Though many iOS users like to dabble with the tweaks and apps available within the Cydia Store, there are many different kinds of jailbreakers.
Some prefer to utilize the freedom laid on by a jailbreak for practical and productive purposes. I’m talking about installing the likes of SBSettings, enhancing Mail, Safari, SMS, and Settings for the cause of making the iExperience a little simpler – tailoring it to our needs just a slight bit better.
Then again, there are those others who like to alter the cosmetics of the GUI for the sake of keeping things fresh. Such individuals spend time in WinterBoard and DreamBoard, changing the way everything looks throughout iOS, whilst also enjoying those pointless-yet-fun tweaks such as Barrel and FolderIcons.
If you find yourself often intrigued by the visuals, then a little Cydia tweak entitled Color Keyboard might just be of interest you. As the name reveals, it allows you to alter the appearance of your touch-keyboard from simple color changes of the buttons, to setting a personalized image as your keyboard background.
At the end of August, we ran a review of the Stem Innovations iZON Remote Room Monitor.
It’s a sleek little Wi-Fi webcam that looks like it was designed in Cupertino, and includes an iOS app for setup and monitoring of the device. The iZON can be triggered by motion in a room, and then send video up to a private YouTube account for you to view.
That iZON feature was recently used by a woman from Boynton Beach, Florida to catch a burglar (a neighbor) who was stealing her medication.
The woman thought someone was taking prescription drugs from her, so she purchased an iZON, set it up with her iZON, and captured video of her neighbor entering her condo and taking the drugs. The victim called the local police, and with the help of the iZON video, they were able to arrest the perpetrator.
It’s a very cool story about an innovative product that the elderly victim was able to set up and use without assistance: a testament to the ease of use of iOS and the iZON device and software. Enjoy the video clip below.
You would think the fourth U.S. iPhone 4S carrier would be T-Mobile.
But, because of network incompatibility, it’s not. It’s actually C Spire Wireless, formerly known as Cellular South, a CDMA regional carrier that most people probably haven’t heard of unless you happen to live in Mississippi or parts of Alabama, Florida and Tennessee.
It’s not surprising that Apple is starting to push the iPhone toward regional carriers now that the exclusive deal with AT&T is a distant memory. As stated during Tuesday’s earnings call, CEO Tim Cook said he wanted to get the iPhone 4S out to as many people as possible, even though the question of carrier expansion was deferred.
Cook said that the smartphone market would eventually absorb the handset market, and the best way to do that would be to expand to these smaller carriers.
GLONASS stand for Global Navigation Satellite System and is the Russian version of GPS that was developed in the 1990s.
According to Wikipedia, the GLONASS system fell into disrepair in the 90s as the Russian economy sank, but in the last decade the system has come back with Russia launching its 24th satellite last year, giving GLONASS coverage to every inch of Russian territory.
Before GLONASS, the iPhone only supported assisted GPS. There’s no word from Apple yet if the iPhone 4S will take advantage of both systems simultaneously on a world wide basis to give users more accurate positioning data.
Facebook Messenger 1.5 For iPhone Now Available – New Features, iOS 5 Compatibility, And Speed Improvements
Despite Facebook’s official mobile app having been installed on many a smartphone during the last couple of years, the social network still felt compelled to release a separate app to cater for the instant-messaging side of things back in August, appropriately entitled Facebook Messenger.
As per an official blog post, the company has today made a few changes to said app in order toimprove the user experience. It’s referred by Mark Zuckerberg’s crew as “a faster way to message”, and this most recent release is claimed to be even speedier than versions before it.
Users will now have the ability to differentiate between those logging in on a desktop and those on mobile. It’s long since been easy to see whether a user is posting messages and statuses using a mobile device, and now the same rules will apply to the IM application.
Another prevalent IM feature apparently lacking in Facebook Messenger has been the ability to see when the other person is typing. So those of you spending a lot of time having back-and-forth with Facebook friends will be back in the familiar etiquette dilemma of “John Doe is typing a message”, to which you pause, only for the message to never appear.