Google announced today that it will be adding data compression and Google Translate to its Chrome iOS app. Chrome's data compression and bandwidth management tool can "reduce data usage by up to 50%," according to the Chrome blog. Users can navigate to Settings > Bandwidth management > Reduce data usage to enable the bandwidth saving tool. You can also track how much bandwidth you have saved each month from this page.
Google is also adding Google Translate to its iOS app. This tool allows users to translate any foreign webpages they visit on the Chrome browser. This is a popular feature on Chrome desktop and Android versions, but it has not been available on iOS until now.
The iOS keyboard tweak SwipeSelection is a must have for all jailbreakers and it just got better! SwipeSelection was originally released to Cydia in 2012 and it quickly became a favorite tool of the jailbreaking community. The tweak makes editing text on your iOS device easier by allowing you to use gestures on your keyboard. For example, you can move the cursor using a one finger drag, or quickly highlight and edit text by holding the shift key and dragging your finger. You'll never be able to use Apple's stock iOS keyboard again after using SwipeSelection. That's how great it is!
The original version of SwipeSelection is available for free on Cydia, and now there is a pro version available too. SwipeSelection Pro has been rewritten for iOS 7 and adds new features like the ability to adjust the swipe sensitivity, cursor speed and the ability to toggle select features. Another big feature is the ability to disable the tweak by tapping the shift key three times.
The hacker group 1775 Sec, in collaboration with another group known as the European Cyber Army, on Tuesday announced that it had successfully hacked into Apple's database. 1775 Sec has also claimed responsibility for the recent Dropbox downtime. They published the results of today's operation on Pastebin.com.
The hacked information that was posted contains items such as user names, locations, email addresses, passwords and phone numbers. A lot of it seems to be old though, with most devices showing iOS 6 as their operating system. In 1775
IGN is giving away free promo codes for Gameloft's Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour as part of their Free Game of the Month promotion. The first-person shooter is normally $6.99 on the App Store.
Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour was originally released for iOS devices in December of 2012, and it was met with mostly positive reviews. TouchArcade called it the one of the best online first-person shooters you can play on a mobile device. The game has also been praised for its detailed graphics and gameplay. You can grab a free promo code for the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch here. The game requires iOS 5.0 or later and is rated 17 or older.
The simulation cooking game Cook, Serve, Delicious! was originally launched for the PC in 2012, and it has slowly gained a large following after making its way to iOS and eventually Steam. However, the game was only released for the iPad as a $4.99 HD version and free "lite" version, but now an iPhone version of the game has been added to the App Store too.
Cook, Serve, Delicious! is a lot like other cooking simulation games where you prepare food by completing various cooking tasks in the correct order. What separates it from other standard cooking games is its business simulation, and its requirement that you complete other non-cooking tasks like cleaning the toilet.
Although Evasi0n opened up iOS 7 for jailbreakers, many of the tweaks are not yet compatible with devices using Apple's new 64-bit A7 chip, including the iPhone 5s, the iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina Display. One of the most popular jailbreak tweaks, WinterBoard, is now compatible according to creator Jay Freeman (aka Saurik, of Cydia fame).
WinterBoard is basically an expansion of SpringBoard that allows the user to apply themes to the iOS interface, which makes it the ultimate tool for customization. With WinterBoard you can change the appearance of your icons by loading various
There were a lot of well received games released to the Apple App Store this week, but not a lot of free titles. If you are only looking for free games, you can still grab Super Stickman Golf 2 and Pac-Man for free for a limited time. Other App Store highlights include the return of Duke Nukem, and Yahoo's push to take over iOS Home screens with the release of its news app on January 1st, and its overhauled Sports app.
Here's a quick look at some of the new games and apps released to the Apple App Store this week (01/05/14 to 01/11/14).
Quora is not only a questions and answers app, but it also feeds your social media addiction. The original service was created by two former Facebook employees, Adam D'Angelo and Charlie Cheever, in 2010. The app allows users to upvote or downvote answers to questions, suggest edits to answers and write blog posts and reviews. Users can then share their favorite content with their friends and followers on Twitter, Facebook, text message and email.
Quora also features a stat system where users can track how well their posts are being received, and it allows Quora members to follow other users they find interesting in the community. It's basically Yahoo Answers and Twitter all rolled into one, but what separates Quora from these other services is that the content is curated by the community. This cuts down on trolling and allows users to avoid a constant feed of inane information.
The popular Super Stickman Golf 2 is free for a limited time on the Apple App Store. The game is a golf physics title where you must complete various courses to gain experience and upgrade your golfer to advance through 7 different levels. You can also earn in-game money or complete achievements to unlock various power-ups and different golf balls to help improve your skills.
The game features 32 creative courses, like Sticky Land, where players must make shots while sticking to bubblegum covered walls. It also includes a multiplayer mode, a race mode and the ability to improve your golfer and buy him/her funny hats with special abilities.
If you have been waiting for a dynamic Weather app icon for eons and wondering why Apple has never done it, especially since they just came out with an updating Clock icon for iOS 7, your wait is over. Developer Hamza Sood, who is known for his SiriToggles package, beat Apple to it with the aptly named LiveWeatherIcon tweak. Although it is only a minor detail it is yet another layer of customization that adds depth to the overall user experience.
If you are jailbroken and tired of the old, boring, static Weather app icon, you might want to give the LiveWeatherIcon tweak a try. The tweak brings life to the Weather app by animating the icon to reflect the current weather conditions - stormy weather outside translates to a stormy icon and so on. It continuously updates so it