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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Vine upgrades video quality to 720p

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2015

Vine, a service for sharing short 15-second looping clips, announced on Friday that it is finally upgrading video quality from a rather paltry 480p resolution to a more acceptable 720p.

“We’ve been working on technical upgrades that support Vines in higher quality,” the Twitter-owned company said. The 720p format offers a resolution of 1,280-by-720 pixels whereas the 480p standard tops out at 640-by-480 pixels. Read More

 

Meerkat 1.1 gains better search, in-app streaming alerts and other enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2015

Meerkat, an app which kicked off the live broadcasting craze by letting you stream live video from your iPhone to all of your Twitter followers at once, has released its first major update since its App Store debut a little more than two weeks ago.

The app is now more stable and user friendly and comes with nearly a dozen improvements related to searching, following other people, getting notified about their activity, discovering new streams and more. Read More

 

SetBack is a great way to revert to a preferred Home screen layout

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2015

One of the reasons why I’ve never been heavily into theme reviews is because of the time it takes to set up the theme and revert my Home screen configuration after testing. Many themes only support certain apps and app icons, hence, it requires a lot of app icon rearranging to aptly show off the theme in question.

I can’t remember where I read the comment, but an iDB commenter mentioned SetBack as a possible solution to my problems. It claims to allow you to restore your SpringBoard layout with ease. Yesterday, I tried SetBack for the first time, and he was right, it is the solution that I needed, and you might like it too. Read More

 

Android Wear meets the iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 26, 2015

Over the past few days, I’ve been working with developer MohammadAG to test his in-progress iOS-to-Android Wear application on the LG G Watch. This application, which has a ton of potential for both jailbreakers and non-jailbreakers, allows iOS to forward notifications to Android Wear devices. In the video that follows, I showcase some of the features that are in the current version of Mohammad’s new Android Wear APK. Read More

 

Twitter releases live-streaming app Periscope

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 26, 2015

Ever since Twitter shut down Meerkat, the popular live-streaming app that cleverly uses Twitter existing account and social graph infrastructure, it became clear that the micro-blogging startup was about to launch a similar service of its own.

Indeed, on Thursday the company announced immediate availability of Periscope, a live-streaming video service it acquired back in January.

The free iPhone app, like Meerkat, allows users to start live-streams from their device in an instant. Read More

 

How to troubleshoot Cydia refresh issues

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2015

From time to time, you may encounter a situation where Cydia will not stop “Reloading Data”. This usually has something to do with a bad repo, or a repo that may be unresponsive, offline, etc. If you have a lot of third-party repos added to Cydia, then the chances of you encountering this error increase. In this post, I’ll show you how to successfully troubleshoot this issue, and make it so that Cydia can successfully refresh. Read More

 
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