Snapchat rolls out Discover feature that highlights curated stories and videos

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

Tuesday, Snapchat announced a new feature called Discover which highlights curated stories from Snapchat’s different editorial teams.

Snapchat is moving to become a media platform so they’ve partnered with some of the major names in media like the ESPN, Vice and CNN to build a storytelling format which puts the narrative first.

“This is not social media” nor is it aboutwhat’s most new and trending, remarked the firm in a blog post. No, sir — Snapchat believes in curation and high-quality content so “We count on editors and artists, not clicks and shares, to determine what’s important.” Read More

 

BannerBuddy allows notification banners to be lowered with Reachability

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 20, 2015

BannerBuddy is a recently released jailbreak tweak that lets iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users lower banner notifications with Reachability. Normally, banner notifications don’t move when Reachability is invoked, but with BannerBuddy, invoking Reachability pushes down any currently displaying banner as well. Read More

 

Steam officially launches Broadcasting, its Twitch-like game streaming service

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2015

Video game development and digital distribution company Valve is taking Twitch head on with Steam Broadcasting, its own game streaming platform which went live Tuesday via an updated Steam desktop app.

Currently in beta, Steam Broadcasting lets you watch friends play and show off your best moves in games. Streaming is supported across a range of resolutions, from the low-resolution 480p to HD-ready 720p and all the way up to Full HD 1080p, dependent on the speed and reliability of your Internet connection. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using Mac OS X

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 18, 2015

It is now possible to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using a Mac, and this has been confirmed by iDownloadBlog. Up until this point, no Mac option existed for jailbreaking iOS 8.1.2, but that is no longer the case. A new tool entitled PP jailbreak for Mac has surfaced, allowing Mac users to enjoy what Windows users have been enjoying for some time now. Inside, we have a tutorial that shows how to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using OS X with the PP jailbreak for Mac. Read More

 

Auxo 3 version 1.1 provides a much more responsive experience

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 16, 2015

Auxo 3 was met with fairly glowing reviews, including ours at iDB. But that’s not to say that it wasn’t without flaws or opportunities for improvement. A3tweaks has answered the call with Auxo 3 version 1.1, an update that brings a marked increase to the tweak’s responsiveness. Read More

 

Tintch lets you colorize the switches throughout iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 15, 2015

Tintch is a brand new jailbreak tweak that lets user colorize the switches and toggles present throughout iOS. Tintch allows users to customize colors for the on and off settings for switches. It uses the libcolorpicker iOS library to present both RGB sliders, a HSB color spectrum, and hexadecimal code entry to select specific colors. Read More

 

Wallmart allows you to cycle through wallpaper on iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 15, 2015

Wallmart is a newly released jailbreak tweak that allows you to cycle through your favorite wallpaper on iOS 8. After installing the tweak, which is downloadable free of charge via Cydia’s BigBoss repo, you can set it up to automatically cycle through each wallpaper after a specific interval of time, or cycle with every unlock. Read More

 

New video shows off a Siri RSS feed reader called Sireader after Redditor posts $1000 bounty

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 14, 2015

Developer Philip Tennen showed off a new in-progress jailbreak tweak called Sireader that allows Siri to read RSS feeds. The tweak, which is in the early stages of development as a result of a $1,000 bounty on Reddit, looks extremely promising for those of us that peruse RSS on a daily basis. Imagine driving in the car and having Siri read the latest stories from your favorite news feed. If Tennen’s jailbreak tweak sees the light of day, this will be a future reality for jailbreakers. Read More

 

CircleIcons transforms iOS Settings icons into circular shapes

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 14, 2015

Want a way to change up the look of the Settings app icons without WinterBoard? Then you might want to give CircleIcons a try, a new jailbreak tweak that masks the icons in the Settings app with a circle shape sans WinterBoard. CircleIcons is a lightweight and fun tweak to modify the look of the Settings app without taking it to extremes. Read More

 

Cobalia places FlipSwitch toggles in the App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 14, 2015

I never use the recent and favorite contact shortcut buttons available in the App Switcher in iOS 8. In fact, I’ve outright disabled both sets of shortcuts. Instead, I’m using FlipSwitch to toggle Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other settings via the App Switcher. This is accomplished courtesy of a new jailbreak tweak called Cobalia, which replaces the recent and favorites shortcuts with user-customizable FlipSwitch toggles. Read More

 

How to troubleshoot jailbreak tweak crashes with CrashReporter

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 13, 2015

Yesterday, I installed a jailbreak tweak called SafariRefresh. I’ve covered that tweak before on the blog, but after using it last night, it caused my Safari app to crash repeatedly. In order to find out what was causing the crash, I used a handy jailbreak tool called CrashReporter to help pinpoint the problem. Here’s how I did it. Read More

 

KeyCommands: execute Activator actions via physical keyboard shortcuts

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 12, 2015

KeyCommands is an innovative new jailbreak tweak that allows iOS users who use physical keyboards to mate custom keyboard shortcuts to Activator gestures. This means that you can make ⌘+⇥ invoke the App Switcher, or make ⌘+⇧+3 take a screenshot just like you can on the Mac. Read More

 

Ryan Petrich releases a new cache cleaning tool

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 12, 2015

If you have Ryan Petrich’s beta repo added to Cydia, then you likely saw the presence of a new jailbreak tweak called CacheClearer. The tool, which is available for free, allows users to clear app caches from the Usage section of the stock Settings app. The great thing about CacheClearer is that it feels like a native part of iOS, and not a bolt-on. If you’re looking for a sleek way to manage individual app cache, then you should definitely give CacheClearer a look. Read More

 

CBS News overhauls iOS app, adds 24/7 live streaming video, breaking news alerts and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2015

CBS News issued a major refresh to its iOS application sporting an overhauled appearance and offering a plethora of new features. CBS News 3.0 brings out, among other enhancements, 24/7 live streaming video, push notifications for breaking news, in-depth coverage for constantly evolving stories, nicely designed photo galleries, a new ‘Quick Read’ feature and much more. The free of charge software is at last being provided as a single universal binary for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Read More

 

Dynamics theme brings awesome new dynamic wallpaper options to the iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 12, 2015

In the past I’ve wondered why Apple seems to neglect its dynamic theme options, yet every year there are new static themes available for iOS. Unfortunately, for those of us who like them, dynamic themes seem to have been placed permanently on the shelf.

An upcoming jailbreak package looks to change this by offering several new well-designed dynamic themes to jailbroken iOS users. It’s aptly entitled Dynamics, and it will be released once the teaser version receives 500 downloads. Read More

 

How to use the iPhone’s mute switch as a Do Not Disturb switch

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 12, 2015

SwitcherDND is a new jailbreak tweak that just arrived on Cydia. It allows you to replace the mute switch’s functionality with that of a Do Not Disturb switch. If you use Do Not Disturb often like I do, then you may want to give this free jailbreak tweak a spin. Read More

 

SubtleLock brings a minimal style to the iOS 8 Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 10, 2015

SubtleLock has always been a good way to transform the iOS Lock screen with a minimal style, and the iOS 8 version of SubtleLock tries to live up to the legacy. This is a tweak that can customize the Lock screen font, color, size, and even simplify the look of the clock and date readout. If you’re using an impressive wallpaper that you’d like to showcase rather than hide behind Lock screen elements, then SubtleLock for iOS 8 may provide the options you need after an update or two. Read More

 

Flick Scroll: a promising new jailbreak tweak that could change how we scroll

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 9, 2015

The concept of Flick Scroll is a great one: being able to use a simple flick gesture on a scrollable view to align the page exactly where you want it. If you’ve ever been reading a long article on Safari or any other app with a scrollable view, perhaps you’ve struggled trying to keep the text aligned in a manner that makes consuming the content less arduous. That, in theory, is what Flick Scroll aims to accomplish, but the jailbreak tweak, which just appeared on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, isn’t quite ready for primetime. Read More

 

Photego: secure the stock Photos app with Touch ID

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 9, 2015

There are tweaks that exist on Cydia that allow you to secure an entire app, but to my knowledge, no tweak yet exists that allows you to secure specific aspects of the stock Photos app with Touch ID. That’s where Photego comes in, a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to prevent users from deleting photos, accessing albums, and more via Touch ID. Read More

 

WhitelistSwitcher cleans up your messy App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 9, 2015

Looking for a way to tidy up the App Switcher on iOS? Then WhitelistSwitcher may be a jailbreak tweak that appeals to you. As its name alludes to, this tweak allows you to whitelist the specific apps that appear in the App Switcher. Apps that aren’t on the whitelist do not appear in the App Switcher, even if they were recently launched. Read More

 
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