Kids react to Apple II: ‘too much pixelation’, ‘where’s the mouse’ and ‘I don’t get the 1970s’

By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2014

The Fine Brothers (Benny and Rafi Fine) have made a name for themselves with their popular React video series, comprised of shows like Kids React, Teens React, Elders React and YouTubers React.

In the latest episode of the Kids React show, today’s generation of 6-13-year-olds get confused by an Apple II, one of the first mass-produced computers designed primarily by Steve Wozniak… Read More


‘AltKeyboard 2′ is a great sequel to the original keyboard enhancing tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on May 25, 2014

AltKeyboard 2 is a follow-up to the uber-popular A3tweaks release, AltKeyboard. It is perhaps only surpassed in expectation by the brand’s Auxo 2, which released earlier this year to much anticipation.

The rumblings about an iOS 7 compatible version of AltKeyboard have seemingly been around since iOS 7 was first jailbroken, or maybe even before that. Needless to say, AltKeyboard is one of the most popular jailbreak tweaks in the community.

It’s understandable why the tweak proves to be so popular. iOS’ stock keyboard is extremely small on the iPhone, and lacks any features like “swyping,” or a 5th row of keys. Because the iPhone has pretty-much maintained its diminutive form factor throughout its lifespan, there’s just not a lot of room for keyboard expansion when it comes to literally increasing the size of the keys or the number of available keys available on screen at once.

With that in mind, AltKeyboard 2 builds on the same formula that made the original release such a success. It adds functionality to the stock keyboard without increasing its size. Have a look at our full walkthrough of AltKeyboard 2 after the jump.
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‘ActiveBoard’ helps you easily identify running applications

By Jeff Benjamin on May 23, 2014

The just released ActiveBoard is the successor to iOS 6’s ActiveDock jailbreak tweak. It allows you to quickly identify active applications without opening the App Switcher.

The tweak, which is again designed by Surenix and developed by Filippo Bigarella, is a bit more ambitious than its predecessor. Whereas ActiveDock only applied to the applications running in the iOS 6 dock, ActiveBoard, as its name so implies, can influence all app icons on the entire iOS 7 SpringBoard.

Not only does ActiveBoard identify running applications, but it can help you to quickly identify apps with awaiting notifications. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the break to see ActiveBoard in motion. Read More


Apex 2 brings iOS 7 compatibility to the popular app-grouping tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on May 23, 2014

Apex 2 is the sequel to the original jailbreak tweak, which allowed users to group app icons in folder-like structures. The update, which is compatible with iOS 7, was just released today.

Like its predecessor, Apex 2 allows users to group up to four additional sub-apps to a primary app icon. Each sub-app can be revealed by performing a swipe up, swipe down, or double-tap gesture on the primary icon.

We got our hands on the final build of Apex 2, and like always, we’ve created a video walkthrough for your enjoyment. Have a look inside to see what makes Apex 2 tick.
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Bulb: add a status bar indicator for the iPhone’s LED flashlight

By Jeff Benjamin on May 18, 2014

The flashlight toggle in Control Center was a great addition to iOS 7, but it always baffled me why Apple didn’t place some sort of indicator in the status bar to tell you when the flash was active. Obviously, most people can see when the flash is on, but there are certain circumstances that one can encounter, which would make such an indicator useful.

What about when you sit your phone down on a table with the LED flash covered? It’s possible that the iPhone’s battery could die due to the flash being on for a long period of time. I know that may seem far-fetched, but it has happened to the developer of this tweak, and it has happened to me on a few occasions.

Bulb is a jailbreak tweak that will help make users more aware of the status of the LED flash. It places a lightbulb indicator in the status bar whenever the flash is active. Have a look at our video walkthrough for more info. Read More


How to easily search the contents of the stock Settings app

By Jeff Benjamin on May 18, 2014

As a recent Galaxy S5 adopter, one of the features that I immediately appreciated was the ability to perform a search within the phone’s Settings. Granted, Samsung is notorious for packing its phones with so many settings that a search is almost a requirement, but it’s still a nice feature to have.

Needless to say, ever since I laid my hands on the GS5, I’ve been wanting for a similar feature on iOS. Well, that feature arrived just a few minutes ago, and it’s, unsurprisingly, brought to us by the prolific developer Ryan Petrich.

SearchSettings is a new jailbreak tweak available on Ryan’s beta repo, and like on the GS5, you can perform searches within the settings app. Have a look at our video demo of the tweak in action after the fold. Read More


WallCycler: get fresh wallpaper every time you unlock your device

By Jeff Benjamin on May 18, 2014

WallCycler is a new jailbreak tweak that recently appeared on Ryan Petrich’s beta repo. It’s a tweak that allows you to cycle wallpaper each time you unlock your device, or cycle manually using an Activator gesture.

There is no preference panel for WallCycler, but the tweak can be enabled by visiting Settings > Wallpaper & Brightness > Choose Wallpaper, and selecting an album. After doing so, you’ll receive a pop-up box asking you if you’d like to cycle the photos in the chosen album.

We’ve take WallCycler for a spin on video. Have a look at our demonstration after the jump. Read More


InTube: download and import videos directly from YouTube

By Jeff Benjamin on May 18, 2014

InTube is a tweak that allows you to easily download HD or SD videos directly from the official YouTube app, and it will automatically import the videos into the stock Music and stock Video apps in iOS. If you’re an avid fan of YouTube, then InTube is an awesome jailbreak tweak that you should check out immediately.

The really great thing about InTube is that all of the downloading and importing is done seamlessly and automatic. Once you invoke the download, which appears via a clean looking button inside of the YouTube app, the entire process will complete itself. Have a look at our video after the break for our step-by-step walkthrough. Read More


SlideCut: an innovative keyboard shortcut tweak for jailbroken iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on May 18, 2014

SlideCut is a brand new jailbreak tweak from developer r_plus. Whenever I see this developer’s name behind a tweak, it piques my interest, because they’re usually innovative and fun to use. SlideCut is no different.

SlideCut allows you to slide from your spacebar key to any shortcut key to execute an action. For example, you can slide from the spacebar to the ‘A’ key to select all, or slide from the keyboard to the ‘C’ key to copy the highlighted text.

We’ve got a full video walkthrough of SlideCut in action. Have a look inside to see how it works. Read More


Supercharge Safari with Canopy for iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on May 18, 2014

Where do I start? That’s the first thing that you’ll probably think to yourself after installing Canopy for iOS 7. The original Canopy succeeded in supercharging Safari, filling it with tons of practical new features, and this new version of Canopy for iOS 7 does likewise.

How does adding open in Chrome support sound? Or what about a quick paste and go option like Chrome for the desktop? How about adding quick translation features or accessing recently closed pages? You can do all of that with Canopy for iOS 7 and more. Read More


AlbumSnapper: create and manually select albums right from the Camera app

By Jeff Benjamin on May 17, 2014

Have you ever faced the need to create an album or filter photos to a specific album right from the Camera app? If you’re a frequent photo taker, or a frequent traveller, you’ve likely faced such a need.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could designate a photo for a specific album before you even take the photo? Wouldn’t it be cool if you could create a new album on the fly, right from the comforts of the Camera app?

A new upcoming jailbreak tweak from developer Brandon Sachs allows you to do just that. AlbumSnapper is a wonderful addition to the stock Camera app, and frankly, I don’t see why this isn’t a native Camera app feature to begin with. Check inside for the full walkthrough. Read More


How to add LG-inspired ‘knock’ gestures to Activator

By Jeff Benjamin on May 17, 2014

The LG-inspired KnockOn feature seems to be a big hit amongst the jailbreak community. We’ve already seen Elias Limneos’ KnockOn inspired tweak called SmartTap, and now we have Knock.

Knock is an Activator add-on that adds two new gestures to the mix: the ability to knock on (hard tap) the sides of the iPhone or the front and back of the iPhone. Knock uses the device’s accelerometer to detect knocks, and a lot of work has been put into its development to prevent false positives. Have a look at our video demonstration for more details. Read More


How to add a step counter to the iPhone 5s Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on May 17, 2014

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could have a pedometer right on the Lock screen? Some phones, notably the Samsung Galaxy S5, already allow you to do this. Now you can do the same thing on your iPhone 5s courtesy of a new jailbreak tweak.

The tweak, which is aptly entitled LSStepCount, is a beta release that places a pedometer count right on the Lock screen and in the status bar. It’s a beta tweak, so it definitely needs some TLC from a design perspective, but it works. Check out our video walkthrough of the tweak after the jump. Read More


15-year-old creates iPhone-powered stethoscope

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2014

This is so cool. An inventor from Seattle who is just fifteen years old has created a working stethoscope powered by the iPhone. He is calling it Steth IO and went to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as part of the show’s ‘Fallonventions’ segment to showcase the innovative accessory.

He says that the Steth IO works with an iPhone or Android smartphone and uses a special case to direct the sounds of a beating heart to the handset’s mic… Read More


How to add a live word counter to the stock Notes app

By Jeff Benjamin on May 15, 2014

Prolific jailbreak developer Julian Weiss is quickly ascending the ranks as one of my favorite members of the community. He continues to release tweak after tweak, and many of them prove to be useful just like this one. NotesCounter is his latest addition to Cydia, and as is the case with many of his releases, it’s a simple yet effective jailbreak tweak.

As its name implies, NotesCounter adds a simple word counter to the Notes app interface. It’s accomplished in a way that’s good-looking without bringing unnecessary attention to itself. Have a look at our full video walkthrough of NotesCounter after the jump. Read More


PopShare: share text from the copy and paste menu

By Jeff Benjamin on May 15, 2014

PopShare is a recently released jailbreak tweak that acts as an add-on to Ryan Petrich’s Action Menu. Action Menu is the legendary tool that adds a ton of extra features, including the ability to create add-ons like PopShare, to the copy and paste menu.

The idea behind PopShare is that you can highlight specific text and quickly share that text using iOS’ built-in sharing sheet. As an idea, PopShare is a good jailbreak tweak. Unfortunately, ideas don’t always translate into success, especially on the very first try. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see what I mean…

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How to integrate Google Cloud Print natively within iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on May 12, 2014

If you ever listen to our Let’s Talk iOS podcast, you’re probably keenly aware of my paperless lifestyle. As a huge Evernote proponent, I make it a habit of avoiding hoarding lots of unnecessary papers. But every now and then, even I am forced to print out a document or two. It happens just rarely enough to make it extremely annoying, and my annoyance is compounded by the fact I don’t own an AirPrint compatible printer.

As someone who is slowly integrating their way back into the Google ecosystem, I decided to give Google’s Cloud Print service a try. Google Cloud Print is basically the Google equivalent of AirPrint with some notable differences here and there. But for all intents and purposes, people use Google Cloud Print for the same reason that people use AirPrint—they want to print wirelessly from a wirelessly connected device.

It goes without saying that Google Cloud Print support is a feature that hasn’t been, and probably never will be, included in stock iOS. But that’s okay, because there is a jailbreak tweak that will allow you to just that. Check inside for the full video walkthrough. Read More


‘Almpoum’ adds more options for screenshot taking

By Jeff Benjamin on May 11, 2014

Almpoum is a jailbreak tweak for frequent screenshot takers. As you might have guessed, this is the type of tweak that bloggers, or anyone else that documents aspects of iOS, may find handy.

With Almpoum enabled, users can be prompted whenever a screenshot is attempted. The prompt contains several options—save the shot to the Photo Library, copy it to the clipboard, do both, or outright cancel the screenshot.

We’ve recorded a video walkthrough to showcase the different facets of Almpoum inside. Take a look after the break for all of the details. Read More


KeyShortcut Pro: add real keyboard shortcuts to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on May 10, 2014

KeyShortcut Pro was just released on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, and it’s worthy of your consideration, especially if you’re a heavy typer. This is the pro version of the tweak that allows you to use real keyboard shortcuts in iOS.

KeyShortcut Pro makes it so that you can hold the ‘A’ button to select all, the ‘C’ button to copy, and the ‘V’ button to paste. You can also do things like cut, undo, and redo. The pro version of KeyShortcut adds a few additional options to the mix, which are not seen in the original. Check out our full video inside to see what I mean… Read More


QuickCam: take photos from anywhere with this new jailbreak tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on May 9, 2014

Have you ever found yourself using an app, and at that very moment, you came upon a picture-taking opportunity? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve missed a great picture just because I couldn’t switch to the Camera app quickly enough.

A new jailbreak tweak aims to eliminate the “shutter-shock” syndrome that’s been responsible for tons of missed photo masterpieces. QuickCam is a Cydia release that makes it possible to invoke a camera overlay on top of the current running app by means of an Activator gesture. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside for the details. Read More

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