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

 

Review: ProWidgets

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 19, 2014

One of the most highly anticipated jailbreak tweaks to surface in some time has been released on Cydia. I’m, of course, referring to ProWidgets—a brand new jailbreak tweak that we previewed extensively last week. To celebrate its release, we’re bringing you our hands-on review.

ProWidgets is a release that we discussed in-depth on today’s episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak as well. Be sure to have a listen to hear Sebastien, Cody’s, and I talk about the pluses and minuses of the tweak.

Without further ado, step inside to read our take on the final version of ProWidgets. We’ll show you what makes the tweak so compelling, and why the future is even more exciting. Read More

 

How to add quick compose widgets to Control Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 16, 2014

Compose—the jailbreak tweak that allows you to add quick compose widgets to iOS—has been updated for iOS 7. In prior versions of the tweak, the quick compose widgets appeared in Notification Center, but with iOS 7, the compose widgets have been relocated to Control Center.

The iOS 7 version of Compose features a bevy of quick compose shortcuts for apps like Tweetbot, BBM, WhatsApp, and more. It’s a great tweak for quickly accessing the composition assets for many of your favorite App Store apps. To catch a glimpse of how Compose works on iOS 7, take a look at our video walkthrough past the break. Read More

 

ProWidgets: a groundbreaking widget suite with multitasking features

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 11, 2014

Cydia has been the originating point for lots of groundbreaking ideas over the years. Copy and paste originated here, card-based app switchers began here as well. And let’s not forget Notification Center and Control Center — each had its roots firmly planted in Cydia before debuting in stock iOS.

It goes without saying that Apple has been keen on seeing many of the developments unfold by some of the brilliant minds that make up the jailbreak community. It’s even hired ones because of the work they’ve done with jailbreak apps and tweaks, and iOS hacking in general.

Today, we’re happy to reveal the next big blockbuster tweak for jailbroken iPhones and iPads. Hopefully, it will help generate ideas for Apple’s next big feature in iOS. Today, we’d like to introduce to you a brand new upcoming tweak called ProWidgets. We’ve got the very first exclusive hands-on coverage of ProWidgets, and we think you’ll agree with us when we say it’s one of the best looking jailbreak tweaks we’ve seen in some time… Read More

 

How to add ‘TypographyTime’ to Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 8, 2013

If you’re a fan of the legendary TypographyTime lock screen add-on for LockInfo, then perhaps you’ll be interested in adding a TypographyTime clone to Notification Center? That’s the exact premise behind TypographyTime for Notification Center, a jailbreak widget that adds a stylized clock to iOS’ pull down information panel.

We’ve taken some, ahem, time to go hands-on with the widget. Check inside for the full video walkthrough showcasing all of the pertinent details… Read More

 

Add a standalone calendar widget to Notification Center with ‘CalendarX’

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 16, 2013

CalendarX is a recently released jailbreak tweak that serves as a widget for Notification Center. It’s a very interesting tweak that can be enabled by using the standard Notifications panel in the stock Settings app. The thing that makes CalendarX so unique is that it is a standalone self contained calendar app that doesn’t rely on any outside functionality. In fact, none of the calendars or events that you setup within CalendarX will be displayed in the stock Calendar app or vice versa. Again, think standalone here. Depending on your outlook, that could be perceived as either a positive or a negative. Have a look past the break as I go more in-depth with CalendarX on video. Read More

 

Apple was right, widgets just ain’t cool

By Oliver Haslam on Apr 6, 2013

Without a doubt, one of the biggest differences between iOS and Android is its fundamental handling of information. Google decided to allow widgets onto a phone’s Home screen so that, theoretically, users would have the information they need right at their fingertips. Apple, on the other hand, has doggedly stuck to its guns over the years, with iOS remaining a collection of app icons rather than live widgets.

Over the years there have been plenty of arguments amongst those in the tech community as to which was the best way to go. Android users will repeatedly point to widgets as one of the main reasons they prefer their phones over the iPhone or even one of the Windows Phone handsets. Sitting halfway between iOS and Android, Windows Phone features live tiles that offer up information from the phone’s Home screen a la widgets, but that’s just not enough for some. It’s widgets or nothing, man, and that’s the way it is.

But iOS users can have their cake and eat it. They can have widgets on their home screens just like Android users, whilst still having that iPhone they so love. But the real question is: should they? Even if they should, I’d argue that fewer people actually would than we might think… Read More

 

Customize your Lock screen with widgets and more with LockHTML 2

By Cody Lee on Mar 31, 2013

Folks who are fans of the LockHTML jailbreak tweak will be happy to hear that version 2 is now available. The tweak, which is developed by Busche, hit Cydia last week with new code, new features and a number of improvements.

For those unfamiliar with LockHTML, it is (was?) a jailbreak utility that allows you to customize the appearance of your Lock screen with a clock-hider and themeable HTML widgets. And version 2.0 adds a host of new options…  Read More

 

‘Tap to Widgets’ brings shortcuts for Notes, Reminders, and Calendar to Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 18, 2013

Tap to Widgets is a jailbreak tweak, which brings Reminders, Notes, and Calendar shortcuts to iOS’ Notification Center. Tap to Widgets allows you to easily add an item to any of these apps without having to fully open the app in question.

The tweak even lends the ability to add items to specific accounts, such as a different Calendar, or Reminders List. This is a beautifully designed tweak that functions just as you might imagine it might if Apple were behind it. Take a look inside as we walk you through each aspect of Tap to Widgets in our hands-on video. Read More

 

Quickly snap photos from Notification Center with Kamera

By Mike Schnier on Feb 11, 2013

Do you hate it when you’re trying to take a picture, you load up the Camera app, and the wrong camera is active? In photography, every moment counts and the delay in fiddling with camera modes could cost you that perfect shot.

Kamera is a Notification Center shortcut for the native Camera overlay in iOS 5 and 6, allowing you to take pictures from anywhere. What makes Kamera special is it allows you to start the overlay with either the front or rear camera active, depending on the button pressed… Read More

 

Concept video shows widgets the way Apple should implement them

By Sébastien Page on Nov 1, 2012

If you’ve had an Android device in your hands before, you’ve likely noticed they usually come with widgets for just about anything. As a matter of fact, when I reviewed the Nexus 7 a few months ago, I noted that widgets were definitely one of the strong points of the tablet. Of course, jailbreakers are no strangers to widgets: Dashboard X is an example of how widgets can be implemented in a very tasteful way on iOS.

Visual and UI designer Max Rudberg recently took it upon himself to imagine another way widgets could work on iOS. The result is quite amazing, and in all honesty, I believe Apple should really take note of Rudberg’s concept. Have a look for yourself… Read More

 

Dashboard X 2.0 now available in Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 29, 2012

The major upgrade to Dashboard X that we previewed last week is now available in Cydia. Dashboard X 2.0 brings a whole slew of new features to the popular widget tool, including resizable widgets, and independent orientation for both landscape and portrait mode.

Even better is the fact that Dashboard X 2.0 is a free upgrade for existing users, and $1.99 for new users. Head over to Cydia’s ModMyi repo to download it now, and be sure to let us know what you think about it in the comments section.

 

5 things iOS can learn from Android

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 27, 2012

It’s no secret that both Sebastien and I purchased Nexus 7 devices from Google. We may have differing reasons for our purchases, but one reason we share in common is the desire to see how Google is performing in the tablet space. This is especially so with the Nexus, since it’s the flagship that’s guaranteed to run stock Android with no additives or preservatives.

The Nexus 7 is the first Nexus device I’ve owned, and I’ve come away quite impressed; read my thoughts on the Nexus 7 for more details on that. I’ve even been able to identify a few things that Google is doing well, and that Apple could stand to learn from. Items like widgets, and offline dictation, to name just a few… Read More

 

Dashboard X 2.0 makes adding widgets to your Home screen even easier

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 22, 2012

The original Dashboard X was a fairly monumental tweak for jailbroken iOS devices, because it brought true widgets to the iPhone and iPad’s Home screen.

Dashboard X 2.0, the follow up to the hit release, is aiming to build on all of the things the original Dashboard X did well, while fixing the things it didn’t do so well.

This time around you can resize widgets using pinch gestures, and you can position widgets on both portrait and landscape orientations independently of one another.

Simply put, this is an awesome follow up to an already great jailbreak tweak. Check inside for the full video walkthrough… Read More

 

This tweak lets you add Notification Center widgets to your Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 12, 2012

The Lock screen has been the subject of many jailbreak tweaks over the years, and it continues to be just as popular as it was in the beginning.

Case in point — LockWee — a tweak that allows you to swipe aside your Lock screen clock to reveal various Notification Center widgets of your choosing. Full details on video ahead… Read More

 

How to search Cydia from Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 10, 2012

There’s a new widget available that allows you to initiate a Cydia search via a Notification Center widget, and it’s appropriately titled Cydia-SearchNC.

This free download can be enabled via the Notifications panel in the Settings app, and doing so creates a handy search field directly in Notification Center.

Check out our video walkthrough that showcases how this jailbreak widget performs, after the break… Read More

 

How to add the iOS 6 Twitter Widget to iOS 5

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 23, 2012

Now that iOS 6 has official built-in widgets for both Twitter and Facebook updates, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to replicate those same widgets on iOS 5? Apparently that’s the same thought the developer of iOS 6 Twitter Widget had when creating his tweak. This widget, as its name so plainly alludes to, allows you to have an exact replica of the iOS 6 Twitter widget on lesser firmware.

Take a look inside for the full video walkthrough… Read More

 

Jukebox now available on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 3, 2012

Jukebox — the Dashboard X and Notification Center compatible music widget — is now available for download on Cydia. As you no doubt saw in our walkthrough, Jukebox is an awesome music widget that can be used to directly manipulate your Music app from the convenience of your Home screen.

One of my complaints with Jukebox was that it currently only supports the stock Music app, but the good news is that support for 3rd party music apps like Pandora and Spotify is in the works. Check out our full coverage of the tweak, and be sure to head over to Cydia’s BigBoss repo where it can be had for $0.99.

 

Jukebox adds an awesome music widget to Dashboard X and Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on May 28, 2012

Jukebox is an upcoming Notification Center widget that also does double duty as a Dashboard X widget. Its purpose is to allow you to control your music from literally anywhere, which is primarily attributed to its flexibility as both a Notification Center widget, while at the same time maintaining a spot on your Home screen.

The initial release of Jukebox will only feature integration with the stock Music app, but the developer is hard at work at making it play nice with 3rd party music apps like Spotify and Pandora. Besides this one obvious shortcoming, Jukebox is shaping up to be a top tier Notification Center widget, and by far the best Dashboard X widget yet… Read More

 
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