Use The Gesture-Based TouchPal Keyboard As Default Input Method On iOS

A discussion on gesture-based keyboards for any platform has got to be incomplete without mentioning the famed Swype. The app is massively popular on Android, and even enjoyed a brief period of iOS presence via Cydia. Now, however, it is not easy for iPhone owners to get a keyboard that is based on this type of slider input method. You can get your hands on third-party apps like TouchPal and Path Input, but having to type everything in a standalone app before copying it to the actual destination is never convenient. Every time an app like TouchPal is released in the App Store, users always wonder if they will ever get a tweak that integrates the gesture-based keyboard with iOS. If you have ever wanted to compose texts, notes, emails and just about anything on your iPhone using TouchPal as the default keyboard, there is now a tweak in the Cydia store that lets you do just that. In fact, this TouchPal tweak has been around in the jailbreak store for some time now, but has just shed its beta tag and works perfectly on both iOS 5 and iOS 6. Read More

Restrict Access To Apps & Photo Albums On iPhone With Protect Photos

Despite the recent passcode-related bugs discovered in iOS 6, most users are satisfied with the security their iPhone offers by default. Having said that, when you are at home, or in any secure environment, the lock screen protection can get a bit annoying. There are a few ways of changing your device’s level of protection with a single gesture. If you have a jailbroken device, it is also possible to avoid the passcode altogether while keeping selective apps protected. Protect Photos is the latest Cydia tweak that lets you do this but as its name indicates, it focuses mainly on keeping your images private. The app can be used to put password protection on the stock Camera and Photos app and in addition, you can also restrict access of third-party apps to your image library. Read More

How To Hide Current Song’s Album Art & Info From iPhone Lock Screen

Headphones were invented to let people listen to music without disturbing everyone in their vicinity. Another purpose of these little accessories is to provide you with some privacy while you are listening to songs in a crowded environment. If you own an iOS device, or any other smartphone for that matter, this privacy is violated to some extent due to the display of album art on your lock screen. We have to admit that the presence of the current song's information and album art on the lock screen is useful in most scenarios, but there are some tracks that you never want anyone to discover in your iPod. For such songs, the new Secret "Now Playing" (yes, it has quotation marks in its name) tweak is perfect. The tweak makes sure that users get to keep the control of their lock screen completely in their own hands, even when listening to a song. You can use Secret “Now Playing” to hide album art, artist name, album, and other information associated with the song from your iPhone’s lock screen. Read More

Pinnacle Lets You Hold Back Button In iOS Apps To Go To Main Menu Or Navigation History

Anyone who switches to the iPhone from another smartphone is bound to feel a bit lost due to its minimalistic attitude towards hardware buttons. Even if a mobile device doesn’t have a dedicated shutter button, it is bound to have the essential Home and Back hardware buttons or softkeys. iOS, however, doesn’t roll that way, but that hasn’t stopped developers from coming up with alternative ways of navigating backwards in the OS. For example, tweaks like SwipeBack that make navigating bacwards within an app easier using gestures. Pinnacle is the latest addition to this sub-genre of tweaks. Unlike SwipeBack, Pinnacle isn't about going back one step in an app. The tweak is actually meant to help you easily return to the main page of any app that might have led you into its sub-menus. The greatest thing about Pinnacle though, it its ability to add a full ‘history’ list to the default back button in any app. Read More

View Real-Time Weather Info On Any Stock iOS App’s Icon

We have seen iOS weather apps that change color with changes in temperature, and then there is Sun - a web app designed for iPhone that has an icon capable of displaying the current temperature in your area. All these apps are great, but most iOS users don’t like turning to third-party solutions if the stock apps are good enough. A testament to this fact is that a lot of people stopped looking for weather apps as soon the evad3rs released a fix for the Weather app crashing issue. The stock Weather app looks pretty good, specially in iOS 6 but ever since updating, I have been missing WeatherIcon - the tweak that brings the Weather app’s icon to life, and also lets you view the current weather stats on the iPhone status bar. Almost all major tweaks have gained iOS 6 compatibility during the course of the past few months and thankfully, WeatherIcon 6 brings the much sought-after weather tweak to the latest iOS firmware version as well. Read More

View Bandwidth, Memory & Storage Usage In iPhone Notification Center

Users of SBSettings might know that the tweak's drop-down window isn't just a place to access system toggles; it also shows some basic system stats pertaining to your iPhone. N Stats is a Notification Center widget that isn't based on some truly novel idea, but it shows a few very important pieces of system data in graphical form, which is something not many apps or tweaks can accomplish without consuming a lot of screen space. This NC add-on shows just three system stats, but the developer has made sure that the displayed entities are the most important ones for most users. Thanks to N Stats, jailbreak users can get an idea of their device’s current RAM, storage and internet connection state at a glance. The tweak isn't customizable, but this only adds to its appeal since everything is ready to go as soon as you install it. Read More

How To Setup SSH Access On iOS & Change Default Password

Transferring files wirelessly between iOS and PC isn't as easy as it is with Android. If you have a jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod touch though, you can get a similar experience by using the Secure Shell (SSH) file transfer protocol. The process basically requires running an SSH service on your iDevice and accessing it with any SSH client on your PC. In what follows, we will discuss how you can quickly create an SSH connection between your iPhone and your desktop PC for no-frills file transfers. Read More

Enable HDR & Grid Mode For iPhone Front Camera

When it comes to the camera hardware in iOS devices, the rear cam has always had better resolution. Though in recent times, the differences between the software features enabled for the rear and front camera have started coming to the fore as well. HDR mode has been around in iOS for a long time and even after that, the stock Camera app has been updated with a few new features. When you are using the front-facing camera though, the app is pretty much like it has been since the days of iOS 4. There are no options, and you can't do anything other than shooting your photo. It has taken a while, but a developer over at the Cydia store has finally come up with a solution in Front HDR, which brings the front-facing camera almost at par with its rear counterpart. The tweak adds the familiar Camera app options menu that houses the HDR, panorama and Grid options. The panorama mode doesn't work, but the other two options are fully functional. Read More

Enable Background Audio Playback For Videos On iOS 6 With BgVideo

When we open a YouTube video for a song, we are often interested in just listening to the song rather than watching the video. This task is pretty easy if you are using a computer, but not necessarily a walk in the park if you are on a mobile device. Until iOS 5, it was possible to keep any video’s sound streaming in the background, but for some reason, iOS 6 took that useful feature away. Now whenever you exit Safari (or whichever browser you are using on your iDevice) while watching a video, the playback stops and can’t be resumed using the lock screen controls or the buttons located in the App Switcher tray. Thankfully, a tweak available in the Cydia store has fixed this issue in a simple manner. BgVideo takes things back to the way they were in iOS 5. The tweak adds the video sound control back to the App Switcher tray and lock screen. Read More

RecordMyScreen Is A Free Alternative To Display Recorder For iPhone

With the passage of time, it becomes impossible for any popular iOS app to maintain its monopoly in the App Store. Sooner or later, there are bound to be some competitors out there, trying to outdo the older apps in terms of functionality and interface. It might have taken a long time, but the Display Recorder app finally has a worthy alternative. For a brief period of time, Ryan Petrich's screen recording app did have a clone in the App Store, but Apple pulled it pretty quickly. Now, however, RecordMyScreen has been released in the Cydia store, and it is anything but a clone of Display Recorder. The app records your iPhone’s screen for as long as you want, and uses your device’s microphone to provide audio in a separate file. Both the video and audio files can then be exported to the camera roll or other compatible apps installed in your device from within RecordMyScreen. Read More

Customize iPhone Lock Screen & Add Live Widgets To It With LockHTML2

Widgets are certainly gaining popularity among iOS users. The Cydia store has a nice collection of interesting widgets for the Notification Center and SpringBoard. If you are a fan of making the lock screen more useful, there are tweaks like Dashboard X and LockHTML. Both of these tweaks have their shortcomings though; Dashboard X is a bit too complicated if you just want a simple widget on your iPhone’s lock screen, while LockHTML makes users do a lot of work in order to get the widgets configured properly. Fortunatel, the developer behind LockHTML has revamped the tweak, adding support for iOS 6 in the process. With LockHTML2, the wallpaper can be kept active in the widget’s background without having to go through a lot of hassle. The list of its customization options has lengthened considerably as well, making the tweak a lock screen customizer as well as a platform for widgets. Read More

Get A Gesture-Controlled Music Widget In iPhone Notification Center

With iOS 6, Apple proved that Notification Center widgets can come in handy for things other than just viewing information at a glance. The stock Share widget can let you post updates to your favorite social networks with ease, while users of jailbroken devices have access to a whole world of NC add-ons that can be used to do some truly useful stuff. NC widgets related to almost all areas of iOS have been released in the Cydia store, and music playback is no exception. Previously we covered Now Playing for NC - a Cydia tweak that can let users control their music using a couple of buttons placed inside a widget. NCMusicGestures does something similar, but uses gesture control for the purpose. You can scrobble your music to Twitter and Facebook, while changing a song takes merely a swipe. Read More

Configure iOS AssistiveTouch Button To Quickly Perform A Specific Task

While they might not be considered as the most populated genre of Cydia tweaks, there are a few offerings available in the jailbreak store that might make you frequently use the awesome accessibility options offered in iOS. Anyone who doesn't have visual or auditory impairments might not have used the accessibility options even once. So, wouldn't it be nice if there was some way of turning accessibility options into gesture control? In the past, we have covered tweaks like Speaking Keyboard that makes use of the Voice Over feature to make the stock iOS keyboard more useful. MyAssistive is another similar tweak but instead of Voice Over, it focuses on AssistiveTouch. By default, AssistiveTouch can do a lot of things; in fact, some might say it can do too many things, which makes it very confusing and kills its original purpose of making lives of users simpler. MyAssistive lets you program the hovering button to perform just one task of your choice, which can make you feel like having a brand new hardware button. Read More

Completely Personalize iOS App Icon Badges With Badge Customizer

Before seeing Badge Customizer, a lot of people must have considered Boover as the ultimate tweak for making icon badges appear just they way they want. The new tweak, however, completely kills the competition, thanks to its great features and the kind of customization that can be done with complete ease. Thanks to Badge Customizer, owners of jailbroken iDevices can alter badge colors, change badge position on app icons, and even apply a tint of their choice to them. Tinkering with the size of icon badges is something that we haven't previously seen in any tweak of this kind, but Badge Customizer even offers this feature, letting you properly show off your newly revamped badges. Read More

Set iPhone Apps To Auto-Update In The Background At Regular Intervals

No matter how annoying that App Store icon badge seems at first, app updates are important. If you are in the habit of ignoring updates for a long time (like many iOS users), you might be missing out on some great new features of your favorite apps and games. A majority of users don't like updating apps out of sheer laziness. It only takes about three or four taps to initiate an app's update process, but some people just don't consider even this much effort worthwhile. For such procrastinators, Cydia store now has the perfect tweak. Auto App Updater makes sure all of your apps are always up-to-date, and you don’t even have to launch the App Store for the tweak to work! Auto App Updater works in the background and installs updates for any app you want. Read More

LiveWire Adds A Cool New Unlock Animation To The iPhone Lock Screen

In the past, I have been an avid user of both PaperLock and Unlockize, but within a few weeks, the novelty factor wore off and I came back to the stock iOS lock screen. Another thing that contributed towards my getting bored of these tweaks was the lack of really unique animations. On that front, the newly released LiveWire should struggle (at least in theory) since it only offers one animation, but after using it, I can safely say that the tweak is sure to reside in my iPhone for the next few days at least. The unlocking animation offered by LiveWire is very simple, and does not cause any lag. After some time, you might even forget that it is not a default part of your iDevice. The tweak is extremely simple, requires no configuration and looks awesome in action. Read More

Add A Flip Clock Widget To The iPhone Notification Center

Flip clocks are pretty common on Android but for iOS devices (even jailbroken ones), these fancy time displays are still a bit of a novelty. The closest thing to an iPhone flip clock we have ever seen is iWidgets, which lets users add an HTML 5 time widget to their SpringBoard and lock screen. If you want a fully customizable flip clock widget though, your best bet is the newly released Flip Clock for Notification Center. The widget is capable of displaying time in the format of your choice as well as the the current date, and also lets you tinker with the color settings of the digits. The fact that you can use it with Dashboard X and other similar tweaks to place the flip clock on other areas of iOS makes the widget near-perfect. Read More

Apply Live Wallpapers & Scrolling Backgrounds To iPhone Home Screen

Live wallpapers are no longer completely new to iOS, thanks to Cydia apps like LivePapers and Go Desk. LivePapers is great, and comes with a bunch of options, but if you are not looking to spend a considerable amount of time navigating through a lot of complicated features, you might want to avoid that app. Go Desk faces too many issues and a lot of people have complained that it causes SpringBoard crashes. Fortunately, now jailbreak users have a new option to get animated and widescreen wallpapers for their Home screen. LiveWallpaper is a new app that offers a truly one-tap way of applying interactive live wallpapers and parallax-enabled backgrounds to your jailbroken iPhone's Home screen. Read More

Create & Send Doodles From The iPhone Messages App

The great thing about Cydia tweaks is that they make stock apps perform tasks that can usually be done only via third-party apps. A few days ago, we covered MessageMe - an iOS messenger with a pretty decent feature list. Among other great things, MessageMe can also let you draw freehand and share your drawings with your contacts. Doodle Message is a new tweak that adds a similar feature to the stock Messages app! Now you can create colorful drawings without moving away from the SMS app, and send them to your friends all in one go. The tweak even lets you choose between several brush sizes, and makes it possible to use a photo as the background for your doodles. Read More

Make iPhone Alarms Read Aloud Weather, Battery, Time & Other Info

When it comes to third-party alarm apps for smartphones, there are some that won’t let you snooze the alarm until you thoroughly shake your device, or perform some complex logical tasks, but you won’t find many ways of adding similar capabilities to the stock Clock app in iOS. Unless you have a jailbroken device, of course. Wake Info is a new Cydia tweak that takes a gentle, yet effective approach towards making sure you don’t keep snoozing your alarm, and start your day with the right kind of motivation. The tweak endows the stock alarm app with the ability to read aloud any information you want to hear in the morning. The information can be anything from the battery level of your phone to the unread email messages waiting in your inbox. Read More