Individual apps can be protected with the jailbreak tweak Asos, recently updated for iOS 8. Asos prevents an app from running without authentication, making it possible to add a passcode to apps or use Touch ID for access. Asos also protects its own settings page, and can do this with Touch ID.
Once installed, settings can be configured to determine when an app prompts for authentication. Apps can request a passcode or Touch ID every time they run, once after reboot, or at timed intervals. Each app installed on iOS 8 can be secured or left unprotected by Asos, based on user preferences.
Advertisements are generally unobtrusive in iOS, however one place where this can be an exception is in the web browser. Many apps use built-in Safari functionality, and ads served via web pages can crop up anywhere. The jailbreak tweak AdBlocker has been updated for iOS 8, and is now available in Cydia as AdBlocker 2.
AdBlocker operates like similar desktop-based ad blocking software, by optimizing the spaces where ads normally appear in the web browser. Once installed, settings include options to enable banner ad blocking in Safari and apps that use the default iOS 8 web browser view (UIWebViews).
In iOS 8 you can share Reminders lists with other iCloud users, which can be a useful tool for collaborative efforts. Say you and a group of friends are getting ready to go on a camping trip and you have a list of items that still need to be gathered. You can share this list with the group and everyone can edit it and mark items as completed. Here's how to do it:
1. The first thing you need to do in order to share a reminder list is turn on Reminders in your iCloud settings. Go to Settings -> iCloud and make sure the toggle next to Reminders is on.
2. Go to Reminders and create your list. You can set alerts by location or by time. So you could set "Pick up fuel for the stove" to alert whenever someone is is near an REI store, etc.
Good news for anyone who enjoys spoofing their iPhone location to trick friends and apps alike. The jailbreak tweak LocationFaker has been updated to work with iOS 8. For those who purchased the previous version of LocationFaker, the update is free of charge.
LocationFaker8 replaces GPS-sourced location data with a fake location chosen by the user. Once installed, the LocationFaker app will appear on the iOS 8 home screen. Locations can be searched, and a list of favorite spoofed locations can even be kept for later use.
There are many ways to add icons to the iOS 8 dock, but the tweak betterFiveIconDock keeps things simple. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have more spacious displays, so this tweak takes advantage of the extra room on these two devices.
Once installed, a fifth app icon can be dragged and added directly to the dock. Going back to four icons means simply dragging the extra icon back onto the main home screen. The best part is what happens when the iPhone 6 Plus is rotated into landscape mode.
Reliance Games announced today that Ultimate Robot Fighting is coming to iOS devices on December 4 and Android devices on December 18. The new action game takes place in the future where the world’s most popular sport is robotic arena combat. Players can control up to 45 deadly machines in 3v3-tag-team-style matches. Each robot fighter features its own distinctive fighting style "inspired from the likes of gods, gladiators, dragons, monks, samurai and ninjas," according to the Reliance Games official blog post.
Ultimate Robot Fighting also promises to feature "intuitive gesture controls," combos, finishers and nearly 250 challenges with boss battles. Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but you can check out some awesome looking iPad gameplay footage below. To learn more about Ultimate Robot Fighting visit RelianceGames.com or follow them RelianceGames.
Sending out texts and iMessages to the wrong people can be a headache in the making. It always helps to double check who is going to receive a particular message. Jailbreak developer Alexandru Laurus had the same idea, and released the tweak DoubleCheck for this purpose.
By default the Messages app in iOS 8 puts the words "iMessage" or "Text Message" in a blank text field, to let the user know what method is being used. Once DoubleCheck is installed, the name of the recipient or group is added to the messaging method. No need to check the top of the screen, the name appears right above the keyboard.
The jailbreak tweak LockGlyph combines two Touch ID features into one to increase eye appeal on the lock screen. Once installed, LockGlyph adds the Apple Pay animation and sound effect to Touch ID authentication when unlocking iOS 8.
Simply tap the home button on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and a stylized fingerprint icon appears followed by a check mark upon a successful scan. Voila, the device is unlocked in style with graphics and sound resembling Apple Pay authentication.
AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: Share/Target Prices Continue to Climb, $1 Trillion Cap in 2015 and More
For the fifth consecutive Friday Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) closed the week at a record high. The share price reached $116.47 by Friday's closing bell. High demand for the iPhone 6 and great expectations for both holiday sales and the Apple Watch launch prompted several investment firms to raise their target prices last week. On Thursday, Morgan Stanley analyst Katie Huberty raised her target price to $126 after Apple surpassed her previous target of $115. She believes people are underestimating potential Apple Watch sales.
Evercore went a bit further and raised its target price from $125 to $136 on Thursday, while Piper Jaffray raised its from $120 to $135. RBC Capital raised its target from $115 to $120 on Monday. All three firms see strong holiday sales and a successful Apple Watch launch in early 2015.
Apple officially released iOS 8.1.1 last week. The update improves performance on older hardware like the iPhone 4s and iPad 2, but it also patches some of the exploits used by Pangu's jailbreak.
Pangu, however, is working on an iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak, and currently has one that works on 30-pin devices (which predates the lightning connector). The team demoed it on an iPad 3.