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This is very quick review.

There’s a new tweak in Cydia for those of who Tweet a lot. And although most of us use any other app than the official twitter app. this is is nice add-on to your notification center for those quick tweets.

“Quick tweet” is a free tweak that require no set-up and adds a tweet button to the bottom left of notification center. Just click, type, and tweet.

Its that’s easy.

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So if you tweet a lot and want a nice easy way to send out a quick tweet.
Go get “quick tweet.”

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I am a junkie for any tweak that lets me be lazier while using my phone. I’m sure we all have SBSettings which allows us to toggle on/off our Wi-Fi settings, 3G, Data, Location Settings, or kill processes along with many add-ons. If you don’t have SBSettings it should deginitiey be one of the first things you always install after jailbreaking that and of course Winterbaord.
Yesterday I installed what is quickly Becoming my favorite tweak other than “Hands-Free Control” and “Siri Toggles” but since those are A5 tweaks (yes I am aware of Spire, but let’s assume there is no Spire.) I lean more toward Missions Controls due to the fact I can use on my iPhone as well. mission VControls not only allows a quick launch of SMS, Mail, Launching Safari directly to any URL but a few other non-native apps we all use 100x day.
Mission Controls is the latest tweak from @coffeejayyy who also brought us CommandSpot which has some similar functionality as MissionControls but allows the ability to Lauch more apps and even go directly to any of your tweeps page from anywhere on device .i have both and each tweak has its “proper” time To use which depending on users you will figure out which you like the most.

Mission Controls does not add any icons to the springboard. It is configured in Activator,

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so you to control when/how you want to use it.
I have two activation methods.
While my phone is locked i double tap Lockscreen clock and for other times i selected the “Shake Device” method.

Once you’ve perform your action you will see this drop down from the status bar. –
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Everything is pretty self-explanatory now.

The only real issue I have with This tweak is i’d like to see in an update the ability to launch Clock app. Especially from the clock screen.
**yes, i am that lazy. 🙂
Other than that I Iove it.

Mission Control is available for FREE in the @modmyi repo but well worth $1.99 if he wanted to charge.

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Despite my butterfingers, I am generally not a fan of cases for my iPhone and prefer to keep naked, and although everyone always raves about Otterboxes, and yes they are a great product, and do a great job of protecting your phone from drops and getting wet (damp), I find them to be ugly and entirely to bulky and the designs just don’t do it for me.
But After hearing about the Lifeproof water/dirt/snow/shock proof case and it’s sleeker design than the Otterbox i thought I’d give them a shot. Maybe I cOuld be converted to a case guy.
I admit a couple videos i saw of people taking underwater video footage helped persuade me. (not being the avid scuba diver I am, but you never know. )

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Lifeproof definitely gets an “A” for fast proceesing/delivery, i only waitined three days after placing my order, I should say I ordered Wednesday morning and received it that Saturday via USPS, should i have ordered after 2pm I probably would have not received until Monday or Tuesday so keep that mind and always be patient when waiting for orders.

Deboxing
At first The case was a actually little bigger than I had in mind, but after examining it right away i realized it was a pretty sleek design and would fit snugly to my phone.

if you plan on ordering one please follow ALL INSTRUCTIONSbefore doing anything. You may damage your case or worse your phone.

This case Definitely follows trough on what is promises. After several water test and drop test my iPhone 4 (yes, i used an old device) continued to work with no problems. No water made its way into the case and no dings or scratches to the case.
The front protector part of case seems not to lay as flat against the screen as I would like; and I am Plan to contact them to see if maybe i received a slightly faulty item; but it makes your device require a slightly heavier finger for the phone to recognize your touch entry.
And due to bulk, although small (I believe 1/16″) added around your phone, for us with small hands we can not perform task with one hand as easily with a naked phone.

how does it sound?
It does cut down on the volume of your speakers a little bit, but that is to be expected with any case that covers your speakers. But it works great with the adapter kit for your apple’s hands free earbuds.

All and all I would give Lifeproof an 7.5/10.

However, i do not see myself Using this as everyday caSe. I will most likely just keep it on my old iphone4 and switch it to the 4S, whenever I go on long trips, fishing, camping, hiking, or do something that I may be exposed to elements i am not exposed to a daily basis.

My favorite part of my Lifeproof case is I will still be able to skin with an iCarbonsdotcom skin.

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Check both sites out and get yours today.

I am Including a quick video to show you how well Lifeproof works in water and against drops.

Quick look at Lifeproof in action!

UPDATE:
For those concerned about your iCarbons skin staying in tact on your Lifeproof if you take under water.
I placed My phone in its Lifeproof case with an iCarbonsdotcom skin on it for an hour and it is good as new. No bubbles, no peeled back corners.
I would say the skin in addition to the case is 100% waterproof as well.
So be sure to order one for your Lifeproof case.

Thanks.

Well this weekend turned out pretty good for the Community. The long awaited untethered jailbreak tool for the A5 chip devices was released Friday by @pod2g ‘s “Dream Team” which included @planetbeing and Cydia founder @saurik along with others entitled Absinthe.

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Initially released for Mac only, Absinthe is a one click tool that much like Greenpois0n does most the work you.
See YouTube for a 1000 tutorial videos on yet another easy jailbreak.
Although it takes a bit longer than recent jailbreaks, five minutes is worth the wait, although I’m sure some of you will bitch about it as most Windows users.
Windows users had to wait just a bit longer before we saw Cydia on our devices. And complaints were flooding my twitter feed annoying the shit out of me every fifteen minutes. It’s amazing how people still cry about getting a free service that the dev-team works their ass to give and has continued to make 100% FREE, but they do.
FAST FORWARD, less than 24 hours and we had out jailbreak, same as Macs. Experienced users had one easier this morning, but it was a CDI (if you don’t know what that is, chances are you would have messed up your device.)
Shortly after the release tutorial videos on the Windows CDI tool were released however. most were encouraged to remain patient and wait a few more hours for the “One Click” for Windows.
…and just as we all told people, a few hours later, the Dream Team released the final tool we all needed and here now at 2:15am roughly 12 hours later I would say most of are still tinkering and getting our devices back the way we remember.
It feels great to hold a jailbroken 4S in my hand, and I hope your holding one too, but here are couple things to know about Absinthe and getting back to Cydia.

One issue I’ve been seeing people ask about is the the “White Icons” issue. This is due to a glitch during the icons image-cache rebuild and can be fixed by a simple respring. Anytime you install a theme or a mobile substrate tweak you may experience this issue. Just respring either via SBSettings or Respring (app like tweak in Cydia.)
If you continue to have this issue Open SBSettings>System Options > Fix User Dims.

PROBLEM SOLVED.

If you’ve never experienced Safe Mode the first thing to remember is DON’T PANIC! This is actually a good thing. Most likely you have just installed a package that is not compatible with your devices FW. Often times with a new jailbreak the dev hasn’t updated to run on the new FW, so when you try to run a package designed for 4.0 on 5.0 it can cause problems, by sending your phone into SafeMode it keeps it from seriously damaging it or even worse “bricking” it. Restart, open Cydia and remove last installed package.

PROBLEM SOLVED.

One more tip. If you’re not sure about a package, don’t install it, ask around first, you can easily find compatibility list so you don’t have to take the time and risk yourself. Also follow your devs on twitter, keep up with them, they usually will keep you updated on news. Most of them offer fantastic support through email and some on twitter.
Of course jailbreaking isn’t all about tweaks and apps that Apple didn’t want in the AppStore so they can add it as a feature in the next iOS.
It’s about themes and customizing the look of your device.
So check out your themers too and by all means
PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR THEMERS and DEVS.

There a countless apps in AppStore for editing photos that allow to do anything from cropping and rotating to changing color, adding textures, changing backgrounds,or taking that photo of you in your living room and making it look like you spent the weekend at the Pyramids. Although all these are great and some are really fun, some cost money and ironically, the novelty outweighs the convention making them not worth to some people. #PhotoEdit adds a very simple tool to your native Photo app.
Just take a picture. Open photos and find the pic you need to edit.
Tap the button at bottom left that prompts you to Share/Use as Wallpaper/Assign To Contact but now your notice a new Option at the top.

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Tap the “Edit” button and your photo will open in another screen smaller with your wallpaper visible.
In this screen you’ll see a few buttons along bottom of screen.
Two half circles with arrows on the end at bottom left. These are the “Clockwise” and “Counter-wise” buttons, (no explanation needed.)
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To the right of those buttons there is an arrow pointing left, (this is the Undo button.) This will only UNDO the last action and only the last action.
The other button is an arrow coming out of a square and shooting to the right.

This button allows you to change the color to either “Grayscale” or “Sephia.”

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BeyondSMS

Posted: September 29, 2011 in Mods, Reviews
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The Native SMS app is one my most modded parts of my phone. I’m always looking at ways to tweak and enhance it any way I can. Be it installing alternate SMS apps (biteSMS) or adding features and functionality to the native app.
I’ve added “Chat Pic,” “Ask to Send,” “Quick Dismiss.” “Quick Reply,” and of course I’ve used “biteSMS” and “tLert,” last three of which add the most sought after feature of SMS tweaks. Replying to SMS while keeping apps running in background. (I prefer Quick Reply.)

Beyond SMS does none of these things, but it does add a few really nice features and one really cool novelty.

BeyondSMS allows you to lock and/or hide textversations. Now what you decide to use this for is up to you. There are many reasons one might want to hide a conversation from someone, and if you can find one then BeyondSMS is just a click away.

The most useful feature of BeyondSMS is the “Lock SMS app” switch. This allows you to place a passcode which is required before launching your SMS app. It is compatible with Locktopus and even adds a little more security where Locktopus fails. If you search for an individual text in Spotlight you will be prompted by BeyondSMS for passcode, where Locktopus only locks the app itself.

BeyondSMS is configured in Settings and doesn’t require Respring after changing your settings.

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After you have all BeyondSMS set up the way you like it you’re ready to use it. Open SMS app and you’ll see a new button option while editing texts.

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BeyondSMS is not just a tweak for locking and hiding your SMS conversations It also gives some old school text a new school appearance. Text to Emoji.
Instead of switching that keyboard over to make that face. Just type :O . Youll be  after you see this next feature.

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The most unique feature in BeyondSMS is definitely “Add Camera Background to SMS.” Great for watching tv and texting, texting while talking to someone, and of course now you can see that on coming car you are about to hit while replying to your girlfriends text that reads “Hi.”

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The only “bug” I found was that if you have a textversation “Hidden” and you delete all other conversations you can not “show” hidden conversations until you receive another text from a different number. At that point your “Edit” button returns to top left corner and after tapping Edit your Hide button appears in top right. Also if you use the search bar at the top of SMS app you can find hidden text, which is good if you need to relocate a conversation but bad because it’s not “completely hidden,” But if someone is snooping around your phone that much they’re going to find what your trying to hide anyway.

And this week Tyler Calderone
@tyr0
(the dev behind this cool tweak) is having a SPECIAL – THIS WEEK ONLY SALE!!! –
Get BeyondSMS in BigBossRepo for just $1.99.

If you have any questions or feedback please leave comments or as always hit me up on twitter @j7fk13

Thanks for your time and happy jailbreaking!

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This will be quick.
I have a couple tweaks to check out that will change how you use your phone.

#Gesturizer

“Gesturizer” is a cool tweak by Conrad Kramer the same dev that gave us “Gaviboard,” that let’s you assign gestures to launch your apps.
No more scrolling through pages on your springboard or digging through folders. Open the switcher (most of us Tap home button twice,) then – Just Draw.

Gesturizer is configured in Settings and you can add as many gestures as you want to your apps or actions in Activator.
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You will want to avoid drawing an glyphs that are similar in shape such as circles and the letter “D.” Gesturizer can be a little sensitive and it’s important to draw distinct shapes. It’s also important to know and remember that Gesturizer may not recognize your shape you’re drawing, but it will always recognize a shape. So launching an app you are not intending on launching is possible and very likely if you have similar glyphs. Take this into consideration while creating new glyphs.

I suggest squares and triangles or letters with straight lines and no curves. Although my Cydia glyph, a square with a “C” inside, works perfectly well.
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Gesturizer is definitely a tweak you can live without and although very cool, because of it’s not a necessity may bit over priced at $2.99. I know it’s only a dollar but $2.00 seems about right for this and it that price I could see adding it to all my devices.

But don’t let a dollar stop you from checking it out.

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#KBShortcuts

KB Shortcuts turns your keyboard into a toolbar and gives each button another function.

Brought to us by iSam and available in BigBossRepo for $2.50 and definitely a tweak you’ll use at least once a day. So. I would say perfectly priced.

#KBS is enabled and configured in Settings and you can add “Quick Text” to insert as well.
Quick text are great for anything you write or text often.
Such as “New blog up,” “Check DM,” “Test,” “#iLoveTheCommunity.”
Now you can say all these with a single swipe.
When KBS is enabled just swipe from Space Bar to the letter/number of desired function. For “Help” swipe to “?” and your help menu is appears.

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All quick text are assigned to numbers that you yourself give them in Settings.
KBS gives your keyboard the ability to cut, paste, undo, redo, define, translate, or find key words. That’s just a few functions it offers and many you may never use which in my opinion makes it more valuable but value is in the eye of the user, so all I can say is at $2.50 it is priced just right for me.
It does have some stability issues and for anyone who types fast (like me) it will give you some headaches because you will unintentionally use “shortcuts” that turn that email or blog your composing into a long cut, and it may cause certain apps to crash.
I would recommend in an update he have a better way of activating KBS to perform function. I love the swiping gesture but it’s frustrating typing fast and then accidentally moving your finger too fast from spacebar to “x” and cutting your entire body of text away.
I would suggest either (a “spacebar to ” ” to spacebar swipe) or (hold spacebar for two seconds then swipe ” “) if at all possible in a future update.
Also the disable function is too easy to hit ( space -) and there is not an enable function without going into settings and respringing.

Overall it’s an awesome tweak that I could actually see eventually in some capacity being a part of stock iOS.

If you have any questions or feedback please leave comments or as always hit me up on twitter @j7fk13

Thanks for your time and happy jailbreaking!

And as always

SUPPORT YOUR DEVS
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TWEAKS.