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Display Your Now Playing Song’s Album Art In iOS 5 App Switcher

12/30/2011 09:37:00 AM - 0 comments
There is another great new jailbreak tweak called AlbumArt which allows you to display your now playing song’s album art in your App Switcher. This is a great tweak for music lovers so let’s see what all the fuss is about.

AlbumArt has been developed by deVbug on AppSwitcher and it looks to be one of the simplest tweaks we have seen in a long time. It is a one trick tweak and it does this very well. All you have to do is install it and it will replace the Music.app icon on your iOS 5 App Switcher with album art for the current song being played. Here’s is what it says on Cydia:

Requires iOS 5 or higher

Show album art on app switcher. support iPod app and other music app (it should be show album art on lockscreen).

No icons added to home screen. No options to configure.

This new tweak has been tested on the iPhone 4 on iOS 5 and it works just as advertised. It is coupled with the back/play/forward button which means you basically get a full Android like widget for the Music app under the app switcher. This really is a great tweak and if you have album art associated with your songs you will love it. If you don’t have album art associated with your music all you will see is a black and which music icon. Thanks to the amazing retina display featured on the iPhone 4 this tweak looks really great.

In order to use this tweak you will need to have a jailbroken device and you can jailbreak iOS 5 using Redsn0w or Sn0wbreeze. AlbumArt on AppSwitcher can be downloaded for free from the BigBoss repository under Cydia.

Fix Sim Errors On iPhone 4S With iOS 5.0.1 Build 9A406

12/28/2011 12:37:00 PM - 0 comments
iOS 5.0.1 was launched specifically to fix battery issues occurring on the iPhone 4S. Apple has however managed to deliver a couple more surprises with this release including the fact that invalid SIM or No SIM card installed errors.

Security issues have been scarce since the initial release of iOS 5.0 back in October. Apple has however managed to allow modders and developers some promise in their quest to port Siri through to devices other than the latest iPhone 4S.

MacRumors has reported that iOS 5.0.1 also fixes another problem with the iPhone 4S and that is the No SIM card installed error that some people are having problems with. According to a new supporting document that has been released by the Cupertino based outfit it has become clear that the build 9A406 has been issued to those users that have experienced these SIM related errors. This update comes ahead of the next update which is expected to be iOS 5.1.

The battery drainage issue has gained a lot of attention on Apple’s discussion forums and it has also been revealed here that a number of users are having problems with SIM card errors too. Here is what Apples new support document has to say:

In certain situations, iPhone 4S may have difficulty recognizing a micro-SIM card, resulting in the following behaviors:

- "Invalid SIM" or "No SIM Card installed" alert appears intermittently.

- Status bar displays "No Service" or "Searching" in a location with good network coverage.

The document then goes on to describe the recommended solution to these issues and this includes backing up and then restoring the device. This involves iTunes pulling down the new Build 9A406 of iOS 5.0.1 and installing it on your device. Once you restore your iPhone 4S you can then restore your content and settings from the backup.

Some users have reported that this does fix the SIM card errors whilst others have stated that there has been no improvement. It’s not sure what the problem is and if there are other issues that need to be addressed but for the moment we have to wait to see what more users have to say before specific conclusions can be made.

Seas0nPass Lets You Jailbreak Apple TV 4.4.4

12/26/2011 12:32:00 PM - 0 comments
If you are looking to jailbreak Apple TV 4.4.4 you can now do so using Seas0nPass for Windows and Mac. Apple released a firmware update for the Apple TV device which has fixed a number of bugs and as with all firmware updates many users have been looking for information about a potential jailbreak.

Seas0nPass is a utility much like the Pwnage Tool which has been designed specifically for the 2nd generation Apple TV and this will now help users to jailbreak and boot Apple TV. Seas0nPass allows users to create custom firmware files for the Apple TV which renders this jailbreak process very easy and simple to do. There are plenty of great tutorials that will show you how to successfully jailbreak Apple TV.

The Seas0nPass jailbreak is a tethered jailbreak and this means that you need to manually put your Apple TV into a jailbroken state every time you turn it off. The jailbreak does however allow for a little more freedom and usability than Apple would like and it also opens the doors to some great new possibilities too. You can even turn your Apple TV into your very own web server to running XBMC.

The Seas0nPass is not like jailbreaks for touch based devices and there is no Cydia or tweaks available to enhance the users experience. That being said however, it is a worthwhile venture and makes Apple TV a little more interesting. Apple TV costs you just $99 and it is a really cheap and compact device that does a really good job. If you have Apple TV and you are looking to jailbreak it then now you can with Seas0nPass.

All New iOS 5.1 Wallpapers For iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch Now Available

12/23/2011 09:14:00 AM - 0 comments
Apple have introduced some brand new iOS 5.1 wallpapers for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch which is going to get a lot of people excited. Whenever Apple releases a new version of its mobile operating system there are usually plenty of new features, changes to existing ones and more. In the beta release of iOS 5.1 Apple included some new wallpapers.

Apple has included four new wallpapers in iOS 5.1 but they are only showing in the iPad version and not the iPhone one. This has led to some speculation that they will be available to the iPad 3 at launch and that iPhone users will not get these new wallpapers.

The four new wallpapers look very similar to what you might expect to see on a Mac desktop but they have been scaled to fit the iPad screen. The four wallpapers are water on a sand covered beach, blades of grass and two new ocean wallpapers. 9to5Mac have made these wallpapers available for download for those people who don’t want to wait for iOS 5.1 to be released. They have even scaled down some of them to fit the iPhone too which is an added bonus.

9to5Mac also stated that the last time new wallpapers were made available was when the iPhone 4 was released and this was also the first time that Apple changed the screen resolution on an iOS device. This could suggest that a retina display iPad is indeed in the works. If you want to get your hands on these new wallpapers all you have to do is head over to 9to5Mac and download them.

iPhone 4S Now Available In Over 21 Countries

12/21/2011 10:12:00 AM - 0 comments
The iPhone 4S is now available in more than 21 countries and in this post we are going to look at the sky high prices that are being charged for this latest Apple device. Fans of the iPhone can now buy the brand new iPhone 4S in more than 21 countries across the world. This comes after Apple made the handset available to new territories last week.

The 21 new countries now offering the iPhone 4S either through Apple’s own online stores or through carrier parties are: Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

Brazil is the country where buyers will have to fork out the most cash and the reason for this is the huge import tax that is being placed on devices such as smartphones. The price of the iPhone 4S through Apple’s Brazilian online store starts at the equivalent of $1410 for the 16GB model and goes up to $1845 for the 64GB model. In the US people are paying $649 for the 16GB and $849 for the 64GB unit. This is a massive price difference and hopefully the decision to build some of Apple’s inventory in Brazil itself will help to reduce the costs.

People in Russia are paying really high prices too and these work out at $1131 to 41350 which again is a big difference when compared with American prices. If you live in any of these additional 21 countries you had better be prepared to hand over a great deal more if you want to own an iPhone 4S. With these prices it just goes to show that the iPhone 4S is not as expensive in the US as people might think.

New 7.85 Inch iPad To Hit Shops In 2012

12/19/2011 12:12:00 PM - 0 comments
According to reports, Apple is preparing a 7.85 inch iPad for launch in late 2012 to cash in on the markets demands for smaller tablets. DigiTimes is where this report comes from and they are citing that source in the supply chain claim that Apple is looking to launch a smaller iPad that will be released next year.

Here’s an extract from the report:

Apple is likely to launch a 7.85-inch iPad prior to the fourth quarter of 2012 in addition to a new iPad scheduled to be released at the end of the first quarter, according to sources in the supply chain.

The first point in the report about a smaller iPad has to be discussed. Here is what Steve Jobs said in October 2010:

“7-inch tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with the iPad,” said Jobs, adding that competing manufacturers were struggling to meet the price point of the iPad, which starts at $500.

“These are among the reasons that the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA — dead on arrival,” Jobs said.

What this leads to is a question as to whether Tim Cook will go against Steve Jobs. This is highly unlikely as Steve Jobs’ beliefs in design are the same as his entire company’s beliefs in design. The Apple designers did their homework on tablet display sizes and decided on a 9.7” display back in 2010 and it is highly unlikely that they will change this just to meet market demand.

The claim that two iPads will be released in 2012 is also highly unlikely. The iPad sells really well based on the experience it offers not on the specifications it has under the hood. We really don’t believe that Apple will introduce an iPad with a smaller display but as with all rumors and stories that appear there is no evidence until an official statement is released from Apple. What do you think?

Untethered Jailbreak For iOS 5 Now Works On iOS 5.0.1

12/16/2011 09:08:00 AM - 0 comments
Last week you may have heard about iOS developer and hacker Pod2g’s new untethered jailbreak exploit that ran on iOS 5. This was tested using a third generation iPod Touch running iOS 5.0 and he wasn’t sure if it would work on the new iOS 5.0.1 as well. He did say however that he would test it on iOS 5.0.1 and report back with his results.

Well the wait is over and we can confirm that after testing the exploit on his iPhone 4 running the latest iOS 5.0.1 firmware, he has confirmed via Twitter that it is working. This ultimately means that you can now update your iOS device to iOS 5.0.1 and still jailbreak it. If you are an iPhone owner who relies on Ultrasn0w for your unlock you are advised against upgrading to preserve your old baseband.

Here’s what Pod2g has to say on his twitter account: Got an untethered iPhone 4 running iOS 5.0.1. Feel free to update.

This is great news for anyone who accidentally updated to iOS 5.0.1 only to find that they were locked out on the new firmware with no way to downgrade to iOS 5.0. It is important to note that so far the exploit has only been confirmed working on A4 based devices and below like the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4G and 3G, Apple TV and the first generation iPad. There has been no confirmation as yet as to whether this will work on A5 based devices such as the new iPhone 4S or the iPad 2.

Currently there is only a semi-tethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 and you can choose from either Redsn0w, Ac1dsn0w or Sn0wbreeze. If this new jailbreak works untethered then this really is great news.

Angry Birds 2.0 Now Available For iPhone And iPad

12/14/2011 09:45:00 AM - 0 comments
Angry Birds has taken the world by storm and now Angry Birds 2.0 has been released. This new version comes with 15 brand new levels and is sure to be a big hit. So far there have been over half a billion downloads across all gaming platforms and this is only set to get bigger and bigger.

If you have been hiding under a rock for the past two years and you don’t know what Angry Birds is, here is a brief description. Angry Birds is a game that has birds, slingshots, pigs and explosives. All you have to do is fire the birds at the pigs. Take out all the pigs on the level and you win.

In order to celebrate just how successful Angry Birds has been, Rovio has created a new update for Angry Birds. This is Angry Birds 2.0 and is an update to the existing version that you will find in the App Store. This new version comes with new menus, graphics and 15 special themed levels.

For those less skilful players, you will be happy to hear that all episodes of the game have been unlocked which means you can start playing anywhere inside the game. The new levels are not unlocked and you will have to unlock these yourself. In addition to the new levels there is also a new bird added to this update. This is an orange colored bird and he has the ability to expand and destroy the level structures when it hits something.

If you fancy getting your hands on this new version of Angry Birds you can find it at the App Store right now for just $0.99. Join the rest of the world and start playing Angry Birds today.

ESRA Jailbreak App Is Siri For Older iOS Devices

12/12/2011 09:41:00 AM - 0 comments
There have been a number of Siri like apps, tweaks and plugins popping up lately. It seems as if anything that has a speaker and internet connection is being looked at and there are some options available in both the App Store and Cydia. So far however, none of these have come close to replicating the functionality of Siri. ESRA has just been announced so will this beat the competition?

ESRA has been released and is available for all jailbroken iOS devices. You will find it in Cydia under the BigBoss repo. It stands for Experimental Speech Response Application but does it really work? ESRA tries to offer Siri-like functions and features for devices other than the iPhone 4S. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the power of Siri’s real language recognition behind it which leads to plenty of instances where the app just doesn’t know what you have said.

ESRA is currently in the very early stages of development so it may be a little hard to compare it to Siri which is an application that has had a lot of work put into it. Siri has also benefited from everything that Apple has to offer and this is why it has become the prime feature of the iPhone 4S. ESRA has not had this benefit so we will have to wait and see what happens.

ESRA could be the next big thing for jailbroken older iOS devices and for those who want Siri-like functionality without having to spend the money necessary for an iphone 4S.

Customize Every Aspect Of Your iPhone Now With Springtomize 2 For iOS 5

12/07/2011 10:03:00 AM - 0 comments
A new tweak called Springtomize has been released which will allow users to customize every aspect of their iPhone. This new app has so many great settings all packed into one tiny application. Here’s what the BigBoss has to say about Springtomize:

Springtomize allows you to customize your SpringBoard, to make it look and feel how you want. It provides plenty of options to modify even the littlest aspect of your device. Springtomize is really the only tweak you need to customize your device, and it provides all the settings you may need in a single, convenient interface.

In order to use Springtomize you will need to have a jailbroken iPhone running iOS 5. It will cost you $2.99 for this app and it only takes up 495kb on your iPhone. The price is great considering the amount of options you get. Here’s a few of the options that we found really great.


With animations there are a couple of different options including settings for the color, sound, duration and direction of each animation when switching between screens on your iPhone.


The capabilities panel is great and you can use this to deactivate some of the iPhone feature that you might not use or find useful. You can deactivate such things as Voice Control or Multitasking.


There are lots of options in this panel and you can enable or disable default settings on your lockscreen such as camera or cover art. You can even change the standard slide to unlock text from here.

There are lots more options in this app including icons, folders, app switcher, status bar, pages and themes. Springtomize 2 can be downloaded from the Big Boss repo and as far as we’re concerned it really is a great app with so much to offer. Remember in order to be able to use this app you will need to have a jailbroken device and if you are looking to jailbreak iOS 5 you can get a tethered jailbreak using Redsn0w or Sn0wbreeze.

No Apple Support For Carrier IQ In iOS 5

12/05/2011 10:00:00 AM - 0 comments
It seems that Apple has stopped supporting Carrier IQ in iOS 5 and plans to completely remove it in their future software updates. Let’s face it, we all love our smartphones but the one thing we don’t like is the key logging software such as Carrier IQ that is added without our knowledge.

The main perpetrator in the Carrier IQ saga is Google’s Android Software which reportedly monitors SMS, web usage data and any keystrokes it feels like logging. We also reported not so long ago that Carrier IQ was also keeping tabs on the iPhone which has added even more fuel to the fire. The iOS iteration even though it is not as daunting as the Google Android still poses as an invasion of privacy.

Apple has confirmed that they are currently in the phasing out process of the controversial software and that they will be completely removing it in a future software update. They have not stated when this future update will be and iOS 5.1 has already been sent out to developers but whether it has been removed or not we don’t know.

Apple did release a statement in relation to this matter and this is what they had to say:

We stopped supporting Carrier IQ with iOS 5 in most of our products and will remove it completely in a future software update. With any diagnostic data sent to Apple, customers must actively opt-in to share this information, and if they do, the data is sent in an anonymous and encrypted form and does not include any personal information. We never recorded keystrokes, messages or any other personal information for diagnostic data and have no plans to ever do so.

If you do have an iPhone or other iDevice and you want to make sure that you are not being watched over you can do this manually by opening the settings icon and going to General > About > Diagnostics & Usage > and opt for Don’t Send. This will ensure that all your information and data is kept private until Apple completely remove the Carrier IQ from their software.

Siri0us Allows You To Install Siri Dictation On iPhone 4, 3GS And iPod Touch 4G

12/02/2011 09:34:00 AM - 0 comments
Apple really has made its mark with the release of Siri and there is nothing quite like this available on any other device. The decision to limit its availability to the new iPhone 4S is a shame but what we have to report today could allow you to enjoy some of the benefits of Siri on your iPhone 4 without having to upgrade to the iPhone 4S.

Since the release of the iPhone 4S every hacker available has been trying to get Siri to run on all iDevices. They have also proven that it is possible but that because Siri needs to talk to Apple’s servers and the authentication that it requires it has been difficult for it to make its way into the public domain.

Thanks to a new jailbreak tweak by developer Eric Day you can now get half of the Siri experience. The new app which is called Siri0us is available to download from Cydia and won’t cost you anything if you don’t mind having a few adds thrown into the process. So what does this new app give users? Well users won’t get the actual Siri integration but they will get the Nuance powered dictation feature. This tweak really does work and if you have been waiting to talk to your iPhone but just don’t have the money to upgrade to the iPhone 4S then this could be a great app to get.

One word of warning – some users have reported issues when trying to install this tweak, and if you’re device keeps on respringing there is a fix at hand.

The developer has noted a bug that some may run into when trying to install. If your iDevice keeps respringing, do not restore! Use a SSH tool to remove the /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/AssistantServices.framework file.

Other than that this seems to work really well but remember you will need to have a jailbroken device in order to use it.