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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App developers are always dreaming up innovative ways to take advantage of the improving technologies at their disposal, and RoomScan, over at the iOS App Store, is quite unlike anything we’ve previously stumbled across. In a nutshell, this nifty little utility can automatically map out a floor plan of a room after being held against its walls for just a few seconds. Find out how this intriguing app works its magic, as well as how you can get hold of it, right after the break.

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Those of you still rocking pre-iOS 7.1 firmware have probably stuck with an older edition in order to preserve your jailbreak, which is a perfectly legitimate reason to forgo some of the changes that Apple has made. Among the various alterations to iTunes Radio and the introduction of CarPlay, Apple has also made some subtle tweaks to the stock icons, turning down the ‘greens’ in order make everything a tad less bright. Now, those icons have been ported into a theme, so if you want the subtler home screen aesthetic as enjoyed by those on iOS 7.1, check the details below.

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As well as filling in some of the blanks left over by Apple’s iOS software development team, jailbreak tweaks also offer some weird and wonderful features that nobody – besides, of course, the developer – would have thought to implement. A new, free tweak has just landed over at the BigBoss repo that turns your standard Passcode into a thought-provoking math problem, and while those inept with numbers would shudder at such a feature, it’s actually quite a good way of sneaking some learning onto the daily digital grind.

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Comic book-based movies are currently in vogue, and in the run-up to each new theatrical release, we tend now to see an accompanying title for mobile devices. With Captain America: The Winter Soldier soon to hit the box office, the customary mobile edition has just hit the iOS App Store, as well as Google’s Play Store for those on Android. We’ve got all of the details, as well as those all-important download links, coming up after the fold!

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It seems that someone at Facebook likes nice round numbers, because the social network has released Facebook Messenger 4.0 for iPhone and Android. Big new updates are great, except when they’re not big at all, which is certainly the case with Facebook Messenger. See, the app has seen its version number bumped to the lofty number of 4.0, but do the changes warrant a new point-0 release? Probably not, no.

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As expected, Microsoft finally unveiled its famed Office app for the Apple iPad earlier on today at a special keynote, and while this is an addition that will doubtlessly be welcomed by scores of iPad users far and wide, there’s also some good news for smartphone-based Office users. As of now, the app is not only free to download, but those using Office Mobile for iPhone and Office Mobile for Android can create, edit and save Office documents on their handsets for free – no Office 365 subscription required.

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The speed at which Apple’s iOS 7 completes its animations has long been a topic of discussion amongst many. Overly-long, labored transitions between apps, screens and even opening or closing folders are no fun at all, and iOS 7 had them in spades. Thankfully iOS 7.1 seems to have fixed the issue to a large extent, but if you’re holding off updating to iOS 7.1 then you need some way of making everything feel more fluid and less like it’s floundering around in treacle.

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Apple made a bunch of improvements with iOS 7, many of which were aesthetic. But as well as performing some housekeeping on several pre-existing features and apps, the company also introduced one or two new faces. Among them was AirDrop, a convenient file transfer system taken from OS X, but like most new Cupertino implementations, it didn’t arrive without limitations on what it was capable of. If you’re jailbroken, though, you’ll know that the proverbial ball and chain Apple puts on certain aspects of its mobile OS are being removed on a daily basis, and as its name implies, AnyDrop turns AirDrop into the feature it was always supposed to be.

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One of the most exciting features Apple added with the iPhone 5s was the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and despite a few teething issues, it seems to have gone down rather well with the iPhone-using faithful. Now a jailbreak tweak has emerged that brings a virtual fingerprint sensor to the lock screen, so if you don’t happen to own an iPhone 5s but would like a similarly cool feature, then Bio is definitely a Cydia export that you’ll want to check out.

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