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Skyfire for iOS approved with Flash-to-HTML5 video converting in tow

A new report Tuesday morning from CNNMoney.com states that Skyfire’s mobile Web browser for iOS has been approved by Apple. Skyfire 2.0, which the report states will become available in Apple’s App Store on Thursday, is one of several mobile Safari alternatives available for the iPhone. The main distinguishing factor touted by Skyfire, however, is the app’s ability to play Adobe Flash-based video content on iOS devices. The app achieves this by utilizing software on Skyfire’s remote servers to convert Flash video to an iOS-friendly HTML5-based format. The converted video then streams to the device from Skyfire’s servers. The crafty workaround won’t support interactive Flash content such as games, but many iOS users will welcome the ability to stream a much wider range of videos than had previously been available on iOS. The app will be available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and will cost $2.99 when it becomes available. Hit the break for a video demo of Skyfire 2.0 in action.

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.