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3 Free Cydia Apps to Change iPhone’s Carrier Name

When you see a custom name instead of the operator’s name on anyone’s iPhone or screenshots on the internet, you might have wondered how do they do this. This tutorial will show you three free cydia apps that can change iPhone’s carrier name. Now you can change it to any fake carrier name or even your own name. We have tested these to work on the latest versions of iOS including iOS 6.1.1.

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1. Fake Operator

This application does not have any icon for itself. You need to configure it through the settings app on your iPhone.

While it does not need a reboot or respring to change iPhone’s carrier name, you do need to quit Settings for the changes to take effect. Works perfectly with iOS 4.3.1+

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It can be downloaded for free via Cydia. Since, it is hosted on the BigBoss repo no need to add any new repo to Cydia. Just search for Fake Operator using the search tab.

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2. FakeCarrier

This app is similar to Fake Operator in functionality. It does have its own icon but that’s not why I like this the most. The good part is that you do not have to quit the app for the changes to be effective. Just type fake carrier name and tap on set to apply it. I have tested FakeCarrier to work on the latest iOS version 4.3.1 on iPhone 4.

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Again no extra Repo needs to be added as it is hosted on BigBoss repo. Just go to Cydia and search for FakeCarrier.

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3. MakeItMine

MakeItMine is an app by Erica Sadun. Since, this app hasn’t been updated in a while it does not work for iOS version 4.2 and later. Also, it requires you to respring iPhone for changes to take effect. Even though respring feature is included, it is inconvenient compared to the previous two apps.

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You can install MakeItMine from the ModMyI repo, which is a default repo in Cydia.

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Do let us know, which is your favorite fake carrier application for iPhone and what did you finally change the carrier name to?

Facebook Camera App : Bulk Upload & Add Image Effects

Facebook bulk Image UploaderSome time back when Facebook acquired Instagram, we expected something awesome from Facebook. Today, Facebook launched a new app in App store which is a camera app for iPhone Facebook users.

Facebook launched Facebook camera app for iOS. As name suggests, this is an image uploader app for Facebook but not only that, it has much more option then simple image uploading. Probably, this is the reason why Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion.

Let’s look into some of the features of this new app from Facebook.

Facebook Camera app : Review

This new Facebook app integrated the features of Instagram app and made image uploading on iPhone/iPad and other iOS device so easily. If you are one of those who wants to upload bulk images from your camera gallery on Facebook, or take and upload picture to Facebook, this free Facebook Cam app is for you.

You can also browse images uploaded by your friends and you can like and comment on it. With this launch, here are list of Instagram filters, this official Facebook cam app has got:

Contrast, Cool, Light, Emerald, Bright, Golden Copper, Rouge, Cream, Coffee, highlight, Boost, Neon, B+W

Though, I’m hoping to see more awesome Instagram filters in coming days. In recent time, Twitpic launched their Twitter image sharing app, and it has also some awesome image effects. Anyhow, getting back to this app, if you are one of those who love to upload images on Facebook, this dedicated app will make your work easy. Specially, earlier uploading multiple images on Facebook was a headache and this new app, you can quickly select all/multi images from your image gallery and upload them.

When I installed this app, it didn’t even asked for my login (I believe because of official Facebook iOS app I’m using), and here is a screenshot of an Image which I’m taking from my iPhone and adding effects using Facebook camera app.

Facebook Camera App iOS

Once you have added the effect, all you need to do is click on compose or put the tick mark and click on upload to share photos on Facebook. You can crop photo, if you like which is another great feature for photo editing. You can also tag people directly using this Fb camera app.

You can download this app from official app store here. Facebook has launched another app call Facebook app manager few days back, which will let page admins manage their pages easily.

I’m not sure why Facebook is coming up with separate app for everything and why not integrate all the features in official app. Specially, this image effect features from Instagram, will be very handy for Facebook app for iOS. Lets see, what all new features we get to see in this Instagram Facebook Camera app, but for now do try and let us know your review on the same.

Air Playit : Stream Multi-Media Content from Computer to iOS Device

Air Playit is going to change the way you transfer video and music from your computer to iPhone/ iPad, just say goodbye to the days when you have to sync the media from iTunes. As long as long as your iPhone or iPad is connected with WiFi, 3G/4G network, just play your desired videos and music on your iOS device directly, irrespective of the file format.

Here I would like to introduce this innovative video and audio streaming software to you. Air Playit is composed of a server and a client application, and the connection between them is the wireless network (WiFi, 3G or 4G). The server is mainly for sharing the videos and music folder, and the client application is used mainly for staying connected with the server to get the media streaming from it.

Air Playit

Setting up Air Playit server onto the desktop is simple and quick. Run it and click “Shared Folder”, you can not only add video/music folder from hard disk but also import the iTunes playlist for streaming. Other functions could also be found here, for instance, click “Permission” tab and users can set permission level (Admin, Kid and Public) to the shared file. Under the “Information” tab, the IP address of your server computer is shown. The “Web” tab allows users to access the shared media using any web browser with the URL shown on the server.With Air Playit installed, you can transfer your videos and music wirelessly with little time and effort.

Key features of Air Playit:

Live conversion

Built in 320 different video/audio codecs, Air Playit offers real-time conversion for the HD and SD videos when streaming, so that you can play any video and music on your device instantly.

The supported video formats include the HD videos MKV, M2TS, AVCHD, TP, MPEG-TS, AVC and MOD etc and regular videos such as MPEG1/2, WMV, ASF, AVI, MOV, RM/RMBV, FLV, MP4, H.264, M4V, WTV, WebM.

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Air Playit also works as remote video converter software for you to add/manage video conversion tasks on your iOS device, which enables you to download the audio video files to your device wirelessly over WiFi, 3G/4G network and play them offline at any time.

HTTP server

Air Playit enables users to access the videos and audios stored on a PC or Mac using any web browser.

Besides the above features, Air Playit has even more to offer. For instance, it enables users to add remote server by specifying IP address and supports multi-audio tracks video for you to choose any language in the video file. It can also remotely power off your computer after finishing watching. Compared with other video/audio streaming software, Air Playit has an innovative feature- TV out that empowers you to stream video & music to TV via iPhone iPad etc. It is a good idea to use Air Playit and start a new way to transfer your videos and music and play them on your beloved iOS device.

How to use Air Playit to transfer media from computer to your iOS device.

Download Air Playit server (both Mac and Windows versions are available) and install it onto the computer, and then install the client app for iPad or client app for iPhone on your iOS device.

Run Air Playit server, click “Shared folders” and add the video or music folder that you need to stream to your iPad or iPhone.

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On your iPad or iPhone, run the client app and add your server and tap it. The client app will detect and connect to the server automatically by Bonjour service. If sometimes it can’t find the Bonjour connection information, you need to manually input the server address which is shown on the server or close the firewall for a try. Here I would like to take iPhone for example.

Browse the shard folders under the server, then tap your desired folder, select any file that you need and click “Play”, just play the music and video on the go without waiting for the conversion.


Using this software will certainly take care of pain of transferring multi-media files from your desktop to your iOS device. Do let us know your review of Air playit or any other streaming software if you are using?

Music Ringtone Maker : Customize iPhone Ringtones

We have been talking a lot about iPhone ringtones maker and today we will look into one more useful app call Music ringtone maker which also let you customize ringtones on iPhone.

If you don’t like to listen boring generic iPhone ringtones and find it complicated to create a ringtone then we have few options for you. You can either create ringtone via iTunes or you can use free Audiko for creating ringtones. But if you are looking a reliable and easy to use application for your iPhone and there is an good option.

Music Ringtone Maker App for iPhone:

This is a free ringtone maker app for iPhone and you can download it from here. This app will let you create ringtone from your iPhone music library. This app is compatible with iPhone, iPod and iPad. Before we look into the features of Music Ringtone maker app, I suggest you to check out tools to make iPhone ringtone, where we have listed various tools and apps which you can use.

Music Ringtone Maker

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Here are few key features of Music Ringtone Maker app:

  • The app works with unprotected audio files such as AAC/M4A, MP3, AIF and WAV.
  • It select up to 30 seconds from a song.
  • Automatic fade-ins/out features for perfect sound.
  • You can create unlimited ringtones.
  • You can assign the ringtone to any specific contact number or all the contacts.
  • You can set the alarm sound with the created ringtone.
  • No irritating ads will interrupt you while creating ringtones.

This app is available on iTunes to download for free. Even if you hate that boring ringtones and want customized and rocking ringtones which you can keep changing that too unlimited times. I have tried few free ringtone app for iPhone but they never met my expectation and this one I found worth sharing. I have tested this app on iOS5 and it works great.

Once you have created a ringtone, you can preview and directly add it on your iPhone. Else, you can select other song from your iPod library and start making another one.

Do let us know which free app you are using for making and customizing ringtones directly on your iPhone. Also check out how to use Cydia ringtones on iPhone.

Decide-O-Tron App: Get iPhone Games Recommendations on Your iPhone

You will find Apple App store flooded with multitude of games ranging in categories. Angry Birds, Paper toss, Guitar Hero and Asphalt racing collection are some of the gaming gems that you are gonna find on App store. You can fill your smartphone gaming appetite once you indulge into the massive gaming galaxy that iTunes app store offers. But one evident drawback of this huge collection is that it takes substantial amount of time to discover a game that ideally matches your taste. But now there is a new app on the block that will surely help iOS users to get rid of this problem.

What is Decide-o-Tron?

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 Well Decide-o-Tron is basically an iOS application that automatically recommends games to users based on some pre-set criteria. The app will bear the headache of deciding that amongst the huge collection of games, what gaming titles suit you and for whom you should spend. Plus the app has a very detailed criteria settings, so you can expect optimal results from it.

The app also boasts a detail step-by-step tutorial, just go through it so that you can get to know about all the customization processes and features that this app offers. Even if you think that you are a geek and don’t need to go through the tutorial, I will recommend you to do the otherwise.

Using Decide-o-Tron

Once the tutorial is over, app will ask from you that what all gaming platforms you own or play. The platforms you will choose in this step will act as a filter, because whenever you are gonna search for games in future the app will only search for those titles that belong to the platforms you have selected.

The search feature of the app is quite powerful, I personally like the Bar code scanning option. First of all you will have to add games to app’s library so that the recommendation thing can work. It is not necessary that you only add those games in the library that you own, users can add any game they like in the Wish List.

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Decide-o-Tron generates game recommendations based on the criteria values, these values include platform-Release date-Review score and most important of all, Genre.

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I will definitely recommend this app as must download for all the iPhone/iPad users. The gaming recommendations are really very useful and it lessens the hassle of finding games by browsing app store manually.

Decide-o-Tron is available as a free download from Apple App store.

Do you use any such similar app which gives you gaming or general app recommendation?

2 Free Sports Applications for iOS Devices

Sports has been modernized and has been developed all over the world. People have already become lover of all kinds of sports starting from the early 19th centuries. Nowadays people wants to be continuously updated with the score of any game which they treat as their favorite Sport. People these days want immediately response of their request. Technology has widely increased in such a way that now its possible to get all updates within few seconds.

There are many such application which are used to get updated live scores or news about their favorite sport and all such things.

1. Soccer- in game now

People in every part of the country love the game of soccer. Soccer is such a game that every minute every action they feel like to watch. Every minute game in any part of the corner of the world, people love watching the game of soccer. All want score updates, shoots tried, live commentaries. This application really makes people know of every action taking place within the field.

2 free Sports Apps for Android

The match fixtures and related news about injuries if occurred are all notified through a small tool bar as notification within it. The notification even provide about goals, and there formation and squad changes relevantly. The application can be reviewed and downloaded through the link given beneath respectively:

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2. Sports tap

This application has been like a portal news type. People can download and get all there news about relatively occurring NHL, NFL, baseball, and other games occurring in Europe, Eurasia, and natives of utopia respectively.

2 free Sports Apps for Android

People can know all the current news and aspects about the games, fixtures, matches taking place, live scores and even can know about current occurrences within team and the league respectively.  The application can be reviewed and downloaded through the link given beneath respectively:

Download Sports tap.

3 iPhone Games that Tell Legendary Stories

Some stories are timeless, and some of the best mobile games build their own storylines around the stuff of myths and legends.  Timeless stories capture the imagination; when translated into an interactive game, these stories come alive and allow players of all ages to immerse themselves in a classic tale.

Naked King” is a free game from ActOn that takes the iconic image of the emperor stripped of everything and builds a delightful castle defense strategy adventure around it.  Instead of a king duped by unscrupulous advisors, however, this Naked King has lost his clothes by force.  He needs to reclaim them—not to mention his crown—or he’ll be late for a very important date.  It’s not just any date, either. It’s a wedding date with a princess.  Don’t worry, warriors, this isn’t much of a romance.

“Naked King” is first and foremost about defending, improving, and fortifying one’s own castle while reducing the enemy castle to rubble in each progressive stage.  The enemies are pretty easy to spot, being a fantastic array of monsters, with some challenging extra-monstrous bosses thrown in.  To emerge victorious (and fully clothed), players start by producing food using worker units, increasing resources until they can build an army consisting of knights, snipers, heroes, wizards, and more.

Hero of Sparta II” is $4.99 and from Gameloft that tells a new tale in a legendary setting.  The dedication of the Greek city-state of Sparta to a culture of combat is historical fact, but it’s been raised to the status of legend.  “Hero of Sparta II” mixes history with myth by adding a liberal dose of Greek mythology, and then sets the player loose in this fantasty hack-n-slash as the warrior Argos returns from the Underworld.  The Spartan warrior faces a new set of challenges and ever-more imposing enemies, inviting players to unleash their own inner warrior in incredible combat scenes.

Ikaros” is a $1.99 and from Riverman Media LLC that takes the famous myth of a young man who builds his own wings in order to fly and transforms it into an addictive game experience.  Beautiful 2D animation complements the well-designed gameplay.  Ikaros, better known as Icarus to much of the world, must escape the island of Crete.  In order to do so, he takes flight—but it is a risky endeavor.  Limited flapping ability means that players must time their landings in order to progress.  Along the way, they’ll gather treasure in order to fill Ikaros’s Flight Meter.  In the myth, of course, Icarus does not succeed—but in the game, players have a chance to rewrite history.

Whether it’s one man against gravity, one man against the world, or one man and an army against a mob of pants-stealing monsters, these three games know how to entertain.  iOS mobile apps can be the perfect portal into a more magical, mythical world for players who want to exercise their imagination.

First Jailbreak Tweak for iOS 5 UISettings Widget Released

Apple may have brought an end to the life of a lot of older jailbreak tweaks by introducing new features in iOS 5 but that is not going to stop the jailbreak community from creating more useful jailbreak tweaks. UISettings widget for the Notification Center is the first jailbreak tweak released for iOS 5. Instructions on how to install and a review after the break.

UISettings can be described as an alternative form of SBSettings which was created to give users quick access to certain iPhone settings. Just like SBSettings UISettings can be launched anywhere in iOS 5 without the need to quit current app and going to Settings application.

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UISettings has been available for iOS 4 too where it works via the multitasking bar. The developer has now ported it to the notifications center in iOS 5 which can be pulled down by swiping one finger from top to bottom on the iPhone screen.

Here’s a list of the toggles and quick settings available in UISettings:

  • Respring
  • Wifi
  • Airplane
  • Bluetooth
  • Brightness
  • Volume
  • Power OFF
  • Reboot
  • Safe Mode

The last option Safe Mode doesnt work on iOS 5 yet, but the rest all do. I do not really like the icons and the colors in particular but the tool itself is pretty handy. Thankfully, just like SBSettings themes there will be more themes for UISettings too. In fact iRetina++ theme is just about to be released and looks much better than the orginal theme.

Here’s the preview recently tweeted by @iSurenix,

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How to Install UISettings Widget in iOS 5:

You’ll obviously first need to install iOS 5 beta and then jailbreak iOS 5.0 with Redsn0w to get Cydia. Once Cydia is installed add the UISettings repo http://qwertyoruiop.com/beta and then search for UISettings or just tap on the new repo you just added.

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Respring your iPhone after install and check it out by pulling down the Notifications Center. To disable or enable these options you’ll need to hold them for about 3 seconds.

Readers, how do you like it? Are you going to replace SBSettings with UISettings?

3 Free iPhone Games You Should Play For The Weekend

No matter what genre players prefer, there’s a free app in the App Store that will hit the spot.  And with so many fantastic free games just waiting to be played, why would players confine themselves to one genre anyway?  Variety is the spice of life, and it’s also a great way to spice up an iPhone’s game folder.  Check out this list of the very best of the best free iPhone games to find one that’s just right—or try them all out.

Fruit Ninja Lite

Fruit Ninja Lite gives players a chance to test their speed and concentration in a very unusual dojo.  This casual but addictive game has the ninja trainee slashing fresh fruits in mid-air.  As the lite version of a paid app, Fruit Ninja Lite’s features are limited.  But there’s something ever so satisfying about slicing a flying ripe watermelon in half before it hits the ground, and players will be kicking themselves if they pass this fun little free game up.

Goal Battle

Not all free games are just limited previews, though.  Thankfully, some developers have gone all out on their free offerings, and Goal Battle is an excellent iPhone soccer game.  Tight focus, fantastic 3D animation, and gorgeous game play complement Goal Battle’s central attraction: online multiplayer mode.  Players pit their personalized characters against other online players, in a one-on-one goal-kick scoring battle to prove who has what it takes.  It’s a game artfully designed to unlease every player’s competitive side.  Leaderboards track whose scoring abilities are ruling the field, but these are secondary to the heady rush of competing against another player in real time, goal for goal.  Watching one’s opponents progress makes perfecting goal kicking skills that much more enjoyable.  And to really make an impression, players customize their characters to best express themselves or their team spirit.

MyPet CUBY

Looking for a complete change of pace?  My Pet Cuby is a virtual pet that goes about his adorable day in players’ iPhones.  It’s a lot like other virtual pet game options—players keep Cuby’s happiness meter up with pets on the head, games of ball, and of course, by giving him his favorite delicious snacks. But Cuby has a few tricks that are all his own, too.  Players are rewarded for keeping their little pal happy when Cuby demonstrates delightful tricks.  He can sing and play guitar, and horse around with a paper airplane.  And keeping Cuby 100% happy means in-game rewards, like new outfits and environments for the little guy.

This is only a small selection of the free games available in the App Store.  Players can round out their game selection with RPGs, first-person shooters, farming simulations, and practically any other type of game they can think of.  Three of the best are profiled here, but don’t stop there!  Players should get the most from their iPhone gaming experience not by finding the perfect game, but by finding five… or ten… or twenty games that they can’t put down!

Check out these games and tell us what you think about them?

Video Blogging for iPhone is Back with Viddy iPhone App

If you happen to be a social networking fan then you must be in knowledge of 12seconds.tv that allow users to post small-time videos of 12-seconds about whatever they are doing or is happening in their life. But for some unknown reasons the site got closed in October. So if you happen to be an iPhone user and an avid blogger then there is good news for you because a mobile version of 12seconds.tv type video blogging has started and is named as Viddy.

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Basically Viddy for iPhone is a “live-streaming studio” that will allow you to compose 15-second videos along with the things like special effects and background music. You can also share and upload these videos on different social networking platforms just like you share photos on platforms like Flickr and Instagram. The thing that makes Viddy bloom is the iPhone’s video cameras. The iPhone’s front facing camera makes Viddy a perfect app for personal video blogging and will let you vent out your expressions in the form of video posts.

Viddy for iPhone Features

The app’s main features include the ability to capture a video directly from within the app or you can also import a video from your phone’s camera roll. If you choose to record the video directly from within apps interface then iPhone’s self timer will automatically pop-up helping you to clock the time for video. Moreover, if you scan a video from your camera roll, you can trim it within app interface but you won’t find a timer in this case.

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Next up is the filters option, you can apply filters to your video from a built-in archive, and common filters are junked-3D and vintage. Regarding previewing, Viddy provides you with the option of previewing your edited video before sharing it on any of social networking platform.

You can also put in background music for your video, though you can’t import music from your iTunes library but there is a provision to add music and transitions directly from Apple iMovie.

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Last step is to add labels to your video and select the social networking sites where you want to post your video. Apart from these features, you can also create your “fan following” by using Viddy’s “Find Friends” feature. You can develop your followers list either from your phonebook or by searching Viddy’s current active users.

I think Viddy is a nice looking app with a new concept, obviously developers need to release it for other platforms like Android and Blackberry. Though there are some drawback like a playlist option should have been there but I guess coming updates will be sorting out the current issues.

Do use it and Let us know that whether you like this innovative idea or not.