HackStore – Cydia For Mac

Since a long time we have been hearing rumors about Cydia for Mac and now finally it has been released calling itself the HackStore.

Before I continue enlightening you about the HackStore, there is something I like about it and that is its motto, “No Piracy Apps Here Forever And Ever”. The piracy issue has been driving everyone crazy, Cydia has many pirate  re which provide all the paid tweaks/themes for free and just pour water on all the hard work done by the dev. If the HackStore can prevent this then it will surely be a good place for Mac OS developers to upload their apps.

Here’s what the developers behind HackStore have to say about their new application:

This program for us is the epitome of Cydia for iOS, but on a Mac OS. This means that in our app will be applications and tweaks for Mac OS, which is not in the Mac AppStore, or for any reason they have not posted there.

The biggest Mac Appstore problem is that they limit their users in everything, without giving an opportunity to expand these limits. This is not correct, because  ONLY users should decide which applications they should install and which one do not.

We think, HackStore, it is a break through the narrow confines of Mac Appstore. A lot of good applications should be created and promoted but if they will never come to AppStore they will be not popular at all, so we have created HackStore!

The motto of our application - «No piracy apps here, forever and ever», so the cracked and piracy apps I am the HackStore application developer. This program for me is the epitome of Cydia for iOS, but on a Mac OS. This means that in our app will be applications and tweaks for Mac OS, which is not in the Mac AppStore, or for any reason they have not posted there.

HackStore seems to have copied the user interface of the Mac App Store, so you won’t take much trouble using the app.

Now you must be wondering “Was Saurik the one who created the HackStore?”

Well here is what he has to say about it:

NO: if I were to release something, it would definitely be called “Cydia”. ;P To me, there is no reason to build something that Bodega easily services (you can even find jailbreaking tools, such as Seas0nPass in Bodega): the only thing that makes Cydia interesting is Substrate, so until and unless Substrate works on Mac you won’t see me spending time building a simple installer tool.

It is still early days for the HackStore as there are currently only 50+ apps in the Mac App Store. But it seems like a nice place for jailbreakers to download the latest jailbreak tools such as TinyUmbrella, ipswDownloader, iExplorer etc.

It looks like it has already generated quite a bit of interest as the HackStore was down at the time of publishing this post, so don’t be surprised if you see a grey screen after you launch the app. The developers are trying to fix the issue.

You can download the HackStore using this link.

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Tutorial on How To Sync Dropbox and iCloud….

According to TJ Luoma’s report in TUAW, the Mac and iOS users are going to be faced with the problem of choosing between storing their documents in iCloud and Dropbox even though it is known that both have different purpose to serve. Apple as Luoma states is definitely going to add features every now and then to the iCloud so that people opt for it and to make the iCloud easier to win the support of the developers.

Luoma says that he would rather trust Dropbox than iCloud although iCloud is quite good. The reason is that one can sync iCloud with Dropbox but it’s a one-way sync only and of course a simple one too.

How to Sync iCloud With Dropbox

  • To begin with the syncing, you need to have your Mac iCloud enabled.
  • Once iCloud is enabled you need to go straight to ‘System Preferences >> iCloud‘ and check whether the Documents & Data’s option is set to Sync.
  • This process entirely depends on which particular app you are using to push data to iCloud. To push a document to iCloud using the specific app process you need to go to the ‘File >> Move to iCloud‘s structure.
  • Now you have to look for the local folder dedicated to iCloud on your Mac and that is the Library’s folder which is hidden as default in OS X Lion. However, you certainly can get access to it by opening up Finder, highlighting the ‘Go‘ menu option and then clicking on the ‘Alt’ key on the Mac keyboard. This way you make the Library folder visible.
  • Instead of step 4, the other way to do this is to click on ‘⌘CMD + Shift + G’, then type in ‘~/Library/’. In both cases you need to seek a folder in the tree called ‘Mobile Documents’, and then locate the ‘documents’ sub-folder with our precious pushed files.
  • The all-new features coming in the Hazel software help to perform certain synchronizations like making a rule within Hazel that enables checking a particular folder and then syncing the contents to Dropbox. And that results in getting all the iCloud files to Dropbox.

You needn’t worry while using apps that permit just the iCloud storage options as now you can sync iCloud with Dropbox quite easily.

Let me know if you are stuck up and need any assistance.

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Tweetbot updated with iCloud integration

I usually don’t write about App Store apps, it’s always about tweaks etc… but this is special. Tweetbot, the best Twitter client for an iPhone, much better even than the Twitter app itself, went through an update and it has added a few cool and unique features.

Tapbot have now added iCloud support to Tweetbot, which will keep the Timeline positions, Direct messages (DMs) and mute filters in sync across all instances of Tweetbot running on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Here are all the new features:

  • iCloud Integration (must be logged into iCloud)
  • Mute filters synced across instances of Tweetbot
  • DM read status synced across all instances of Tweetbot when iCloud is selected for sync
  • Timeline positions are synced, this means that if you scroll on your iPhone and wait for a few second it’ll automatically scroll on your iPad (pretty cool eh?)
  • Better handling of iTunes links across thumbnail previews
  • YouTube links provide thumbnail previews (much awaited)
  • Pinch to close image on iPad
  • Minor bug fixes

It is great to see developers like Tapbots take their apps to the next level using new features available in iOS in their own unique and innovative way. Tweetbot was already the Gold standard for Twitter apps, with the iCloud sync feature, it will be even more difficult for users to give this app a miss.

You can get the updated version from within the AppStore under the updates tab, if you already have purchased it. If not then you will have to purchase it for $2.99 on the iPhone and as well as the iPad.

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Saurik’s warning for playing around with CoreServices

Do you all remember me telling you how to get iPhoto and iMovie working on a device which is running iOS 5.0.1? Well if you haven’t, then check it out, but before you try that out I have a warning for you from the Creator of Cydia – Saurik.

He says that:

Once we change the CoreServices file we enter “game over” and we then need to restore; many things use the firmware version to find out what they need to do at any given moment, or what is compatible with your specific system, and faking it out is going to make all of that unhappy. The people who care about iPhoto on this device should /not/, under any circumstance, be recommending firmware changing behavior: they should write a Substrate extension that modifies the AppStore to bypass this check for this one particular application. In case of a 4S, you can get yourself really really screwed: eventually (after a reboot, upgrade etc.), Cydia is going to notice that you somehow managed to install Corona on a “5.1″ device (which Corona is not compatible with), and it will queue an uninstall of your untether. The next jailbreak the device will not be jailbroken anymore, I am pretty certain absinthe will balk (and even if not, “re-jailbreaking” causes all kinds of other problems), and a restore isn’t possible anymore (unless you want to upgrade to the currently-unjailbreakable 5.1)

Here is the screenshot of another problem caused by this:

In the above image you will see that my phone detects 5.0.1 as the latest software, this s a problem but it can be fixed, so no worries for me or any one of you who are experiencing this, all you have to do is wait for an untethered 5.1 to be RELEASED and then hit restore.

Having read that do you still want to go ahead with that tutorial of mine? if you do please do it at your own risk.

Let me know if any of you guys are already having this trouble.

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Tip: Enable Push Notifications in Tweetbot

Tweetbot is, in my opinion, extremely better that Twitter’s official application for iOS. You can do so much more stuff, it has no ads and it even has a prettier UI. Below is a screenshot of my profile in Tweetbot:

Tweetbot, besides being one of the best alternatives to the official twitter app, has one downfall. Push Notifications are not enabled by default and you need to activate them in the app’s settings. Here’s a guide about how to do this:

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How To Get iPhoto & iMovie on iOS 5.0.1 (The easy way)

There are three things in iOS 5.1 which were persuading me to update my iPhone and lose my jailbreak and as I use an iPhone 4S I couldn’t even have a tethered jailbreak for myself, so i decided to play around a bit in iFile and try to figure out a way to get iPhoto and iMovie working on iOS 5.0.1 , and today morning (i.e almost 12-13 hours ago I found a way to get iPhoto on iOS 5.0.1, it was a bit difficult to get it working because it always crashed but the changes that I made, worked and allowed me to use iPhoto perfectly.

But this method is a bit difficult to explain and tell so I was wondering how can I get to everyone, thankfully to a fellow developer I need not to do that any more because of his latest development known as iPhoto501Fix. This tweak fixes the iPhoto issues that you are having after installing it on your iPhone.

On the other hand making iMovie work was like a cake walk.

Check out the video below to see how to install iPhoto & iMovie and how to make it work on iOS 5.0.1:


Wasn’t that easier than expected? Well I know everyone thought it’d be quite tough to get it working, believe me it was before this tweak was released.

Stay tuned with us because in my future posts I’am going to review iPhoto for iPhone (I won’t be reviewing iMovie because I don’t quite like it).

Were you able to install both iPhoto and iMovie using this trick?

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Springround

Springround is a new tweak and offers something totally new, I have not seen any tweak give us something like this before. Basically what Springround does that it allows you to access your HomeScreen from within any app.. confused?

Check out this screenshot, then maybe you’ll have an idea of what I’am talking about:

Still a bit confused? Check out the video walkthrough and I’am sure all your confusion will be cleared away:


If you are interested in Springround which I’am quite sure you are then you can get it for $0.99 from Cydia under the ModMyi repo.

Let me know what you guys think about it.

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Apple Event Summed Up In Just 90 Seconds!

Missed the Apple event? Don’t have 2 hours to watch the keynote?

Well thanks to the CultOfMac you can get an idea of all the happenings by just sparing 90 seconds of your valuable time.

Check out the round up below:

What do you think about the new releases?

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iPhoto In The New iPad

Alongside the third generation iPad and a new Apple TV, Apple showcased a number of apps that took advantage of the improved hardware of the new iPad. One of them was iPhoto for iOS, which brings advanced photo editing capabilities to the iPad, using touch based gestures.

Some noteworthy features:

  • You can double tap an image, and iPhoto selects similar images in your library, which you can then compare side by side.
  • Multi-touch editing: You can manipulate image properties using your fingers, by dragging up, down, left or right. The app detects blue skies, greenery and skin tones, which can then be modified easily. It also has the ability to “straighten” an image using automatic horizon detection.

Apple Updates It’s AppStore Apps!

After today’s event Apple is on a role to update all it’s previous apps to support the new iPad’s retina display.

Here are all the apps that have been updated with their change logs:

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iBooks

  • Read books more easily with sharply detailed text on the new iPad’s amazing Retina display
  • See page numbers that correspond to the printed edition of the select titles
  • Search for a page number to jump to a desired page with a single tap
  • Use your finger as a highlighter when swiping over text

Find My Friends

  • Support for Retina display-capable devices
  • Bug fixes
  • Stability enhancements

iTunesU

  • Support for the new iPad’s retina display

Find My iPhone

Just before pushing these updates Apple also increased the OTA download limit to 50MB.

What do you think about these new updates?

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