Jailbreak superstar Comex is working on a Cydia alternative

Photo: Cult of Mac

Photo: Cult of Mac

Since the very earliest days of jailbreaking, Cydia has been the go-to source for jailbreak-specific tweaks and apps. What makes tweaks work is the Cydia Substrate, low-level software written by Cydia founder Saurik that lets third-party programmers hook into the iOS operating system in ways not endorsed by Apple. But Cydia Substrate is closed-source, which makes it harder for alternative jailbreak stores to compete with Cydia.

That could soon change, though. Jailbreak superstar Comex — the developer of JailbreakMe, and a former programmer at Apple — is working on an alternative to Cydia Substrate.

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Zombie apps are taking over the App Store

Zombie apps are taking over the App Store. Photo: Universal Studios / Land of the Dead

Zombie apps are taking over the App Store. Photo: Universal Studios / Land of the Dead

If you’re still thinking of trying to make your fortune on the App Store, it’s time to think again. While App Store developers made more than Hollywood studios did in combined box office revenue in 2014, a new report suggests it will be almost impossible for new developers to break into the App Store in 2015. Why? Because of zombies. Or zombie apps, at least.

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Why the Apple Watch’s first apps might disappoint you

The makers of this Tesla app were frustrated by the Apple Watch's lack of capability. Photo: Eleks Labs

The makers of this Tesla app were frustrated by the Apple Watch’s lack of capability. Photo: Eleks Labs

When the first iPhone came out in 2007, third-party apps were limited affairs: glorified web apps without a lot of access to the iPhone’s more advanced functionality. According to a new blog post from Eleks Labs, a developer working on an Apple Wacth Tesla app, the same could be true of third-party Apple Watch apps when the wearable launches in April.

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On this week’s CultCast: Apple’s best quarter ever and Indiana Jones … rebooted?

Does Indiana Jones need a reboot?

Does Indiana Jones need a reboot? Photo: Disney

This week: Apple has its best quarter ever, Apple Watch is coming in April and the best parts of the iOS 8.1.3 and Yosemite 10.10.2 updates. Plus, Disney considers a reboot of the beloved Indiana Jones movies, and then things really go off the rails in Facts of Life, a new game where we mix real facts with fake ones, then guess which is which!

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On this week’s CultCast: Apple’s best quarter ever and Indiana Jones … rebooted?

Read on for full show notes.

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Ending soon: Save 87% on Wi-Fi optimizer, data recovery, 10 Mac Apps for $10 [Deals]

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There are some pretty hot savings on some spectacular products that are ending very soon at Cult of Mac Deals.

Don’t miss out on getting yourself the NetSpot Pro Wi-Fi Optimizer, Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery, the 10-For-$10 Mac App Bundle, plus much more at savings of up to 87% off the regular price.

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How to stream the Super Bowl for free to your iPad or iPhone

You don't need cable to watch the game on your iPad. Photo: NFL

You don’t need cable to watch the game on your iPad. Photo: NFL

This year’s Super Bowl will be streamed for free over the internet in full HD, no cable subscription required. Completely unbundling the big game is an effort on NBC’s part to promote its TV Everywhere service, which ironically requires a cable subscription.

11 hours of content will be streamed for free on game day, February 1. That includes the full game, commercials, halftime show with Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz, and even an episode of The Blacklist.

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13 hot new Super Bowl commercials getting their game on right now

Danny Trejo stars with recreated Brady bunch actors and sets in this hilarious ad for Snickers. Photo: Mars, Inc.

Danny Trejo stars with Brady Bunch actors and sets in this hilarious ad for Snickers. Photo: Mars

It used to be that you had to wait until Sunday to see the hot, out-of-this-world-expensive Super Bowl ads during the big game.

In our modern, always-connected age of sneak-peek overindulgence, you can actually skip the game itself and watch the ads on your own time, via YouTube and your sweet iPad or iPhone.

Here are 13 of the most hotly anticipated short films that you can preview right now, and spend your commercial time during the game making snacks and taking bathroom breaks.

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Jay Z takes aim at Dr. Dre with his own high-def music streamer

Jay Z is readying his Beats Music rival Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Jay Z is readying his Beats Music rival Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Dr. Dre became the first billionaire of hip-hop thanks to Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats Music and its accompanying over-priced headphone brand. Jay Z is pretty much the only big name rapper that hasn’t imitated Dre by slapped his name on headphones. Instead, he’s decided to do the next best thing and buy a high-def music startup.

Jay Z purchased the Scandinavian music streaming company Aspiro today, adding to his array of businesses that include clothing, sports bars, and a sports agency. The takeover cost Jay Z $56 million in an effort to take on the likes of Spotify, Beats Music, and the fiery music titan Neil Young.

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Set the mood from your iPhone with the Revogi Bluetooth Smart Lightbulb [Deals]

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Interior lighting, say ‘hello’ to the 21st century.

Introducing the Revogi Bluetooth Smart Lightbulb, one of the cool new products featured at CES 2015 and available at Cult of Mac Deals for a limited time.

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‘Satellite selfies’ are a thing now

Employees from Israel Aerospace Industries gathered for a group photo taken by one of its satellites. Photo: IAI satellite EROS B

Employees from Israel Aerospace Industries gathered for a group photo taken by one of its satellites. Photo: IAI satellite EROS B

If a selfie stick can’t help you get everyone in your group photo, use a satellite.

Of course you would have to build, own and launch your own, which was no problem for Israel Aerospace Industries, whose employees this week gathered for what they called a “space selfie” shot by one of its satellites passing over head.

IAI employees arranged themselves to form the company acronym and looked up for the minute its EROS B satellite was scheduled for a flyby. While the letters are sharp, there are no discernible “cheese” smiles in the black and white photo.

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