Instant messaging and communication apps are experiencing something of a boom right now, and it’s no coincidence that since the announcement of Facebook’s $16 billion takeover of WhatsApp, developers have been plotting various ways to tap into this clearly lucrative market.

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The iOS 7.1 update rolled out by Apple recently was by no means a significant improvement upon iOS 7.0.x, but alongside a couple of notable introductions like CarPlay and the new Calendar app, it did offer a fair amount of housekeeping improvements. Animations had been problematic for a number of users since iOS 7 first trickled out for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch back in September, but the Cupertino company toned down some of the transitions with iOS 7.1, including the somewhat fanciful ‘pinch-to-close.’ If you’re stuck on iOS 7.0.x and want to benefit from the improvements that Apple has made to this particular feature, then a new jailbreak tweak released via Cydia has you covered.

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We all like to customize our devices. It’s why multi-colored cases sell so well, and why we agonize over whether what color smartphone we want to buy every time a new one gets released. People like to think that they’ve got something different to what everyone else has because they like to be different.

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Real multi-app multitasking may be on its way to iOS thanks to jailbreak developer Ryan Petrich after he released a teaser video showing a tweak that he is currently working on. It’s still in its early stages of development, but the video is enough to get us very excited indeed.

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MultiPass is one of the latest tweaks to make its way onto the BigBoss repo that will likely appeal to the indecisive security conscious individuals out there. In today’s modern world there are plenty of malicious individuals out there who make it their sole goal to try and extract information from smartphones that don’t belong to them. It’s for that reason that it’s generally considered to be good practice to apply as much security as possible to the device. Apple’s native Passcode offering is one way of doing that, with MultiPass existing to extend that functionality to suit user’s needs.

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Those who can’t function without a jailbreak are forced to stay on iOS 7.0.x unless iOS 7.1 is exploited. If you’re one of those people then the chances are that iOS 7.1 includes a few tidbits that definitely have that appeal factor.

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Viber is one of the more popular Skype alternatives out there, and with apps across every major platform it isn’t difficult to see why. It’s also hugely popular on iOS, even with FaceTime now offering not just a video calling option, but also a voice-only solution too. Heavy users of Viber will always want to be able to customize the app a little more than its developer does though, which is where Vibrator comes in.

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The best thing about Cydia tweaks is that developers often focus on those areas of your iPhone, iPod touch and/or iPad that you didn’t even think mattered, or never realized that they, too, could use some improvement. This latest tweak that we are showcasing today is one such example, where the target area is screenshots.

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If you’re a jailbroken iPhone user running iOS 7, and not exactly getting along with Apple’s native multitasking system then let us introduce you to Switchr. Sure, plenty of developers who play their trade in the ever-changing jailbreak world have attempted to reinvent the iOS multitasking system. Some have failed miserably whereas some have managed to capture the thoughts and feelings of the end-user and built a tweak that definitely improves the overall experience.

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Facebook’s commitment to mobile has undoubtedly been questionable in the past. The purchase of Instagram and subsequent acquisition of WhatsApp has proved that Mark Zuckerberg’s social network definitely sees native mobile experiences as of paramount importance to the company’s immediate future. However, it’s the continuing development of the Messenger app that manages to convince us that the small screen is extremely important to Facebook. It’s only been a matter of days since Messenger was updated with a powerful group management system, but version 4.1 for iPhone and Android is already here, bringing with it the introduction of unlimited free voice calls via a Wi-Fi connection.

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Back in late February, A3Tweaks confirmed that its famed Auxo tweak would be getting a sequel designed specifically for iOS 7, and today, it has finally arrived. After a teaser demo over the weekend, A3Tweaks also confirmed that Auxo 2 would be releasing on April 2nd, and true to its word, it’s just gone live on Cydia.

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Android KitKat has brought some significant changes to the devices of those lucky enough to have seen the update, and as well as enhancing the general functionality and fluidity of the OS, Google applied a bunch of alterations to the UI. Notably, the battery icon and signal bars sport a sharper aesthetic, and if you’re jailbroken on iOS, you can now apply them to your iPhone or iPad.

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Even though our smartphones are getting ‘smarter’ with each and every new release, we, as users, still have to some thinking for ourselves. But even though it’s largely down to us to keep tabs on things like battery and data use, there are still plenty of apps out there that can help, and one of the better ones for iOS has just gone free for a limited time.

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If you regularly make use of securely protected websites, but hate the tedium that comes attached with entering long passwords, then the latest version of the FaceCrypt iPhone app could be the solution you’ve been looking for.

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BlackBerry has just released a rather substantial update to the iOS and Android versions of its famed BBM app, bringing stickers, group photo sharing, and other such niceties. A full run-down of the enhancements, as well as the all-important download link to both the iOS and Android editions of BBM 2.1, can be seen below.

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It’s not something we’ve ever done ourselves, but we’ve got a sneak suspicion that it’s happened to more people than are willing to let on. We are, of course, talking about people walking into things while they’re sending text or instant messages. Granted, we’ve done it when inebriated, but never when trying to use our phones!

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Everyone is an expert these days. With smartphones getting better and better cameras, there really is no good reason for anyone to take a bad photo on an iPhone, Galaxy S or HTC One device anymore. The same goes for video.

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For many, the jailbreak scene all comes down to one particular tweak. Auxo, created by the folks at A3Tweaks, has been around for a while now, and very popular it is too. Pre-iOS 7, Auxo was the tweak to have if you wanted to take the poorly implemented iOS multitasking system and turn it on its head. Post-iOS 7 though, we’ve all been waiting impatiently to see what an updated version would look like.

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When Facebook added Chat Heads to its apps the addition was greeted by both excitement and derision in equal measure, but for those that use them, Chat Heads are a must-have feature. Those who use the right flavor of Android will have access to Chat Heads system-wide, but those of us using iOS devices like iPads and iPhones aren’t able to do the same thanks to Apple’s stranglehold on how things work when an app is closed. It’s a trade-off that we make, but it’s safe to say the idea of having instant access to Chat Heads no mater what app is in use would be appealing to many.

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If you’ve been involved in the jailbreak scene for a number of years then it’s highly likely that you’ll be familiar with a number of the more popular tweaks that still grace Cydia with their presence. Thousands of iOS device owners, including myself, regularly take advantage of latest jailbreak techniques purely to get their hands on a couple of “must have” packages. The Barrel tweak, developed by Aaron Ash, is one of Cydia’s more well-known and used tweaks and has sat in a class of its own for a number of years – until the arrival of Cylinder by Reed Weichler.

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