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If you have already upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion, then you may have noticed the Reader button in the URL bar of Safari 5.2, which helps bring text out of all the clutter of images and ads, is always visible whether it can be used or not. In iOS 5 and in Mac OS X Lion, the Reader button is only available in the Safari URL bar when a page is capable of being displayed in Reader view. If you want iOS to react more like the current build of OS X Mountain Lion’s Safari 5.2, then there’s a new free jailbreak tweak dubbed Lettore.
iOS developer rvirajm, has released Lettore which allows you to have the Mobile Safari Reader button appear in the URL bar no matter what. It will load on every page you bring up, whether it is capable of rendering the Web page in Reader mode or not. If the Web site is capable of being viewed in Reader mode, the button will work. However, if the Web site is not capable of being viewed in Reader mode, the button will still appear, but tapping it will have no response.
The tweak unifies the appearance of Safari between iOS 5 and OS X Mountain Lion and really does nothing else. Lettore does not break Reader functionality for Web sites already supporting Reader.
Lettore is available in Cydia Store via ModMyi repo for free, it does not have any preferences to configure from the Settings application, nor are any icons added to the home screen. There is no way to enable or disable this tweak, so you will have to uninstall it if you choose not to use it.
iOS developer Akhil Tolani has decided to make a new multitasking app dubbed Imperium with even more options and functionality built into it than the generic multitasking App Switcher.
Imperium is similar to one of Akhil Tolani’s pervious tweaks, which was named SuperSwitcher in the attempt to make the multitasking App Switcher more functional. The big difference between Imperium and SuperSwitcher is SuperSwitcher required you to use the App Switcher to activate it, while Imperium can be activated from anywhere using an Acitvator action.
- New multitasking interface.
- Toggels for bluetooth, airplane mode, Wi-Fi, location service and even a switch for flashlight
- A shortcut for composing Tweets
- Quick Photograph
- Google Search
- Composing new e-mails
- Showing song lyrics
- Options for respringing, rebooting, power cycle or entering safe mode.
- A slider for adjusting brightness and volume
There is an additional window with a list of every application on your iDevice so you can quickly launch any application you want to. The list goes in alphabetical order, so if you know what you’re looking for you know where to scroll. In this very same window are four application shortcuts, which you pick from the Imperium preferences pane in the Settings application.
Imperium is available in Cydia Store via BigBoss repo for $0.99. If you are looking for an easy way to access system features all in one location, then Imperium is something to take a look at. If you’re content with using Apple’s multitasking App Switcher and you currently use a different toggle or shortcut system like Deck, then this tweak might not be for you.
A new jailbreak tweak dubbed Attached has been released by iOS developer Dany Lisiansky that will give you the opportunity to open all attachments like .Deb, .Doc, etc., that you receive via iMessages. Each file can be read through the appropriate application.
A new premium-designed jailbreak tweak dubbed Deck by iOS developer SBCoders has surfaced. If you just take a look at the screenshot above, you can see the effort that has been put into this app. Deck will set you back just $1.99 to snag a copy from the ModMyi repository of Cydia.
Deck does more than just offer you toggles like SBSettings or IntelliScreenX can, but it also gives you shortcuts for system actions like composing messages and Tweets, launching Siri or the multitasking App Switcher, re-springing and shutting down, or even shortcuts for launching up to six applications of your choice. Deck let’s you customize the applications you want to show in Deck, as well as which system shortcuts to display.
- Respring, reboot, power down, lock the device
- Quick-upload text to Pastie
- Toggle a flashlight
- Launch a music application of your choice (Music, Pandora, Spotify)
- Launch App Switcher, SpotLight, Notification Center, Siri, Camera, Wallpaper settings
- Quick compose text messages, e-mails, Tweets
- Toggle Wi-Fi, airplane mode, location services, Bluetooth, mute, 3G
- Create up to six application shortcuts
The composition button brings up an iOS-style popup, which gives you the ability to compose Tweets, e-mails, or text messages. The iPhone-shaped button gives you an iOS-style popup with the ability to respring, reboot, power down, or lock the device (put it to sleep).
Deck can be configured with an Activator action, which is customizable from the Settings application after you install it from Cydia. From the Settings pane you can enable and disable Deck at your leisure, choose which interface will appear first when you launch Deck, pick your Activator action for launching Deck, choose which music application on your device will be launched by Deck, and last but not least pick your six actions or applications for the Deck shortcut section.
Check out the demo below:
At the moment, the 3G toggle is a pseudo-toggle that will take you to the Settings application. The reason for this is because SBCoders released Deck early due to high demand and has yet to finish the toggle. The 3G toggle will work like any other toggle as soon as SBCoders releases the next update.
Also note that after installing Deck you will need to disable and then re-enable it and then pick a music application for it to work. This is a small glitch, which will be addressed in the next update.
A new jailbreak tweak dubbed iReminder by iOS developer greensnow will let you place any reminders of your choice on the lock screen. These reminders are fully customizable in appearance and can be changed or removed at any time.
iReminder lets you add up to fifteen different reminders to your lock screen at once. From the preferences pane, which appears in your Settings application after you install iReminder from Cydia, you can set the text size, color, and font. The list of fonts includes 184 different kinds and there are thirteen different colors. The text size is changed with a slider. If you’re using an iPhone or iPod touch, you will need to turn on the ‘iPhone Version’ switch. The settings are shown below:
If you end up having all fifteen reminder slots filled with text, they won’t all appear on the lock screen’s empty space because there isn’t enough room. Instead, a scroll bar will indicate to you that you can scroll up and down through your reminders.
In terms of cosmetic appearance, iReminder might look better as an iOS-style notification bubble instead of just free-floating text on the lock screen. In terms of functionality, it offers great personalization, which anyone with a taste for making their iDevice stand out among others will love.
If you are interested in the iReminder Cydia tweak you can find it through the ModMyi repo for $1.00.
A new free jailbreak tweak dubbed SpotPod by iOS developer Fllotouch brings the ability to control your Music application through SpotLight.
To use SpotPod, you simply swipe over to SpotLight from your home screen and enter control words into the search bar. “Play” will play music, “Pause” will pause music, “Next” will make the Music application skip to the next song, and “Previous” will make the Music application play the song before what you’re listening to already. Once you type the word corresponding to the action you want, tap the search button and SpotPod works its magic.
SpotPod is a rather simple app, but it is a bit cumbersome having to type out a word to pause, play, and skip between songs. Using the iPod controls is much faster, offering a tap interface for controlling the music. Another unfortunate downfall for SpotPod would be that it works only with the stock Apple Music application. It won’t control music from 3rd party apps like Spotify, Pandora, or Grooveshark.
SpotPod is available to download from Cydia Store for free, it works on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The app has no options to configure, after you install it from Cydia, you are ready to start using it and if you want to end the functionality, you will have to uninstall it.
iOS developer VincenzoBB has released a new jailbreak tweak called CallActivator, which allows calls, send SMS / email, or launch your favorite sites with just a few taps.
The tweak allows you to use Activator to make calls, send SMS/Emails and launch websites quickly. To use CallActivator you would have to use Activator app to invoke a simple graphical interface from which to start a call, send an SMS or an email and instantly launch your favorite Web sites. CallActivator is available in Cydia Store for $0.99, to configure CallActivator you can open the Settings menu -> CallActivator and select your contacts and favorite sites (3 each). Then you must also select a gesture of Activator to activate the pop-up CallActivator.
The tweak is fully compatible with iPhone and works with iPad/iPod Touch on iOS 5 too, of course with the exception of the “call action”.