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

 

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

 

MoreInfo provides media search for Activator

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 16, 2014

iOS 8 might be stealing a little bit of the thunder from the jailbreaking scene as of late, but the community is still going strong. MoreInfo is a new extension designed for use with Activator, the useful jailbreak tweak for assigning gestures to trigger common iOS actions. It allows for a quick in-browser search of the currently playing song or movie, with support for multiple search engines and several customization options. A full rundown of the extension follows…  Read More

 

How to add Alt+Tab functionality to your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on May 31, 2014

Flipflop is a jailbreak tweak that brings Alt+Tab-esque functionality to iOS by means of a handy Activator action. The tweak can be assigned to any available Activator gesture, but the developer hints that the Home button is best suited as the means of which to activate the tweak.

If you’re looking to be able to quickly switch back and forth between two apps, then Flipflop is a jailbreak release that will give you such functionality. Take a gander at our video walkthrough past the jump. Read More

 

How to add LG-inspired ‘knock’ gestures to Activator

By Jeff Benjamin on May 17, 2014

The LG-inspired KnockOn feature seems to be a big hit amongst the jailbreak community. We’ve already seen Elias Limneos’ KnockOn inspired tweak called SmartTap, and now we have Knock.

Knock is an Activator add-on that adds two new gestures to the mix: the ability to knock on (hard tap) the sides of the iPhone or the front and back of the iPhone. Knock uses the device’s accelerometer to detect knocks, and a lot of work has been put into its development to prevent false positives. Have a look at our video demonstration for more details. Read More

 

QuickCam: take photos from anywhere with this new jailbreak tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on May 9, 2014

Have you ever found yourself using an app, and at that very moment, you came upon a picture-taking opportunity? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve missed a great picture just because I couldn’t switch to the Camera app quickly enough.

A new jailbreak tweak aims to eliminate the “shutter-shock” syndrome that’s been responsible for tons of missed photo masterpieces. QuickCam is a Cydia release that makes it possible to invoke a camera overlay on top of the current running app by means of an Activator gesture. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside for the details. Read More

 

New speech synthesizing action added to latest Activator beta

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 27, 2014

As usual, Ryan Petrich has been on quite the tear with updates to the Activator beta. The latest update, which comes in at version 1.8.4 beta 11, adds a new speech synthesis feature to the fray.

What does speech synthesis do? We’ve created a video that shows you step-by-step how to use this new feature. Check it out after the break. Read More

 

Activator beta updated with exciting new Profiles feature

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 25, 2014

A brand new feature has been added to the beta version of Activator, and it’s a pretty big deal. You can now set up differing profiles for groups of Activator assignments, making it possible to have different Activator assignments based on various circumstances.

The new Profiles panel, which is accessible at the bottom of the main page of Activator’s preferences, allows you to quickly add, name, edit and remove custom profiles. You can then switch to a custom profile and begin setting up assignments that only pertain to that profile.

Making the rabbit hole go even deeper, you can actually assign Activator gestures to switch to a Profile, which opens up a whole new arena of possibilities for automation and activation. Needless to say, it’s all pretty exciting stuff. Check out our new video walkthrough of Activator’s new profiles feature in action after the break. Read More

 

QuickWeather: Easily access current weather info from anywhere

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 17, 2014

QuickWeather is a recently released tweak that allows users to access current weather information from anywhere on the iPhone. By means of a handy Activator gesture, users can invoke QuickWeather from the Home screen, or while within an app.

QuickWeather a simple tweak with no settings to configure outside of its Activator gesture. Have a look at our video review after the break. Read More

 

ActiveAlarm: Open the Clock app directly to the alarm section

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

ActiveAlarm is a brand new jailbreak tweak that can be handy for those of you relying on your iPhone as an alarm clock. It’s a tweak that allows you to assign an Activator gesture of your choice to the stock Clock app.

While it’s true that Activator already contains an action for launching the stock Clock app, ActiveAlarm takes it one step further. ActiveAlarm will take users directly to the alarm clock section of the stock Clock app upon using the Activator gesture. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside as we show you how it works. Read More

 

Assign various actions to app icons with App Activate

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 2, 2014

Activator is one of the most popular jailbreak tweaks available on Cydia, in addition to being part of the core functionality of several other iOS extensions. App Activate Pro is the perfect example, a new tweak that lets you assign an action to double tapping, triple tapping or long-hold tapping an icon on the Home screen. The actions are assigned using Activator and can be applied to all stock or third-party apps. Take a look…  Read More

 

How to control Philips Hue lights from Control Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 20, 2014

I have a special fascination with home automation, and I’m usually up for trying anything new in this space. For that very reason, I was super excited to try out the Philips Hue lighting kit when it first launched, and I picked one up on day one. You can watch my Philips Hue unboxing and review here.

Philips has a decent, if not a bit cumbersome to use, app available that allows you to control the Hue lights. I was always a big fan of the hardware, but I thought the software left a lot to be desired.

One of the biggest gripes for me is just having to launch a separate app in the first place. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could turn your lights on and off directly from native iOS? Wouldn’t it be even more awesome if you could control your lighting directly from iOS 7′s Control Center?

And that’s exactly what this recently released jailbreak tweak, entitled HueHueHue, does. It allows you to control your Philips Hue lights from native iOS, including Control Center, and a whole lot more. Take a look inside as I walkthrough this jailbreak tweak’s features on video. Read More

 

QuickActivator: Add customized Activator shortcuts to Control Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 16, 2014

QuickActivator is a recently released jailbreak tweak that allows users to add customizable Activator shortcuts to the quick launch section of iOS 7′s Control Center overlay. The tweak works with any valid Activator action, including launching an app, opening a menu, toggling a switch, composing tweets and Facebook status updates, etc.

Existing quick launch shortcuts found in Control Center—Flashlight, Timer, Calculator, and Camera–can be customized with custom glyphs and tap and hold gestures. Brand new quick launch shortcuts can be added as well, and users can select from well over 70 glyphs, and mate them with any of the actions available via Activator.

QuickActivator is a tweak that you shouldn’t overlook if you’re searching for a way to add customized functionality to Control Center. Have a look at our full video walkthrough after the jump for more information. Read More

 

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

 

How to use Activator with Touch ID

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 3, 2014

A couple of days ago, we told you about Virtual Home–a brand new jailbreak tweak that allowed users to simulate a press of the Home button using Touch ID enabled hardware. Virtual Home was one of the first jailbreak tweaks that modified the behavior of the iPhone 5s’ Touch ID sensor, and because of that, it proved to be very popular among jailbreakers.

Adding to the popularity of Touch ID tweaks is a recent update to Ryan Petrich’s Activator—an absolute staple of a jailbreak tool that all users should have installed from day one. Petrich’s latest 1.8.3 update brings support for a single press of the Touch ID sensor.

But Activator goes far beyond the scope of Virtual Home, because you can, in theory at least, assign any Activator action to a Touch ID gesture. Have a look inside to see how it works. Read More

 

Activate Link: launch predefined links using Activator gestures

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 8, 2013

Activate Link is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to launch predefined URLs using an Activator gesture. Up to five different URLs can be customized within the preferences for the tweak; launching them via Activator invokes’s iOS default Safari browser.

I’ve put together a brief video tutorial that showcases how to use Activate Link. Take a look past the break for the full enchilada. Read More

 

Ryan Petrich posts screenshot of jailbroken iPod touch running iOS 7

By Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2013

Ryan Petrich tonight posted an interesting picture to his Twitter account that appears to answer the long-standing question of “can iOS 7 be jailbroken?” The image is of his popular tweak Activator running on what looks like an iPod touch with iOS 7 installed.

Of course, it’s easy to speculate about something when there isn’t much to go on. But looking at the stock app icons in the dock, the flat text in the alert box, and the Activator icon on the Home screen, it certainly looks like Petrich’s iPod touch is jailbroken… Read More

 

Activator gains scheduled actions in 1.8 RC release

By Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2013

Jailbreak developer Ryan Petrich has been extremely busy lately, adding new features to his Activator tweak. In this month alone, he’s seeded beta updates that add flick icon gestures, custom email events and shutter actions, and collapsible menus.

And as you’ve probably guessed by now, Petrich posted another new version of Activator this weekend. This time the update, which brings the tweak to version 1.8 RC, includes the ability to schedule standard actions in iOS to occur at certain times… Read More

 

Actiwidget: add Activator action shortcuts to Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 28, 2013

Actiwidget is a brand new tweak by Activator developer, Ryan Petrich. Actiwidget allows users to add Activator shortcuts directly to Notification Center. It’s an idea that seems so simple, yet only until now has it been brought to fruition. The tweak, which uses Activator’s preferences for configuration, adds yet another way to execute your favorite actions. Take a look at our video demonstration inside to see how it all works. Read More

 

‘Activator’ gains collapsible menus, multiple actions

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 18, 2013

Activator beta updates are becoming like a weekly ritual around here, and we love it. The latest update, Activator 1.7.5 beta 9, was released just three days after the previous beta release. Beta 9 adds four new bullet points to the fray, and two of them are readily noticeable.

This latest version of Activator includes the ability to collapse certain groups that contain a lot of action entries. This will make it significantly less cumbersome to navigate through all of the provided actions. The second, and arguably one of the biggest features to hit Activator in quite some time, is the ability to assign multiple actions to an event. Yes, this means that you can stack multiple actions, as long as they are compatible with one another, and execute them using a single gesture or trigger.

Want to have a look at how this all works? I’ve demoed it on video inside… Read More

 
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