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What is the fastest way of putting HUGE files on your iDevice? (New file transfer benchmarks!)

UPDATE (07/23 night): I've re-run the iTunes File Sharing test with the just-released iOS5.0b4 (beta 4 of the forthcoming iOS 5) running on both iPad 1 and 2 (without jailbreaking, enabling iCloud or even installing more than one app on the devices).


Vacation flip flops: Summer apps that FLIP and some that FLOP.

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Thrutu -- new free app lets you share media and data during a call

Just out today, Thrutu (free) seems an amazingly useful app. You can actually share data and media with someone while you're talking to that person on your iPhone. It works with other iPhone users — and also with Android users. You can share your location such that you see each other's position updating live on a map. You can snap and share a photo, or send one from your gallery. And you can send contact information such that contact details appear instantly in the other caller's address book. One feature is perhaps more playful than functional: you can vibrate the other person’s phone.



This is how you will want to watch Flash(-only) videos and use dynamic Flash content

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Flash support has always (according to some people, painfully) been missing from the iOS platform. In the article below, I explain how you can watch any kind of Flash videos (via SkyFire) and how you can use full(!) Flash (and even Silverlight!) applications on your iPad (via AlwaysOnPC). All this without having to jailbreak!

Pure Flash videos



Onavo -- free award-winning app compresses data usage, saves you money

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I just received a press release saying that Onavo (free for a limited time) has just won another award. This app helps you  get the most out of your data plan. It works in the background to compress your data usage so that you are effectively doubling or even tripling the amount of data usage available to you. The app is optimized for travelers, when data usage can be most expensive. Note, though, that although they're intending to add this capability, the app doesn't currently compress streaming video or VoIP usage such as Skype.



Leptonic Systems Releases Airmote II Remote Control

Leptonic Systems Releases Airmote II Remote Control

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Leptonic Systems Releases Airmote II Remote

Control Cold Spring Harbor NY - Leptonic Systems Inc. has announced the release of its AIRMOTE II REMOTE CONTROL app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

Airmote II is an app you use on your iOS device to control another computer. “Airmote II is remote control your way,” says Michael O’Connor, the developer. "It's great for use as a media center controller, presentation remote, or remote help desk utility. You can fully customize all the button layouts and actions.”


Quick Track Release

Quick Track Release

 

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   B-AppDev releases event-tracking app for iPhone/IPod touch

 

Quick Track now available in Apple’s App Store

 

GRAPEVINE, TX – July 13th, 2011 – B-AppDev today announced that their event-tracking app, Quick Track, is now available exclusively for iPhone and iPod Touch.  Quick Track quickly lets you capture events with notes, date and time.  It provides views to see how many times an event have happened on a daily, weekly, monthly, or a detail view of all events.  It also allows easy editing or removal of events. 

 


Quick tip: This is why you should and how you can transfer a whole directory structure to your iDevice

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UPDATE (20:15 CET, the same day): a reader at MacRumors, Night Spring, has mentioned I've forgotten to point out the other and, in this case, Phone Disk-less and even Windows-friendly way of quickly transferring a complete directory structure to GoodReader running on the iDevice: zip all the files up into one big ZIP file and drop it into the File Sharing frame of GoodReader in iTunes. I've even prepared a video showing this:


App Review: Stock Chartist for iPhone

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Every now and then an application comes along that really shows off the potential for iPhone to contribute significantly to users’ lives in a new way.  Stock Chartist looks like it just may be one of those applications.

It’s a stock market tracking app, but Stock Chartist does more than provide a scrolling marquee.  It’s customizable in every conceivable way, giving users the opportunity to keep a close eye on their stocks’ performance anytime, anywhere, any way they’d like to. 

 



speedClock -- $0.99 app lets you use camera to measure the speed of objects

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I like to write about novel uses of the iOS camera, and here's yet another astonishing instance: an app that lets you measure the speed of cars, boats, skaters, skiers, cyclists, running dogs, model cars, tennis serves, baseball pitches, soccer free-kicks — and anything that can be recorded by the video camera. Version 3.0 of speecClock - velocity radar ($0.99) was just released, adding the ability to measure small objects such as a tennis ball or baseball.



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