Enable Apple Maps’ Turn-By-Turn Navigation In Unsupported Countries

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While Google Maps is still far superior to Apple Maps in pretty much every way, there are still plenty of users out there who will prefer Apple's solution to Google's because of the former's tighter integration with iOS. Apple Maps as an app is faster and arguably prettier than Google Maps, and is opened automatically when you tap navigation links in other apps including Siri, Messages and Mail, among others. If you are one of those users, and you live in a country where Apple Maps does not offer navigation, check out MapsAllCountries - a new tweak available now on Cydia that enables turn-by-turn directions in the officially unsupported countries. Read More

Customize iOS Control Center & Get Themes For Its Toggles With CCControls

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FlipControlCenter and CCToggles have recently demonstrated that there is room for improvement in the iOS 7 Control Center. The feature itself doesn’t lack too much, but if you are a true jailbreaker at heart, chances are that you aren’t easily satisfied by what your iPhone has on offer. To tinker with the toggles and app shortcuts available in the Control Center, users must rely on Cydia tweaks. However, people rarely prefer installing multiple tweaks aimed at a single part of iOS. This is why CCControls might prove to be the one Control Center tweak to rule them all. Of course, it doesn’t add the App Switcher to CC the way ControlTask does, but just about everything else that can be altered in Control Center can be done using CCControls. The tweak offers themes for CC toggles, has options to change the order of these toggles, lets you disable shortcuts, and can change the way Control Center behaves on the lock screen. Read More

Group Multiple Applications By Task Under One Window With TaskSpace

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Many of us who own large screen monitors, or dual or triple displays setup take Taskbar space for granted, but it’s considered fairly a premium property by Windows users working on small laptop screens. It’s not unusual to run out of Taskbar area when you have a ton of application windows opened simultaneously – and it becomes quite tedious to incessantly hit Alt + Tab to switch windows. There’s where TaskSpace comes in –  a small, portable application that lets you group currently running apps under different TaskSpace windows making your programs easier to manage according to the task you want to perform. Read More

Easily Manage & Trade Your Dogecoins On Android With Dogecoin Wallet

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The battle between cryptocurrencies is now blazing hot with Bitcoin taking the upper hand. It’s not an unknown fact that the value of Bitcoin recently soared over a staggering $1000 per unit, a massive surge for a currency that isn’t even regulated by any official financial body. But Bitcoin isn’t the only kid on the block, various alternatives – or should I say ‘alt-coins’- have now popped up out of nowhere looking to try for similar success. That said, if you’re aware of Bitcoin, then you might have also heard of Dogecoin, an open-source peer-to-peer cryptocurrency like the former. Dogecoin, however, doesn’t have an official mobile app, which means trading your hard earned digital currency on the go is not plausible, or plain tedious. Fret not! Enter Dogecoin Wallet, an Android app that lets you manage your Dogecoin savings and transactions from your phone or tablet. Read More

Popular Minimal Weather App Solar Now Available For Android

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Besides using our smartphones and tablets for the essentials - texting and calling, accessing the internet, reading emails and capturing photos - we find use for them in viewing daily weather forecasts. Almost over a year after it rolled out on the iPhone and iPad, the popular Solar : Weather app by Hollr, Inc. has made its way to the Android platform. And while its iOS counterpart was launched as a paid app on the App Store, the Play Store version is available for free and boasts the same gorgeous design that made it one of the best looking weather apps on iOS. Details and screenshots after the jump. Read More

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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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]

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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