Twitter gives Periscope verified badges, Follower Only mode, new Global section and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2015

Twitter on Wednesday issued a second update to its live-broadcasting app on iOS, Periscope for iPhone. The new build brings an additional three new features along with a few enhancements and bug fixes making your experience more pleasing than before.

In addition to easier blocking and major scrolling improvements, a new Follower Mode can be now turned on before starting a broadcast to limit comments to only viewers that you follow. Read More

 

Video roundup: best Apple Watch features

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2015

In addition to a bunch of high-profile reviews of the Apple Watch and first unboxing videos of the device’s packaging, major outlets have also produced videos which highlight specific features of the wrist-worn device, such as health and fitness tracking, notifications, design and more.

Reading detailed reviews takes time so you may want to check out these videos first and save longform write-ups for weekend reading. Read More

 

How to use a secret Activator gesture to keep your Lock screen secure

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2015

Worried about unscrupulous individuals trying to unlock your device or accessing Control Center or Notification Center without your prior approval? If so, then Secret-Lock may interest you.

Secret-Lock is a recently released jailbreak tweak that freezes the iOS Lock screen until a secret Activator gesture is used. This allows you to secure the Lock screen and prevent swipes, and Control Center or Notification Center invocation gestures. Read More

 

CustomStatusBar: sanitize the iOS 8 status bar

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2015

CustomStatusBar is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to customize the status bar in iOS 8. Customization is limited to hiding items, but in a future update you will be able to rearrange items in the status bar as well.

We’ve taken CustomStatusBar for a spin on video, and we’ll show you how easy it is to clean up your iOS status bar in seconds. Read More

 

NCMeters: add customizable system vital meters to Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2015

NCMeters is a non-intrusive tweak for monitoring system vitals via Notification Center. It allows you to check CPU usage, memory and storage usage, and monitor both upload and download speeds.

NCMeters only runs when you have Notification Center open, so it’s not going to be overly taxing on system resources when going about your daily business. To ensure accuracy, data is collected using traditional command line tools.

Along with those basics, NCMeters features quite a bit of customization. Have a look at our video walkthrough and see for yourself. Read More

 

NoKeyPop: remove the keyboard pop-up animation when typing

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2015

Since touch screen keyboards lack the movement of physical keyboards, software keyboards use other tricks to help you to see how your touches interact with the on screen keyboard. One of the tricks often employed is the simple keyboard animation. Animations, combined with haptic feedback and sound, can provide enough sense of touch that typing is made easier

But what if you removed the keyboard animations altogether? What would the typing experience be like then? NoKeyPop is a jailbreak tweak that lets you do just that… Read More

 

EventOnStart: initiate events at system startup

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2015

EventOnStart is a new tweak that allows you to initiate events on system startup, which includes both resprings and traditional reboots. There are four events available to choose from: vibration, LED flash, sound, and a text message popup.

The headlining feature is without a doubt the startup sounds. In all, there are 42 sounds to choose from, with most of those sounds coming from the stock sound library featured in iOS. But there are couple of new sounds included that may pique your interest… Read More

 

How to run Android apps like WhatsApp and Instagram on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 5, 2015

ARC, or App Runtime for Chrome, is a tool that allows you to run many Android apps right on a desktop machine. For the most part, the apps look and function like they do on an Android phone or tablet.

Why is this so cool? Well, it means that you can now have access to whole variety of new apps. Some apps, like WhatsApp, have no native desktop counterpart, so it’s especially nice for apps like these.

While it isn’t a perfect 1:1 solution, and some apps outright don’t work, it’s worth trying if there’s an app that you want that isn’t otherwise available on the desktop. In this post and video, we’ll walk you through the steps of configuring Google’s ARC Welder tool, and show you how to run multiple applications as well.

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Apple takes you on ‘Guided Tours’ to teach you all about Apple Watch

By Cody Lee on Apr 3, 2015

Apple on Friday added a new ‘Guided Tours’ section to its Apple Watch website, offering an in-depth look at the device’s headlining features ahead of its April 24 launch. The page plays host to walk-through videos, which teach prospective customers how to take advantage of the Watch’s new interactions and technologies. Read More

 

Hexaclock is a Lock screen theme featuring a stylized clock

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 2, 2015

Looking for a way to spice up your iPhone’s Lock screen? If so, have a look at Hexaclock, a Lock screen theme that uses the GroovyLock theming platform.

Hexaclock brings a fully-stylized working clock to the Lock screen, and it can replace the stock Lock screen clock. We’ve taken Hexaclock for a spin on video in order to showcase it to you in action… Read More

 

Twitter’s Periscope app receives its first update with live broadcast improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 2, 2015

Twitter’s live-streaming software, Periscope, was released in the App Store a week ago and today the app has received its first feature update. Periscope 1.0.1 fixes issues with chat not working sometimes and addresses performance concerns when watching broadcasts with many users.

Now people you follow who are live-broadcasting appear at the top of your feed, allowing you to jump into the action with just a tap. Video streaming and in-app maps showing broadcaster’s location have been enhanced as well. Read More

 

Popular jailbreak tweak ‘Barrel’ updated with two new modes

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 1, 2015

If you’re a fan of Barrel, the well-known jailbreak tweak that brings animated transitions to the iOS SpringBoard, then you’ll be happy about this news. Today, it received an update that brings two new modes to the table. Introducing: Swirl and Whirlpool. Read More

 

Facebook launches Riff app to make videos with friends

By Jake Smith on Apr 1, 2015

Facebook has launched yet another standalone app, called Riff, that will give you and your friends the chance to go viral.

Riff, available to download on the iTunes App Store and what was born as a side project, is an app that allows you to create videos with friends. The goal is to see how far your video can spread, with your friends’ help.  Read More

 

CSources2 lets you manage, backup, and restore Cydia repos

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 31, 2015

CSources2 is a jailbreak app that’s helpful for anyone who adds third-party repos to Cydia. It allows you to manage and backup your third-party sources and even toggle them off without completely removing them.

Needless to say, for someone like me who has no less than a dozen third-party Cydia sources configured, CSources2 is a blessing. Have a look at our video walkthrough to see how it works, and why you might need it. Read More

 

The 10 best jailbreak tweaks for March 2015

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 31, 2015

March has been a stellar month for jailbreakers, as tons of new tweaks have arrived on the scene. But it’s not just the amount of tweaks that keeps us impressed, it’s the excellent quality.

In fact, it’s hard to remember a month that’s featured so many great releases. Especially so, has the end of this month been stellar when it comes to quality. Join us, as we showcase the top 10 jailbreak tweaks for the month of March. Read More

 

‘Return’ adds a recent apps launcher to Control Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2015

Developer William Vabrinskas, creator of jailbreak tweaks like Boxy and InstaURL, is back with a brand new tweak that’s sure to turn some heads. His new tweak is called Return, and although it’s not yet available on Cydia, it should be soon.

Return allows users to access recently used apps via a launcher placed at the top of the Control Center interface. Instead of wasting the available real estate, Return makes use of the empty area above Control Center by populating it with recently used apps. Read More

 

Multify is now available for download and comes with a new feature

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2015

Good news! Multify has just been released on Cydia. The highly anticipated tweak, which brings true multitasking to iOS 8, is available for purchase right now on Cydia’s BigBoss repo.

Since our last review of the tweak, some new changes have been included, headlined by a new auto expanding keyboard. How does this new keyboard feature work? Watch our new hands-on video for the details.

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OneHandWizard brings a slick one hand interface to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2015

Let’s face it—Reachability means well, but it’s just not ideal for long-term one hand usage. This is especially so if you’re using a large device like the iPhone 6 Plus. OneHandWizard is a new jailbreak tweak that solves this problem. It brings a true one hand mode to the iPhone that runs circles around any other solution that we’ve seen thus far. Read More

 

MultiDelete lets you easily delete multiple apps simultaneously

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 29, 2015

MultiDelete is a recently released tweak that lets you delete multiple apps at the same time. Instead of having to confirm every app deletion, MultiDelete lets you select all of the apps that you want to remove. If you need a quick way to clean up your iPhone’s SpringBoard, then this is one of the fastest ways to do so.  Read More

 

Auxo Legacy Edition: nothing beats an original

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 28, 2015

The wait is over; Auxo Legacy Edition has just touched down on Cydia. For those of you that purchased Auxo 2 or Auxo 3, Auxo Legacy Edition will cost $0.99. Everyone else is asked to pay $1.99 to join in on the fun.

And fun it is.

While I liked the sequels to the original Auxo, neither of them felt as cool to me as the original version—a tweak that arguably laid the groundwork for the modern App Switcher that we enjoy today on iOS. Auxo Legacy Edition, Auxo LE hereafter, brings the well-liked card preview interface back to iOS 8 with a modern look and new features.

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