Yesterday, I found this thread on Reddit and was reminded of how many great jailbreak tweaks exist outside of Cydia’s default repos. Of course, developers like Ryan Petrich are well-known for their beta repos, but there are some other lesser-known repos that you should be aware of as well. Here’s a list of ten jailbreak tweaks that are available outside of the popular BigBoss and ModMyi repos.
Displays the most recent upcoming alarm on the Lock screen.
Change the colors of the Messages app bubbles.
Turn the App Switcher cards into rounded-rectangles.
Set custom volume level for alarm clock and timer.
Access Control Center in sections.
Allows you to install a full working version of Kodi (formerly XBMC) on your iPhone. Kodi lets your stream videos from your local PC and from third-party sources. It’s also a great way to tap into an HD Homerun device on your local network.
Adds true side-by-side multitasking to iOS.
Replaces the return button on the keyboard with a send button in the Messages app. Also works in the Messages quick reply interface.
View Messages app conversation history from the quick reply interface.
Displays a current temperature badge on the stock Weather app.
So that’s 10 excellent tweaks (or apps in the case of Kodi) that you won’t find on the default Cydia repos. To download these tweaks, you’ll need to add their corresponding repos to your list of Cydia sources. Remember, you can do that from the Sources tab → Edit → Add, then type in the repo address.
What do you think about this list of 10 tweaks? Are there any tweaks that you think should be included that weren’t? Drop us a line down below in the comments.
Are you extremely particular about your iPhone’s Home screen app layout? If so, then InstallReset is going to be a tweak that you either hate or love.
InstallReset forces your iPhone’s Home screen layout to reset to defaults upon a new app installation or an app uninstallation. It will therefore keep your apps organized in alphabetical order along with keeping the default Home screen app icons in stock order.
After installing InstallReset, you’ll need to venture over to the stock Settings app in order to configure the tweak to your liking. What you’ll find is a simple preference panel containing a kill-switch and two additional switches.
As mentioned previously, InstallReset allows you to force the Home screen app icon layout to reset upon a new app installation from the App Store, or an app uninstallation. Once you have the switches configured to meet your desires, you can test the tweak out by either uninstalling an app or installing an app.
As soon as InstallReset is triggered, you’ll see the Home screen immediately reorganize back to Home screen defaults, and all third-party or post setup installed apps are organized by alphabetical order. It’s basically the equivalent of going to Settings → General → Reset, and selecting Reset Home Screen layout.
Although it’s not a tweak that I could see myself personally using on a permanent basis, it is an interesting idea and may appeal to those of you who want to keep the Home screen layout as stock looking as possible. You can find InstallReset free of charge on Cydia’s ModMyi repo. Share your thoughts on the tweak in the comment section below.
Introducing the state-of-the-art of watch graphics.
Imagination Technologies, the maker of the PowerVR graphics processor IP found in Apple’s iPhone and iPad A-series chipsets, has announced the PowerVR G6020, which is aimed at low-end smartphones and… high end smartwatches. According to AnandTech:
From a design perspective, the G6020 is aimed at very simple desktop workloads – the Android UI, wearable interfaces, etc. Imagination has essentially built the bare minimum GPU needed to drive a 720p60 display, taking out any hardware not necessary to that goal such as compute and quite a bit of geometry throughput. What remains is enough of a ROP backend (pixel co-processor) to drive 720p, and the FP16 shading resources to go with it.
The end result of their efforts is designed to be an incredibly small and incredibly low power OpenGL ES 3.0 GPU for devices that fall in the cheap/small range. G6020 is only 2.2mm2 in size on 28nm, making it similar in size to ARM’s Cortex-A7 CPU cores (a likely pairing target). And power consumption is low enough that it should be able to just fit into high-end wearables.
Until the inevitable teardowns, it’ll be hard to know for sure what GPU Apple is using in the Apple Watch’s S1 computer-on-a-chip. Since the company has such a significant history with the PowerVR, and Imagination has chips like the G6020, it may at least give us a clue as to what sorts of capabilities and power efficiencies are available in cutting edge ultra-ultra-mobile graphics these days.
More info: AnandTech; via @danmatte
It’s been a while since I’ve told you about the must-have jailbreak tweaks for iOS. In this post, I’m going to highlight the staple tweaks that I use. But this isn’t just some randomly generated and arbitrary list of tweaks put together for the sheer sake of doing so. No, this is a list of eight tweaks that makes the iPhone a better device overall.
Some people are claiming that jailbreaking is dead or that it’s a mere shell of its once glorious self. I say baloney. Until iOS can solve the problems that these eight jailbreak tweaks solve natively, then jailbreaking will always be alive and kicking in my eyes.
It’s probably the most popular (or at least most ubiquitous) jailbreak tweak of all time. and for good reason. Activator lets you perform gestures to execute certain actions quickly. For example, I assign a triple-press of the Home button to a respring action. Therefore, whenever I need to perform a quick respring, I simply press my Home button three times in quick succession.
Although Apple opened up Touch ID to third-parties with iOS 8, many of the apps I use are slow to adopt the feature, and thus, iTouchSecure steps in and saves the day. This tweak lets me use Touch ID with password protected fields in apps, even if the app hasn’t been coded to support Touch ID. I use it to log in to my Bank of America account through the Bank of America app, using only my fingerprint.
Although Control Center’s quick toggles are very handy, they’re limited in scope and can’t be customized. Polus fixes that problem, allowing you to not only customize the toggles that appear in Control Center, but lets you create your own toggles mated with custom Activator actions. It’s by far the best way to take control of Control Center
One of the biggest downsides to iOS is the fact that you can’t just go out and download anything to your iPhone. Safari Downloader+ fixes that problem, allowing you to download pretty much whatever you want. Its latest update even brings intelligent resuming support.
I hate the fact that I can’t have two Instagram accounts logged in to the Instagram app at the same time. Slices allows me to stay logged in to two accounts simultaneously. This is a huge time saver for anyone who has multiple accounts, and it works with many of the popular apps on iOS.
I use TouchPose+ to show visual tap representations on my iPhone’s screen. That way, when I’m recording screencasts using my iPhone, you guys can see where I touch the screen. As you might imagine, it’s an absolutely instrumental part of my workflow.
Where do I start? iFile is a do-it-all app that allows me to install .deb files from Cydia developers, extract and compress .zip files, browse the native iOS file structure, and much, much more. I honestly couldn’t live without this app on my jailbroken iPhone.
This tweak solves the artificial limit placed on app downloads, allowing you to download an app of any size over a cellular connection. It also allows you to stream Tweetbot over cellular and watch YouTube videos in high quality over cellular as well.
If you’re looking for a list of apps and tweaks that go beyond the problem-solving practicality criteria of this list, then be sure to check out of 2014 jailbreak tweak of the year post. What do you think? Do you use each of the aforementioned apps?
As part of its World Gallery campaign that launched yesterday, Apple has started erecting billboards and posters around the world featuring photos shot on the iPhone 6.
Now a number of Twitter users have taken to the micro-blogging service with pictures that show off some of the billboards and advertisements, which boldly feature the text “Shot on iPhone 6.”
Promotional materials and billboards have popped up in countries and cities all over the world including France, Malaysia, Canada, and the United States. Here are some samples of what Twitter users have been seeing from Dubai to Los Angeles:
Tallest #Apple billboard in the world? If so, Apple is fitting right in to the #Dubai way of doing things. @pschiller pic.twitter.com/1PtZ858tsQ
— Jimmy Grewal (@jimmyg) March 2, 2015
Have you seen #Apple’s new billboard in Bangsar? It showcases #iPhone6 photography. http://t.co/bJXUVIFv8j pic.twitter.com/ScPANpwx6H
— vernieman #MWC2015 (@vernieman) March 2, 2015
“Shot on iPhone 6″ billboard in LA. Pretty cool. pic.twitter.com/oBcG9rbdns
— Beau Colburn (@beaucolburn) March 2, 2015
The billboards are part of a larger “World Gallery” campaign that we through which Apple is displaying the photo-capturing prowess of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with photos from 77 photographers around the world. For much more, be sure to check out Apple’s “Shot on iPhone 6″ campaign on its World Gallery. If you’re looking to improve your own skills with the camera on your iPhone, feel free to also check out our photography hub for some tips and tricks.
The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the crazy world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include discounts on hit games Tempo, Nihilumbra and Wheel and Deal.
Life Graphy – (
$1.99 free) – provides yearly, monthly, daily calendar with innovative features and a unique and visually appealing design to help you manage your habits and daily activities effectively. Download it for iPhone here.
Tempo – (
$4.99 $3.99) – simple but challenging take on the cinematic action game, where you hit, swipe, and tap your way to victory, following onscreen prompts in timed bursts of action events. Download for iPhone and iPad here.
Nihilumbra – (
$2.99 free) – a beautiful platformer in which you join the main character, Born, on his adventure to find himself whilst trying to escape from his inevitable curse. Download for iPhone and iPad here.
Easy Annotate – (
$4.99 free) – the popular PDF app that lets you read, annotate, and compare two pdf documents simultaneously is now free to try with a $4.99 ‘Pro’ upgrade via IAP. Download for iPad here.
Other great apps still on sale:
DriveCheck – ($0.99) – this app helps you decide whether or not you’re ok to drive after you’ve consumed alcohol by accounting for things like your weight and number of drinks. Download for iPhone here.
Dead Alliance – ($0.99) – a side scrolling action platforming shooter set in a zombie infected post apocalyptic world, with beautiful pixel art and over 70 challenging levels. Download for iPhone and iPad here.
Keep in mind that prices are subject to change at anytime, and as always, be sure to let us know if we missed anything significant down in the comments below.
If you subscribe to either Rdio or Spotify, you can instantly turn all the music you tag through Shazam into a playlist.
Tying your Rdio or Spotify account to Shazam not only creates that playlist for you, it lets you to listen to entire songs right inside the Shazam app as well! You have to have a paid subscription to either Spotify or Rdio in order for this to work. You won’t be able to play full songs or listen on-demand if you don’t. If you aren’t sure about a subscription to either service, both offer free trials you can take advantage of first.
iPhones have supported hardware encryption for over 5 years. Android phones… well, it’s complicated.
When Google announced Android Lollipop, one of the most important features for customers in the post-Edward Snowden era was hardware encryption enabled by default. Put simply, on first-boot your personal data would be kept far safer on your personal device. Unfortunately, it looks like default hardware encryption in Lollipop is a nice-to-have, not a must-have, and many Android phone vendors have simply decided to keep it off. From Ars Technica:
A little over three months after Lollipop’s release, we’re finally beginning to see new devices from third parties. One is the second-generation Moto E. Its userdata partition is not encrypted by default. Ars Reviews Editor Ron Amadeo tells me that new Galaxy S6 demo units at Mobile World Congress aren’t encrypted by default either.
We asked both Motorola and Google about this, and we eventually discovered what was going on. The latest version of the Android Compatibility Definition document (PDF), the guidelines OEMs must follow to create Google-approved Lollipop devices, includes a subtle change in policy.
The reason seems to be architectural:
Google wisely no longer mandates full disk encryption for new Android 5.0 devices. Many devices do not have hardware-accelerated crypto.
— Canalys (@Canalys) March 2, 2015
In other words, hardware encryption was wreaking havoc with Android read/write performance on those phones, so it was turned off. Jerry Hildrenbrand, writing for Android Central:
Interestingly, Google is not using the Qualcomm hardware cryptographic engine in AOSP or for the Nexus 6. This is inefficient as it forces CPU-based encryption and decryption during disk I/O (likely at every 512 byte interval) versus using Qualcomm’s hardware-based performance features. We’re not going to second guess why this is done, but know that OEMs are free to implement it as they like. We hope they will.
That’s what, apparently, led to complaints about the Nexus 6 performance as well. Hardware encryption can still be turned on for all Android phones running Lollipop — now estimated to be 3.3% of devices — but absent hardware acceleration or manufacturers upgrading to faster media to make up for the encryption overhead, doing so will likewise negatively affect performance. It’s also arguable whether or not everyone who could benefit from it will know they can turn it on.
By contrast, Apple has supported hardware encryption in every iPhone since the iPhone 3GS. What’s more, the iPhone has supported hardware acceleration for AES encryption and SHA1 hashing since iPhone 5s.
It’s especially notable that the hardware acceleration comes courtesy of the 64-bit ARMv8 Apple A7 “Cyclone” chipset, which caught the rest of the mobile processor industry flat footed and led some to claim Apple was advancing needlessly fast.
Suffice it to say, iPhone owners enjoying full, accelerated hardware encryption going on two years likely disagree. And it’s just one of the many security and privacy benefits of switching to iPhone.
Whether you need hardware encryption — or full disk encryption as it’s sometimes called — is a matter of some debate. For iPhone owners, you have it whether you need it or not. And make no mistake, that’s a good thing.
For Android owners, I’ll again point you to Jerry’s excellent explainer on Android Central:
Plenty of us will find full disk encryption useful. If you have sensitive information that you never, ever want to fall into the wrong hands on your phone, FDE is a godsend. For someone to get into your data, they must know your device password. No amount of fiddling over a wire is going to let them break in, and provided you used a strong password, your data is safe because after a handful of wrong guesses, everything goes on lockdown.
For others, just the standard lock screen security will enough. If we lose a phone, we can remotely wipe it via Android Device Manager or another utility, and if someone is able to go offline before we can wipe, then get lucky enough to bypass our lock screen password (it can happen), all they get is a few pictures and Google account access that we can quickly change a password on.
There also is the whole government snooping issue to think about. While most of us don’t have a reason to fear any consequences for what we have stored on our phones, we still deserve a bit of privacy and protection when our personal data is concerned. Full disk encryption gets us closer to keeping our data secure from government agencies who think they need to see it.
Popular dating app Tinder has officially launched its premium service called Tinder Plus today after a potential March launch was first hinted at early last month. The premium subscription adds an option to undo previous swipes, as well as a new way for users to meet matches in other parts of the world.
Up until this point, if a user rejected someone with a left-swipe, that potential match would be gone forever. With the launch of Tinder plus, users can take advantage of a new option called “rewind” for a set monthly fee. The rewind feature basically functions as an “undo” button for mistaken swipes, allowing a user to change his or her mind. The service starts $9.99 a month in the U.S. and £3.99 in the U.K.. However, that pricing scheme only applies to users between the ages of 18 and 27; if you’re older, being able to rewind your swipes is going to cost you a little more at $19.99 per month in the U.S. and £14.99 in the U.K..
The variable pricing based on age is sure to be a potential friction point for older users. In a statement to NPR on the matter, Tinder said the following:
Over the past few months, we’ve tested Tinder Plus extensively in several countries. We’ve priced Tinder Plus based on a combination of factors, including what we’ve learned through our testing, and we’ve found that these price points were adopted very well by certain age demographics. Lots of products offer differentiated price tiers by age, like Spotify does for students, for example. Tinder is no different; during our testing we’ve learned, not surprisingly, that younger users are just as excited about Tinder Plus, but are more budget constrained, and need a lower price to pull the trigger.
In addition to rewind, Tinder Plus also enables a feature called “Passport” which allows users to meet potential matches in other regions by changing their location.
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How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you’re looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we’ve been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.
‘Just one more go’ is a pretty good thing to think while playing a game, even if it’s hardly conducive to your productivity. That’s been the case for me with Alto’s Adventure, as I find myself having ‘just one more go’ to double check something before writing this. It’s an endless runner (something that shouldn’t hook anyone so easily these days), but it’s also a fine example of the genre. We’re talking borderline Tiny Wings levels of fun here. It helps a lot that Alto’s Adventure is gorgeous to look at. It’s relatively simple looking at first glance but that hides some beautiful little touches. Most notable of all is how things change depending on if it’s day or night in the game. It’s thoroughly delightful, with the only real issue being that rocks can be hard to see when it’s dark. –Jennifer Allen
How often do you take a photo then immediately want to send it elsewhere or do something else with it? Probably pretty often, right? Courtesy of the power behind IFTTT, Do Camera can do all that for you, saving you some valuable time. It won’t cover every eventuality but it’s still going to be pretty useful most of the time. As with other IFTTT products, Do Camera is centered around the concept of using recipes to set things up. You hit the Add Recipe button, then make some choices as to what you do next. In each case this means that the central button on the camera side of Do Camera relates to that recipe. All you do is hit the camera button and Do Camera takes the photo while also performing whatever act you’ve set it up to commit. –Jennifer Allen
Swap Heroes 2 is a prime example of a game giving players exactly what they want. As an iteration on the fun-but-flawed Swap Heroes, this sequel delivers all of the strategic elements from the original while removing some of the more random elements and adding a good mix of heroes. For those familiar with the first title, Swap Heroes 2 should be very familiar. Players take control of a set of four heroes and control them purely through swapping their positions in their T shaped formation. Each character has their own set of stats and can unleash special attacks only after being swapped from the back of the formation to the front. Despite being a pretty simple formula, it maintains a sense of depth by providing a wide variety of enemies, character upgrades, and multiple viable strategies for success. –Campbell Bird
Playing Planet Quest couldn’t be simpler. Players are in charge of a UFO’s zapper that’s supposed to zap costumed creatures as they zip along a planet’s surface to the beat of a song. Although it may sound unintuitive, the rotation of the planet is analogous to the note highway of games like Rock Band or Guitar Hero, and the notes are just giraffes, bunnies, flowers, and other weird creatures. At first players are walked through the basics, which are essentially ‘tap to the rhythm to zap the creatures’, but along the way more nuance is added. For example, some levels obscure the game view to add difficulty. Also, things like the flower need to be avoided as they take points off of a player’s high score. The game ends when players lose three hearts by missing too many creatures, but it’s forgiving enough that they can miss a note or two while still being able to earn hearts back. –Campbell Bird
If you’re like me, you often find yourself thinking how you really need to text someone but it’s 2am and you don’t think they’d appreciate a message right now. All too often I then entirely forget by the next morning, and so the pattern repeats itself for far too long. Sure I could send myself an email as a reminder or add something to my To-Do list, but wouldn’t it be great if I could schedule a text instead? That’s the thinking behind Capsule – a flawed but useful way of texting in the future. You set Capsule up by inputting your phone number and then receiving an authorization code. It doesn’t take too long to do and is possible anywhere throughout the world. After that, using Capsule is simply a matter of tapping Create and you can get texting. You type your message as usual, choose whether you want to add a photo or video, pick out your contact, and then schedule a time and date. It’s as simple as that. –Jennifer Allen
If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:
Camelot (of course) is our location and, of course, there ain’t no Camelot without Arthur. Amelia and Merlin are out to help the noble monarch save Camelot by thwarting the evil Morgana’s plans, and they do this with runes or special potions. To begin the game, one gets to choose a character, and each is said to have a unique storyline. At its core, Runes of Camelot is a match-3 puzzle game. As such, the idea is to get a line of three or runes of the same color, horizontally or vertically. Getting three straight (via gesture swipe) dissolves the matched set, and they are replaced by pieces that fall from the top. The pieces are randomized, but any triples created from swaps also dissolve and are replaced. When a set of four pieces are formed, a diamond-looking rune with special powers is formed. These runes can be manipulated to create column shattering reactions that help finish levels. Regular matches yield special powers that are diverse and helpful in time crunches. –Tre Lawrence
Action platformers almost always resonate; they are simple to learn, easy to enjoy and can be tweaked with several gameplay elements. With Buzz Killem (from industry strongman Noodlecake), we get some glorious graphics, easy-to-learn controls, arcade goodness and a lot of action. Buzz Killem is a story of, well, going buck wild. It’s Rambo meets Independence Day. Buzz (action star’s Bill Killem’s dad) is a war vet who is brought back to confront an alien threat. Now, the kicker is tha Buzz has no compunction with regards to blasting away, and in the 2D environment that the game is set, all advantages are to be treasured. –Tre Lawrence
When I look at adding accessories to my workflow, I try to keep to a few important precepts: portability, functionality and compatibility. Portability is obvious; the ability to use stuff on the go is quite important. With regards to functionality, before adding an addition or substitution to my creative/work process, I’d rather know that it is worth the time to make a change. Lastly, the ability to use a tool with other tools and across platforms is priceless. On paper, Livescribe’s Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen seems to touch on these elements quite comfortably. –Tre Lawrence
And finally, super fast racers, super slow runners, and GEOFF tears the Nvidia Shield a new one – that’s the week according to AppSpy.
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