F.lux Review

So for those of you who don’t know nor have never heard of F.lux, it’s in my opinion one of the most useful, lightweight applications that I have ever used. It’s also freeware, and I’ve seen from the creator that there might be a paid version of something similar coming out with a ton of more features, but that hasn’t been 100% confirmed yet. So what does f.lux do? Well, I would show you a screenshot of it, but it wouldn’t matter, and let me explain why. Read More

What I would like to see in iOS 7

Yes, this post is insanely early, considering iOS 6 has just been released to the public. But, as many new features that it has, it’s getting kind of stale, like a bag of bread that has been left open for 2-3 days. Sure, iOS is a nice, solid operating system, I will admit, but there are some things that it’s lacking that I’m sure iOS users from 2007-2008, such as myself, would enjoy seeing.

First: Themes

Yes, we have the option to change our background on our Lockscreen and Homescreen, but that’s pretty much it, unless you Jailbreak to install Winterboard or Dreamboard. I would like to see even the ability to change small aspects of the OS, such as changing the icons, changing the color of the statusbar icons, messaging bubbles in the Messages app, different skins for the music player, and I could go on.

Second: Widgets

This has been something I have been after for a while. I mean, I would even settle for a live icon tile, such as Messages listing who texted you, Facebook for iOS telling you “New Message from -name here-” and small things like that. But, wouldn’t it be cool for Apple to finally jump on the Widget bandwagon? Android has been doing it for a while (Don’t get me wrong, I love both Android and Apple, I’m loyal to both), and it would be exciting to see even a Notification Center widget for, let’s use an example, Facebook. Where you can comment on a status, see a small live feed of recent statuses with your friends or a select group of people, and reply to messages, all within the Notification Center, or even a standalone widget. Granted, there are some functionalities like this with Jailbreaking, but it would be nice to see it in the stock OS with no modifications needed.

Third: More User Control

I would love to see more user control over the device itself. For example, there is a system browser available for jailbroken users called iFile. It lets you browse the filesystem and let you edit and delete files, as well as create new ones within the filesystem. It would be nice for a functionality to be added to iOS, as in a small folder on your device that you can add documents, pictures, and other important files that you can immediately push them to places like Dropbox, Google, etc.

In conclusion, this is what I would like to see in Apple’s next major software update, because sure iOS 6 was a “Major” update, but it really should be like an iOS 5.2 or like 5.5. So, leave a comment on what you would like to see in the next iOS major upgrade! ūüôā

Apple announces a Special Event for September 12th

Looks like all of the rumors saying that the iPhone 5 will be announced on September 12th has been confirmed! Now in the the following picture of the invite that apple has sent out, take a look at the shadow of the number 12. It looks like a 5 to me, which further supports the next iPhone is going to be announced, and it’s going to have the name of “iPhone 5.” Or, Apple could throw a¬†curve ball¬†and call it “The New iPhone” like they did with the 3rd generation iPad, but I highly suggest otherwise at this point. I will post an article on the event afterwards, summing it up with all of the features and released/upgraded products that Apple is planning to announce, because I’m sure there is going to be more than just the iPhone 5 announced.

My Top 5 Favourite iPhone Apps

Ok so I’m going to tell you guys about my top 5 favourite iPhone apps (obviously cuz of the title :P).

Number 5: Pandora Radio

I’m one that loves music, as well as discovering new music. With Pandora, not only can I take it with me wherever it goes, but when I listen to it, there is very few songs that come on that I don’t like, it’s just that good. The only dislike is the limitations on skipping, as well as ads. But if you jailbreak, there is a patch to get around that,¬†although I don’t recommend it.

Number 4: iBooks

iBooks is a really nice app since I can download and take my books I love to read with me. It has nice quick¬†brightness, text, and other toggles that are easy to access. It requires iOS 4.0 or higher, so everyone that is stuck on 3.1.3 or lower, it isn’t that fun since you can’t run it.

Number 3: Twitter

Formally Tweetie 2, Twitter is my favourite free Twitter client on the iPhone and other iOS devices. It’s lightweight, and eye pleasing. I say it’s a must get for you Twitter users like me.

Number 2: Instagram

I am such a huge fan of photography, and after I first downloaded Instagram I was hooked on it. I’m quickly becoming a daily user of it. There are so many users and countless photos on it, it’s really worth it. It’s free to download and sign up, and there aren’t any ads, making it an even better experience.

My Number 1 Favourite App: Angry Birds

This has been on the number one spot for paid apps for quite some time in the App Store. This is worth $0.99, and trust me, it’s a dollar well spent. The object of the game is to kill the pigs in the levels with a variety of birds. There are various buildings and other obstacles to prevent your attempt to kill the pigs.

How to Jailbreak The iPhone 3GS (or 3G) on 4.1 (OS X)

Hey guys, today im going to show you step by step on how to jailbreak your iPhone 3GS running 4.1 on your Mac OS X based (or hackintosh) computer. This method will also work on the iPhone 3G. *DISCLAIMER* I am not responsible for anything that goes wrong on your device. This is for educational purposes only.

Before we start: Make sure you are running on 4.1! This will also work with 4.2.1 but if you have a new bootrom you will have a tethered boot! Meaning you have to connect it to your computer every time you need to reboot! 4.1 is UNTETHERED. Meaning you don’t have to connect every time you reboot, it will just reboot normally. Also this is for people that do NOT need to unlock their iPhone.

You want to first download the iPhone 3GS 4.1 firmware Here, or if you are using an iPhone 3G it is Here. Also, you will need Redsn0w 0.9.6rc8, which can be found Here.

Let’s begin.

Restore to 4.1 via iTunes. This is not required, although I recommend it. BACK UP EVERYTHING FIRST IF YOU DO!

If you get error 1015, Google and download RecBoot, open RecBoot Exit, and then click “Exit Recovery”

After you’ve set up your iPhone, open up Redsn0w. iTunes will quit, only because redsn0w forces it to. Don’t be surprised if it does.

Click browse, and select the 4.1 firmware you downloaded earlier.

If you are using a 3GS, you will get this popup. Select “yes” if you have a new bootrom, “no” if you have an older one.

Now let’s go ahead and select what options we want. This may look different if your bootrom is new.

Follow the instructions to enter DFU mode to let it work it’s magic.

After this you will get code across your screen, but this is normal.

Congrats! You now have an iPhone 3GS (or 3G) on 4.1 jailbroken!! You should have Cydia on your homescreen. That is where you get all your jailbroken themes, ringtones and more.