In March, I went for the second time to a taping of Anderson Live. There, my friend and I suggested the audience members do the Harlem Shake. What we didn’t expect, was being called to dance in front of everyone.
My iOS 6 Jailbreak Tweaks
I remember the joy I had experienced when I first jailbroke my original iPhone on iOS 1.1.4. No longer restricted to the native apps that had shipped with the iPhone, I entered a new world of third party apps and extensions. I was so enthralled by the jailbreak experience that I delayed upgrading my iPhone when Apple released iOS 2.0. A strange decision now looking back since it delayed my entry into the App Store.
I jailbroke each of my devices until my iPhone 4S. By that time, I grew sick of playing cat and mouse with Apple and realized that a lot of those extensions made my phone too slow and unusable without any more benefit. But with iOS 6, I have reentered and today I want to show you the modifications I have downloaded onto my iPhone 5.
Auxo : Multitasking bar the way it should be. Swipe down to quit your currently open apps and hold down to quit all of them. But my favorite part of Auxo is the built in quick settings. I use bluetooth, wireless, and orientation settings at least a few times a day.
F.lux: A subtle but really great tweak, F.lux utilizes sunset times for your particular area and adjusts your screen temperature to make it easier on the eyes. It used to be a strain reading my iPhone and iPad later into the night. But with F.lux, my Twitter feed won’t burn my eyes.
BrowserChanger: This lets you set your default browser to something other than Safari. For me, Chrome is my default browser on both my iPhone and iPad.
FakeClockUp: This tweak cuts down the transition / animation time on the iPhone which creates the sense that your device is faster. I’ve only set it 1.2x, but any faster and I think I might get motion sickness.
Nitrous: This enables the Nitro engine to work with other browsers. This means improved performance from apps like Chrome and Alien Blue. I really see the improvement when loading photos on the web.
NowNow: Allows me to activate using the home button Google Search. This is the closest I can get to a Google Now experience on my iPhone.
BlurriedNCBackground: A simple modification that causes the notification panel to look blurred instead of looking like faux fabric. Simple, but elegant.
TypeStatus: This notifies you on the status bar if someone has started writing a message to you in iMessage. I’m not sure of it’s true utility, but it’s nice to see if someone is about to send you a message.
Q:What are some App's/websites you would recommend for iPhone wallpapers?
Q:Hey Candice! I'm a huge fan. I was watching your "What's on my iPhone" video and I was wondering if you can just take a screenshot of your OS X dock, so we could see what applications are frequently used on your macbook. Thanks for the great content!
Thanks for your support! It really means a lot.
I will post a quick “What’s in my dock” video soon. Keep posted to the channel.
Koss PortaPro KTC Unboxing and First Impressions
Link to last night’s live stream for anyone who missed it.
Q:I have the Evernote app and loved your little review but the thing is: every time I open it, I don't know what to do with it like... how can I use it for school?
First off if your school allows you to bring your laptop to class, I highly recommend taking notes in Evernote. It’s a lot easier to search and index notes then something like Microsoft Word.
I also recommend installing the Evernote browser extension. It really comes in handy if you are researching for a paper or project. If you find a webpage that you’ll need later, just press the webclipper and Evernote will save and index that page.
iOS Apps I use for School
This week, I finished my first semester of college. Here are the iOS apps that have been invaluable to me as a college student.
1. iStudiez Pro
In the era of the smartphones and the web, I still see many of my classmates using a traditional paper agenda to write down assignments and manage their schedules. Although there is definitely a benefit in writing things down, I have been stuck in tough situations where my agenda and data have gone missing and I have no backup copy. The great thing about iStudiez Pro is the syncing between the iPhone, iPad, and Mac app. Gone is the fear of losing your agenda and having to worry about data from your smartphone and computer conflicting. My other favorite feature of the app is it syncs with the native iOS calendar which means I can see both my school and non-school events all on one window.
It’s been repeated all over the the web the true power Evernote holds. That cannot be anymore true when it comes to college. I have used Evernote everyday while at school from researching papers, taking notes in class, and managing different club and bus schedules. The Chrome extension makes it so easy to gather notes from the web, while the syncing between devices is so seamless. I highly recommend scanning in class syllabi in the beginning of the semester as a reference during the semester. Built in OCR in images is an added plus for free users.
3. Study Blue
This app proved to be very valuable towards the end of my senior year when I had to study for AP exams. Study Blue is an iOS app and accompanying website that allows users to create and manage flashcards. Along with making flash cards, the service allows you to turn your terms into short quizzes to print out or take on the web. Study Blue tracks your progress towards fully learning the material. Its charts on material progress makes it really easy to hone in on topics that needs further attention. The service syncs beween the iOS apps and web which means you’re never away from your study material. It allows sharing which makes exchanging study material with classmates that much easier.
But of course, we should worry about this when the semester begins again. For now, I know I’m going to enjoy this winter break.
Five Years on YouTube
So yesterday, I accidentally missed my anniversary of becoming a Youtuber so I will celebrate today. I opened my Youtube account on August 4th, 2007 as an awkward twelve year old desperately wanting a Mac. Realizing people were creating their own content about their computers inspired me to do the same. After five years, a hundred or so videos, Youtube partnerships and meetups, I am nothing but grateful for these last five years. As a treat, please enjoy at the expense of my own embarrassment, my first Youtube video.