Posts tagged Jailbreak Tweaks
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”.
As you know Apple removed lyric functionality in the iPad’s Music application in iOS 5. iOS developer ac3xx has released a new tweak dubbed Lyricalizer which allows you to get those lyrics back to display over the large album artwork taking advantage of the iPad’s large screen. If no lyrics are detected, the app grabs them from the internet and places in the Music application for you, so you won’t have to enter your song’s lyrics through iTunes anymore!
Lyricalizer works in both landscape or portrait orientation from the stock iOS Music application, but does not currently work on any other kind of music application from the App Store or from Cydia such as Grooveshark, Pandora, or Spotify. Lyricalizer only supports the iPad right now, the developer is working on a universal version that will also work on the iPhone and iPod touch (which both currently still support lyrics). Since the iPad had its lyrical functionality stripped, the developer found it fit to release the iPad version first.
Lyricalizer is a great jailbreak tweak as it takes advantage of iPad’s large screen to show you your lyrics, and the ease of use is even better. Lyricalizer requires iOS 5, there are no preferences to configure from the Settings application. The tweak is available in Cydia Store via BigBoss repo for $1.29.
After installing AppSlider from Cydia and performing your respring, you are presented with a new preferences pane that has everything you need to select both of your applications that will have shortcuts added to the lock screen. The tweak comes bundled with an enable and disable switch so that you can turn off the features of the tweak on demand. After you’ve selected your two applications, simply tap on the “Apply Changes” button and the device will respring.
AppSlider works great, if you tap on the icons they take you straight to the applications that you selected without any problems. If you have a passcode set, AppSlider will comply with that pass code forcing you to enter the pass code before the device is unlocked and any applications are launched. AppSlider is available for FREE in Cydia Store and requires iOS 5, unfortunately it is not yet compatible with the iPad.
Given that security has always been a major concern for most of the iDevice user, it is important for them to protect their apps being accessed by other people. A new jailbreak tweak dubbed DisableLaunch by iOS developer va2ron1 has been released that keeps intruders out of your iDevice.
The tweak adds another security layer to your iOS device and comes handy in situations when your phone is lost or stolen and you want to prevent unauthorized reading of private Emails and viewing of files, pictures, videos, et cetera. Or, say you don’t want your kids to access Twitter, App Store, Facebook or any other app. It provides one of the easiest ways to password protect iPhone apps and essentially makes your all iOS devices far more convenient, and just as secure.
DisableLaunch requires iOS 5 to install and will provide a good defense against unwanted hands. If you enable the tweak, the person who picks up your iDevice cannot open Cydia to remove the tweak or open Settings to disable the tweak until the tweak is disarmed. The best part about DisableLaunch? – It’s a free tweak; you can donate to the developer through the preferences pane if you want to.
After installation is completed, it will add a new pane to Settings.app, in which a password can be added to all your iOS applications, meaning they won’t launch unless you know the numeric password. To set it, go to Settings, choose Activation Methods, enable Authentication and enter password. The next time you try to launch any applications protected by DisableLaunch you will be prompted for your special word. However, you can even enable/disable the tweak at your disposal.
Aloud is a new “feature rich” jailbreak tweak by iOS developer Ori Kadosh that will speak your notifications out loud when you get them using Siri. This jailbreak tweak can come in handy if you are driving or just have been searching for an easy way to know what notifications you are getting without looking at the device screen.
Full features list of Aloud:
- Aloud speaks a lot of languages – over 30 of them!
- Customize Aloud’s voice with a custom rate and a custom volume!
- Suppress the original notification sounds
- Works with every notification
- Choose what apps you don’t want Aloud to speak for
- Tons of rules to set so Aloud won’t interrupt:
- Device state (un/locked or both)
- Disrespect the mute switch
- Speak only with headphones
- Only when charging
- Don’t speak in-call
- Don’t speak on certain days
- Don’t speak on certain hours
- Make Activator actions to listen to this set of rules (or not)
- Custom speaking formats:
- Speak only the message, title or both!
- Dynamic format – automatically configured for messages, emails and Music with MusicBanners!
- Activator Actions! Including:
- Repeat the last notification
- Stop speaking
- System state (WiFi, battery, charging)
- Date and time
- Works great with Hands-Free Control and tell it to “Read” your last notification!
The tweak is available in Cydia Store for 99¢ for the first three days of its release. After those days are over, Aloud will cost the same amount as SpeakEvents ($1.99). Aloud requires iOS 5 and has Hands-Free Control integration. Once we have installed Aloud from Cydia, there is a long list of preferences available under Settings.
You can also check out SpeakEvents which has a similar concept but is not as feature rich as Aloud. You can download SpeakEvents for FREE, but you will need to purchase a license for a price of $1.99 AUD, which is approximately the same price in US dollars.
Calendar Pro Notification Widget is a jailbreak tweak available in Cydia Store which adds a calendar to the notification center
iOS developer tom-go has released a very sleek calendar widget for Notification Center dubbed Calendar Pro. Similar to the stocks and weather widgets, you can tap to launch the respective application – the small calendar button in the bottom right of the widget, as shown in the screenshot above, will launch the stock iOS Calendar application.
Calendar Pro Features:
- Allows to set starting day of week either Sunday or Monday.
- Allows to set font color for each part of the calendar
- Allows to show dos for events registered in iOS’s default calendar.
- Allows to import public holidays from subscribed calendars on your iDevice.
- Home button to go navigate back to current month quickly.
Calender Pro addon can be enabled from the Settings app, in the Notificaion Panel. If you don’t like having a ton of widgets clogging up Notification Center, then Calendar Pro might not be something that you want to install; it does take up a considerable amount of space and requires iOS 5 to install.
Calendar Pro is available in Cydia Store for only $1.50.