Add Any App Shortcut To iOS 7 Control Center & Customize Switches With CCToggles

It's the most exciting time of the year for the iOS jailbreak community. Apple launches a new version of iOS that solves some problems and creates others, a public jailbreak tool is released, and then jailbreak developers come up with different alternative solutions to the new set of problems. iOS 7 is a great overhaul of Apple's mobile operating system, but it has its fair share of shortcomings - especially when it comes to even basic customizability - that jailbreak tweaks and apps so eagerly solve.We have already discussed how to jailbreak iOS 7, and have covered tweaks like ControlTask for adding apps to Control Center quick launch menu, and FlipControlCenter for changing the toggles in iOS 7 Control Center. Now we've got another tweak called CCToggles that is similar in execution to the aforementioned tweaks, but comes with some useful extra features that we have discussed after the break. Read More

Cydia Substrate Updated With Support For iOS 7, iPhone 5s & Other A7 Devices

The MobileSubstrate update that jailbreak users has been waiting for is finally here. Cydia developer, saurik (Jay Freeman), announced the update in a tweet just a few moments ago. Although we've been able to install and use certain old tweaks and quite a few new ones in the first week after the evasi0n 7 jailbreak tool was released, a majority of what the Cydia store had to offer remained partially or completely incompatible with both new and old devices. As mentioned in our iOS 7 jailbreak guide, updates from both the evad3rs and saurik were needed to patch up certain fundamental incompatibilities. The evad3rs rolled out an update shortly after the initial release of their jailbreak tool, and now, Substrate too has been updated to 0.9.5000 with full support for iOS 7 and A7-based ARM64 devices like the iPhone 5s. For any tweaks to work on A7 devices, though, they would have to be recompiled for compatibility with the ARM64 architecture. Read More

Get iOS 7 On iPhone 2G, 3G & iPod touch 1G, 2G With Whited00r 7

Whited00r is among the few iOS-related tools that just refuse to die out. Don’t be surprised if its developers keep updating Whited00r with support for iOS 8 and beyond. In the past, we have covered Whited00r 5 and Whited00r 6. The latest version of the tool lets owners of older, unsupported iDevices have a taste of iOS 7. With Whited00r 7, users get the flat UI, Control Center, the new multitasking view, and many other features associated with the latest update of Apple’s mobile platform. The installation procedure and the trademark performance optimization haven’t changed with this update of Whited00r, and any adventurous iDevice owners should give this awesome tool a shot.Read More

What Is ART & How Is It Different From Dalvik Virtual Machine On Android?

In the world of technology, new terminologies and abbreviations are nothing new, and at times, with every new release of even existing software, you might see a new term coining up that everyone seems to use and understand. The problem for beginners and even a lot of casual users, however, is that they neither fully understand what the new connotation means, nor can they easily find out about it on their own from official sources, primarily owing to the fact that developers aren't too keen on explaining many such terminologies and their technical details. At best, you’ll get pointed to an official link that does provide an explanation, but in such technical terms that it’s pretty much useless to a non-techie.We at AddictiveTips have always taken pride in dumbing down technical concepts and providing answers in terms that are agreeable to the casual user and the tech beginner. Hence, when Google decided to introduce ART with Android 4.4 KitKat, we saw this as an opportunity to introduce our readers to the new runtime environment and help everyone understand what all of this is about, and how is it different from the Dalvik virtual machine that ART is being built to replace.Read More

Get An iOS 6-Style App Switcher Tray In iOS 7 Control Center

Every time a major iteration of iOS is jailbroken, Cydia is quick to offer tweaks that add features from past iterations. It has been only a week since iOS 7 was jailbroken and the first tweak of said genre has already made its way to the jailbreak store. Introducing ControlTask, a simple tweak that provides an iOS 6-inspired alternative to the iOS 7 app switcher. It doesn't clone the iOS 6 multitasking implementation, as it adds the multitasking tray to the right of the shortcuts at the bottom of the Control Center, which actually seems like a better idea than having a slim tray replace the stock app switcher.Read More

Customize iOS 7 Control Center Toggles With FlipControlCenter

Control Center hasn’t turned out to be one of those iOS features that get ignored after the hype has died down a little. The collection of shortcuts and toggles is great at facilitating everyday activities, though it might not be the ideal combination for everyone. Some users might want more out of the Control Center - to be able to add more toggles or replace existing ones. By default, it is not possible to make any changes to the the arrangement of toggles available in the CC, and you can’t add any new shortcuts to it either. Though, if your device is jailbroken, you can easily customize the Control Center with Ryan Petrich’s FlipControlCenter. The Cydia tweak lets you add some extra toggles to the top row, and even change the order in which they appear.Read More

Best Apps, Tips And Posts Of The Week [12.29.2013]

It’s that time of the week again when we round up the most popular (as well as the less-popular but equally useful) apps, tips and tweaks that you may have missed during your hectic workweek. This time around, we discuss the iOS 7 jailbreak and new tweaks/apps, an innovative app switcher for Android, an amazing new email client for iPad, and some really neat browser extensions, among other excellent apps and tips.Read More

SwitchSpring Offers An Intuitive Way To Respring Or Quit All Apps From iOS 7 App Switcher

Due to certain incompatibility issues tied to the hasty release of the iOS 7 jailbreak, the inflow of new Cydia tweaks has been a tad slower than usual. One thing that remains constant, though, is the release of packages that either improve upon or add to the new features introduced in the latest iteration of the OS. A suggestion from the community lead HASHBANG Productions to develop an intuitive way to restart the SpringBoard or quit all apps, one more suited to iOS 7. It's called SwitchSpring, and like other tweaks developed by the recognized dev team (Animer and FlagPaint, for instance), it's available for free from the Big Boss repo of the Cydia store. Read More

8 Best Music Players For Android

With the current size that the Google Play Store has grown to in sheer number of apps available, it’s more than just a tough call to pick a definitive best in any category. Still, there are always contenders that outshine all others. This especially holds true for those app genres that are more sought after, and that have a higher user base. One classic example is music players, which, although by definition, should serve only one purpose, but have so much more to offer that one could easily get puzzled as to what would suit their needs best.A few days back, I went on a crusade to hunt down the best music player alternatives that Google Play Store carries for Android devices. Without declaring a decisive winner (which is almost impossible, to be honest), the following is the list of the top contenders that might suffice for all your music playback and library management needs, while getting extra info/lyrics on your favorite artists, tracks and albums. Enjoy! Read More

Official GameTrailers App Comes To Android Phones & Tablets

Whether you’re a video game pundit, an avid console or PC gamer, or just someone who likes to keep an eye on the industry, you would surely be aware of GameTrailers. Known as GT for short, it’s one of the largest online gaming news, reviews and previews websites around, with focus on providing free access to the latest video game trailers. After over a year since it was first released on iOS, the official GameTrailers mobile app has finally made its way to Android.Read More

biteSMS For iOS 7 Now Available For Download

Following the release of the iOS 7 jailbreak, it was only a matter of time before Cydia apps started getting updated with minimalistic looks to match the new flat interface convention. We saw this trend in App Store offerings as soon as iOS 7 was announced, and now biteSMS has become the first jailbreak app to hop on to the bandwagon with version 8. Of course, the Cydia store itself got revamped just a few days ago with a new UI to go with iOS 7. There aren’t too many new features on offer in biteSMS 8, but the update still changes the whole game by moving the app away from the trademark skeuomorphic look found in its previous versions and towards one that matches the stock Messages app.Read More

Loopr Offers A Faster, More Fluid Alternative To The Default Android App Switcher

Task switching is an interesting aspect of smartphone usage, though it is not something that makes or breaks platforms, it certainly adds to the experience. On Android versions prior to Jelly Bean, task switching was more of a UI specific operation; but it did exist in one form or another. Lately, all platforms are reaching singularity (even iOS) and the task switching function is no exception. It takes a unique creation to look at this facet and figure out how it can be improved. Enter Loopr, a task switching app for Android, available for free at the Play Store. Read More

How To Access The Hidden iOS 7 SpringBoard Settings Menu

As is the case with any other major update, there are several lesser-known features in iOS 7, features that you could easily miss, but very few that can be categorized as truly 'hidden'. There was one particular bundle of hidden interface customization features that was discovered while iOS 7 was still in beta. Simply labeled 'SpringBoard', this hidden menu contained a plethora of options to tweak animations, events and interface elements all over the OS. The comprehensiveness of these settings is a testament to the assumption that the this menu was created only to be used internally by Apple's own team of testers. Apparently, the menu hasn't been removed from the final, public builds of iOS 7, and now that the current iteration has been jailbroken through evasi0n 7, it is possible for users to access it once again. In what follows, we're going to explain how to enable the internal SpringBoard settings menu on your device. Read More

MailDeck Is An iPad Email Client With A Colorful, Flat Interface & Unified Inbox Support

Tablets are becoming increasingly popular these days, and not just for playing games. They're becoming an integral part of the daily routine of working professionals, as it allows them to showcase their projects, manage documents, and perhaps most importantly, send and receive emails on the go, eliminating the need to carry their laptops along while travelling. So, a good email client is always a necessity for anyone who relies on a tablet for their work emails on the go. While many of you may prefer to use the stock email app on your iPad, give MailDeck a try and you might never look back. Read More

Sun365: Gorgeous Chrome Weather Extension That Integrates With Google, Facebook & Other Sites

There are a ton of weather extensions available for Chrome, and we've covered quite a lot of them in the past but if you’re looking for something different altogether, Sun365 is a gorgeous option that presents weather information in the most fascinating of ways. Accessible via its icon beside the URL bar, Sun365 lets you view each and every detail regarding the weather conditions in your vicinity, complete with temperature, wind chill, UV index, and other meteorological data. And it’s highly customizable too, letting you personalize various aesthetic elements to your liking. Details to follow.Read More

Floating Draw Lets You Annotate Anywhere On Your Android Screen

If you often find to the need draw over your Android screen in real-time, be it via a stylus or touch gestures, you’d probably have used BaroMemo at some point. It’s a small tool using which users can freely draw and annotate over their screen using geometric shapes and a pen tool, and then take screenshot of that if required. If you’re looking for an alternative to BaroMemo, or a similar app that could easily let you draw anything over your Android screen for any purpose, Floating Draw is worth giving a shot. This highly barebones app provides you with on-screen drawing tools accessible on the fly from the Notification drawer. Something like this can come especially handy if you need to highlight certain areas of your screen or add some notes to it to explain things further, before sharing the screenshot with others directly or over social media, and don't want to go through the tedious process of first capturing a screenshot and then opening it up in another photo editor for the purpose. More details on the app, along with screenshots and usage info right after the jump.Read More

Kill All Apps From The iOS 7 App Switcher In One Go With Purge

One can’t help but feel that the evasi0n jailbreak for iOS 7 has been released in somewhat of a hurry. Very few Cydia tweaks are compatible with iOS 7 for now, and even the jailbreak store itself retained the legacy UI until today. This is certainly understandable though, as iOS 7 is such a huge update, and revamps almost every part of the platform. It took quite a long time for the Cydia store to get populated with tweaks compatible with iOS 6, and it might take even longer this time around, but it is nice to see that the jailbreak community hasn't gone dormant, as a few neat little tweaks have already started to surface in the refreshed Cydia store. Purge is among the first jailbreak tweaks that take aim at one of the overhauled parts of iOS. The tweak lets you get rid of all the apps residing in the App Switcher list with a single touch. The idea itself isn't completely new, as in the past, we have seen releases like SwitcherPlus and WeeKillBackground do the same, but someone had to implement it on iOS 7, and the developer behind Purge has done just that.Read More

Enable Zoom Capability In Stock iOS 7 Video Camera On iPhone 4s & Other Older Devices

Despite having been there for still image capture in iOS for quite a while, users had to wait till iOS 7 to finally get zooming ability in video capture mode on iPhone. Even now, older iDevices are still missing this handy little feature. If you own an iPhone 4 or 4s, there is no way of zooming in on a scene while capturing video without physically moving the device closer. Thankfully, iOS 7 users finally have the Cydia store at their disposal, and that’s the place where solutions to such problems are usually found. Video Zoom Mod is a really simple tweak that lets you zoom into a scene before you start recording, or while you are shooting the video! You can even control the enlargement factor to suit your needs - something that makes the tweak useful for owners of newer iOS devices as well.Read More

5 Best Apps To Design Greeting Cards For The Holidays

Holidays are upon us, and it’s that time of the year when it’s all about sharing the joy and spreading the happiness. It’s, however, also a time to keep traditions alive, and whilst gifts are an essential element of the holiday season, for most of us, sending out greeting cards is equally important. Thanks to the advents of technology, post cards and paper cards sent through email are not as common as digital versions are now, and what's better than to be able to send a card of your choosing to your loved ones through the comfort of your smartphone?As the saying goes, “there’s an app for that”, and so, it turns out, there are hundreds of apps that will help you do exactly that. Without much ado, what follows is a list of our best picks for digital card apps, encompassing both iOS and Android devices. Spread the holiday season joys to your friends and family!Read More

Define Hotkeys To Launch Any Program, File Or Folder In Windows With EvoKeys

Are you the kind of person who mostly uses the keyboard to navigate in Windows? If your answer is yes, then this little desktop application called EvoKeys will definitely make your experience more intuitive. The application allows you to launch any program, file, folder or system utility via a custom hotkey combination. Users can specify the hotkey combination of their choice for opening each item, along with setting up any other parameters that fit their needs. The application is not resource-hungry at all, and quietly sits in the system tray area after launched in order to execute the commands at the assigned keystrokes. Read on for more details.Read More