NCMeters: add customizable system vital meters to Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2015

NCMeters is a non-intrusive tweak for monitoring system vitals via Notification Center. It allows you to check CPU usage, memory and storage usage, and monitor both upload and download speeds.

NCMeters only runs when you have Notification Center open, so it’s not going to be overly taxing on system resources when going about your daily business. To ensure accuracy, data is collected using traditional command line tools.

Along with those basics, NCMeters features quite a bit of customization. Have a look at our video walkthrough and see for yourself. Read More

 

NoKeyPop: remove the keyboard pop-up animation when typing

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2015

Since touch screen keyboards lack the movement of physical keyboards, software keyboards use other tricks to help you to see how your touches interact with the on screen keyboard. One of the tricks often employed is the simple keyboard animation. Animations, combined with haptic feedback and sound, can provide enough sense of touch that typing is made easier

But what if you removed the keyboard animations altogether? What would the typing experience be like then? NoKeyPop is a jailbreak tweak that lets you do just that… Read More

 

EventOnStart: initiate events at system startup

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2015

EventOnStart is a new tweak that allows you to initiate events on system startup, which includes both resprings and traditional reboots. There are four events available to choose from: vibration, LED flash, sound, and a text message popup.

The headlining feature is without a doubt the startup sounds. In all, there are 42 sounds to choose from, with most of those sounds coming from the stock sound library featured in iOS. But there are couple of new sounds included that may pique your interest… Read More

 

17 new jailbreak tweaks to check out today

By Sébastien Page on Apr 5, 2015

Another slow week in the jailbreak community, but an interesting one nonetheless. These past few days have seen the release of seventeen jailbreak tweaks, including some very solid ones, such as OneHandWizard. As always, we list all the new releases here so you don’t have to scroll through Cydia to find the latest tweaks. Read More

 

Hexaclock is a Lock screen theme featuring a stylized clock

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 2, 2015

Looking for a way to spice up your iPhone’s Lock screen? If so, have a look at Hexaclock, a Lock screen theme that uses the GroovyLock theming platform.

Hexaclock brings a fully-stylized working clock to the Lock screen, and it can replace the stock Lock screen clock. We’ve taken Hexaclock for a spin on video in order to showcase it to you in action… Read More

 

Popular jailbreak tweak ‘Barrel’ updated with two new modes

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 1, 2015

If you’re a fan of Barrel, the well-known jailbreak tweak that brings animated transitions to the iOS SpringBoard, then you’ll be happy about this news. Today, it received an update that brings two new modes to the table. Introducing: Swirl and Whirlpool. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 101: A Twitter love affair

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 1, 2015

Episode 101: The top jailbreak tweaks of March 2015, and a huge week of big name Cydia releases, including Auxo LE, Multify, and OneHandWizard.

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CSources2 lets you manage, backup, and restore Cydia repos

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 31, 2015

CSources2 is a jailbreak app that’s helpful for anyone who adds third-party repos to Cydia. It allows you to manage and backup your third-party sources and even toggle them off without completely removing them.

Needless to say, for someone like me who has no less than a dozen third-party Cydia sources configured, CSources2 is a blessing. Have a look at our video walkthrough to see how it works, and why you might need it. Read More

 

The 10 best jailbreak tweaks for March 2015

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 31, 2015

March has been a stellar month for jailbreakers, as tons of new tweaks have arrived on the scene. But it’s not just the amount of tweaks that keeps us impressed, it’s the excellent quality.

In fact, it’s hard to remember a month that’s featured so many great releases. Especially so, has the end of this month been stellar when it comes to quality. Join us, as we showcase the top 10 jailbreak tweaks for the month of March. Read More

 

‘Return’ adds a recent apps launcher to Control Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2015

Developer William Vabrinskas, creator of jailbreak tweaks like Boxy and InstaURL, is back with a brand new tweak that’s sure to turn some heads. His new tweak is called Return, and although it’s not yet available on Cydia, it should be soon.

Return allows users to access recently used apps via a launcher placed at the top of the Control Center interface. Instead of wasting the available real estate, Return makes use of the empty area above Control Center by populating it with recently used apps. Read More

 

‘Cask’ brings slick animations to iOS table views

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2015

Now that his work on Auxo seems to be finished, perhaps this means that we will begin seeing more frequent releases from Ryan Petrich? It doesn’t appear that he’s wasting any time, as Cask, a new jailbreak tweak, just recently appeared on his beta repo.

Cask is a tweak that brings animated table scrolling, inspired by Google Plus, to iOS. Although it may sound like a small thing, when you see Cask in action, you’ll realize that it causes a significant visual change. Be sure to watch our full video walkthrough of Cask in action.

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Multify is now available for download and comes with a new feature

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2015

Good news! Multify has just been released on Cydia. The highly anticipated tweak, which brings true multitasking to iOS 8, is available for purchase right now on Cydia’s BigBoss repo.

Since our last review of the tweak, some new changes have been included, headlined by a new auto expanding keyboard. How does this new keyboard feature work? Watch our new hands-on video for the details.

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OneHandWizard brings a slick one hand interface to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2015

Let’s face it—Reachability means well, but it’s just not ideal for long-term one hand usage. This is especially so if you’re using a large device like the iPhone 6 Plus. OneHandWizard is a new jailbreak tweak that solves this problem. It brings a true one hand mode to the iPhone that runs circles around any other solution that we’ve seen thus far. Read More

 

Vex brings Control Center and Notification Center themes to iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 29, 2015

Vex, an upcoming jailbreak tweak that will soon be available on the BigBoss repo for $0.99, will let users add themes to both Control Center and Notification Center on iOS. The tweak, which features a host of themes for both interfaces, will even play nice with Auxo Legacy Edition once its released. Read More

 

MultiDelete lets you easily delete multiple apps simultaneously

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 29, 2015

MultiDelete is a recently released tweak that lets you delete multiple apps at the same time. Instead of having to confirm every app deletion, MultiDelete lets you select all of the apps that you want to remove. If you need a quick way to clean up your iPhone’s SpringBoard, then this is one of the fastest ways to do so.  Read More

 

Auxo Legacy Edition: nothing beats an original

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 28, 2015

The wait is over; Auxo Legacy Edition has just touched down on Cydia. For those of you that purchased Auxo 2 or Auxo 3, Auxo Legacy Edition will cost $0.99. Everyone else is asked to pay $1.99 to join in on the fun.

And fun it is.

While I liked the sequels to the original Auxo, neither of them felt as cool to me as the original version—a tweak that arguably laid the groundwork for the modern App Switcher that we enjoy today on iOS. Auxo Legacy Edition, Auxo LE hereafter, brings the well-liked card preview interface back to iOS 8 with a modern look and new features.

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SetBack is a great way to revert to a preferred Home screen layout

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2015

One of the reasons why I’ve never been heavily into theme reviews is because of the time it takes to set up the theme and revert my Home screen configuration after testing. Many themes only support certain apps and app icons, hence, it requires a lot of app icon rearranging to aptly show off the theme in question.

I can’t remember where I read the comment, but an iDB commenter mentioned SetBack as a possible solution to my problems. It claims to allow you to restore your SpringBoard layout with ease. Yesterday, I tried SetBack for the first time, and he was right, it is the solution that I needed, and you might like it too. Read More

 

How to troubleshoot Cydia refresh issues

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2015

From time to time, you may encounter a situation where Cydia will not stop “Reloading Data”. This usually has something to do with a bad repo, or a repo that may be unresponsive, offline, etc. If you have a lot of third-party repos added to Cydia, then the chances of you encountering this error increase. In this post, I’ll show you how to successfully troubleshoot this issue, and make it so that Cydia can successfully refresh. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 100: A signed Alf picture

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2015

Episode 100: Reminiscing about Let’s Talk Jailbreak and its history over 100 episodes. A hacker creates a new brute force tool. A new TinyUmbrella beta. We also discuss several big jailbreak tweaks like Multify, Couria, and DockWare.

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AKMessages can make using the stock Messages app faster

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2015

Wouldn’t it be nice if the keyboard interface opened automatically when tapping on a conversation thread in the stock Messages app? The developer of AKMessages must have thought so, because that’s the exact premise behind his new jailbreak tweak.

Like TypeTab, another tweak that we recently reviewed, AKMessages reduces the amount of friction in your day-to-day app activities. Have a look at our video walkthrough to see how it eliminates the need for you to perform a tap before you start typing within the Messages app. Read More