Jailbreak tweaks of the week: Gravitation, Snakebite, & more…

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 7, 2016

This week, we’ve gone through a bit of a lull in new jailbreak tweak releases in Cydia. Despite the slowness, there are some releases worth taking a look at.

We’ll show you our favorite jailbreak tweak releases this week first, and then outline all of the rest of the jailbreak tweaks launched in Cydia. Our favorites are the ones we thought were either the most fun to use, or made the biggest impact on how we use our devices. Read More

 

Get the classic iOS camera shutter animation back with this tweak

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 6, 2016

Starting with iOS 7, Apple redesigned the Camera app and it got an all-new shutter animation. Some would argue it’s a little bit boring compared to the realistic camera shutter animation we had with iOS 6 and earlier.

Fortunately, anyone who’s feeling a little nostalgic now have a way to get it back by way of a new free jailbreak tweak in Cydia’s BigBoss repository called ClassicShutterAnimation. Read More

 

12 great 3D Touch jailbreak tweaks you should try

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 5, 2016

3D Touch is the flagship new feature of Apple’s iPhone 6s handset. It’s a part of the display that is capable of capturing forceful touches and performing actions based on how firmly you’re pressing, and Apple has done a great job creating a range of features throughout iOS that take advantage of this display technology.

But for those that feel iOS leaves a lot to be desired, the jailbreak community has come up with a variety of new uses for 3D Touch, whether your iPhone supports 3D Touch or not. And in this roundup, we’re going to show you a number of tweaks that we think really help compliment the 3D Touch experience on a jailbroken iPhone. Read More

 

AppRecs: a search engine that filters out apps with fake or questionable reviews

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 5, 2016

One of the things that can be annoying when using the App Store is when you are trying to find a good app and dozens of fake reviews push junk apps to the top of the search results when all you want is to find the best of the best. Since not all reviews are honest, it can be difficult to filter the good from the bad on your own.

To help combat this problem, a new web app called AppRecs has been created that claims to be able to filter good reviews from the bad. This way, you can skip everyone’s junk reviews and junk apps and just see the best apps in the App Store that are truly worth checking out based off of honest reviews. Read More

 

This tweak displays Siri suggestions in all iOS Spotlight interfaces

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 5, 2016

Starting in iOS 9, Apple introduced Siri Suggestions in the updated Spotlight interface, which is accessed to the left of the first Home screen page.

Interestingly, despite the new Spotlight interface, Apple kept the original Spotlight interface that you can access by pulling down from the top of the screen, and as you might imagine, it doesn’t have all the new bells and whistles the new Spotlight interface does.

A new jailbreak tweak called NearbyNews is now available in Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $0.99 that will let you bring these features to the original Spotlight interface in iOS 9. Read More

 

How to turn any photo scene into a snowy one with Snow Daze

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016

Winter may be coming to an end next month, making room for the Spring season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep enjoying the snow!

Snow Daze is a wonderful app that can be had from the App Store for $1.99. The app can turn any photograph scene into a snowy wonderland. With all of the different filters, configurable snow settings, and color options, you can make even the least suspecting photograph look like it was taken in the middle of a blizzard storm.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how the app works. Read More

 

Rototo: a challenging space survival game, now free in the App Store

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016

Are you looking for a fun new App Store game to install on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to entertain your inner gamer? Look no further than Rototo: Space Survival, which is survival game where you actively defend yourself from incoming threats using a rotating shield.

Rototo is normally $1.99, but it’s currently free in the App Store for an unknown period of time, and we’d recommend taking advantage of that awesome deal! Read More

 

Joli Originals offers a premium leather sleeve for iPad Pro

By Jim Gresham on Feb 2, 2016

Recently, finding time in my schedule to offer a review has been very difficult. However, some products just beg to have a closer look and Joli Original’s iPad sleeve for iPad Pro is one of those accessories. After receiving my iPad Pro, I began the quest to find a protective covering, but was not interested in Apple’s expensive cases or the Smart Keyboard. As a fan of using naked devices, I was only looking for a simple, protective case when I found Joli Originals.

After browsing the product site, I felt like a sleeve was the best way of protecting my iPad Pro, but still giving me quick access to the device in its truest form. Based on the product images, I was convinced the Smooth Collection was a high quality sleeve, that would very well match the premium experience of the iPad Pro. Like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and this case certainly fits the bill. Read More

 

Review: Channels – watch live TV on your Apple TV with an HDHomeRun [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 1, 2016

If you want to watch live TV on your Apple TV with an HDHomeRun, you can go the free route by using Kodi, but Channels is by far the best live TV watching experience to be had on Apple TV. Not only does Fancy Bits’ Channels app allow you to watch live TV, but you can also pause and rewind local or cable TV directly from your Apple TV when paired together with an HDHomeRun.

If you’re unsure what an HDHomeRun is, or how it can help you, then be sure to check out our post on the device. In a nutshell, the HDHomeRun allows you to stream free (or paid) television over your home network. The Channels app can then acquire the stream made available by the HDHomeRun, and display it on your television.

At $14.99 for a limited time (normally $24.99), Channels isn’t cheap, but it’s a great-looking and overall solid experience for cord cutters. Have a look at our full video walkthrough for more details. Read More

 

Jailbreak tweaks of the week: 3D Touch Notifications, Fingal, Grams, & more…

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 31, 2016

Although Cydia has been pretty dry this week, many the few jailbreak tweak releases that have been put out have been interesting ones worth taking a peek at. Read More

 

Ryan Petrich’s Treadmill tweak logs how much scrolling you do

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 31, 2016

Have you ever wondered just how much scrolling you do on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? Chances are, you do a whole lot more scrolling than you think.

If you’re rocking a jailbroken device, Ryan Petrich has just released a new free jailbreak tweak called Treadmill via his personal beta repository in Cydia that keeps track of how much scrolling you do, and can show you in real time just how much exercise you’re giving your fingers. 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

 

SpotAlarm tweak lets you play any Spotify track for an alarm

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 30, 2016

Spotify users: if you’ve ever wanted to use your favorite song on Spotify as an alarm for when you wake up in the morning, and you happen to have a jailbroken device, then you’re in luck!

With SpotAlarm, a new jailbreak tweak available free of cost in Cydia’s BigBoss repository, you can set any one song from Spotify to play when your alarm goes off in the morning – or whenever else you may want to have an alarm go off. Read More

 

Review: Spigen Style Ring

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 29, 2016

The Spigen Style Ring ($12.99 on Amazon) is an interesting accessory from Spigen, a company best known for producing smartphone cases. It’s a platform-agnostic accessory that attaches to any case or smartphone using an easily-removable, non-residue-leaving, adhesive gel pad.

Once the Style Ring is attached to your case or smartphone, you can use it to assist with grip or let it function as a kickstand. You can also use the Style Ring to mount your smartphone to your car’s dash using the included car mount adapter.

If you have problems gripping larger phones, then have a look and see what the Spigen Style Ring might do for you. Watch our video review for all the details. Read More

 

This tweak lets you use 3D Touch to measure an object’s weight

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 28, 2016

3D Touch gives iPhone 6s users tons of new features throughout the iOS operating system out of the box, but that’s not keeping the jailbreak community from coming up with incredible new uses for it.

Grams is an incredible new jailbreak tweak being made available in Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $0.99 that allows those with an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus to measure the weight of light objects by using the 3D Touch display right from Control Center, and in this piece, we’ll take you through a few of the details of how it’s able to accomplish this. Read More

 

Nostalgia for the iOS 6 App Switcher? Try VintageSwitcher

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 28, 2016

For anyone that isn’t much of a fan of the App Switcher Apple introduced in iOS 7 and later, a new free jailbreak tweak in Cydia’s BigBoss repository called VintageSwitcher is taking things all the way back to iOS 6 with a simplified look and feel and a familiar user interface. Read More

 

Fingal brings your app icons to life

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 27, 2016

Take a moment to look at the Home screen on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad; what do you see? Some things that come to my mind are: stillness, simplicity, and boredom.

With a promising new jailbreak tweak release dubbed Fingal, which is now available as a free download in Cydia’s ModMyi repository, you can add a touch of motion and liveliness to your Home screen. Read More

 

This tweak lets you search the web or define words from anywhere

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 27, 2016

For the times when you want to quickly search for something on the internet or define a word you just read in a book that you have no idea the meaning of, TextSearchPro is a new jailbreak tweak available in Cydia that lets you find what you’re looking for in a heartbeat. Read More

 

Review: Aukey Optic Pro wide-angle camera lens attachment for iPhone [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 26, 2016

The Aukey Optic Pro is a wide-angle lens attachment that works with the iPhone. Thanks to its clip that can accommodate a wide variety of devices, it also works with many other tablet or phone form factors.

The main benefit to using an attachment like the Optic Pro is that you can gain a wider field of view while shooting photos or videos. This means that you don’t have to move further away from your subject to capture more scenery in frame.

If you’re an avid iPhone photographer, you can immediately see the benefits that a device like this can bring to the table. Not only does it quickly lend a wider field of view, but it’s portable, and can be added and removed in mere seconds.

But the Aukey Optic Pro isn’t without its shortcomings. Is the $44.99 device worth it? Check out our full video walkthrough for the answer. Read More

 

Aura for Mac brings Quick Replies to your Gmail conversations

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2016

Unlike most desktop notifiers that merely send you to Gmail’s mobile interface on the web, the most recent update to a cool Mac app called Aura actually implements Quick Reply functionality so you can reply to messages, or add a new message to any thread—right from its notification banner.

This nifty little app can save you time when you need to fire off a one-line response. It supports Gmail and Google Apps accounts, it’s fully native and optimized for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. Read More

 
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