The jailbreak tweaks of the week

By Sébastien Page on Jun 21, 2015

In what seems to be the most uneventful week we’ve had in a long time, we saw the release of only a handful of tweaks, and nothing to really call home about.

Columba was the talk of the town, but those who tried it quickly came to the conclusion it doesn’t hold a candle to biteSMS, a tweak it claims to be a replacement for.

Browsing through the new jailbreak apps and tweaks of this week won’t take you long… Read More

 

Columba is a new quick reply and quick compose tweak for iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 18, 2015

biteSMS is long gone, and as such, jailbreakers have been clamoring for an adequate replacement. Well, I’ve got good news and bad news.

The good news is there’s another potential biteSMS replacement available for jailbroken iPhones. The bad news is it’s nowhere near as polished as biteSMS and it’s simply not ready for prime time.

Columba, as the tweak is called, is available for $2.99 on the BigBoss repo. Not only does it bring quick reply and quick compose to the table, but it also promises scheduled messaging and messaging templates. Have a look at our impressions to read our thoughts on the release. Read More

 

Ryan Petrich updates the Activator beta with two new releases

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 18, 2015

In the last few days, Ryan Petrich has updated the Activator beta with two new releases, beta 2 and beta 3 of Activator 1.9.3. The releases bring a plethora of new fixes and features to Activator, and it’s obtainable by anyone who has Ryan’s beta repo added to their list of Cydia sources.

Want to learn what’s new, and how to get your hands on the latest beta release? Check out the details in this post for the answer. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 112: A new challenger appears

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 17, 2015

Episode 112: Native apps begin appearing on Apple Watch via developer hacks, and a new hacking team focuses on the iOS 9 jailbreak.

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Tweaks of the week: ControlF, QuickUnlock, and more

By Sébastien Page on Jun 14, 2015

Even if news of a jailbreak for iOS 8.3 has been floating around, we shouldn’t yell victory too soon. As far as I’m concerned, I won’t get excited until there is tangible evidence that this is indeed happening. In the meantime, we can all look at we can use right now, namely a bunch of tweaks that have recently been released on Cydia. Read More

 

Elite Chinese hacking group ‘Keen Team’ working on iOS 9 jailbreak

By Cody Lee on Jun 10, 2015

Good news today for jailbreakers who are hoping to update to iOS 9 this fall. Speaking with Forbes’ Thomas Fox-Brewster, Liang Chen of the elite hacking group Keen Team says they’re eyeing the firmware to release their first ever jailbreak.

Right now, Chen says the team is prodding the recently released iOS 9 developer beta, and may even reach out to the well-known Pangu Team for assistance. “We want to release it just after iOS 9, that’s our plan,” he told Forbes. “It depends how lucky we are.” Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 111: jailbreak-inspired

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 10, 2015

Episode 111: A discussion of iOS 9 and the jailbreak tweaks that seemed to inspire many of its new features.

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A look at iOS 9’s jailbreak-inspired features

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 9, 2015

iOS 9 has brought a lot of new features to the table, and many of those features have been borrowed, whether by coincidence or not, from already existing jailbreak tweaks. In this post, I summarize some of the tweaks that have been natively added to iOS 9 beta 1. Did your favorite tweak make the cut? Read More

 

This tweak adds audio and haptic feedback to music controls on iPhone

By Josh Pasholk on Jun 9, 2015

Listening to music on our iPhones is one of the most classic uses for the device. The Music app has been with us since the beginning, in the form of the old iPod app. It has gone through a few iterations and improvements throughout the years, but there is always something that third-party apps are doing differently or better.

Feedback, by Ron Thakrar (@ronthakrar) enables audio and haptic feedback for media controls. It only works when controlling audio playback remotely, like in the Control Center or Lock screen. For example, it doesn’t work within an app itself, when you’re in the Music app and press play or skip track it won’t make any feedback sounds. Read More

 

The jailbreak tweaks of the week

By Sébastien Page on Jun 7, 2015

Like every Sunday, we roundup all the tweaks that were released on Cydia during the week that just ended, making it an easy and convenient way for you to see what’s new, without having to scroll through dozens of font packages you’ll never use.  Read More

 

New info surfaces about the iOS 8.3 and iOS 8.4 jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 5, 2015

Lots of new tidbits of information is beginning to surface regarding a potential jailbreak for iOS 8.3 and iOS 8.4, and the future of jailbreaking with iOS 9, which will presumably be released in beta form after the WWDC keynote on Monday, June 8th, 2015.

iDigitalTimes’ Cammy Harbison’s interview with TaiG member Ray Xie, revealed that the TaiG team is setting its sights on iOS 9 with regard to future jailbreaks. Not long after that interview went live, news began to leak out that Pangu, the other Chinese team responsible for some of the more recent jailbreaks, was preparing a jailbreak release for iOS 8.3 right after the release of iOS 8.4.

So what’s to make of all of this? Will we actually see an iOS 8.3 jailbreak released publicly? Will we have to wait until iOS 9 officially launches before another jailbreak surfaces? There’s no way to be 100% sure about any of this, especially with the rumored implementation of the so-called rootless security mechanism. But one thing is clear, the interest in jailbreaking—at least from a hacker perspective—is still strong. Read More

 

Noir expresses dark minimalism in this clean and simple theme

By Josh Pasholk on Jun 3, 2015

There is a lot of themes in Cydia, many of which don’t get as much attention as they might deserve. A lot of hard work goes into the thought process of creating a coherent design. It has to make sense and look good.

Noir, by Roberto Alvarez (@0phicleide) was born out of his desire to have a clean-looking minimalist theme that would be updated regularly. He started out theming the icons for free tweaks at first, and has plans on moving to paid apps as they’re requested. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 110: Ineffectively effective

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 3, 2015

Episode 110: The state of Cydia releases, plus new jailbreak tweaks like WeatherPeek, RippleBoard, BlurryLaunch, StopAutoDelete, iPicar, IneffectivePower, and more.

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WeatherPeek will bring quick weather highlights to the Home screen

By Jeff Benjamin on May 31, 2015

WeatherPeek, an upcoming jailbreak tweak from the AtomDevTeam, does something pretty cool—it allows you to use a simple “peek” gesture while on the first Home screen page to see current and upcoming weather info for a designated area. The peek gesture is basically a swipe and hold gesture that reveals the weather information hidden off screen. Watch our video inside to see what I mean. Read More

 

BlurryLaunch: remix the iOS app-launching animation

By Jeff Benjamin on May 31, 2015

BlurryLaunch is a simple new jailbreak tweak that adds a a smooth blur effect to the app-launching animation. The tweak, which is available for download free of charge from Cydia, includes several blur themes to add custom colors to the launch animation as well. Watch our video walkthrough to see how it works in action. Read More

 

A plethora of jailbreak tweaks to check out this weekend

By Sébastien Page on May 31, 2015

The last time I saw that many tweaks released during a single week probably was months ago. It’s fair to say things have been pretty quiet on the jailbreak side for a while, so it’s definitely refreshing to see such a busy week.

None of these tweaks will change your life, but they will certainly make your iOS experience that much enjoyable. After all, isn’t that one of the reasons we jailbreak in the first place? Read More

 

A simple tweak that lets you change the ‘No Notifications’ text in Notification Center

By Josh Pasholk on May 30, 2015

Changing little things about iOS is one of the neat benefits that comes with jailbreaking, whether it’s the Slide to Unlock text, or getting rid of different blurs in the UI. NoNotificationsText lets you change the text that says ‘No Notifications’ in the second tab in Notification Center. Read More

 

IneffectivePower and Unicode Suppressor will protect jailbroken devices from the “effective power” Messages bug

By Josh Pasholk on May 28, 2015

There is a new bug in iOS that resprings most peoples phones due to a low memory crash. It is caused by iOS’s inability to render certain strings of Arabic characters which overloads the memory, causing resprings and reboots or safe mode on a jailbroken device. Simply explained, when someone messages you those characters and you get a banner notification, your phone starts kicking the bucket.

A few developers have stepped in and saved the day for jailbreakers. This isn’t the first or second time the jailbreak community receives a security fix quicker than Apple is able to push one to stock devices. It’s a great example of the argument that jailbroken iOS, in the right hands, can be more secure than stock. Read More

 

This tweak lets you customize your third-party notification sounds

By Josh Pasholk on May 28, 2015

iOS isn’t known for its ability to be customized, so it’s no surprise that you can’t change the sound for third-party notifications without a jailbreak tweak. CustomNotificationSound by snakeninny, the developer who brought us LowPowerBanner, does exactly that. Read More

 

SwishSwitcher plays a sound when you kill an app from the App Switcher

By Josh Pasholk on May 28, 2015

SwishSwitcher by Metion is one of those ‘why not’ tweaks that are released here and there in Cydia that just add a little fun thing to a small part of iOS. They seem to be mostly projects that developers undertake in order to learn more about developing.

They can practice working with certain frameworks and passing information around by using Substrate to hook into Apple’s private API’s. There is also a lot more to learn about making a tweak than just coding it, and it’s a great accomplishment to set everything up and create a deb file.

In this case the developer uses the ‘whoosh’ sound you hear when you hit Send from the stock Mail app, and calls it to play after a user has swiped up on a card in the App Switcher. Read More

 
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