DockWare for iOS 8 brings enhanced dock features to the iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 22, 2015

Looking to add special enhancements to the dock on your iPhone? If so, then look no further than DockWare for iOS 8. The follow up to the original DockWare for iOS 7 devices, the sequel brings the ability to access the dock while within apps, hide the dock while on the Home screen, and invoke the dock using a handy Activator gesture. Read More

 

Review: Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 21, 2015

I’ve been using the Das Keyboard Professional Model S for the last two years, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed typing on this mechanical keyboard. If you do any sort of long form typing on a regular basis, then having a mechanical keyboard can make a huge difference in your life.

After typing on my MacBook’s chiclet keyboard for years, I began to develop problems with severe wrist pain. Although it was never officially diagnosed, I’m pretty sure that I suffered from some sort of repetitive stress injury, which made it excruciatingly painful to type for extended periods of time. Needless to say, having a mechanical keyboard has alleviated 99% of these issues, and I can never see myself going back to using the MacBook’s chiclet keyboard full time.

Earlier this month, Das Keyboard released an updated keyboard for Mac with new features and functionality. The Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac, as it is called, brings a similar typing experience to the table. Is it something you should consider if you’re in the market for a new keyboard? Should previous Das Keyboard owners upgrade? Have a look at our video review and walkthrough for the answer. Read More

 

How to unlock the Apple Watch Activity app on iOS 8.2, no jailbreak required

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 21, 2015

A few days ago, we showed you a detailed walkthrough video of iOS 8.2’s Activity App. Today, we’ll show you how you can go hands-on with this brand new app.

In the tutorial that follows, we’ll walk you through each step needed to get the iOS 8.2 Apple Watch Activity app running on your iPhone today, even though the Apple Watch is still weeks from releasing. No jailbreak required. Read More

 

How to access the Couria beta for jailbroken iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 20, 2015

Yesterday, we brought you a preview of the upcoming quick reply and quick compose tweak, Couria. Today, we’re showing you how you can go hands on with the tweak.

Couria is now available on a special beta repo by its developer, QusicS. If you’ve been desperate for a good quick compose solution and an enhanced quick reply interface, then you may want to take it for a test drive. Read More

 

TypeTab brings faster address entry to new Safari tabs

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 19, 2015

When you open a new tab in Safari, the default behavior is to showcase your favorites. You can then tap a favorite, or you can tap the address bar to manually insert a web address. TypeTab makes it so that the cursor is automatically inserted into the address bar and that the keyboard is exposed. Therefore, it’s quicker to begin typing a web address when opening a new tab. Read More

 

Hands-on with Couria, an upcoming quick reply and quick compose tweak for iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 19, 2015

Couria is a quick reply and quick compose tweak for iOS that originally debuted back in the iOS 7 days. Today, the Messaging landscape for jailbroken devices is significantly different, with a key major player, biteSMS, now defunct.

With this in mind, a few tweaks that are currently in the works are hoping to reinvigorate the Messaging app tweak genre. One of them, Couria, plays heavily on the infrastructure already put in place by Apple, piggybacking on the native quick reply feature in iOS 8. Read More

 

Sony’s new PlayStation Vue streaming TV service coming to iPad soon

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015

Yesterday, Sony launched its long-anticipated streaming television service called PlayStation Vue in select markets like Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia. The online video subscription service doesn’t require a cable or satellite subscription.

It will be initially available on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles and is coming to Apple’s iPad “in the near future,” the Japanese giant has confirmed. Read More

 

Apple Watch: a deeper look at the Activity app in iOS 8.2

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 18, 2015

For the last few hours I’ve been playing with the Activity app on iOS 8.2. The Activity app is a stock app included in iOS 8.2, but it’s currently hidden until you connect an Apple Watch. Thanks to developer Hamza Sood, I was able to access the app early and take it for a a test drive on video. Here’s what I found…

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Multify: an awesome new multitasking tweak for iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 18, 2015

Every so often a big tweak comes around that gets me more excited than most, and Multify—a new tweak from John Corbett and Joel Einbinder—meets that criteria to a tee. Multify is an upcoming tweak that brings true multitasking to iOS in an easy to use and surprisingly stable package. Yes, other tweaks have attempted to do similar things in the past, but this is by far the best implementation that I’ve seen or used thus far. Read More

 

You can now watch Vines offline

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2015

Vine, a Twitter-owned video service that lets anyone share funny looping clips with the web at large, or just their followers, has received a nice update Wednesday.

Available as a free update in the App Store, the app now lets fans watch Vines quicker than ever, even with a slower or no Internet connection. You’ll also see that posts show up more quickly than before. Read More

 

Lithium: theme the battery indicator on iOS 8 sans WinterBoard

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 17, 2015

Lithium is a brand new jailbreak tweak that adds a themed battery indicator to iOS 8. A similar tweak with a similar name, Alkaline, already exists on the Cydia store, and Lithium pretty much replicates the feeling of that tweak.

While some users report that Alkaline works perfectly on their iOS 8 device, it’s never worked without a visual glitch on my iPhone 6 Plus. For that reason, I’d be up for trying Lithium on an extended basis. Read More

 

How to extract images from apps with the Preview app on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 16, 2015

Applications on the Mac are really just directory structures containing files, images, assets, executables, and the like. If you’ve ever right-clicked on an application and selected Show Package Contents, then you know exactly what I mean.

While right-clicking is a reasonable solution for extracting image, font, and other visible assets from an application, the Preview app makes doing so even easier. By simply dragging and dropping an app on the Preview app icon in the dock, you’re presented with a easy navigable thumbnail view of all of the app’s various assets. Read More

 

How to tab between dialogue box buttons on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 15, 2015

The tabbing experience on OS X might feel a little gimped if you’re coming from a Windows machine. That’s because, by default, OS X makes it so that the option to move keyboard focus between all controls with the Tab key is disabled.

Instead, tabbing is only possible between text boxes and lists using the default setting. In this tutorial, I’ll show you two quick and easy ways to change this setting and enable a much-improved tabbing experience on your Mac. Read More

 

How to get WhatsApp voice calling on your jailbroken iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 14, 2015

If you’re jailbroken, and have a little patience, you can get WhatsApp’s new in-beta voice calling feature on your iPhone right now. To do so, you’ll need to download the WhatsApp beta, download a package from Cydia, and following a couple of additional steps.

After following this tutorial, you will be able to access voice calling in WhatsApp. I can personally verify that this technique works, and was able to shoot a video walkthrough showing you the steps along with a live phone call. Read More

 

HiddenConvos: a sleek way to hide conversations in the Messages app

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 13, 2015

Normally I would shoot a video to highlight a jailbreak tweak, but seeing as I’d probably have to blur out most of the video, I decided to go about it the old fashioned way. I hope that I can accurately portray just how awesome HiddenConvos is without the assistance of video, because it’s really that good.

HiddenConvos is a tweak that allows you to quickly hide conversations in the Messages app using a simple left-swipe gesture. Once you left-swipe on a conversation, tap the Hide button to hide the conversation from view and suppress its notifications. Read More

 

Popular Lock screen launcher atom is coming to iPad

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 12, 2015

One of the most popular Lock screen launchers for iOS 8 is headed to iPad. Atom, the Surenix-designed and Daniel Turner-developed atomic-inspired Lock screen launcher, is headed to the big screen. We’ve got a first hands-on look at atom for iPad, including a summation of the tweak’s iPad-exclusive feature. Read More

 

Tim Cook calls into CNBC’s ‘Mad Money’, talks ResearchKit, Apple Pay and more

By Cody Lee on Mar 12, 2015

It seemed like just another episode of Mad Money, CNBC’s polarizing financial TV show, until host Jim Cramer took a call from “Tim in California.” As you’ve probably guessed by now, it was Apple CEO Tim Cook on the line, prompting cheers from a surprised studio.

Cook began the call by congratulating Cramer on “10 great years of Mad Money,” but it was clear he had other things to talk about. The first thing was ResearchKit, Apple’s medical research app platform it unveiled on Monday, which as already had over 10,000 signups. Read More

 

AlbumShot creates app-specific albums for your screenshots

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 10, 2015

Are you looking for a way to better organize the screenshots that you take with your iPhone? If so, then you should take AlbumShot for a spin.

AlbumShot is a recently released jailbreak tweak that creates albums in the Photos app to store the screenshots that you take. But it doesn’t just create a single album; it creates an album for each app that you take a screenshot for. Watch our full video walkthrough for more details. Read More

 

Heads Up Display Mode turns your iPhone into an HUD for your car

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 10, 2015

I just tried one of the coolest new jailbreak tweaks that I’ve tested in a while. It’s called Heads Up Display Mode, and it allows you to mirror your iPhone’s screens so that it reflects an accurate image in your car’s windshield. Read More

 

Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ keynote video posted to iTunes as downloadable podcast

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2015

Following yesterday’s “Spring Forward” media event which brought us new Apple Watch details and pricing, an exclusive HBO Now launch on the now-discounted Apple TV, some interesting medical research news and a Retina-enabled twelve-inch MacBook with USB-Type CForce Touch trackpad and silver, space grey and gold finishes, now the whole presentation can be downloaded and kept on your computer in the form of a video podcast. Read More