By Cody Lee on Apr 6, 2013
Last week we showed you how to delete individual digits from the iOS Calculator app by swiping. It wasn’t a major revelation, by any means, but a lot of folks seem to have found it useful.
In the same fashion, we have another trick to show you today. And if you’ve ever thought to yourself that it takes too long to navigate through the iOS Calendar app, you’ll want to see this… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 30, 2013
We’ve come across some pretty cool tricks in iOS over the years. There’s the six hidden buttons on the iPad’s split keyboard, the long-hold action in the Mail app that brings up your last draft, and my favorite, Photo Stream websites.
Today we’ve got another neat little tidbit to share with you involving the stock Calculator application. I know, for most of you this app rarely gets touched. But for those of you that use it more often, this tip could prove very useful… Read More
By Mike Schnier on Jan 24, 2013
There’s a suggestion floating around on tech blogs for setting ‘unguessable passcodes’ in iOS. The idea is to use alternate accented characters, which are hidden but easily accessible by holding down letters on the virtual keyboard. The thinking is these accented characters could be especially effective at thwarting guesses, as English speakers might not even realize that there are accents beneath the keys… Read More
By Mike Schnier on Jan 24, 2013
Want to take a load off your iOS device’s CPU, battery life, and cellular bandwidth by preventing certain apps from running in the background? Sure, you could install a tweak like WeeCloseApps, but it doesn’t set automatic profiles for app behavior, and it doesn’t work on non-jailbroken devices.
Luckily, there’s a powerful iOS file browser for Mac and PC called iFunBox, which works on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices. Among its features, iFunBox allows users to edit ‘Power Saving Mode’ profiles. Right click on an installed app and you can set one of three multitasking states: allow background, always background, and kill switch. ‘Allow background’ is the default state of most apps, while ‘always background’ is normally applied to music and podcasting apps that you’d want active in the background, and ‘kill switch’ is applied to power-hungry games… Read More
By Mike Schnier on Jan 16, 2013
There is recent post on Reddit where a user was attempting to play classic NES games from an iPhone 4S, using a Wii remote for controls, with the whole thing mirrored to a TV through AirPlay. The redditor asked if there was any way to compensate for the 1 second lag he was experiencing through AirPlay, and I thought some of our readers might have come to the same question. Unfortunately, without resorting to time travel, it’s not possible to technologically compensate for latency in current version of AirPlay.
While wireless displays are now feasible for gaming, just ask anyone with a WiiU, AirPlay mirroring is not your best option for streaming fast-paced games. A better solution is to plug your phone directly into a TV… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 20, 2012
Google Maps made its triumphant return to iOS last week, and there’s no question that it’s a massive hit. It saw 10 million downloads in its first 48 hours, and it’s still the #1 free app in the App Store.
For those of you who haven’t tried Google Maps yet, or haven’t figured what all of the commotion is about, Google today published a list of 10 tips that will help you get the most out of the software… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 17, 2012
After months of rumors and speculation, Google finally launched its standalone Maps app for iOS last week. And it’s been pretty popular thus far. It’s currently the top free app in the App Store, and it’s also listed first in Apple’s featured ‘Maps’ section.
The app does have some caveats though. Perhaps most notably, unlike the built-in Maps app, you can’t get directions in Google Maps via Siri. Luckily, a workaround popped up over the weekend that takes care of that. And it doesn’t require a jailbreak… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 13, 2012
Nintendo hasn’t released games for its NES or Game Boy systems in more than 20 years, but that doesn’t mean people have forgotten about them. Emulators for old Nintendo games exist on nearly every platform imaginable — even iOS.
Until now, however, your iOS device had to be jailbroken to play these older games. That, or you had to snatch up one of the handful of emulator apps that popped in the App Store before Apple pulled them. But we’ve found another way… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 21, 2012
One of the biggest new features of iOS 6 is the new reinvigorated Maps app, which no longer relies on data from Google. The new Maps app also features turn-by-turn directions, and 3D capabilities.
Sadly, for owners of older devices like the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 3GS, you’ll get the new Maps app sans 3D capabilities or turn-by-turn directions. As usual, the jailbreak community has come through with a solution to at least one of the omissions — 3D maps.
Check inside as we walk you through adding 3D maps to your officially unsupported older device… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on May 25, 2012
It has been brought to our attention that Absinthe 2.0 doesn’t work normally on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. When you click on the app icon to open it, nothing happens, and the Absinthe interface doesn’t load. That’s not entirely a surprise considering that Mountain Lion is still in beta, but more than a few of you have expressed troubles with the issue.
Likely, this was just an oversight by the hard working folks behind the Chronic Dev Team, and it will probably be fixed in an updated version of Absinthe. Until then, it’s incredibly easy to work around this problem and run Absinthe 2.0 successfully to untether jailbreak your iOS 5.1.1 device. We show you how inside… Read More
By Nick Prokesch on Apr 14, 2012
OmniFocus for iPhone is a great productivity tool. With Apple’s new iPhone OS came integration with Reminders and Siri. When enabled, OmniFocus will check the Reminders app for new tasks, add them to your Inbox, and remove them from your Reminders list. This holds true for Reminders created using Siri in addition to those entered manually.
However, for some reason, The Omni Group limited the powerful new iOS 5 integration to iPhone 4S users. The good news is if you’re an iPhone 4 user, you can enable Reminders and Siri integration with a little bit of preference file editing. This trick does not affect the OmniFocus app’s performance, stability or existing functionality. Here’s how to do it… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 26, 2012
Last month we showed you a way to fix your iDevice’s white app icons after jailbreaking, but did you know that you can perform a similar fix with Springtomize 2?
Since most jailbreakers probably already have Springtomize 2 running on their device’s, this is a very convenient method for cleaning up those annoying white app icons that rear their ugly heads post jailbreak.
Check inside for the full how-to… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 23, 2012
Even though iOS 5 has seemingly been turned inside out over the last 6 months, there are still a few easter eggs hidden in the software.
Earlier this month we told you about the invisible buttons on the iPad’s split keyboard, and now we’ve come across another little-known feature… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 23, 2012
Okay, so I’m switching gears a bit here and talking about an app that you can download from the App Store.
Make no mistake, while I love jailbreak apps and tweaks, I also have love for many apps that can be found in the App Store.
The App Store is loaded with myriads of quality apps, and Panic’s Prompt is one of them. Prompt is an SSH client, and a perfect alternative to Mobile Terminal for hardcore terminal users.
Did you know It also allows you to browse the root structure of your iDevice’s file system if you’re jailbroken and have OpenSSH installed? Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 21, 2012
Lots of happy people have successfully jailbroken their iPhone 4S and iPad 2 over the last 24 hours or so, but some are still having problems pulling off a successful jailbreak on both Mac and Windows.
We understand the frustration that some of you have been experiencing, and we really want to help you. True, the Windows Command Line Utility isn’t exactly the easiest tool to jailbreak with, but it can be done, and has been done successfully by many of our viewers and readers.
That being said, there are still quite a few that seem to be having issues, so if that describes you, step inside, and let’s discuss some things that might help… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jan 7, 2012
While this tip may seem a little trivial, it will most likely solve an annoyance that many of us have experienced when surfing the web on the iPad.
When you’re browsing in Mobile Safari and you accidentally close a tab, it can be a pain to try and find that URL again in your history or search recommendations. That’s why there’s a handy little option for opening recently closed tabs on the iPad. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 22, 2011
Sometimes the Home button on the iPhone just starts getting a little funky, a little laggy, a bit unresponsive.
Most of the time, those issues are software based, unless of course you’ve dropped your iPhone in water while feeding your pet fish.
For us non-fish owners, we’ve confirmed that a simple recalibration is usually all that’s needed to fix most issues with the iPhone’s Home button. Take a look at our video tutorial inside… Read More
By Alex Heath on Dec 13, 2011
Here’s a nice little tip for Siri fanatics. Did you know that you can have Siri speak any selection of text out loud anywhere in iOS 5 on the iPhone 4S?
By enabling a nifty feature in Settings, a simple “Speak” option can be shown any time you select a chunk of text. Siri can then read that text out loud through your iPhone’s speaker at a pre-programmed speed. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 12, 2011
We have decided to remove this post. We posted warnings about the usefulness and possible issues that could stem from its usage, but after further discussion and talks with developers, we decided it was in the best interest of everyone involved to remove the tutorial.
We apologize about any confusion that may have resulted from this, and we will more deeply consider any similar posts in the future, even if they contain the necessary warnings that this post contained. Ultimately, we don’t want to confuse anyone, hence we felt that the post would be better off removed. Read More