Smokescreen Does Flash Without Flash
Smokescreen is a new open-source project that is working toward getting Flash onto the iPhone and iPad--but not in the way that you might expect. Rather than do some jailbreak hack or complain about Apple's Flash ban, though, the people behind Smokescreen decided to tackle the problem head-on by bringing Flash to the iDevices without requiring the Flash plugin.
Smokescreen appears to be geared toward advertisers, but there's plenty of other stuff you could conceivably do with it. The source code for Smokescreen isn't available just yet, but there are several demos of Smokescreen to try out (including some Strong Bad E-mails converted using Smokescreen--Homestar Runner on your iPad? Yes, please!).
Are you in Flash-free bliss on your iDevice? Or is the lack of Flash a deal-breaker? Discuss!
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