Month: February 2013

Tweaking Notification Center

Considering the fact that most of your iPhone operating time is centered on notifications and the delivery option is having a high impact on your iOS experience, we decided that it’s about time to write an article that will address this matter.

You could say that apps run great in full screen mode, but sometimes you wish to know what notifications appear while you’re gaming. If this is the case, a new tweak called StatusTab has been made available that will allow you to swipe where the clock should be if you had the notification bar present and will allow you a quick peek at your notifications. Swiping anywhere else will make the notification bar disappear. You can download StatusTab for free in Cydia, the BigBoss repo.

TorchNC is the kind of tweak that will place a shortcut in your Notification Center that will grant you instant acces to your iOS device camera flash. You will be able to turn the flash on and off according to your own will.

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InstaSnap is a tweak that adds a shortcut in the Notification Center that allows you to access the phone’s camera from within Instagram. This works perfectly with both iPhone and iPod Touch.

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Another simple jailbreak tweak that adds extreme functionality is Fade. Its function is to force dim on Home Screen elements when you access the Notification Center. When you slide the Notification Center back up, the effect is reversed.

For the iPad users that wish to enhance the accessibility of their devices, a new tweak has been made available that allows users to adjust the length of their Notification Center in both portrait and Landscape Mode.

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Cydia user guide

A vast majority of users are familiar with Cydia, but the source of information regarding the features of Cydia, are lacking to say the least.

For most of the users, these features and procedures should be quite simple and should not pose any problems, for the rest of the users that are unfamiliar with this third party app platform, they should know that basically, Cydia is easy to use and manage. The same users should be aware of the requirements to run Cydia, and these are actually a couple: to have an iDevice, and secondly to perform the jailbreak procedure on it.

If your Apple device is already jailbroken then you should proceed with the installation of Cydia. Bear in mind that Cydia is an app, and as such, it can be accessed from Springboard. A very important thing to do is always check for a Cydia update, even thought is a fresh installation. The easiest way to upgrade Cydia is to make good use of the pop up notifications that appear when running Cydia. The most important upgrades are the Essential Cydia upgrades that have the role of improving the way that Cydia runs and manages applications.

Remember: you don’t have to be a genius to upgrade Cydia. You simply need to tap the pop up concerning Upgrade Essentials and to tap again on confirm in order to begin to download the installer and proceed with the installation. After the installation of your new Cydia components is complete, you are advised to restart Cydia in order for your upgraded components to enter use immediately.

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As a user, your main concern must certainly be the performance of your device and how the apps are behaving. In order to achieve that, your device must be running properly and bug free. Keep in mind to check the apps you are downloading for updates. Some of these updates might fix some crashes, other updates might improve your Apple device functionality. The point is to make sure that your apps are up to date. In order to do that you can see just how many of your apps are currently pending an update based on your confirmation. To see the number of your apps you simply need to observe the number next to the changes menu. The easiest way is to tap the changes menu, then tap Upgrade All, confirm your selection and observe the downloading process followed by the installation. After all of this is complete, notice that the number next to the changes menu has disappeared.

The next point in our guide concerns installing an app using Cydia and that is achieved simply by entering Cydia, navigating to Sections, choose the section that you consider the desired app to fit in and start looking for it. After you find it, touch the name and press Install. Next thing you know, you will see the download progress bar followed by the preparing to complete status. After all is done, you just need to tap Close Window.

The reverse procedure is even simpler: in Cydia, press Manage, find the app you wish to remove from your Apple device, tap on it and from the next list, and choose to remove. After this, all you need is to Close the Window.

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If you are uncertain under which category to search for an app, you could always use the search function.

I wish that this guide is not to tough to follow and wish you good luck using the apps you install using this guide.

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How to optimize Cydia

One of the first reasons to jailbreak your iOS device is the fact that you can customize it according to your will and draw more benefits from our gadgets. Of course there are options, one of the best is Cydia. For now Cydia remains one of the best third party app managers there is. After already using Cydia for a while, you might notice some problems regarding the long time loading apps and showing some functions. To bypass this kind of issues all you need is the right kind of guidance so here are a few tips to enhance the Cydia experience from all points of view.

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The first thing on your list should be the unnecessary content that Cydia shows. You can do that from the Changes tab by limiting content in some sections. You can do that by hitting the edit button in the Sections tab and turning off some sections that you’re not interested in, and by pressing Done. For your information, the sections that create the most undesired content are themes and ringtones.

In order to speed up Cydia a good procedure would be to clear the cache. Adding wrong or corrupt sources might give you a head ache when you’ll try to remove it. You can do all that by following these easy steps:

  1. Go to /private/etc/apt/sources.list.d and delete the files with the repository present in the filename.  Open and edit cydia.list and delete the lines that have the repos url. Then save it.
  2. In /private/var/lib/apt/list delete the files with the repos name found in its filename.
  3. In /private/var/lib/apt/list/partial delete all the files that have repositories name present in the filename.
  4. Now go to /private/var/lib/cydia and open for editing metadata.plist and find the line with the repos name present and delete them. Now save the file.

 Basically this will ensure your Cydia will work smoothly on you device.

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