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What’s up iDevicer’s? VEYRONxbugatti here showing you a sick tweak that lets you tweet using Siri! As you probably know when Apple first released the iPhone 4S pre-loaded with Siri, there was no way to tweet using Siri. Well, today Grooveshark Developer, Tyler Nettleton, released his tweak in Cydia called, Sireet for FREE! Yes for [...]
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I’ve been thinking about the problems I have with iOS’ Home screen concept for years now, but I never fully grasped what was, exactly, that with time made using the Home screen — and thus the whole system of Springboard pages — clunky and annoying. Until it hit me earlier today, and suddenly everything started to make sense.
The iOS Home screen is conceptually broken. Not “broken” as in unusable, unstable or technically flawed. From an engineering standpoint, the iOS Home  screen works. The concept of the Home screen we interact with today is broken bec
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ause the Home screen wants to be a real, physical, tangible surface while providing access to the gates of the intangible: apps. Apps are data, information, connectivity, presentation, media. Digital content isn’t tangible in the sense that it exists in a physical space, unless you count the atoms and the electrons and the bits that make using an app possible. But that’s a long stretch. The iOS Home screen is based on the concept that app icons are objects on top of it;  this has created a series of issues over the years.
Throughout the release history of iOS, Apple had to compromise and, I believe, implement functionalities the original Home screen wasn’t meant to support. First users wanted third-party apps, Apple waited, but eventually allowed developers to create software to install on an iPhone or iPod touch. Apps are the most important addition to the operating system to date, and they kickstarted the App Store revolution we’re witnessing. In allowing third-party developers to create apps, however, Apple essentially lost control over the display of objects on the Home screen — Apple may be able to check upon the inner workings of an app, but they can’t ban apps based on lack of taste in choosing an icon. And with that, developers were free to choose Home screen icons that don’t necessarily resemble real-life objects, thus breaking the metaphor of manipulating “badges on a table”, as I like to think of it. Have you noticed how almost every built-in, Apple-made iOS app has an icon that resembles a real-life object? The only exception? The App Store and iTunes icons. Which are marketplaces for digital content.
Apple states it clearly in the iOS Human Interface Guidelines:
When virtual objects and actions in an application are metaphors for objects and actions in the real world, users quickly grasp how to use the app. The classic example of a software metaphor is the folder: People put things in folders in the real world, so they immediately understand the idea of putting files into folders on a computer.
Think of the objects and scenes you design as opportunities to communicate with users and to express the essence of your app. Don’t feel that you must strive for scrupulous accuracy. Often, an amplified or enhanced portrayal of something can seem more real, and convey more meaning, than a faithful likeness.
Portray real substances accurately. Icons that represent real objects should also look as though they are made of real materials and have real mass. Realistic icons accurately replicate the characteristics of substances such as fabric, glass, paper, and metal, and convey an object’s weight and feel.
Later, users wanted multitasking and folders. Unsurprisingly, Apple gave them implementations of these features that look like objects, in this case objects with linen. Here’s where the situation gets more complex: folders and the multitasking tray, unlike app icons, actively interact with the Home screen, they don’t just sit on top of it. The way Apple designed them, the multitasking tray resides as linen below the Home screen, and folders are tiny containers with a linen background that expands atop of the Home screen. You can see how the entire concept of Home screen as a surface starts crackling under the design weight of  these features: is the Home screen a surface that has another layer underneath? Another one above as well? What do you mean I have music controls in the multitasking tray, too?
Most recently, iOS users began asking more vigorously for a better notification system, a unified reading environment for magazines, and widgets. Apple gave them Notification Center and Newsstand, but didn’t announce anything widget-related, at least for the Home screen. The Home screen, with iOS 5, got two new additions: a new layer, Notification Center, and a new default icon, Newsstand, which isn’t really an icon but it’s a folder with a different background and shelves.
As I said, I believe choosing the right approach to delivering new functionalities and keeping the original Home screen concept got trickier for Apple over the years. What started as a black background with a few default apps turned into a customizable area of hundreds of app icons with folders and multiple pages with a series of additional layers managed by the overly abused linen texture. But the seed of the broken concept can be seen way back into iPhone OS history: think about Spotlight and Springboard page indicators. What are they — how do they fit into the metaphor of a physical surface with objects on top of it? Surfaces don’t have search boxes and indicators. Notebooks have pages, but you have to flip them and turn them and touch them. Websites have search boxes, but they’re bits and lines of code.
If you follow my theory, you can understand how things start making sense from this perspective. You can’t move multiple app icons at once not because of some technical limitation, but because, I believe, in the original Home screen vision inspired by physics apps were meant as a single entity to manipulate, one at a time. On a table, you can’t “select” multiple buttons and pretend they’re all going to move as you touch only one. That doesn’t make any sense in real life. I could expand this concept to the entire skeuomorphism Vs. interface design, but I’ll leave that for another time. My concern right now is the Home screen, the first thing you see when you unlock a device, when you close an app, the place where you manage your apps, your content. There’s a lot of weirdness and inconsistencies going on in some Apple apps and interfaces, but the Home screen is the prime example of a user interface meant for 2007 which was subsequently patched and refined and patched again to accomodate new functionalities introduced in iOS (the same happened with the Home button). You could argue that some proposed features, such as widgets, haven’t been implemented yet because of technical constraints. It’s fair argument, and I’ll take it. Yet I think that, even if complex from an implementation standpoint, it’s the concept itself that makes widgets difficult with the current Home screen.
The problem Apple needs to overcome is that the Home screen tries to be a real object while providing access to the gates of the digital world. To reinvent it, Apple needs to tear apart the whole concept and rebuild it from the ground up.

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AssistantExtensions is a new jailbreak tweak that pushes Siri’s limits. It brings additional commands to Siri on iPhone 4S, such as Tweeting, launching apps, search YouTube, toggle switch and more, that are not available by default.

AssistantExtensions, gives Siri much more power than what it has now. It’s a framework which is based on MobileSubstrate and can control a lot of things on your iPhone 4S and provide platform for other developers to come up with their own extensions to bring more funtinalities to Siri.
A plug-in architecture allowing developers to extend
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Siri functionality (commands and GUI snippets). Several commands and snippets are built-in, including a chat bot for talking to Siri about anything you like.
AssistantExtensions includes a few built-in extensions including:
System commands: tweet ‘text_of_the_tweet’, open ‘application_name’ or launch ‘app_name’, brightness to ‘XX %’, restart springboard, generate a random number, say ‘what_to_say>’, should I ‘do something?’.
Toggles: turn on ‘toggle_name’, list toggles or list switches to get a list of toggles and their states.
Chat Bot: You can chat with Siri. To start, just say “Let’s chat” and wait a moment. Loading times will be improved a lot in future releases.
YouTube – searches YouTube and shows results with thumbnails, example: “Search Lady Gaga on YouTube”
How to Install AssistantExtensions
Your iPhone 4S or any Siri capable device must be jailbroken: To jailbreak iPhone 4S follow any of these guides:

How to: jailbreak iPhone 4S iOS 5.0.1 with Absinthe [Mac]
How to: jailbreak iPhone 4S 5.0.1 with Absinthe [Windows]
How to: jailbreak 5.0.1 iPhone 4S with Corona Injector CLI [Windows]


From your jailbroken iPhone 4S, Open Cydia;
Go to Search tab at bottom and Search for AssistantExtensions (available under theBigBoss Repo);
Tap on AssistantExtensions, then tap on Install and then Confirm.



Also checkout:

SiriToggles – Launch Apps, Toggle Settings, Control Brightness via Siri on iPhone 4S
Sireet Cydia Tweak – Tweet Using Siri On iPhone 4S [Jalbreak]
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Jailbreaking Is Not A Crime ? The Electronic Frontier Foundation has started a petition at jailbreakingisnotacrime.org to ensure jailbreaking is kept legal.
Back in July of 2010 the Copyright Office added an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which made jailbreaking your smartphone legal. The exemption is set to expire after three years and the EFF is trying to make sure that doesn’t happen.

The petition at jailbreakingisnotacrime.org will let you add your support to a letter written by Bunnie Huang, author of Hacking the Xbox. The EFF would also lik
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e those who can write their own letter to submit their defense of jailbreaking to the Copyright Office. You can find more information about that here.
At the very least we would urge you to add your signature to the petition. There’s only 14 days left to sign!
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The most astonishing feature in the iPhone 4S, believe it or not, has been the digital voice assistant Siri. Siri has been receiving new extensions since to iOS and has set apart the iPhone 4S from its competitors. The latest untethered jailbreak for A5 devices has opened up a world of possibilities and extensions to Siri which has been evident with the released and upcoming tweaks.


Now a new Siri tweak by the name of ‘Lingual’ is going to offer functionality that is yet to be seen in other Siri-related tweaks. The tweaks will be available as a plugin for Assistant
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Extensions mod, which for released recently, enabling users to dictate a word or phrase to Siri and request translation real time for one of the 35 supported languages. ‘K3A’ released AssistantExtensions which is available for download at Cydia for free. It offers additional Siri functions and allow developers to write plugins to hook into the Extension tweak which is exactly what Lingual will do.

Before Lingual will function, users will need to have AssistantExtensions installed as a pre-requisite. Developed by CodeThemed, the Lingual plugin will then be activated using the standard Siri methods. Users can say “translate [phrase] to [language]” or “what is [phrase] in [language]” and Siri is going to respond instantly with the required translation. If the plugin works effectively, it is going to be very fruitful.

Lingual is now available in Cydia, and requires a pre-installation of AssistantExtensions which is free of charge.
You can follow our guide here to jailbreak your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 untethered.
This article, Lingual Translates 35 Languages In Real-Time Using Siri (Cydia Tweak), was originally published at simonblog.com.



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The yellow sticky note of doom has appeared, and the Apple Store is currently down. What sort of updates will this bring? Since it's early Friday on the East Coast, most likely maintenance. But with Macworld, it could be anything. We'll let you know of any changes once it's back up!Apple Store is down originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 27 Jan 2012 00:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments



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This is pretty great news, according to the incredible sales figures released by Apple yesterday during their quarterly earnings report, the iPhone surpassed the Android and thereby taking the number one spot in U.S.  The guys at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech figured out that Apple sold 37 million iPhones during the fourth quarter of 2011, making Apple the top smartphone manufacturer on the planet.
Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director at Kantar Worldplanel stated “Apple has continued its strong sales run in the US, UK and Australia over t
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he Christmas period,” furthermore he adds “Overall, Apple sales are now growing at a faster rate than Android across the nine countries we cover.”
While this might not seem like a big deal, you still need to remember that there are hundreds of smartphones running Android Android, whereas Apple currently only sells three generations of the iPhone.
Wonder what 2012 has in store for Apple, will the release of the much anticipated iPhone 5 catapult these numbers even higher? What do you think will Apple be able to keep the top spot or will Android phones dominate the market during 2012?