TextFaces review: add Unicode faces to your keyboard

By Lory Gil on Dec 14, 2015

In early November, we told you about a fun little jailbreak tweak that makes it possible for you to add Unicode faces to your keyboard so you don’t have to be like everyone else with those silly yellow smiley faces.

The tweak’s developer, Neo Ighodaro told us that, thanks to our coverage of Unicode Faces, he figured that it would be a good idea to turn it into an official App Store app rebranded as TextFaces. We took it for a test spin on a non-jailbroken device and have a review of TextFaces for you today. Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: Flash, SearchDelete, and more

By Sébastien Page on Dec 13, 2015

We haven’t seen that many tweaks released in a single week in recent memory, and that’s a good thing. It means the jailbreak community is still vibrant and involved.

If you’ve been waiting for that groundbreaking tweak, well, I’m sorry to say you’ll have to wait a little longer. However, if you’re looking for smaller tweaks to enhance the iOS experience, we have about 30 of them here that you should check out.  Read More

 

Review: Auxo 3 for iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 13, 2015

Auxo 3 for iOS 9 is, as we stated in our previous release post, is a brand new jailbreak package for iOS 9. Although the tweak shares a lot of similarities with the previous version of Auxo 3 for iOS 8, this package has been rebuilt completely from the ground up with iOS 9 in mind.

A lot of people are ragging on A3tweaks for charging an upgrade price for the iOS 9 release, and while I can understand that frustration, you also have to try to see it from the shoes of the developer behind the project. This wasn’t a matter of changing a few lines of code and shipping an update in an effort to nickel and dime customers. No, considerable effort had to be exerted to make Auxo 3 for iOS 9 work, hence the delay in providing an update.

Granted, that may not be enough solace for previous Auxo 3 customers, especially when you consider that one of the tweak’s pillar features is unstable and buggy. Watch our video review inside for more details. Read More

 

How to add Mario-inspired notification sounds to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 12, 2015

If you’re rocking a jailbroken iPhone and you like Mario, then a newly released jailbreak tweak is sure to be right up your alley. 1UP is a brand new tweak that alters the sound of Message notifications to that of the classic Mario coin sound found in Nintendo’s storied gaming franchise.

The real treat of the tweak, and the inspiration behind the name, comes from when you reach a preset threshold of notifications. By default, once you receive 10 notifications for the Messages app, you’ll hear the special “1UP” sound instead of the typical coin notification.

1UP is a great tweak to have if your heart strings are easily pulled by video game nostalgia. Best of all, it’s available free of charge on Cydia’ ModMyi repo. Read More

 

How to jump directly to a specific folder with Activator

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 12, 2015

FolderJumper is a new jailbreak tweak that lets your instantly access a SpringBoard folder by using an Activator gesture. If you have groups of specific apps placed within a folder that you frequently access, then FolderJumper, a $1.99 tweak available on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, can make accessing those apps easier. Read More

 

Auxo 3 released for iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 12, 2015

Auxo 3 has been released for iOS 9 as a brand new package. The popular multitasking tweak has been rewritten for iOS 9, and as such, A3tweaks has pushed it as a separate package and not a direct upgrade from the previous version of Auxo 3.

The good news is that upgrade pricing applies, so if you purchased previous versions of Auxo, you get a discount. Previous Auxo 3 users get Auxo 3 for iOS 9 for only $0.99. If you purchased Auxo 2 in the past, then Auxo 3 for iOS 9 is $1.99 instead of $2.99. Read More

 

Music Agent adds shuffle and repeat controls to Control Center and Lock screen music controls

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 11, 2015

I find it weird that there’s no native shuffle or repeat options for music playback to be found in Control Center, but here we are, deep into the feature’s existence with no such options to be found.

The same thing can be said about the Lock screen music controls as well. Maybe I’m in the minority when it comes to wishing for these two features, but I use the repeat and shuffle options constantly within the actual Music app. It would be so much more convenient for me to have such buttons readily available within Control Center and from the Lock screen.

For jailbreakers, a new $0.99 jailbreak tweak called Music Agent brings both of these features to iOS. If you’re a big fan of the shuffle and repeat music controls, then you’ll definitely want to check out this new tweak. Read More

 

‘Flash’ automatically displays a Lock screen flashlight shortcut when in a dark environment

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 10, 2015

From time to time I’ve been known to question the idea of jailbreaking my iOS device. I tend to waffle back in forth between loving it and being a little ho-hum on the idea.

Make no mistake, I’ll likely always be a jailbreaker as long as its possible, but using a jailbreak on my daily driver is something different altogether. Right now, my jailbreak has been relegated to my iPhone 6 Plus, my test device; but tweaks like Flash make me wish I still had Cydia on my main device.

Flash is a clever jailbreak tweak that presents a flashlight shortcut on your Lock screen when the iPhone’s Ambient Light Sensor detects you’re in a dark environment. Watch our video inside to see it in action. Read More

 

How to customize the day of the week text color on the Calendar app icon

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 9, 2015

SBCalendarColor is a just-released jailbreak tweak that brings the ability to customize the color of the name of the current day on the Calendar app icon. By default, the color of the day of the week text is red, but with SBCalendarColor installed, you can utilize a color picker to change the text to any color of your liking.

You can even use hex values to establish a precise text color if that’s more up your alley. If you’re looking to subtly customize your Calendar app icon without needing to rely on themes, then SBCalendarColor is a tweak worth looking into. Read More

 

How to enable third-party keyboards in Google Chrome [jailbreak]

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 9, 2015

Have you ever wanted to use a third-party keyboard with Google Chrome on iOS? On a stock iOS device, you can’t use alternate keyboards like Swype with Chrome, but with a jailbroken iPhone, it’s possible.

ChromeKeyboardEnabler is a newly released jailbreak tweak by developer snakeninny, and it enables third-party keyboards within Google Chrome. Just install it, and you’re ready to go. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 137: odd in a Goodges way

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 9, 2015

Episode 137: A brief talk about Apple’s new releases, including iOS 9.2, its new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case, and the new USB 3.0-enabled Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader. We also talk about new jailbreak tweaks. In this episode we discuss Goodges, Splitify, SwitchService, StealthFolder, and Motus.

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StealthFolder: turn folders invisible on jailbroken devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 7, 2015

Have you ever wanted the ability to hide a folder or app in plain sight on your iOS Home screen? StealthFolder is a new jailbreak tweak that lends such functionality to all jailbroken iPhone users.

With StealthFolder installed, all folders on the iOS Home screen are hidden, completely transparent, until you touch them. Once tapped, the folders open like normal, displaying their contents.

If you’re looking to hide specific apps, but don’t want the inconvenience of locking them down completely with Passcodes or Touch ID, then StealthFolder is a legitimate option. Read More

 

Goodges: a tweak that replaces badge notifications with labels

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 7, 2015

Goodges is a new jailbreak tweak that lets you swap out app icon badges for app icon labels. In other words, the tweak is designed to showcase a label notifying you of pending notifications, instead of the traditional badge.

If you find app icon badges to be unsightly, then Goodges is a free tweak that you should consider. It allows you to see pending notifications for specific apps, without being subjected to the ugly badges that litter your Home screen. Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: Splitify, 3DNotifications, and more

By Sébastien Page on Dec 6, 2015

As we enter the last month of the year, the jailbreak community is still going strong, despite the lack of any jailbreak for iOS’ latest version. Like every Sunday, we sum up the new releases in Cydia for your perusing. Have a look and share what your favorites are in the comments section. Read More

 

Tweak Count 2: quickly view how many Cydia tweaks you have installed

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 4, 2015

Have you ever wondered how many jailbreak tweaks you have installed on your jailbroken iPhone at any given time? Of course, you can always open Cydia and manually count how many tweaks you have inside of the Installed tab, but wouldn’t it be better if there was a running tally of installed tweaks provided right within Cydia? That’s the premise behind Tweak Count 2—a free jailbreak tweak that provides you with a real time tally of installed Cydia tweaks. Read More

 

Splitify: use Split View on all jailbroken iOS 9 devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 4, 2015

Splitify is a recently released jailbreak tweak that allows you to use iOS 9’s Split View—a multitasking feature that’s exclusive to the latest iPad models—on any jailbroken iOS 9 device. That means that, yes, as long as you’re jailbroken on iOS 9, you can use Split View on your iPad Air, iPhone 6s, iPhone 5s, or other device. Read More

 

How to enable the iPhone 6s’ keyboard trackpad mode on older jailbroken iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 2, 2015

If you have an older jailbroken iPhone like the iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s, then you’re missing out on one of the best features made possible by 3D Touch featured on the iPhone 6s. Thanks to 3D Touch, the iPhone 6s’ keyboard trackpad mode allows users to swipe on the keyboard to position the cursor accurately when typing or editing text.

The good news is that a newly release jailbreak tweak, found on up-and-coming developer collective Creatix’s beta repo, brings some of the keyboard trackpad features to older devices.  Read More

 

SwitchService: a tweak that lets you quickly toggle between iMessage and SMS messages

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 2, 2015

BiteSMS was a jailbreak app that acted as an outright replacement for the stock Messages app. It was extremely popular due to the bevy of different features that it brought to the table. One such feature was the ability to quickly switch between sending messages as iMessages or standard SMS messages.

Sadly, BiteSMS has been defunct for some time now, and with it, many of the features that made it so great. But a new jailbreak tweak called SwitchService brings back the ability to toggle between iMessage and SMS messages, and as you’ll see, it works very well. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 136: A bad case of tweak poisoning

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 2, 2015

Episode 136: A controversial new unofficial Cydia website arrises, Auxo Legacy Edition gains iOS 9 compatibility, Activator gets a huge update, and several tweaks are reviewed, such as NCCards, Fern, Homemade Bread, AnySpot, PwnTunes, and more.

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New unofficial “Cydia Online” website goes live

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 30, 2015

“Cydia Online” is the name of a new website that provides direct links to Cydia packages, repos, and information. The website, created by SwiftCracker, has no official affiliation with Cydia. We think it’s only a matter of time before the name is changed, as it’s blatantly infringing on saurik’s trademark.

That said, the premise behind the so-called Cydia online is pretty cool. It’s a fast online searchable vault of apps and tweaks found on Cydia’s default repos and even popular third-party repos.

It’s probably not going to last much longer under its current name, but the idea is, admittedly, an interesting one… Read More

 
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