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VLC for iPhone now available in the App Store

VLC has been updated as a universal app that now supports iPhone as well as iPad. The update is now available in the iTunes App Store and allows you to:

  • Watch natively unsupported videos on your iPhone or iPad (WMV, AVI etc)
  • Open natively unsupported video attachments from emails/internet
  • Open natively unsupported videos from other apps, like Dropbox

VLC also allows you to sync your favourite videos to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad without having the need to convert them.

[ Free - [iTunes link](http://itunes.apple.com?at=10l3Vy&ct=d_im /us/app/vlc-media-player/id390885556?mt=8), thanks to everyone who sent this in! ]

by George Lim

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iOS 4.1 security flaw allows calls to be made on passcode locked iPhone

It looks as if there's yet another Phone.app security hole, this time in iOS 4.1 that allows someone to get around a passcode locked iPhone, gain access to the owner's contact list, make calls and send emails to anyone in said contact list.  From MacStories:

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Does iPad 4.2 mute switch make more sense for iPad 2 with FaceTime?

The godfather of iOS development, Craig Hockenberry wondered out loud on Twitter about just why Apple would change the iPad's hardware orientation lock to a mute switch in iOS 4.2, and if it could be related to future, FaceTime-equipped iPad 2 hardware:

When (not if) an iPad has FaceTime, will silencing the alerts be more important than orientation? Depends on the person and how they use it…

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Apple's massive data center about to open, could double in size

The new Apple data center located in Maiden, North Carolina, is expected to begin its operations “any day now” according to local officials. Amidst Apple getting ready to begin production inside the massive 500,000 sq. ft. data center, rumors have been milling around the internet stating that Apple plans on doubling the size of its already massive data center.

A local realtor, Bill Wagenseller, posted an aerial video of Apple’s facility had these comments to share:

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Hollywood actors, writers, and producers putting iPad to work

Earlier this morning it was outline how Hollywood stars and producers alike have been quick to adopt the Apple iPad to help with their day-to-day work.

J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk, director and producers for shows like LOST, Fringe and the Cloverfield movie respectively, have specifically been using the iPad as a main assisting component when working with Transformers executive-producer Robert Orci last month while laying down the sequel to the last Star Trek movie.

"When you’re carrying a little TV around, you bring the power of imagery to places that you don’t normally have it,” Mr. Orci said in an interview.

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No iPods, iPhones, or iPads cross the Bill Gates threshold

Melinda Gates has once again re-affirmed that no Apple product, no iPod, iPhone, or iPad, is welcome in her and husband Bill Gates' house. Last time she said she wouldn't mind an iPhone, of cthis time she stuck to sterner stuff:

Do you own an iPod, which is made by Apple?

No, I have a Zune.

What if one of your children says, “Mom, I have to have an iPod?”

I have gotten that argument — “You may have a Zune.”

Do you have an iPad?

Of course not.

Is it true that Bill works on an Apple laptop?

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UK Supermarket Tesco experimenting with iPhone and iPad shopping experience

UK supermarket chain Tesco, have reported that they are experimenting on a new shopping experience, using your iPhone and iPad. They are already trialling a “scan-as-you-shop” system, in a store in Romford, Essex using specially developed handheld scanners. These are used to scan your shopping as you walk around the store, and you can just simply check out at the cashier. Nick Lansley, head of Tesco’s research and development, said that these scanners are likely to roll out nationwide in early 2011. Lansley also added, that his team are looking into implementing similar technology into iPhones and iPads.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 24 Oct 2010

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Steve Jobs: iPad 4.2 mute switch not changing, not user-definable

Ever since the iOS 4.2 beta for iPad came out, some people have been a little upset about the hardware orientation lock being changed into an iPhone-like mute switch. There's been talk (hope) of getting a settings option that would allow for the user to choose between orientation lock and mute, but now that's been dashed by an email response purportedly from Apple's top dog himself, Steve Jobs:

The question:

In IOS 4.2 for iPad is the switch on the side going to be the mute and not screen orientation lock from now on?

Jobs' answer:

Yep. Sent from my iPhone

The follow up:

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Archetype FPS for iPhone gets updated

Archetype, the top-selling and critically acclaimed online first-person shooter game for the iPhone and iPod touch, got a major update today with new features and explosive new in-app content. Users now have full access to Game Center to join matches, earn Achievements, and follow Leaderboards, and they have also added many features that users have been requesting. The update is free and in it you will also have access to the DLC (downloadable content) items for an extra $2.99.

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