Take Screenshots Of Just A Portion Of Your iPhone/iPad Display [Jailbreak]

In the world of iPhone jailbreak, it seems that its raining a particular nature of tweaks these days, namely those that enhance your iOS screenshot experience. Taking screenshots isn’t an activity that’s restricted to a particular niche anyway; almost everyone has done it at some point or the other. Be it to help someone out by explaining something visually or bragging your internet speed/gaming achievements, chances are likely that at some point, you’d have used the easy screen capturing mechanism of the iPhone to your advantage. Tweaks that continue to surface from time to time either attempt to improve the overall experience, or just add new functionality. The one that we’re looking at today is pretty much similar – it allows you to capture just a portion of your screen (as opposed to the entire display) and share it easily via multiple channels. This tweak has been christened Screenshot Clip, and you can find out all about it just past the jump. Read More

This Tweak Lets You Draw Over iOS Screenshots Before Saving Them [Cydia]

We’ve talked about the importance of screenshots time and again, and not just because a picture is worth a thousand words. Screenshots are a great way of getting your point across, especially if you’re creating software tutorials or how-to guides for something, where they help you articulate the required steps in a highly effective fashion. We also talked about how bloggers find them of utmost importance. However, there can be times when you just need screenshots for taking note of something that you want to recall later, or for helping out a friend or family member in need of assistance. During such times, being able to write over the screenshot is a big help, but unfortunately, that’s not always the easiest thing to do. On an iPhone, for instance, you can take a screenshot easily but not really edit it in real time. This is where the Cydia tweak, ScreenPainter, comes in. It’s a small free tweak that allows you to draw and write over screenshots before they are saved to Camera Roll. Read More

YoCam Adds A Number Of Filters & Lenses To Your iPhone Photos [iOS]

The number of Photography apps in the iTunes App Store is astounding, exceeded perhaps by only games and a few others. Be it camera replacement apps, unique photo skills development or photo editing tools that are pretty much on par with desktop software for amateurs, the App Store has all to offer. Then, it’s not like the number of applications is constant; on the contrary, it continues to grow (even in just this genre) by the minute. In the midst of all this, it becomes really difficult to identify an app that stands out and above the crowd, since most of the releases have hardly anything new to offer. Hitting the App Store just yesterday is YoCam – new universal app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad that offers something fresh and noteworthy. Read More

This Tweak Lets You Customize How Screenshots Are Saved In iOS [Jailbreak]

For a pro blogger, screenshots are of critical importance. Not only do they add color and vitality to what we write and bring to our readers, but they also enable us to illustrate our point better by making things visual (they don’t say ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ without reason). They also help you – our valued readers – get a better picture of what we’re attempting to show you (pun intended). That’s the prime reason we at AddictiveTips take our own screenshots for every bit of software and technology that we review, to keep that experience personal and pure. iOS has always had a really great screenshot mechanism (it was pretty decent even when Android required us to use ADB for pulling screen captures), and to this day, I prefer that over pretty much every other platform. Still, it wasn’t without room for improvement, as finding the right one from amidst several similarly-named images is a hassle I’d always want to avoid. Well, if you have a jailbroken iPhone, you can get a better screenshot experience courtesy of a free tweak named Almpoum (yeah, it’s weird, we know). Details just past the jump. Read More

Put Selective Apps In Silent Mode With AppSilence [Jailbreak]

Having your phone ring in the middle of a meeting is never a pleasant experience, especially if the meeting is a high-level one with critical business importance. Unfortunately, as much as we depend on our smartphones these days to manage through one clock cycle, this has become a rather unavoidable experience. Granted, you can always put your phone in silent mode, but that means silencing everything, and many a times when we forget to put the device back on ringer after the meeting is over, we end up missing important notifications and even phone calls from time to time. Personally, that’s one dilemma that I’ve gone through time and time again, without much luck at finding a solution. Well, if you face a similar concern and have a jailbroken iPhone, AppSilence is one free jailbreak tweak that can save the day for you. Read More

Add Powerful Customizations To Reminders App On iPhone [Jailbreak]

With the native Reminders app of iOS being what it is right now, I think Apple has implemented this feature for smartphones better than a lot of competitor and third-party solutions. Since I actively started using Reminders for iOS, I haven’t really had the need to look for any other alternative, especially thanks to the geofencing feature that it offers. However, the beauty of any software is that it can never be perfect – theoretically, at least – and that’s exactly the premise that Reminders Pro for iOS builds on. It’s a free Cydia-based tweak for jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch and iPad that adds a slew of useful new features to the native Reminders on iDevices. Let’s take a closer look at the offering just past the jump. Read More

Enable T9 Input On iPhone 5s Dialer [Jailbreak]

Over the course of my years as a self-taught geek and a pro-blogger, I have used almost every smartphone platform that has ever been worth using (and I mean no disrespect but Bada OS never really cut it). I remember the days when Symbian used to rule all, when whatever offering it had up its sleeves was the industry standard. I recall fairly clearly the days when Windows Mobile was the ultimate in smartphone computing, and my XDA 2 being a source of constant admiration among my peers. Things have come a long way since then, with several game changing moves along the way that completely redefined how we viewed and used our phones, turning them into more than just communication devices and replacing pretty much everything else – PIMs, eBook readers, media players et al – but one thing that has remained constant is the primary usage of the device, and that is, a communications tool. And so, a smartphone can be a miracle for all I care, but unless it’s smart about making calls and sending text messages, there’s little to say about it. Read More

ActIf: Add Conditional (IF) Actions To Activator On Jailbroken iPhone/iPad [Cydia]

For a smartphone to be truly “smart”, I believe it’s essential that the device fully understands what you want it to do and when, and the how as well. Granted that a smartphone’s capabilities far extend beyond those that a regular mobile device would have on offer, but the real beauty of the concept begins when the phone begins acting on actions that you want it to execute without manual initiation depending on conditions and environment. A number of apps have popped up that bring something similar, with the most notable of them being the cross-platform IFTTT service. Then, for Android phones, there’s Tasker, which can practically automate any and all areas of your phone or tablet. For iOS, a similar, and probably the best ever, has been Activator, which allows execution of actions based on certain conditions being met. Now, a new tweak has surfaced for jailbroken iDevices that adds conditional (IF) statements to Activator. This tweak goes by name of ActIf, and we’ll take a closer look at this one today. Read More

This Cydia Tweak Brings Blackberry 10 Notification System To iPhone

The notification system in iOS is really far from stellar, even after so many improvements over the course of iOS’ evolution and especially with iOS 7. Notifications have always been one of the fortes of Android, and a lot of iOS (and even OS X) notifications seem to have been inspired from the Mountain View company’s smartphone and tablet operating system. That said, jailbreak is one of those areas that seeks continuous improvement in almost all aspects of a supported iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and a testament to this is the fact that Apple itself has incorporated features, if not directly from, then inspired by various popular jailbreak tweaks. The entire concept of the Notification Center is built around that, and the tweak that we’re talking about today, called Priority Hub, which takes inspiration from Blackberry 10 OS and brings a similar look and feel to iOS 7 Notification Center. Read More

Automatically Switch From WiFi To Mobile Data When Signal Is Low [iPhone]

With the smartphones of today, data traffic has become an almost essential requirement. You cannot really take the full potential out of your phone for a spin unless you have a data plan – be it cellular data or wireless internet. Generally, WiFi is always the preferred mode of internet connectivity on smartphones, not just because of the data costs that the other solution incurs, but also owing to the toll that it takes on your phone’s battery life. Mobile data, on the other hand, offers freedom and internet connectivity on the go, and for this very reason, a smartphone user finds themselves jumping from one to another depending on requirement. The problem, however, is that these jumps are manual, and you actually have to go into settings to make the change especially on an iPhone. This is where the newly-released Cydia tweak SwitchData comes in. Read More

7 Lesser Known But Remarkable Muzei Live Wallpaper Extensions

Not too long ago, we brought to you a different and remarkable wallpaper app for Android called Muzei. Essentially, the app is a live wallpaper that picks images from various configurable sources with customizable options that make it a charm to use, refreshing backgrounds on your smartphone or tablet at regular intervals, all packaged in a polished, elegant interface. The uniqueness of Muzei stems from the fact that it employs an open source library whereby allowing third-party developers to create “extensions” for Muzei that add many more sources to pick wallpapers from. The Google Play Store is quite riddled with them right now, and hence, what follows is a collection of some of the relatively-unknown yet wonderful extensions for Muzei Live Wallpaper for Android. Read More

Hands-On With Microsoft Office For iPad [Review]

Microsoft took its sweet time with getting up to speed with technology from its competitors, and especially, for the Redmond company to admit that a vast majority of Microsoft product users also enjoy Apple’s highly successful iPad. In fact, Microsoft seems to have taken so long to embrace this small little reality that a lot of well-built alternatives to Microsoft’s products are available over at the iTunes App Store that function perhaps better than their original inspirations. Microsoft Office has been one such classic example for quite some time. There are several high-quality alternatives available for the iPad that perhaps let you do more than the original office suite, and even Apple’s iWork suite can handle all such tasks just fine. Now, just yesterday, Microsoft has finally unveiled Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad, but with a catch. Nevertheless, we go hands on, just after the jump. Read More

Customize The iOS 7 Notification Center To Your Liking With BetterNC7

The Notification Center in iOS was one of the first steps towards a better overall notification management system, and since then, things have continued to improve for the Cupertino company’s operating system for smartphones and tablets. Over the course of last two major iterations of iOS, the notification center has improved considerably, especially when it comes to the design overhaul that iOS 7 brought. However, despite the visual enhancements, there is the omnipresent challenge of iOS not allowing detailed level control of any interface element, which is perhaps what prompted the release of BetterNC7 – a Cydia tweak for jailbroken iPhones aimed especially at improving (or changing) the iOS 7 Notification Center experience. Read More

ProWidgets Is The First True Widget Implementation For iPhone & iPad

You might have heard that Android changed its entire look and feel when Apple unveiled the iPhone back in 2007, something that Android fan boys would be really reluctant to admit. However, I am nowhere implying that Android didn’t carry its original elements. In fact, Google’s offering allowed you to perform certain actions that either never reached iOS (alternate keyboards, anyone?), or were too late, like changing wallpapers, and using widgets. In fact, Apple’s implementation of Notification Center widgets was so miserable that I don’t even count them of any use. Luckily, iOS users have the jailbreak scenario to turn to for assistance, and a new Cydia tweak for jailbroken iPhones, iPod touches and iPads from the famed developer Alan Yip aims to address the lack of widgets problem for good. This wonderful package has been labeled ProWidgets. Read More

View & Manage iOS 7 Notifications Right Off App Icons With Badger 7

The long way that iOS has come over the last (almost) seven years, and the fact that jailbreaking initiated pretty much around the same time, has made certain tweaks and jailbroken apps such common knowledge that they barely need an introduction. Any jailbreak aficionado will be well versed in the likes of Mobile (now Cydia) Substrate, SBSettings, Activator, Winterboard and the like. Then there are certain tweaks out there that may not be as famous as the aforementioned ones, but still much favored and anxiously awaited by the jailbreak community. Badger is one such example, which, until recently, was only available for devices running versions of iOS 6. That changed with the release of Badger 7, which made the neat notification handler not only compatible with iOS 7, but also gave the tweak a much needed aesthetic overhaul, making its integration into the OS more balanced and smoother. Details just past the jump. Read More

Autodesk Instant: A New Android & iOS Group Messaging App For Offices

Over the past few years, Autodesk has brought a variety of notably good apps for both Android and iOS, including the famed Pixlr Express, Pixlr-o-matic, AutoCAD 360, Sketchbook Mobile, and a variety of others. Joining the developer’s remarkable arsenal is Autodesk Instant, a group chat client aimed at workplaces and corporate clients, available on both Android and iOS. We’ll take a deeper look at it right after the jump. Read More

Set The iOS Keyboard To Change Color Based On The App You’re Using

A jailbroken iPhone always trumps its jailed counterparts, or at least that’s what I firmly believe in. You see, it’s never about piracy – it never was, in fact – and the sheer volume of modifications that you can make once you’ve shed the restrictions imposed by Apple makes the whole process worth it. Take AdaptiveKeyboard, for example, which is a recently-released jailbreak tweak that changes the iOS keyboard color to match the dominant color in the respective app’s icon, giving a cool aesthetic overhaul to the typing experience on the whole. Intrigued? Let’s see what you get with this package right after the jump. Read More

iOS 7.1 Available To Download; Here’s What’s New

The wait is finally over, as the latest iOS iteration, iOS 7.1, was released to the general public just a while back. The update, despite being incremental, brings a variety of new features and bug fixes, including the all new CarPlay that Apple showcased a while back, improvements to TouchID, Siri, iTunes Radio, Calendars, and a variety of other things. We’ll take a look at what’s notably new past the break. Read More

How To Root Nokia X, Install Play Store & Google Now Launcher

Nokia’s announcement at the MWC regarding new Android handsets didn’t come as much a surprise as what the company did with Android running on its devices. It’s like the Finnish company – now owned by Microsoft – is attempting to create Android without Google, replacing the Mountain View company’s offerings with Microsoft’s. In fact, the Nokia X smartphone, although based on AOSP, is complete devoid of Google Apps, from looking at the device, you’ll have a hard time even telling that it’s Android. However, all hope is not lost, as thanks to the active Android developer community, there’s a way to not only root the Nokia X, but also install Google Play Store and the Google Now Launcher onto the device. Details past the jump. Read More

Muzei Is An Amazing Android Live Wallpaper That Switches Backgrounds From Configurable Sources

Android stands tall over its competition in a lot of areas, mainly when it comes to customization possibilities and changing the overall look and feel of the device. One such element is the choice of wallpapers. If we look at the primary competitors, iOS started offering wallpaper customization pretty late in the day, and even those are not much use except on the lock screen, since the home screen is usually riddled with app icons that hide whatever you’ve set as the background. Likewise, Windows Phone wallpapers are visible only on the lock screen. With the variety of launcher and home screen choices that you get with Android, that’s the platform where having a different background truly shines. Live wallpapers, despite being battery hogs, are one of the prime preferences for a lot of users. A while back, we saw 500 Firepaper see the light of day – an excellent live wallpaper that cycled through choice images from the 500px library. Taking the same concept many notches further comes Muzei – a live wallpaper that can automatically cycle through wallpapers from a variety of other sources, thanks to the number of extensions that are already available for the app. Let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer. Read More