Want podcasts on your Apple Watch? There’s finally an app for that

By Steffen Reich on Jan 16, 2017

The ability to store and play podcasts on Apple Watch is one of many features advocated for regarding future watchOS updates, but so far it has fallen on deaf ears at Apple. With the cries for podcasts on Watch slowly reaching fever pitch, developers have taken matters into their own hands and released a fully functional podcast app that enables the transfer of your favorite subscriptions from iPhone to Apple Watch.

The app goes by the name WatchPlayer and (while moody at times) gives a solid account of itself, effectively beating Apple to the punch in the podcast race. Find out below how the data transfer is realized, where it trumps Apple’s stock apps and what areas of WatchPlayer could do with some attention. Read More

 

Store and watch the latest news stories offline with Hyper News

By Steffen Reich on Jan 16, 2017

If you have ever travelled on a metro line you know what it’s like to whiz from one station to the next, always holding out for the next patch of reception somewhere between the constant outages afflicting your iPhone. Most times, the internet will cut out in the least opportune moments, like on your commute home when you slump in your seat and want to mindlessly gaze at moving images on your phone.

To weather the crisis of poor connection, Hyper News functions as a pocket of pre-downloaded news clips to fall back on whenever your data leaves you hanging.

In a spell of news apps being tested at iDB, Hyper News stands out for its utter simplicity and the concerted effort to occupy a unique space in the news realm. Here are the ins and outs to know about Hyper News. Read More

 

Jailbreak tweaks of the week: OnceMore, Photicon, & more…

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 15, 2017

Despite what appeared to be a couple of busy weeks previously, it seems the jailbreak tweak assembly line has slowed down slightly once more, as releases weren’t as rapid this week.

Nevertheless, we wrap up with a jailbreak tweak roundup every single Sunday, so we’ll be taking this opportunity to talk about all of the jailbreak tweaks that were released this week, starting with our favorites. Read More

 

Photicon replaces your Photos app icon with a preview of your most recent picture

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 15, 2017

A new free jailbreak tweak dubbed Photicon (short for Photos App + Icon) aims to add a little more excitement to your Photos app icon by making it dynamic, rather than static.

With this effect, your icon will never be the same old icon ever again. It will change over time as you use your iPhone’s camera to snap photos on a regular basis. Read More

 

AdaptiveColorAlerts colorizes all your alert messages to match anything behind them

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 15, 2017

Most people use banner notifications for their day-to-day notifications, but some apps like Calendar and Reminders default to alert-style notifications because they require a little bit of extra attention.

For the most part, these alert messages look pretty boring on a stock iOS device, but with a new free jailbreak tweak release called AdaptiveColorAlerts, your alerts can automatically color themselves based on whatever background is residing behind them. Read More

 

Glimpse is an Apple Watch app news addicts will love (with reservations)

By Steffen Reich on Jan 13, 2017

Every once in a while a Watch app comes along that brings something ostensibly new to the table. Glimpse, a project that sets out to relay real-time content from your iPhone straight to your Apple Watch’s watch face, is one of those notable additions. The app is home to a handful of social networks and about twenty prolific news outlets, which subject to your taste can selectively refresh on your iPhone and welcome you with new content every time you glance at your watch face.

The promise and potential of Glimpse is uncontested, but so are the flaws in its execution as of today. So before you speed to the App Store, think over the following items to find out if Glimpse has been tailored to you. Read More

 

OnceMore lets you repeat iPhone timers right from the Lock screen

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 12, 2017

If you’re familiar with the timer functionality that’s built into your iPhone and use it frequently to time stuff, then you might really enjoy a new free jailbreak tweak release called OnceMore.

This tweak adds a new option to the Lock screen whenever a timer completes so that you can restart another one immediately after. Read More

 

Jailbreak tweaks of the week: CasualAlarm, MultiActions, & more…

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 8, 2017

This week wasn’t quite as busy in terms of jailbreak tweak releases as the last was, but it’s still a lot higher than it has been these last several months without a stable public jailbreak for the latest iOS firmware versions.

In this roundup, we’ll talk about all the jailbreak tweaks that were launched throughout this past week. We’ll start with our favorites and move on to the rest afterwards. Read More

 

AutoLaunch can re-launch apps after they crash unexpectedly [jailbreak]

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 8, 2017

Apps, whether they’re downloaded from the App Store or Cydia, can crash from time to time because of underlying bugs, and re-launching it will sometimes let you go about using the app without any issues.

If you use a particular app that seems to crash here and there, then a new free jailbreak tweak called AutoLaunch could be your next best friend. It can automatically re-launch any app that crashes on your device so you don’t have to re-launch it yourself. Read More

 

Littlemoji shrinks the large Emojis in the Messages app on iOS 10

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 8, 2017

Starting with iOS 10, Apple has super-sized all of the Emojis that you send and receive via iMessage whenever they’re used without any complementary text.

Because the Emoji experience on iOS 10 feels a lot more like Facebook Messenger’s sticker system now and not everyone’s on board with it, a new free jailbreak tweak called Littlemoji can be used to return them back to their pre-iOS 10 size. Read More

 

MultiActions lets you move and delete apps in bulk

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 7, 2017

One of the major shortcomings for those with iPhones and iPads, especially those with lots of apps installed on them, is the fact that you have to move or delete your apps one at a time. This becomes cumbersome when you want to put a number of your apps in or out of folders or delete multiple apps at once.

A new jailbreak tweak called MultiActions, on the other hand, will exclude your device from these shortcomings, as it allows you to move or delete multiple apps in bulk without having to do things one at a time. Read More

 

NoTodayView disables the Spotlight widget page on the Home and Lock screens

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 5, 2017

NoTodayView is a new free jailbreak tweak for iOS 10 devices that can disable the Spotlight widget page on both the Home screen and Lock screen, which depending on how you use your device, can be very useful.

While most people like to use the Spotlight and widget page system that comes stock, it gets in the way when you try to use some other Home screen-modifying jailbreak tweaks like Mobius, which allow you to scroll infinitely through all of your Home screen pages and folders without coming to any dead-ends. Read More

 

AntennaGIFDL lets you download GIFs from the Antenna Reddit client app

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 5, 2017

If you prefer the Antenna Reddit client over the default app from the service itself, then you’re probably familiar with the fact that it lacks a way to download animated GIF images when viewing them from the app.

A new free jailbreak tweak called AntennaGIFDL fixes that by building in a way to download animated GIF images from the Antenna app straight to your device’s Camera Roll. Read More

 

CasualAlarm uses random songs from your music library for alarm sounds

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 4, 2017

Tons of people use their iPhone as a means of waking up every morning thanks to the built-in alarm feature, and while there are a number of alarm tones to pick from and despite being able to choose any local song on your device as an alarm sound, there is very little diversity whenever you choose either of these methods.

A new free jailbreak tweak called CasualAlarm aims to spice things up by randomizing whatever your alarm might be when it’s time to wake up in the morning, and it does this by shuffling through your very own music library. With it, you will have something different to listen to each morning when it’s time to wake up. Read More

 

Hide or show your Home screen dock on demand with ShyDock

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 4, 2017

In macOS, you can configure your application dock to hide away and only appear when you need it, so wouldn’t it be nice to bring that kind of functionality over to your iPhone or iPad as well?

With a new free jailbreak tweak dubbed ShyDock, you can hide or show your app dock on demand with a simple Activator action. Read More

 

Twelve South’s BookBook and Journal leather wallet cases are both classy and unique

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 3, 2017

Just a couple of weeks ago, Twelve South announced the launch of two new cases for Apple’s latest handsets, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. One is an updated model of the popular BookBook case, which Twelve South is well-known for, while the other is a completely new case known as the Journal.

Both cases are crafted out of high-quality leather and include built-in wallets that let you store a number of credit cards, IDs, and cash. We’ll give you a hands-on look at both of them in this review. Read More

 

The best VR apps and games available on the App Store right now

By Steffen Reich on Jan 2, 2017

For years, techy gifts have been on an unstoppable rise and these holidays more than ever, new VR headsets of all kinds were added to the mix. If you are one of the lucky receivers of a Cardboard or any other generic pair of VR goggles compatible with your iPhone, your first address to go for VR-ready apps should of course be the App Store.

To help you get on top the bulk of apps available and break the tedious ‘download, try and delete’ chain, we have been weeding through the vast app-scape and given VR-ready apps a hard look. If you want to put your new toys to good use, here is a list of some of the best VR games and apps we believe you will want to embark on first. Read More

 

Jailbreak tweaks of the week: CCLowPower, CCRecord, Evanesco, & more…

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 1, 2017

We were in a lull for quite a while, but the jailbreak community seems to be making a comeback as of late, especially in the midst of a jailbreak for iOS 10.1.1 by Luca Todesco, which is currently in beta.

This week, there have been a number of jailbreak tweak releases, and we’ll be rounding them all up for you as we always do on Sunday. We’ll start with our favorites, and then talk about the rest afterwards. Read More

 

CCLowPower adds a Low Power Mode toggle to Control Center

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 1, 2017

As many of us use our iPhones a whole lot more than others do, we find ourselves combating the ongoing issue with conserving battery life, and that’s why Apple introduced a handy little feature known as Low Power Mode.

Although it’s useful at times, it still requires you to dig through the Settings app to get to it, which is not only cumbersome, but also inconvenient. To fix that problem, a new free jailbreak tweak made especially for iOS 10 called CCLowPower will let you enable Low Power Mode via a new toggle button in Control Center. Read More

 

ForceInPicture enables Picture in Picture mode on unsupported devices

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 1, 2017

Picture in Picture mode is a type of multitasking that was introduced with iOS 9 so you could complete other tasks while simultaneously watching video. Unfortunately those with iPhones, iPod touches, and even some models of iPad can’t use it because it’s restricted to certain models of iPad only.

A new jailbreak tweak called ForceInPicture is now available in Cydia that will enable Picture in Picture mode on all unsupported devices, so long as you’re running iOS 9 or iOS 10 on them. Read More

 
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