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Complete tutorial with video: extend the functionality of your iPhone Web browser!

I’ve elaborated on the highly useful scriptlets in several of my articles. These are special bookmarks invoked when you want to do some specific action on a Web page already loaded; for example, scrolling to the bottom or finding a specific word. They vastly enhance the functionality of all scriptlet-capable Web browsers; as of the time of writing, any Safari version, iCab Mobile 2.0, Journey Web Browser 1.3, iNetDual 1.2.0, Perfect Browser 2.7 and Full Screen Web Browser 1.1.1 – and all this without (!) jailbreaking your phone.

The dedicated articles I’ve written so far are as follows. You may want to take a look at them so that you know what this is all about.



2,001 Gift Ideas — in case you don't know what to get

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You probably have people who are hard to buy for and could use a bit of inspiration for ideas. Try 2,100 Gift Ideas ($1.99). It offers gift ideas from hundreds of online stores. The gifts range from electronics and jewelry to things you might not even have known existed. You can choose gifts from various categories, such as Mom, Dad, Kids, Him, Her. Plus, you can sort by price so that you only see suggestions in a particular price range. You give your iPhone a shake, and it then starts serving up gift ideas.

[Edited this 12/9/09 to reflect the app's new name.]



I’ve further enhanced the "make your Web browser text larger" scriptlet – now, it’s 100% compatible with every page!

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You may well remember my article on making (unreadably) small characters larger. The scriptlet presented there works with most pages.

With some, however, it results in rows without any gaps in between. An example is dealextreme.com’s product descriptions; for example, THIS.



WorkSnug, an Augmented Reality Application for the Mobile Workforce

WorkSnug is an Augmented Reality application for the iPhone 3GS which connects mobile workers to the nearest and best places to work. 

The company has sent people into the field to personally review hundreds of places to work. Observations include information about power provision, atmosphere, noise levels and even the quality of the coffee.

Launching first in London, with San Francisco, New York, Berlin, Madrid and two other cities expected in the early weeks of 2010. 



Apple's Schiller Defends iPhone App Approval Process

BusinessWeek.com has published an interview with Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice-president for worldwide product marketing in which he discusses the iPhone app approval process. 

Apple is under fire from some developers for the way it vets applications that can be sold on its online App Store. Facebook developerJoe Hewitt goes so far as to say he's "philosophically opposed" to the very notion of a company deciding which applications can and can't be used on its hardware. The presence of "gatekeepers" in software development "sets a horrible precedent," he says.

Read the rest of the interview.



TUTORIAL: Download any files from inside Safari & other tips

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In this article, I explain the recently-released "Safari Download Manager", which (particularly with the external iFiles application) adds a convenient way of adding a download manager to Safari – on jailbroken phones. I also provide a very thorough comparison to iCab Mobile and VanillaSurf, the two (highly recommended) third-party Web browsers that also have a download manager – without having to jailbreak your phone. Finally, I also explain how you can save and, later (even without direct Internet connection!) read Web pages in the latter two Web browsers. (You, unfortunately, can’t do the same in the new plug-in.)


Waze — free GPS "social navigation" app

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I badly want Waze to be a success because the idea is just so perfect: a free navigation app that integrates user-generated traffic information. So, you're stuck in traffic someplace, you whip our your iPhone, and let the world know that they ought to take a different route if they're traveling the same road that you are. It's a wonderful example of crowdsourcing. The trick is to get lots of people to use it. And increasingly people are. But if you live someplace where there's not much coverage, the app has less value than other places where it's really caught on.



A brand new Web Browsing Bible will soon be published!

Just with the recent, full update of my Multiplayer Gaming Bible (see THIS), I’ve been working on a brand new, up-to-date, way more comprehensible version of the entire, old and now, completely outdated iPhone and iPod Touch Web Browsing Bible.


Gaming and major sale news (11/27/2009) - UPDATED!

1. I’ve added a video of Line Racer by inXile Entertainment, a line racer game, which received Wi-Fi / BT local multiplayer support some days ago. TouchArcade discussion HERE; I especially recommend THIS mini-review .

2. As far as multiplayer game sales are concerned, Warfare Incorporated (the excellent RTS) is at a $1 sale – go get it!



App Store adds list of top-grossing apps — these are the best

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Apple has recently added a new listing in the App Store called Top Grossing apps. It appears in the right margin under the listings of Paid Apps and Free Apps. Simply put, the top grossing apps are the ones that are making the most money — an indication of how much they're valued. If somebody's willing to plunk down $9.99 for Call of Duty, the current top-grossing app, it must be pretty good. If you look at the ratings for the top apps in this category, they're typically very high.



RedLaser — don't go Christmas shopping without this

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RedLaser ($1.99) is currently one of the top-selling apps, and for good reason: It's a great aid to shopping. The concept is very simple — the app uses your iPhone's camera to scan a barcode, and then the app does an online product search to find the lowest price among hundreds of thousands of retailers. Maybe you're in a mall and you scan an item and find that a different store in the same mall has it for a lower price. Features include the ability to limit your search to lower prices in nearby stores, e-mail a results list, e-mail a barcode, and a favorites feature for keeping a wish list of products.



Best iPhone News and App Reviews

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Want to know what's new on the iPhone? Want to research an app? Now you can get all the news you want related to the iPhone right on your iPhone - anywhere, anytime! 

From the iPhone Life app, you can access current news related to the iPhone, read iPhone app reviews, and learn a variety of tips and tricks for making the iPhone work for you.



Pack Mall Maps for your next shopping trip!

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 Mall Maps is a definite keeper on my iPhone!

This app contains more than 1,000 malls, shopping centers and plazas in all 50 states. You can locate malls by browsing your current location (GPS) or by browsing a list of states. Alternatively, you can input the zip code of the area you are planning to visit.   

The app displays the malls in your selected location, as well as a store list and floor plan for each selected mall.

You can even get directions to the mall by selecting "Get directions," which provides directions to the mall on Google Maps. 



Gaming and major sale news (11/25/2009)

1. Gameloft, in addition to Blades of Fury, has made some other multiplayer-enabled games $1 for the holiday season; all of them well worth this price:

Real Tennis 2009 (iTunes link)
Shrek Kart (iTunes link)

Note that there are some other single player titles too; please see THIS for more info. The following single-player titles are on sale:


Castle of Magic ($1.99 -> 99¢)
Terminator Salvation ($4.99 -> 99¢)


Hey Santa — free app for Christmas gift ideas

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If you're hitting the stores on Black Friday but are in need of gift ideas, you might try the free Hey Santa app, which has over 2,000 gift suggestions based on your budget and the recipient's taste and age. There are 15 different combined settings for gift suggestions. Also check out Christmas Gifts List ($0.99), which no only helps you manage your list but also has a built-in budgeting feature.



Major price drop for the holiday season: Blades of Fury for $1 only!

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One of the best Street Fighter clones is Blades of Fury (iTunes link) - no wonder I've featured it in my recently-published "Everything you’ll ever need to know about multiplayer games" (and also the paper version of it, which, hopefully, gets published in the newsstand version of iPhone Life). Now, it’s offered for $1 only during the Thanksgiving season. For this price, it’s a steal!

 



BLACK FRIDAY App Deals!

Tis the season for great deals, and I just learned that EA is putting a ton of apps on sale!

Here's the list.  A quick way to see all of EA's apps is to click here - http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/electronic-arts/id284800461

Also, if you'll forgive the self-promotion, some of my own apps are on sale!  AutoRingtone PRO (normally $1.99) is half-price, at $0.99 and AutoRingtone MUSICAL Edition is FREE!  Check 'em out at http://www.AutoRingtone.com!

 



New worm infects jailbroken iPhones and steals information

Earlier this month there were news reports about a worm that was capable of infecting jailbroken iPhones, but the affect it had on an iPhone was relatively benign. However, a report yesterday on CNet said that a new worm is out and about in a number or countries and that it's capable of stealing data from your iPhone and putting your phone under the control of a bot. As you may know, a jailbroken iPhone is one that has been reconfigured so that it can work with services other than AT&T. So if you haven't messed with your iPhone in this regard, you don't have anything to worry about.



Move your docs with ReaddleDocs

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When I travel, I need a way to move documents back and forth from my computer to my clients. Finally, I've found an application that meets that need — ReaddleDocs.

With ReaddleDocs, I can: 

• Transfer files with or without WiFi (I can use my 3G network)

• Read TXT, PDF, Word, Excel, HTML, and Powerpoint documents

• Password protect my documents



Black Friday & Holiday Shopping Survival Tips with the iPhone

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Black Friday is coming. 


Use these iPhone tips to have the edge on all the other shoppers. 



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