App Picks of the Week: NoSpot, Grades, Witness

Every week, we select a few apps that catch our eye. These apps can be from the App Store, web apps, or jailbreak apps.

This week, we have a nifty jailbreak tweak for disabling Spotlight, an App Store app, and another iOS companion app for the Mac. Hope you enjoy this week’s picks!



Are you sick of the Spotlight search feature in iOS? Apple intended for Spotlight to be helpful, but it can be annoying when you accidentally swipe to the search page on the iPhone’s home screen.

If your iPhone is jailbroken, you have the ability to disable Spotlight search with a free Cydia tweak called NoSpot.

NoSpot does one thing and one thing well: getting rid of Spotlight. Installing NoSpot will remove the extra search page on the far left of the iPhone’s home screen. Clean and simple.



If you are or ever have been a student, you realize how difficult it can be to keep up with your classes. Grades has been a popular education app of choice for quite some time, and version 2.0 debuted this past week with some great new features.

Grades aims at making you a more successful student by helping you track you classes in a handy and easy way. To celebrate the 2.0 release, the ad-supported version of Grades 2 is free in the App Store. Getting rid of the ads will cost you a $0.99 in-app purchase.



Witness is new and slick security suite for your Mac. The iOS app allows you to remotely alarm your computer screen and trigger the iSight camera. Witness will actually take pictures from your Mac’s built-in camera and deliver them straight to your iPhone.

Here’s a video demonstration:

If this type of security for your Mac sounds appealing, Witness will cost you a one-time fee of $39 (student pricing available) and give you instant access to all of the apps and web tools available. The folks at MacStories have a very detailed review with more screenshots if you’re interested.

Let us know what you think of this week’s picks. What cool apps did you find over the past week?