How to create a guest account on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 23, 2016

In OS X, just like most desktop operating systems, you can have more than one computer user. For instances where you may need to share your computer with someone else, it can be convenient for you to create a guest user rather than risk your security from your own administrator account.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can enable the guest user account on your Mac. Read More

 

PersonalAssistant: a 7-in-1 tweak that supercharges your Lock screen

By Anthony Bouchard on May 10, 2016

There comes a time every once in a while where a jailbreak tweak is groundbreaking and has the potential to shake up the entire jailbreak community, and folks, we definitely think a new tweak release in Cydia called PersonalAssistant is one of those tweaks.

In this review, we’ll walk you through this monster of a tweak, which the developer notes has seven tweaks built into one unified interface.

Excited yet? You should be… Read More

 

Server-side patch fixes vulnerability that allowed access to Contacts and Photos on iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 6, 2016

An iOS vulnerability that permitted nefarious people to gain access to Contacts and Photos data has been fixed swiftly without the need for a software update. A server-side fix has patched a security hole in Siri which allowed the personal digital assistant to use email links in tweets to gain access to contacts and photos on a locked iPhone 6s running iOS 9.3.1. Apple has confirmed to The Washington Post that it’s fixed the flaw on its servers. Read More

 

‘SlideMe’ gives your iPhone a rotary-style passcode unlock screen

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 6, 2016

Those interested in a different kind of passcode entry method from their Lock screens may be interested in a new jailbreak tweak called SlideMe, which just hit Cydia this week for $1.49.

Instead of the typical boring number pad, this tweak gives your Lock screen a rotary-style passcode input interface, as shown above. In this review, we’ll walk you through SlideMe and show you what it’s capable of. Read More

 

Easy to fix iOS bug bypasses Lock screen on iPhone 6s, giving access to Contacts and Photos

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 5, 2016

First spotted by Jose Rodriguez, who last September found a similar flaw in iOS, and highlighted by The Daily Dot, Apple’s mobile operating system contains a vulnerability that lets others access your Contacts and Photos using Siri on the Lock screen of your iPhone 6s, bypassing your passcode.

Fortunately, there’s an easy fix for this which involves revoking Siri access to Twitter and Photos and disabling Lock screen access to the personal digital assistant. Apple has not commented on the bug, which will likely be squashed in an upcoming software update. Read More

 

‘IfFound 3’ makes it easier for good Samaritans to return your lost iOS device

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 31, 2016

Nothing gives you a lower-sinking gut feeling than when you accidentally leave your $650+ iPhone sitting somewhere and forget about it, or when it ends up stolen.

Fortunately, good Samaritans now have an easier way to get in touch with you if your device is ever found thanks to a recent Cydia release called IfFound 3.

Indeed this jailbreak tweak is a new iteration of a tweak that has existed for ages, but it’s back and it’s ready for iOS 9, and in this review, we’ll show you exactly how it works. Read More

 

miniTime is a tweak that makes the Lock screen clock smaller

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 29, 2016

Looking for a new minimalist take on the Lock screen clock for your iOS device? If so, then a new jailbreak tweak called miniTime might be worth stopping to take a look at.

This tweak gives you various options for shrinking down the Lock screen clock to more comfortable viewing sizes, and even comes with some other customization goodies you can use to make the Lock screen more your own. Read More

 

iPhone or iPad showing the wrong time? Try these steps

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 29, 2016

If your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad has decided that it’s going to start showing you the wrong date or time, it can cause all sorts of issues.

Apart from making you miss important appointments and misinforming you when you want to glance at the time, having the wrong time can also cause issues with App Store downloads and other functions that are critical for operating the iOS device.

In this troubleshooting guide, we’ll walk you through some steps to figure out why your device is showing the wrong date or time, and provide some fixes for the problem. Read More

 

Locktionary: search the iOS dictionary from the Lock screen

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 11, 2016

Locktionary is a new jailbreak tweak that can be had for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repository that will let you search for the definition of any word right from the Lock screen.

The tweak offers a simple way to quickly figure the meaning of a word without having to be vocal with Siri and without even having to unlock your iPhone. In this piece, we’ll walk you through how the tweak works and let you know what we think about it. Read More

 

‘Seeker’ is a feature-filled extension of Apple’s native audio scrubbing

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 24, 2016

The music controls from the Lock screen and Control Center leave a lot to be desired, which is why iOS jailbreak tweak developer Ron Thakrar has launched an excellent extension for the music controls.

Dubbed Seeker, this extension for jailbroken devices brings an array of new features to the music controls in the aforementioned interfaces and can be had from Cydia’s BigBoss repository for the price of $2.99. Read More

 

‘3D Touch Notifications’ lets you peek and pop your notifications with 3D Touch

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 30, 2016

3D Touch is one of the flagship features of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, allowing users to press firmly on various interfaces throughout iOS to reveal hidden menus with shortcuts to commonly-performed actions.

Despite iOS already having a variety of 3D Touch peek and pop menus, the jailbreak community is continuing to engineer interesting new uses for 3D Touch, such as this recent scale concept tweak, and it doesn’t stop there. A new jailbreak tweak called 3D Touch Notifications from Cydia’s BigBoss repository is about to change the way you interact with notifications on the Lock screen and in Notification Center using 3D Touch. Read More

 

Hide Facebook Messenger notification previews from the Lock screen for more privacy

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 21, 2016

Facebook Messenger is among one of the most popular third-party cross-platform messaging services available on the internet today; Almost everybody with a Facebook account uses it, whether they want to admit it or not.

Recently, we showed you how you could hide notification previews from the Lock screen for the Messages and Mail apps, but in this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to do the same thing with messages coming in from Facebook Messenger on your iOS devices. Read More

 

How to hide text messages & email notification previews from the Lock screen

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 19, 2016

Typically, iOS shows a preview of your incoming iMessage, SMS, and email messages on the Lock screen whenever you have a pending notification, as shown above on the left. When privacy is a big concern for you, and it should be, you might want to disable this feature so that prying eyes don’t see everything you’re being sent.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to hide message previews from the Lock screen so your incoming notifications that are displayed on the Lock screen will be more private. Read More

 

ForeverNotification keeps notifications on your Lock screen longer

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 15, 2016

When you get notifications and are unable to get to them immediately, iOS automatically stacks them on the Lock screen for you so you can see a general overview of what you’ve missed. The only problem is when you unlock your device, and then lock it again, the notifications disappear from your Lock screen, even if you haven’t had the chance to view all of your notifications just yet.

With ForeverNotification, a new free jailbreak tweak in Cydia’s BigBoss repository, you can prevent those notifications from disappearing from the Lock screen automatically just because your device gets unlocked. Read More

 

This tweak gives iOS notifications a makeover

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 11, 2016

iOS’ notification system it set up so when you miss notifications, they’ll stack up on the Lock screen and in Notification Center until you have a moment to look back at all of them.

The notifications are separated with padding and are plain Jane, but for those that want to switch things up a bit and make notifications look a bit more modern or appealing, a new jailbreak tweak called RedesignedNotifications will let you personalize the look of your Lock screen and Notification Center notifications to your own personal preference. Read More

 

Flash jailbreak tweak updated with improved Ambient Light Sensor level adjustments

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 28, 2015

Flash, the jailbreak tweak that uses the iPhone’s Ambient Light Sensor to display a shortcut to the LED flash, has been updated with a new preference panel. The 2015 jailbreak tweak of the year nominee now incorporates one of the suggestions from our review, and the result is a much better tweak overall.

This is a tool that allows you access to a quick flashlight shortcut on the Lock screen while in a dark environment. With the previous version of the tweak, the shortcut would appear at the slightest hint of darkness. With the update, users now have the option of adjusting the Light Level, making the tweak much less sensitive, which helps to reduce false positives. 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

 

AppBox 9 brings powerful Lock screen launching options to iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 20, 2015

AppBox 9 is a jailbreak tweak that serves as a powerful Lock screen add-on for jailbroken iOS 9 devices. The tweak, which is available now on Cydia for $1.50, allows users to quickly unlock and open straight to an app, activate plugins when specific app icons are long-pressed, and more.

Is this the type of functionality that you’ve been missing on your jailbroken iPhone running iOS 9? Read on and see for yourself. Read More

 

iOS 9.1 enables quick-replying from notifications in WhatsApp for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2015

At long last, iOS is allowing app makers to implement text replies in notifications, a feature Apple used to reserve exclusively for its Messages app.

Twitter was the first App Store app to gain this great time-saver of a feature. On iOS 9.1, WhatsApp for iPhone now supports a handy text field for quickly replying to incoming messages without leaving the app you’re currently using.

This feature requires an iPhone with iOS 9.1 or later. Read More

 
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