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Facebook’s Chat Heads feature, which was rolled out to Android and iOS some time ago, has become a staple part of the experience of using Messenger on mobile. Sure, it’s much more integrated on Google’s platform due to its open-source nature of Android, but nonetheless, Chat Heads is regarded as a seamless addition to the IM app in general. Since its arrival, many developers have sought to offer something similar for other apps, and one jailbreak dev has taken the idea and manipulated it into an all-new multitasking system for iPhone and iPad. It’s easily one of the most intuitive and novel tweaks we’ve seen during these past few months, adding a new dimension to multitasking on iOS, and if you’re still dwelling on that fence, this tweak may well sway you into the world of jailbreaking at last.

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Black Friday is now just a couple of days away, and with so many retailers preparing to reel in consumers ahead of Thanksgiving weekend, the deals will continue to roll through. MacMall has just joined the party with some sensational offers on products ranging from Macs to iPhones and everything in between, and if it’s an Apple product that you’re after this Thanksgiving, then the details of these confirmed savings will certainly interest you.

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Apple’s iTunes Radio hasn’t really taken off since launching alongside iOS 7, and given the Mac maker’s position among the pioneers of the digital music revolution, it’s a pretty sorry state of affairs. Still, this week and weekend is all about Thanksgiving (read: free stuff), and courtesy of Verizon, interested parties can score themselves access to iTunes Radio without the usually featured ads. Moreover, there’s also $5 of iTunes Store credit to be snapped up for a limited time only, and if you want to join in this bonanza, check out the details after the fold.

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WinterBoard jailbreak theming app for iOS 8 / 8.1 has been released for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch devices. The complete changelog and details can be found right here.

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Here’s how to check cellular signal strength on iOS 8 running on your iPhone with true and accurate numbers without jailbreaking.

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Apple Watch may remain a few months away, with speculation suggesting that the wearable mightn’t manifest itself until April at the earliest, but the fascination with the device doesn’t seem to be dying out. Since being announced in September alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, horophiles and techies alike have heaped praise on the design as well as the user-interface, and the circular, fluid home screen icon layout looks a master stroke as Apple seeks to offer interactive experiences on the smaller display. Having seen a bunch of tweaks seek to bring this look and feel to the current fleet of iOS devices – such as Aeternum and WatchSpring – a long-serving member of the jailbreak scene has just come through with the most complete tweak yet, and if you’re looking to replicate the Apple Watch UI on your iPhone, look no further.

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iOS 8.1.1 Jailbreak Status Update

By | November 26th, 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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With last year’s iPhone 5s, one of the main new additions to the fold was the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, but as is typical of an early new Apple implementation, it was rather limited in terms of functionality. This has been relaxed somewhat in 2014, with third-party support as well as integration with the iPad line-up, but as ever, it has been left up to the jailbreak community to broaden its horizons. moeseth, the guy who brought us Virtual Home at the turn of the new year, is back with a new and improved VirtualHome 8 (iOS 8) tweak for the more recent software, and having earlier offered an insight as to some of its features, it’s now available to download via Cydia.

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It’s just been over two years since the entire AC/DC catalog was finally added to the expansive iTunes Music library after lengthy speculation, and as part of Apple’s ongoing efforts to promote and engage users with music, the band’s new, unreleased album can now be listened to through iTunes completely free of charge. Details of how to take advantage of this great offer can be found after the break.

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Often, when you catch somebody peering over your shoulder while you’re engaged with your mobile device, they’re simply being nosey and trying to pry on your business. But there are legitimate reasons for others breaking this delicate social etiquette, namely to check out apps of interest that you may have installed. Rather than commit the ultimate faux pas, and, you know, have a conversation that doesn’t involve some measure of digital intervention, a new service offers a unique, innovative way for you to discover and download apps that somebody has on their device. It’s called #Homescreen, and you can find out more after the leap.

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Apple has announced its Black Friday 2014 deals on iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, Apple TV, Beats Electronics products and more. Details can be found right here.

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Flagship mobile products tend to outsell those preceding year-on-year, but in the case of Samsung’s Galaxy S5, it’s struggling to eclipse the achievements of the Galaxy S4. Having been launched at the Mobile World Congress back in February to a mixed reception, it enjoyed solid early sales numbers, but with Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus having proved a thorn in the side of the Galaxy Note 4, it appears that even the S5 has not managed to hit the heights.

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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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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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