ChiffaN’s Comment of the Month (February 2010) – Spring is here and I’m dishing out a $10 iTunes Gift Card again!

Well, spring is here and it’s finally getting warmer. The birds are singing, the sun is shining and it’s time to wrap up the comments for the month for February. This month has been kind of slow on the comments part, maybe due to the enormous amount of activity happening on our recently opened forums.

You can find the winner of this month’s contest along with the recap of rules after the gap. And people, I encourage you to comment more and more! The amount of digging I had to do to find a suitable comment this month appalled me! Anyway, here we go!

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iTête à iTête – Interview with ZodTTD – I found my love for porting software and learning about console emulation

For quite some time now I have been running the iTête à iTête column, doing interviews with a variety of prominent iPhone figures but one area has yet stayed untapped. I’m talking about the Jailbreaking community which, according to some reports, constitutes up to 10% of the overall iDevice users. To repent for such a huge sin I have gone hunting and bagged me an interview with ZodTTD – one of the most famous developer of Cydia and Rock apps for the Jailbroken iPhones – best known for his line of emulators, including two emulators for the iPhone: N64 and PSone.

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iPad’s video output – why VGA?

The iPad is quite a spitter. Its 30-pin port not only spits analogue audio (and digital outputs), it sports a very classy, very ancient VGA output. The adapter necessary to hook the unit to VGA won’t work on current iDevice hardware which isn’t configured to support it. Rather, the VGA output is primarily for hooking the device up to video projectors. Imagine leaving the lappy home for business meetings. Imagine hooking this badboy up to a home projector for gaming – not a bad bit of kit for road-business warriors.

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ChiffaN’s Comment of the Month (January 2010) – Yes, it’s that time of the month again when I’m giving away a $10 iTunes Gift Card!

Hey there, TMA fans! It’s the end of January and you know what this means? This means it’s time to announce the winner of ChiffaN’s Comment of the Month contest! Boy, how time flies! It seems only yesterday I sent out the Gift Card for the first contest.

This has been quite a thrilling month for all of us. With such major titles arriving on the store like GTA Chinatown Wars and Broken Sword Director’s Cut the Apple iPad went almost unnoticed. Yeah, right! I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to save up already!

But enough chit-chat! It’s time to announce the winner of my one-and-only Comment of the Month contest for January 2010 and reward him with a $10 iTunes Gift Card.

The winner of the contest and a recap of the rules after the gap. And remember – TMA is the only place where you are rewarded for being honest and forthright.

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To-Do List Pro in Review – A To Do Thats Not Doo Doo!

With the New Year well underway, lots of people are working hard to stick to those resolutions that we make every year that aim to better ourselves and/or our personal situations. For me personally it is all about organisation and with my hands all over Concrete Software’s organizational app To-Do List Pro, my New Year’s resolution might just stick.

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Apple iPad – Coming for the lost

The development community have wrapped 140 000 apps under their collective belt; Apple have seen 3 billion apps downloaded from the App store; and the hitherto iconic iPod is fading into Apple’s focal background even as it surpasses an impressive number of its own: 250 million units sold. Steve Jobs and Apple haven’t made any promises – the iPad isn’t even at market yet. But it has pulled at myriad heartstrings: it has grabbed the spotlight. But why is it important and is it worthwhile to buy, and if so, who will benefit from it?

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iAccounts password manager in Review – Portable Personal Passwords

Remembering your passwords is probably one of the biggest pains in the you-know-what when it comes to surfing the net. With more and more sites require you to register to gain access you almost need a little helper standing at the ready. I’ve tried many password reminders in the past for pc/mac/idevice and have often found them wanting. Luckily, VenticentoStudio’s handy iAccounts password manager has come to my rescue. It is a password manager that can handle just about anything you throw at it – just don’t literally throw things at your device, okay?

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Spartacus: Blood and Sand In Review – No pain, no gain!

Games based on TV shows or Movies have earned quite an ill reputation on PC and consoles. A lot of cash gets put into the overall franchise marketing and the games themselves often turn out to be C class products. On the iPhone, however, quite a number of Movie and TV-show based titles have already been released and some have even received well-deserved praise. And I’m happy to report that Spartacus: Blood and Sand is one of the better ones.

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Unleashing the full power of your A2DP enabled Bluetooth headsets

One of the strange and unexplainable limitations Apple put in place when adding A2DP support to the iPhone OS 3.0 was limiting the mono headsets to the simpler protocol. That is even though you have a state of the art headset that (theoretically) is perfectly capable of playing music, podcasts, etc. on your “Jesus” phone, you can’t. You’re limited to the basic handsfree functionality. And only because you have a mono headset (single earpiece).

Well, no more! Jailbreakers – rejoice! Just yesterday a new toggle for SBSettings appeared on Cydia that allows one to turn on full A2DP functionality for the mono headsets (provided they support it of course). The developer we have to thank for is Weydson Lima and the toggle is called (unsurprisingly) Bluetooth Mono SBSettings Toggle.

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