Ryan Petrich pushes iOS 8 updates for Activator, FlipSwitch, and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

You know things are starting to roll when Ryan Petrich begins to update his vast library of Cydia tweaks. The first such tweaks to receive their iOS 8 updates landed on the prolific developer’s beta repo just a short while ago.

Activator, is of course, the headlining feature of them all, since so many other tweaks rely on it for core functionality. It, along with AppList and the FlipSwitch framework were updated. Read More

 

Flinfo lets you view additional details about an iOS application

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 19, 2014

If you ever wanted to quickly find out additional information about an app such as its version or bundle ID, you should probably check out a brand new jailbreak tweak known as Flinfo.

The tweak allows you to find out an app’s bundle ID, display name, executable name or even its current version by swiping up its app icon. After doing so, an action menu pops-up that allows you to select the information you want to view. Once you’ve chosen the information you want to display, it will be copied to your clipboard and you can view it by pasting it in the Notes app or anywhere else. Read More

 

8 awesome things you can do with Activator

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 13, 2014

As a staple in the jailbreak community, Activator needs no introduction. This very deep and powerful tweak allows you to take advantage of a combination of gestures and specific events to create a virtually endless combination of actions on your iOS device.

Today, we’ve put together a list of some useful Activator actions/gestures you can set up on your iOS device. This is just the tip of the iceberg because with Activator, you can create an endless combination of gesture controls. The actions mentioned below do not make use of jailbreak tweaks, they are completely dependent on the stock iOS features. Read More

 

panicLockPro locks specific apps on your iPhone via an Activator gesture

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 22, 2014

Do you have nosy friends or roommates who sneak into your Messages app from time to time? Are you concerned about your privacy when handing your device to someone else? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should probably check out a tweak called panicLockPro that secures the private data on your iPhone or iPad.

With panicLockPro, you can quickly lock applications via an Activator gesture and secretly protect the private data on your iOS device. The tweak allows you to select individual apps that you want to lock out and prevent unauthorized access to. Read More

 

Brightness Activator 2: adjust screen brightness with Activator gestures

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 6, 2014

If you ever felt that you wanted a quicker way of adjusting your device’s brightness rather than opening Control Center, you should try out a new jailbreak tweak known as Brightness Activator 2 that takes advantage of Activator gestures.

Just by looking at its name, you must have guessed by now what the tweak does. Brightness Activator 2 allows users to adjust their device’s display brightness by making use of Activator. This means that you can assign Activator gestures to increase or decrease the brightness by a specific amount without having to launch Control Center or Settings app. Read More

 

Activator receives major update with new icons, developer APIs and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 29, 2014

Popular jailbreak tweak Activator has been updated today, bringing the package to version 1.9. Developer Ryan Petrich says that this is the “largest release” for the tweak in over a year, as it brings about many new features and enhancements.

We’ve posted the lengthy change log down below, but just to give you an idea of what to expect, Activator 1.9 includes several new icons, new developer APIs and custom actions. It also offers a number of bug fixes and various other improvements… Read More

 

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

 
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