TinyUmbrella can now save local SHSH blobs from device, and that includes iOS 8.1.2

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Semaphore has been on a roll lately, as shown by the release of yet another TinyUmbrella beta build, and this version contains a significant new feature. You now have the ability to save SHSH blobs directly from a local device. This means that if you’re on a jailbreakable firmware like iOS 8.1.2, you can save the 8.1.2 blobs even though Apple is no longer signing that firmware version. Read More

 

How to unlock the Apple Watch Activity app on iOS 8.2, no jailbreak required

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 21, 2015

A few days ago, we showed you a detailed walkthrough video of iOS 8.2’s Activity App. Today, we’ll show you how you can go hands-on with this brand new app.

In the tutorial that follows, we’ll walk you through each step needed to get the iOS 8.2 Apple Watch Activity app running on your iPhone today, even though the Apple Watch is still weeks from releasing. No jailbreak required. Read More

 

Podcasting basics part V: mixing, editing and finalizing

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2015

Welcome to the final entry in our podcasting basics series of posts. In the previous tutorial, you learned how to record a high quality sounding podcast. In this series finale, I’ll show you how to put all of the pieces together to finalize your podcast masterpiece. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 2 with TaiG for Windows

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015

A few days ago, we posted our Mac jailbreak tutorial for iOS 8.2 beta 1 and 2. That tutorial used the PP Jailbreak tool for the Mac. For Windows users, things are slightly different. Windows users get to use the TaiG tool. At the end of the day, both tools are geared towards the same goal—allowing you to easily jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 1 and 2. Read More

 

Podcasting basics part IV: recording, exporting and uploading

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 21, 2015

This is the second to last entry into my podcasting basics series. In part I, I talked about some of the preliminary steps needed before starting a podcast. In part II, I discussed the hardware that we use to record shows like Let’s Talk iOS and Let’s Talk Jailbreak. In part III, I broke down the software used. Now that you have a good idea of what hardware and software that we use, along with the basic overall methodology, let’s talk about starting the actual recording.

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Podcasting basics part III: software

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 14, 2015

This is the third entry into my podcasting basics series. In part I, I discussed some of the preliminary steps needed before starting a podcast. In part II, I talked about the hardware that I personally use to record shows like Let’s Talk iOS and Let’s Talk Jailbreak.

After going through the preliminary conceptualizing and picking out the hardware that works for your particular scenario, it’s time to mate the hardware with the right software. Software choices for producing podcasts can vary significantly, but I’ve come up with a formula that works for me.

Of course, your decision to use a piece of software may boil down to your particular needs. For example, if you’re not a Mac user, then many, if not all of your software will differ. That being said, the basic recording techniques that I employ will more or less be the same, and can be used regardless of the software you decide on using. In this post, I break down the software that I use for recording and producing our podcasts. Read More

 

How to auto hide the dock and remove its delay on the Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 14, 2015

The idea of auto hiding the dock has always seemed appealing, because it give back the real estate normally lost by an always-present dock. The downside to auto hide, however, is the slight delay that occurs whenever the dock shows and hides. For me, the delay totally kills the idea of using auto hide. But what if you could remove the delay?

In this tutorial, I will show you how to have the best of both worlds: a dock that is hidden, yet at the same time immediately accessible due to the omission of the annoying delay. Read More

 

Hot Corners in OS X: how and why you should be using them

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 12, 2015

After Mission Control debuted on the Mac, it seems like Hot Corners became more obscure. Perhaps that’s all in my mind, but I never seem to find anyone who actually uses these things anymore. That’s a shame, because the Hot Corner, in my opinion, is one of the most useful tools for using a Mac more efficiently. It speeds up my workflow significantly, and I could never imagine using OS X without them.

To me, Hot Corners are like the oil to my workflow. Yes you can get things done without them, but there’s a lot more friction when you don’t. Here’s how to use them, and here’s why you should be using them, too. Read More

 

How to make apps stay in the dock on OS X

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 11, 2015

If you launch an app from Launchpad or from the Applications folder in OS X, and that app isn’t already located in your dock, the app will disappear from the dock upon closing it. That’s the desirable result for apps that you run occasionally, but for apps that you launch and run all of the time, it may be best to keep that app as a permanent fixture in the dock. Read More

 

How to enable window previews of running apps in the dock on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 10, 2015

One of the things that I appreciate about Windows is the ability to view previews of running apps by hovering your mouse cursor over an app in the Taskbar. OS X doesn’t natively allow you to do such a thing, but it’s nothing that HyperDock—a $9.99 purchase from the Mac App Store—can’t handle. Read More

 

Podcasting basics part II: location, voice, microphones and hardware

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 7, 2015

In the previous podcast basics post, we talked about some of the preliminary steps that need to be taken before proceeding with creating a podcast. Those steps involved finding the right subject, format, hosts, etc.

Now that you have a good idea about the subject you’d like to podcast about, the show format, the co-hosts, and the scheduling, it’s time to start thinking about your podcast hardware. I like to include location as a part of the hardware, because the location where you record your podcasts can play a huge role in how the end product sounds.

In this post, I’ll talk about what hardware I use for podcasting, along with other general recommendations on hardware. If you’re still mulling about the subject, or co-hosts, then I urge you to read part I of this series; it covers the stuff you should consider before even getting started. Read More

 

How to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on your Mac with VMware Fusion

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 5, 2015

The Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available for free download and trial, but just because you’re on a Mac doesn’t mean you have to be left out of the fun. Windows 10 brings new features to the table like Cortana voice assistant integration, improved multitasking, and more.

In this full tutorial, I’ll show you how to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on your Mac using VMware Fusion. In the video walkthrough, I show you how to install Windows 10 on your Mac in less than 15 minutes. Read More

 

Podcasting basics part I: finding the right topic and hosts

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 31, 2015

Last week, we recorded episode 92 of Let’s Talk Jailbreak and episode 66 of Let’s Talk iOS. That’s 158 episodes under our belts, or over three years of shows if each show was spread out on week-to-week basis. While I wouldn’t dare claim to be the supreme podcast expert, I can say that I have learned a lot as both shows have grown from humble beginnings.

Podcasting isn’t exactly rocket science, but it does take some effort to make a show sound decent. My goal has always been to simply create the best sounding show that I possibly can within reason. That reason includes, of course, money, equipment, environment, and the podcast participants.

At the end of the day, a podcast will only sound as good as your worst piece of equipment, software, mixing technique, or participant. The goal should be to make everything sound good enough to where you’ll derive satisfaction from the end result.

In this first part of my podcasting basics series, I’ll talk about what it takes to get your podcast off the ground. In subsequent entries, I’ll discuss the equipment we use, the software we use, the techniques we employ, and other tidbits along the way.

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How to watch Super Bowl XLIX on iPhone, iPad and other devices

By Cody Lee on Jan 29, 2015

We are now just a few days away from Super Bowl XLIX, one of the most highly anticipated sporting events of the year. At 6:30 (EST) on Sunday, more than 110 million people are expected to tune in to watch the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots in a battle for the NFL Championship.

For those of you who don’t plan to spend the day huddled around a television set, we’ve put together a list of ways to follow the action on other popular devices. Live streaming will be available this year on iPad and PC/Mac, courtesy of NBC, no cable subscription required, and on iPhone via NFL Mobile. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using Mac OS X

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 18, 2015

It is now possible to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using a Mac, and this has been confirmed by iDownloadBlog. Up until this point, no Mac option existed for jailbreaking iOS 8.1.2, but that is no longer the case. A new tool entitled PP jailbreak for Mac has surfaced, allowing Mac users to enjoy what Windows users have been enjoying for some time now. Inside, we have a tutorial that shows how to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using OS X with the PP jailbreak for Mac. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 with TaiG 1.2

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 9, 2014

TaiG has released version 1.2 of its iOS 8 jailbreak tool, and it’s now capable of jailbreaking iOS 8.1.2. As has been the norm with the past few jailbreak releases, this is a Windows only jailbreak tool. If you’re running Windows, you can follow our step-by-step tutorial. If you’re on a Mac, you can use our virtual machine tutorial to run Windows on OS X and jailbreak. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.1.1 or iOS 8.1.2 on Mac OS X using a virtual machine

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 5, 2014

As has been the norm as of late, OS X releases of the latest jailbreak tools have lagged behind their Windows counterparts. The TaiG jailbreak, which released to much surprise early this morning is no exception.

But what if you’re an OS X only user who doesn’t have access to a Windows machine? Are you left out in the cold waiting until TaiG decides to release an OS X version of its tool? Not necessarily.

Inside, I’ll show you how easy it is to run a Windows virtual machine on OS X absolutely free of charge. Doing so will allow you to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 even if you only have a Mac. Best of all, it’s absolutely free to do so. Check out our video tutorial after the break for the full how-to.

Update: this post was originally created for iOS 8.1.1, but you can follow the same steps to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using the latest version of TaiG. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.1.1 and iOS 8.1.2 with TaiG

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 29, 2014

iOS 8.1.1 is now officially jailbroken, and it’s one of the easiest jailbreaks that I’ve experienced in my long history of jailbreaking. As we first noted, the TaiG team, not the Pangu team, is responsible for the iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak, which was released for Windows users early this morning.

I’ve personally tested out the TaiG jailbreak tool for iOS 8.1.1, and can report that it works. In fact, it installs Cydia straight out of the box, and it’s super easy to follow along, even though the tool hasn’t been translated to English. In this tutorial, we will show you how to use TaiG to jailbreak iOS 8.1.1.

Update: This tutorial was written for iOS 8.1.1, but you can follow the same directions to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2. Simply make sure you use the latest version of TaiG. Read More

 

Black Friday guide: how to separate the deals from the duds

By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2014

It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means we are now less than 48 hours away from Black Friday. On this day, thousands of retailers will be hosting flash sales in an effort to lure customers into their stores. Some even plan on starting their promotions tomorrow, and others have already begun.

For many people, the whole thing is execrable—unruly shoppers standing in long lines just to save a measly couple of dollars on useless items—but it doesn’t have to be. If you know what to look for, you can actually save good money on good products, and in many cases avoid the crowds. Read More

 

How to deregister your phone number from iMessage

By Cody Lee on Nov 10, 2014

Apple on Sunday launched a new web tool to help users deregister their phone number from iMessage, in the event they switch to Android or another non-Apple device. The tool helps resolve the text message delivery issue that has long-plagued iPhone switchers.

The site Apple has set up offers two solutions for deregistering your number: one for those who still have their old iPhones, and one for those who don’t. The steps are fairly easy to follow, but given what a pain point this has been, we’ve put together a quick tutorial. Read More

 
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