With each passing year, the number of smartphones that hit the market keeps rising, even as the brutal tech market forces certain manufacturers to throw in the towel. While the head honchos of the market dish it out, constantly trying to one-up each other in the hardware specifications race, the consumers find themselves spoiled for choice. Low-end and mid-range devices might satisfy the regular user, but a technology enthusiast will seldom settle for anything but the best an OEM or developer has to offer. The list of choices for the latter is only relatively short, the key word here being 'relatively'. One would still have to skim through a lot of specs sheets and device reviews to make an informed decision. To make the first part easier for you, we're going to be compiling and comparing the specifications of current flagship Android, iOS and Windows Phone smartphones from major manufacturers and developers right here. Read More
Apple has finally introduced Two-Step Verification for Apple IDs, meaning you can now significantly increase the security of your iTunes, App Store, iCloud accounts without worrying about forgetting your complex password all the time. We discuss how you can activate two-step verification for your Apple IDs after the jump. Read More
When it comes to what apps make their way into the iTunes App Store, Apple’s policies are rather ambiguous, at best. Developer forums across the internet are riddled with complaints of app rejections, despite a lot of otherwise-similar submissions making it past the Cupertino giant’s scrutiny. There have been fiascos like the infamous I Am Rich app, an insanely-expensive and ridiculous app that just splashed a fancy icon on your device’s screen, telling the world that you’re rich (the app was priced at a mind-boggling $1,000!), and had no other function or use whatsoever. Then, a simply Google search for App Store rejections would provide you enough tips on what to do and what not, to get your app past Apple’s strict and inconsistent regulations. This article, however, is neither aimed at making you an app submission champion, nor will it point out the flaws in Apple’s policies. This here is a case study into a certain variety of apps that got approved after several rejections, which our friends over at Sparkling Apps
were kind enough to share with us, and anyone who’d benefit from this knowledge.
Tower defense games never get old. With an abundant choice of such time-wasters available for iOS
devices, there are a few that manage to stand out from the rest and demand respect. Defense zone HD
comes as a fresh breeze for the tower defense genre, with a very simple gameplay and controls that one grows to understand in a few minutes. With graphics and animations worth awing at, and destruction satisfaction at its best, Defense zone will keep you occupied for hours as it begins challenging your strategies moving through the levels. The difficulty, unless you play with the it set to Easy
, will mess with your head, enough to make you want to strangle someone. More about the game after the break.
Gone are the days when there was only a single CD or DVD player in the house, which allowed you to watch movies on TV. Today, almost everyone has their own portable device which can play movies, songs, open documents and do pretty much everything. However there’s a catch; all the devices have their own video format that can be played. The world famous Apple & Android devices also have certain limitations when it comes to playing videos. Apple devices require different formats and resolutions for each device, while the Android devices have different screen sizes and supported resolutions. Today, we are reviewing two applications from the same developer, called Apple Video Converter Box
and Android Video Converter Box
, which allow you to easily convert video files to Apple and Android specific formats and resolutions in a quick way. Read on to find out how to use Apple Video Converter Box and Android Video Converter Box.
The iPhone 4S’ most advertised, and arguably most distinguishing, feature was Siri – the virtual personal assistant that you’d have either come to love or hate, if you’ve been interacting with her. Despite the beta tag that Siri carries, it works pretty smooth, and has been a cause of envy for most iOS users that didn’t have the iPhone 4S. On the jailbreak front, solutions like Spire
Siri port piqued a lot of interest, but they remain heavily dependent on a lot of features (jailbroken device, for one, and working iPhone 4S keys for another). Then there have been apps like Dragon Dictation and Dragon Go!, but none really compared to Siri when it came to ease of use. Speaktoit Assistant, however, looks at changing that, and for good. Details past the break.
iOS 5.0 untethered jailbreak demo video has spread like wildfire on the Internet! iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users are all gripped in excitement since renowned hacker and developer pod2G
released a video of what seems to be the iPod 3G running iOS 5.0 jailbroken, but unthered. Now what is even more awesome, is the recent tweet by pod2G, that the very jailbreak demonstrated in the video, will actually work for iOS 5.0.1 as well. This has to be a huge relief for people who had updated to iOS 5.0.1, only to hear news that they might not be able to jailbreak their devices because the untethered jailbreak we all have been looking forward to, will work only on the iOS 5.0. Phew! Glad that scare is over.
It is quite amazing to see that with the potential that the new Notification Center in iOS 5 has, Apple left it all dull and simple aesthetically. Earlier we covered a post on enabling transparency in the Notification Center
with the help of a Cydia tweak and today, we are bringing you a theme for it, but this time the aim is to change the color of the Notification Center while retaining the fabric like texture on it as well. Enter ColorNotificationCenter
, the theme that brings you a set of 5 colors to choose from for your iOS 5 Notification Center. Read on for screenshots of all the colors available, download link and installation instructions.
If you followed the news around the time the first iPhone was about to be launched, and the hype that surrounded it owing to some truly revolutionizing features, you would have most definitely awed at the sight of the beautiful cover flow feature in the Music app that apple provided for it’s first iOS version. Cover flow, was and still is, one eye candy feature that, to be honest, is not really that practical. However, that’s just one man’s opinion. So we’re into the iPhone 4S and looking at iOS 5, but for some odd reason, where the OS and hardware have been upgraded to an awesome level, the Cover Flow is still as choppy as it used to be. Well, if your iDevice is running iOS 5 and jailbroken, you can now remove that choppiness with the help of SmoothCoverFlow, a subtle yet effective Cydia tweak.
If you ever wished that your iDevice was smart enough to disable passcode once you get home, or say are amongst trusted friends, your iDevice might just be able to pull that off thanks to a clever Cydia tweak called, CleverPin.
Now before we go all praise on this tweak, you should know that this tweak costs you a minor $1.99
. However, that being said, with the purpose and functionality in mind, and the fact that we
found no alternative for this tweak, some people might gladly pay for this tweak. Why? The tweak allows you to define the Networks, connecting to which, the tweak disables the passcode. While that alone is impressive, the tweak has a few other tricks up its sleeve as well.
We all love the new Notification Center in iOS 5, but it surely feels like Apple could have done a a lot more with this feature than it actually had. It is no surprise, that Cydia is becoming populated with all kind of tweaks for the Notification Center on jailbroken iOS 5 devices. One such recent tweak to hit Cydia, is BlurriedNCBackground. Judging by the name initially we thought it might actually allow the users to use a custom wallpaper on the Notifcation Center, but when we installed the tweak it came out something entirely different but yet very awesome. This tweak will give your Notification Center a hint of transparency and whatever screen you’re on, would be shown as the background but blurred to keep the Notification Center well focused. Read More
Fanboyism aside, let’s face it, iOS 4 and above brought the sweetest multi tasking App Switcher that can be found on smartphones today. It’s quick, convenient, and fluid. There’s a new Cydia tweak available for iOS 5 that now lets you access the App Switcher straight from the lock screen, and whether it serves a purposeful function or not, boils down to how you use it. Some can see it as a fast way of launching their favorite apps that are left running in the background. The tweak named LockScreen Multitasking integrates with the lock screen without any major hurdles. More on it after the jump! Read More
If you’re a music-holic and would love to tell the world about your taste in music, what better way to do that than having your iOS 5 device tweet your current song playing, in no time at all using the built in Twitter integration. No need to type in, press a certain key, see what you’re about to send and voila! How? TweetSong is a new Cydia tweak that will easily let you do all this, in a matter of a few seconds. The tweak will pull in the information for the current playing song straight from your Music app, using it as the body of your tweet.
A few weeks back, Apple released the iOS 5.0.1 to the developers on account of the few bugs and issues that the consumers were reporting back, including the shabby battery life on the new iOS 5. While the response was a mixed one, Apple has now made the iOS 5.0.1 available for the public as well. You can easily update via iTunes easily, and the jailbreak while being available for all iOS 5 devices excluding the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, is still untethered. We’ll show you hot to do that, but before you decide to update to 5.0.1, you need to understand the risks involved.
- iPhone hacker and a member of the Chronic Dev Team has warned people who plan on jailbreaking their device to stay away from the update, as the exploit found for an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5 due to arrive soon, has most likely been patched up in iOS 5.0.1. The tweet says:
“Note about 5.0.1 : don’t update if you plan on jbking : the bug Charlie MILLER found can simplify exploits dramatically and will be closed.”
The cameras in iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S have truly set the standards for some amazing quality photographs. The camera’s however, do not offer much functionality or settings as it is which is Apple’s aim at keeping things simple, but it’s about time people start getting control of what they’re doing. Panorama mode is something that has been missing from the devices all along, and we failed to understand why. Luckily, if Apple won’t answer our query, Firebreak
; a Cydia tweak has hit the Cydia Store for jailbroken iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S running iOS 5, and guess what it does. Yes, enables the hidden panorama functionality in your iPhone 4 and 4S. For more on it and how to get it on your device, read on!
RedSn0w seems to be on a roll here, where the latest iOS 5.0.1 has been jailbroken in no time with the latest 0.9.9b7
version. iOS 5.0.1 is said to contain fixes, and especially addresses the messed up battery life on the iPhone 4, which some users have been complaining about. While iOS 5.0.1 is available for the developers only, once the update is made public, there’s a very good chance that the same version of RedSn0w could be used to jailbreak that as well. For now, however, if you have the 5.0.1 update installed on your device (not for iPhone 4S and iPad 2), RedSn0w 0.9.9b7 will help you jailbreak your device in no time. Please do note the jailbreak is still tethered, and there is no untethered solution in place right now. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of ‘Tethered’ and ‘Untethered’ jailbreak, see our guide on what is tethered and untethered iPhone jailbreak
Truly a LOL
moment, indeed, if you ask us. Earlier we covered NCQucikDismiss
, a nifty Cydia tweak that let you dismiss the banner notifications in iOS 5 quickly, by tapping the close button. Of course, if your iOS 5 device was not Jailbroken, this solution was not meant for you. Well, looks like Apple already had a solution in place that most did not figure out. Thanks to our friends over at iDownloadBlog, we now know exactly how to dismiss the banner quickly, without the need of jailbreaking our iOS device or using any third-party hack, mod, app or tool. Read on for more on how to do so.
It wouldn’t be too far fetched a statement to say that Apple truly revolutionized the mobile gaming experience, complete with superb graphics and and even smoother frame rates. It would also be safe to say that iOS devices currently cater to the some of the best, and overall the largest, genre and titles when it comes to games. Bearing all this in mind, it is no surprise that most awesome games out there for iOS-based devices don't cost much, but cost
you nonetheless. This is why, when it comes to iOS, unlike Android, free games are anxiously looked at. You never know what you might come across, which is why we gathered top 5 addictive, yet free, games for iOS.
Device Firmware Update,
or DFU mode as it has come to be known as, is something most iDevice users end up encountering at least once every device. For those of you with the new iPhone 4S, you already have the latest iOS 5 running, so why could you possibly need to boot your device into DFU mode? There is a chance that your firmware crashes, leaving your device stuck in a boot loop, or the possibilities of your device not booting up at all are there. With DFU mode, you can force your device to restore to a clean state via iTunes. While this was the just in case
approach, if you plan on jailbreaking your iPhone 4S (which should be coming along anytime), you will definitely need to boot your device in DFU mode, as most jailbreak methods and programs require so. More about the risks, and how you can boot your iPhone 4S in DFU mode, after the break!
The built in dictionary that comes bundled with iOS 5 is, without a doubt, one of the most useful and frequently-used features for most users out there. Often, there are terms, or words, that you may not need defined, but, in fact, want to search for related queries on the internet. How would you do that? Simply copy the term and paste it into the Google Search in the Safari browser, or just type it in. DictGoogle
is a very simple Cydia tweak that integrates with the the built in dictionary, placing an action button on the top left corner of the dictionary page. Hit that button and it will take you to Google search results for the searched term.