Looking for an interesting way to control music playback on a jailbroken device? Clex for iOS 7 provides two different sidebar interfaces that can be accessed with a swipe from the side of the screen. Swipe from the left and view a list of all songs in the Music app.
Swipe from the right side of the display and playback controls appear, along with artist information and a list of songs from the same artist. In fact, both sidebar controls can be displayed at the same time, by swiping to show them both.
Two of the most useful controls in iOS 7 can be combined into one place on jaibroken devices. The App Switcher makes it easy to run recently accessed apps, and this functionality can now be added directly to the Control Center with the tweak CSwitcher.
Once installed, CSwitcher replaces the bottom row of quick launch apps with a smaller version of the app switcher. A double press of the home button will reveal the Control Center instead of the App Switcher, and the recently accessed app icons are located at the bottom of the Control Center.
Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock slipped a bit last week, despite Thursday's introduction of the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and 5K Retina iMac. After closing the previous week at $100.73, share prices steadily declined, hitting a low close of $96.26 on Thursday. They rallied a bit and finished the week at $97.67.
The uptick should continue this week, following Apple's Q4 FY 2014 earnings report, which will be released later today, 5:00 PM EDT, 2 PM PDT.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster summed up Wall St.'s expectations in a note to investors. He believes Apple will announce earnings of around $40 billion, which would be at the high end of the company's Q4 guidance. Looking to the holiday quarter, he expects Apple to generate revenue in the $65 - $68 billion range, with margins of 38 to 38.5 percent.
As promised Apple (NYSE: AAPL) has launched its first major update to iOS 8.0. iOS 8.1 is now available as an over the air update on the iPhone 4s and later and iPad 2 and later. Users can download the new software by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. The update requires 1.6GB of free storage to install.
iOS 8.1 includes Apple's new mobile payment system called Apple Pay. The new feature is only supported by the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and the Apple Watch. Only the iPhone 6 models with NFC and Apple Watch when paired with an iPhone 6 are capable of making in-store payments at Apple Pay terminals. iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 users can use Apple Pay and Touch ID to make online or in-app purchases on their tablets.
It's 1984 all over again in the App Store, Rovio Entertainment has released its Angry Birds Transformers crossover and Halfbrick Studios has updated Fruit Ninja with a Ghostbusters theme in celebration of the film's 30th anniversary. Both Tiny Tower Vegas and the MMORPG Order & Chaos Online have also been update with bonus Halloween content for those who are getting into the Halloween mood. Also don't forget to check out our best Halloween apps, including Skullduggery, one of our favorite games of the year.
Here are this week's games, apps and jailbreak tweaks released to the App Store and Cydia for 10/12/14 to 10/18/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Tower Madness 2. The tower defense game will be free on the Apple App Store until 10/23/14. The game will be free on the Apple App Store until 10/16/14.
Complete specifications and system details can be viewed all in one place with the jailbreak tweak iDevice Wise. Once installed, there's no app or configuration to deal with.
Simply navigate to Settings -> iDevice Wise and scroll through the specs organized by section. Everything from Firmware Version to Capability Information, Wireless, Battery and more can be viewed instantly.
Jailbreakers can add a new gesture to app icons, which will display extended information about each app. Once installed, Flinfo delivers this info after swiping up on a home screen app icon.
While Flinfo has no settings, the gesture used to invoke the tweak can be changed using Activator. The most useful information displayed is probably the version number, otherwise the additional info may only be of interest to developers or those who are actively working with the iOS filesystem.
Looking for a simple way to see the iOS volume level at all times? VolumeStatus 2 provides this functionality on jailbroken devices running iOS 7. Once installed, an estimate of volume will appear in a status bar icon.
No need to tap the volume buttons, or even see the volume heads up display. Toggles under Settings -> VolumeStatus make it possible to hide the HUD completely. This means the status bar becomes the go-to place to see volume level information.
You can't escape the IRS even in death and those who do try should be expecting a visit from the "semi-organic autonomous skull" agents of Skullduggery. In the game you play as an upstart collection agent for the Infernal Revenue Service who must seize assets from "deadbeats" who tried to beat the system by taking their riches with them to the afterlife. You do this by stretching your brain to snap your skull around various levels in the underworld.
The premise may be zany, but Skullduggery's gameplay is a lot like Angry Birds, or any other physics-based games available on the App Store. Unlike Angry Birds or Crush the Castle, the goal of the game is not to just knock stuff over, but it's more of a platform title where you pull back on your skull to slingshot yourself forward and through obstacles. Skullduggery offers a very easy one-touch playing experience, and its "Bullet Time" feature gives it a more fluid Matrix-like control where you can slow things down midair and change your trajectory. The controls are simple to master, and once you do, you will feel like you are playing any other platform game.
Parental Controls for iOS delivers a new time management tool to parents with jailbroken devices. With this tweak installed, a time limit can be set to restrict the amount of time a device can be used before it automatically locks.
Once locked, Parental Controls delivers a dialog box with the option to make an Emergency Call or Add One Hour. Of course, adding one hour of time requires entering a passcode. The passcode also protects the tweak's settings.