Skyfire App Will Soon Be Bringing Flash to Your iPad

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    Skyfire has been showing off its new iPad App via a YouTube demonstration video, according to a report today on PCMag.com. As with the iPhone version of Skyfire, Skyfire for iPad works by launching a browser that converts any Flash videos you want to watch into HTML5, and then plays them back in a separate video. PCMag says that aside from having this all-important ability, the iPad version of Skyfire will also have various social networking features, with a menu bar at the bottom of the screen including links to Facebook, Twitter and Google Reader so that you can interact with them while still in the app. A “Fireplace†option will also be included enabling you to see all the links that your Facebook friends have shared from within the app.

    It all sounds very impressive, especially the viewing Flash videos part, but Skyfire's iPhone app got off to a rocky start when its servers couldn’t handle the amount of users and it was removed from the app store, although it’s back up and running now. Hopefully they’ve fixed all those bandwidth problems in time for the iPad app release. There’s no official launch date for the app as yet, and no idea about pricing either, but PCMag.com points out that the iPhone version costs $2.99, so we can probably expect to pay a little more for the iPad app.

    Source: Skyfire Shows Off iPad App with Flash, Facebook Features | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
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    Looks like a potential mian browser!
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    Thats why they created the edit button for posts, so it doesnt take two to fix a mistake lol
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    Why didn't Skyfire just release the app and done. This is all just a strategy to get people to join add them on Twitter and Facebook.
    How desperate can we get?
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    Yet another function that should be part of the OS's native browser, but instead you have to pay for, as with printing and network access. It's very curious to me how the iPad community justs rolls over on this.
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    You can't edit your post in this sub-forum.
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    Yeah :'(
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    That's right.;)
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    Like we have a choice? Stevie is a Republican. There is no arguing, they are deaf. If you don't like it, sell your iPad and buy a something-else-that DOES support what the iPad should. Then report back to us and say "THE devicename IS WAY BETTER..." so we can all migrate to a non-Steve environment.

    I bought mine as a toaster, not a true PDA/computing/web browsing device. Makes the disappointments easier to live with. But I will NOT convert 57 Flash videos on my music website to HTML5 just to please the God of Anality unless he gives me a free, zero-generation-loss conversion app...

    You may find relief in a few years when they finish integrating the two OSes so the Apple desktop is an extension of the iPhone/iPad and vice versa. But don't hold your breath...
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    For some reason in the "News" section, we can't edit our posts.
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    See? What I was saying.
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    I come from Android (have a HTC Incredible) and just couldn't wait any longer to get a tablet, so I got the iPad. I haven't put the darn thing down pretty much since I bought it. Im surprised how many flash sites have converted over to HTML5, I was expecting to see blank spots all over the place on the web, but I dont. And on top of that Skyfire's flash is kind of a PITA. If you want to watch a flash video, it loads seperatly and from what I found when I had it on my phone (before Android brought over full flash), half the video's didnt even work.
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    its out in US now, hopefully UK soon!
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    All I wanma know is hulu. I want to watch hulu.
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    the video done by engadget seems to show that skyfire is extremely fast at rendering webpages.
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    That's your opinion but in the real world Flash is not supported direct by Apple on iPod touch, iPhone and iPads. It is a decision that is final and has been covered at great length in this forum. The millions of devices sold as listed and the number that complain about lack of flash is so small it's not funny. Alternatives exist as stated in our forums in other words the millions of iPad users do not roll over they do not need it. As time goes by you will have on 9" and what ever tablets that will support flash if that is what you MUST have then thats the choice. I frankly do not like macdonalds i have choices and I go to alternative places that provide what I want or enjoy no different.

    Hope you understand

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    What I just rolled over? Darn I just can't handle this crazed idea of free enterprise anymore :D
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    You skillfully redacted my entry. If you note, I mentioned printing and file sharing, which are much more important to me than Flash, which is on its way out in any case.

    BTW, here's what Jobs has to say about Flash: "Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc. While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system." (Thoughts on Flash)

    Seems just a bit hypocritical to me. I don't want to start a flame war here, but what's open about the App Store?
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    What does it matter if it's a closed environment it's seems at least a few people do not care. The fact that one has to pay for some apps in itunes does not concern me or millions of other users. I am fully aware of the open system that android and others offer and at the same time aware of the issues and problems users have on those platforms with support from developers. In my opinion I do not see why it is such a big deal if one has to pay for a printing app or any app for that matter that offers a third party solution to the iOS The choice is there regardless. It is obvious that a few people in this world enjoy Apple's so call closed digital store. Current facts are as follows as taken from recent articles.

    Asymco says iOS users are currently downloading 17.6 million apps compared to roughly 7.5 million songs per day, on average. Currently worldwide Apple has approx 69% Of the digital Market.

    I personally have absolutely no problem what so ever in using iTunes as a a main store for buying renting movies, subscribing to newspapers and magazines, purchasing songs, buying apps or download free apps plus books etc etc. I have no problem supporting developers of applications whom provide excellent support and upgrades in a timely manor. Having one store to provide all of the above makes accounting easy in tracking purchases, obtaining support if something does not work and more important offers a huge variety of product. Finally file sharing for me and again many users is not an issue Drop box works fine along with many other apps that provide similar features. Any thing I do on the iPad I can share or copy back to my MacBook but in saying that the only time I use my MacBook is just to provide back up and syncing with the apple tv and other iPod, iPhones and nothing else.
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