‘Gauss’ spices up the Music app with impressive blur effects

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

Gauss—which is named after German mathematician Karl Gauss, from which the Gaussian Blur derives its name—is a jailbreak tweak that adds blur, tint color, and text color effects to the stock Music app. Gauss lets you change up the blur radius, saturation, and more. You can even preview the look of the changes via the tweak’s preferences. Read More

 

StopAutoDelete stops the iOS cursor from deleting entire words

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

When you hold the delete button on the iOS keyboard, eventually the cursor will start to delete entire words in an effort to speed up the deletion process. While at times, this comes in handy from a speed perspective, I often find it more of a nuisance; it seems to always delete words that I had no intention of removing.

StopAutoDelete is a jailbreak tweak that slows down deleting on iOS, placing a sort of limiter on deleting and preventing whole words from being delete at once. Have a look at our video walkthrough for a full explanation. Read More

 

iPicar: hide specific Messages conversations when unlocking your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

Have you ever had the desire to hide specific Messages app conversations? What about the ability to do so when unlocking your iPhone?

iPicar is a recently released jailbreak tweak that allows you to do just that. By means of a special passcode that’s used to unlock your iPhone, iPicar can hide specific conversations in the Messages app with ease. Read More

 

Recents is a jailbreak tweak for viewing recent calls in Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

Recents is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to view recent phone calls and FaceTime calls directly in Notification Center. With the $1.49 package, which comes with a free trial, you can make calls directly from Notification Center, even if your device is locked.

By adding a tab next to the Today and Notifications tabs in Notification Center, Recents lets you view incoming, outgoing and missed calls with ease. It also lets you delete individual calls, all calls, and it works with a variety of other jailbreak tweaks such as Copic and LockInfo.

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RippleBoard: add ripple effects to the iOS Home screen

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

RippleBoard is a new tweak that brings tap indicators to the iOS Home screen. Whenever you tap the screen, or launch an app, you get a cool little ripple effect on the Home screen.

But RippleBoard isn’t just limited to on screen taps. As you’ll see from the tweak’s preferences, there are other things that you can do with RippleBoard, including customizing the range and duration of the ripple effects. Read More

 

Aeuria LS is a beautiful Lock screen tweak for iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

Great standout tweaks seem to be few and far between as of late, but the developer of Aeuria LS obviously has other thoughts about the matter. Aeuria LS is an original and wonderful-looking Lock screen tweak for jailbroken devices, that presents the current time in a unique manner.

Conceptualized by Zach Williams and programmed by Bryce Pauken, Aeuria LS is one of the best looking jailbreak tweaks that I’ve seen in a while. It brings a Lock screen clock interface to the iPhone that features customizations by clock type, time format, clock face font, color, blur, and more.

It’s a simple looking tweak that you’ll find to be incredibly deep, and a technical work of art once you delve into its preferences. Have a look at our video overview of Aeuria LS for more details. Read More

 

IllLookLater: prevent iPhone screen wake when receiving notifications

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

Do you find that many of your incoming notifications don’t warrant the awakening of the Lock screen on your iPhone? Perhaps you think that waking up your iPhone every time you receive a notification is a waste of precious battery.

If you feel that way, then you may want to look into IllLookLater, a recent jailbreak tweak that’s available on Cydia’s BigBoss repo free of charge. IllLookLater makes it so that you can limit the amount of apps that wake the Lock screen when receiving a notification. In other words, it lets you pick and choose the apps that you deem worthy. Read More

 

Color Convos: assign colors to Messages app conversations

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

Color Convos is a jailbreak tweak that serves as a Messages app addon. It lets you quickly assign different colors to the outgoing message bubbles in a Messages app conversation.

Why is this useful? The developer presents an interesting use case scenario. He suggests that Color Convos will make it easier to discern who you are sending a message to, ensuring that you are sending messages to the correct contact, lending peace of mind.

Does Color Convos work as expected? Have a look at our walkthrough to find out. Read More

 

Alternatum brings an app switcher and toggles to Reachability

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

Alternatum is yet another jailbreak tweak that piggybacks on the Reachability feature introduced with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It allows you to add a host of new features to the Reachability view such as an app switcher, toggles and more.

Unfortunately, I don’t currently own any jailbroken devices that feature Reachability, but Alternatum does bring the ability to use a simple Activator gesture to mimic Reachability. Does it work well?

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Photos and video of Apple Watch Edition being unboxed

By Cody Lee on May 23, 2015

Units of the staggeringly-expensive Apple Watch Edition began shipping this week, and some customers have already started receiving their orders. Yesterday, a user over in this MacRumors forum thread posted a series of photos showing his new golden wearable.

The photos are of a 42mm Yellow Gold Edition with black Sports band. The box looks similar to that of the Stainless Steel Apple Watch, but is dark blue (almost purple) in color and includes a matching cleaning cloth. Check out the images below to see more differences. Read More

 

Review: Asus ZenFone 2 from an iPhone user’s perspective

By Jeff Benjamin on May 21, 2015

Today, I picked up the ZenFone 2 from Asus. It’s a mid-tier Android phone with flagship specifications.

This phone is actually quite good from a pure specs perspective. It features 4GB of RAM, and it’s one of the first phones to do so. It also packs in a 64-bit quad-core 2.3 Ghz Intel Atom processor, and 64GB of flash storage, expandable up to 128GB.

The screen is 5.5 inches, and it’s roughly the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus, though a bit thicker. Needless to say, this ZenFone is firmly in the realm of the “phablet” and although it’s selling at mid-tier prices at $299, it’s got some decent specs.

In this review, which won’t be your typical review where I spout off statistics and benchmarks, I look at 5 things that this phone does right, and 5 things that it does wrong—all fed through my iPhone-tinted glasses. Read More

 

Spotify rolls out podcasts, video, news, Running feature, activity-based playlists and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2015

Spotify is determined to give Apple’s vertically integrated iTunes ecosystem a run for its money. At a media event in New York City, the Swedish streaming-music startup has moved into video, as previously suspected.

The service will now host video podcasts and other types of video content like news, much like Apple’s iTunes. According to TechCrunch, Spotify will also serve up playlists that are more personalized and relevant to what you’re doing at the time.

Apple-owned Beats Music also features activity-based playlists, mostly human curated, so this is another shot across Apple’s bow. Read More

 

How to fix a “referencing media on the camera” error in Final Cut Pro X

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

Every now and then, you may run into an issue with Final Cut Pro X where a file doesn’t successfully import. Due to this, the media that you’re working with in your project is still referencing the location where the file originally was (i.e. SD Card, Camera HDD, etc.).

When this happens, and you try to share/export a project, you’ll receive an error message that says “This item cannot be shared while it is still referencing media on the camera.”

To fix this problem, you’ll need to reimport your footage from the original source using the File menu. It’s fairly straightforward, but it’s not exactly obvious as to what you should do when you first encounter this issue. Inside, we’ll show you the error message and the quick fix in our brief video tutorial. Read More

 

How to update your Apple Watch software

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

The very first Apple Watch software update launched today, bringing Watch OS from version 1.0 to version 1.0.1, this update, as we reported earlier, is a fairly significant upgrade to Watch OS, and every Apple Watch owner should update.

But since no one in the public has ever updated an Apple Watch prior to today, you may be a little hesitant to update due to being unfamiliar with the process. Don’t worry, as we have you covered. In this walkthrough, we’ll show you how to update your Apple Watch from A-Z. Read More

 

Helius 2 adds a fresh coat of paint to the Lock screen music controls

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

Helius 2 is the follow-up to the popular tweak that redesigned iOS Lock screen media controls. In a nice gesture to owners of the original, developers s1ris and Phillip Tennen have rewritten the tweak from scratch and are providing it as a free upgrade to previous owners of Helius.

In case you’ve forgotten, or in case you’ve never used the original version, Helius is a tweak that takes your default media controls on the Lock screen, and provides them with a fresh coat of paint. Have a look at our video walkthrough for more information on how this tweak works. Read More

 

LockEditor lets you modify several Lock screen properties on iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

If you find the stock iOS Lock screen to be a bore, then LockEditor is here to spice things up a bit. It’s a jailbreak tweak that allows you to modify a plethora of Lock screen features, from the passcode rings, to “slide to unlock” text.

In fact, LockEditor contains nearly two-dozen different settings and switches that allow you to customize the look and feel of the Lock screen. Have a look at our video, which showcases some of the features that you’ll find in LockEditor. Read More

 

NoBanner suppresses banner notifications when playing video

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

Have you ever been in the middle of a great video, only to have the experience interrupted by an untimely banner notification? Not only is this visually disturbing, but incoming banners reduce the audio volume of a playing video as well.

NoBanner is a new jailbreak tweak that puts an end to this issue. It suppresses banner notifications whenever playing video on your iPhone. Watch our video walkthrough for a demonstration of NoBanner in action. Read More

 

LockEmoji prevents the iOS keyboard from reverting to another input mode

By Jeff Benjamin on May 17, 2015

If you regularly use the emoji keyboard on iOS, then you’ve no doubt experienced the issue that causes your keyboard to revert to another input method.

This problem generally arrises when doing one of two things: after tapping send in a chat app like the Messages app, and on first keyboard activation when the current input mode is emoji.

If you’re unfamiliar with the issue, it’s a little difficult to describe without actually showing you. Check out our video demonstrations, which shows you how LockEmoji—a free new jailbreak tweak released on Cydia—tackles this issue. Read More

 

First Steve Jobs movie teaser trailer goes live

By Jeff Benjamin on May 17, 2015

The first official teaser trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic is now live on YouTube. In it, we hear dialogue from lead actor Michael Fassbender, along with glimpses of actors Seth Rogan, Jeff Daniels, and Kate Winslet.

This movie, as you’re likely aware of, has suffered through numerous changes and setbacks, but it finally looks as if it’s shaping up for a definite release in October. Watch the full teaser trailer, and let us know what you think. Read More

 

Tim Cook talks early days at Apple and more in George Washington University commencement speech

By Cody Lee on May 17, 2015

Tim Cook took the stage in front of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. today, to give the commencement speech for George Washington University’s class of 2015. Cook accepted the invitation back in February, and is being awarded an honorary doctorate from the school.

Most of the speech is typical affair for a graduation address—”your values matter; they are your north star,” etc.—but Cook has sprinkled in some interesting anecdotes from his childhood and early days at Apple. He also talks about the impact that Steve Jobs had on his life. Read More

 
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