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Top 5 Must Have Jailbreak Apps: Part 3

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Wow, so I’m guessing you are all probably really sick of hearing about the 3.0 software. Ok, I really don’t believe that but you never know. So how about some jailbreak conversation? You say you’re still on the fence on whether or not to jailbreak your iPhone even after ourTop 5 Must Have Jailbreak Apps Part 1 and Part 2? After reading this you should have hopefully made your decision one way or another. So buckle up and I will take you for a ride… on the wild jailbreak side.

***All of the following apps can be downloaded via Cydia on your Jailbroken iPhone.

More after the break!

1. xGPS

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For all of you who are looking for that Turn-by-Turn GPS solution, this first jailbreak app, xGPS has your answer. This is the first app available to bring turn-by-turn directions to your iPhone. It has recently been updated to version 1.2 and — until Apple allows them into the App Store — is the best application available for the iPhone for Turn-by-Turn. This version also includes voice instructions support.

 

2. Snapture

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This application is for those who think that Apple didn’t give enough features — or I should say any features — to the iPhones camera. With Snapture you can take multiple shots at once, take black and white photos, and it even allows you to zoom. Snapture has a sleek user interface, and allows you to take photos by touching anywhere on the screen, or even by using the volume button which happens to be a very welcomed add on. Again, a third party jailbreak developer is picking up Apple’s slack.

 

 

 

3. iBluetooth

This next one was covered by TiPb a while back, iBluetooth. Yes, we know that iPhone 3.0 should eliminate the need for this application but until you can get your hands on 3.0, this should hold you over. Also, with iBluetooth you can enjoy a little Apple-unsupported OBEX Bluetooth file transfer, which simply means, for example, you can share images from iPhone to iPhone or iPhone to another mobile phone or computer, etc…

4. QuickReply

Apple should really pay close attention to the following application from iReal. QuickReply is a plugin that allows you to reply to a new SMS right from the onscreen popup screen, so there is no need to have to exit your current application to reply to a SMS message. Pretty nifty indeed. This application also gives you the option to call the contact instead of replying via SMS which is also a nice feature to have at your fingertips. (Maybe Apple should also look at this as part of a notification system overhaul, hint, hint).

5. QuickSMS

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This 5th and final app we have for you today is also from iReal. QuickSMS is simply a plugin that allows you to compose a new SMS message to anyone from any application on your iPhone. You can launch QuickSMS anytime by hitting the Volume Up button. This will pop up window and from here you can create a new SMS or call a contact. So gone will be the days when you had to enter your Phone or SMS apps!

Sadly, none of us know what the future of jailbreaking will be with iPhone 3.0 and all of the great new features it brings to the table. This very well may be one of the final Top 5 Must Have Jailbreak Apps articles that get written on TiPb. Until 3.0 is officially released this summer, however, hopefully reading this finally gave you that push off the fence onto jailbreaking the 2.2.1 firmware!

TiPb Answers: Why Does My iPhone Think it’s in a Different State?

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TiPb loves answering your questions, but we also love sharing our answers with the community in hopes that more people will benefit, and even better answers will present themselves (hey, that’s why we have them forums!). Today’s question comes from Stupendoussteve on Twitter:

ever heard of iPhone finding you at a previous address, states away, where you’ve never even taken the phone (post restore)?

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We have! And TiPb answers after the break!

The iPhone uses Location Services to determine where it is. Location Services uses three (3) distinct technologies, from the more gross to the more granular, and different iPhones (and iPod touches) support different levels.

The most precise, supported only by the iPhone 3G, is aGPS. aGPS uses cell tower-based GPS crunching to give you a fairly tight indication of your current position. In the middle, supported by iPhone 3G and the original iPhone 2G, is cell tower positioning. Google mapped all cell towers in the US (and other countries), recorded their GPS locations, and then tries to triangulate where you are if it doesn’t have — or can’t get to — an aGPS signal proper. The last — and the one causing your problem — is WiFi router mapping.

What happened was a company called Skyhook got into a bunch of vans, drove around the US (and other countries), detected WiFi routers in homes and businesses, and recorded their unique IDs along with their GPS locations.

For iPod touches, and for iPhones that aren’t getting good, this is the final and least accurate method Location Services uses to find out where you are. The problem you’re encountering is likely that Skyhook recorded the location of your WiFi router when you lived in another state, and now when your iPhone is finding it, it still thinks you’re at that old address, across town, or across the country.

Skyhook may eventually drive around and re-map your WiFi router, or you can go to SkyhookWireless.com and manually re-locate your WiFi in their system — though in our experience it can take a long time for them to update either way.

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Cydia is a 3rd party software application developed by the notorious jailbreaker Jay Freeman (known in the jailbreak community as Saurik). Cydia is basically a great alternative to Apple’s App Store, it even looks alike so that users may not encounter any problems when browsing for apps and programs. In Cydia Store you can find all sort of apps and useful tweaks that are simply great and haven’t been accepted in the App Store due to various reasons. You can find your desired apps by browsing repositories and well know sources that list these packages. We have a detailed list of the best Cydia sources and also a great tutorial on how to add Cydia repositories.

I know that most people have the same question in mind: how to install Cydia on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The answer is clear as daylight: you don’t install Cydia! You need to jailbreak your iDevice in order to get access to Cydia and after you have jailbroken your iDevice the Cydia icon will automatically pop up on your home-screen. This is a very common mistake and people are very confusing regarding the installation of Cydia, that’s why i decided to write this short article and to clarify things.

Like i said above you need to jailbreak your iDevice in order to get Cydia, but the jailbreak process can get complicated, especially for beginners. Sometimes, even if you manage to complete the jailbreak process you might end up with a lot of issues, rendering the jailbreak useless. Because of the large number of jailbreak software and versions it can be tricky just no figure out which one can jailbreak your iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch model / iOS version and that’s why it is always recommended that you turn to professionals that will guide you through the whole process and offer support if anythings goes wrong.

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Here at iPhoneAppCode we do our best to help our readers but we can’t offer support and guidance to each and every one because we are only a couple and you guys are so many, so we’ve decided to find a partner that can do it for us.

After a thorough research among all the sites that offer jailbreak services we’ve picked one, and i have to say that they really deliver. They have the lowest prices and offer 24 /7 support, and also a 100% satisfaction guarantee. So instead of wasting days to figure out which software to use and how to fix your iPhone if something goes wrong, join newestiphone.com and let the professionals do it for you.

Dev-Team: Palm Pre May Track User Location, but 3rd Party iPhone Apps Do Too!

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The iPhone Dev-Team take a break from the Jailbreak to throw some light on the issue of 3rd party iPhone apps tracking users’ location. Joey Hess and our friends over at PreCentral.net kicked up a bit of a ruckus last week detailing how the Palm Pre reports users’ location data back to Palm HQ. Well, says the Dev-Team:

Although we have yet to find an application by Apple that tracks your location, there are certainly a number of “free” applications in the official AppStore that are designed to do just that. Case in point: there’s this rather cute/gimicky app that lets you determine the tip for your waiter or waitress by tilting your phone as you pass it around the restaurant table. But if you dig a little deeper (like bushing did) you’ll find it uses a library by Pinch Media that is specifically designed to track your geographical location through time, then upload that data to Pinch Media. (Oh and it also show you an ad, as an extra bonus).

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They point out that the iPhone will ask before any app is allowed to use location data, but also that it will keep asking to the extent that users might just agree to prevent being constantly annoyed with popups.

The Dev-Team goes so far as to describe these types of apps using the dreaded “s” word. That’s right — SPYWARE. However, in a web increasingly dominated by companies seeking to aggregate (hopefully anonymized?!) user data as a way to monetize (providing free or cheap apps in exchange for the shared data and tolerance for advertising), how broadly can that term now be applied? Many, especially tech-savvy, users are happy to let Google’s Gmail scan their email and serve ads in exchange for the service (and don’t even get us started on Chrome parsing all URLs a user enters through Google, or their purchase of DoubleClick…)

Should we be concerned more about small, 3rd party companies? About Apple, Palm, and Google-type companies? Or is it just the way of the world now?

How about this — Perhaps Apple could give us app-specific Location settings, much as we now have app-specific Notification settings? That way, there’d be a list of apps that use location, and we could individually turn off those with which we don’t want to share our location. How about it, Apple?

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The iPhone Dev-Team take a break from the Jailbreak to throw some light on the issue of 3rd party iPhone apps tracking users’ location. Joey Hess and our friends over at PreCentral.net kicked up a bit of a ruckus last week detailing how the Palm Pre reports users’ location data back to Palm HQ. Well, says the Dev-Team:

Although we have yet to find an application by Apple that tracks your location, there are certainly a number of “free” applications in the official AppStore that are designed to do just that. Case in point: there’s this rather cute/gimicky app that lets you determine the tip for your waiter or waitress by tilting your phone as you pass it around the restaurant table. But if you dig a little deeper (like bushing did) you’ll find it uses a library by Pinch Media that is specifically designed to track your geographical location through time, then upload that data to Pinch Media. (Oh and it also show you an ad, as an extra bonus).

They point out that the iPhone will ask before any app is allowed to use location data, but also that it will keep asking to the extent that users might just agree to prevent being constantly annoyed with popups.

The Dev-Team goes so far as to describe these types of apps using the dreaded “s” word. That’s right — SPYWARE. However, in a web increasingly dominated by companies seeking to aggregate (hopefully anonymized?!) user data as a way to monetize (providing free or cheap apps in exchange for the shared data and tolerance for advertising), how broadly can that term now be applied? Many, especially tech-savvy, users are happy to let Google’s Gmail scan their email and serve ads in exchange for the service (and don’t even get us started on Chrome parsing all URLs a user enters through Google, or their purchase of DoubleClick…)

Should we be concerned more about small, 3rd party companies? About Apple, Palm, and Google-type companies? Or is it just the way of the world now?

How about this — Perhaps Apple could give us app-specific Location settings, much as we now have app-specific Notification settings? That way, there’d be a list of apps that use location, and we could individually turn off those with which we don’t want to share our location. How about it, Apple?

App Review: Hurricane Tracking for the iPhone

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Back when I lived in Florida, hurricanes were a yearly concern. Now that I am in Texas, they don’t play such a prominent role but they are still something to think about. Hurricane is an app designed to try to take away some of that concern.

I have actually had this app for well over 4 months, but I wanted to wait till the middle of hurricane season so I could see it in action. And let me say, the app generally performs very well. The app starts off with a screen where you can select Atlantic or Pacific hurricanes, and then gives you a list of the active storms as well as completed storms. When you click on a storm, you can look at the radar loop, projected path, tracking map, satellite images, and bulletins. All of this allows you to try to keep on top of these potentially devastating storms.

In addition, you can look a historical storms (from last year going back to 1851) and specific data feeds (like satellite images) from a variety of sources. For people with little hurricane experience, you can also see how hurricanes are rated on the Saffir-Simpson scale. While it certainly isn’t necessary, it would be nice to have some sort of hurricane checklist included (what to do, or not do, when one hits, for example).

Unfortunately, the app doesn’t provide any customization options. You can specify your location and only look at storms that may hit you. You can’t mark a storm as a “favorite” to keep close tabs on it. You don’t get push notifications when a storm status changes (or a new alert is released). These are all kinds of features that would put this app into an elite category. In addition, there is no ability to sort or search the historical data. I can’t look for all historical Cat 5 storms that have him Florida, for example. If I am curious about how frequently a specific area has been hit, I can’t only include storm that hit Texas. The historical data is nice, but in the present form it is a little unwieldy unless you know exactly what you are looking for.

Conclusion

As hurricane tracking apps go, this is a nicely designed app, giving you a lot of the pertinent and critical information. If you live in a hurricane prone area, it could certainly be worth the $3.99 price. However, the app is missing some features that would move it into a premium app category (which, I should note, I haven’t seen in other hurricane apps as well).

Cydia Store has proved its utility during time with all those amazing tweaks and apps available for download. This platform encompasses millions of great tweaks, which are meant to make all iDevices powerful and stronger while enhancing their functionality. As a primordial condition to get access over this great platform of tweaks and apps is to jailbreak your iOS device. Fortunately, there are many jailbreak tools that can help you to perform this process.

Back to out things, I want to show you some important Cydia apps for iOS in 2012. Some of you might be familiar with these must have Cydia apps because some of them are only updated to be compatible with iOS 6. With the only desire of making you aware of some great Cydia tweaks for iOS 6, I will try to gather the most important ones in a Must Have Cydia Apps for iOS in 2012 list.
SBSettings1. The first Cydia tweak I want to mention here is the Winterboard. This already famous tweak gives us the possibility of changing themes, icons and backgrounds, as we want. Throughout Cydia store, you can find hundreds of impressive themes that can transform your dull device in something pretty interesting.

2. Secondly, the SBSettings is quite useful if you want make shortcuts for other apps and settings right in the Notification Center. For example, you can turn on/off Wi-Fi easily if you place this respective shortcut. The same thing goes with Bluetooth or the level of brightness.

3. The Activation is one of the must have Cydia apps for iOS 6 if you ask me. This simple but in the same time, amazing tweak allows you to assign various gestures in order to launch certain apps or to change settings. It is easier and more convenient for those of you who hate browsing throughout their devices for a particular feature.

4. Five Icon Dock has been around for so long but it is still useful especially for those of you who still do not own an iPhone 5 yet. This simple app will turn your Four Icon Dock in a Five Icon Dock. This means more room for you to place your favorite apps and tweaks for a quicker access and use.

5. In the last part, I want to mention one of the best iOS 6 apps in 2012 for iPhone, iPod and iPad. The SwipeSelection tweak brings you new ways of editing, changing, copying and moving text from one way to another, while you move the cursor by swiping on the keyboard. I know that it will turn out to be quite useful for those of you who send larger mails or who read e-books.

If you want to have a stronger iPhone, iPad or iPod, you need to know where to look for the best Cydia apps for iOS 6. This short must have Cydia apps list for iOS 6 contains only several notable apps. The Cydia store is a platform with millions of tweaks waiting for you to download them.

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