Steve Jobs Would Have Thought Google Glass Was For Sexless Nerds

There’s a lot of talk these days about Google Glass, Google’s new futuristic wearable computer that functions like a set of cyborg glasses, overlaying a HUD of Google products and search services over your life.

It certainly sounds impressive, and early reviews from the usual techno-nerds are positive. But what would Steve Jobs have thought of Google Glass?

He would have thought you were a dork for wearing one, and you needed to get laid.

In a funny (but sort of cruel) anecdote shared by Jeff Soto, who was once an Audio Test Engineer at Apple, Steve Jobs was once pitched an idea for a wearable computing solution like Google Glass at an Apple Town Hall Meeting. His response? Outright ridicule.

As soon as I saw the video for Google’s Project Glass I instantly recalled a funny story from my time at Apple. I was once at a Town Hall meeting in Cupertino where Steve Jobs commented on this type of wearable computing. An Apple employee in the audience asked Steve a question to the extent of: “How can we reach out to our leadership if we have a really good idea”. Steve immediately put him on the spot and made him pitch the idea in front of everyone there. An opportunity to pitch Steve Jobs. What?

The employee proceeded to pitch an idea about glasses you can wear that display various types of information. A heads up display a’la terminator cyborg vision if you will. He continued to explain how he wished he had a way to see projected information while he perhaps went for a run outside. Keep in mind this is happening in a room filled with a lot of people.

Steve immediately shot his idea down and told the guy that he would probably trip and fall if that were the case. Steve also suggested he should get a girlfriend so he has someone to keep him company while running.

To be fair, Steve Jobs often laughed at ideas that he later embraced. Remember when Steve laughed at the idea of an iPod playing video? Still, that’s a pretty blistering dismissal of a concept Google is putting a lot of resources and PR behind, don’t you think?

Source: I Am Not Robot
Via: MacTrast

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Get A Clean iOS Install Without Losing Your Jailbreak With Semi-Restore [Jailbreak]

If you jailbreak your iOS devices, there usually comes a point where you get stuck on an older firmware because the latest one hasn’t yet been hacked by the jailbreak community. When this time comes, it’s almost impossible to restore your device and start with a clean OS without losing your jailbreak.

But not anymore. A new app called Semi-Restore provides you with a clean install of your current firmware without updating your device and killing your jailbreak.

Semi-Restore is in beta testing at the moment, and it’s not yet clear when it’ll be officially available to the public. However, to quash doubts that the Semi-Restore was a fake, Dom over at AppAdvice decided to put it through its paces.

“As of today, I’m happy to report that Semi-Restore is definitely legitimate and we’ve got a video walk-through to prove it,” he writes. You can watch the walkthrough below to find out how to use Semi-Restore yourself.

If you prefer to follow written instructions, you can check out a rather lengthy step-by-step guide over at AppAdvice.

Semi-Restore doesn’t strictly restore your iOS device, but it’s the closest you’ll get to a clean install without updating your device. With that being the case, it’s going to be hugely popular among jailbreakers. I just wish it had arrived sooner.

A couple of weeks ago, my iPhone 5 started seeing a few performance issues, and I wanted to restore it and start with a fresh OS. The problem was, I didn’t want to update and lose my jailbreak. I was pretty much stuck.

In the end, I decided that I would just bite the bullet and give up my jailbreak for a clean and smooth OS install. Had Semi-Restore arrived a few weeks earlier, I wouldn’t have had to do that.

Once again, Semi-Restore is in beta testing at the moment, and there’s currently no word on when it’ll be made available to the public, so for now we’ll just have to wait. But as soon as it’s ready, we’ll let you know.

Source: Semi-Restore

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Hacked AT&T Carrier Update Promises Faster Data Speeds On iOS

Earlier this month, a hacked carrier update for the T-Mobile iPhone 5 that brought increased data speeds was released by Joe Brown and Sky Zangas, two developers behind iTweakiOS. Now the duo have released a similar hack for AT&T devices, only this time, it’s not just for the iPhone.

The hacked carrier update also supports the iPad and promises to improve data performance on both LTE and HSPA+.

“Just like with the T-Mobile hack, this hack does the same,” Brown writes. “Band preferences were set to limit you to a certain band rather than the band giving off the strongest signal, when available, both with LTE and HSPA+.”

“This hack enables Release 9 DC-HSPA+ on the iPhone 5 and iPad 3, 4, and mini as well as enhancing LTE data and signal. Though AT&T is limited to HSPA+ 21, the device itself becomes more open to an increased amount of bandwidth thus allowing for better throughput of data and data connection. This is very convinient [sic] for users in areas that don’t yet have LTE coverage.”

Brown has put together a quick step-by-step guide on installing the update on the iPhone 5, the third- and fourth-generation iPads, and the iPad mini. You don’t need to have a jailbroken device for this to work — it all happens through iTunes.

If you’re an iPhone 5 user, faster data speeds aren’t the only reason to get this update:

This hack also includes a fix to any and all iPhone 5 users who have experienced degraded/weakened signal over the past couple to few months on the PCS 1900MHz and/or CLR 850MHz bands for HSPA+ as well as the APT 700MHz and/or AWS 1700MHz band for LTE.

To download the hacked update and follow Brown’s installation guide, click the source link below.

Source: iTweakiOS

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Leawo Tunes Cleaner for Mac is the intelligent iTunes cleanup tool that will allow you to transform your iTunes to perfection with only a couple of clicks. Cult of Mac Deals has this software solution starting at $5.

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Here are the top features of Leawo Tunes Cleaner for Mac:

Delete Duplicates: Duplicates can accumulate easily on iTunes. Now you can clean them up! Add Proper Album Covers and Artwork: Artwork adds a dynamic to your library that you will not appreciate until you experience it. Add Missing Info Including Artists and Album Titles : Not only does this look great, but increases functionality on iPhones, iPods, and iPads. Easy-To-Use Interface with Simple Program Operation: So easy that your iTunes will be cleaned and organize upon installation. Only requires a couple clicks to maintain!

For only $5 (with the price increase of $1 per day for the duration of this deal) this Cult of Mac Deals offer is totally worth it – just for the mere capability of being able to delete duplicate songs alone. It’s an easy-to-use application that any music lover should have. So visit the Deals page now and grab this app while the pricing is at its lowest!


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Springtomize Dev Releases Exquisitely Beautiful Non-Jailbreak Finance App For iPhone

Filippo Bigarella is best known for being the developer of some of the most popular jailbreak tweaks for iOS, including Springtomize, LivelyIcons, and PasswordPilot Pro. But he’s just launched his first official iPhone app through the App Store.

It’s called Balances, and it’s a wonderfully simply finance app with a gorgeous interface that’ll help you keep track of the money you owe and the money owed to you.

When you leave your wallet at home and you have to borrow money from friends to pay for your movie ticket, take a couple of seconds — that’s literally all it takes — to enter it into Balances and you’ll remember to pay it back when you get home.

Do the same for money you lend out and you won’t forget who owes you cash.

When you’ve paid back the money you owe, or received money owed to you, simply swipe the balance off of your list and it’ll be added to your “completed balances” list, where you can keep track of all the money you’ve paid and received.

That’s pretty much all there is to Balances, which is why it’s super simply and easy to use. It also looks great — as you can see from the screenshots above — and it’s completely free. Check it out for yourself by downloading it from the App Store.

Source: App Store

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QuickLock Is The Quickest & Most Convenient Way To Lock Your Mac

QuickLock is a terrific little tool from ThinkDev that makes it quick and convenient to lock your Mac when you leave your desk. It sits in your menubar out of your way, and a click (or a keyboard shortcut) is all it takes to keep your Mac safe.

With the latest version of QuickLock, users can enjoy a brand new interface and a number of new features. Best of all, it’s completely free.

QuickLock is a must-have if you use your Mac in an office, a classroom, a library, or another public place where you might leave it unattended for a while. You probably already use a password to ensure no one can gain access to your computer while you’re away from it, and the quickest and easiest way to activate that password and lock your Mac is with QuickLock.

“QuickLock is the absolute best way to lock your Mac,” ThinkDev says. “Unlike OSX’s hot corners, QuickLock works with a simple keyboard shortcut or menubar click, and never gets in the way of your workflow.”

And here’s what’s new in its latest update:

– Completely redesigned user interface
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– Major bug fixes and improvements

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ThinkDev has another awesome app that called QuickRes, which has been developed to make it super simply to switch between display resolutions on a Retina MacBook Pro. Like QuickLock, it sits in your menubar.

QuickRes is the best way to switch between screen resolutions on your Mac. With the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, you can set your resolution all the way up to an extreme 3840 x 2400! With other Macs, you can set your resolutions to things you’ve never seen before, including a HiDPI mode, which is as close as you can get to a Retina Display on a standard display.

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This Gorgeous Theme Gives Your iPhone A Much-Needed Lick Of Paint [Jailbreak]

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The only issue with that is finding a theme that’s as beautiful as the hardware it’s running on. There aren’t many out there that fit this description, but iMIUI from Xiaomi is one of them.

Xiaomi isn’t normally a company famous for its iOS themes; it actually develops a popular custom ROM for Android-powered devices called MIUI. But iMIUI is a Winterboard theme that aims to bring the MIUI look to your iPhone.

Xiaomi believes iMIUI could be the next Ayecon, a hugely popular theme for jailbroken iOS devices, and I’m inclined to agree. I don’t think it’s better than Ayecon, but it’s as good as.

As you can see from the screenshots below, iMIUI isn’t just a bunch of icons; it skins your lock screen, a number of your apps — including Phone, Messages, and Clock — as well as system menus, like those within the Settings app pictured below.

iDownloadBlog has been testing iMIUI and they say “the level of detail here is striking.” iMIUI is certainly worth checking out, then. To download it, you’ll need to add a new repository to Cydia. That repository is:

Once you’ve downloaded the theme, you’ll be able to apply it using Winterboard. It’s iPhone only at the moment — there’s no iPad version — but it is completely free.

Via: DownloadBlog

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iOS Glitch Allows Spaces To Be Added To Home Screen Without Jailbreak

There are some nifty tweaks for jailbroken iOS devices that allow you to add blank spaces to your home screen and arrange your app icons any way you like. Well now you don’t need to jailbreak to have this option, because a newly-discovered glitch in iOS lets you create blank spaces with a bit of trickery.

The glitch was discovered by Dom over at AppAdvice, who has put together a quick how-to video that explains how it works. You need to place apps and folders in certain places to do it properly, and it’s a little complex — until you get the hang of it — so I’ll let the video do the explaining:

As you can see, it’s a little tricky, but once you get the hang of it it’s not difficult at all. There are a few caveats you should remember — such as your spaces disappearing after a restart — but it’s certainly a handy trick.

If you want to add spaces to your home screen so that you can place apps wherever you want them, this is the best and only way to do so without jailbreaking.

Source: AppAdvice

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Cydia Comes To Android

On iOS, Cydia is the premier way to load unsigned apps onto your jailbroken iPhone or iPad… but since Android supports side-loading, it has no place on Google’s operating system, right?

Wrong, apparently. Today, the devs behind Cydia and Mobile Substrate have announced that Cydia is coming to Android. But it won’t be quite what you think.

Lifehacker explains:

So, what does that actually mean? Well, Cydia Substrate is a platform for modifying a device without actually having the source code. Technically, the Android community has the source for stock Android, but owners of devices from HTC or Samsung have certain elements that are not open source (and, in fact, neither are Google’s own apps). Cydia Substrate allows tweakers to customize those things without flashing entirely new ROMs.

This is accomplished with what are known as “substrate extensions.” By itself, Cydia Substrate doesn’t actually do anything from the user’s perspective—it’s more of a tool for developers. However, it means we may see some new kinds of tweaks for Android, especially ones coming over from iOS—in fact, the only extension that’s available in the Cydia Substrate app itself is Winterboard, the tool that iOS users have been using to customize their devices for a while. More tweaks and tools will likely arrive in the coming months.

Pretty incredible, actually. To get Cydia Substrate on your Android device, you’ll need to root your device, and this is all highly experimental. But if Cydia on Android can accomplish half of what it’s accomplished on iOS, we expect great things.

Source: Google Play
Via: Lifehacker

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Killing iOS Apps Is Easy With Slide2Kill [Jailbreak]

Killing iOS apps — not just closing them, but killing them completely — is nowhere near as simple as it should be.

First you have to double-tap the home button to open the multitasking tray, then you have to tap and hold the app’s icon, and then you have to close it by tapping the tiny circle. That’s a pain if you have several apps you wish to kill at once.

But with a new tweak for jailbroken iOS devices called Slide2Kill, you can completely kill iOS apps with just a swipe.

If you’ve ever used Auxo, you will already be familiar with this concept. It’s actually a great way to add one of Auxo’s best features if you don’t like Auxo itself. Rather than killing iOS apps Apple’s way, Slide2Kill allows you to simply swipe them out of the multitasking tray.

It’s super handy when you want to close more than one iOS app at once, because you can just quickly swipe through them; there’s no need to tap and hold anything, and it doesn’t take forever.

You can even setup the tweak so that swiping one way kills apps one-by-one, while swiping the other way kills all of the apps you have running in the background all at once.

The tweak isn’t perfect, however, as noted by Cody Lee over at iDownloadBlog:

My only problem with Slide2Kill is that it feels like a beta version. Animations are slow at times, and there’s been a few occasions where the entire tweak just quit responding to my gestures. I had to respring my iPhone to fix it.

Hopefully those issues will be quashed in future updates, because Slide2Kill is a great tweak. You can download it now from Cydia’s BigBoss repository, and it’s completely free.

Via: iDownloadBlog

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