Watch Bentley’s second ‘Intelligent Details’ film, shot and edited on latest iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on May 15, 2015

Last year, car maker Bentley produced a documentary video to promote its $300,000 Mulsanne, using specialized accessories and a few App Store apps to shoot and edit the promotional film entirely on the iPhone 5s and iPads.

Now Bentley has upgraded to the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets to shoot a new short film, officially part of Bentley’s ‘Intelligent Details’ series, with a little help from stabilized camera systems, professional lenses and filters and apps like FiLMiC Pro. Read More

 

YouTube testing iOS app redesign with small subset of users

By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2015

Google has been testing a revamped version of its YouTube application for the iPhone and iPad with a small subset of users, Abdiel Ortiz and Sebastien Debaenst noted on Twitter. This isn’t necessarily new as some folks have been talking about YouTube’s iOS overhaul for over a month now.

What is new, however, is a detailed hands-on video put together by Tech Invasion which gives us a first look at the new software centered on Material Design, Google’s design language guiding software development across mobile, desktop and the web. Read More

 

AquaBoard for iOS 8 brings OpenGL-based water effects to your SpringBoard

By Jeff Benjamin on May 12, 2015

It seems like every few months, Elias Limneos steps up to the plate to bring us something awesome. Even during a “jailbreak drought”, such as the one we’re currently experiencing, Limneos doesn’t hesitate to put out a great release.

AquaBoard for iOS 8 is the latest such release, and it is a follow up to previous versions of AquaBoard for iOS 5, iOS 6 and iOS 7. Needless to say, AquaBoard has been around for quite some time, and now, even first time jailbreakers get to taste (or is that drink?) the goodness that is AquaBoard. Read More

 

How to make Apple Watch app icons bigger and easier to tap

By Jeff Benjamin on May 10, 2015

We’re still working our way through all of the Apple Watch settings for our complete Apple Watch Guide, but here’s something that Reddit user ineedlesssleep stumbled upon that I found particularly useful.

By turning on the Reduce Motion option in the Apple Watch preferences, you can make all of the app icons on your Apple Watch Home screen the same size. This means that all of the app icons will be big just like the app icons in the middle of the interface, and thus will be just as easy to tap.

I find that this option makes the Home Screen on Apple Watch simpler, as everything is larger and more consistent across the board. Watch our video demonstration inside to see what I mean. Read More

 

GMYLE Book Case for iPhone 6 Plus review: fake it ’til you make it

By Jeff Benjamin on May 10, 2015

The original BookBook case for the iPhone 4 was a trendsetter and one of my favorite iPhone accessories ever. Unfortunately, the version for the iPhone 5 didn’t hold up nearly as well for me, and started coming apart at the seams after just a few months. With the BookBook case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Twelve South appears to be back at their winning ways with some innovative new features.

Due to the company’s success, it’s not surprising that several copycat cases have surfaced online. One such case, the GMYLE Book Case, is a shameless copy of Twelve South’s popular case line. In fact, it’s so shameless that my curiosity got the best of me, and I had to order one. Read More

 

Spotify could move into video later this month as Apple targets streaming music

By Christian Zibreg on May 8, 2015

Spotify, the world’s leading music-streaming service with sixty million listeners on a free tier and fifteen million accounts on its $9.99 per month tier, could start integrating video into its service as early as this month, according to a report published Friday by The Wall Street Journal.

A video-streaming service should complement Spotify’s music platform. The company reportedly has the likes of Facebook and YouTube in its sight, the latter working on a paid subscription service of its own.

Google’s Music Key allows Play Music subscribers to watch ad-free music videos on YouTube and Jay Z’s Tidal includes access to music videos in its subscription and will soon live-stream concerts and related events to users. Rdio briefly experimented with video, too, but pulled that service over lack of interest.

Earlier today, the privately owned Swedish startup sent out invites for a May 20 press event in New York City ahead of Apple’s Beats Music relaunch at WWDC next month.

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NotiAction: launch Activator actions based on notification keywords

By Jeff Benjamin on May 6, 2015

NotiAction is an innovative new jailbreak tweak that does something particularly cool—it lets you launch any Activator action by means of keywords found in incoming iOS notifications. You can designate up to 10 keywords with wildcards in the tweak’s settings, and allow NotiAction to listen for those particular keywords. If a valid keyword is found, then the corresponding Activator action is automatically launched. Have a look at our video walkthrough for a demonstration of NotiAction. Read More

 

Andrios is now available for download on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on May 6, 2015

Andrios, the jailbreak tweak that brings some awesome Android-inspired features to iOS, was our top item on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak. It’s rare when a tweak gets the thumbs up from Cody, Sebastien, and I, but Andrios was able to pull off that impressive feat.

Since our initial review aired, I’ve received numerous emails, tweets, and messages about Andrios and its launch. After a slight delay, I’m happy to tell you that the tweak is now available for purchase and download from Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Read More

 

How to quickly return to the last used app on Apple Watch

By Jeff Benjamin on May 6, 2015

The Apple Watch contains a really cool feature that even the iPhone doesn’t have: it allows you to quickly return to the last used app, and makes it possible to quickly switch between two applications directly.

By double-pressing the Digital Crown in quick succession, you can quickly revert to the last used app or watch face in a flash. I think you’ll agree that this is a tip that will prove to be useful in the longterm, because it’s the closest thing to an App Switcher that we have on Apple Watch. Read More

 

Aspectus brings a Music control interface to Reachability

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

If you’re not a big proponent of Reachability, then perhaps this new jailbreak tweak will at least convince you to use it, even if it’s not the way that Apple intended it to be used. Aspectus is a recently released jailbreak tweak that brings a beautiful music control interface to the iPhone’s Reachability view.

Even if you’re using a device that doesn’t support Reachability, Aspectus will work with Activator in order to provide access to the tweak. Read our walkthrough for more details as to how it looks and how it works. Read More

 

Muswitch: a jailbreak tweak that places music controls in the App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

App Switcher tweaks seem to be all the rage these days, so it’s not surprising to see a tweak like Muswitch pop up on Cydia. Muswitch, as its name hints to, allows you to place music controls in the iOS 8 App Switcher.

These Music controls replace the contact shortcuts that normally reside above the cards found in the App Switcher. Watch our video walkthrough for more details. Read More

 

CCSwipe adds customizable swipe zones to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

CCSwipe is a recently released tweak that replaces the standard Control Center swipe gesture with a gesture that invokes the App Switcher, and a gesture that takes you to the Home screen.

By itself, CCSwipe isn’t mind-blowing, but its preference panel contains an innovative features that I feel is worth some praise. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see what it I mean. Read More

 

How to add an old school combination lock to the iOS Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

Combination Lock, a brand new jailbreak tweak that just recently touched down on Cydia, makes me feel a bit nostalgic. It takes me back to my high school days when I used to use a combination lock for my school locker. It’s been so long since I’ve used one of those locks, but this new jailbreak tweak resuscitates the experience.

If you’re looking to add a little flair to the iOS Lock screen, then you should take Combination Lock for a spin (pun intended). Have a look at our video walkthrough to see what I mean. Read More

 

PhotoSize lets you quickly calculate the size of items in the stock Photos app

By Jeff Benjamin on May 4, 2015

PhotoSize is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to quickly calculate the size of photos, videos, and screenshots selected in the stock Photos app. The tweak is capable of calculating the size of a single photo, video or screenshot, and it’s also capable of calculating the size of multiple items as well. Have a look at our video walkthrough to see PhotoSize in action. Read More

 

Review: Logitech MX Master – a good choice for OS X users?

By Jeff Benjamin on May 4, 2015

The Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse has been at the top of my must-try list ever since it came out. Debuting to glowing reviews, and statements of increased productivity, I had to try this mouse out to see if it would help my workflow on OS X. Does it live up to my high expectations? Check out our review for more details. Read More

 

How to complete various actions hands-free on Apple Watch

By Jeff Benjamin on May 4, 2015

You may have noticed that while using Siri, the Apple Watch interface presents on screen buttons that you have to tap with your finger to confirm commands. While this is doable in a lot of circumstances, it takes away from the hands-free element that’s necessary in many situations.

At times, it’s simply impossible to physically tap a button on the Apple Watch to confirm a command, and that’s where using the Hey Siri hands-free assistant to its full potential can come in handy. In fact, it’s totally possible to send text messages, establish calendar events, set reminders, and more without touching your Apple Watch.

Yes, despite what the Apple Watch interface may lead you to think, you can use Siri completely hands-free in quite a few scenarios. Watch our hands-on video for the details. Read More

 

GroupMe separates regular Messages app conversations from group conversations

By Jeff Benjamin on May 4, 2015

Do you find your Messages app to be too cluttered? Perhaps it’s the mix of group messages combined with normal one-on-one messages that make sit feel that way.

GroupMe is a new jailbreak tweak that can go a long ways towards decluttering the Messages app. It separates group messages from regular messages using tabs at the bottom of the Messages app interface. Watch our video walkthrough for a thorough explanation. Read More

 

Andrios: an Android-inspired experience for iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on May 1, 2015

Andrios has been a hot topic for jailbreakers as of late. The upcoming tweak, which should be touching down any second now on Cydia, brings many Android-inspired features to iOS.

The developers of Andrios, BrandDev & Logan O’Connell, have worked hard to make the tweak’s tag line live up to the final product. Does it succeed in doing so? Read More

 

Hands-on video compares size of alleged iPad Pro cases with iPad Air 2

By Cody Lee on May 1, 2015

Popular YouTube channel Unbox Therapy on Friday posted a hands-on video with 2 alleged iPad Pro cases, comparing them in size and design with the iPad Air 2. The clip gives you a good idea of how much bigger the rumored 12-inch iPad would be than the current 9.7-inch model.

Additionally, the cases add weight to the accuracy of previous industrial renderings and case leaks. Despite the fact that they come from different manufacturers, and are made up of different materials, they’re identical to both each other and many past cases in terms of size and features. Read More

 

This is not an Apple video, and Jony Ive is not narrating it

By Sébastien Page on May 1, 2015

Samsung’s latest video about the “advanced design and digital craftsmanship of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge” feels like déjà vu. Read More

 
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