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

 

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

 
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