Facebook is a social network, an all-consuming hole, the cause for a lot of drama, and possibly an excellent tool in helping you make poor relationship decisions when you are drunk. It is also one of the best ways to keep in touch with what happens in the lives of friends and family members. Despite the negativity that some would associate it with it, Facebook is a great communication tool because everyone is on Facebook, everyone. One very popular Facebook feature is chat and such is its popularity that Facebook has a dedicated Messenger app for your smartphone. Facebook released a new version of its Messenger app a few days ago and it greatly improves the chatting experience for iPhone users. Users can now create groups and forward messages as well as pictures received from one friend to the other.
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.
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.
Tweaks that let users customize the iOS lock screen
are abundant in the Cydia store, but Spin
is the kind of release that just refuses to get lost in the crowd. With Spin, you get a complete revamp of the lock screen music view. Instead of a square containing the album art of the current song, Spin displays a radial frame in the middle of the lock screen. The current status of the track is depicted by a knob around the border of the album art. Spin doesn’t stop at just changing the album art; it also affects the playback controls and the overall layout of the lock screen, including the status bar clock and the wallpaper.
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
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
Control Center and the revamped App Switcher are two of the most major changes offered by iOS 7. To make these changes even more pronounced, many developers over in the Cydia store have come up with tweaks to alter and augment these two parts of the OS. We have covered CControls
, both of which change the Control Center and App Switcher quite dramatically. Vertex
does not belong to the same category of tweaks, as it goes a step further and lets users access the Control Center and App Switcher in one place. This combination of the two has a distinct look, and comes with a few useful customization options as well. Read More
Even after all these years professionally covering mobile apps, tweaks, tips, and tricks, I still haven't quite found a sure answer to the question: "Should I manually close all apps from the multitasking app switcher, or let the OS handle everything?"
There are two schools of thought here. The first - which I personally believe more in - is that Apple has put enough smarts into iOS to ensure apps running in the background are running efficiently, and that misbehaving ones are closed automatically. The other school believes that manual intervention is a must, as developers are not so artful at making performance-conscious apps.
Is there a middle ground, then? Famed iOS jailbreak tweaks developer Ryan Petrich believes so. His recently released tweak called SmartClose
claims to be the smarter way to close apps running in the background. Read More
In this day and age where we have such capable file-sharing services, iOS still forces me to transfer files to and from a PC over archaic mediums. Need to quickly send a few screenshots from iOS to PC? Use email. Web links? Use Pocket. Notes? Use Evernote. To-do lists? There's Evernote. It is a highly scattered system, and fairly annoying if you ask me. I have been eyeing Pushbullet on Android as a potential solution to this issue for a long time now, and thankfully the app is now available on iOS. How well does it work within Apple's tighter app ecosystem? Let's find out after the jump. Read More
Spoilers - we all curse them (and those who wickedly spill the beans). They are like the dark side of internet holding the power to ruin our favorite TV shows, books, movies and even sports events. If you ask what the main source of spoilers is these days, then all fingers will point towards social media. But the sad truth is that it’s not that easy to avoid services like Twitter and Facebook these days particularly when they are the best platforms to keep an eye on latest trends. Silencer for Chrome
helps you avoid stumbling upon spoilers while browsing social media sites on your desktop. For mobile devices, there's Spoiler Shield
, a free app for iOS and Android that blocks mentions of popular TV shows and sports on Facebook and Twitter.
Here at AddictiveTips, our single, greatest objective is to help our readers make better use of their gadgets - whether it is a Mac, an Android tablet, or a Windows Phone device - through the use of better software. Now, while most of our articles are targeted towards the above-average technologically-literate person, we are going to do things differently in our 'Absolute Beginner's Introduction' series of articles. We are starting with iOS because that is what I personally have a strong grip over, but there are plans to expand to other platforms based on user feedback. Let's get started! Read More
Over the years, continuous improvements and expansions from Alien Blue's dedicated developer has allowed it to become the single most powerful Reddit client for iOS. However, while advanced users do love the extra features, people using Reddit for basic content consumption find Alien Blue to be too bloated. Therein lies a great opportunity for developers: to create a reasonably powerful yet still lightweight
Reddit client. Read More
The system toggles in the Control Center might get the most press, but the shortcuts in the bottom row have their uses as well. Out of these shortcuts, the flashlight button is likely the most frequently used button. There are many occasions when you are likely to need the flashlight feature that comes embedded with iOS 7, even though the LED at the back of the device is not originally designed to be used for that purpose. For photography, the unchanging intensity level of the LED is fine, but if you are using it as a torch, it is nice to have some extra level of control. A while ago, we covered PhotoTorch, a tweak that allows users to change the intensity of the iPhone
camera LED. CCFlashLightLevel
does the same thing, but this new release works from the iOS 7 Control Center. With this tweak, users can use the CC flashlight toggle as a controller for the LED’s intensity level in a very convenient manner.
It might not be the most popular app on the iPad, but Photo Booth still has a considerable amount of fans. Many photo editors and camera replacement apps have tried to emulate Photo Booth on other platforms
, but there is always a certain charm in using the real deal. Since Apple doesn't offer Photo Booth for iPhone, developers have been coming up with ports and alternatives for smaller screens. On iOS 7, Photo Booth (iOS 7)
brings this classic iPad app to iPhone and iPod touch devices running the latest iOS firmware version. The port offered by the tweak is a little too simple, but serves the purpose for which it has been designed. You get all the popular camera effects, as well as a set of comprehensive sharing options.
Before the start of the previous weekend, the blogosphere woke up to the news of Apple releasing iOS 7.0.6 with a brief release note mentioning bug-fixes for an SSL-related exploit. Nothing to be scared about, right? Well, no. As it turns out, the exploit leaves your device wide open to malicious 'man-in-the-middle' attacks on public WiFi networks. Read More
If you are already a fan of some third-party Camera app for iPhone, you might not be missing CameraTweak
too much after updating to iOS 7. Anyone who has previously had a taste of the tweak in the past, however, is sure to be thrilled by the news that CameraTweak 2
has just been released for iOS 7. The updated version of the tweak doesn’t just bring compatibility with the latest iOS version; it also offers a completely new UI and some new ways of enjoying extra camera features. CameraTweak 2 works in both photo and video modes, with options like White Balance Lock, countdown timer, a timelapse mode and more added to the mix. To make CameraTweak 2 really convenient to use and unobtrusive, the developer has added gestures to it, which ensure that the added buttons don’t interfere with normal camera operations. Read More
When we covered GBA4iOS last year
, it was already a pretty neat and feature-rich emulator but quite some time has passed since then without the app undergoing any changes. After the release of iOS 7, almost all major apps received updates to match the new flat UI, so it makes sense that GBA4iOS has joined the club as well, albeit a little late. GBA4iOS 2.0 comes with a revamped interface and some awesome new features. You can save the state of your games to Dropbox, and ROMs can also be stored in the cloud for easier management. To augment the new UI, GBA4iOS 2.0 has also added support for third-party skins for the emulator’s controller. If you own an iPad, GBA4iOS has finally been optimized for your tablet’s larger screen, letting users enjoy their favorite childhood games more thoroughly. Read More
There's a fine balance to be struck between functionality and simplicity for modern smartphone lock screens. Add too many features to the lock screen, and it starts looking like the actual home screen. Taking away too many will make it too simple; an unnecessary step before getting to the home screen. Unlike with Android, iOS users don't get to tweak said balance, for they are expected to be satisfied by Apple's solution of the smartphone lock screen. That is, of course, unless they jailbreak their device, opening it up to a world of powerful apps and tweaks.
One such new jailbreak tweak for boosting lock screen functionality is PassDial. It allows you to set certain codes - other than the 'passcode' that unlocks your device - entering which calls a certain, predefined number directly from the lock screen. The tweak is brilliant when you think of it! It has a certain Samsung TouchWiz-like feel to it, which isn't bad at all. Read More
Tweaks like HideMe7
are great since they deal with multiple aspects of iOS, but there is always room for specialized packages in the jailbreak store. While HideMe7 has some pretty decent options to customize the iOS 7 status bar, you cannot call its feature list exhaustive by any means. For example, if you want to hide the status bar altogether, HideMe7 cannot help you there. With a tweak like StatusBarSuite
though, you can do exactly that and more. This new release lets you change the visibility status of all iOS 7 status bar elements, dealing with both the temporary and permanent ones. Users get to hide battery and WiFi icons, the time display, and just about every other thing that appears in the status bar.
With the announcement of iOS 7, Apple had users quite excited about its new dynamic wallpapers addition. With each beta release, we kept hoping that the next one (or at least the final release) would bring more live wallpapers or a way to download more. The latter didn't seem like a safe bet, considering the restricted nature of the platform, but we were quite surprised and disappointed to see no addition to the quantity of default dynamic wallpapers. Once iOS 7 was jailbroken, though, the Cydia community was quick to deliver multiple solutions to this problem. Just a couple of days ago, we covered Weatherboard, which offers a vast collection of weather-themed dynamic wallpapers
. Before that, iDynamic brought a few more options to the iOS 7 dynamic wallpaper list
might not come with a lot of variety, but this latest addition to the genre offers some really thorough customization options. It doesn’t let you create animated wallpapers from scratch, but the editing options are so comprehensive that you might get the same feeling. Read More