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Best all-in-one multimedia player GoodPlayer receives deinterlacing support + my fix to a bug

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Back in July, I've devoted a sizeable part of my multimedia article to the question of dynamic video de-interlacing. Back then, the only way of (dynamically) getting rid of the pretty ugly effects of interlacing was jailbreaking your iDevice and installing the not very finger-friendly, pretty awkward XBMC on it.



Smart Words FREE iPhone App Review

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At first I thought Smart Words was just another scrabble clone but after reading through the scoring instructions and playing a couple games I realized it’s actually quite a bit different and has a lot of fun improvements.  The scoring seemed a lot more complex at first because you get a multiplayer bonus for each syllable your word has.  In addition, unlike scrabble, you can use proper nouns and you have nine tiles in your tray so you can often make much longer and more complex words.  To allow this, the game board is also quite a bit bigger.



iOS developers, attention: a nasty bug I've discovered in Xcode 4

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Today, I've decided to completely abandon the “old” 3.x series of Xcode, the development environment for iOS (and Mac OS X).

Up until now, I didn't want to switch as moving to the new Xcode required an almost complete re-learn of the system – even the basic keyboard shortcuts have been changed, to my “delight”.


New version of Opera Mini Web browser out!

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Since 2005 (the initial debut of the first version), I've dedicated several articles to the alternative Web browser Opera Mini. Back in the Windows Mobile / Symbian S40...S60 / BlackBerry days, Opera Mini offered a viable and, in many respects, much better alternative to the built-in browsers of these operating systems – for example, on my Blackberry 8800, it was the only browser I ever used. On my more capable Windows Mobile and Nokia devices / phones, I also tended to prefer it to other, in general, clumsy and slow browsers.



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WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 11/14

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekend Giveaway this week. We have selected the winners of this weekend's Giveaway. We gave away 10 apps!

And the winners are...(drumroll please): Rae  Henderson, Jim Enderle, Daniel Oreadi, Scott Squires, Kathy Lanni, Ted Dudek, David Iwaniec, Alan Levine, Michael Hardtz, and Jesse Cruz!



Two hidden features in iOS 5

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According to an article on the Macworld website, iOS 5 has a couple features that are available but not enabled: 1) a panoramic photo feature and 2) an alternate way of invoking spelling suggestions. Interestingly, you can enable these features without jailbreaking your device. But you do have to tweak it a bit — so this is probably only of interest to the techies among you. Also, the features are pretty fritzy, which is possibly why they weren't enabled.



UniQXcess iPad App Review

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UniQXcess is an app that in its basic format is a file viewer; however, it boasts that you can access your files from your PC remotely. Which seems pretty cool; however, there is no Mac support, which to me seems a bit ironic, really. Anyway, I wasn’t able to test the remote access of the file viewer because I have a Mac. But I was still able to access the file viewer and view local files and files from my Dropbox account.



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaways! 11/11

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Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works:



iOS 5 update available over the air: fixes battery issue, maybe

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The good news is that an update is available that is said to fix the battery issue on the iPhone 4S. In addition, this is the first update available "over the air." No need to connect your iOS device to your computer. You can download it via Wi-Fi, though apparently not 3G or Edge. The not so good news is that according to PCWorld, some iPhone 4S users are still complaining about rapid battery drain.



Wall of Sound - cool free way to browse your collection!

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Can't count how many music player alternatives I have tried over the years (have to take off my shoes for sure). Suffice to say, I can't really say any jumped out and made me go, "THAT'S IT!"--like Charlie Brown's epiphany when Lucy tells him he has the fear of everything. Wall of Sound didn't really make me do that, except maybe a little bit. Then it had a couple of glitches, so I calmed down. Still, it is pretty well done for a freebie, and provides a unique way to find and play tunes...



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