The popular jailbreak file browser tweak iFile has today received a fairly major update, bringing the app up to version 2.1.0-1 and adding some much needed features.

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Now that there’s a real iOS 8 / 8.1 jailbreak floating around for jailbreakers, attention has turned to which new tweaks are being released that take advantage of what the new version of iOS has to offer.

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Apple’s fingerprint unlock technology pretty much throws the Fifth Amendment right out the window. A Circuit Judge in Virginia has ruled that the Fifth Amendment does not protect fingerprints, which has raised concerns about privacy implications this will have on biometrically protected devices, including the newer iPhones and iPads.

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Apple Watch is perhaps the most awaited product from the Cupertino company after the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with the smartwatch being Apple’s first attempt at the market. No surprise that Apple Watch carries the same design philosophy as seen in other Apple products, but Jony Ive – Apple’s chief designer – says that designing the smartwatch was more challenging than designing the original iPhone.

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Apple, like a number of the bigger names in the mobile industry right now, is focusing its efforts on fitness and health, integrating a number of features that will supposedly help iOS users to lead healthier and more active lives. The HealthKit infrastructure is integral to this, but while many third-party apps can aggregate iOS Health data to help us keep track of progress, this one essentially gives you a deadline for when you’ll cease to exist. So, if you’re feeling a bit morbid – it is, after all, Halloween – check out the details of this intriguing app after the break!

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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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The Pangu team has delivered an untethered iOS 8 – 8.1 jailbreak when we least expected it. Having surprised us with the impromptu jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x, the Chinese team has come through with another solution for the all-new iOS 8.x. As mentioned in our initial coverage, dubbed as Pangu8, it works with iOS 8.0 all the way through to the latest iOS 8.1, and below, we’ll be showing you how to jailbreak your device using the tool.

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As promised by the Pangu Team, the updated version of their Pangu8 utility is now available for download. Now sitting at version 1.1.0, the new and updated tool lets you jailbreak iOS 8 / 8.1 untethered, but with the added benefit of installing Cydia automatically from the get-go.

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We’ve all, at some stage, found ourselves in the scenario where we pass our phones over to a friend, with the intent on showing them a photo or video, and they take it upon themselves to scan through the entire library. Many of us harbor snaps that we’d probably not want to share with everybody, and so when this unsolicited scanning frenzy begins, we often lean over to retrieve our devices before the worst occurs. But there is an easier way. There just so happens to be an in-built iOS feature that allows you to completely disable and enable touch browsing in a swift, convenient manner.

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With Apple touting HealthKit and Google also joining the fold with Google Fit, it was inevitable that Microsoft would join the fold at some point, and having taken the wraps off its fitness-related Microsoft Band wearable, the accompanying health and fitness platform – aptly named Microsoft Health – was also launched alongside the wrist worn gadget. Designed for the Microsoft Band, there’s an app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone right off the bat, and as ever, we’ve all of the details under one roof.

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The Pangu team has just announced via Twitter that users who’ve jailbroken using Pangu8 1.0 can go ahead and install Cydia directly from the Pangu app itself. Given that Pangu 1.1 is set to arrive shortly – a release that will inject Cydia as part of the jailbreaking process – those who’ve waited so long for a simpler set of steps finally have their wish, and if you don’t want to wait for the next major installment of Pangu, you can instead pluck Cydia 1.1.14 from the current version.

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The jailbreak scene has once again surpassed itself with the promptness of the release of a jailbreak for iOS 8 / 8.1. Not only do we have to applaud the work of the Chinese Pangu jailbreak team, but the endeavors of Cydia author Saurik and his developers has been just as commendable. The only issue with this untether is that it’s not exactly noob-proof, with many of the steps involved in jailbreaking, manually installing Cydia and such requiring at least a passable amount of prior knowledge. But Pangu has announced that it is well into combining its tool with the very latest version of Cydia, and once testing and consultation with Saurik has commenced, could release to the end user as soon as tomorrow.

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A major update has just been made to Cydia, driving the version number up to 1.1.15 whilst adding a number of fixes largely specific to iOS 8 / 8.1, the new iPhones, and the Pangu8 jailbreak.

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As far as jailbreakers are concerned, Cydia is the focal point of the entire experience. The go-to hub for tweaks, themes and other niceties, it’s considered the central portal, the nucleus of the entire operation. But as many have begun to discover with this latest Pangu8 untether, Cydia doesn’t operate alone, and in actual fact, there are a number of key apps and services driving devices that have been jailbroken. Cydia Substrate, also developed and maintained by Cydia author Saurik, is an essential piece of the jigsaw, and after a couple of major updates already since Pangu arrived ten days ago, version 0.9.5016 brings fixes for jailbreakers running older versions of iOS.

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The following tutorial will help you fix Cydia Passcode boot loop issue after you have jailbroken your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on iOS 8.x using the Pangu8 jailbreak tool. It is important to note that the current version of Cydia and Pangu8 are not ready for primetime yet and hence has lots of issues. Follow the guide only if you are an advance user and have prior knowledge of SSHing into an iOS device. Make sure you backup your data before starting.

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The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus haven’t just been popular smartphones among critics and consumers, but in terms of sales, they’ve already broken all kinds of records. Rivaling vendors in the mobile industry have sought to counter, with Google having recently taken the wraps off the Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone, but the rampant success of the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus won’t have stung any competitor quite as severely as Samsung. The Korean outfit’s Note series, considered flagship alongside the Galaxy S line-up, has been a saving grace for fans of handsets with large displays, but even with the Galaxy Note 4 announcement being bolstered by the intriguing Galaxy Note Edge, there’s seemingly little that the Tizen maker can do to halt the dominance of its bitter rival.

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Shazam has essentially eliminated that ever-so-annoying “what song is this, again?” conversation that we used to have amongst ourselves whenever we heard a song we liked on the radio. As a third-party app / service, it’s been running for years now, but with iOS 8, Apple took the favorable step of baking it into Siri. So instead of using the app – which becomes typically hard to find when you know a song is about to end – one can simply ask for title, artist and album through the digital slave that is Siri. Yes, this is even more convenient than Shazam as we already knew it pre-iOS 8, but then again, at least Shazam keeps a neat list that we can always refer to. iOS 8 does too, although it’s a little trickier to find, and so, we’ve compiled a very little guide to help you find a list of the songs that you’ve asked Siri to tag.

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One of the great, albeit somewhat belated features Apple has introduced with iOS 8 is the ability to add third-party widgets. Back when the new software first dropped last month, we outlined a number of great widgets that we recommended you try out, and now, we’re back with a handful more. Whether you’re looking for basic utilities or for a way to remain engaged with Twitter, this little list covers all bases, and with seven great widgets in total, we’re sure you’ll find your next must-have after the fold.

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If you haven’t been living under a rock, you would know that Handoff basically integrates your Mac and iOS device which allows the user to seamlessly begin task on one machine – say a Mac – and pick it up from another, such as an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Users can now smoothly ‘hand off’ a task to another device.

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With every new release of iOS comes a slew of features that expand on the OS’s capabilities and functionality, and let users interact with and use their devices in a different manner. The beauty of jailbreak tweaks, however, is that they expand on those features even further, making it possible to do things that the company didn’t allow by default. One such feature with iOS 8 was the Reachability aspect, which basically works only on the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, bringing things in easier range by compacting them towards the bottom of the screen. While pretty great, there were certain limitations with the native implementation of Reachability, and those are what ForceReach – a freshly released Cydia tweak for iOS 8 / 8.1 – aims to address.

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