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PicFlick for iPad App Review

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The PicFlick app is a photo management app which is designed to help people organize and share pictures and other images on their iPad, iPad 2 and iPad 3 devices.  This app allows users access to dozens of great features which are not supported by default on these devices.  These features will make it much easier to store your pictures in a way that is far easier and more intuitive. 

You can also edit your photos quickly and easily from within the app.  This includes functions such as cropping the images, centering the image how you’d like, re-size the picture, rotate it and much more.  While the app does not allow full editing like photo shop or something similar, it can handle the majority of what most people want to do to their pictures.



Apple is the most profitable company in the world

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Here's an astonishing figure: in the most recent quarter Apple's profit of $11.6 billion was more than Google's total revenue of $10.7 billion. It's not official yet, until all the numbers are in after the close of 2012, but analysts are generally expecting Apple to rake in $45-50 billion in 2012, which would make it the most profitable company in the world, surpassing Exxon-Mobile, which brought in $30 billion in profit in 2011. What's even more astonishing is that Apple's profit on the iPhone alone in 2012 is expected to be in the range of $35 billion, which itself could surpass Exxon's profits. 



When it comes to iPhone cases, More is better.

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I like to change my iPhone case frequently, depending on the situation. This weekend, I participated in a Startup Weekend (my app won Best Mobile App, by the way!) so I needed a case with a battery pack, during the 54 hour marathon session.



Tether your laptop to your iPhone with no additional carrier charges

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Ever been stuck lacking internet on your laptop but still had your iPhone or iPad? It can be a huge drag; I just moved and made the critical mistake of assuming that there was internet already installed and I'd just need to call them up and have them flip it on. It shouldn't have been too much of a gamble as our town has near 100% coverage of FTTH (Fiber To The Home.) Nevertheless, I picked a house with no internet, and it will be a week or so until it can be installed.



Save a tree, use Paper by 53

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After a hiatus from writing, I couldn't really contain myself anymore, and wanted to share a great little app Paper by 53 (free) available from the app store.  It's hard to describe how elegant and useful this app is without giving some example of how you could use it, in my case as a journal sketching out concepts for piece of jewlery.  This app is sweet!



Watching videos taken to the max: Roundup of MKV to MP4/M4V video converters

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UPDATE (08/20/2012): as far as the latest OS X version (10.8 Mountain Lion; ML for short) is concerned, I have some bad news.



Early iPhone prototype had a hardware keyboard

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iMore has posted a summary of an interview with Tony Fadell, who was involved in the design of the iPod and the iPhone, in which he says that an early prototype of the iPhone included a hardware keyboard. In fact, he favored this approach. But when Steve Jobs saw a prototype of scrolling on a multitouch screen, he knew that was the direction that Apple wanted to go in. And the rest is history. Interestingly, Fadell eventually joined Palm and realized his vision of a phone that combines touch and a hardware keyboard in the Palm Pre.



The All-in-one Photo Viewer Roundup (+70% price drop on the best image viewer!)

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In the last few days, I've participated in several discussion threads in the Phone Cameras / Tablets & Apps forum of DPReview. (See for example THIS, THIS and THIS). In order not to have to repeat the same facts again and again in future discussions, I've decided to dedicate a complete article to the question of using the iPad as a photo frame.



Trip to Worlds App Review

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Trip to Worlds is a social app that allows travelers to share their various locations throughout the world.  It keeps track and documents where you've been, places that have been visited recently, and even tells you about highlights from each area.  Since social media has become extremely popular; the idea of Trip to Worlds is for friends to connect from all over the world. 



Apps beat web browser, will conquer TV next

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It's a curious thing why apps have become so popular. iPhone and iPad users tend to prefer using them to using a web browser. And they're becoming so popular that there's speculation that they may eventually take over the TV interface. Remember that Apple at first had no intention of letting programmers create apps for the iPhone. Rather, developers were forced to create "web apps" — iPhone-sized websites that had the same sorts of discrete functions as do today's apps. And the conventional wisdom back in 2007 was that this was the way to go.



New iPad (3): What's the real difference between 720p and 1080p, the two major high-resolution video formats?

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In the MacRumors forums (thread HERE), an interesting discussion has emerged on the visible differences between the two most widely used consumer  high-resolution video formats, 720p (meaning 1280*780 pixels) and 1080p (1920*1080 pixels) are visible at all on the iPad 3's screen.



Unorganized?

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To be the most successful person that one can possibly be, getting organized seems to be the first step.  With iExplorer, taking that step just gets easier by the minute.

 

iExplorer (HD) is an application that allows a user to basically view and manage files on their servers.  This is not just on the iphone, but in the office, at home and virtually anywhere possible!  The app does not just simply manage files though, because the user can play music, read books and do a whole lot more.



Looking for the best video player with even 24bit / lossless / 5.1 WMA / FLAC support? Here's the answer!

As my forthcoming iOS Multimedia bible will also cover playing back audio files not natively supported by iOS, I've made some serious tests to find out:

- whether special, high-quality (24 vs. 16 bits, lossless vs. lossy, 5.1 vs. stereo) WMA and FLAC audio files (these two audio formats are immensely popular among audiophiles) are played back by the universal (meaning also video-capable) multimedia apps I compare

- what the CPU usage (measurement methology HERE) is during playback in both foreground and background mode (if the latter is applicable – many basically video-centric multimedia apps aren't capable of this)



Apple negotiating with EPIX for streaming movies: more evidence for Apple television

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According to a report out today from Reuters, sources say that Apple ihas been in talks with EPIX, which was created three years ago by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, MGM, and Viacom's Paramount Pictures — three companies with large libraries of movies. Apple is known to have been working hard to try to secure deals with the studios. And a number of the rumors related to a possible forthcoming Apple TV set have said that Apple doesn't want to offer a TV unless it can also offer package of content.



Limited Time Offer - Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD available at HALF PRICE!

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One of my all-time fav games ever, Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD, is on sale for a limited time at 50% off ($4.99). This game is a smorgasbord of awesome 3D space action and adventure for iPad and iPhone! You can spend hours just trading and exploring/hopping from world to world, building your own home grown weapons, and upgrading your ship. Sometimes, for kicks I turn guns on a friendly, become a space pirate and see how long I can survive! Of course, you can also immerse yourself fully in the storyline and play along with the main game objectives. Whichever way you go, it's just good old-fashioned fun and it's now half priced! More info follows the break...



Mac App Store Hits 10,000 Apps!

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For the most part, we’re all well aware that the App Store is a pretty big deal. With over 500,000 apps and counting, it’s grown to be of great value to iOS devices. But you may not realize that the Mac App Store is making some substantial growth as well…



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway 4/27

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Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works: Every Friday we will announce the prizes being given away through iPhoneLife.com, Facebook, and Twitter. To enter the giveaway, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. On Monday morning we will randomly select the winners. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, we will mail it to you.



True Confessions of a Draw Something Addict

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I’m really proud of myself, iPhone Life-ers.

I’m just getting over an addiction to…

Draw Something.

What is it about that game that’s so incredibly fun?



Multimedia player RushPlayer updated: quick change review - UPDATE: RushPlayer+ review & comparison

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While, in the last week, several multimedia players have been updated (including my favourite, GoodPlayer, which, among other things, has clearly improved its DVD playback support in the current, 5.0 version), one of them I've already (quickly) reviewed (see THIS and also the comparison videos HERE), RushPlayer has received the most updates and new functionality. This is why I'm dedicating a separate (quick) article to it (but, currently, no other players).



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