Messages App Updated in iOS 4.3, Shorter Tones and More Options

By Guest Author on Mar 14, 2011

In addition to the much-awaited Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T iPhone 4 owners, Apple also updated the Messages app in iOS 4.3.

Although there are no changes to the app itself per say, Apple has updated the alert options. This includes significantly shorter SMS (text) ringtones, clearer text ringtone sounds from the speaker, and the settings for the Messages app now allow you to have alert tones repeat up to ten times at two minute intervals.

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Use the iPhone to Drive Your Co-Workers Insane

By Alex Heath on Feb 28, 2011

Picture the scenario: Somebody with the default iPhone ringtone gets a phone call in a room full of other iPhone users. Everyone instantly reaches into their pocket and awkwardly looks around the room wondering who’s iPhone is actually going off.

We’ve all been there.

If you feel like pulling a good prank, there’s a website that replicates the iPhone’s default sounds.

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Pretty Up Your iPhone SMS App with ChatPic

By Sébastien Page on Feb 23, 2011

Here is an app that shouldn’t even exist in the first place as Apple should have implemented it in iOS. ChatPic is a new jailbreak app that will show address book photos next to text messages in the SMS app.

For ChatPic to work, you obviously need to add a photo to your contacts, then whenever they text you, you will see their face next to the chat bubble… Read More

 

‘Keep Text New’ Allows You to Mark Incoming Text Messages as Unread

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 15, 2011

I have to be honest with you; I never thought I’d ever need a jailbreak tweak like Keep Text New.

SMS Messages aren’t exactly like email, where you derive benefits from unread messages; or are they?

I guess there’s only one way to find out. Against my better judgment, I went ahead and took the plunge and purchased Keep Text New…

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AT&T Makes Good on Rumored Texting Plan Changes

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 1, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, we reported on some rumored changes that AT&T was planning for their texting plans.

It was said that the main reason for the change was to “simplify” their texting plans. Coincidentally, this change comes just prior to the iPhone’s arrival on Verizon.

Simply put, AT&T is looking to capitalize on any and every advantage it possibly can as a way to help combat a potential mass exodus to Verizon.

If you were looking forward to the changes with the texting plan, we’ve got some good news; it looks like AT&T followed through with their plans…

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AT&T is Making Changes to Texting Plans in Preparation for the Verizon iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 19, 2011

It looks like AT&T is planning a preemptive strike in the upcoming Verizon iPhone battle, with the first big change being new text messaging plans. AT&T says their intent is to simplify and streamline their messaging plans, with the changes due to go into effect on January 23, 2011.

Check inside for the details on the new plans, and what this means for AT&T customers…

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AT&T Sends Out SMS Message Urging Users to Update to iOS 4.2, Unlockers Beware

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 13, 2011

If you’re rocking an unlocked phone, it would behoove you to stick to the tried and true suggestions from the Dev Team to stay away from official updates. AT&T has recently started sending out mass text messages urging customers to update to iOS 4.2.

Why would they do this? Since AT&T is already on the cusp of losing quite a few users to Verizon’s iPhone once it is released, the company is in a frenzy trying to convince customers to stick with them…

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Create and Send Pre-Made Texts With ‘Canned’ for iPhone

By Alex Heath on Jan 7, 2011

Let’s be real, your time is precious. Sometimes you just don’t have time to shoot off a quick text. You could be in a meeting, driving, at work, or just plain lazy. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a list of pre-made, generic messages you could easily send in a text message?

Canned for iPhone, by Sky Balloon, is a lightweight, simple app that allows you to easily send off “canned” responses through text message. The app integrates with your Messages app by pasting your replies into the input field and allowing you to choose your recipient…

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How to Make biteSMS Work on iOS 4.2.1

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 28, 2010

Now that more and more jailbreakers are making the jump to iOS 4.2.1, courtesy of Redsn0w, a lot of people are wondering what’s up with biteSMS? The app installs fine, but right off the bat you’ll start to notice something’s not quite right with our #2 favorite jailbreak app of 2010.

In fact, for me, attempting to send a message with biteSMS 5.0 while on iOS 4.2.1 crashes the app outright, rendering my fiendish text messaging habits useless.

Of course, if there’s anything we know about the biteSMS crew, it’s that they’re always on top of things; in fact they’ve already released a beta version of the app that works well with Apple’s latest firmware. Check inside for the quick and easy how to…

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AskToSend Helps You Avoid Those Embarrassing Messaging Moments

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2010

How many times have you accidentally sent an email that wasn’t finished? Or worse yet, how many times have you sent an email to the wrong recipient? Yeah, our mistakes can yield some pretty embarrassing results if we’re not careful.

Wouldn’t it be nice if your mail and SMS apps asked you if you wanted to send, before sending? AskToSend is a jailbreak app that teaches your iPhone some lessons in etiquette…

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Tutorial: How To Replace the Pink biteSMS Icon With the Stock SMS Icon

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 2, 2010

Jailbreaking is without a doubt one of the best features about owning an iPhone. Not only are there some totally cool apps that you couldn’t get your hands on otherwise, but you can fully customize your iPhone’s look to fit your style.

biteSMS is one such application that gives users much more functionality than Apple’s stock offering. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could completely replace the stock SMS application with biteSMS, all the way down to the look and name of the app icon? Indeed it would be, that’s why we’ve created an in-depth tutorial for you inside…

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ChatPic Makes it Easy to See Who’s Texting

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 30, 2010

Want a way to make SMS messaging a little more personal? Then look no further than ChatPic, a jailbreak tweak that puts a little photo of your contact beside each incoming chat bubble.

Sure, there are many other apps that provide some variation of this premise, but if adding a smidgen of personalization to your SMS messages is all that you desire, then it’s hard to go wrong with this tweak…

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How to Hide Your iPhone Photos and SMS

By Sébastien Page on Nov 22, 2010

Those of you who don’t have anything to hide won’t care much about this, but if you have secrets to keep hidden from others, then the new jailbreak application HideEmAll might be the right tool for you.

The app description sells it as an app to keep you out of trouble. I like to look at HideEmAll as a way to protect some of your information from curious people, rather than hiding dirty pictures from your wife. I guess you can use it for both… Read More

 

MarkThatMessage is the Definition of Too Much Information

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 3, 2010

I’ve always loved the way text messaging worked on the iPhone, and that love was increased with the advent of the jailbreak app BiteSMS. That app added just enough customization to the mix to make SMS messaging a truly enjoyable experience on the iPhone.

Of course, there are also plenty of tweaks available for SMS messaging as well, some better than others. MarkThatMessage is one such tweak that falls into the others category. Is it really necessary to know the exact time that I sent every single SMS message?

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GV Extension Adds Native Google Voice SMS Functionality to the iPhone

By Guest Author on Oct 27, 2010

Now that Google Voice is back on the iPhone (natively), many of us are using the app to send SMS messages. Still, since there is no real way to set an app as a default SMS handler, we found ourselves using both the SMS app and whichever GV app we found most useful.

No more! There’s a new tweak in Cydia that merges the two. SMS GV Extension sets your Google Voice account as the default handler of text messages. Now when you send or receive text messages, it will be exclusively handled through the Google Voice API, and not your text messaging plan through your carrier.

For some of you, this is awesome.  But there is a huge limitation with this solution… Read More

 

Angry Birds SMS Tones Cause Uncontrollable Urge to Smash Things

By Guest Author on Oct 21, 2010

Can’t get enough Angry Birds? As if the movie, toys, and recent news regarding Rovio (or rather, non-news) weren’t enough to ruffle your happy feathers, you can also download Angry Birds SMS tones in Cydia – for free!

Search for “Angry Birds SMS” and you’ll be on your way to feeding your block-busting, bird-flying addiction. Now you don’t have to even play the game to hear the cry of the Boomerang Bird or Zooming Yellow Bird, just tell your friends to text you non-stop!

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Another Great Jailbreak App Falls by the Wayside: QuickReply for SMS is “Depreciated” but not “Dead”

By Guest Author on Oct 12, 2010

After jailbreaking with Limera1n, one of the first apps I went to reinstall was QuickReply for SMS. QR is an app that allows you to reply to incoming text messages no matter where you are on your phone — without ever having to leave the current app.

I was disappointed to see the headline in the app description (now about a month old) that QuickReply is “depreciated, not dead, depreciated.” Author Gaurav Khanna goes on to explain that he’s dropped all support for QuickReply for SMS, meaning the bugs and problems with it are here to stay. Read More

 

What Features Will Never Come to the iPhone?

By Guest Author on Sep 20, 2010

Reality can suck sometimes. As bad as the truth can be however it is usually almost always best to come to terms with certain aspects of reality. As far as this piece is concerned it’s iPhone’s reality.

We always spend lots of time trying to dig through the rumors when a new iPhone or version of iOS is released and pinpoint the newest features. What we spend comparatively less time on is coming clean on what features we know the iPhone will never get.. Read More

 

Man Watches His House Get Robbed on His iPhone

By Guest Author on Aug 24, 2010

Vincent Hunter was visiting relatives in Connecticut when his iPhone sounded an alert that his motion detectors were going haywire in his Dallas home.

When he opened the app on his iPhone he witnessed two burglars attempting to break an entering as he dialed 911.

iCam was the application he had installed on his phone, which is available in the App Store for $4.99. The app allows you to stream live video to your iPhone from up to 4 different webcams. Read More

 

How to Send SMS from Your iPad

By Sébastien Page on Aug 20, 2010

Want to send SMS from your iPad? There is an app for that, assuming you have a jailbroken iPad 3G. SwirlyMessage is a new jailbreak application by the developer of SwirlyMMS that allows you to send and receive real SMS and MMS on your iPad 3G.

In order to use SwirlyMessage, you need a jailbroken iPad 3G, and make sure that your carrier data plan allows for sending sending SMS and/or MMS. I don’t have an iPad 3G so I wasn’t able to try this application but from what I understand, SwirlyMessage simply provides an interface to send SMS through your carrier. If that’s the case, extra cost for each SMS sent/received might apply.

You can download SwirlyMessage from Cydia for $12. Please let us know what you think of this application should you decide to give it a try.