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How to Enable Hidden Panorama Mode in iOS 5 [Jailbroken]

Looks like at least two new hidden features have been unearthed in the latest iOS 5, and they’re pretty useful. I’m sure all of you must’ve heard of Panorama, a mode that lets you take wider pictures in a single shot. There are many apps out there that you could use to take Panoramic pictures from your iOS devices camera, but imagine a built in feature. Yes, there’s a hidden Panorama mode in the iOS 5 camera app.

How to Enable hidden Panorama Mode in iOS 5

The hidden Panorama mode in iOS 5 lets you take wider pictures and uses the Gyroscope in iPhone 4 and iPad 2 to tell you if your sweeping motion is balanced. It works pretty good for a stock and hidden camera feature and although it doesn’t go all the way to 360 degrees, it covers most of the view. It’s a useful feature then, and here’s how you can get it enabled on your jailbroken iOS 5 device. For now, this only applies to the iPhone 4 and the the iPad 2, because only those come with a gyroscope. There are two ways to enable panorama mode in iOS 5, and below are both of them:

Using iFile to Edit plist Files on iPhone

  • Launch Cydia and install iFile.
  • Open iFile and navigate to var/mobile/Libraries/Preferences and look for the string com.apple.mobileslideshow.plist.
  • Open com.apple.mobileslideshow.plist using the Property List Viewer.
  • Now click on the + button located at the bottom to Add Item.
  • Use the name as EnableFirebreak and the Type as Boolean. Create the new item.
  • Go back and you should now see a toggle to switch on/off EnableFirebreak.
  • Turn it on, exit iFile and respring your device.
  • Open the camera app and you should see Panorama Mode in the Options menu.
That is one way of doing it. Now let me tell you about the second method, which is much simpler and easier for people who don’t like to play with plist files. It involves installing a Cydia tweak called Firebreak.  This tweak is available in the Big Boss repo for free, alternatively, you could also search for it on Cydia and try the Panorama mode out.
Have you unearthed the hidden panorama mode in iOS 5? Do check it out and let us know if it’s going to help you out on your adventures. 

Here’s Why the iPhone May Always Have a 3.5 Inch Display

There’s a really practical reason as to why Apple thinks that a mobile phone touting a display larger than 3.5 inches is actually useless. After reading this post you’ll probably get rid of that Galaxy S 2 with the huge 4.3 inch screen. Normal human beings don’t use all 10 fingers at one go, while using the phone to make a call, reply to text, look something up or any regular gesture.

All of us normally use our thumb finger most of the time. Why? Because it is easier to do so and this way, you can also hold your phone securely in your palm. Now, go hold your 4 inch device and try reaching the top corner of the screen with your thumb, unless you’re one of the Fantastic 4’s, this is not normally possible. This is where display size matters.

A mobile device that has a 4 inch or larger display is practically useless, since you’ll not be able to reach all the areas of the magnificent AMOLED or IPS touchscreen without risking to drop it. Here’s a piece of information from Designer Dustin Curtis who believes;

Touching the upper right corner of the screen on the Galaxy S II using one hand, with its 4.27-inch screen, while you’re walking down the street looking at Google Maps, is extremely difficult and frustrating. I pulled out my iPhone 4 to do a quick test, and it turns out that when you hold the iPhone in your left hand and articulate your thumb, you can reach almost exactly to the other side of the screen. This means it’s easy to touch any area of the screen while holding the phone in one hand, with your thumb. It is almost impossible to do this on the Galaxy S II.

As you can see, in the above screenshot, this is actually very true. Now, go try it on your phone, if you have a device that has a display anywhere south of 4 inch, it’ll be really easy to use with one hand. But, a 3.5 inch display is actually the best to go with. When Apple recently introduced the iPhone 4S, people were really disappointed that it carried the same design and screen size. Now you know why Apple products actually make sense. Having a big screen is very pointless, unless you have nothing else to do with your other hand or are watching movies and playing games on it.

This is why Apple chose to stick with a 3.5 inch display and maybe, even the iPhone 5 will sport a display smaller than 4 inch, or maybe they’ll come up with something out of the world.

Don’t you think a phone with a large display is actually a pain to use with one hand, because that’s how normal phones are used. 

Gmail App for iPhone and iPad [Update]

It is official folks! Google has indeed launched a native Gmail app for iOS devices, as it was stated by TechCrunch writer M.G Siegler yesterday. The official Gmail app for iPhone and iPad is now live on the App Store and you can download it for free. iOS users had all the other native Google apps, but the one thing that was missing from the list was this and now it’s finally here.

The Gmail App, according to me, has been better developed than the Google + app and it works and looks great while showing your unread emails and such. As soon as I fired up the app, there popped an error message stating “no valid aps-environment entitlement string found”, which did not harm me in any way, but did startle me for like a second or two. Google decided to stick with the black and white appeal for this app too, and it works quite well, expect for the part where I couldn’t really notice the buttons.

It’s fast, easy to navigate around, looks good and is really smooth, although I do believe that the stock iOS mail app is simpler. It has push notifications and alerts, specifically designed for iOS 5. You can attach photos directly while writing an email, by using the attach button, a feature that wasn’t available in the stock iOS mail app. The view of this app is better on the iPad, with the ability to see all your emails and navigate all on one page, you can also read emails in threaded view. Pull down to refresh is also something new in the Gmail App for iPhone and iPad. Check out some screenshots below:

The Gmail app then, is certainly better than the stock app on your iOS device, but would you really replace the latter? The Gmail app can only show your Gmail inbox, whereas the Mail app in iOS can be configured to deliver email from various services. But, as a Gmail only app this is certainly a must have.

Download Gmail App for iPhone and iPad.

UPDATE: If you just tried to download and try this app, you must’ve been greeted with an error saying that it cannot be found in the App Store. Well, apparently, after some time of use, the Gmail App started giving some problems, such as the push notifications don’t work, there’s no option for multiple logins etc. Hence, Google has removed it from the App Store and soon will replace it with a better working app.

What do you prefer? Give us your opinions.

Download the Siri Ebook and Learn the ways of Siri

We love Siri, even though we haven’t used it, we are in love with it. It’s like the love you have for a Ferrari, well, not so much, but it’s close. Since the iPhone 4S hasn’t embraced me yet, I haven’t got a chance to use and ask Siri silly things. But, we’ve already shared with you a whole list of all the things that you can say and ask Siri. We also shared one big list for all the Siri Dictation commands that you’d require to write a text message, email etc.

Siri was brought in to this world to make things like typing and looking for information, setting reminders, alarms etc easier and faster. It was also to turn your iPhone 4S in to a friend to keep you company when you’re alone and stranded on an island. If you already have purchased an iPhone 4S, then you certainly must be trying out different things to ask and tell Siri to do. There are a lot of things to be honest, so that’s why you should probably get yourself the “Talking to Siri: Learning the Language of Apple’s Intelligent Assistant” Ebook right away.

This ebook for Amazon Kindle is written by Steven Sande and Erica Sadun of The Unofficial Apple Weblog and is currently available on the Amazon store for $4.99. You can also read this on your Kindle app for iPhone and work on improving your Siri speaking skills. Here’s what this ebook will teach you;

Tutorials show you how to set up Siri in your preferences, and how to manage the interactive conversations you have with your voice assistant. You’ll learn how to perform tasks by topic: such as checking the weather, doing math, or looking up information on the web.

  • Creating notes
  • Searching for contacts
  • Going shopping with Siri
  • Creating reminders and checking your calendar
  • Replying to text messages and sending mail to groups
  • Searching Wikipedia
  • Monitoring the Stock Market
  • Performing dictation
  • The lighter side of Siri
  • Siri security
Thus, you can learn the ways of Siri and become the master! We definitely suggest that you should get this book if you can’t figure out what to or how to talk to Siri.
Download Talking to Siri Ebook from Amazon.

Semitethered Jailbreak for iOS 5 Released [Updated]

Most of the users who’re on iOS 5 haven’t jailbroken their device yet, even those who had jailbroken before are thinking twice. Why? Right now, iOS 5 is pretty new and the awesome jailbreak developers have only managed to conjure a working tethered jailbreak for all devices except the iPad 2. So, obviously nobody would want to tethered jailbreak their iOS device.

An untethered jailbreak is however in development, as reported by iH8sn0w, but we have no time or date for the release or any updates on the work. Thus, a semitethered jailbreak seems like a better idea right now. If you haven’t heard of this term before, then let me tell you what it is. It’s somewhere in between an untethered jailbreak and a tethered jailbreak, it’s better than the latter, but comes with a catch.

Earlier today, Cydia developer, BigBoss released a semitethered jailbreak for iOS 5, which is now available for download from the BigBoss repo in Cydia. A semitethered jailbreak will let you reboot your device when away from your PC, you need not connect your iOS device to the computer every time you want to reboot. However, after rebooting, Cydia will not work, nor will any of the jailbroken apps or tweaks. Also, some of the stock iOS apps such as Safari and Mail will not work.

Now, that’s bad to an extent. But, it can be useful in certain scenarios, where you will need to reboot your iOS device, but aren’t close to your PC. You can get the Cydia package from the BigBoss repo by adding this to source: http://thebigboss.org/semitether.

Will you be performing a semitethered jailbreak on iOS 5? 

UPDATE:  The semitether jailbreak for iOS 5 has been updated to fix certain bugs, here’s the list.

1) Much more stable with new mobile substrate
2) Can patch safari so it works in the non-jailbreak reboot mode
3) App to monitor the status of your semitether and reapply. Check after Cydia installs.

This means that you can run Safari and all those jailbroken Notification center widgets after performing a semitethered boot. Here’s a tutorial on how to semi-tether jailbreak your iOS 5 device.

Protect your Private Data with My Secret Folder App [iOS]

Like we’ve always told, security and privacy and two major aspects of life that no human being would compromise with. Even if it’s only your mobile device that we’re talking about. People like to have their personal/important/classified/military grade top-secret data protected. Here is another app for iOS devices that does that job very well and looks good while doing it. The My Secret Folder app is thus, not a free app, as it promises to protect your data at all times from nosey guys and intruders.

So, how does this app protect your data? Well, My Secret Folder creates a new folder in iOS and names it My Folder, it looks like a folder that contains some apps, but it isn’t. It doesn’t have any apps in it, but instead stores all your important photos, videos and other data that you don’t want everyone else to look at. When you click the folder icon, you’ll have to provide a set password to gain access and you can also set a decoy password, you know just to fool those who’re looking.

If someone tries to break in by trying out codes, the app will automatically take a photo using the front camera and also tag them on a map. So, next time you forget your iPhone at home, you can find out who tried to access the My Folder app. It also shows the number of times someone has tried to break in, as notifications. Lots of settings to fine tune the app and make all your photos and videos very secure. You can move all your private photos and videos to this app and then delete them from the photo album.

As you can see in the screenshot above, the folder looks like any other iOS folder, but inside is some highly confidential data of yours. It works really well and we do recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a good Password protection app. If you’ve jailbroken your iOS device, then you can also try AppLocker.

You can download My Secret Folder from the App Store for only $0.99. Try it out and let us know how it helped keep your photos and videos secure.

Buy Steve Jobs Biography Online in India

Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs Biography went on sale earlier today in the United States and on the iBookStore. This book contains exclusive content and ideas of the visionary Steve Jobs and is a must have for every Apple user, geek, businessman and a normal person. The ebook and audiobooks can currently be purchased from the iBookStore for $16.99 and $17.99 respectively. It is also available on the Amazon Kindle. The book was actually go on sale in November, but it was moved ahead due to the death of Steve Jobs on October 5.

Now, not everyone would want to download the ebook and read it, because most of us are still old school and like to read an actual book. So, if you’re in India and want to get hold of the Steve Jobs Biography as soon as it’s available in India, then you can order them online. Two best places that I’d like to suggest to buy Steve Jobs biography online in India are Flipkart and Infibeam.

Both the online stores have started Preorders for the book and are selling at a very good price of Rs. 520 and Rs. 560. You can also get the Hard copy of the book, but the books will be delivered to you in the first week of November.

Buy Steve Jobs Biography on Flipkart

Buy Steve Jobs Biography on Infibeam

Download Steve Jobs Biography from iBookStore

Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, but he hasn’t left our hearts at all and we still feel his presence when using our iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch and everything that he gave the world. If you are a big fan of the mighty figure, then I’m sure you’d be wanting to get your hands on that Steve Jobs Biography, which was supposed to come out in November. However, the launch dates were changed, after the death of Mr. Jobs and thus, the biography is now available on the iBookStore.

The Steve Jobs Biography by Walter Isaacson, who interviewed him over a period of about 2 years, is now available for download from the Apple iBookStore for $16.99. The biography reveals a lot on the life of Steve Jobs, his goals and how much more he wanted to change the world. According to reports, it also features some information about Jobs future products and ideas.

So, if you want to know how Steve lived his life, how he changed the world and what his ideas were, then you should definitely get this book. You can also buy the book for Amazon Kindle, from the Amazon Store and it’ll be available for purchase in book stores starting October 24. There’s also an Audio book available for $17.95.

Download Steve Jobs Biography 

Download Steve Jobs Biography Audiobook

Complete List of Siri Dictation Commands

I’m sure you’ve heard and watched a lot of videos of Siri, the personal assistant for the iPhone 4S. It is amazing and like no other voice recognition software out there. I’ve already shared almost all the things that you can ask Siri and now, here’s a post on what commands can be used for Siri dictation.

Siri also has the ability to convert everything you speak into text, and it is very accurate depending on your accent. You can dictate a message, write notes, emails or anything without even using the keyboard. To help the task of Siri dictation easier for you, Jim Rhoades of Crush Apps has come up with a complete list of commands that you can use.

To activate Siri dictation, just hold the Mic button on the keyboard and start speaking. Using the list below, you can add a lot more to your text than just words and letters. Hopefully, we’ll have a working port of Siri on iPhone 4 or iOS 5 devices and try this too.

Say this …

… to do this

new linemove to the next line (like pressing “Return” on a keyboard)
new paragraphto start a new paragraph
capto capitalize the next wordFor example, saying:
I named my pet pig cap bacon

produces the text:
I named my pet pig Bacon

(interestingly, if you say “Kevin Bacon”, Bacon is automatically capitalized for you)

caps on … caps offto capitalize a section of textFor example, saying:
caps on twenty five ways to eat bacon caps off

produces the text:
25 Ways to Eat Bacon

all capsto make the next word all uppercaseFor example, saying:
I am hungry feed me all caps now please

produces the text:
I am hungry feed me NOW please

all caps on … all caps offto make part of what you say uppercaseFor example, saying:
I am hungry all caps on feed me now all caps off please

produces the text:
I am hungry FEED ME NOW please

no capsto make the next word lowercaseFor example, saying:
I like no caps Mike

produces the text:
I like mike

no caps on … no caps offto make sure part of what you say is all lowercaseFor example, saying:
Our friends no caps on Steve and Tina no caps off live in California

produces the text:
Our friends steve and tina live in California

space barto prevent a hyphen from appearing in a normally hyphenated wordFor example, saying:
This restaurant is first space bar class

prevents first-class from being hyphenated, and produces the text:
This restaurant is first class

no spaceto prevent a space between wordsFor example, saying:
This is the best no space tasting bacon ever

produces the text:
This is the besttasting bacon ever

no space on … no space offto prevent a section of text from having spaces between wordsFor example, saying:
This is no space on the best tasting bacon no space off ever

produces the text:
This is thebesttastingbacon ever

“period” or “full stop”to place a “.” at the end of a sentence
dot.For example, saying:
The dot number pi is three dot one four

produces the text:
The.number pi is 3.14

(note the subtle difference between saying point and dot… dotworks between words)

point.For example, saying:
The point number pi is three point one four

produces the text:
The point number pi 3.14

(note the subtle difference between saying point and dot… dotworks between words)

“ellipsis” or “dot dot dot”
comma,
double comma,,
“quote” or “quotation mark””(although, if you need to place some text within quotation marks, using the “quote … end quote” commands may be more accurate)
quote … end quoteto place quotes around a section of textFor example, saying:
She said quote see you next week end quote

produces the text:
She said “see you next week”

apostrophe‘(although in many cases, apostrophes are automatically inserted, like when saying Sam’s new iPhone)
exclamation point!
inverted exclamation point¡
question mark?
inverted question mark¿
ampersand&
asterisk*
open parenthesis(
close parenthesis)
open bracket[
close bracket]
open brace{
close brace}
dash-For example, saying:
This dash is dash my dash cheese

produces the text:
This – is – my – cheese

(note the difference in spacing between this and when sayinghyphen)

hyphen-For example, saying:
This hyphen is hyphen my hyphen cheese

produces the text:
This-is-my-cheese

(note the difference in spacing between this and when sayingdash)

em dash
underscore_
percent sign%
copyright sign©
registered sign®
section sign§
dollar sign$
cent sign¢
euro sign
yen sign¥
degree sign°
caret^
at sign@
pound sterling sign£
pound sign#
greater than sign>
less than sign<
forward slash/
back slash\
vertical bar|
“smiley” or “smiley face” or “smile face”🙂
“frowny” or “frowny face” or “frown face”🙁
“winky” or “winky face” or “wink face”😉
e.g. (pronounced as “e g”)e.g.For example, saying:
e g when you learn to ride a bike

produces the text:
E.g. when you learn to ride a bike

i.e. (pronounced as “i e”)i.e.For example, saying:
i e when you learn to ride a bike

produces the text:
I.e. when you learn to ride a bike

Have you tried Siri yet? What do you think of its speech to text capabilities? 

The Apple iPad 2 Smart Cover Security Flaw

Security is an issue everywhere, on the internet, on your mobile device, on your tablet, on your computer and even in your personal lives. Well, at least on mobile devices and such, there is something called as Password. But, even those passwords aren’t very protective and can be bypassed with hacks such as the one I’m about to share with you. I’m sure you’ve heard of the Smart Cover that Apple made famous with their iPad 2, well, it turns out that they can let a user bypass the Passcode lock and enter the homescreen.

Sounds scary doesn’t it? As 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman discovered, the iPad 2 Smart Cover has a loop in the security and can let users access their Passcode locked devices without needing to entering any code. How bad is that? However, this method will not let you use or open any of the applications once inside the iPad, but imagine if you left an important email or personal file open. People do normally keep their apps open, such as emails, messages, photos or something else. It happens all the time, I’ve experienced it myself. I’ve left apps open and forgotten about it. Once you leave the iPad idle for 30 seconds, it locks itself. Now that’s an opportunity.

There is a simple method on how to do this, and lets find out how you can do it. Be advised, that this is not something cool. It’s literally like breaking in to another’s personal data and can lead to gruesome battles or even death. Here’s how to do it. Remember this will only work if you have a Smart Cover.

  • Lock your device, then hold the iPad’s Power button until the “slide to power off” switch appears
  • Close the iPad’s Smart Cover. This will lock the device again.
  • Open the Smart Cover and select  ‘Cancel’. Baam!! You have successfully bypassed the lock screen.
Check out the video after the break:

What do you think? Hope Apple addresses this issue real soon.