New Jailbreak Tweaks and iOS Apps of the Week: Happy New Year!

It was a slow week for App Store releases since Apple's iTunes Connect was shutdown from December 22-29, but there were a few noteworthy jailbreak tweaks released to Cydia over the holidays. Here's a quick look at some of the tweaks and the few apps released to Cydia and the App Store from 12/29/14 to 01/04/15. The App Store should start filling up again with new apps and games now that it has been open for one full week.

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Apple's Free App of the Week is Icycle: On Thin Ice. The game will be free on the Apple App Store until 01/09/14. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook so you never miss a new App Store or Cydia release.

If you're like most iOS users and hate the red notification badges that appear on your app icons when they have been updated, then you will want to install the new jailbreak tweak called Confero.

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Confero doesn't remove your app badges like some other badge eliminating tweaks, but instead it hides them in a folder located in your status bar. It also features a very deep and clean reference panel with plenty of features to customize the settings. Confero is available for $1.50 on the BigBoss repo.

There is nothing more annoying than misplacing your iPhone and not being able to find it. That's why Clap is one of the more useful tweaks released to Cydia in a long time. Clap allows you to locate your phone by sounding an alarm anytime you clap your hands. The tweak uses your iPhone's built-in microphone to listen for your clap and your accelerometer to stop false alarms. You can also configure the amount of time it takes for the tweak to begin listening after your phone is in sleep mode, and you can choose to disable it when your phone is charging. Clap is available for $0.99 and only supports jailbroken iPhones.

NotificationKeeper allows you to personalize your notifications by using keywords and assigning unique sounds for select alerts. For example, you can set key words that will allow a notification to pass even when your device is in Do Not Disturb mode. NotificationKeeper features several major and minor settings to help customize your notifications. The tweak is available on Cydia for $0.99.

More Jailbreak Tweaks

- Searchlight ($1.99) Turn Spotlight search into an app launcher
- Switchability ($1.99) Place App Switcher into Reachability view on iPhone 6 or 6 Plus
- SimpleSwitcher (Free) Simplify your App Switcher
- iKeywi 3 ($1.99) Customize your stock iOS keyboard without having to download third-party apps

Noteworthy Updates

- QuickShoot Pro iOS 8 is now available as a free upgrade for for existing or for $1.49 for new owners
- Auxo 3 was released with full iOS 8 and iPhone 6 support
- CameraTweak 3 has been updated with iOS 8 support

App Store Releases *The listed prices are launch prices and are subject to change.

- Contact Pics+: $1.99 (Universal) Add images to your Contacts using Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, Gravatar, gMail and Google Image Search
- Reverb - Feedback Delay Network: $3.99 (Universal) " Feedback Delay Network (FDN) Reverb Effect, which can create nice reverberated ambiences, from small rooms to huge buildings"
- Voice Rack: FX - Vocal Effects Processor: $4.99 (Universal) "Real-time vocal effects processor that can be used live or connected to other music apps like GarageBand"
- Ace Ferrara & The Dino Menace: $2.99 (Universal) Space shooter set in an 80s cartoon universe
- MoneyWiz 2 - Personal Finance: $4.99 (Universal) ave all your accounts, transactions, budgets and bills in one place. See forecasts & reports. Import easily from other software.
- WRC The Official Game: $3.99 (Universal) Official 2014 FIA World Rally simulator
- Sparkle - Advanced Cross-Synthesis: $6.99 (Universal)

Sparkle is a tool for advanced spectral hybridizations made of several algorithms that operate on frequency domain. By means of envelope preservation and phase-sync processing it can creates high-quality sound transformations.

App Store Deals: Mooniz (Free), Necrorun (Free), I Am Level (Free), Pocket Solitaire (Free) and Smart Office 2 (Free)