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REVIEW: just-released multimedia player viPlay (and some other ones)

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A new multimedia player, viPlay (AppStore link) has just been released in the AppStore. As there are no reviews of the app at all (not even mentioning dependable ones), I've found it necessary to quickly publish mine. (The detailed feature & evaluation chart of my forthcoming iOS Multimedia bible, as you may have guessed, has been updated with more thorough info on both this and the other new, below reviewed apps).



Kisaragi-no-Hogyoku iPhone App Review

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The Kisaragi no Hogyoku app is more of a book than a traditional app.  The app opens up to the main menu where you can choose to start the story or learn how to interact with it.  The interaction is quite simple with regular taps and swipes to advance the story, touching the screen with two fingers to bring up the menu or three fingers to fast forward through the story.  All of these gestures are simple to use and work flawlessly for controlling the pace of the story.



Review: video converter iVI (Pro) for iPads / iPhones

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UPDATE (08/20/2012):  THIS post directly compares the remuxing speed of iVI and the, more or less (if you can live with the  nagging screen upon loading a file and the disabled batch processing) free MP4tools. Very similar results to mine (read: iVI should NOT be used for MKV remuxing).

UPDATE (08/03/2012): HERE, I've elaborated on how iVI joins MP4 (MOV / M4V) videos without (!!) transcoding them; that is, very quickly.



Happy Ring Ring® Launches ChickyFox™HD - A Sing Along Music Video App for Children

Happy Ring Ring® Launches ChickyFox™HD - A Sing Along Music Video App for Children

Happy Ring Ring®, the folklore media entertainment company based in Malaysia, today is thrilled to announce an entertainment category app for the iPad to the App Store called ChickyFox™ HD. ChickyFox™ HD is a whimsical children’s music video app that children can sing along with.


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.



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.



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.



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)



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?



What If You Don't Have Siri? A Look At Personal Voice Assistant Alternatives To Siri.

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   Not to negate the progress that has been made recently in the area of artificial intelligence vocal assistant apps, but relatively speaking, this technology, at a consumer level, is still in its infancy. Even Siri is technically still a BETA release. So we can expect to see some glitches and hang ups in all of the current alternatives for vocal assistant software. That said, some are definitely better than others.



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