Beep Beep: modify what happens when you plug in your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 19, 2015

Would you like an easy way to modify the vibration, charging sound, and screen power on when plugging in your iPhone to a power source? If so, then Beep Beep will allow you to do just that.

Although the sound and vibration exists to provide you with confirmation that the iPhone is indeed properly  connected to a power source, it can be annoying depending on your circumstances. In this video walkthrough, we’ll show you how to manage the charging confirmations using Beep Beep. Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: CyNotifier, FolderBlur, Eclair, and more…

By Sébastien Page on Apr 19, 2015

It seems that the tweak release drought that hit us a few weeks back is over. Not only jailbreak developers are staying busy, but the most amazing thing to me is that smart people keep coming up with incredible tweaks. This week is no different. Read More

 

SmoothCursor brings a beautifully animated cursor to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 18, 2015

When I first heard about SmoothCursor, I didn’t imagine that it would have much of an effect on the typing experience. While it’s true that it doesn’t have any real bearing on the actual input process, it definitely has a noticeable look from a visual standpoint.

SmoothCursor borrows the same cursor movement popularized by Microsoft Office. Instead of a cursor with well-defined keyframes of animation, the cursor features smoothly animated motion as you type.  Read More

 

Particle Wallpapers brings brand new dynamic wallpapers to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 18, 2015

The dynamic wallpapers present in iOS are nice looking, but there’s just not enough of them to choose from. It would be nice if Apple provided us with additional dynamic wallpapers via a download, or if they included them with a future iOS update.

In the meantime, you can use Particle Wallpapers to add additional dynamic wallpapers to iOS. Particle Wallpapers is a free new jailbreak tweak that lends eight new wallpapers to the seven wallpapers that already exist in the dynamic category. The new wallpapers look nice, but they do come with a few potential downsides that should be considered. Read More

 

PrismBoard adds beautiful colors to the stock iOS keyboard

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 18, 2015

PrismBoard is a jailbreak tweak that adds a new look to the stock iOS keyboard. Like the geometric figure it’s named after, it produces all sorts of different colors. Each key press results in a random color on the key pop-up. If you want a way to spice up the look of the keyboard on your jailbroken iPhone, then PrismBoard should be near the top of you list. Read More

 

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