JailbreakQA is a site dedicated to answering iPhone jailbreak related questions. This week, Reza talks about JailbreakQA and how it can help you find the right answers to your questions about Cydia, jailbreaking your iPhone and any other non-standard uses for your iPhone or iOS device. Reza brings you tips and tricks to help you get the most use out of your jailbroken iOS device each week.
The JailbreakQA site is based on the OSQA platform, just like our Lockergnome Q&A site. Our site is dedicated to asking and answering questions of any nature, not just technical ones. Since most of our community tends to lean towards geeky things, that’s what you’ll find most often. However, I’ve seen questions about things such as cars, gardening and even dancing. To date, we have over 16,000 questions asked and nearly 70,000 answers have been given!
JailbreakQA works much the same way. People ask questions and other members give answers. You can vote up (or down!) the answers that you feel deserve a bit of recognition, and comment on any answers given to ask for more clarification. This site is a fantastic resource for those of you who may still be thinking about jailbreaking your device as well as for long-time “expert” jailbreakers.
If you’ve been thinking about doing this to your iOS device but still aren’t sure, you may want to read through some of the questions and answers on JailbreakQA. There are many people in the same position as you: they think they may want to unlock their device but aren’t positive it is the best option for them. You’ll find threads here which explain the advantages of jailbreaking – and ones which discuss any disadvantages.
Jailbreaking your device is a decision only you can make. I will give you the same advice here as I do when you ask me “which is better?” – do your research. Understand the benefits and limitations of a jailbroken device. Know your pros and cons. Decide if doing this is the best thing for you. If it is – then go for it. It’s your device, your money and your time. No one other than you can figure out what will work best for you.
If you have people you don’t wish to receive messages or calls from, it can be difficult to find blocking applications which actually work. If you happen to have a jailbroken iPhone, though, the answer is crystal clear: iBlackList. This is the best call blocker and sms selector available for the iPhone, as Reza shows you.
The application is seriously easy to set up and use – no muss, no fuss. There are several cool features, as well:
Call and SMS blocking facility (Including Unknown/Restricted ID callers)
Protects your privacy by Password
Unlimited number of contacts per list
Works with black and white lists concept
Parental Control with silent record storage
Popup removal from lock screen for lost events (Privacy), keeping the sound/vibration notifications
Auto Reply SMS for SMS feature, where the system will send your custom SMS text to filtered messages
Independent history, where blocked/filtered events will be stored for later visualization. Please note your setup needs to be correct in order to store records on this history
Individual Scheduler for each list
Four types of action for calls, which varies from send the caller to voicemail to completely ignore
At this point, you may be wondering why in the heck you would want to bother paying for and installing this app. After all, you can simply ignore the call if you see a number you don’t recognize or like, right? Using something such as iBlackList make life SO much simpler, though. You can choose which numbers to completely ignore, which ones to send directly to voice mail AND keep a log of every action made.
One use for this app is something I hadn’t thought of, but was brought up to me by another person: using it in court. Perhaps you have someone who is literally stalking you… or a person you have a restraining order against who continues trying to contact you. By sending these particular calls to voicemail or ignoring them and still having accurate date/time-stamped records, you can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that someone isn’t doing what they should be.
What other uses can you come up with to make an app such as this worth your time and money? Which ones are you using to help you manage your phone life?
This week, Reza is going to show you an app called biteSMS for your jailbroken iPhone. biteSMS extends your SMS text messaging capability with additional features like smileys, Quick Reply, Quick Compose, privacy mode, scheduled text messages, passcode lock, delivery reports, signatures, and more.
biteSMS can be a souped-up replacement to built-in iPhone text messaging, allowing you to send messages via your mobile carrier as you normally do. Beyond being a replacement, you can buy credits and send messages via the biteSMS network, which makes SMS during international travel more affordable.
Reza brings you tips and tricks to help you get the most use out of your jailbroken iOS device each Thursday.
Reza’s weekly video is going to show off Voice Activator for jailbroken iOS devices. Several websites have touted this app as the “best Cydia tweak ever.” Voice Activator is a new tweak by chpwn which allows you to take full control of the Voice Control feature of your iPhone or iPod touch. Launch apps, open URLs, use Activator actions: it’s all included within this one tweak.
This app is available in the Cydia App Store under the Big Boss Repo for the cost of $4.99. Although this may seem expensive, it’s definitely worth your time. Voice Activator opens up a lot more voice functions than what you will already find within your device – it gives you Android-like full systsem voice control!
Use it to open and close apps, perform system functions, launch web pages and create custom actions. It’s easy to install and will make you wonder how you ever functioned without it.
Thanks, Reza, for another great episode in the jailbreak series.
RMalayeri is going to be bringing you regular screencasts each Thursday to talk about different things you can do with a jailbroken iPhone. This week, he is showing off Multiflow, an app which brings Expose-like functionality to iOS. It will set you back a mere five bucks through the Cydia store.
This app is a replacement for the standard iOS multi-tasking view. With Multifl0w, you can “explode” all of your open apps, just as you can on your Mac computer. There are several different ways to set up this app to customize it to your liking.
Multifl0w shows all open apps (up to 9) on the same screen, for easy and quick task switching. The tabs are re-arrangeable, just drag an drop!
Thanks, Reza, for an excellent beginning to our new jailbreaking series.