Eclair hides open apps when locking your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 17, 2015

Have you ever unlocked your iPhone only to be presented with an app or website that you didn’t want to appear? Perhaps you were previously looking at something embarrassing, shopping for a gift, etc.

I know I always kill my Music app after listening to my favorite Taylor Swift songs, because I don’t want people to judge me. The problem is, it’s nearly impossible to always remember to do this, and it’s easy to forget what you had opened last.

Eclair is a brand new jailbreak tweak that remedies this issue. It will automatically hide the last opened app after locking your device. That way, you’ll be met with a Home screen page instead of the last running app. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 103: Confirmed

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 15, 2015

Episode 103: Pangu vs Stefan Esser, Sentry puts out a new App Store keyboard, Assistant+ supercharges Siri, AudioRecorder brings impressive sound recording to iOS, and more.

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FolderBlur adds stylized blurs to the folders in iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 14, 2015

Looking to spice up the look of your folders in iOS 8? If so, then you may want to give FolderBlur a look, a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to select from several different folder styles on the fly without respringing.

We’ve taken FolderBlur for a spin on video. In this post, we’ll showcase all of the available styles and explain which style is our favorite. Read More

 

How to control Spotify with Siri

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 14, 2015

As most of you guys know, I’m a huge Spotify fan. I’ve been using the service ever since it appeared on US shores, and it’s by far the best music streaming service in my opinion.

One thing that I’ve always missed about Spotify when compared to the stock Music app, is the ability to control my tunes via Siri. With the stock Music app, you can use Siri to play any song in your library, or play a music station using iTunes Radio. Spotify? Not so much.

That all changed a few days ago when developer Zaid Elkurdi released Assistant+. With a little finagling, you can get Assistant+ to interface with Spotify on a limited basis. But with Zaid’s new add-on called SpotifySiriControls, you can do a whole lot more. Read More

 

Assistant+ lets Siri trigger Activator events

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 14, 2015

If you’re a big fan of Siri, or even if you’re a bit down on the virtual assistant, listen up. Assistant+ can significantly enhance Siri and its capabilities by allowing it to interface directly with Activator.

Activator, the jailbreak tweak that allows you to assign a variety of actions to assorted gestures, is incredibly deep on its own. But when given the ability to invoke the many Activator events with Siri, things really get interesting.

Imagine activating a car mode by saying “Siri engage car mode”. All of the sudden, your Bluetooth connection comes on, Wi-Fi goes off, the volume is boosted, and Spotify is launched. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the things that you can do with Assistant+. Read More

 

How to define words from anywhere using Activator

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 14, 2015

Have you ever wanted to quickly learn the definition of a word, but you weren’t actually viewing the word on your iPhone? Sure, you can use Siri, but sometimes even that’s not a option or a possibility.

Define Activator is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to define text using a preset Activator gesture. Once you invoke the assigned gesture, a pop-up box appears where you can type in the term that you wish to define. Read More

 

AudioRecorder 2 brings impressive phone call recording and system audio recording to iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 13, 2015

When you first think about Elias Limneos’ AudioRecorder 2 tweak ($3.99), the words “creepy” or “spying” or “illegal” may come to your mind. That’s because we usually associate recording phone calls with one of those words.

And trust me, AudioRecorder 2 features a few legal warnings that you have to work through before you can use it. There’s even a detailed legal disclaimer in the tweak’s description on Cydia.

But viewing AudioRecorder as a way to do bad things is totally unfair to such a great tweak. Not only is this release well-designed and extremely functional, it contains a bevy of practical elements that many may find useful.

AudioRecorder 2 is an impressive jailbreak tweak that allows you to record phone calls from a variety of sources and also lets you record system audio. You may be familiar with other jailbreak releases by Limneos, such as CallBar and BioProtect. AudioRecorder 2 lives up to the benchmark set by those two tweaks. Have a look at our full video walkthrough for the details. Read More

 

2048oard brings the popular puzzle game to the iPhone’s Home screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 13, 2015

2048oard is a jailbreak tweak that allows users to play a version os 2048 directly on the iPhone’s Home screen. 2048, as you’re likely aware of, is the popular Sudoku-inspired game that involves combining like numbers of tiles to eventually add up to 2048.

The ability to quickly play a game like 2048 directly on the iPhone’s SpringBoard certainly has appeal, because nothing more than swipe gestures are required to play the game. Have a look at our video walkthrough for more details. Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: Couria, Vex, Assistant+, and more

By Sébastien Page on Apr 12, 2015

Yet another interesting week in Cydia with a steady flow of new tweaks offering various levels of enhancements to your jailbroken iPhone. I think we’ll all agree the big release of the week is Couria, a tweak offering Quick Compose and Quick Reply for Messages, but it definitely wasn’t the only one worth your while. Take a peek below! Read More

 

Couria is now available for free on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 11, 2015

Couria, the popular quick reply and quick compose tweak that’s been in beta for iOS 8, is now available on the BigBoss repo. It brings with it a few new features that weren’t available in the beta version, but much of the tweak will be very familiar to beta testers. If you’ve been dying for a capable quick reply and quick compose tweak in light of biteSMS’ demise, then Couria may be just what the doctor ordered. Read More

 

Android Wear Utility tries its best to bring Android Wear compatibility to iPhone jailbreakers

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 10, 2015

Android Wear Utility has been out on the Cydia Store for about a week, and it hopes to bring Android Wear pairing to iPhone users. This isn’t the first time that a developer has tried. If you remember a few weeks ago, we went hands-on with MuhammadAG’s Android Wear solution and had fairly good success.

But with Muhammad’s Android Wear solution still not yet usable by the general public, the developer of Android Wear Utility saw an opportunity, and brought his solution to Cydia. Does it work? Does it make Android Wear devices a real Apple Watch competitor in the Apple eco system? Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 102: two guys three ducks

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 8, 2015

Episode 102: Barrel gets a small new update, running Android apps on Mac, the Let’s Talk Jailbreak rap, and a host of new jailbreak tweaks get the LTJ breakdown.

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iOS 8.3 patches another jailbreak exploit

By Cody Lee on Apr 8, 2015

In addition to a lengthy change log of improvements, today’s iOS 8.3 release also includes several security patches. In fact, as MuscleNerd points out, the new firmware features 39 security patches, rivaling the amount found in the jump from iOS 7 to iOS 8.

Among the patches is one of particular interest, to us anyway, that is credited to the TaiG Jailbreak Team. It’s labeled CVE-2015-1087, and described as a backup bug that can allow an attacker to use the backup system to access restricted areas of the file system. Read More

 

How to use a secret Activator gesture to keep your Lock screen secure

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2015

Worried about unscrupulous individuals trying to unlock your device or accessing Control Center or Notification Center without your prior approval? If so, then Secret-Lock may interest you.

Secret-Lock is a recently released jailbreak tweak that freezes the iOS Lock screen until a secret Activator gesture is used. This allows you to secure the Lock screen and prevent swipes, and Control Center or Notification Center invocation gestures. Read More

 

CustomStatusBar: sanitize the iOS 8 status bar

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2015

CustomStatusBar is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to customize the status bar in iOS 8. Customization is limited to hiding items, but in a future update you will be able to rearrange items in the status bar as well.

We’ve taken CustomStatusBar for a spin on video, and we’ll show you how easy it is to clean up your iOS status bar in seconds. Read More

 

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

 
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