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Here’s our compilation of the best iOS 8 to 8.1 WinterBoard themes that you can try on your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus right now.

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WhatsApp is among the most popular instant messaging app around, and having been acquired by Facebook recently by a colossal amount, is considered the de facto cross-platform IM service. But despite its array of features, it’s still not complete, and WhatsApp+ has long offered Android users the perks that many would deem to be missing. Now, WhatsApp+ has arrived for iOS 7 and iOS 8, and while being jailbroken is the key prerequisite, the list of enhancements to WhatsApp suggest that it’s a tweak worth jailbreaking for.

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Here’s how can fix WinterBoard crashing issue on iOS 8, 8.1 running on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Details can be found right here.

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Why is it important to find out which NAND memory TLC or MLC my iPhone 6 / 6 Plus has? The answer is simple; MLC is more reliable than TLC, and doesn’t cause much problems than the former, where users are reporting that their devices are stuck in a bootloop. The problem is tied to the device using TLC memory, rather than MLC, and mostly affects those with 64GB and 128GB capacity devices. So, if your device is acting up, or showing signs of shenanigans to come, then it’s probably related to the type of memory you’re using. Here’s how to find out which NAND memory your iPhone 6 / 6 Plus has.

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UPDATE: Team Pangu has released a tool to jailbreak iOS 8 to iOS 8.1 untethered on iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, all iPads, and iPod touch 5. You can read more about it all, along with jailbreaking instructions, download link and more for new jailbreak in our dedicated articles given below.

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When assessing whether to go ahead and jailbreak or not, we normally weigh up the pros and cons. One of the main drawbacks of taking the plunge is that stability issues tend to be more frequent where Cydia is present, but on the flip side, the considerable functionality enhancements should not be underestimated. One of the other key issues with past jailbreaks was the inability to restore to default settings on the device, something that most of us carry out every once in a while as a matter of protocol. But thanks to the Semi-Restore tool, you can revert to factory settings (almost) while leaving your jailbreak completely unaffected.

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iOS 8.1.1 Jailbreak Status Update

By | November 22nd, 2014

Is jailbreak possible on the latest iOS 8.1.1 released for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, iPads and iPod touches? In the last couple of years, we’ve seen Apple wait months before plugging the exploits that have made some of the most famous jailbreaks possible. But despite the distraction of refining iOS 8 and indeed, OS X Yosemite, the Cupertino’s software development team has till found the time to track the jailbreak community and with it, end Pangu8′s short-lived reign.

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China is an economic superpower that continues to grow at an incredible rate, and consumer electronics firm Xiaomi perfectly encapsulates this climate. But while often dubbed the “Apple of China,” it’s not just its monumental rise to prominence that has resulted in this label, but also the notion that it copies many of the Cupertino’s designs with many of its own products. In news that will certainly irk the Mac maker, Xiaomi’s chief has set his sights on overtaking Apple and Korean competitor Samsung to become the dominant force of the smartphone industry in the next 5-10 years, and while the Chinese firm hasn’t much of a presence in the United States as yet, its Asian market dominance suggests that these claims cannot be taken lightly.

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Google’s Nexus 6 is a very large, very Motorola device in terms of design, but away from the finish, the powerful underbelly and the slick general performance, its Android Lollipop software does include one or two intriguing new quirks of its own. Notably, it bundles full-disk encryption as standard, a feature that cannot be disabled on any Lollipop device without flashing a new ROM, and while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, some new benchmark readings suggest that the negative impact on performance is considerable.

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Apple has just seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.2 to developers. As you can probably tell by the version number, it’s a fairly innocuous bump inclusive of bug fixes and other such performance enhancements, but if you’re a registered dev, check the details after the break.

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One feature conspicuous by its absence in the lead-up to iOS 8 was the ability to smoothly reply to messages without having to move away from the task in hand. With the new software update, that all changed, with Messages now offering a quick reply functioning in a vaguely similar fashion to how jailbreak tweak BiteSMS has done for many a year now, and if you’re in the market for something like-minded for third-party apps, well, there’s yet another tweak for that.

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Black Friday is almost upon us, and it’s a time that us geeks savor with some great deals on some even greater gadgets. Best Buy, in its continued effort to live up to its name, has kicked off its pre-Black Friday sales, and we’ve rounded up all the best deals in one place.

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Whenever a new piece of iOS software is launched, some devices inevitably get left behind, and many, such as the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 on iOS 8, are subjected to a decidedly limited experience compared with the newer models on the market. It was always somewhat inevitable that these antiquated devices would struggle to cope with the rigors of the new, feature-rich update, and so it has proved, but Apple did promise that those who’ve stuck by their iPhone 4s or iPad 2 would see improvements with its iOS 8.1.1 download. Were these just empty claims, or does this week’s update actually enhance the general user experience for those wielding vintage hardware?

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When Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint sensor, first emerged on the scene with last year’s launch of the iPhone 5s, it was dispelled by many as a gimmick. It quickly emerged that it was anything but – rather a very refined measure that enhanced security and promoted seamlessness. With iOS 8, Apple has further expanded Touch ID’s reach, adding third-party support allowing banking, password management and other such apps to reap the fruits of the implementation. It’s still not without its fair share of limitations, though, and among them, the fact that it doesn’t immediately allow a user to log in right after a reboot. It has now emerged that this isn’t an arbitrary decision imparted by Apple, but actually, is due to the secure infrastructure upon which Touch ID is based.

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Apple broke the habit of a lifetime earlier this year in its move to snap up the well-known, high-profile Beats Electronics for $3 billion, and since then, the company has wasted little time in improving and updating its new subsidiary’s range of products and services. As well as the few new pair of headphones that have manifested since the takeover, the Beats Music subscription service has been a major topic of conversation, and with Apple looking to use its vast iTunes catalog as leverage in the battle of the modern digital music portals, it looks like the Beats Music app will become a part of the stock repertoire early next year.

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iOS 8.1.1 untethered jailbreak has been demoed on video by iH8sn0w, opening up possibilities for a future jailbreak release. More details can be found right here.

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The smartwatch industry has continued to evolve and expand over the past couple of years, and with the Pebble start-up campaign having been credited with forging this new-found product group for wrist-worn tech, many of the biggest names in the mobile arena have since joined the party. From Samsung to LG, Motorola to Sony, a host of powerful companies have already rolled out wearables, and most of them run Google’s Android Wear. But as is the case in the smartphone and tablet industries, Apple will soon offer a fierce rival to the Google-made platform, and if you’re looking to build apps for Apple Watch, the video tutorial embedded below will help you get off the ground.

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As years go, Samsung has struggled through 2014, with the likes of the Galaxy Note 4 seemingly overwhelmed by rampant iPhone 6 sales towards the latter stages. It stands to reason, then, that the Korean outfit should need a new battle plan as we saunter on into 2015, and apparently, at least one line of bendable / foldable devices will be hitting the market next year.

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Facebook has continued to dissect the various attributes of its social networking experience, with the Messenger app being the most obvious and widely used spin-off to the main official utility. But it’s not the only aspect of Facebook that could use its own little quite space through which to operate, and with a large chunk of the 1 billion+ user base engaged in groups, Mark Zuckerberg and his software development team have obliged with a separate Groups app for iOS and Android. Details, as ever, can be seen below.

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Sony has just débuted a new image sensor for mobile devices that incorporates a “stacked” design, which offers a more compact form factor while still improving dramatically on overall performance. Given that Apple tends to subscribe to this ethos of scaling everything down with each new hardware release, allied to the fact that Sony is a manufacturing partner of the Cupertino’s, and it’s reasonable to speculate that the next-gen iPhone (and iPad) devices could reap the benefits of the 21-megapixel Exmor RS IMX230.

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