How to Record Video on iPhone 5 without Audio or Sound using Camera Plus Pro

Did Apple forget to add this function or is it by design? Well, it doesn’t really matter because you can disable sound while recording video with your iPhone.

There are tons of things we can do with our iPhones but sometimes there’s one or two important function that seems to be missing from the iOS. Whether it’s intentional or not, we don’t know for sure. That’s one of the reasons why jailbreaking your iPhone can bring added benefits if you wish to add additional tweaks or features which are “not available” by default in iOS.

Jailbreaking is not always the only solution to enable certain features on your iPhone. For instance, there may be times when you need to shoot a video with your iPhone without actually recording the sound, probably for an artwork or just to save you some additional work (and hard disk space) when doing post-production of a video.

Camera Plus Pro is an app that can disable sound recording when shooting your video. When I last checked on the App Store it costs $1.99 to purchase this app. It’s really a small price to pay if you need to enable this function on your iPhone 5.

To disable sound during video recording is a straight forward process. Once you have downloaded and installed the App on your iPhone, simply do the following:

1. Launch Camera Plus Pro app. The Main camera preview will come up.

2. Tap on Settings button from Options panel as shown below.

3. Next, go to Videos section and set Audio Capture to off.

4. Once that’s set, press on Done button and you may begin recording your video without audio being recorded.

All subsequent videos will not have audio recorded and you may notice the file size has been reduced since there’s no longer data available for audio.

Do take note that if you want sound to be recorded or captures in future videos, you will have to manually switch the Audio Capture to ON. You don’t wanna miss out especially if you are recording some important events.

Any other app or jailbreak tweak that does this?

How to Hack AT&T iPhone 5 or iPad mini Carrier Update File to Speed Up LTE

Do you think you’re not getting enough speed from your LTE? This hack might double or triple your LTE performance.

It is mankind’s instincts to go for speed. Internet speed has significantly increased for the past few years but it’s still not fast enough for many of us. If you’re one those folks who always strive to find something faster, then this hack is really for you.

If you’re interested with the technical aspects of this hack, read on. Otherwise, just head on straight to the tutorials below. In the carrier update file which you occasionally get from iTunes, band preferences were intentionally set by AT&T to limit you to a certain band rather than the band giving off the strongest signal, when available, both with LTE and HSPA+, according to the founder of this hack.

The same hack from T-Mobile LTE was released last week, which essentially modified the carrier file and ultimately improves your iPhone or iPad network performance with enhanced band management. In order to be able to hack something like this, one must have deep understanding of latest mobile network systems and how cell towers around you operate.

Before you begin, please proceed only at your own risks. Remember to backup your iPhone or iPad in case something goes wrong.


1. Download the hacked carrier update in the link below (in order to protect the download link from leechers, please support by Liking, +1 or Tweet below)

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2. Once downloaded, allow iTunes to accept carrier bundle updates by doing on these:

A. If you are using either a 32-bit or 64-bitWindows, you will need to open command prompt (Start > type CMD) and then type the following followed by enter:

  • 64-bit: cd C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes then type: iTunes.exe/setPrefInt carrier-testing 1
  • 32-bit: cd C:\Program Files\iTunes then type: iTunes.exe/setPrefInt carrier-testing 1

B. If you own a Mac, open terminal and type the following and hit enter:

  • defaults write carrier-testing -bool true

3. Once that’s done, click on the tab for your iPhone 5 and click “Update” or “Check For Update” while holding down the Alt/Option key for Mac or the Shift key for Windows.

4. Point it to the file you just downloaded in step 2, select the file and click Open. iTunes will now update your carrier settings.

5. Reboot your iPhone to experience a faster connection on your iPhone.

In any case if you encounter a problem while doing the steps above, you can always roll back by doing the following:

  • Non Jailbroken iPhone/iPad: Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings and Restore From Backup.
  • Jailbroken iPhone/iPad: Using iFile or similar, Go to var/mobile/Library/Carrier bundles/iPhone and delete the ATT_US.bundle folder and another folder called “Overlay” located in var/mobile/Library/Carrier Bundles. Reboot your iPhone. In some cases, a second reboot may be required if the data indicator is only showing “3G”. This behavior is completely normal.

While some people may notice some speed increment, the hacker also put up a disclaimer saying:

This hack does NOT guarantee that you will see any dramatic changes or any change at all as certain areas are simply limited because of population density, natural features that degrade signal, the traffic on a specific tower, and even the amount of spectrum the tower is limited to as not all LTE towers have been upgraded to 10MHz on the downlink for higher bandwidth support. If you feel this hack has not helped you, we have provided a way back to defaults, if you choose to do so.

Well, we do hope that it’s going to be beneficial for you and all did go smoothly. If you think your network speed is faster, do share your experience below.

Supercapacitor Could Fully Charge Future iPhones and Smartphones in 20-30 Seconds

How long do you have to wait before your iPhone gets fully charged? Quite long. But a teenager’s new invention could charge future devices in a blink of an eye.

The battery is probably one of mankind’s biggest challenges to improve. It was in 1749 when Benjamin Franklin, the U.S. polymath and founding father, first used the term “battery” to describe a set of linked capacitors he used for his experiments with electricity according to Wikipedia. Fast forward to 264 years later, the battery on our smartphones rarely last us more than a few days.

While scientists and engineers are working on to increase battery life, a young scientist named Eesha Khare, of Saratoga, California has invented a tiny device that allows fast and rapid charging of batteries. It fits nicely inside cell phone batteries, allowing them to fully charge within 20-30 seconds.

She calls the fast-charging device as supercapacitor, that can pack a lot of energy into a tiny space, charges quickly and holds its charge for a long time. It definitely sounds promising. Aside from that, this device also supports up to 10,000 charge-recharge cycles, compared with 1,000 cycles for conventional rechargeable batteries.

According to Khare, it was because her “cell phone battery always dies” that inspired her to work on energy-storage technology.

Khare participated the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last week and the judges were impressed. She received USD 50,000 in scholarship funds for her ground-breaking projects, along with another student who also won the award for his research on the mysteries of astrophysics.

It will probably take a few more years before her invention can be applied on consumer products. In the meantime, we’ll just have to stick to our power hungry devices and to always bring a battery pack if you’re going to be away from the wall outlet for an extended period of time.

Image and news via NBC

It’s Possible to Track Your Stolen or Missing iPhone with its ICCID and CTN

Did you lose your iPhone recently? There’s still hope of finding it, or at least get a step closer to finding who has it.

Despite how advance technology has developed, it’s still a challenge to locate stolen electronic devices. Apple’s Find My iPhone app may helped some people, but it gets pretty useless once the device is turned off and everything on it is wiped out.

Also Read5 Things You Should Do When Your iPhone is Stolen or Lost

If you think you’ve tried everything to get your iPhone back, you’re probably wrong. Let me tell you why.

Each iPhone is unique because it has its own IMEI number, serial number and more recently it can also be tied to an ICCID number (you can find all these under Settings, General, About). ICCID is the short form for Integrated Circuit Card ID.

The Police have two methods for tracking your iPhone when it’s stolen, they can use your phone number or your IMEI number. The problem with your phone number is that thieves can easily just discard your SIM card and replace it another.

Now, this is how it gets interesting. If someone uses a different SIM card with your missing iPhone, the SIM’s card ICCID number is registered onto Apple’s database after the iPhone is restored and activated via iTunes.

It’s more difficult for the police to find your iPhone based on the IMEI, however, using the ICCID, they can query this number from carriers such as AT&T or T-Mobile and find the mobile number tied to it. Take a look at this thread on Apple’s support forum.

On some cases, we can also find the CTN associated to your iPhone. CTN stands for Cellular Telephone Number, and ultimately the number that you’re looking for. Please take note that ICCID or CTN will not be updated on Apple’s database if the iPhone hasn’t been restored or activated on iTunes. In the example above, I was able to get the CTN after querying the Apple database. The CTN is also the same as FaceTime number.

I know that it’s going to be a long shot to locate your stolen iPhone. However, with this piece of information that we can help you get, you will be a step closer to find who has your iPhone, who can either be a thief or a second hand buyer of your iPhone.

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Restore iPhone without Using iTunes and Keep Untethered Jailbreak with SemiRestore

A few days ago I posted an article about how a new tool called SemiRestore that can restore your iPhone without losing your precious jailbreak. Here are the steps.

SemiRestore is one of the most exciting iPhone jailbreaking tools going to be made available for free to public in recent times. It’s not actually a tool to jailbreak your iPhone but rather it helps you restore your iPhone without wiping your jailbreak. In other words, this program will restore your iPhone or any iDevice without actually using iTunes.

This is extremely useful for newer devices such as iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 as currently there’s no method of restoring it without installing the latest iOS. Installing the latest iOS means you will lose your jailbreak and there’s no way to jailbreak it until the next available jailbreak becomes available, and that’s usually take a long time.

SemiRestore is currently in Beta but will be made available to public very soon. When I last checked the progress is currently at 65%.

Before you begin, please be sure to backup your data just in case something goes wrong.

How to use SemiRestore to Restore iPhone, iPad or iPod touch (Mac Version)

Step 1: Download SemiRestore from the official website once it’s publicly available.

Step 2: Install OpenSSH and APT 0.7 strict from Cydia

Step 3: Open Terminal on your Mac

Step 4: Do a change directory command (cd) to your downloads folder

Step 5: Run the following command to copy SemiRestore to your device:

scp SemiRestore root@

Note: You will need to change the IP address to the Wi-Fi IP address of your device. The default password is alpine

(you can check your iPhone’s IP address by going to Settings, WiFi, tap on the WiFi network your device is currently connected to)

Step 6: SSH into your iPhone using the following command

ssh root@

Step 7: Navigate to the /var/root directory on your device. There you should see the SemiRestore file.

Step 8: Secure the SemiRestore file with this command:

chmod +x SemiRestore

Step 9: Run this command:


Step 10: You will see the following command prompts on your terminal window:

Step 11: Type an ’0′ and hit Enter. SemiRestore will begin processing a device restore.

Please be patient while SemiRestore performs all the work for you. Depending how much data you have on your device, it may take a bit of time for the process to complete. At times you will find Terminal seems to hang but please be assured that it’s busy doing its thing. Your iPhone will reboot a few times and don’t interrupt even if you see the setup screen.

Once everything is done, you will find that your iPhone is now “fully restored” with the same iOS version. Cydia is still present on your home screen but everything else will be set to factory default. Your previously installed apps and other tweaks will no longer be available.

Now let’s wait until it’s publicly available, I’m sure it won’t take long.