Stock iOS alerts always look the same, but with the jailbreak tweak Alertmate installed, you can take control. Besides providing a long list of animation options to change the way alerts appear on your device, this free tweak from Daniel Taub offers different fonts as well. Once you've set the alert behavior and text, you can even have iOS to read the alert out loud.
Settings are configured under Settings -> Alertmate after the tweak is installed from the Cydia jailbreak app store. Speak toggles are provided along with a choice of more than 50 fonts. Can't decide which animation to use for alerts? A random effect can be chosen automatically to keep things interesting every time you receive an alert.
Some iOS tweaks are so straightforward it's incredible that Apple didn't already incorporate them into the iPhone. Swiping is one of the most commonly used gestures in iOS. So why is it that every time you want to switch threads in Messages you have to go back to the main messages list?
Now with a jailbroken device and the free tweak MessageSwiper there's an easier way. While reading messages from one of your contacts, simply swipe left or right to switch conversations. The tweak will cycle through your threads with different people and groups in the same order they appear on the main messages list.
Stupid Zombies 2 by GameResort LLC is currently free for the iPhone and iPad. This is the full ad-free version, not the normal preview version offered in the App Store. The game will only be free for a limited time until it returns to its normal $0.99 price, so grab it now while you have the chance.
The sequel to the popular physics puzzler game features 500 new levels, and the option to choose between a male and female hero character. The game is a simple physics shooter where you must destroy stupid zombies with your laser guided shotgun. Like any physics puzzler, Stupid Zombies offers hours of addictive and sometimes frustrating fun. You can earn extra points by getting headshots, and must earn stars to unlock the various levels. There are plenty of different zombies to kill, and lots of challenging scenarios that will keep you busy.
Facebook has released a major update to its iOS app, bringing several improvements to the iPhone and iPad. Chat Heads is one addition that has been adapted from Facebook Home on Android devices, which provides chat bubbles to help keep you in touch with friends from anywhere in the app. Other major changes have also been implemented in the latest Facebook.
Stickers make sending messages more fun, making it possible to send a variety of graphics and emoticons. Many stickers are free, however there are also stickers that can be purchased directly through the app. Another major change is a redesign of the news feed, with a cleaner layout and larger text.
Google has updated the iOS YouTube app once again, this time to include access to live video streams for the first time. The user interface has also been improved to provide quicker access to new uploads in the "My Subscriptions" feed. YouTube fans will find the usual stability and performance improvements in version 1.3 as well.
A video queue can be created using the new Add to TV feature, which will line up YouTube videos to play in the specified order. Videos added to the queue will be added to the end of the list, and once the video is started all of the items in the queue will play. Videos can also be removed from the TV Queue.
Did you know that iOS stops checking for faces while video recording is in progress? The default camera app checks for faces before recording video then simply starts recording. No adjustments are made for face detection while this recording is in progress.
Unlike a still photo, lighting or focus conditions on multiple faces in a scene could change over time in a video. Jailbreak fans will be happy to know that face detection can be enabled during a video with a simple tweak. FaceDetectionDuringVideo is a free tweak that can be installed from Cydia that continues to monitor faces during a video shoot.
Reminders on the iPhone are limited to daily reminders, with no real option to "snooze" an active alert. If you're interested in getting multiple reminders for a task on the list until it's marked complete, then the RemindMeAgain iOS tweak might fit the bill.
With RemindMeAgain installed, iOS will keep reminding you that a task is outstanding based on a pre-set interval of time. Until the task is marked complete, the tweak will make sure that the Reminders app continues to remind. Essentially, RemindMeAgain functions as a snooze button for the Reminders app.
Shortcuts save time, especially when navigating a deep menu structure such as the iOS settings menu. Pinnacle is a jailbreak tweak that simplifies navigation of these menus by providing a shortcut to the top level menu.
Not only this, but you can configure Pinnacle to provide a history of all the menu pages previously visited, which makes it simple to jump back to a specific page needed. Normally, navigating through Settings requires flipping back and forth though several separate pages of information. With Pinnacle installed you can simply press and hold on the back button and you'll automatically be returned to the top level menu page.
Stories of unsupervised kids racking up thousands of dollars worth of in-app purchases on their parent's credit cards are as old as the App Store, but no matter what Apple does the problem won't seem to go away. Recent headlines about a child buying $1,000 worth of digital donuts to feed Homer Simpson while playing an iOS game, have prompted the U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading to launch an investigation into apps targeting children. Who is ultimately responsible for these purchases is a matter of public debate, but here is how parents can protect themselves in the meantime.
Here's how to disable in-app purchases on iOS devices: Navigate to Settings -> General -> Restrictions. You will be prompted to create a password if you haven't already done so (You'll have to enter it twice). Once your password is set, tap Enable Restrictions at the top of your screen. Scroll down to the Allowed Content section, and tap the In-App Purchases On/Off toggle.
Endless Road from Chillingo Ltd is now free for a limited time. The driving game is a sleek looking endless runner where players must drive for their lives to avoid the crumbling road behind them. Like most endless runner games, players must avoid various obstacles while collecting coins, and power-ups. The coins can then be used in the "garage" to buy upgrades and new cars.
Endless Road avoids being another run of the mill endless runners thanks to its isometric landscapes, clean looking graphics, and fun soundtrack. The game also features leader board support, 48 unique challenges, and the ability to compete with Facebook friends in weekly tournaments. There are also plenty of power-ups, weapons and maps to unlock to keep you busy.