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Sky Go Working on Jailbroken iPhone

**UPDATE AS OF 16/03/2013 – Sky seem to have changed something that has stopped this working. Check back soon. I will update as soon as I have found a new method**

Love your jailbroken iPhones? Gutted Sky mess us about by restricting use of sky go on jailbroken devices? SNAP!

Thanks to Ben @ben_gerard we can get it working!

There is an earlier version that has been hacked to bypass the jailbreak detection. Here is how to get it on.

** Please uninstall App sync first if you have it installed **

In Cydia tap Manage then Sources

Now tap Edit and then Add

Add the source

Now tap that source and scroll down and you’ll see Old Sky Go (Patched). Install it and you’re away 🙂


If you do experience any issues or errors, remove Sky Go and reapply the patch.

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My Top 10 Cydia Tweaks

If you haven’t jailbroken your iPhone yet click HERE to see how.

When you have here are my top 10 favourite tweaks to improve your stock iPhone.

1. SBSettings
SB standing for SpringBoard settings. Great little tweak that brings options to your fingertips by just swiping left or right on the status bar.


Some of the standard toggles allow you to switch Aeroplane mode on/off, Bluetooth & Wi-fi on/off etc but many more 3rd party toggles are available to download from Cydia.

2. Springtomize2
A great tweak with loads of settings to change the look and feel of your iPhone.


I have an iPhone 4S but you can see from the screen shot above I’ve created 5 rows of icons, shrunk them down to fit, modified the carrier text and enabled a 5 icon doc.

Loads of cool settings with this one


3. FolderEnhancer
It can be frustrating to have a limit to the number of apps you put in a folder. So folder enhancer removes the limits! You can even have pages within your folders.


4. Auxo
This tweak shows you what the open app would look like in the switcher and you simply swipe down on the app in the switcher to close. You can also press and hold any app in the switcher to close all.

Lastly if you swipe left in the switcher there are a series of toggles similar to those in SBSettings



5. Zephyr
A great little tweak to bring some of the iPad style gestures to your iPhone.

Again it’s fully configurable in the settings


Swipe up from the bottom to reveal the switcher – no more double tapping the home button.

Recreate the iPads 3 finger swipe left and right to switch between open apps but configure it how you want. Even to 1 finger swiping. Recently updated to allow you to also configure which part of the screen the swipe works in. Useful as it can get annoying when you are trying to toggle something in settings and its switching apps! My recommendation is set it to bottom 1/4 of screen 🙂

6. Barrel
No screen shot for this one as its hard to capture but this tweak changes the animation as you swipe between the pages of apps on your iPhone.

Give it whirl you like the animations!

7. AutoProtect
Auto protect removes the need for a pass code when you are at home. Just type in the name of your Wi-fi id in the settings and whenever you are connected to that network the pass code will be disabled. Save up to 5 different Wi-fi id’s in the settings to have the pass code on your iPhone disabled while at home or around at friends.

8. Activator
Activator is automatically installed with some other tweaks like SBSettings but if you don’t have them it’s well worth installing separately.

You can go crazy with short cuts! Fully configurable to allow you to launch anything with different gestures.

A few examples I have set are:-

Pinch the screen to launch the eBay app

Swipe in from the top right of the screen to launch the calculator

Spread fingers (opposite gesture to pinch) to launch Facebook app.

You can set double tapping status bar to something else

Press and hold volume up to do something else

It’s great you’ll love it!

9. OpenNotifier

Get icons to display on the status bar for notifications for any app you choose to configure.

An envelope to show when you have new mail

A “f” to show you have a Facebook message or alert

Your options are endless.

10. BatteryPeek
If your like me you’ll like the battery % showing in the statusbar as well as the icon but if you have OpenNotifier installed then the status bar can get quite crowed with your other notifications.

BatteryPeek is a little tweak that flashes up your battery %. You can set any gesture in activator to show it but I have it set to “Tap status bar right” makes sense 🙂

Hope you enjoy some of my favourite Cydia tweaks and feel free to share yours in the comments below

How to Jailbreak iPhone on IOS 6





The long awaited Jailbreak for IOS 6 is finally here!

For those waiting patiently for it below are the instructions to carry out the jailbreak: –

Firstly backup your iPhone, you hopefully won’t have any issues but we don’t want anything to be lost.

Update your phone to the latest version of Apple software through iTunes – Currently at the time of writing 6.1.2.

If your phone has been previously jailbroken iTunes may report an error.  This happened to me but it’s fine and iTunes simply prompts to do a restore and update.

** It is advisable to disable the passcode lock before jailbreaking, the developers have mentioned some people that didn’t do this experienced problems **

Once updated it’s time to jailbreak, I would advise jailbreaking before restoring your backup.

Head over to to download the jailbreak tool for your OS, both Mac and Windows versions are now available

I use a Mac and the tool looks like below (I have already jailbroken my iPhone 4S hence the message below.)

Jailbreak IOS 6

Click Jailbreak and relax while the software does it’s magic.

Towards the end of the jailbreak it will ask you to tap the Jailbreak icon that has been newly added to your iPhone.  ONLY PRESS THIS ONCE! – it won’t do much other than flash quickly but this allows the jailbreak to complete.

All Done, now you can restore your backup and then start putting your favourite tweaks back on your phone through Cydia.

How to Control a Denon Amp with Your Sky+ Remote

You probably know how to program your Sky+ Remote to control your TV (see my previous post if you don’t HERE) but sometimes (if you’re like me) the sound doesn’t go through your TV!

I’ve got a Denon DVD Surround System and so below is how you can program your Sky+ Remote to control the volume on your Denon Amp.


  1. Your Denon should be turned on
  2. Press TV on your Sky+ Remote
  3. Hold down Select and 0 buttons together on your remote until the light in the middle at the top flashes twice
  4. Enter the code 1388
  5. Press the Left Arrow on the remote (this will put the amp in standby on some models but doesn’t on mine, pictured above)
  6. Hold down Select and 1 buttons together on your remote until the light in the middle at the top flashes twice
  7. Complete!  This works for mine but I’ve also seen that other Denon models might use code 1132.

Hope that helps, it will help me next time the batteries run out in my Sky+ Remote and I’ve forgotten 🙂


How to Create a HTML Signature with Mac Mail on Mountain Lion 10.8.2

html signature mac mailAs convert from Windows to Mac I wanted to fully embrace the Mac and so decided to persivere with Mac mail rather than do what my head was telling me and install Thunderbird 🙂

One of the things I couldn’t work out was how to create a HTML signature.  It isn’t straight forward but easy enough when you know how.


Here’s how!

  1. Create a new signature in Mac Mail (just a simple one with your name, it doesn’t matter, we are going to change it later)
  2. Close Mac Mail
  3. Open Finder
  4. In the finder menu at the top Click GO
  5. Hold down the ALT key – you should see Library appear.
  6. Navigate to Library / Mail / V2 / MailData / Signatures
  7. You should see a file called something like “38713DA0-8E28-4D87-9A03-AAF78CC7D2B6.mailsignature”
  8. Open this with your favourite HTML Editor
  9. Put your HTML below this text “Mime-Version: 1.0 (Mac OS X Mail 6.2 \(1499\))” Overwriting whatever you put in the simple signature you created in Mac Mail earlier
  10. Save the file.
  11. Lock the file (this stops mac mail reverting it back) – to do this right click on the file and select Get Info  then click “Locked” check box.
  12. Done! Launch Mac Mail and test it.

Example of file in editor – my signature starts with my name Steve Males: –

mac mail html signature

And the end result – you can get as fancy as you like with your HTML….

mac mail html signature



How to Program your Sky+ Remote

 You can program your Sky+ Remote Control to control some simple features on your TV, sound up & down plus mute and standby.  It’s much easier than having to have 2 remotes on the go when watching TV.

Here is the step by step guide to program your remote for your TV.

  1. Find the 4 Digit code for your TV HERE
  2. Press TV
  3. Hold Down the Red Button and the Select Button for a few seconds until the light at the top, in the middle flashes twice.
  4. Enter the 4 digit code for your TV (the red light will flash once for each digit you press then twice after that if successful)
  5. Job Done!