I know many of you were left with a VLC shaped hole in your iOS souls when the original developers of the open source media player filed a complaint to Apple and had it removed. And all that for a technical inconsistency with the GPL license! Still, life moves on and other developers have moved in to grab at the now empty spot. Some time ago I reviewed AVPlayer (TMA Review) – quite a strong contender for the crown of universal multimedia players on the iPhone. Most recently I had the opportunity to take a nab at DOTORI PLAYER, a similar all-in-one media player app from a Korean developer.
With communication devices getting more powerful by the day, it’s not uncommon now to see a system administrator huddled over his smartphone somewhere in the subway, fixing an urgent issue on one of the company’s servers remotely. Keeping the herd of PC’s in check is often a challenge in this day and age, and sometimes the IT guys have to work day and night to ensure everything is running smoothly for us end users. That said, I bet our IT guys would love something like PC Monitor to ease their mind…
Skyfire, the immensely popular iPhone app (see our review) that allows users to watch Flash videos on their iDevice, is now finally out for the iPad. Like the iPhone version, Skyfire for iPad includes nifty extras that are not found on Mobile Safari. An all new feature for the tablet even allows users to check their Google Reader RSS feeds without having to leave the browser. Here are some of the app’s other features:
- Play millions of Flash videos – everyday, with no limits!
- All-new ‘Skybar’ toolbar gives one-click access to video and related content
- Stay in touch: Unique Facebook and Twitter ‘Quickview’ allows you to see your wall and feeds with one click.
- Fireplace: See only the links shared by Friends. Why? Filter what friends did from what friends shared (which is a great starting point for browsing)
- Popular: See what Friends and the Facebook community have to say about the site you are currently exploring
Of course, like it is on the iPhone, you can only watch flash content with the app (no flash games, or Hulu content). If you’re finding that your favorite websites are still not down with HTML5, Skyfire for iPad is your best bet (and likely only option). Alternatively, you can also check out the free bookmarklet for Safari that will allow flash video playback from Dailymotion, Flickr Video, MegaVideo and Vimeo. Demo video after the break…
Skyfire Labs, Skyfire Web Browser for iPad, 2.2 MB – $4.99
With over 250,000+ strong on the App Store, it’s always fun trying to find neat and potentially useful apps from the pile of never ending new releases. Two recent ones I’ve discovered that fit the bill are: AppSwitch (TMA Review) and GestureMatic: Sketch and go! by handform. With GestureMatic, you can easily create custom shapes on the screen, which can then be used to assign an action to perform various functions. With one (or more) strokes, the app can open websites, send emails (with optional fields all pre-filled) and SMSes, make calls, look up predefined addresses on Google Maps and much more.
One of the more confusing aspects for both the geeks and casual users of iOS 4.0 is definitely the multitasking part. A friend of mine, after having recently bought an iPhone 4 complained to me about a bug which caused the whole screen to shift. Only when it happened again and I was around to witness it did I reveal to her the secret — that it was in fact the multitasking tray. And I’m not even going to start about the bizarre idea of mixing in there all recently opened apps regardless of whether they support multitasking or not. But thankfully for this last part, a clever team of devs - XCool Apps – have come up with a completely legitimate solution – AppSwitch.
Developer Root Metrics believes your cell phone provider may not be entirely honest with the coverage areas they claim to provide their customers. With the help of their recently released app, Cell Phone Coverage Map, they’re hoping to put the tool in the palm of your hands to give you and your fellow uninformed cellphone carrying friends the ability to see which provider gives the best coverage in the areas your phone is most used.
If you’re lucky like me (and the many other App Store lurkers) you were able to get your hands on Skyfire during its initial launch day. Claiming to be able to play just about any flash video, it was anticipated by just about everyone with an iDevice. Unfortunately, due to a massive surge of users, SkyFire’s servers crashed and the app was pulled from the App Store within 5 hours of release. The good news is that the app is now back (currently US only), and will continue to be re-released in batches in other countries. Let’s take a look and see if flash video is ready for prime time on the iPhone.
Monitoring your data usage is one of those mundane things that most people just overlook. It’s boring, tedious and if you’re like me you have enough things to worry about in a day without adding yet another. Thankfully, sigterm has come out with Data Usage for your iPhone, a quick and easy monitoring tool to help track all your data usage with minimal effort.
I’ve been doing a lot of buying and selling online lately and one of things that’s alway been a pain is keeping track of the shipments. I’ve even tried some apps before to help with the tracking, but they either didn’t provide enough details or didn’t quite have all the shipping services I needed. Then I found Delivery Status Touch from JuneCloud, a package tracker that’s beautifully designed with support for a host of delivery services.
If this YouTube advert for FolderEnhancer isn’t enough to convince the most stodgy of official iOS supporters to Jailbreak, I don’t know what is. FolderEnhancer allows you to drag multiple icons at once, nested folder structures, multiple pages within folders, and more. Coming son to Cydia!
Thanks: Cult of Mac