How to Colorize the iOS Volume HUD

There are several jailbreak tweaks that add functions to the stock iOS volume heads up display (HUD). Volume+ and Music HUD come to mind. But what about simply changing the color of this display?

iOS 7 jailbreak ColorfulVolume

ColorfulVolume is one way to get the job done. Once this free jailbreak tweak is installed, a custom color can be selected and applied to the volume HUD. Not only this, but a toggle will enable a random color to be displayed every time the volume is changed.

Get iOS 8 Quick Reply Notifications Now

There's no shortage of quick reply jailbreak tweaks out there to help make messaging more efficient. The latest addition to the list, Interactive Message Notifications, takes its cues from the upcoming release of iOS 8. For those looking to sample quick reply directly from notification banners, this tweak is simplicity.

iOS 7 jailbreak Interactive Message Notifications

Once installed, a swipe down on the incoming message notification is all it takes to reply. The text input box appears right in the banner, along with the Send button for a quick response.

Add Gestures to the iOS Home Screen with Aslock

Aslock is a jailbreak tweak that adds new gestures to the lock screen. Normally a swipe down opens the Spotlight search, but with Aslock installed this procedure gets a boost. Two new shortcuts can be performed.

iOS 7 jailbreak Aslock

While Spotlight access can be preserved with the right settings, Aslock makes locking the iOS 7 device and opening the app switcher possible without touching a physical button. The process starts by simply swiping down on the home screen like normal.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout Finally Gets a Release Date

Gameloft has confirmed that the long awaited Modern Combat 5: Blackout will be available for iOS and Android devices on July 24, 2014. The good news is the game will priced at $6.99 with no in-app purchases, but it will require an internet connection. Windows Phone owners will also have to wait a little longer than iOS and Android users for the game to be released.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout

In Modern Combat 5 players take the role of Phoenix, a counter-terrorism expert who gets caught up in a global conflict after his mission to transport WMDs in Venice, Italy goes wrong. The first person shooter promises to deliver plenty of advanced combat weaponry, a wide a range of "visually-stunning settings" and "thrilling action-packed combat sequences," according to Gameloft. The game will also feature both compact and dynamic single-player missions, a unified progression system and multiplayer mode.

Tim Cook Seeks New Board Members for Apple

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook is "actively seeking" new members for the tech giant's board of directors.

Tim Cook looking for new board members

The current board is aging and, as noted by WSJ, known for its loyalty to Steve Jobs, which could make things difficult for Cook moving forward. Presently the board consists of seven outside members, six of whom are above the age of 63, four of whom have served for over a decade. Intuit CEO Bill Campbell and J. Crew

Refer a Friend to TodayTix and Receive $10 Credit Towards Already Discounted Broadway Tickets

The New York theater tickets app, TodayTix, has added a referral program for its members to earn credit towards Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Users of the free app can now navigate to the Refer & Save section under the Settings panel to get their personalized referral code to share with family and friends. You will receive a $10 credit when anyone uses your code at checkout. The new customer using the code will also receive $10 off their current order.

TodayTix Referral Program

TodayTix is a free app that gives users 24-hour mobile access to last minute deals on Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Users can book tickets less than 30 seconds or up to 7 days in advance and receive them at the door right outside the theater before the show begins.

WSJ: iWatch and Larger iPhone Due This Fall

The Wall Street Journal is the latest outlet to throw its weight behind the latest Apple rumors claiming that the company will release both an iWatch and larger iPhone 6 this fall. The WSJ report comes two weeks after unidentified Bloomberg sources revealed that Apple was preparing to begin production on two larger iPhone models. However, the WSJ report only mentioned one iPhone model, not two.

Apple iWatch

The report also said "people familiar with the company’s plans" claim Apple is working on a watch "with advanced sensors to track a user’s fitness and health." Apple recently announced a new Health app that would collect data from third-party apps such as heart rate, calories burned an so on. It has been widely speculated that this app was created to be a companion to the rumored iWatch.

Google Play Music Gets Gapless Playback and Other Improvements

Google has updated its iOS music app to version The update adds the ability to listen to full albums or playlists with "gapless playback", meaning there are no breaks or silence between tracks. Users can also now view all of their downloaded music and download subscribed playlists for offline listening.

Google Play Music Version

Google recently also added the ability to edit playlists directly on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and created a "Download Only" filter. Google Play Music is available to download on the Apple App Store. The free version of the app allows users to store up to 20,000 tracks of their own music online and create their own playlists.

Microsoft Adds Voice Messaging Support Back to Skype iPhone App

Skype today announced that voice messaging and profiles are back in Skype version 5.2. These services went missing from the iPhone app when Microsoft released a redesigned version of its Skype mobile offering at the beginning of June. In a blog post published on Monday, Skype said they have been listening to user feedback since the release of the redesigned app and have decided to add the most requested features including voice message support.

Skype 5.2

Version 5.2 of the iPhone app also reintroduces contact profiles so users can easily access their contacts' name, birthday, location and other public information listed on Skype, and it brings the ability to add participants to existing conversations with a few simple taps.

New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite and More...

Two games broke the $10 price mark on the App Store this week. Civilization Revolution 2 and Capcom's Monster Hunter Freedom Unite both made their iOS debut at $14.99 each. While this isn't the highest prices we have seen on the App Store, it does show that developers are still willing to release games that are not driven by micro-transactions. In other mobile gaming news, Rayark released a trailer for its upcoming 3D action game, Implosion. The entire Infinity Blade series has been discounted for the 4th of July. You can nab Infinity Blade for $0.99, Infinity Blade II for $1.99 and Infinity Blade 3 for $2.99.

Monster Hunter Freedom

Here are this week's games, apps and jailbreak tweaks released the the App Store and Cydia through 06/29/14 to 07/05/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Day One. The journal app will be free on the Apple App Store until 07/10/14.

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