‘SendAny’ and ‘ReceiveAny’ lets you send and receive any file using iMessage

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 11, 2012

Remember that little feature we showed you with the OS X Messages beta that let you send files to your iDevice straight from the desktop?

Imagine that, but imagine it about 50 times better. That’s what you get with the upcoming jailbreak tweaks entitled SendAny and ReceiveAny — they allow you to send and receive any type of file using iMessage.

Check inside for our full hands-on preview of both tweaks in action… Read More

 

‘SMSmileys’ automatically converts text smiley faces into Emoji icons

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 3, 2012

Isn’t it weird that the stock Messages app doesn’t automatically convert ASCII smiley faces into Emoji icons?

I never understood why Apple neglected to include this feature; I think they should have at least made it an option.

Thanks to the jailbreak community, now it is an option, and that option is called SMSmileysRead More

 

‘FastStatus’ lets you tweet, text, and email using Activator

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 26, 2012

With everything going the route of iOS 5’s Notification Center, we’re seeing less and less tweaks that use Activator as a means for invoking, but FastStatus bucks that trend.

In fact, FastStatus’ ability to retain full compatibility with iOS 4 is one of the feathers in its cap.

This is a tweak that allows you to send email, text messages, and tweets from anywhere using a user assigned Activator action.

Check out our video walkthrough of FastStatus in action inside… Read More

 

AnyRing: A Simple Way to Create Custom Ringtones

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 6, 2012

Creating custom ringtones is possible without jailbreaking, but it’s still not the simplest feat in the world.

Jailbreaking, on the other hand, makes creating custom ringtones extremely easy.

AnyRing is one such jailbreak app dedicated to creating custom ringtones, SMS alerts, and mail alerts. Check out our video highlights of the recently updated app inside. Read More

 

RingerX VIP Now Available on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 2, 2012

A couple of days ago we provided you with an in-depth preview of RingerX VIP, the jailbreak tweak that lends fine grain control over your iPhone’s vibrate and ringing behaviors. It’s now available for download on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. If you haven’t seen our preview, be sure to check it out.

 

RingerX VIP: Control Ringer and Vibrate Behavior for Calls and Messages

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 31, 2012

Don’t you just hate it when you miss an important call because you forgot to turn your iPhone’s mute switch off? Or what about that one annoying person that always calls at 3 in the morning? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could forever silence their calls?

With RingerX VIP, all of these scenarios feature easy solutions.

This is a jailbreak tweak for those who require fine grained control over how various contacts are treated whenever they call you or message you… Read More

 

Top Jailbreak Videos of the Week

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 16, 2012

This week’s top videos feature a way to get much more out of your iCade peripheral, how to enhance SMS messaging, how to take faster pictures, and install Hulu on your jailbroken Apple TV.

As always, please be sure to share our iPhone, iPad, and iOS video guides by spreading our posts on Twitter and Facebook. Read More

 

Compose and Reply to Messages From Anywhere With Messages+

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 10, 2012

Messages+ is the standalone SMS messaging tweak from Intelliborn, the same crew behind the amazing IntelliScreenX. In fact, Messages+ is actually a big part of IntelliScreenX — it was included along with IntelliScreenX free of charge.

Why would anyone buy Messages+ alone when you can get it with another great jailbreak app for $2.00 more? Let’s take a look… Read More

 

SMS on the Decline with iMessage and IM to Blame

By Oliver Haslam on Jan 4, 2012

This Christmas saw lower than normal numbers for SMS, according to new numbers released by Forbes. As is to be expected, certain times during the year cause higher than usual numbers of SMS messages to be sent.

Major sporting events are one cause, as is events Christmas and the ringing in of a new year. The numbers this year show that we sent less messages through the carriers’ SMS networks than we did last year, which will no doubt be a concern to those same carriers who have been overcharging us for years to send a few characters of text. Read More

 

biteSMS 6.0 Featuring iOS 5 Compatibility Officially Released

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 18, 2011

It’s finally here. After what seemed like an infinite beta test, biteSMS 6.0 has hit Cydia for public download.

With it comes all of the features you’ve come to know and love, plus a few surprises and UI enhancements. Best of all, it’s a free download if you’ve purchased an older version of biteSMS. Check out our video coverage inside…

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VoIP-Based Services Like iMessage Reportedly Eating Carriers’ Lunches

By Oliver Haslam on Nov 19, 2011

With third-party instant messaging apps, Apple’s own iMessage, and VoIP services becoming more prevalent, it is to be expected that at some point mobile networks will see a reduction in revenue as people move away from using SMS and voice calling.

What we didn’t really expect is the move to start happening so soon. But according to one report, carriers are already feeling the pinch.

Research carried out by infrastructure solutions provider Mavenir Systems on behalf of mobileSQUARED suggests that carriers are already finding that third-party solutions are beginning to impact their business, and it’s only going to get worse for the bottom line… Read More

 

biteSMS Adds New Quick Compose Feature in Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 15, 2011

The latest version of biteSMS is shaping up to be something special. The team has worked hard for months, issuing beta after beta to get version 6 of our favorite jailbreak messaging client just right for iOS 5.

We already covered some of biteSMS’ upcoming new features before, but this time around we’re focusing exclusively on one feature in particular — quick compose from Notification Center.

IntelliScreenX has it, and now the biteSMS team has it as well. Check inside for a full video walkthrough of the new quick compose elements of biteSMS… Read More

 

IntelliScreenX Adds Quick Reply and Quick Compose Features

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 8, 2011

IntelliScreenX, the highly anticipated iOS 5 jailbreak app, is coming right along in its development, and the latest build features some exciting new features.

To capitalize on Apple’s lack of any sort of quick reply or quick compose for messages, Intelliborn has baked their Messages+ app in directly with IntelliScreenX for a very robust messaging solution.

Now you can quick reply, and/or quick compose from Notification Center, the Lock screen, and from banner message notifications. Check out the full video demonstration inside… Read More

 

WhatsApp Now Sending 1 Billion Messages a Day, Gives iMessage a Mountain to Climb

By Oliver Haslam on Nov 3, 2011

WhatsApp, one of the most loved cross-platform messaging services, has reached a real milestone, with the news that its collection of apps are sending 1 billion messages per day.

Covering iOS, Android, and just about every other mobile platform out there, WhatsApp has one massive advantage over the likes of BlackBerry Messenger and iMessage, and that’s its cross-platform roots… Read More

 

LockMessages Adds a Level of Privacy to Notification Center Messages

By Oliver Haslam on Oct 26, 2011

We’ve all had those situations when we’ve received a text message that we don’t necessarily want anyone else to see. The problem is that such a message always seems to come through when your iPhone on a desk, or on a table in plain sight.

So there you are, your message pops up along with the sender’s name and, if you have default settings turned on, a preview of the message’s contents.

A new jailbreak tweak allows you to minimize such embarrassing situations by giving you control over what iOS shows when you receive a new text or iMessage, and it’s called LockMessages… Read More

 

‘FavoriteContacts’ Adds Your Favorites to Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 18, 2011

The Notification Center jailbreak widgets are really starting to pick up steam as of late, and that means that there’s a ton of new and innovative tweaks for us to cover.

The latest tweak, is called FavoriteContacts, and as one might imagine, it pulls in all of your favorites from your Phone app. Doing so, allows you to initiate a call, text, or email right from the convenience of iOS 5’s Notification Center.

We’ve gone hands-on with FavoriteContacts, and we’re happy to report that it rocks. Check inside for the video walkthrough, and for a chance to win one of five (5) free copies… Read More

 

Message Icons: Compose New Mail And SMS Directly From Your Home Screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 11, 2011

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could compose a new mail or SMS message with the touch of a button? Well now you can.

Introducing: Message Icons, a jailbreak tweak that recently graced Cydia. It allows you to bypass all of the fluff, and get right to writing an email or SMS message.

It’s not the prettiest tweak in the world, but it’s most certainly functional. Take a gander inside for a visual rundown… Read More

 

How to Install the biteSMS Beta on iOS 5

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 8, 2011

It’s no secret that I consider biteSMS to be an absolute iPhone staple; it’s among the first apps that I install after jailbreaking my iPhone.

For those of you who, like me, decide to jailbreak your iOS 5 installation, you’ll find that the public version of biteSMS crashes upon launch.

Fortunately, the biteSMS team has produced a beta version of their popular SMS app that works great on iOS 5. Check inside for the full details on how to score it for yourself… Read More

 

Project “Orca” is Going to Let You Send Free Text Messages Through Facebook on Your iPhone

By Alex Heath on Sep 22, 2011

With the internet taking over traditional methods of communication, like actually talking to someone on the phone, VoIP and data services are becoming the way that we consumers choose to communicate.

People love to text, and apps like Facebook Messenger simulate that style of communication via the web. Facebook is allegedly working on a project called “Orca” that will merge SMS and Facebook chat. Once Orca is implemented into Facebook Messenger, users will be able to text anyone in the world for free… Read More

 

How to Send Photos to Your Twitter Timeline Using MMS

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 21, 2011

If you haven’t found anything in the avalanche of iPhone Twitter apps that satisfies you, maybe this little feature will make you happy?

Twitter recently announced that they have added support to attach photos to your Twitter timeline using MMS. Now, all you need to do is snap a photo, send it to the Twitter number that corresponds to your country, and Voila; your photo appears on your Twitter timeline in a matter of seconds.

Want to see how it works? Check out the video inside to see it in action… Read More