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Facebook iOS App Gets Free Calling Feature in Update

Facebook has been working hard on its iOS app, with several updates launching recently. The latest free update hit the App Store on February 22. Most visible are new sharing buttons, which are simpler to use and provide an easier way to like, share and comment.

Facebook app iOS

Free in-app calling is now officially a part of the Facebook app for iOS, making it possible to call your friends in the US and Canada without using voice plan minutes. The feature will of course use up some of your data plan as these calls are placed over the Internet.

Flickr for iOS Update Adds Several New Features

The Flickr iOS app received some new features thanks to the latest update released on February 21. Besides faster image uploads, users will notice a new user tagging feature that works by typing @screename. Lightbox thumbnails are also now a higher resolution than they were before.

Flickr gets update

Flickr makes it possible to view and participate in everything the photo sharing site has to offer. The mobile app has received many great reviews for its design and functionality. Flickr is a Yahoo! product and can be downloaded on the App Store free of charge.

Add Photos to iPhone Contacts with Cyntact

Let's face it, there are some features of Android that iOS could benefit from having. Seriously, why doesn't Apple show photos in the stock Contacts list? If this is a feature that interests you, now that the evasi0n jailbreak is available you can easily add this to your iPhone. Jay Freeman, the creator of the jailbreak app store Cydia, developed Cyntact years ago and has kept it updated.

Cyntact tweak iPhone

Once you install Cyntact, all of the photos associated with your contacts appear magically in the Contacts list. It's that simple. The photos will also appear in your Favorites. Sure, this tweak may not be essential, but it's a nice touch when you've spent the time to actually use photos on the Info pages of your contacts.

Barrel Adds Special Effects to iPhone Home Screen

Looking for a cool way to take advantage of your jailbroken iPhone? Although the tweak Barrel is completely cosmetic, it's an eye-catching customization to the stock home screen. Normally when you page through home screens full of icons, nothing interesting happens.

Barrel iPhone tweak

Barrel changes all this by offering a growing list of Icon Pages Styles, which are basically animations that take place to your home screen icons when swiping left or right. There are 21 different modes to choose from, not including Normal which turns off effects.

More iPhone Tweaks: Pull to Refresh Safari

We recently looked at an incredibly simple but effective tweak, Mail More Photos. Pull to Refresh Safari is another simple and free jailbreak tweak that could change your life. Well maybe not, but wouldn't it be nice if you didn't have to press a little circular arrow icon to refresh?

pull to refresh Safari iPhone

This icon in the Safari address bar switches back and forth between an arrow and an X depending on whether or not a webpage is actively loading. Pressing this icon often results in Safari thinking you want to enter a new URL. All of this can be avoided with Pull to Refresh Safari.

Top iPhone Tweaks: Zephyr Gestures Avoid Home Button

One of the highlights of the iPhone design has always been the one and only physical button on the front of the device, the home button. Even though it's easy to use, double or triple clicking the home button is a lot different than using gestures. iPad users have been able to take advantage of multi-finger gestures to substitute for the home button already.

Zephyr iPhone gestures multitask

With the jailbreak tweak Zephyr from developer Chpwn, iPhone users can take advantage of these gestures and more. The smaller screen can make it more difficult to use these three and four-finger gestures. The great thing about Zephyr is the additional Swipe up from Bottom and Swipe from Left and Right gestures that improve multitasking and reduce home button use.

Mophie Launches Juice Pack Helium for iPhone 5

This March, Mophie will ship its latest Juice Pack, the Helium for iPhone 5. With a 1500mAh battery built-in, the Helium almost doubles the battery capacity of your device. Not only this, but to match the slim profile of the iPhone 5 the Helium is the slimmest Juice Pack from Mophie yet. It measures 0.59 inches and weighs only 2.44 ounces.

Mophie iPhone 5 battery pack

Besides acting as a case to protect your iPhone 5, the extra battery capacity means up to 6-7 hours of extra calling or browsing time. The Helium includes an LED battery level indicator, standby switch, and charges itself and your iPhone 5 with a micro-USB cable.

Top iPhone Tweaks: FullForce for Phone Expands Apps

The iPhone 5 brought with it extra screen real estate, and Apple left it up to developers to optimize their apps to take advantage of the added space. Although many apps have been designed with the larger iPhone 5 display in mind, there are still some that have fallen through the cracks. Now with a jailbroken iPhone 5 and the FullForce for Phone tweak, you can stretch or expand these apps.

Full Force iPhone 5 apps

This means no more letterbox bars on the top and bottom of your iPhone 5 screen. FullForce knows which apps are not optimized to fill the screen, and will ask you what action to take the first time you run an app. Settings -> FullForce includes a list of apps and the behavior you want to take place when filling the iPhone 5 display.

Top iPhone Tweaks: Mail More Photos

Sometimes the best tweaks are simple. Mail More Photos does only one thing, has no settings, and can be installed on your jailbroken iOS device free of charge. Sharing with the Photos app is great, except for the built-in limitations.

Mail More Photos iPhone

Ask anyone who emails themselves a lot of photos, or even bloggers who regularly take screen captures on their iOS device. Apple limits the number of photos that can be emailed to five. Mail More Photos removes this limitation, freeing up the Photos app to email more images at once.

Top iPhone Tweaks: AssistantLove Boosts Siri

Don't you wish Siri could do more stuff? Well if you jailbreak your iOS 6 device with evasi0n the AssistantLove tweak will help. There are several distinct areas where AssistantLove adds more capability to the Siri personal assistant.

Cydia tweak AssistantLove

First off, with AssistantLove you can define personal shortcuts to launch apps with your voice. This expands on Siri's built in ability to run an iOS app by request. What's useful is you can set app aliases from Settings -> AssistantLove -> App Aliases. Rename any app to quickly and easily launch it from Siri using a unique name.

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