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Sick of iOS 5?

Personally I’m done with iOS 5.0. Ever since I started using it I’ve felt more restricted especially in the fact that there are a lot of incompatibilities with other tweaks. Also I was disappointing because of things like the lack of widgets and all that. So now I’m venturing into some iOS related things and I think I’m going to cough out a nice .ipsw for us who want to be left behind from iOS 5.0 and stay with good ol 4.3.3 (what the .ipsw is going to be based off of). So just wait and I’ll have the first (VERY BASIC) one out soon enough!

[Concept] PerPage Theming

As of late I’ve been thinking of what would be good in an OS and I’ve decided to make a concept OS in which I hope to make into reality. It’s a mobile based concept and I’ve come up with a few ideas along the way. One of these ideas being perpage theming. Perpage theming is when you have separate themes for two pages (in a mobile os that uses a page system). So say I have iOS running on my phone. I feel that it takes to long to get through the pages when I want to do something as small as finding directions. I’ve looked around for something similar, but nothing seems to compare to iOS. I use the dreamboard theme OS7 (Basically Windows Mobile 7; that’s what it’s based to look like) and I absolutely love the simplicity of it of how I can get in and out so fast, but I still want to have iOS but I still want to have access to OS7 without having to switch themes. Well my theory (hypothesis) is that with perpage theming you can make it so you go all the way to your last page in iOS default, but when you slide once more at the last page you find yourself in the OS7 theme, but you can easily switch back by just swiping back to that last page in iOS. This is a really neat idea because then you have to concepts at once running on your phone so you can easily have the best of both worlds. Another neat thing is that with my concept of switching to the OS7 theme from the last page is that the dock can still be ever-present. It can be present when you are at the main OS7 page but when you swipe to the right to look at the list of apps the dock can dissapear then reappear again when you go back to the main OS7 page or to the next iOS page (it could go back around; like when your in the applist in OS7 you swipe to the next page and it brings you to the search in iOS default (or winterboard) theme). This can of course be applied with regular winterboard theming, but I find the concept to be more exciting when you use something like a dreamboard theme and combine it with iOS. Hope you guys didn’t get to confused on this post I thought this was a pretty neat concept I made up ;). I’ll make a concept picture soon so stay tuned!

-Sean B. (Saphiresurf)

EDIT: Heres a very VERY rough drawing of what I’m talking about. Keep in mind that I have terrible handwriting and drawing skills (also it was a terrible scan :/). Enjoy!

New Article Series: Tweaks ‘n’ Stuff

A while after jailbreaking I started to get sick of the old routine of installing whatever the hell I felt like then having to restore. It’s almost like a cycle that I couldn’t break with my iPod Touch 2g. Now I have an iPhone 4 and I’m still stuck in this cycle but the big heaping junk that I call iOS stacked pile high with random programs I wanted to try out just lasted a little bit longer than it did on my iPod Touch 2g. Though recently I decided to try and get a nice, stable iOS running with a few good programs and what not so at least when I had to restore I had a solid group of programs that I know I want. After some exploration I’m still trying to find the perfect setup for me, but in my journey I’ve found quite a few things that you (my readers) might enjoy in trying to find that perfect setup on your iDevice. I just want to kick off this series by getting some of the absolute necessaries that you should already know about. Let’s get started!

SBSettings

Price: Free

Author: BigBoss

Now I know this is the program that almost every article starts out with when naming these things even though THEY know that most of there readers recognize what SBSettings is. I’m including SBSettings just for our new readers that might not know so much about jailbreaking applications. Now in short SBSettings is a tool that let’s you toggle toggles (duh) like 3g, data, wifi, and it becomes progressively more useful throughout your third-party iOS experience. Trust me this is a must have for anyone.

Winterboard

Price: Free

Author: Jay Freeman (Saurik)

Another very well known tool is winterboard. Definitely a must have for any theming enthusiast and the most convenient tool in customizing the look of iOS. It’s basic functions are just theming icons, applications, lockscreens, and pretty much everything; in fact I don’t think theirs one thing I’ve ran into that it can’t theme. The only problem with winterboard for themers is you don’t have a whole lot of coding options except for widgets and what not. Otherwise this is a great tool for the end-user and should probably be installed on every jailbroken iDevice.

Activator

Price: Free

Author: Ryan Petrich

Activator is something that will probably install without you knowing it. It installs with things like SBSettings and it’s what makes it so when you slide the status bar that SBSettings actually comes down. Activator can be used for so many things like using certain gestures or points to play music, launch a certain application, or (like I’ve been using since I’m to lazy to call apple to get my home button repaired) act as a home button. This program comes in use all the time and I recommend it for anybody that jailbreaks no matter how new you are to the scene.

Folder Enhancer

Price: $2.49

Author: Lance Fetters (ashikase)

Folder Enhance is very convenient and was definitely worth the money. What folder enhancer does is it lets you not only have paged folders, but it loads considerably faster, doesn’t have a page limit, and you can have folders inside of folders. This application has always been one of the necessities for me when it comes to jailbreaking and I would think many others to.

I also thought for those of you who use twitter and facebook a lot that I might include a list of base applications for that kind of stuff to. Hope you enjoy!

qTweeter

Price: Free/$3.99 (Never found a difference between free trial and paid. Pay if you want to support the Developer!)

Author: Efiko Software

qTweeter is unique in many ways. It lets you post to twitter and facebook (you can even use multiple accounts!) just by swiping down on the statusbar and typing in your message. You have the ability to post to just one certain account or all of your accounts including both your twitter and facebook account. It’s a wonderful utility for anyone who’s constantly on the go, but still tries to keep everyone up to date or someone who just loves to excessively use twitter and/or facebook. If I may sell myself more for this product I’d just like to add that it’s the only social tool available in cydia that I would recommend or use at the moment ;).

Thanks for reading guys I hope you found some useful tweaks in here and don’t forget this is a series! Theirs more to come.

-Sean B. (Saphiresurf)

EDIT: Series is canceled. I have more in mind for the site. Just wait you’ll (hopefully) see!

Refocusing

My lack of news lately has left this site a little desolate. After I switched to Linux I lost interest in windows 8 due to the lack of big updates so I have decided not to do build introductions for more insignificant builds which means that there will not be introductions for build 7955 and 7959. If an insignificant build is the first k e to go beyond a hundred marker (say something like build 8000 or 8100) then I will do a build introduction for it. Refocusing also means bringing back iPhone coverage (we never got rid of it but we did sort of stop it when windows 8 coverage went around) as well as other mobile devices. We still would like donations for Siliconic because we would love to get more devices to review :). We have a URL ligned up for he sight (Siliconic.org) and we will be getting hosting soon. A logo is also being made for Siliconic and we will have a site redesign soon! Don’t forget if you want your application/theme for windows/Linux/iOS then go to the contact page and we’ll get right on it! We have some dreamboard (and possibly winterboard) themes for iPhone ligned up for review as well so look forward to those. Cheers!
-Saphiresurf

EDIT:
A quick note: If you have any web design skill and would like to contribute to the website by making a design I would love to see what you can do. Go ahead and send me an email through the contact us page here

and I’ll check it out. Also I’m thinking of making some sort of prize system for donating; even though thats not what donating is about we still need da monies so I’ll figure something out (maybe a theme :)).