Apple kinda responds to the SMS security flaw found in iOS

By Sébastien Page on Aug 18, 2012

Yesterday we broke the news that our friend and iOS hacker pod2g had uncovered a major security flaw in the way the iPhone handles SMS. The exploit basically allows anyone to specify a different “reply-to” phone number when sending you a text message. You can easily imagine various scenarios of how this could be used maliciously.

Today, Apple sent a statement that doesn’t necessarily makes us feel better about the exploit found, but which does insist on the fact that iMessage is more secure than standard text messages… Read More

 

Pod2g uncovers major SMS security flaw in iOS

By Cody Lee on Aug 17, 2012

Despite the fact that Apple continues to receive praise for the security in iOS, hackers continue to discover vulnerabilities. Just look at all of the exploits that have been used in past jailbreaks.

Today, Pod2g adds another one to that list with his newly discovered SMS flaw. It has to do with the way the iPhone handles SMS, and could open the doors for text message spoofing… Read More

 

Grafiti: compose drawings within the Messages app and send to friends

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 28, 2012

There are a few qualities that can make a jailbreak tweak great: Originality, function, and usefulness. Grafiti [sic] is a jailbreak tweak that features all three of these qualities, and it’s inexpensive to boot.

Grafiti allows you to draw pictures inside the stock Messages app, and send those pictures to your friends. Check inside to see how it works… Read More

 

Apple Stores will now text you when order is ready to be picked

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2012

As noted by Cult of Mac‘s Killian Bell, Apple now offers text alerts for order and pickup status of warez bought through its online store. The new feature is available here and at the time of this writing was limited to United Stats and Canada, though other regions may follow at a later stage… Read More

 

US town to make texting while walking illegal. Really!

By Oliver Haslam on May 13, 2012

We all know that texting while driving is a huge safety risk and illegal in most countries and states, but what about texting while walking? Is that dangerous, too? Maybe this is the perfect ad for Apple’s Siri?

If you’ve ever walked into a lamp post whilst sending a message – come on, admit it – then you’ll probably say yes, but we doubt most would agree. If you happen to be passing through one US town though, texting while working could actually land you in trouble and hurt your wallet to boot.

Fort Lee, New Jersey, is set to be the first to ban texting while walking, with a fine being levied against those that flout the law. No, really… Read More

 

How Apple can solve the multiple iMessage alert conundrum

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 13, 2012

If you’ve taken advantage of iOS 5′s iCloud functionality, you understand how much potential is on tap. iCloud coerces all all of your iOS devices to stay in sync; at least that’s the theory.

While the potential is certainly there, iCloud still has a way to go before all of its issues are ironed out; though I definitely commend Apple for being gung-ho about its rollout.

One of the main issues that I’ve personally experienced — and no doubt countless others share similar sentiments — is with iMessage. More specifically, since iCloud can sync every iOS 5 device you own, all of your devices alert you when you receive a new iMessage.

Now I know; why not just disable alerts altogether for all but one device? Well, there’s a number of reasons why I would not want to do that. The main reason being is that you shouldn’t have to select one feature over another. iCloud is meant for convenience, and taking such a step would certainly be a leap backwards.

Instead, let’s examine a more proactive approach — utilizing the iPhone’s built in technology to solve the issue. That’s exactly what we tried to do. Introducing our solution to the multiple iMessage alert conundrum — Alert Priority. Read More

 

‘SMS Timestamps’ makes tracking your messages easy

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 6, 2012

Want an easy way to track when your text messages were sent or received? SMS Timestamps is a jailbreak tweak that may be up to the task.

With SMS Timestamps installed, you can force a timestamp to created with every new message, or you can set specified timestamp intervals of 1, 5 or 10 minutes.

It’s nowhere near a groundbreaking idea, but if you’ve been looking for a standalone timestamp solution, then SMS Timestamps does the job adequately… Read More

 

Black SMS keeps your iMessages locked away safe and sound

By Oliver Haslam on Mar 27, 2012

With security and privacy very much at the front of everyone’s minds these days, the possibility of having your private SMS messages read is something that will send a shiver down the spine of plenty of people, especially if you are sharing sensitive information.

A new iPhone app plays to those fears, while also providing a workable solution that, as far as we can tell, isn’t going to be as annoying as you might first think.

Black SMS is not an iMessage or SMS app replacement, and in fact, it could be used with email or any other encrypted text. What it does do is allow users to type text into the app and then have it encrypted, ready for decryption on the other end… Read More

 

‘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