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Let’s face it. Apple’s sixth iteration of its mobile software was a minor update. I have been hearing from people that the actual reason for it being the minor update, unlike iOS 5 was due to the fact that Apple invested its entire time in building its own mapping solution from the scratch. There’s no doubt that Google Maps are still unmatched on any platform. And we know how massively Apple maps failed and Tim Cook had to eventually apologise for providing a bad mapping solution to its users.

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Fortunately, Google pushed its Google Maps application on App Store and Apple was generous enough to approve it. When iOS 5 was introduced, it was truly a leap for Apple in mobile OS. Nevertheless, Apple knew from the very first day since the development of Android started at Google that they have to abandon Google services sometime soon. However, that was not the primary motive at that time for Apple. Nor they had those immense resources to achieve it. Steve wanted Apple to recognise its true potencial and return to the market yet again with release of new categories. iPhone was one of life saviour, but services such as Google Maps, Youtube and Google Search were one of the safest bet for them to make it a hit among other smartphones during that time. [click to continue…]

Well, there are already rumours that Facebook is all set to unveil a Facebook phone in collaboration with HTC with even deeper Facebook integration. But lately, 9to5google sources have more information about what could be the tweaked Android Operation System might be called. According to these sources, ‘Facebook Home’ is the name of the upcoming Android OS system from Facebook.

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The invitations which Facebook has sent to the media also hints towards the fact that the Android OS might have the keyword ‘Home’ in it. If you have read the invitation, it says – “Come see our new home on Android”. Although Android is pretty much obvious, but home is something which is not usual for any company like Facebook to include in an invite. Also, it has been previously reported that the design of the Facebook phone with HTC could resemble to an iPhone with a home button at the center, and two capacitive button beside it. [click to continue…]

Although there are many tweaks on Cydia which lets you modify almost anything, but there’s one tweak which was missed. And that tweak couldn’t be none other than an add on which should allow you to record calls. Perhaps, there might be certain issues with tweak like them since in many countries, this is considered to be illegal. A developer with twitter handle @Limneos has finally come up with one for those on JailBroken devices.

Also, he has included a disclaimer in the description of the tweak that he won’t be responsible for any illegal activity which is peformed using this call recorder. To install this Call recorder tweak, you need to add this repository in Cydia – (http://limneos.net/repo). Once all the respos are updated, search ‘net.limneos.callrecorder‘. Yes, you won’t find it with ‘Call Recorder’ as a generic name. Instead, the developer has chosen a quite dynamic name which is not searchable easily. [click to continue…]

I have been using Nexus 4 since few days now. And completely loving the way how far Android has come down to. It’s been an amazing experience on this device. Nevertheless, there are so many great features which Apple could pick from Android to improve App Store in iOS 7. First, we all know how HTML interface of App Store sucks. It takes significant time even on high speed internet connection for the UI to surface once the app is opened. Of course, there’s a workaround to make it work faster, but then it remains a mess for many people.

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I figured out that there are many ways by which Apple could learn from Play Store or Android and improve App Store for the future. Some of them are listed below -

Ability to install Applications from the iTunes Store (web interface)

This feature has been on Android from quite sometime now. For those who don’t know, you could install applications from the web as well on your phone without even touching your smartphone. I admire this feature a lot. For example, if i’m on my Macbook and found out an app link on Twitter or Facebook, all i could do is to directly use the link to install app on my device. That’s it, i don’t even need to open Play Store on my device, search and then install. And your email account decides what device you own for the purpose to install apps seamlessly. [click to continue…]

Saurik, the creator behind Cydia, has come come up with a tweak called ‘Cyueue’. This tweak does the job of queuing up your songs one after the other in an efficient way. Due to the fact that it’s a tweak, it doesn’t install any standalone application after installation. Instead, it enhances the functionality of default Music application by adding an option to allow user to select what song to play now, next or later.

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Once you have queued all of your songs using the tweak in Music application using the above mentioned actions, they are automatically added in a playlist called Cyueue. In other words, it could be called an ‘on the go’ playlist which you could replace with already playing playlist in music application. Also, once queue playlist is done playing all songs, you would be reverted to the previous playlist you had been playing. [click to continue…]

Since Apple would most probably preview iOS 7.0 in WWDC 2013, iOS users have plenty of expectations with it. In fact, according to many, Apple hasn’t changed much with the release iOS 6 from the previous iteration. Hence, it’s time that Apple should bring back its magical experience into iDevices with the power of mobile software. For the same, another interesting iOS notification center concept has emerged which depicts about the various possibilities.

As per the concept, whenever you receive iOS notifications, you should be able to perform different actions on it. These actions include an ability to call back, compose a message based on the call, or set a reminder for calling on the number later. Moreover, the same thing could be extended further for Mail notifications where you could reply, delete or move any mail to archive.

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Well, this doesn’t come in the form of surprise. But Apple’s approval process continue to lack in approving apps which doesn’t comply with their policies. There’s now another application on App Store which lets you delete system applications on your iOS device. In other words, you could hide all those pre-installed application which you don’t use anymore.

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We think that the actual reason for HiddenApps app to go unnoticed from the eyes of reviewers is due to the fact that it offers much more functionalities if you simply neglect the name. Also, if you read the description of the application, it doesn’t say much about it. According to the developer, it’s an application that tells you tips and tricks about your iDevice. On the contrary, it does more than that. [click to continue…]

If you haven’t heard of Celeste before, let me enlighten you about the popular tweak first. Among all those Bluetooth sending apps that came and disappeared, Celeste has been onto the forefront of the development. Despite all those hurdles which are being thrown by Apple with each iteration of iOS and making it difficult to crack the BTStack on iPhone, Cocoanuts have informed yet again via Twitter that Celeste would get iOS 6 support soon.

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Celeste tweak works as an addition with the action menu on iOS. With cut, copy, paste etc, you also get an option to send files in Music library of your iPhone or an option to send via Bluetooth in iFile and other third party applications. If you have purchased the tweak before, and had been waiting for the much awaited update, the wait is about to end. In the meantime you could also check some other popular tweaks from the same developer team. [click to continue…]

Yesterday, Google pushed an update for Chrome for iOS. And all those people with a JailBroken iPhone, iPod touch or iPad who had updated without knowing the fact that it would crash after the update started to face issues. When you open the application, it works absolutely fine. But after 3 seconds, the application crashes and the activity continue to occur repeatedly. Of course, the fix is not to delete Chrome for iOS and reinstall from App Store. The reason is because Google has included an untested JailBreak specific code to its app.

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If by any chance, you haven’t updated the application yet, it’s better you shouldn’t do it as well. Because once the app is updated, it would automatically figure out wether your iDevice is JailBroken or not and result in continuous crashes. The actual reason why Chrome for iOS crashes is because the JailBreak detection logic automatically assumes that you had turned ON crash reports in Chrome on iOS devices. On the contrary, by default, ‘send crash report’ is turned OFF which is why Chrome crashes every 3 seconds after you have opened the mobile browser. [click to continue…]

Undoubtedly, there are certain apps which are available on App Store that lets you create ringtones from your iPhone and the import them using iTunes whenever the device is connected to your PC/Mac. But if you are on a JailBroken iPhone, there’s yet another handy way for you to do the same thing, but in a much better way. A tweak called ‘Rinngo’ by Cocoanuts is an enhancement to action menu on iOS which gives you the ability to make ringtone directly from your Music Library and then save it right into ringtone library.

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Precisely, it surpasses Apple’s restrictions to directly import use created ringtones to ringtone library. Previously, the developers came up with a tweak called Gremlin which allow you to import the downloaded mp3 files into the Music library. The procedure is really simple. Just tap and hold on the song in music library, an action menu would appear. You could use that action menu to select Rinngo and a new interface would be presented to you automatically. From there onwards, trim the song to create a ringtone and import to your ringtone library instantly. [click to continue…]

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