Monday, 20 April 2015

WhatsApp is a brilliant means of connecting with people. You only have to have the cellphone number of the person you want to get in touch with and an active internet connection, which could either be Wi-Fi or 3G/4G. Add the cellphone number as a contact and you are all set to converse with the respective person over WhatsApp.

But don’t you think this convenience can cost many a user their peace of mind? There are a great number of people out there ready to annoy you with messages that are absolutely unwanted. They could either be a part of a WhatsApp group or a one-on-one conversation, or maybe both. Now, the notifications for group conversations can be easily muted but the same is not possible for one-on-one chats. Well, now it is possible.

WA ShutUp is a new tweak available on Cydia that allows muting all sorts of WhatsApp conversations; private and group. WA ShutUp does not come for free and one has to shed $0.99 for it. The tweak supports both iOS 7 and iOS 8.

WA ShutUp Cydia Tweak iOS 8 (2)

How To Mute Private WhatsApp Chats On iPhone


WA ShutUp Cydia Tweak iOS 8 (3)

Purchase and install WA ShutUp from Cydia store and perform a respring on your iPhone. Navigate to Settings > WA ShutUp, enable the tweak using the given toggle and we are done.

WA ShutUp Cydia Tweak iOS 8 (1)

HOW TO USE: Launch WhatsApp and swipe leftwards on a private chat. Of the options that appear on the right edge, select ‘More’ and then tap on ‘Mute’ (refer to the image at the top). You will be prompted with three mute durations: 8 hours, 1 Week, and 1 Year, and you may select the one you want.

NOTE: The mute option for one-on-one chats will not appear unless the tweak has been enabled from its preferences page.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

After a bunch of rumours on LG’s next generation Android smartphone, the South Korean giant has finally confirmed what the new device will look like, at least from the back. In the latest posts on LG’s Facebook and Google+ pages it has confirmed the attire of the yet-to-be-unveiled LG G4.

In its posts LG says the following: ‘Always have authentic luxury in hand. The brand new LG G4 with vegetable-tanned leather cover.
See the great, feel the great.’


This gives away one of the most exciting bits about the G4, that it will feature a vegetable-tanned leather back which not only looks brilliant but would also feel great in hand. The leather back will have a seam running along the length featuring contrast stitching, along with a new camera shape.

Recollecting all that we have heard about the LG G4 as of yet, it will come with a 16 MP primary shooter with OIS and a F1.8 lens, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chip instead of the newer Snapdragon 810 chip, a 5.5-inch 2560x1440 pixel Quad High Definition display, a micro SD card slot, a 8.9 mm thick shell and a 3000mAh-ish battery. Of course this is in addition to the vegetable-tanned leather back that has been confirmed last night.

LG G4 Leather Back

With the speculated adoption of a cheaper, Qualcomm 808 chip, it would be interesting to see how LG prices its latest flagship and how well it optimises the chip to make the G4 perform as good as the competition. Fans, there is a lot to look forward to. So stay tuned.

Source - LG Facebook

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Keeping the promise Sony made a few months ago, they have started pushing the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Xperia smartphone series. The update rollout started with the latest flagship Xperia phones first and is finally arriving on the older generation models as well. A few days ago Sony teased the original Xperia Z running Android 5.0 Lollipop in a picture and now they have another good news to share.

Sony Mobile has confirmed that it will begin the rollout of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for another set of handsets in the days to come. More specifically, Sony is expected to push the Lollipop update for the Xperia Z3 Dual, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, and Xperia Z Ultra next week. Following the mentioned handsets will be the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia C3 to get Android 5.0.2.

And once Sony is done updating the aforementioned handsets, it will push Android 5.0 Lollipop to the original Xperia Z range, which includes the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z.

Xperia Z3 Family Lollipop Update

The Lollipop update will be pushed in phases, meaning some users might receive the same right away while the rest will have to wait for another couple of days. On receiving the update a system update message will appear in the notification area. Tapping on the same will display the set of instructions required to update your device. In case you do not see the over-the-air update message even after waiting for long enough, you may try checking for the update via Sony’s PC companion.

There is a lot to look forward to and it is certain that the new update will make your Xperia handset even more awesome.

Monday, 6 April 2015

As I have said it in a number of posts that I have written previously, even though users have moved on to iOS 8, the ones associated with idevices for long enough miss the appeal of the ever elegant iOS 6. The inclination towards iOS 6’s appeal is still there and it encourages developers to create tweaks that bring elements from the previous version of iOS to the latest one.

To name a few such tweaks that I have covered in the past, there is ClassicSwitcher – a tweak that replaces iOS 7’s app switcher with that of iOS 6, ClassicKeys – a tweak adding iOS 6 keyboard to iOS 8, ClassicBadges – a tweak bringing iOS 6 icon badges to iOS 7, SixBar, 7Shaders and more. And the latest tweak to have made it to this list is ClassicFolders.

ClassicFolders is a new tweak that brings the classic iOS 6 folders to iOS 7 and iOS 8, but with a touch of modernity. The tweak features four folder styles/modes: Modern, Mavericks, Classic, and iOS 4 Beta. While the Classic and iOS 4 Beta modes bring the old style folders, the Modern and Maverick modes give iOS 6 folders a modern, transparent look.

ClassicFolders can be bought for $0.99 from the BigBoss repo and is compatible with iOS 7 as well as iOS 8.

ClassicFolders Cydia Tweak iOS 6 Folders On iOS 7 iOS 8 (10)ClassicFolders Cydia Tweak iOS 6 Folders On iOS 7 iOS 8 (2)

How To Configure ClassicFolders On iOS 8


ClassicFolders Cydia Tweak iOS 6 Folders On iOS 7 iOS 8 (3)ClassicFolders Cydia Tweak iOS 6 Folders On iOS 7 iOS 8 (1)

Open Cydia, ‘Refresh’ the Changes tab and search ClassicFolders. Purchase the tweak, install it and perform a respring. Now, navigate to Settings > Classic Folders, enable the tweak, choose the desired mode/style and tap the ‘Respring’ button present at the bottom of the preferences panel. Should you want, there are a couple of mode-specific features which you can enable.

Although the name of the tweak suggests it is only about the classic iOS 6 folders, the extra folder modes well justify its price. And you should give it a try.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

iOS is a secure mobile operating system and its ability to keep intruders away is simply remarkable. The lock screen on your Apple device is like a wall made from titanium, extremely hard to break. Having said that, your passcode protected device is still vulnerable and people, who at some point have seen you entering your passcode, could try to invade your beloved iPhone, iPod or iPad.

Touch ID is definitely a brilliant means of avoiding such intrusions but not all the devices feature it, not the old generation models at least. People who use the regular password protection feature and have lock screen notifications enabled for most of the apps can now make their devices even more secure.

Secret-Lock is a new tweak available on Cydia that allows users to protect the iOS lock screen with activator gestures. The tweak freezes the lock screen, thus making the passcode screen and notifications inaccessible, and can only be brought to the normal state by an activator gesture set by the owner of the device.

Secret-Lock is available for free from the BigBoss repo and supports both iOS 7 and iOS 8.

Secret-Lock Cydia Tweak For iOS 7 iOS 8 (1)

How To Protect iOS Lock Screen With Activator Gestures

Secret-Lock Cydia Tweak For iOS 7 iOS 8 (2)Secret-Lock Cydia Tweak For iOS 7 iOS 8 (5)

Launch Cydia from the home screen, let it fetch the latest tweak packages and search ‘Secret-Lock’. Install the package, perform a respring and head to Settings > Secret Lock. There will be three toggles; one for enabling the tweak, the other for animation and the last one for vibration. Enable the tweak and scroll further down the preferences page, and select ‘Activation Events’. From under ‘Activation Events’ select the activator gesture you want to trigger Secret-Lock with and you are done.

HOW TO USE: On accessing the lock screen now it would be frozen and will not respond to your touches. At this point use the gesture you had set in the steps above and a green coloured lock should appear confirming the tweak has been disabled. Now, every time you lock your device you would have to un-freeze the lock screen in order to proceed.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

March was the month of thrill for HTC fans as the Taiwanese tech giant introduced its latest flagship, the HTC One M9, to the world. And since the launch of the One M9 there has been a range of leaks suggesting a bigger One model dubbed One M9+ in the making. Whilst fans were eagerly expecting the new member of the One M9 family, HTC has quietly pushed an unexpected member into the year-old One M8 family.

Yes you have read it right. HTC has announced the One M8s in Europe and in the UK, a new variant of the One M8 which is a visual twin but slightly distinct in terms of specification.

The HTC One M8s features a 5-inch full HD 1920x1080 display, 16 GB of internal storage, 2 GB of RAM, and a microSD card slot. Now to start with the features that distinguish the M8s from the M8, the former is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 615 chip in contrast to latter’s quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor. The M8s is powered by a 2840 mAh battery unlike the One M8’s 2600 mAh battery.

HTC One M8s Europe

Another notable change that has been made is to the Duo Camera setup where the M8s uses a 13 MP primary shooter complemented by a 5 MP front shooter.

Unlike the M8 which is a high-end smartphone, the M8s sits somewhere in the mid-range but will come with the same premium build quality as the M8. Initially, the One M8s will target Europe and the UK, and will cost £379.99 but it could arrive in other global markets in the near future.

Source: AnandTech

WA ShutUp Cydia Tweak Allows Muting Any WhatsApp Conversation On iPhone

WhatsApp is a brilliant means of connecting with people. You only have to have the cellphone number of the person you want to get in touch with and an active internet connection, which could either be Wi-Fi or 3G/4G. Add the cellphone number as a contact and you are all set to converse with the respective person over WhatsApp.

But don’t you think this convenience can cost many a user their peace of mind? There are a great number of people out there ready to annoy you with messages that are absolutely unwanted. They could either be a part of a WhatsApp group or a one-on-one conversation, or maybe both. Now, the notifications for group conversations can be easily muted but the same is not possible for one-on-one chats. Well, now it is possible.

WA ShutUp is a new tweak available on Cydia that allows muting all sorts of WhatsApp conversations; private and group. WA ShutUp does not come for free and one has to shed $0.99 for it. The tweak supports both iOS 7 and iOS 8.

WA ShutUp Cydia Tweak iOS 8 (2)

How To Mute Private WhatsApp Chats On iPhone


WA ShutUp Cydia Tweak iOS 8 (3)

Purchase and install WA ShutUp from Cydia store and perform a respring on your iPhone. Navigate to Settings > WA ShutUp, enable the tweak using the given toggle and we are done.

WA ShutUp Cydia Tweak iOS 8 (1)

HOW TO USE: Launch WhatsApp and swipe leftwards on a private chat. Of the options that appear on the right edge, select ‘More’ and then tap on ‘Mute’ (refer to the image at the top). You will be prompted with three mute durations: 8 hours, 1 Week, and 1 Year, and you may select the one you want.

NOTE: The mute option for one-on-one chats will not appear unless the tweak has been enabled from its preferences page.

LG G4 To Feature A Vegetable-Tanned Leather Back [Confirmed]

After a bunch of rumours on LG’s next generation Android smartphone, the South Korean giant has finally confirmed what the new device will look like, at least from the back. In the latest posts on LG’s Facebook and Google+ pages it has confirmed the attire of the yet-to-be-unveiled LG G4.

In its posts LG says the following: ‘Always have authentic luxury in hand. The brand new LG G4 with vegetable-tanned leather cover.
See the great, feel the great.’


This gives away one of the most exciting bits about the G4, that it will feature a vegetable-tanned leather back which not only looks brilliant but would also feel great in hand. The leather back will have a seam running along the length featuring contrast stitching, along with a new camera shape.

Recollecting all that we have heard about the LG G4 as of yet, it will come with a 16 MP primary shooter with OIS and a F1.8 lens, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chip instead of the newer Snapdragon 810 chip, a 5.5-inch 2560x1440 pixel Quad High Definition display, a micro SD card slot, a 8.9 mm thick shell and a 3000mAh-ish battery. Of course this is in addition to the vegetable-tanned leather back that has been confirmed last night.

LG G4 Leather Back

With the speculated adoption of a cheaper, Qualcomm 808 chip, it would be interesting to see how LG prices its latest flagship and how well it optimises the chip to make the G4 perform as good as the competition. Fans, there is a lot to look forward to. So stay tuned.

Source - LG Facebook

Sony Xperia Z3 Dual, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, And Xperia Z Ultra To Get Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Next Week

Keeping the promise Sony made a few months ago, they have started pushing the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Xperia smartphone series. The update rollout started with the latest flagship Xperia phones first and is finally arriving on the older generation models as well. A few days ago Sony teased the original Xperia Z running Android 5.0 Lollipop in a picture and now they have another good news to share.

Sony Mobile has confirmed that it will begin the rollout of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for another set of handsets in the days to come. More specifically, Sony is expected to push the Lollipop update for the Xperia Z3 Dual, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, and Xperia Z Ultra next week. Following the mentioned handsets will be the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia C3 to get Android 5.0.2.

And once Sony is done updating the aforementioned handsets, it will push Android 5.0 Lollipop to the original Xperia Z range, which includes the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z.

Xperia Z3 Family Lollipop Update

The Lollipop update will be pushed in phases, meaning some users might receive the same right away while the rest will have to wait for another couple of days. On receiving the update a system update message will appear in the notification area. Tapping on the same will display the set of instructions required to update your device. In case you do not see the over-the-air update message even after waiting for long enough, you may try checking for the update via Sony’s PC companion.

There is a lot to look forward to and it is certain that the new update will make your Xperia handset even more awesome.

ClassicFolders Brings iOS 6 Folders To iOS 8 With A Modern Touch [Cydia Tweak]

As I have said it in a number of posts that I have written previously, even though users have moved on to iOS 8, the ones associated with idevices for long enough miss the appeal of the ever elegant iOS 6. The inclination towards iOS 6’s appeal is still there and it encourages developers to create tweaks that bring elements from the previous version of iOS to the latest one.

To name a few such tweaks that I have covered in the past, there is ClassicSwitcher – a tweak that replaces iOS 7’s app switcher with that of iOS 6, ClassicKeys – a tweak adding iOS 6 keyboard to iOS 8, ClassicBadges – a tweak bringing iOS 6 icon badges to iOS 7, SixBar, 7Shaders and more. And the latest tweak to have made it to this list is ClassicFolders.

ClassicFolders is a new tweak that brings the classic iOS 6 folders to iOS 7 and iOS 8, but with a touch of modernity. The tweak features four folder styles/modes: Modern, Mavericks, Classic, and iOS 4 Beta. While the Classic and iOS 4 Beta modes bring the old style folders, the Modern and Maverick modes give iOS 6 folders a modern, transparent look.

ClassicFolders can be bought for $0.99 from the BigBoss repo and is compatible with iOS 7 as well as iOS 8.

ClassicFolders Cydia Tweak iOS 6 Folders On iOS 7 iOS 8 (10)ClassicFolders Cydia Tweak iOS 6 Folders On iOS 7 iOS 8 (2)

How To Configure ClassicFolders On iOS 8


ClassicFolders Cydia Tweak iOS 6 Folders On iOS 7 iOS 8 (3)ClassicFolders Cydia Tweak iOS 6 Folders On iOS 7 iOS 8 (1)

Open Cydia, ‘Refresh’ the Changes tab and search ClassicFolders. Purchase the tweak, install it and perform a respring. Now, navigate to Settings > Classic Folders, enable the tweak, choose the desired mode/style and tap the ‘Respring’ button present at the bottom of the preferences panel. Should you want, there are a couple of mode-specific features which you can enable.

Although the name of the tweak suggests it is only about the classic iOS 6 folders, the extra folder modes well justify its price. And you should give it a try.

Secret-Lock Cydia Tweak: Protect iPhone Lock Screen With Activator Gesture

iOS is a secure mobile operating system and its ability to keep intruders away is simply remarkable. The lock screen on your Apple device is like a wall made from titanium, extremely hard to break. Having said that, your passcode protected device is still vulnerable and people, who at some point have seen you entering your passcode, could try to invade your beloved iPhone, iPod or iPad.

Touch ID is definitely a brilliant means of avoiding such intrusions but not all the devices feature it, not the old generation models at least. People who use the regular password protection feature and have lock screen notifications enabled for most of the apps can now make their devices even more secure.

Secret-Lock is a new tweak available on Cydia that allows users to protect the iOS lock screen with activator gestures. The tweak freezes the lock screen, thus making the passcode screen and notifications inaccessible, and can only be brought to the normal state by an activator gesture set by the owner of the device.

Secret-Lock is available for free from the BigBoss repo and supports both iOS 7 and iOS 8.

Secret-Lock Cydia Tweak For iOS 7 iOS 8 (1)

How To Protect iOS Lock Screen With Activator Gestures

Secret-Lock Cydia Tweak For iOS 7 iOS 8 (2)Secret-Lock Cydia Tweak For iOS 7 iOS 8 (5)

Launch Cydia from the home screen, let it fetch the latest tweak packages and search ‘Secret-Lock’. Install the package, perform a respring and head to Settings > Secret Lock. There will be three toggles; one for enabling the tweak, the other for animation and the last one for vibration. Enable the tweak and scroll further down the preferences page, and select ‘Activation Events’. From under ‘Activation Events’ select the activator gesture you want to trigger Secret-Lock with and you are done.

HOW TO USE: On accessing the lock screen now it would be frozen and will not respond to your touches. At this point use the gesture you had set in the steps above and a green coloured lock should appear confirming the tweak has been disabled. Now, every time you lock your device you would have to un-freeze the lock screen in order to proceed.

HTC One M8s Launched In Europe: 5-Inch 1920x1080 Display, OctaCore Snapdragon 615 Chip, 13 MP DuoCamera Setup And More

March was the month of thrill for HTC fans as the Taiwanese tech giant introduced its latest flagship, the HTC One M9, to the world. And since the launch of the One M9 there has been a range of leaks suggesting a bigger One model dubbed One M9+ in the making. Whilst fans were eagerly expecting the new member of the One M9 family, HTC has quietly pushed an unexpected member into the year-old One M8 family.

Yes you have read it right. HTC has announced the One M8s in Europe and in the UK, a new variant of the One M8 which is a visual twin but slightly distinct in terms of specification.

The HTC One M8s features a 5-inch full HD 1920x1080 display, 16 GB of internal storage, 2 GB of RAM, and a microSD card slot. Now to start with the features that distinguish the M8s from the M8, the former is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 615 chip in contrast to latter’s quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor. The M8s is powered by a 2840 mAh battery unlike the One M8’s 2600 mAh battery.

HTC One M8s Europe

Another notable change that has been made is to the Duo Camera setup where the M8s uses a 13 MP primary shooter complemented by a 5 MP front shooter.

Unlike the M8 which is a high-end smartphone, the M8s sits somewhere in the mid-range but will come with the same premium build quality as the M8. Initially, the One M8s will target Europe and the UK, and will cost £379.99 but it could arrive in other global markets in the near future.

Source: AnandTech

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