10 Apps You Should Know
Since new apps get released at an incredible rate, we figured it only fair to keep you abreast of the best. Stop sifting through all the terrible games and little life helpers to find some gems and break out your iPhone or Android device and get to downloading some of these guys.
Well this was a long time coming. The app isn’t perfect, but it is the best way to browse projects you want to back while on the go. Ideally, we’d like an easier way to browse the just launched projects, but overall, the app is clean and useful and will probably cost you a lot of money backing tons of campaigns you kinda like. iOS
2. YEAR WALK
We’ll admit that we don’t play a ton of games on our phones. We know a lot of people do, and while we hopped on the Words With Friends and Angry Birds bandwagons, we’ve played few others. Year Walk is not like other games, however. It’s beautiful, strange, and unlike anything you’ve ever played on your phone. It’s also the only game we know of that has a companion guide you can download as well. iOS
For a few months this was a buggy iPhone-only app. Now it’s fixed up and also available for Android. The basic idea is to save you money on going to see movies at the movie theater. You sign up, pay a fee, and get to see an unlimited number of movies. There are issues (not all theaters are available and you have to see about four movies a month to make it worthwhile), but if you’re a hardcore film buff, it’s a pretty sweet deal. iOS Android
4. PHOTOSHOP TOUCH
Photoshop Express didn’t exactly set the world on fire. The app was okay, but it wasn’t really like having Photoshop on your phone. Photoshop Touch is a big step forward. Sure you have a lot of photo editing apps to choose from, but the leader in picture manipulation sure makes a worthy case for having the best app now. iOS Android
It’s not like it’s difficult to find a decent weather app, but few work well and look as nice as Haze. Based on the different directions you swipe, Haze will display different bits of weather related info in a colorful, minimilist way. iOS
This iPad app, which was developed by the founder of 4Chan, is simple and addicting. It challenges you to a different drawing challenge everyday. Go ahead and assume it’s for children, then download it and get sucked in. iOS
We turn to Twitter for everything from breaking news to random comedic thoughts, and a good Twitter client is always something we’re on the hunt for. Carbon might just be our favorite one yet. It sports a very simple but stylish interface and it works nice and quick. Android
8. T3 PLAYER
Where would we be without Dieter Rams? Well, there’s a good chance the iPhone you’re holding wouldn’t look nearly as cool (unless Steve Jobs really didn’t need someone to turn to for inspiration). The T3 Player is a beautifully designed music app that was inspired by the Braun genius. It’s got a clean interface, easy to use functions, and is a nice step up from your standard iPhone music player. iOS
Timbre is an awesome way to discover new music. Instead of the endless browsing, Timbre simply plays music from bands performing in your area (or a location you set). Don’t like a song? Swipe to the next one. Find one you love? Go get tickets to the band’s upcoming show. iOS Android
Fitness tracking wristbands and clip-on gadgets are exploding right now. If you haven’t already invested in Nike FuelBand or a Fitbit, consider saving a bunch of money by just downloading Moves to your iPhone. The free app will keep track of your daily walking, cycling, and running. The downside is it will probably do some damage to your battery life, but if you’re cool with that, it will save you some cash. iOS
Leap Motion represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.
All the uselessness you could ever need in one box!
At long last, a jailbreak method has been released for iOS 6 and higher, which makes this the first jailbreak for the iPhone 5.
If you’ve been waiting to jailbreak your iPhone 5, or any device running iOS 6 and higher, today is your lucky day. A new tool called evasi0n was released just this morning.
The new tool is very simple to use — in fact, it’s easier to use than the iOS 5.1.1 jailbreak tool I covered last year. Taking far less time, and only a few steps, if you’re comfortable clicking a few buttons on your computer and tapping an icon on your iOS device, you’re more than prepared to use evasi0n.
A required warning, however: At times things go wrong while jailbreaking a device. Apple never intended for this kind of stuff to happen. As such you should be comfortable troubleshooting any issues you run into, including completely restoring your <a href="http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20024612-285/how-to-wipe-and-reinstall-your-iphone-os/"device through DFU mode.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s start the jailbreak process.
Before you start, make sure you have a current backup of your iOS device. You can back up through iTunes or use iCloud. The choice is yours. This is a crucial step to ensure you don’t lose important data should something go wrong and you have to restore.
If you use a passcode on your iOS device, the evasi0n team suggests disabling it before you being the jailbreak process; apparently it can cause issues. You can disable your passcode in Settings > General > Passcode Lock.
Now that you have backed up your device and disabled your passcode, download evasi0n on your computer. There are versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux users.
Run the program. OS X users may have to bypass the Gatekeeper feature in OS X 10.8 by right-clicking the app icon and selecting “Open.”
Connect your iOS device to your computer, and click the Jailbreak button. Your device will light up, restart, and do all sorts of random things during the process. Just leave it plugged in and wait for the next instruction in the app window.
After a few minutes and a reboot or two, you’ll be asked to unlock it and tap the “Jailbreak” icon. As the instructions say, only tap it once. Your iOS device screen will flash and then the evasi0n app on your computer will continue.
A few seconds later, you’ll see a notification that the jailbreak has finished. While that may be true for the app, your iOS device will reboot a few times while the process finishes. You’ll know it’s truly finished when you see your lock screen and wallpaper. You should then have a Cydia icon on your home screen, confirming that the jailbreak was successful.
In total, the process took roughly 10 minutes to complete on my iPhone 5. If you run into any issues along the way, evasi0n states that it’s safe to reboot your phone or the app and start the process over. Or you can view the support page here. Again, the worst-case scenario is that you restore your iDevice and try again.
Will you be jailbreaking your iOS device? If so, what tweak are you looking forward to using the most? Let us know in the comments below!
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