By Alex Heath on Dec 23, 2011
Most jailbreakers will recognize the hacker known as chpwn. Grant Paul is responsible for many of the most popular iOS jailbreak tweaks in Cydia, including Infinidock and Gridlock. He also helps manage sites like JailbreakQA and works on jailbreaks with the Dev Team.
Grant has started a new blog called “ICS Paper Cuts.” His site is dedicated to critiquing the Android platform, particularly the recent 4.0 version, Ice Cream Sandwich. Needless to say, he’s been dealing with plenty of hate for his critiques of the operating system’s design and usability. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 7, 2011
Not five minutes after we posted the plist hack method for enabling panorama mode in iOS 5, the promised jailbreak tweak that does the same thing hit Cydia.
The tweak is titled ‘Firebreak’ in reference to the plist value, and it’s much simpler to use than editing a plist value via iFile.
If you want to use iOS 5′s hidden panoramic camera, then this is the definitive way to enable it… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 7, 2011
We’ve created an easy-to-follow video tutorial that shows you how to add the hidden panorama mode to iOS 5′s Camera app.
You will need a jailbroken iOS 5 device in order to do it, and you will also need iFile if you want to follow this specific tutorial.
If you meet those prerequisites, step inside to see how to enable panorama mode on iOS 5… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 2, 2011
Siri hasn’t even been around a month yet, and she’s already the talk of the town. At first everyone was obsessed with asking her quirky questions, and now folks seem to have turned their attention to the status of her iPhone 4 port.
But it doesn’t look like Siri’s 15 minutes of fame are up just yet. It seems that hackers have figured out a way to create custom voice commands for the personal assistant, and they’ve even managed to get Siri to respond to them… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 4, 2011
Webscrollian is a brand spanking new jailbreak tweak from a staple in the jailbreak community, @chpwn.
Webscrollian is his latest concoction, and it brings significantly faster page scrolling to web views, i.e. Mobile Safari.
Want to see how a stock Safari browse stacks up against a a supercharged Safari browser with this TweakWeek entry installed? Check inside for the head to head comparison… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Jul 6, 2011
Talk about a hit! iOS jailbreak developer Chpwn just tweeted that JailbreakMe, which was released about 10 hours ago, has already been used to jailbreak 500,000 devices, including iPhones, iPads, and iPods. Also according to Chpwn, the website www.JailbreakMe.com has seen over 1,000,000 visitors in its short time online since Saffron was released.
I knew people had been waiting for JailbreakMe 3.0 to be released for a while, but the success of this jailbreak really shatters my expectations, and probably Comex’s as well… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 15, 2011
The iPhone’s all-touchscreen design caused Apple to make some steep compromises. The device lacks physical buttons that can be found on the simplest of phones. Though the list is long, it seems like the omission of a physical camera and standard back button sit at the top.
Lucky for us, we have the bright minds of the jailbreak community to make up for iOS’ shortcomings. Apps like Activator and FastSnap easily solve the first dilemma, and the new Cydia tweak, AppSlide, solves the second. Back button anyone? Read More
By Alex Heath on May 5, 2011
Even if you consider yourself a “jailbreak expert,” you probably still have questions from time to time. And there’s no better way to learn than to ask questions to people that know more than you.
Two people that know more about jailbreaking than most of us are chpwn and comex. They’re both hackers and develepors that have been heavily involved in the jailbreak community for a long time.
Chpwn and comex have a iOS jailbreak resource site called JailbreakQA. It’s a crowd-sourced Q&A tool that lends itself towards jailbreak novices and experts… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 1, 2011
Everyone knows by now that the white iPhone 4 is shipping worldwide. While the 10 month-long wait for the mysterious device has finally come to an end, is it really the end of the white iPhone 4 saga? Maybe not.
Since its launch last week, renowned iDevice hacker chpwn has been asking the Twitter nation to check their new white iPhone 4s for special markings. Apparently, a few lucky folks have limited edition iPhones and may not even know it… Read More
By Alex Heath on Apr 21, 2011
According to a recent tweet from big-name jailbreak dev chpwn, it appears that Cydia is experiencing connectivity issues due to a prolonged outage of Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing service.
EC2 is a service used by many heavily-trafficked services on the internet, and Amazon has been experiencing an EC2 service outage for an astounding 16+ hours. Some say that Cydia is working fine, but the jailbreak store has been experiencing intermittent connectivity issues since the EC2 outage began. Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 19, 2011
We’ve all been watching as the fight between Apple and jailbreakers heats up. What started as a cat and mouse game has become more of a battle. Apple has certainly become more aggressive in the fight during the last few months.
For starters, they recently implemented ASLR as a security measure to thwart hackers. They have also blocked Cydia access from inside their retail stores, and pressured Toyota into removing their advertisements from the jailbreak community. What’s their latest move? Read More
By Alex Heath on Apr 5, 2011
The official jailbreak for iOS 4.3.1 was released yesterday, and many people are re-installing and upgrading their Cydia packages.
There are some popular Cydia apps/tweaks that are not yet compatible with iOS 4.3.1. If you rely on a certain app or tweak, you might want to make sure the desired package is compatible with the latest version of iOS before you jailbreak… Read More
By Alex Heath on Mar 26, 2011
The latest build of iOS has already been jailbroken! Thanks to the work of DjayB6 on the 4.3.1 jailbreak bundle and Universal Ramdisk Fixer, Apple’s newest version of iOS has already got the jailbreak treatment.
PwnageTool 4.2 can be used to perform a tethered jailbreak for 4.3.1. This jailbreak method is not for the faint of heart, and is by no means considered a “stable” release for jailbreakers.
You will need several tools to perform a successful jailbreak of 4.3.1, and we have yet to hear about a stable untethered solution… Read More
By Alex Heath on Mar 9, 2011
The official Twitter app was recently updated with some significant changes. Among other new features, Twitter decided to add the “Quick Bar” to the top of the timeline.
Twitter had good intentions with the Quick Bar; it was designed to help users keep a better tab on trending topics. As topics trend, they push through the Quick Bar. Tapping a topic will activate the search window for that related hashtag.
People didn’t like Twitter’s new Quick Bar. And an internet backlash on what was cleverly coined the “Dick Bar” has caused Twitter to push another update that attempts at making the Quick Bar less intrusive.
By Alex Heath on Mar 4, 2011
The official Twitter for iPhone app has been updated with several new features. Unlike previous minor updates, Twitter 3.3 packs some significant changes to the app’s interface.
While there are some definite improvements in the app, many users have been complaining that the update does more harm than good…
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 4, 2011
Voice Control has always been something of anomaly to me. In fact, I’m always a bit startled when I see it pop up on my iPhone after accidentally holding the home button one second too long.
It’s almost as if I’ve forgotten that the functionality even exists, although I know its tucked away in my iPhone somewhere. The point is, Voice Control just isn’t useful in its current state. I can’t recall one instance where I’ve actually used it outside of showing off the capabilities.
Fortunately for us, that’s what jailbreaking is for — turning mundane functions into something useful. VoiceActivator is the epitome of usefulness, transforming Voice Control into a hot commodity…
By Alex Heath on Jan 30, 2011
The iPhone has had “Voice Control” for quite awhile. And although many verbal commands are supported, the iPhone’s Voice Control still lacks the potential it could have.
You can already use Voice Control to make a call and play a song, but it’s a shame you can’t have more varied types of commands. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use the iPhone’s native verbal recognition to look up a webpage or launch an app?
A new jailbreak tweak, by popular developer chpwn, will soon be released in Cydia. Its aim is to provide more customizability and functionality to the iPhone’s Voice Control…
By Alex Heath on Dec 3, 2010
Cydia was recently updated to support Apple’s updated API’s in iOS 4.2. This particular Cydia update was quite the major overhaul, and there is no option available (yet) within Cydia to update to the newest version automatically.
Besides iOS 4.2 support, there are several long-awaited improvements in this version of Cydia.
The most noticeable improvement in this update is a huge performance boost throughout the whole application. Everything is faster. Once Cydia does the initial restructuring and downloading after you first install the update, you should notice an immediate boost in speed as you navigate the app. That means less of the dreaded loading wheel and more of actually accomplishing what you want to do… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 26, 2010
Let’s be honest, how many of you actually rely on the little dots above your iPhone’s dock to gather your whereabouts while swiping between pages?
If you’re like me and happen to find yourself rarely relying on those dots, all the while preferring a more minimalistic look to your iPhone, then chpwn’s latest tweak, aptly entitled No Page Dots, is for you.
By Sebastien Page on Nov 15, 2010
Do you hate badges so much that you wish they were gone forever? That sounds a little extreme, but if that’s what you’re into, then there is now a new mod on Cydia that will do exactly what you’re looking for.
In the same way No Folder Badges removed badges from your iPhone folders, No Badges, a new jailbreak tweak by Chpwn will remove the badges from your homescreen apps. That’s all the app does and from what I can tell it does it well… Read More