How to use Activator to replicate Zephyr functionalities

By Sébastien Page on Jan 8, 2014

Zephyr is, with BiteSMS, one of my must-have jailbreak tweaks for iPhone. While BiteSMS has started making its way to devices on iOS 7 for a few weeks now, Zephyr is still nowhere to be found.

In fact, after chatting with Zephyr developer Grant Paul (aka chpwn), I was told that there were no plans at this time to update the tweak for iOS 7. So I decided to make the best I could with what I have: Activator by Ryan Petrich… Read More


Chpwn and other developers hit with iMessage DoS attack

By Cody Lee on Mar 30, 2013

Over the past few days, several well-known iOS and jailbreak developers have reported that they’ve been hit with an iMessage DoS, or denial of service, attack. The attacks feature a series of spam messages that end up crashing the iMessage app.

The list of affected developers include Sn0wBreeze creator iH8sn0w, Zephyr creator Chpwn, and others. And the perpetrator has been tracked to a Twitter account involved in selling things like provisioned UDIDs and Siri proxy servers… Read More


Gridlock updated for iOS 6

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 7, 2013

Gridlock 2.0 was released just moments ago, and it brings iOS 6.x support in tow. Gridlock is a tweak that’s very popular among jailbreakers, because it gives users the ability to rearrange their app icons using a simple drag and drop action.

Normally, iOS prevents users from organizing app icons in any way but in a linear manner. With Gridlock, you can easily leave blank spaces between app icons. In my opinion, Gridlock is best served when mixed with iOS themes, and jailbreak widgets like Dashboard X. Whatever the case may be, you’ll likely enjoy the sense of freedom that you get from using Gridlock. Read More


Zephyr updated again, resurrects keyboard options and adds more features

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2013

We love it when developers really take the time to listen to their user-base. That’s exactly what Grant Paul (a.k.a. Chpwn) did after receiving feedback about his latest update to Zephyr.

Apparently, more than a few people were unhappy about the tweak’s new keyboard features. So much so, that Paul received over 200 some-odd emails and tweets expressing dislike over the changes. His response? Push out another update a few hours after the previous update, fully addressing the concerns. Read More


Zephyr updated to implement new Screen Area option

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2013

A new update to Zephyr just appeared on Cydia, and it contains at least one new feature. If you were attuned to Twitter about a week ago, you may have noticed a somewhat intense conversation between @_Yllier_ and Zephyr developer, @Chpwn.

Basically, the conversation began when Yllier created a hack for Zephyr, which makes it possible to limit the screen area where a “swipe from left to right gesture” is valid. He created the hack with the intention of making it easier to use apps like Gmail, and Facebook, which both rely on the swipe gestures that can interfere with Zephyr.

To make a long story short, Chpwn wasn’t pleased that the hack was released due to issues it could cause with future updates, support, etc., and he asked Yllier to remove it. Yllier did eventually remove it, but not before he received a nod from Chpwn agreeing to include the useful feature in a future version of Zephyr. And that, folks, is where we are now. Read More


Zephyr updated with iPad gestures and iOS 6 bug fixes

By Cody Lee on Feb 11, 2013

Zephyr is arguably one of the most popular jailbreak tweaks available on Cydia today—and for good reason. It’s easy to use, reliable, and it makes switching between applications on your iPhone a breeze.

Today, the tweak gets even better. Chpwn announced this morning that Zephyr 1.5 is now available with several bug fixes for iOS 6, and the ability to use the iPad’s four-finger gestures on your iPhone… Read More


Infiniboard updated with Iconoclasm and OverBoard support

By Cody Lee on Jan 10, 2013

In what seems like the first bit of news from the jailbreak scene in quite a while, Chpwn announced today that an update for his popular Infiniboard tweak is now available in Cydia.

The utility, which allows you to add an unlimited amount of icons to each springboard page, now works with Sakurina’s Iconoclasm and Ryan Petrich’s OverBoard tweak… Read More


Chpwn releases rebuilt Infiniapps with iOS 6 support

By Cody Lee on Dec 10, 2012

The Infiniapps are some of the most popular tweaks on the jailbreak scene. There’s Infinidock, which lets you add more icons to your iOS dock, Infinifolders, which does the same thing for folders, and Infiniboard, which adds vertical scrolling to your Springboard.

If you’re a fan of the trio, you’ll be happy to know that Chpwn has recently updated all three of them to support iOS 6. In fact, he’s completely rebuilt them from the ground up to eradicate long-standing bugs, and improve the stability and performance of the tweaks… Read More


iPad 4 jailbroken

By Cody Lee on Nov 5, 2012

Hot on the heels of the iPad mini being jailbroken, well-known developer and iOS hacker Chpwn has announced that he has hacked his iPad 4. Both tablets officially went on sale last Friday.

As Chpwn points out, Cydia doesn’t look any different on the fourth generation iPad than it did on its predecessor. But the fact that it’s been jailbroken is actually pretty significant… Read More


The tale of my three days at the epicenter of the jailbreak community

By Sébastien Page on Oct 2, 2012

I went to JailbreakCon full of good intentions. I was going to live tweet the event, I was going to write posts about every speak, and I was going to interview as many speakers as I could. As it turned out, I did none of that. Instead, I soaked in as much as I could from everyone around me. I did what I hadn’t done for a long time: I socialized!

When I say that I socialized, I’m not saying that I pretended to be friends with some people I mostly knew on Twitter. No, I actually lived with these people for three days, learned about their lives, their habits, and their personality. I learned about the real “them”, not the image they sometimes give of them on Twitter or IRC.

This is the story of my three days at the epicenter of the jailbreak community. You won’t learn anything here about the iOS 6 jailbreak, because what happens at JailbreakCon stays at JailbreakCon, but hopefully, you will get a glimpse a the other side of the jailbreak community… Read More


iPhone 5 jailbroken

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 21, 2012

It looks like Grant Paul, aka Chpwn, is in possession of a jailbroken iPhone 5.

We can’t really say much more, other than the fact that he posted a screenshot of Cydia running on the iPhone 5 a few moments ago. More details of the exciting news inside… Read More


Jailbreak developer Chpwn now interning at Facebook

By Sébastien Page on Jun 5, 2012

Is jailbreak developer extraordinaire Chpwn looking for a new challenge? After releasing some of my favorite jailbreak tweaks such as Zephyr, Grant ‘Chpwn’ Paul has accepted an intern position at Facebook.

So what is Chpwn going to do at Facebook? Work on the mystery Facebook phone? Bring some Apple sauce to the company? Fix the plumbing? We have absolutely no idea what he’s up to but we sure wish him well in his new endeavors… Read More


Zephyr 1.3 adds landscape switching and Notification Center peeking

By Jeff Benjamin on May 22, 2012

Zephyr is one of the most popular jailbreak tweaks available on Cydia, and for good reason — it’s a marvelous tweak that brings multitouch gestures to your iPhone.

The developer of the tweak, Chpwn, has consistently updated Zephyr with new and improved features, and this latest update is no exception… Read More


Hackers starting to make progress with iOS 5.1 jailbreak

By Cody Lee on Apr 18, 2012

We haven’t really heard much on the jailbreak front since iOS 5.1 came out. The software update patched all previous exploits, meaning anyone who upgraded, lost their ability to jailbreak (well, A4 devices can still be jailbroken).

But we have good news today for the folks that have updated their devices to 5.1. Pod2g, who was largely responsible for Absinthe and Corona, says that he now has all of the exploits necessary to start working on a new jailbreak… Read More


Hate Home screen badges? Take a look at this

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 12, 2012

Do you harbor an abnormal amount of hatred for the notification badges that litter your iPhone’s Home screen? If so, then perhaps these new jailbreak apps will satisfy your craving for badge destruction.

No AppStore Badges, No Cydia Badges, and OTA Begone are three new jailbreak apps that will help eliminate notification badges. But as you’ll come to understand, it doesn’t make sense to install any of these if your aim is to simply eliminate all badges.

There’s something much better already available in Cydia from a well respected developer. Check inside for the full details… Read More


Three different iPad (3rd generation) jailbreaks surface on launch day

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 16, 2012

As if one jailbreak wasn’t enough, now there has been confirmation that not one, not two, but three different 3rd generation iPad jailbreaks have been confirmed by hackers MuscleNerd, i0nic, and chpwn respectively.

It’s only a matter of time before one or more of these jailbreaks make their way to a toolset that the average person can utilize.

Chpwn is the latest hacker to join the new 3rd generation iPad jailbreak party, as he posted photos on Twitter confirming his success… Read More


My Top 10 Jailbreak Tweaks

By Sébastien Page on Jan 28, 2012

I consider myself a strong advocate of the jailbreak cause. Ever since ziPhone – the first jailbreak ever released – came out, all my iDevices have been jailbroken and even unlocked when possible.

I love jailbreaking for two reasons. First, I jailbreak because I can. If there is a way to do things not the way they were intended to be, then count me in. Second, and more importantly, I jailbreak because it gives me access to a plethora of features that Apple hasn’t implemented yet, or will never implement for some reasons.

For the past three months, I’ve used a stock iPhone 4S. Obviously that was not my choice. There just wasn’t a jailbreak until Absinthe came out last week. But things are back to normal now.

Every time I jailbreak a new device for the first time, I try to reconsider what I really use, and what I really need. I also try to take into account a few things, like stability. If certain apps gave me headaches in the past, I’ll just make sure not to install them again (goodbye WinterBoard). It’s the perfect occasion to start on a clean slate.

This being said, I’d like to share with you all the jailbreak tweaks that are currently installed on my iPhone 4S… Read More


Zephyr Gesture Tweak Updated in Cydia With More Options and App Blacklists

By Alex Heath on Jan 4, 2012

Chpwn has updated his popular jailbreak tweak called Zephyr with a couple big improvements. The gesture-based tweak brings intuitive, iPad-like navigation gestures to iPhone and iPod touch owners.

Version 1.0.2 of Zephyr is now available in Cydia as a free upgrade to existing users. The update brings with it the ability to blacklist certain apps and set custom finger swipes for each gesture. Read More


How to Enable Multitasking Gestures on Your iPhone With Zephyr

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 29, 2011

Yesterday we told you about chpwn’s new jailbreak tweak entitled Zephyr. It’s a tweak that can easily enable iPad-esque multitasking gestures on all iOS devices running iOS 5.

Inside, we personally demo how easy it is to get multitasking gestures on iOS 5. It’s as simple as jailbreaking your device, and installing chpwn’s excellent tweak. You don’t want to miss this… Read More


Chpwn Unveils Zephyr, an Awesome Multitasking Tweak for the iPhone

By Cody Lee on Dec 28, 2011

Hot on the heels of the release of his popular Siri port, Spire, the infamous iOS hacker known as chpwn has released another jailbreak tweak. The utility, known as Zephyr, will change the way you switch between active apps.

The program is a two-part tweak with a focus on multitasking. Chpwn has been talking about Zephyr for several weeks, saying things like “you guys are really going to love this.” And tonight, it finally hit the Cydia Store. Read More

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