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iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaways! 11/18

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



The best iCade / iControlPad games Part I

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I've always liked ­playing on my mobile devices, even back in the Pocket PC / Windows Mobile / Palm OS days. They revitalize me quite a lot, particularly after a hard, exhausting day.

Playing without physical controls (buttons), only using the touchscreen, is pretty hard. This includes a lot of game types, particularly ones where quick direction changes are needed and / or you can't make the smallest mistake and must be absolutely sure even the smallest movements on the directional pads (D-pad for short) is registered. In games like these, physical D-pad / button feedback is of extreme importance.


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.



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

The iPhone has become a benchmark for all other smartphones to compete with.  Reviews on the cases, accessories, apps, wallpapers and more are located below.  Here are a couple of Articles that showcase what we have to offer.  For eaxample, iPhone 4S by Alex Cequea (iPhone Life Magazine Editor in Chief).

In that article, Alex says that the iPhone 4S has the exact same physical form factor as the iPhone 4. However, the insides are a whole different story, and Apple tried to make that very clear. The most notable improvements are the 8MP camera with 1080p video recording, the A5 dual-core processor (same as the iPad 2), and an improved battery life (8 hours of 3G talk time, 200 hours of standby). As far as the capabilities, the new Siri Assistant feature was the highlight of the show. The Siri Assistant recognizes natural language and can answer questions such as, "What's the temperature out today?" Combined with the phone's GPS, you can say something like, "Remind me to call my wife when I get to work." The Assistant will not only know who your "wife" is, it'll also know where "work" is and pop up a reminder to "call Marcy" when you get there."

Here's another great article, The Best iPhone 4 Cases. This article goes on to explain that like its iPhone predecessors, cases have become one of the most popular ways to accessorize your cell phone. Most cell phone consumers buy a case bundled with their new phone to protect it from day one. And who can blame them? Mobile devices have become hugely valuable and expensive items; you want to protect them the best way you can. There are literally hundreds of cases on the market. Let's examine the different options available on the market to help you choose the one that's right for you.


What to know how to create your own app?  "The first step in creating an app is to understand what you want to create and how you will measure its success. Make sure the idea is well vetted and there is a solid business case behind it. There are roughly 600 new apps submitted to Apple each day—what is going to differentiate your app from the thousands that are already available and being launched each week? Here are some questions you’ll want to ask when getting your app idea..."

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