Jailbreaking iOS 7.1.2 using Pangu

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iOS is closed source. This means developers are required to conform to a controlled environment for creating content. This technique has proven to work, since the App Store generated $10 Billion in revenue in 2013. However, there exists a sizable niche that prefers some freedom on the platform. Android has made users aware of all the things they should be able to control on a platform. This is where Jailbreaking comes in. iOS users can tweak and mod the platform to their heart's content and create their own environment, that has the stability and finesse of iOS with the customization of Android. Here is how you can Jailbreak and revert back to iOS 7.1.2 Read More

Focal (Beta) Aims To Be The One Camera App To Rule Them All [Android]

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I'll be the first one to say that there is little in this world that can beat Google's Camera app. I have yet to find anything that comes close for either Android or iOS. Having said that, there's always a chance something better or something different comes along. Focal is a new camera app for Android and before you read further, know that it is in Beta and it does have bugs. It's an all encompassing app for recording video or taking photos with several flash modes, white balance, scene mode,, HDR capture, effects, exposure adjustment, and burst mode. Read More

Musiex Adds A Gesture Based Banner With Controls For Playing Music [Jailbreak]

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Music controls in the Control Center are possibly one of best things to ever come out of iOS 7. The Control Center itself is very popular because it negates the need to have a flash light app, serves as a way to launch the calculator, camera, and compass app. Of the many functions that Control Center gives easy access to, the Music controls are the only area where you could want more. Musiex is a Cydia tweak available in the Bigboss and Insanelyi repositories that adds a gesture based HUD for music being played. It lets you view the current track that's playing complete with album cover art, and lets you swipe to the next or previous track, pause/play it, jump ahead or back, and enable repeat and shuffle. The tweak also comes with a dark and light theme, as well as the option to create a custom theme. Read More

Feedworthy For Reddit Is A Gesture Based App For Redditing In Bed [iOS]

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It's the weekend and no doubt a lot of us are going through all those blue links on Reddit. Not that we wait for the weekend to do it, just that I'm willing to go a lot deeper in on the weekend and assume other people do the same. Every Redditor knows that you don't just Reddit on your computer. When you turn your computer off and get ready for bed, you pick up your phone and Reddit on it some more. For Redditors on an iPhone, Feedworthy for reddit is a free app for browsing Reddit. It is gestured based making it even easier to Reddit when you're in bed and unless you want to post a comment or search for a sub-reddit, you can browse with nothing more than a thumb. Read More

Sound Equalizer For Any And All Music Apps On Your iPhone [Jailbreak]

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The same equalizer settings that make pop music sound good are never going to work for classic music but for some reason the equalizer on your iPhone is not only hard to access it also can't be accessed from the Music app itself. Instead, you have to go to the Settings app and select what kind of equalizer you want to use. Now, if you aren't too much of a music enthusiast this might not bother you but most people like to get the best out of their music library. EqualizerEverywhere is a Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss and Insanelyi repository that makes the equalizer accessible from any screen. Additionally, this equalizer works for every single music app on your device and not just the default Music app. Read More

Quickly Reply To Skype Messages From A Popup [Jailbreak]

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Skype is one of those must-have apps that everyone with a smartphone has installed. As great as the app is, it's a bit on the slow side. That is understandable since the app isn't just for sending text messages but for making video and voice calls as well. That doesn't mean people aren't going to use it to send a quick message and when you receive an IM on Skype, it is somewhat of a wait before the app launches and you can actually reply to it. Plus, you have to leave the app you're currently using. QuickReplyer For Skype is a Cydia tweak worth $2.99 in the BigBoss repository that adds a quick reply option for Skype. The option appears on the lock screen, in Notification Centre, and when you're using an app. As a pre-requisite you must have Couria installed on your device. Read More

Get Audio Guided Instructions For Taking Selfies With The Rear Camera [Android]

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As I write this post, I know I'm helping to further the selfie epidemic that plagues this generation but Smart Selfie is an app that is hard to pass up. It's an Android app that helps you take a selfie with the rear camera instead of the front one which, on many devices, is a lower resolution than the other one. Smart Selfie asks how many people are in a photo, and what orientation it is being taken in. The app then gives audio instructions to move the device up, left, right, closer, and away until everyone is in the shot and then it takes the selfie. Read More

How To Extract And Modify Icons On A Mac

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Apple is a company that can make you feel one of three ways about it, all states are extremes, indifference, hatred or love. Regardless of how one feels about Apple as a company or Mac as a platform, nobody can deny that their design is simply gorgeous. Not to say windows is not gorgeous, only that they are not comparable. Take for example the icons alone. Symbols to help immediately identify an app with but a look. Everyone knows what a folder looks like and everyone knows what a trash bin looks like. This is the job that icons do. Every icon you see on your Mac comes with a scalable resolution of 1024 x 1024, it is so high-res that it can serve as a wallpaper for an iPad. If that is your intent or perhaps you simply want it for some other purpose, here is how you can extract icons from your Mac to use as you please and modify an app's icon with one of your own. Read More

Digify: Secure, View Only, Self-Destructing File Sharing With Dropbox Support

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It’s seemingly pivotal, from time to time, to discuss the essential process of protecting your sensitive data. We’ve discussed apps before that are designed to help you securely share files online, but today we’re going to take a look at another entry in that race that combines Snapchat like prowess with Dropbox-esque file sharing. The app is simply referred to as Digify and it aims to give you the most secure file sharing solution. The application achieves this via the good ‘ol file destruction method. That is, rather than giving recipient permanent access to a file, it sets a time limit from the sender and initiates self-destruct automatically. Read More

Delimit Column Data Using Space, New Line, Colon, Semi-colon, Or Vertical Bar

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Have you ever needed to delimit column data but wanted to do it in the quickest, easiest way possible that took no effort on your part other than just pasting the column data? DelimCo is a web app that does just that. It is a no nonsense app that you can paste column data into and select how you want to delimit it. The app supports space, new line, colon, semi-colon, and vertical bar delimiters. You can choose which character you want to use to delimit the data and convert it in your browser. There are no files to download; you copy the delimited data and paste it wherever you want to use it. Read More

Essential Calls: Allow Your Phone To Ring Only If It’s Important [Android]

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Call forwarding and voice mail are how we deal with calls when we're caught up with something important. Of course, not all calls can just be forwarded to voice mail. Some are important enough to take during a meeting. Essential Calls is an Android app that lets calls from white listed contacts bring your phone out of silent mode and ring or vibrate, whichever you prefer. The app has a Lite version and a premium version. The Lite version lets you white list only two contacts (a bit too restrictive to be honest) while the premium version lets you add unlimited contacts and get SMS alerts for text messages sent by them. Read More

Hover Hound Compares Newegg Prices With Amazon And Tiger Direct

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When it comes to shopping, many people like the convenience of shopping from their couch. And while there are many online stores that offer computer products, Newegg is a popular name among the masses that offers you a wide range of products such as laptops, computer accessories, and other electronics. The store houses many popular brands aimed at DIYers, hard-core gamers, and IT professionals who don’t fancy trawling the high street to buy what they need. Not to mention, the store’s intuitive interface that provides customers extensive information about the product they might be eyeballing. While information is a nice thing to have, price also plays a pivotal role when purchasing something online. And if you’re a Newegg shopper but find Newegg’s prices inflated, Hover Hound is a Chrome and Firefox extension that aims to help by letting you do comparison shopping with Amazon and Tiger Direct. Read More

New Features In Firefox 31 For Desktop & Android

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Has it been six weeks already? Yes it has and that means it's time to get a new version of Firefox for both desktop and Android. Firefox 31 is now available for direct download or you can upgrade the current version by clicking the help button in the options panel. Firefox 31 for desktop brings new features for both end users and developers. Noteworthy among them is the Prefer:Safe feature which tells websites the current user is accessing the web behind parental controls. A new search field has been added to the new tab page, and a nice color picker tool has been added for developers, among other things. Firefox for Android is expanding on the home panels feature and you can now install more add-ons to add a larger variety of feeds to the home page. The API for adding content to the home page has also been introduced for developers. Users can now force sync open tabs from their Android device and reorder the home panels. Read More

Kinomatic: Record, Edit, Render, And Upload Videos From Your iOS device [Paid]

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Video editing apps are not exactly a genre in immense demand. Not to say it isn't popular, but it attracts a niche. Professionals are probably using high end tools such as Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Pro CC, while the enthusiast sector probably use something like Cinelab, iMovie, Movie Maker, etc. However, for enthusiasts on the go, their options are either free apps with very limited capability or expensive apps that get the job done. Now, with the release and immense success of Kinomatic for iOS, an app worth $3.99 in the app store, we have a tool that can record, edit, render and upload your videos directly from your iOS device. The app is currently half-off so buying now is a bargain. Read More

Facebook Now Lets You Bookmark Posts From Web And Mobile

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Something that's long been missing on Facebook is a way, any way, to find a link or photo you liked a month ago. Even searching for a page you like but have forgotten the name of is difficult. That struggle is now a thing of the past because Facebook is rolling out a new 'Save' feature to its users. This new feature lets you save places, events, music, links, and photos from your news feed. A new 'Save' link is added under the Favorites in the left side bar where you can access them, share them, revisit the links, or delete them. The feature is being made available in both iOS and Android apps, as well as for the web. Read More

WeTime: Create Meetings, Share Via SMS & Email With RSVP & iCloud Sync [iOS]

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Scheduling meetings is not fun. It doesn't matter if you use every form of communication out there to let everyone know about the meeting and everyone confirms their attendance. There will be still be someone arriving late, someone cancelling at the last minute, or someone who just didn't know about the meeting despite confirming their participation within minutes of the invite being sent out. Having established that meetings are hard to schedule, you shouldn't have to kill yourself trying to schedule them. WeTime is an iOS application that makes planning meetings on your iPhone exceptionally easy. The app has a service working in the background and it can add events that sync with iCloud. A meeting, once created, can be sent to others by email and text message. People you invite to the meeting can respond either from their browser or from the WeTime app if they have it installed on their device. You can indicate your own availability for an event and see how many of your total participants agreed to the given time slot. Participants can in turn leave comments and suggest alternative time slots. Read More

HandyCall: Answer, Reject, Or Mute Calls From A Floating Button [Android]

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We've reviewed apps that add floating chat heads for Google Chrome, and Android Notifications, and even a nice floating button for accessing the dialer app. Floating buttons aren't that new a concept and these handy, omnipresent buttons are no stranger to Android users but they seem to centre around replicating Facebook chat heads to a great extent and the majority of these apps do indeed cater to the messaging function of our phones. HandyCall is an Android app that adds a floating head to your screen when  you receive an incoming call. You can answer, reject, or mute the incoming call and continue to do whatever it is you were doing. The app comes with a built-in scheduler that lets you set when the app should be active if you don't want to use the floating head all the time. Read More

Quickly Master Speed Reading With The Readsy Web App

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Let’s face it: there’s a lot of content on the web and you have to wonder, can there be a simple way to shrink your reading list and enhance the pace at which you read? There’s one simple method and it’s called speed reading. Speed reading allows you to read text more rapidly by flashing it across your eyes one word at a time. There are a lot of apps that offer speeding reading or utilize this technology in their own way. If you want to improve your reading speed while retaining the same comprehension level then the speed reading app Readsy aims to help. Read More

Set Device To Silent Or Vibrate Based On Time, Location, Event, Or Contact [Android]

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The way you can automate tasks in Android is something you can't do even half as well on other smartphone platforms (we're looking at you iOS) and the apps that are developed to cater to Android's customization abilities are simply amazing. You may have heard that a Do Not Disturb feature is coming to Android L and while we don't have an app that replicates it for lower versions of Android, we have some that can tie us down well enough until Android L arrives. Mr. Silent, Auto silent mode is an Android app that lets you automate when your device is set on either silent or vibrate mode. You can set time slots, locations, events, and even select contacts, that the app will automatically mute your device for. Read More

BrightExplorer Adds Tabs To Windows File Explorer

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It feels surprising that Microsoft has not redesigned the default File Explorer of Windows in ages. Even though some features like the Ribbon UI were added in Windows 8 for improved navigation, the core usability issues still remained untouched. Windows Explorer, for instance, doesn’t offer users a way to open multiple directories via tabs. Now imagine if you had to browse the web without the multi-tab interface which is now found in many modern web browsers like Firefox and Chrome. That being said, if someone needs to work with multiple directories, the Windows File Explorer doesn’t cut it. BrightExplorer is a free program for Windows that adds tabs to Windows Explorer and allows each window to be opened in its own tab that the program attaches to the top of a single Explorer window. Lets take a look. Read More