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iOS and WP7 Programming Tidbits: Ruby, AppleScript, accessing the clipboard from JavaScript, Stanford

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Some of my recent tips you, assuming you're interested in programming mobile devices, may be interested in.

Ruby

HERE, I've answered a question on whether it's possible to run Ruby (a dynamic, reflective, general-purpose object-oriented programming language that combines syntax inspired by Perl with Smalltalk-like features) scripts under iOS. It is.



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.



Spotify for iPhone - Another Look

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Shortly after it was released in the US, I wrote a First Look post about Spotify. You can read my post here. During that initial look at Spotify I was very impressed with the service.

 



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!



HeadFinder iPhone App Review

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The Head Finder app is a task management or schedule management app to help you organize all the different things you have to do.  This app has a very simple user interface and it seems they designed all the most common functions to be done with as little tapping and typing as possible which is a real time saver.  I’ve used several time management apps in the past and it always seemed like I was wasting more time entering my events and tasks into the app than I saved by being more organized.  With Head Finder you can have a new task entered in less than thirty seconds with their quick three tap process to create a reminder.



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.



Apple begins selling unlocked iPhone 4S

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Yesterday Apple began selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 4S. That means that you can use it with any carrier, and you don't need to sign a contract. But it will cost you: prices start at $649 for the 16GB phone. You can also buy an unlocked iPhone 4 for $549 and a 3GS for $375. However, the unlocked phones will only work with GSM carriers, such as AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S.



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