How to create animated GIFs out of burst photos

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2014

BurstGIF is a brand new jailbreak tweak that lets users convert burst photos into animated GIFs. Since burst photos capture large sequences of photos within a short time span, they are perfect candidates for GIF animations. BurstGIF isn’t without its shortcomings, but it’s one of the best options for converting your burst photography into animated masterpieces.  Read More

 

Predix: predict when your iPhone’s battery will fully charge or die

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 7, 2014

Predix is a new jailbreak tweak that presents the time until your device’s battery is scheduled to die or fully charge. It does so by means of a heads up display in the center of the iPhone’s screen.

If you’re looking for an easy way to keep tabs on battery life, including handy predictions on charging and discharging remaining time, then you’ll want to look into this thoughtful jailbreak tweak. Read More

 

Apple introduces new ‘Change’ iPad Air 2 ads

By Cody Lee on Dec 7, 2014

Apple today introduced two new iPad Air 2 ads. The two clips began airing today during NFL broadcasts, and are both variations of a one minute video Apple posted on its website this weekend as part of its new ‘Change’ iPad campaign.

The new commercials differ from the previous ‘Your Verse‘ spots, which each told stories of how various people used their iPads. Instead, the ‘Change’ ads each demonstrate how a variety of people use their tablets in unconventional ways. Read More

 

AdvancedSettings8: access the ridiculously in-depth settings hidden on your iOS 8 device

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 5, 2014

AdvancedSettings8 is a jailbreak tweak that unlocks Apple’s hidden settings for iOS 8. These settings are hidden for a good reason, as they reveal things that the average user would have no clue how to use. I consider myself to be a fairly advanced user, and it was enough to confuse me a bit, so there’s that.

But there is some value to be had from AdvancedSettings8. After you peruse the multitude of sections and the vast array of adjustable values, you’ll surely stumble upon at least one or two settings from which you can personally derive value. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.1.1 or iOS 8.1.2 on Mac OS X using a virtual machine

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 5, 2014

As has been the norm as of late, OS X releases of the latest jailbreak tools have lagged behind their Windows counterparts. The TaiG jailbreak, which released to much surprise early this morning is no exception.

But what if you’re an OS X only user who doesn’t have access to a Windows machine? Are you left out in the cold waiting until TaiG decides to release an OS X version of its tool? Not necessarily.

Inside, I’ll show you how easy it is to run a Windows virtual machine on OS X absolutely free of charge. Doing so will allow you to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 even if you only have a Mac. Best of all, it’s absolutely free to do so. Check out our video tutorial after the break for the full how-to.

Update: this post was originally created for iOS 8.1.1, but you can follow the same steps to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using the latest version of TaiG. Read More

 

Brevity 2: send a quick canned message directly from the stock Messages app

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 5, 2014

Brevity 2 is the sequel to a tweak of the same name—Brevity—which allowed iOS 7 users to send a quick canned message via the stock Messages app. The sequel to Brevity is pretty much a 1:1 translation of the original for newly jailbroken iOS 8 devices.

If you’re looking to add a simple canned message that you can quickly access from the stock Messages app, then Brevity 2 should meet your needs. Read More

 

TaiG jailbreak updated to version 1.1, upgradable via Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 5, 2014

The TaiG 8.0-8.1.1 Untether has been updated to version 1.1, and it comes bundled in the TaiG jailbreak that’s downloadable for Windows, and it also comes as a Cydia package for those who have already jailbroken with TaiG.

The update doesn’t appear to be a major update, but there are fixes included to fix sandboxing issues present in the previous version of the TaiG jailbreak tool. Users who are jailbroken, and those who have yet to jailbreak should use TaiG 1.1.  Read More

 

Facebook’s Slingshot goes 2.0, hopes you’ll use it

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2014

Remember Slingshot? Yeah, me neither. If it’s been a while since you last fired up Facebook’s app that many folks deem pointless, you may want to give it another try as the social networking giant on Thursday pushed a major 2.0 update, bringing out half a dozen new features.

The app’s been rebuilt from the ground up to be “simpler, faster and more fun to share life as it happens”, bringing out private reactions, photo filters, drawings and emojis.

There are also instant notifications on a per-contact basis and you can now share fav shots out to other apps, among other new additions. Read More

 

London in a day, as seen through 1,017 Instagram photos

By Sébastien Page on Dec 4, 2014

Italian filmmaker Lorenzo Antico handpicked 1,017 Instagram photos of London to create this short video. It’s very similar to this video we posted last year, and arguably not as well put together, but it’s still a pretty cool video that I’m sure will inspire some of you to create your own short films based on the concept.

For those wondering, the music playing is a song called Henrietta by The Fratellis. Enjoy!

 

FileBrowser: an alternative to iFile?

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 2, 2014

Once again, iFile, the de facto standard for emulating Finder-like actions on iOS, has some competition. This time it comes in the form of FileBrowser, a brand new free (BigBoss) jailbreak app that runs under root on jailbroken devices.

FileBrowser allows jailbroken users to browse the entire filesystem of an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. It lends the ability to do things like rename, copy & paste, create and delete folders, delete files, create and extract compressed files, and more.

Does FileBrowser make a good free alternative to iFile? Check out our full video walkthrough after the break for the details. Read More

 

Video mockup gives a feel of iPad Pro size

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2014

Thanks to YouTube user Canoopsy (via Nowhereelse.fr), we now have a good sense of the size of Apple’s allegedly upcoming ‘iPad Pro’. The mockup video depicts how a 12.2-inch iPad would stack up against the current-generation current iPads, iPhones and 13-inch MacBook Pro in terms of size. The video is included after the break so give it a quick watch and meet us in comments. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.1.1 and iOS 8.1.2 with TaiG

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 29, 2014

iOS 8.1.1 is now officially jailbroken, and it’s one of the easiest jailbreaks that I’ve experienced in my long history of jailbreaking. As we first noted, the TaiG team, not the Pangu team, is responsible for the iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak, which was released for Windows users early this morning.

I’ve personally tested out the TaiG jailbreak tool for iOS 8.1.1, and can report that it works. In fact, it installs Cydia straight out of the box, and it’s super easy to follow along, even though the tool hasn’t been translated to English. In this tutorial, we will show you how to use TaiG to jailbreak iOS 8.1.1.

Update: This tutorial was written for iOS 8.1.1, but you can follow the same directions to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2. Simply make sure you use the latest version of TaiG. Read More

 

Work in progress tweak makes CarPlay work without an external display

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 27, 2014

Renowned jailbreak developer Adam Bell is working on an interesting project that makes it possible to use CarPlay without the normal external display requirements. The tweak, which is currently a work in progress, will make it so that users can reap the benefits of the simplified CarPlay interface, without the need of buying an expensive CarPlay enabled head unit.

The possibilities for such a tweak are extremely interesting. For example, you could, in theory, mount an iPad in your car and use it instead of using your stock head unit. The benefits of using an iPad are multifaceted, with one of the main benefit being the better responsiveness of the iPad’s capacitive touchscreen over the resistive touchscreens found in many head units.

Bell has created a video to showcase his work thus far and it looks very promising. Step inside to see the preview, and find more details about this ambitious project. Read More

 

Apple posts new ‘Voice Text’ iPhone 6 ad

By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2014

Apple tonight posted a new commercial to its YouTube channel showcasing the recently-launched iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The ad is entitled ‘Voice Text’ and it highlights the new voice messaging feature found on iOS 8 and of course the new iPhones.

Coming just a few days after the last two spots, the ad once again stars Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. In similar fashion to recent ads, the pair provide comedic voiceovers as they demonstrate the benefits of voice messaging. Read More

 

Review: AppHeads an incredibly fast iOS multitasking tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 26, 2014

AppHeads, the tweak that brings a fast multitasking experience to iOS7 and iOS 8, is now available for download on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Inspired by Facebook’s ChatHead system, AppHeads brings a fresh and new multitasking method to iOS.

We’ve already previewed the tweak once before, and now it’s available for purchase for $4.99. Is it worth its relatively steep asking price? Does it live up to the hype and potential? Check inside for the video walkthrough and review. Read More

 

‘Pyx’ adds smooth animations to the iOS app switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 26, 2014

Looking to change up the look of the App Switcher animations on iOS 8? If so, then look no further than Pyx, a $0.99 jailbreak tweak that allows you to add over half a dozen animations to the App Switcher.

As you’ll see from our video walkthrough inside, Pyx isn’t the most elegant tweak that you’ll run across, but it works well enough to leave most satisfied with the results. Have a look at our video for the full scoop. Read More

 

WatchBoard: a new Apple Watch SpringBoard replacement for iPhone and iPad

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 26, 2014

Aaron Ash, the creator of the legendary jailbreak tweak called Barrel, is back with a brand new creation called WatchBoard. WatchBoard is based off of the Apple Watch UI, and it’s the best implementation of said concept that I’ve seen thus far.

Ash’s expertise in this area is immediately apparent when it comes to design decisions, settings, etc. Not only that, but the tweak works on both the iPhone and the iPad. Have a look at our video walkthrough of WatchBoard after the break to see what makes it so good. Read More

 

WiFried: a new tweak to fix iOS 8’s Wi-Fi performance issues

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 25, 2014

Developer Mario Ciabarra, best known for his work on big Intelliborn tweaks like MyWi and My3G, is back with a brand new tweak that claims to do some great things for people experiencing Wi-Fi issues on iOS 8. WiFried is the name of his new tweak, and its purpose is to fix the persistent Wi-Fi issues that occur for a lot of iOS 8 users. That sounds good and all, but the question is, will it work? Read More

 

Vine update brings per-account push alerts

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2014

Twitter-owned Vine, a video service optimized for sharing six-second long looping video clips, on Tuesday received a small update. Bumping the iPhone app to version 3.1, it introduced enhanced push notifications with the ability to choose push alerts on a per-account basis.

Folks who have tons of followers on Vine are frequently inundated with alerts each time someone shares a clip on Vine, revines a vine, comments on it and what not.

There’s nothing worse than being overwhelmed and having to cope with unwanted notifications. The team is feeling your pain so they’ve put together this little feature where you get a notification whenever your favorite contacts post on Vine. Read More

 

Lenovo breaks Apple’s MacBook in half in “hidden” camera prank vid

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2014

You may recall that Lenovo recently teamed up with Microsoft on a television commercial which dissed the MacBook Air because the ultra-thin Apple notebook is not a convertible machine like Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro. Now the computer maker is back at it with a new video Tuesday.

Crafted in co-operation with UCB Comedy’s funniest prank shoppers and presented as a hidden camera prank, the clip depicts a guy pitching Lenovo’s new Yoga 3 convertible to mall shoppers.

How?

By breaking MacBooks in half to demonstrate how the Yoga 3 combines two devices into one, a traditional laptop and a tablet. Read More