Some of you might know about the recent issue about a popular social app – Path. It’s under fire for copying your entire address book to the company without user’s consent. Though the company has rolled out a new version of the app to fix the issue, as a user, how can you prevent other apps from secretly copying your contact list?
Well, we have spoken and pampered ourselves with a lot of Apps in the last few days, which is of course wonderful as we warm up to the festive season. However, one of my friends got my attention to a very important issue with the day-to-day operation of the iPhone. The BIG question was “How can you block calls or texts from a certain phone number on the iPhone?”
Be it the persisting telemarketers or your estranged partner, a snoopy uncle or an irritating friend; you surely must have felt the need to deliberately block communication – voice or text from certain numbers/people. But, is that possible on your iPhone? Well, it is possible for all of you there with jailbroken iPhones; since Apple iOS do not offer any such liberty.
While the news of Carrier IQ’s surveillance activities on smart phones have struck Android users the most, it is equally important for iPhone users to educate themselves on the probable presence of this spyware and what bad it could bring. For those who don’t know, Carrier IQ is a key logging software that accounts for collecting data such as usage trends and actions and reports back to the exploiters.
While some Android devices have been reported to be have been logged for SMS texts, web usage, conventional key strokes etc, things are fairly less frightful for iPhone users.
It is well known that the exclusive Siri feature – Apple’s official voice recognition service is not only the most popular but also the most enviable feature of the iPhone 4S. Thereby, since is release, there has been an earnest endeavor to inculcate Siri for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. However, there is jailbreak news here which reveals of a possible attempt to expand Siri Dictation to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.
Only 5 weeks or so may have passed since the launch of iPhone 4S and interesting Siri hacks have started to pour in. A few days ago we shared with you a method to create your own Siri Proxy server using Ruby, and also shared how the creator himself, Plamoni, managed to control a thermostat through this proxy server. Today, we take a leap ahead, based on the same Siri proxy server created by Plamoni, to make Siri communicate with a Viper car remote, consequently letting the hacker turn his car on and off using Siri commands on his iPhone 4S!
Sounds incredible, isn’t it? Have a look at the video after the break!
If you’ve used Japanese Kana or Chinese keyboard before, the autocorrect (or auto-suggest) keyboard bar shouldn’t be new to you. The autocorrect keyboard bar is an additional row on top of the standard system keyboard on your iPhone or iPad. As you type, the keyboard bar shows you word suggestion to speed up the typing.
Well, this could be interesting – sending and receiving SMS texts to/from your web browser, Gmail and GTalk. ClockworkMod, has recently come up with a jailbreak tweak that lets you do this all through the DeskSMS Cydia tweak.
Anybody who stays at his desktop most of the time, dislikes using his iPhone’s touch screen keyboard much, DeskSMS can be the way to go, where your iPhone acts as the go-between your desktop computer and the SMS sender/receiver.
The contact list interface of iPhone hasn’t been changed since the debut of iPhone. Are you bored of it? If you’re using a jailbroken iPhone, I recommend you to check out a recent tweak called Copic.
Copic, short for Contact Picture, doesn’t revamp the user interface of your contact list. But it enables iPhone to show the photos of your contact in the contact list, which is a common feature available in other smartphones such as Android and Blackberry. It tweaks all the contact lists in the Phone app including the favorite and recent call list.
After a previous iStartup Sound, that allowed iPhone users to add custom sounds to their smartphone upon restart or respring, now a next step has been taken to allow full startup movies, audio and video to be used.
Vladislav Korotnev has come up with iStartupMovie, a curious tweak that works similar to the audio one, bringing a unique feature to your iPhone’s startup, making it look cool and original. If you want to enjoy the new tweak, all you have to do is install iStartupMovie and a new app will be present on your Home screen. The app allows you to enable or disable the movies that can be found in the required iStartupMovie directory.
So, yeah, it happens. Read a very crucial message and then deleted it. The next moment, the moment of desperation. Any way of recovering it? Not in iOS. Then what? Jailbreak your iPhone and use the tweak which we’ll talk about, in this post. Undelete SMS is the name of the tweak which is now live on Cydia’s servers.