download the app immediately, because she looked at the image and felt something. Even Obscura’s flat, black and white interface leaves the user with a feeling of simplicity that, while decidedly modern, somehow connects back to the original colorless photograph. Read More

 

This week’s top stories

By Sébastien Page on Jul 26, 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.

We’re usually hanging out a lot on Twitter and Facebook, more rarely on Google+.

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Want to support iDB? Download our iOS 8 Interactive User Guide or Yosemite Interactive Starter Guide in the iBooks Store. Read More

 

How to create a partition on your Time Machine external hard drive

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 25, 2015

Time Machine is extremely easy to use, and its flexibility makes it a great solution for keeping your Mac backed up safely. But with external drives being as large as they are, you may wish to use some of the space on your Time Machine drive for basic file storage.

There are many ways to go about this, but one of the best ways is to simply create a separate partition on your external drive. By doing this, you have a dedicated partition for file storage, and a dedicated partition for your Time Machine backups.

Although it’s possible to store files on your Time Machine partition, in my opinion, it’s a better practice to keep them separated. In this forth entry into our Time Machine tutorial series, I’ll show you how simple it is to create a second partition on your Time Machine external drive. Read More

 

How to fix a slow, unresponsive and laggy mouse on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 25, 2015

Have you experienced a slow and jumpy cursor while using a Magic Mouse or other Bluetooth input device on your Mac? Admittedly, this may not apply to all of you, but if you’re like me and use a Magic Mouse with a MacBook Pro, you may have encountered this maddening issue.

The problem has to do with choppy, laggy, jumpy, and overall slow mouse performance while using a Bluetooth mouse. There are some things that you can do to troubleshoot, but I took all of the obvious steps, and still could not alleviate the issue. That is, until I realized that an unlikely culprit was causing my problems. Read More

 

How to find your Apple Watch UDID

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 25, 2015

It’s relatively easy to find your iPhone or iPad’s UDID, because you can do so directly from the summary page in iTunes. But what about the Apple Watch?

Since the Apple Watch has no summary page in iTunes, you’ll need to use Xcode in order to find the Apple Watch UDID. In this post, we’ll show you how to do just that. Read More

 

This War of Mine review: a brutal look at war from the civilians’ side

By Lory Gil on Jul 25, 2015

In the video game industry, most war-related titles involve soldiers on the front line and put players onto the battlefield, fighting for a cause. Most are shooter games that let you test your sniper skills.

This War of Mine works from a completely different perspective. Instead of rescuing hostages in an airport, players act as civilians trying to survive in a war torn city. We’ve got a full game review of This War of Mine today. Read More

 

Tronfy TP-50 is a decent portable projector under $90

By Lory Gil on Jul 25, 2015

Pico projectors are hot commodity these days. They are also expensive. However, there are ways to get a decent picture in dark environments for less than $100 if you don’t need a lot of high tech specs.

The Tronfy TP-50 mini projector is capable of projecting whatever is showing on your iPhone screen onto a wall, white screen, or even sheet and you won’t have to break the bank to get one. Read More

 

Best apps of the week: Etch Keyboard, Audiobus Remote, incurve, and more

By Lory Gil on Jul 25, 2015

As the summer gets into full swing and the days are actually starting to get just a little shorter, you may find yourself restless for a little less outdoor activity and a little more screen time.

If you are looking for something new to pass the time as you forget your troubles this weekend, check out our list of apps and games that might just give you the distraction you are looking for. Read More

 

How to fix issues connecting to the server during Apple Watch setup

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 24, 2015

Have you ever received the error message “there was a problem connecting to the server” during the Apple Watch setup process? This error may occur when you try to log in to Messages.

The problem with this error is that there’s no way to bypass it from the Apple Watch app. Thankfully, however, there is a way to get past this error so that you can complete the Apple Watch initial setup process. Read More

 

Warning: Lock Saver Free tweak comes with a trojan

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 24, 2015

Talk about bad timing. Just after I posted about how jailbreaking was relatively safe, here comes news of a trojan that slipped through ModMyi’s review process.

The tweak in question, Lock Saver Free, is a tweak that we featured in our new tweaks of the week video last night. Lock Saver Free was published by developer dmarinov, and is unfortunately still available for download on ModMyi as of this post. Read More

 

10 jailbreak myths debunked

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 24, 2015

Over the years, there have been lots of misconceptions about jailbreaking, the type of people that jailbreak, and the overall purpose of jailbreaking. What’s true, and what’s not? Does jailbreaking void your warranty? Is it hard to do? Is it even necessary nowadays?

In this post, I’ll break down and debunk 10 jailbreaking myths. I’ll show you why I still jailbreak, and why jailbreaking may be quite different than you perceived it to be. Read More

 

New Apple web campaign lays out a few reasons ‘Why there’s nothing quite like iPhone’

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2015

Apple on Friday kicked off a new interesting web campaign on its website which strives to lay out the reasons for the iPhone’s uniqueness.

Delivered under the tagline “Why there’s nothing quite like iPhone” and accompanying its “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone” series of television commercials, the new webpage goes through a few key aspects of the iPhone.

Some of the highlights include the iPhone’s tightly integrated design, strong security, powerful imaging capabilities, robust messaging, privacy and much more. Read More

 
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