Launch, Close and Switch Between Apps With Awesome Animations Using DisplayCandy

A new tweak known as DisplayCandy showed up in Cydia and claims to add cool animations as and when you launch, close or switch between apps. It is a pretty sweet jailbreak tweak since it hosts some nice and smooth animations.

The tweak has three main categories – Launch animation, Close animation and Switch animation. All three host the same 12 styles of animations and provide the options to customise the directions of some animations while allowing you to set the speed of the animation too.

All in all DisplayCandy is a pretty nice tweak to make your phone look different from the monotonous blunt animation. Check out the video below for more details on DisplayCandy:


If you like the feel of these animations then you can go ahead and purchase DisplayCandy for $2 from Cydia under the BigBoss repo.

Personally I feel the ripple effect is why I love DisplayCandy. My launch animation is set to Curl, Close animation as Ripple and Switch animation as Push. How have you set your animations?

Procyon – An iOS Browser With Built-In Nitro Support, Download Manager and more

With every iOS device, you get a handful of staple Apple apps, which includes Apple’s browser – Safari. The only reason why I used Safari initially was because it had built-in Nitro which made javascript loading faster and the overall experience smooth. Safari also had sharing options and a pretty decent bookmark option i.e. pin to HomeScreen but one huge minus in Safari is that you can run only 8 tabs simultaneously, which for people like me is *really* less. I was satisfied with Safari until Google dropped Chrome for iOS. Chrome really took it to Safari with its plethora of features including the omni-bar and a prettier UI (you can even open infinite tabs in Chrome). Personally I’m a G-mail person and with Chrome running on my Mac as well as on my phone, I have a pretty good eco-system. But yet Chrome lacked features like sharing and pinning to HomeScreen and a few others.

This is where Procyon another browser comes in. Procyon is a good mix of features of Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome but with a not-so-appealing UI. The most prominent feature that Procyon incorporates is that it has built-in Nitro support, yes this is the first browser other than Safari to have Nitro support. The developer pulled a couple of hacks to get it working, and boy is it as fast as Safari. If you are wondering why have I placed the image of stars up, here you go:

Procyon (α CMi, α Canis Minoris, Alpha Canis Minoris) is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Minor. To the naked eye, it appears to be a single star, the seventh brightest in the night sky with a visual apparent magnitude of 0.34. It is actually a binary star system, consisting of a white main sequence star of spectral type F5 IV-V, named Procyon A, and a faint white dwarf companion of spectral type DA, named Procyon B. The reason for its brightness is not its intrinsic luminosity but its closeness to the Sun; as determined by the Hipparcos astrometry satellite, it lies at a distance of just 11.46 light-years (3.51 parsecs), and is therefore one of our nearest stellar neighbours. Its closest neighbour isLuyten’s Star, about 1.12 ly (0.34 pc) away, and the latter would appear as a visual magnitude −7 star in the night sky of a hypothetical planet orbiting Procyon.

Here is what Procyon offers:


In the settings panel, you’ll see a few options, some of them:

  1. Homepage: You can type in a URL link to the web-page you want Procyon to open every time you start the browser
  2. User Agent: This is pretty slick as this will spoof your user-agent making websites think that you are using some other client like IE 9, Firefox 13 (Windows) etc…
  3. Adblock: This is pretty cool too since it will block all those annoying ads on websites that hinder website navigation
  4. You can also theme it according to the preset themes

Now a few features of the browser itself:

  1. Omni-bar: This means that there is only one bar for URL typing and Google searching
  2. Sharing: If you have seen Safari’s iOS 6 sharing then you can expect the same thing from Procyon’s sharing menu too. You can share URLs to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Email/message them or pin the site to your HomeScreen
  3. You can open infinite number of tabs
  4. Procyon has an in-built download manager which allows you to download files from web-sites and view them in iFile (or apps like iFile). Neither Safari nor Chrome have this feature embedded in them (unless you use a couple of tweaks)
  5. Pull to refresh

Some cons:

  1. Procyon has a bug that does not show the complete search item vertically (see the video to understand what I mean)
  2. It is not quite smooth while opening multiple tabs (the animation looks broke)
  3. It does not have an Incognito or in-private browsing option
  4. Pre-defined homepage in the settings app sometimes breaks Procyon and forces you a re-spring

All in all, I think Procyon is here to stay because it is a nice blend of both Safari and Chrome. A few more updates to it and it should be flawless (hypothetically).

If you are interested in Procyon, you can head over to Cydia and install Procyon for free from under the BigBoss repo.

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Sparrow Update Allows Users To Open Links Directly In Chrome

Sparrow for iPhone, everyone’s favorite email client, has received an update today, despite the fact that the company claimed the app would not gain any new features. The latest version gains the ability to open links in the Chrome browser as well as Safari — a feature that will get heavy use around these parts — in addition to improved IMAP compatibility, better avatar support, and miscellaneous bug fixes. Google was the first company to follow its own guidelines for adding the Chrome integration to iOS apps with a recent update to the Google+ app, and given that the company behind Sparrow was recently purchased by Google, the new Chrome integration doesn’t come as a huge surprise.

I would really love if it other app developers also start integrating multi-browser options in them. Yes I know we can always use BrowserChooser to do so but, having it native in the app just gives a nice feel.

Here is the complete change log:

  • Webpages can be opened in Chrome
  • Improved IMAP compatibility
  • Improved avatars behavior
  • Various bugfixes

That is all there is to this update of Sparrow.

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Downgrade from iPad baseband will be possible later today

Previously I had told you about a new method which will be released by MuscleNerd with which you can downgrade your iPad baseband stricken iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS. This would obviously be integrated in a new version of Redsn0w. This new Redsn0w will be released later today, as MuscleNerd points on his twitter saying that, Sunday will be a Funday for iPhone 3G/3GS users on 6.15.00.

Here is what MuscleNerd tweets:

Waiting eagerly for this?

Obviously this feature will be added to the next update to Redns0w, so tay tuned with us for more info at iOS Jedi Blog or join our Facebook fan page or Follow us on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feeds or connect with us on our Freenode-IRC channel for any iOS question you have.

Redsn0w 0.9.13dev1 Released

In one of my previous posts I told you about MuscleNerd planning to release a new version of Redsn0w only for developers on iOS 6 to install SSH bundle on their device to test and improve their jailbreak tweaks. This will not install Cydia so it is recommended that only developers on iOS 6 should use it.

RedSn0w 0.9.13dev1 Jailbreak Supported Devices:

  • iPhone 4 (CDMA)
  • iPhone 4 (GSM)
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPod Touch 4G

If you’re not a developer, it’s best you stay far away from this jailbreak. This version of RedSn0w will not hacktivate your device, thus only a developer with a registered UDID can activate. You will need to point RedSn0w to the iOS 6 beta 1 firmware before you begin the jailbreak, as the tool can’t fetch the firmware. Since this a tethered jailbreak, you will need to use Just Boot Tethered every time you want to reboot your device.

You can download Redsn0w 0.9.13dev1 from our downloads page.

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KASLR Spells Trouble…

One feature of the iOS 6 firmware that was not discussed at the WWDC 2012 was KASLR. What does KASLR stand for you might ask? Well, KASLR stands for Kernal Address Space Layout Randomization, which is essentially the next step up from ASLR that was introduced in iOS 5. For non technology orientated individuals both KASLR and ASLR serve a simple purpose – to make your iOS device more secure. This is great for those running stock iOS devices, but for the Jailbreaking community this spells trouble.

With the addition of KASLR in iOS 6 it essentially breaks any current exploits hackers have in their possessions to Jailbreak the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Hacker @Veeence has recently tweeted about KASLR and has mentioned that due to KASLR the Rocky Racoon exploits are not longer valid and as such new exploits are needed.

No. iOS 6 is not compatible with Rocky Racoon exploits.iOS 6 now has KASLR, a new security layer (anti-JB), so new exploits are needed.

Although KASLR will definitely mean more work for hackers in the Jailbreaking community, it is not the end of Jailbreaking. And according @i0n1c, KASLR is not even something to be too worried about because there are other security features implemented in iOS 6 that are going to be more troublesome.

From what I hear KASLR is one of the things in iOS 6 that will not be a problem at all. Other stuff is more troubling.

I shall keep you posted about any new discoveries made in iOS 6.

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Redsn0w 0.9.13dev1 To Be Released

Every hacker out there is currently trying to find a useable stable jailbreak for the iOS 6 beta 1 and so far only MuscleNerd has been successful, that too not completely since Cydia does not work on his device. Though MobileSubstrate still functions properly and he is able to install jailbreak tweaks because he installed the SSH bundle.

Since MuscleNerd was able to do so, he has tipped me saying that he will be releasing a new version of Redsn0w namely 0.9.13dev1 for developers on iOS 6 so that they can install the SSH bundle on their device and then install their staple jailbreak tweaks.

You should however note that this won’t be installing Cydia on your device. Also this version of Redsn0w is exclusively for devs so I and countless others suggest you to stay away from it.

This version of Redsn0w will install the SSH bundle only on devices capable of running iOS 6 other than the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2 and the new iPad.

Be sire to check our Downloads page, since it will be updated once Redsn0w 0.9.13dev1 is out.

Update: MuscleNerd just tweeted about it:

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Downgrade from iPad baseband will be possible in the near future

If you are an iPhone 3G/3GS user and are officially unlocked but stuck on the iPad baseband and are frustrated by the fact that you cannot use GPS, then you should start waiting for the day when the next update to Redsn0w hits the market since it will allow you to downgrade the iPad baseband.

MuscleNerd, the developer of the legendary jailbreak tool – Redsn0w, just now tweeted:

A month or two ago, there was a heavy discussion between i0n1c and MuscleNerd about downgrading your baseband. i0n1c was telling his followers that it is impossible to do so, while MuscleNerd replied saying that it was perfectly possible to downgrade the iPad baseband. Then like always i0n1c felt hurt and started his usual tantrums, anyway leave that for another time. So what I wanted to point out is that, this is most likely going to feature soon and will once again silence i0n1c.

Note: I won’t be able to post any replies by i0n1c since he has blocked me on twitter. (An achievement :P)

Update #1: MuscleNerd just posted another tweet, saying that this will allow you to downgrade to any prior baseband, preferably you would like to downgrade to 5.13.04 since it will allow you to keep your ultrasn0w unlock as well as allow you to use GPS.

NOTE: THIS FEATURE WILL ALLOW YOU TO DOWNGRADE ONLY THE iPAD BASEBAND.

What is your take on this?

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Recent Jailbreak Tool Updates…

Recently all the renowned iOS hackers have been updating their jailbreak tools with new features and so I’m just summing up all the recent updates that have been pushed.

Redsn0w:

Redsn0w 0.9.12b1:

Musclenerd has added lots of feature to the jailbreak tool. Redsn0w 0.9.12b1 allows owners of A4+earlier devices to install rocky-racoon two different ways:

  • Backup/restore method similar to Absinthe and cinject utility
  • Its traditional limera1n-based ramdisk install.  If you have a lot of media on your A4 device (music, movies, TV shows, etc), then the ramdisk method is preferrred because it avoids any possibility of later problems related to syncing to iCloud (including Photo Stream and Music Match).  The ramdisk method is not available for A5 devices or later because limera1n can’t be used.  If you’d like to use redsn0w’s ramdisk method, just be sure to put the A4 device in DFU or Recovery mode before starting redsn0w (otherwise it will immediately start to use the backup/restore method).

Redsn0w 0.9.12b1 now accepts either individual SAM activation ticket plist file, or the entire zip file created by redsn0w’s “Backup” button.  As usual, redsn0w continues to cover all of its previous jailbreaks and untethers (so redsn0w-0.9.12b1 covers everything from 5.1.1 all the way back to 4.1).

Just to re-iterate, following is the list of devices and firmware which can be jailbroken using the Redsn0w 0.9.12b1 on Windows, Mac OS X.

Redsn0w 0.9.12b2:

Starting with version 0.9.12b2, redsn0w will now explicitly ask users with limera1n-able devices whether they want to inject rocky-racoon using the DFU ramdisk method or the backup/restore method (the ramdisk method is better for those with lots of media on their device that would create very large backups, and it’s required for those with unactivated iPhones).  If you’ll always want to use limera1n, you can select that in the Preferences pane.  It also fixes an iBooks issue on old-bootrom 3GS iPhones, and provides more useful error messages when things go wrong.

Supported Devices on (iOS 4.1 to 5.1.1)

  • iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 (GSM + CDMA) and iPhone 3GS
  • iPod touch 4G and iPod touch 3G
  • iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPad 1G: All three models (WiFi, GSM, CDMA)
  • Apple TV2

PwnageTool:

PwnageTool 5.1.1 to create custom pre-jailbroken IPSW firmware has just been released by the iPhone Dev Team.  Since past few months, this is the first time PwnageTool 5.1.1 has received a major compatibility update. But like its previous releases, it applies only to iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 4G, iPod Touch 3G and first generation iPad only. iPhone 4S, iPad 3/2 are not supported, however.

PwnageTool 5.1.1 main advantage over other jailbreak tool like Absinthe is that it keeps your iPhone’s baseband intact and preserve your ultrasn0w unlock. So, Ultrasn0w iPhone unlockers must use PwnageTool to avoid updating the baseband otherwise you’ll end up in updating to the latest baseband and thereby losing the unlock.  PwnageTool will also jailbreak+untether the AppleTV2,1 5.0_2B206f (unless you customize the IPSW further, you’ll have just basic SSH access to the device).

Those who are unaware, PwnageTool 5.1.1 is Mac specific tool that jailbreaks stock IPSW file, adds customizations like boot, adds pre-installed Cydia sources or packages, hacktivates your device, and gives you a custom pre-jailbroken IPSW. You can then restore your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with this newly created IPSW in iTunes.

Sn0wbreeze:

iOS hacker iH8sn0w has released an update to his popular Sn0wBreeze jailbreak tool for Windows. Hot off the heels of version 2.9.4 comes version 2.9.5. This latest update brings supports for the iPhone 4 5.1.1 build 9B208 that Apple had stealthily released.

Sn0wBreeze 2.9.5 also includes a fix for the iPhone 3GS (iPad Baseband users) location services.

Just a reminder to all of you, sn0wbreeze supports only A4 devices and below, so if you want to jailbreak your A5 devices, you can use Absinthe or Redsn0w.

You can head over to our downloads page to get all these jailbreak tools.

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Silver iOS Scheme Instead Of Blue?

The apps that come pre-installed with your iOS device haven’t changed much in both the look and functionality department, since the launch of the original iPhone in 2007.

But Apple may be gearing up to make at least some subtle changes in iOS 6 such as changing the color scheme used in the pre-installed apps.

A couple of days ago Boy Genius’s Reports posted a mockup of the new Maps app, which could be one of the major new features of iOS 6. According to their trusted source, Apple won’t be ditching just Google for a revamped Maps app with 3D mode, but they might also be ditching the traditional blue color scheme seen across their core apps for silver.

Cult of Mac noticed this change in the new WWDC 2012 app that was released earlier today. Apple has replaced the traditional blue bar along the top and the black bar at the bottom with silver bars.

We didn’t read much into these claims until we stumbled across the Cupertino company’s new WWDC 2012 app. Unlike last year’s app — which featured a black bar along the bottom and a blue bar along the top, like traditional iPhone apps — this one sports silver bars and buttons both top and bottom. And I must say, it looks a lot simpler and a lot cleaner.

The WWDC 2012 app is not the only app that sports the silver color scheme. iPhoto app released back in March and a number of pre-installed iPad apps such as  YouTube, Maps and Mail app sport the silver color scheme.

So it is possible that Apple will transition to the silver color scheme for all the pre-installed iPhone apps in iOS 6.

What do you think about the silver color scheme for iOS apps? Which one do you prefer?

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