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This is how you can disable browsing any non-company (non-children etc.) website on your iDevice

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At MacRumors, I've been asked to elaborate on whether it's possible not to let users browse non-company Web pages, preferably with a mirrored, offline set of the company's pages for reference to get 3G data usage costs down.

Let's start with the former (to keep the size of the article down, I'll discuss the strictly offline solution in a separate writeup). Note that the solutions I present can be not only used in a corporate environment but, say, at home if you don't want your children to access certain “adult” pages.



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway 5/4

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Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works: Every Friday we will announce the prizes being given away through iPhoneLife.com, Facebook, and Twitter. To enter the giveaway, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. On Monday morning we will randomly select the winners. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, we will mail it to you.



Ten One's Magnus is a magnificent work of design, if you like your iPad naked

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The folks at Ten One have been making iOS accessories since the early days, with their Pogo stylus, but their latest creation is something quite unique. Suppose you want to keep your iPad naked, without a case, and you want to prop it up,with a stand. Most stands are obtrusive and take away from the iPad's sleek look. Not the Magnus. It is a slick chunk of aluminum with a few pads for protection, and some hidden magnets, like Apple's SmartCover. This allows the iPad to magically 'stick' to the stand, although it must do so in exactly one configuration, landscape with the dock connector on the right.


Review: Lock N Load by Chillingo

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I’m sure before you even clicked on the link to read this review you thought to yourself “do I really need another dual stick shooter?”  After spending some time with the game I’m thinking the answer to that question is “quite possibly”.  Now I’m not going to try and tell you there’s a bunch of revolutionary stuff in Lock ‘N’ Load (though there are at least a couple of things that I don’t think I’ve seen before), but it is definitely a fun romp through an interesting land clearly inspired by B-grade horror films.  I’d say that unless you’re really sick of this style of game play, Lock ‘N’ Load is worth some time to check out.



Album Art lets even the most inartistic user create custom wallpapers

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The folks at More Blu Sky are back with another app and while all of their apps have beautiful design, their latest, Album Art, let's you create your own artwork, suitable for use as a wallpaper or lockscreen image.





Win the fin, by Liking Octa Products on Facebook!

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I've written about the very cool Octa TabletTail before, and now they are giving iPhone Life readers a chance to win one of these cool tablet stands/grips. I first saw these folks at MacWorld, but I've finally had some hands-on time with the TabletTail. It's a combination grip/stand that attaches either directly to your tablet or a tablet case as long as the case is not porous.


Best free games

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iMore has posted an article listing their selection of best iPhone/iPod touch games in 8 different categories: strategy, shooter, sports, casual, physics, action, role-playing, and racing. Most of the games also have a version for the iPad. The article highlights three top games in each category.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 4-30

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway. We have selected the winners of this Giveaway. We gave away 14 apps!

And the winners are... (drumroll please):  Robert Blake, Ben Hackett, Zane Edwards, Anne Standish, Jon Wise, Jerry Hawkins, Michael Cuddy, Aurel Semcov, David Caban, Michael Dudek, Al Warner, Steven Carvajal, Muh Nursalim and Charles Justice!

 



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.



PicFlick for iPad App Review

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The PicFlick app is a photo management app which is designed to help people organize and share pictures and other images on their iPad, iPad 2 and iPad 3 devices.  This app allows users access to dozens of great features which are not supported by default on these devices.  These features will make it much easier to store your pictures in a way that is far easier and more intuitive. 

You can also edit your photos quickly and easily from within the app.  This includes functions such as cropping the images, centering the image how you’d like, re-size the picture, rotate it and much more.  While the app does not allow full editing like photo shop or something similar, it can handle the majority of what most people want to do to their pictures.



Everything iPad - Apps, Accessories, Reviews, Wallpapers etc | iPhone Life Magazine

What's bigger than an iPhone, smaller than a MacBook, and the most anticipated Apple product since the original iPhone? On January 27, at a special invitation only event at the San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Steve Jobs announced Apple's new "magical, revolutionary product" -- the iPad. Meant to fill the gap between the laptop and phone, Jobs said it was "way better" than either. Let's take a look at it.

Thin, lightweight, and powerful

The iPad shares many hardware features with the iPhone, including an accelerometer, an orientation sensor to switch from portrait to landscape mode, solid-state memory, and the same 30-pin doc connector. Connectivity is also virtually the same, with wireless 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR included on all models.

iPad runs iPhone apps!

The iPad will run a version of iPhone OS, and the new device can run virtually any app developed for the iPhone or iPod touch. Aps developed for the iPhone can run on the iPad in native resolution but is large enough to touch type on.

The larger screen not only makes familiar iPhone apps like Calendar, Mail, and Safari look stunning, it also provides screen real estate for more complex elements in the UI. For example, Calendar display a split-sreen view that describes the day's appointments on the left and shows you a color map of used time slots on the right. The split-screen view in Contacts displays you contacts list on the left and the full information for the contact you've selected on the right.

An ebook reader and more

Although not build into the iPad, Apple will offer a free app called iBooks, which will allow you to download and read books from it's new virtual bookstore. The new iBooks store will be accessed from and as easy to use as iTunes.

The ultimate media device?

The iPad is not the world's first tablet PC or the first eBook reader. Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer, and others sell Windows-based tablets, and Amazon has had considerable success with it's Kindle. But Apple thinks the iPad will reinvent the category by offering a vastly superior multi-touch interface an easy access to a wide-variety of apps and media via iTunes. Aple hopes to make the iPad the ultimate media device by leveraging it's existing assets which include over 100 million paying iTunes customers, established relationships with music and video content providers, and over 100,000 iPhone OS app developers.