iPhone Life magazine

Videos

Videos: Introduction

If your inner Spielberg is bursting to get out, your iOS device can help you every step of the process. You not only can watch movies and TV shows, you can record videos on your iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 2 and 4th generation iPod touch. In addition, you can edit video with the help of Apple’s iMovie ($4.99, app2.me/2551) and a number of third-party apps. Here are some of ways to take advantage of your device’s camera and video playback features. (Note that the iPad 2 was announced when this issue went to press. The new device has cameras and the Camera app built into it, and a version of iMovie will be available for it.


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Video parody: Charlie and the Apple Factory

Collegehumor.com has made another Apple parody video. In their re-imagination of ''Charlie and the Apple Factory”, Steve Jobs has awarded iTickets to several lucky winners who won the opportunity to find out what makes Apple products so special. Bill Gates has a cameo in the video but I think the Collegehumor producers haven't met him recently since the likeness wasn't there....(Warning: may be mildly offensive to Apple fans who lack a sense of humor!)

 



Nano strap and go

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I don’t usually do product reviews, and when I do they are generally for photography using the iPhone.  Today I wanted to step way off line, and do a quick review of what I think is a pretty neat product, and it’s not even for iPhone or iPad, and only just barely for  iPod.



Goodies from the Mac Section of Brothersoft

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Brothersoft, one of the leading software download websites in the world, has a Mac section (still in Beta) that offers more than a few goodies for new and old iOS users. As a new iOS user myself, I found their "Software for New Macfans" a nice place to start. Here are a few of the more interesting and impressive free apps and software I found:

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Skyfire browser brings Flash Video to Iphone and Ipad

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Update 4/11: Due to demand overwhelming their servers, Skyfire has temporarily stopped all new downloads.

From the Skyfire Blog:

"The user experience was performing well for the first few hours, but as the surge continued, the peak load on our servers and bandwidth caused the video experience to degrade.

Thus we are effectively ‘sold out’ and will temporarily not accept new purchases from the App Store.



YouTube Abandoning the iPhone Ship?

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In an article in the upcoming issue of iPhone Life magazine, the author discusses the decision developers have to make as to whether their app should be native to the iPhone or Web-based.  It seems there are definite advantages to having a Web app since it becomes global rather than specific to a platform. Well, it seems YouTube has made the decision to go global.



Finally a real Flashlight app!

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Before there was an app store, one of the first apps created for jailbroken iPhones was a Flashlight app by the excellent Erica Sadun.  It basically used the screen display as a light emitting device.  We have finally come full circle with the iPhone 4 which has an actual LED for use as a flash.  An enterprising developer, Michael D'Ulisse of More Blu Sky saw this as an opportunity to create a real flashlight app that projected light.



Projecting a good image - AAXA Micro Projector Plus review

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Keynote on the iPad might encourage you to take your show on the road and present without a traditional computer.  In preparation for a talk I’m giving at the local Apple Users Group, I have been experimenting with Keynote and the M1 Micro Projector Plus from AAXA ($299 to $339 at www.aaxatech.com).

 



Feeling left out? Games & Gear for iPhone & iPod touch owners! Who needs an iPad?!

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Feeling left out because of all the iPad news?  Here are some gadgets that can help iPhone and iPod touch users feel like an iPad owner at a fraction of the cost.

First, one of the nice features of the iPad is the bezel.  Yes, many folks complained about it, post announcement but before they actually got their hands on one.  The complaint was how wasteful the untouchable, black border was.  But once you use it, you can see how it's important to be able to grip the device without being detected as a "touch" on the multitouch device.  So for some games, this bezel makes a big, positive difference.



Free SPB TV released for iPhone!

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Reviewed this app awhile back on the Windows Mobile side of our site, and now SPB has versions for Android, Symbian, and iPhone! What surprised me is they are offering it for free for iPhone (it's $14.95 for WinMo). It worked pretty well then, but have not tried any other versions or checked the channel availability lately (which was somewhat limited). You can get it on the App store here, or read on for press release details.



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