CamText: add a live camera to the Messages app background

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 3, 2014

CamText is a new jailbreak tweak that lets users text using the stock Messages app with a live camera background. The most obvious use for a tweak like this is to provide its users with a safe way to text while walking down a busy street.

Since the camera provides a live view of a user’s surroundings using the Messages app background, it’s possible to keep one eye on an impending obstacle, and another eye on the ongoing conversation. While I believe it’s pretty sad that it’s come to this—we can’t even look up while crossing the street like a normal person—it’s hard to deny the idea’s usefulness in the face of the circumstances.  Read More

 

How to add now-playing details to the iPhone’s status bar

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 3, 2014

PlayMe is a super simple jailbreak tweak with one goal in mind—it allows you to add now-playing information to the iPhone’s status bar, such as album artist, and song title. PlayMe works well with the stock Music app, but it also plays nice with third-party applications like Spotify.

As you play music, PlayMe will rotate between the album artist name and the name of the song repeatedly. There are no options to configure to change the way the tweak displays the now-playing text, it’s totally an install and go affair. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the break for a closer look into how PlayMe works. Read More

 

Fleeting: an awesome jailbreak tool for speed reading

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 3, 2014

Fleeting is an Action Menu add-on that allows you to select a block of text for speed reading. It contains its own interface that displays one word from the block of text at a time in quick succession. It’s done in a way that makes the text entirely legible, even when moving at hundreds of words per minute.

If you’ve ever been intrigued by the idea of speed reading, then you should check out Fleeting. Have a glance inside at our full video walkthrough for more details.

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Auxo 2 review: one of the best jailbreak tweaks ever gets better

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 1, 2014

Auxo is dead.

Perhaps that’s what some of you thought last June, when you first saw Apple unveil iOS 7 at its 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference. You weren’t alone. Even Sentry, the tweak’s prolific designer, sat with a temporary moment of dejection as he watched Apple unveil its newest stride in mobile computing.

Less than a year later, Sentry is back, and he’s brought along QusicS, a skilled developer who’s helped him express a brand new take on a legendary tweak. Whereas the original version of Auxo gained popularity from its full app previews, Auxo 2 is much more of an evolutionary take on iOS 7′s App Switcher as a whole.

Ultimately, this has proved to be a wise decision, because Apple’s version of the App Switcher is nowhere near the limited mess that it was on firmwares below iOS 7. Auxo 2 is a serious refinement and feature-filled update, and I believe you’ll find that it significantly improves the process of switching apps.

We’ve been testing Auxo 2 since Saturday. Does it live up to the hype? Check out our full review and video walkthrough for the answer. Read More

 

How to enable five additional dynamic wallpapers in iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 31, 2014

Do you enjoy using iOS 7′s dynamic wallpaper feature? Would you like to get your hands on five additional wallpapers? If the answer to those questions was yes, then you definitely need to check out this jailbreak tweak.

HiddenWallpapers is a jailbreak tweak that’s available free on Cydia, and it unlocks five additional dynamic wallpapers for your iOS 7 device. Three of the wallpapers are admittedly a bit pedestrian, but there are two that I think are quite special. Have a look at our video after the break to see the new wallpapers in action.

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MathPass: use simple math problems to unlock your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 31, 2014

MathPass is an interesting new jailbreak tweak that’s perfect for those who are just beginning to learn multiplication, or for those who just want to stay alert and have a little fun doing it. MathPass asks you to answer simple multiplication problems from the Lock screen, with the product being the Passcode that will unlock your device.

For example, MathPass might ask: ten times one is? Your answer would then be 0010. It’s 0010 and not just 10, because you’re required to enter a four digit passcode in order to unlock your device. That’s pretty much the whole gist of MathPass in a nutshell; check out more detail inside. Read More

 

How to enable Facebook Chat Heads anywhere in iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 31, 2014

Facebook’s Chat Head feature is now available to use anywhere in iOS 7 thanks to a timely update to the well-received MessageBox tweak. If you can remember, MessageBox was the jailbreak release that allowed users to enjoy Chat Heads anywhere in iOS, not just in the default Facebook app.

Developer Adam Bell has updated MessageBox to play nice with iOS 7, freeing the Chat Heads feature from the confines of Facebook’s Paper app. Want to see how Chat Heads look in iOS 7? Step inside for our full video walkthrough. Read More

 

Ultrakam lets you shoot film-like 2K video on iPhone 5s

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2014

As you know, the iPhone 5s’s iSight camera can shoot full HD 1080p video (1,920-by-1,080 pixels) at 30 frames per second, as well as slow-motion clips at 120 frames per second at a reduced resolution of 1,280-by-720 pixels (720p). The back shooter can also take eight-megapixel stills at the image capture size of 3,264-by-2,448 pixels.

But what if the handset could take a series of stills in a rapid succession and stitch them together to form an ultra-resolution footage?

That’s what Ultrakam, a novel iPhone application by Hassan Uriostegui, does for you. Available in the App Store for $6.99 for a limited time, the software brings 2K film resolution to your iPhone 5s at 30 and 20 frames per second.

It also includes a handy film-like 24 frames per second preset and can automatically smooth rack-focus during recording. Read on for the full reveal… Read More

 

Cylinder: the Barrel-inspired jailbreak tweak now available on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

Cylinder—the jailbreak tweak inspired by Barrel—has been updated and listed on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. The tweak, which we previewed back in February, allows you to add various animation effects to the icons on your iPhone’s Home screen.

The awesome thing about Cylinder is that it allows users to create their own animations via special Lua scripts, and combine multiple animations by layering them on top of one another. Cylinder is a tweak that’s much deeper than it might seem on the surface. Check out our updated video walkthrough inside to learn more. Read More

 

How to remove the slide to unlock arrow on the Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

Have you ever wanted to remove the little arrow icon that resides to the left of the text on the Lock screen? Well, you can now do so by means a new jailbreak tweak entitled NoSTUArrow. As you may have already put together, the “STU” stands for slide to unlock.

Admittedly, this is one of the simplest jailbreak tweaks that you’ll find on the Cydia store, but that’s what’s wonderful about jailbreaking; there’s truly something there for everyone. Interested to see how NoSTUArrow works? Have a look at our video walkthrough inside. Read More

 

Recent ‘ProWidgets’ update adds a simple Grey theme

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

A few weeks ago, we reviewed ProWidgets—a tweak that I believe is amongst the best of jailbreak releases. The tweak by itself is very well done, but my sentiments were also based on ProWidgets’ potential with regard to expandability.

The version of ProWidgets that I reviewed didn’t include the simple grey theme that’s now available with the latest ProWidgets update. Although it’s not technically a third-party theme, this is one of the first big changes that we’ve seen to ProWidgets since our initial review. Have a look inside as we showcase the tweak’s simple grey theme on video. Read More

 

How to add a respring widget to ProWidgets

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

EasySpring for ProWidgets is one of the first, if not the first, add-ons for the ProWidgets jailbreak tweak. As you might have heard, I’m a pretty big fan of ProWidgets, not only due to its great design and functionality, but also due to the potential it has for third-party developers.

Although this initial add-on isn’t very exciting, it does show off how easy it is for developers to create good looking widgets. Have a glance past the break as we showcase to you EasySpring—the add-on that allows you to have your own custom respring widget. Read More

 

How to enable unlimited skips in iTunes Radio

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

iTunes Radio Unlimited has been available on Cydia for quite some time, but I just recently decided to give it a shot. Prior to this month, I’d only used iTunes Radio a handful of times, but I changed my tune while working on the ultimate Music app guide for iOS 7.

In that guide, I broke down every aspect of the stock Music app, which includes iTunes Radio. iTunes Radio is a nice feature, but the song skip limit, which keeps your skips per station to just six an hour, felt extremely limiting.

In steps iTunes Radio Unlimited. This jailbreak tweak gets rid of the skip limit and the iTunes Radio ads, even if you’re not an iTunes Match subscriber. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see how it works in action. Read More

 

How to disable “Cover Flow” in the iOS 7 Music app

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

The traditional Cover Flow feature that’s been a staple of the Music app for many years was finally retired in iOS 7. It was replaced with a cool new album art view that appears when placing your device into landscape orientation.

While the new-fangled Cover Flow view (I’ll just call it Cover Flow for lack of an official name) is pleasing to the eyes, some may find it to be an annoyance at best and a hinderance at worst. Needless to say, its usability is questionable, and it arguably places style over substance and convenience.

With that being said, there is a way outright prevent the Cover Flow view from being displayed when placing your device in landscape mode. The solution to the problem is a new jailbreak tweak entitled NoCoverFlow7. Read More

 

PowerDown Pro: add more options to the iPhone’s power down interface

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

PowerDown Pro is a jailbreak tweak that adds extra options to the power down screen that appears on your iPhone after holding the sleep button. Normally, this menu contains a single option—slide to power off—but with PowerDown Pro, three additional options are put into play.

Each of the available options—reboot, respring, safe mode, and shut down—can be accessed using swipe gestures on the red rectangle box found on the power down screen. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the jump to see how it works in action. Read More

 

Auxo 2 jailbreak tweak coming to Cydia April 2nd

By Cody Lee on Mar 30, 2014

Good news jailbreakers. The dev group A3 tweaks announced earlier today that Auxo 2, the highly anticipated sequel to their original jailbreak tweak, is nearing completion and should be ready for release sometime this week.

We first saw evidence of Auxo 2 at the beginning of the month, when the group’s UI designer Sentry posted a pair of 6-second video clips teasing some of the tweak’s features. And today, a much longer trailer has been posted… Read More

 

WSJ: Amazon working on free video streaming service

By Cody Lee on Mar 27, 2014

Much of the tech world seems to be infatuated with Office for iPad today, but I think what’s going on over at Amazon is more interesting. Not only is the company expected to unveil a new TV device next week, and working on Internet radio, but a new report claims it’s also building a Hulu-like service.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting this afternoon that Amazon is planning a free, ad-supported streaming service that will offer video content to all customers—not just Prime members. The outlet says the service could be used to stream original Amazon shows as well as other licensed programming… Read More

 

Popular PC game ‘Faster Than Light’ landing on iPad next week

By Cody Lee on Mar 27, 2014

Good news for gamers this afternoon, as it’s been announced that the popular PC/Mac title Faster Than Light will be making its way to the iPad next week. The developers announced the release date via the official FTL Twitter account, and said it will be accompanied by a free desktop content expansion pack.

For those who are unfamiliar with FTL, it’s a top-down, real-time strategy game that has players managing a crew and its faster-than-light spacecraft as it flies through multiple galaxy systems. In it, you’ll face off against rebel and other hostile forces, recruit new crew members and ensure your ship’s safety… Read More

 

How to add a rain effect to the iPhone’s Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2014

Rain Lock is a jailbreak tweak that lets you add custom “rain” effects to the iPhone’s Lock screen. The rain is really just text, which can be custom text or one of the two built-in text effects.

As you may have already figured out, Rain Lock isn’t the type of tweak that adds enhanced functionality to your iPhone, neither does it help you work smarter—it’s a tweak that’s unapologetically centered on visual flair. And that’s okay, because that’s what Rain Lock does well, and it gets it right for the most part. Mosey on inside for a look into how Rain Lock works via our hands-on video walkthrough… Read More

 

How to add a fake fingerprint sensor to iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2014

No, that wasn’t a typo. There’s a new jailbreak tweak available on Cydia that allows you to fake the functionality of a fingerprint scanner on your iOS 7 device. Geared towards folks without a Touch ID enabled device like the iPhone 5s, this tweak does its best to fake the security benefits of a fingerprint scanner.

If only it were possible to actually fake the security of the Touch ID sensor. Spoiler: it’s not. And as such, this tweak, ironically entitled Bio, falls squarely into the mix with other “joke” jailbreak tweaks used for comedic effect. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the jump to see Bio in action. Read More