Siri withholds information, can help you if you upgrade to iOS 6

By Mike Schnier on Jan 16, 2013

We haven’t seen a publicly released untethered jailbreak since iOS 6 debuted in September, and Apple hasn’t been making the wait easy for the jailbreak community. There are the little annoyances, like apps exclusive to iOS 6, over the air update alerts, and that pesky notification badge in settings that appears by default. Some of these are easy to deal with through tweaks, but what happens when Apple isn’t being subtle?

A user on Reddit asked Siri when the superbowl was starting, only to find that his personal assistant refused to comply. Siri’s response: “If you update to the latest version of iOS, I’ll be able to help you with that.” … Read More

 

Auxo for iOS 5.1.x now available on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 30, 2012

Auxo — the popular jailbreak tweak we covered in depth last week — is now available on Cydia with iOS 5.1 support in tow. As you may recall, the initial version only supported iOS 6 out of the gate, and many users, pined for iOS 5.1 support, since a great majority of jailbreakers have chosen to remain on 5.1 firmware for obvious reasons.

Thanks to developer, Kyle Howells, who assisted with porting the tweak, the team behind Auxo was able to meet its turnaround time for adding support for the older iOS firmware. Did the team have to make any sacrifices in order to bring such an awesome tweak to iOS 5.1? It sure doesn’t look like it to me. Check inside as we go hands on with Auxo for iOS 5.1 on video… Read More

 

Siri’s reliance on Google cut in half since iOS 6

By Ed Sutherland on Dec 20, 2012

Siri, what happened to Google? The voice-activated personal assistant (which debuted alongside the iPhone 4S last October) and the Internet giant aren’t as close as before. Apple’s digital secretary is fast becoming a stranger to Google as one Apple watcher says Siri’s reliance on Google has been cut in half since iOS 6.

While 60 percent of Siri queries sent iPhone owners using iOS 5 to Google data, iOS 6 reduced the percentage to 30 percent. Apparently, Google Maps took the heaviest hit as Apple Maps became the destination for 24 percent of Siri’s answers, up from zero percent in iOS 5. Siri – now competing with Google’s own voice assistant – is also a wee bit more accurate… Read More

 

How Apple planned for the iPad mini with improved Multi-Touch in iOS 6

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 23, 2012

It’s always good to think two or three steps ahead to prepare for any situation, and that’s obviously what Apple’s been doing when it comes to the iPad mini, and iOS 6.

As we told you about earlier, improvements needed to be added to iOS’ Multi-Touch in order to accommodate the smaller bezel of the iPad mini. With the mini, you no longer have the luxury of a half-inch bezel wrapping around the screen like the bigger iPad models.

That means that fingers and thumbs will now rest on the actual screen of the device instead of the bezel, and this would in turn result in a litany of false positive finger inputs. If the iPad mini shipped with iOS 5, such an issue would be a major problem.

Fortunately, as iPhoneinCanada points out, Apple planned well ahead in advance for such a scenario. As it turns out, the iPhone and iPod touch versions of iOS 6 shipped with improved Multi-Touch out of the gate. Take a look inside as we compare iOS 5′s Multi-Touch detection, with the improved and iPad mini ready iOS 6. Read More

 

Poll: How is your iPhone battery on iOS 6?

By Oliver Haslam on Sep 25, 2012

It’s a fairly simple question isn’t it? But if you remember the furor that surrounded the release of iOS 5 and the subsequent battery-gate shenanigans, you’ll know only too well what software can do to a phone’s battery.

Back in the ill-tempered days of iOS 5, we covered the situation extensively and even offered a spot of advice that seemed to help a great many people. Today though, we want to know how iOS 6 is treating you all, and whether Apple may finally have gotten the iPhone’s battery to last like it did pre-iOS 5.

So, let’s begin… Read More

 

iOS 6 adoption rate twice as fast as iOS 5 after two days

By Oliver Haslam on Sep 22, 2012

Despite claims by some that iOS 6 is less than a stellar update, it seems Apple’s latest release of its mobile operating system is being adopted quickly by users of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.

New figures released to Techcrunch by analytics firm Apsalar, show that iOS 6 is proving more and more popular as time progresses, with the adoption rate after two full days of availability being a healthy 20%. That’s up 5 points from after day one.

Perhaps more telling is the fact that iOS 6 sees an adoption rate of double that seen by iOS 5 after the same period… Read More

 

Is iOS 6 a dud for jailbreakers?

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 17, 2012

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and for that reason, let me preface this post with a disclaimer: I’m not bashing anyone’s right to an opinion. That’s one of the things that makes life so great, differing points of view on all sorts of matters.

Apparently, whoever posted this post on the Big Boss blog isn’t too high on iOS 6, in fact, they go as far as to label it a “dud.”

I certainly don’t feel that way; I’m the complete opposite. That made me think, do most jailbreakers feel this way about iOS 6? Are many of you guys and gals planning on staying right where you are on iOS 5 until a jailbreak is released for iOS 6? Read More

 

NASA builds Android-based satellite

By Ed Sutherland on Aug 27, 2012

If Google wants to find somewhere not dominated by Apple’s iPhone, they’ll have to leave planet Earth — which is exactly what’s being planned. NASA will launch the Android-powered Nexus One smartphone this fall as the brains of a tiny nano-satellite.

The Android phone will be at the heart of PhoneSat, a 4-inch cube space agency engineers are building using off-the-shelf parts with a $3,500 budget. Turns out, the Android phone has all of the basic features to power what NASA hopes will be an orbiting ring of tiny satellites. Along with the Android operating system, the Nexus One has a fast processor, communications gear and a nifty camera with which to snap photos of Earth from space. Read More

 

China is fastest-growing iOS and Android market

By Ed Sutherland on Aug 27, 2012

China has the big mo when it comes to smartphones. Although the US still leads with 165 million active iOS and Android devices, China is the fastest-growing market, according to analytics firm Flurry. Demand for smart devices in China grew 400 percent between July 2012 and the same period last year.

The nation far outpaced other countries, with Chile in second place at 279 percent year-over-year smart device growth. Brazil ranked next with 220 percent as Russia registered 179 percent growth and India’s smart device growth rose by 171 percent. Read More

 

LiveClock tweak updated with iOS 5 support

By Cody Lee on Jul 25, 2012

As most of you know, LiveClock has been around the jailbreak scene for quite some time. The tweak replaces the Clock app’s icon with an animated version that reflects the current time.

But over the years, LiveClock has gotten lost in the couch cushions of Cydia. Ignored by its developer, the package had not seen an update since 2010. Until yesterday, that is… Read More

 

How to add the iOS 6 Twitter Widget to iOS 5

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 23, 2012

Now that iOS 6 has official built-in widgets for both Twitter and Facebook updates, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to replicate those same widgets on iOS 5? Apparently that’s the same thought the developer of iOS 6 Twitter Widget had when creating his tweak. This widget, as its name so plainly alludes to, allows you to have an exact replica of the iOS 6 Twitter widget on lesser firmware.

Take a look inside for the full video walkthrough… Read More

 

MobileTerminal update finally lands in Cydia

By Cody Lee on Jun 6, 2012

Fans of the popular MobileTerminal utility for jailbroken iOS devices will be happy to hear that the frustration is finally over. After a several-month absence, an iOS 5-compatible version of the tool is now available in Cydia.

This means that you can forget about going through the tedious 5 step process of manually installing the app’s .deb file every time you want to get MobileTerminal on your device. The package is now just a tap away… Read More

 

Jukebox adds an awesome music widget to Dashboard X and Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on May 28, 2012

Jukebox is an upcoming Notification Center widget that also does double duty as a Dashboard X widget. Its purpose is to allow you to control your music from literally anywhere, which is primarily attributed to its flexibility as both a Notification Center widget, while at the same time maintaining a spot on your Home screen.

The initial release of Jukebox will only feature integration with the stock Music app, but the developer is hard at work at making it play nice with 3rd party music apps like Spotify and Pandora. Besides this one obvious shortcoming, Jukebox is shaping up to be a top tier Notification Center widget, and by far the best Dashboard X widget yet… Read More

 

Upcoming jailbreak tweak makes notifications more verbose

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2012

iOS 5′s upgraded notification system was a welcomed addition to iOS’ repertoire, but as time goes on it’s evident that it can be improved even more so.

Developers Joshua Tucker and Conrad Kramer have taken matters into their own hands to improve iOS notifications. The result is a tweak that allows you to view the full body of your notifications from the Lock screen or via banner notifications.

Take a look at the preview video for Reveal inside… Read More

 

Silence Notification Center alerts with DoNotDisturb

By Jeff Benjamin on May 10, 2012

Silencing annoying audible notifications and squashing banner alerts? There’s a jailbreak tweak for that.

DoNotDisturb does exactly as its name implies — prevents Notification Center alerts from causing any disturbance.

For a look at how it works in action, watch our full video walkthough… Read More

 

How to add a character counter to the Notes app

By Jeff Benjamin on May 7, 2012

Who types text that is lengthy enough to warrant a character counter in the Notes app? That’s the first thing I thought when trying Characount for Notes, and needless to say I’m still pondering the question.

That’s literally all this tweak does. It places a character counter, not a word counter mind you, but a character counter at the top of each note you compose.

Who really needs something like this? Read More

 

SpotDict: Search iOS’ built in dictionary from Spotlight

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2012

Spotlight search is very useful when you actually need to use it, but how many times do you find yourself needing to do so?

If you’re anything like me, you can probably count on one hand how many times you’ve used Spotlight over the past few months.

Perhaps this recently released jailbreak tweak will coerce you into using Spotlight a bit more often? It’s called SpotDict, and it allows you to look up words in iOS’ built in dictionary directly from the Spotlight search page… Read More

 

‘DisabledNC Switch’ disables Notification Center in full screen apps

By Jeff Benjamin on May 1, 2012

Don’t you just hate it when you’re in the middle of playing a game and you accidentally invoke Notification Center?

I’ve found that in particular, games that require a lot of random swipes suffer the most from this issue.

Thankfully, a new jailbreak tweak has been created to put an end to this nonsense, and it’s appropriately titled DisableNC SwitchRead More

 

How to unlock any jailbroken iPhone on iOS 5.0 or later on any baseband [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 22, 2012

Unlocking the iPhone 4S, and the iPhone 4 just got a whole lot easier thanks to the SAM package unlock revealed earlier this morning.

After alerting you guys to the news, we went into out labs and started testing this for ourselves. After a few failures, we were finally able to come up with a reliable method for making this work every time.

The good news is that this will likely become even easier as time goes on, and needless steps are eliminated. We’re already to the point where we can switch back and forth between our AT&T SIM card and our T-Mobile SIM card without having to reconfigure anything. It’s pretty awesome.

Check inside for our full tutorial that shows how to unlock any iPhone on iOS 5 or higher (running any baseband) using the SAM jailbreak package… 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

 
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