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The iPad has established itself as one of the coolest gadgets of the year, and is a must have if you love Apple. Its large display, crystal clear screen, and a multitude of features make it one of the most impressive tablets on the market. Check out Mobile Magazine's iPad review here. However, like all iDevices, they do leave something to be desired in the area of durability.
With all of the pandemonium surrounding the iPhone 4, the question surrounding Apple's new masterpiece is: should I upgrade? The decision right now fueled by the excitement of innovation and hype is to do so, but if you take a step back and think, it may not be as clear as you had imagined.
Over the last year or so rumors have been running rampant over the release of a Verizon iPhone. AT&T’s exclusivity contract with Apple is ending, several carriers are looking to get the world’s most popular smartphone in their stores and on their network. While Verizon is still most likely to get the iPhone 4G (4th generation), another popular carrier also looks promising; Sprint. This comes from a series of emails between a Best Buy Employee and The Tech Update. The email states that Best Buy will be carrying a Sprint iPhone beginning in June. The source or store that the employee works at will obviously not reveal themselves, as they probably don't want to end up losing their job and getting their house raided by big bro..er Apple.
In a follow up to the previous leak of the white iPhone 4G, new photos have surfaced showing more detail and features of the white model. The new photo, compliments of Apple.pro (site currently down), has both the white and black iPhone 4G prototypes side by side. The LCD and interface are similar to the infamous Gizmodo leak iPhone. Seeing this version makes me think it will be released simultaneously with the black one. Apple could open the color palate similar to iPods, but that's highly unlikely. Expect the Apple iPhone 4th generation/HD to be released in June of 2011.
As the last six months have progressed, the world of Apple has been almost totally dominated by the iPhone 4G and its rumors (with the exception of the magical iPad of course). The rumors have ranged from screen resolution, to front-facing cameras, and now the newest one concerns the aesthetics of the device.
The missing iPhone 4G that Gizmodo acquired has been the most popular in a slew of found iPhone prototypes that have arisen over the last few weeks. Since the Gizmodo iPhone 4G was found, there has been a controversy arisen as to how it was acquired, and the means Apple took to get it back. Apple was so desperate to get the iPhone prototype back that it filed a warrant to retrieve the phone, and any related material to it. Now, the media has managed to get the Affidavit unsealed, making the details of the warrant available to the public.
With summer just around the corner, many of us tend to refresh our mobile phones. Perhaps your contract is coming up, or you've just had enough of that damn phone shutting down on yousporadically . Whatever the reason may be, we're going to make it a bit easier on you. Many of you already have an iPhone (60% of Mobile Magazine reader's according to an internal survey), that leaves the rest of you with something else. If you’re out looking for a new phone, and the iPhone is a contender, the question remains: which iPhone is right for you?
One of the most popular game shows of all time was Press Your Luck. It featured a far different format than other game shows, and of course the iconic “Whammy,” one of the most entertaining bankrupting devices in game show history. Though only run for four seasons, it endured in reruns on various television channels for decades with even a revival show a few years ago. Now anyone can play Press Your Luck with the release of as Press Your Luck app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. In Press Your Luck, you answer questions to earn spins on the Big Board which can win you sums of money, extra spins, or the dreaded Whammy. Upon hitting a Whammy, an animation of a little red creature will appear on screen that will take your accumulated money in an always hilarious and backfiring way.
One of the coolest things about having an iPhone is all the available utility apps. From battery meters, calendars, currency converters, to translators - they are great features to have on hand and can be very useful in many situations. As time went on, app developers managed to lump several of these utilities into one convenient app. This created extra space on the iPhone, and streamlined the icons on the device. A new utility app called App Beast was released on iTunes that promises over 60 utility apps for the price of one.
With baseball season just beginning, many MLB fans have been trying to find other ways to follow their favorite teams on a game by game basis. With the advent of MLB at Bat last year, iPhone and iPod Touch users gained the ability to listen to every single MLB game live on their device, which made the app a huge success. This year, a new MLB at Bat has been released that is a top app, and also the subject of controversy. MLB at Bat 2010 contains all the features of the original and more. The ability to listen to every game live, choose your feed for each game, game cast, news, videos, and standings are all back. These features run well, with loud clear audio for the games.
Every young fan of Star Wars has at one point dreamed of having their own light saber. Not necessarily for battling storm troopers, but just to wave around to hear that rad humming voooooooov sound. When the Light Saber Unleashed for iPhone was released, we all came one step closer to that dream. It made for a virtual light saber that had the look and sound effects on screen. Star Wars: Lightsaber Duel is an enhanced version of the original Lightsaber app. It allows you to use the Lightsaber of several popular Star Wars Characters.
We Rule is a popular iPhone and iPad game that is tearing up the app store. The full version is available free and has grown with a cult following on facebook and dozens of forums throughout the internet. So what is We Rule all about and how does it generate so much money? We Rule gives you a virtual interactive medieval kingdom to run. You build houses, roads, businesses, and natural works around your stronghold to create a thriving town. You generate revenue to build these works by planting crops, fixed taxation of houses, and businesses.
One of the biggest knocks at the iPhone as a gaming device is the lack of some sort of control buttons. With no gaming buttons, it can be difficult to control a game, as there is no feel to the iPhone’s current controller: the touch screen. This is especially prevalent in the Zenonia games. To correct this problem, Apple has filed a patent to put controls on the iPhone and possibly future iPad versions. The new controlling patent, as shown on Patently Apple, shows a shell case like the Powermat which wraps around a portable touch screen device to create a more traditional portable gaming device.
Zenonia fans have been waiting a long time for the release of the sequel. The original Zenonia game from GameVil was dubbed the alpha and omega of RPGs for the iPhone. It offered an action based throwback to the days of the SNES and a link to the past. This week, Zenonia 2 has been released and is taking the app store by storm. The question is: Can the game live up to the hype? For starters, Zenonia 2 uses the formula of the original game. The same action based gameplay, zany characters and an old school feel. This time however, several improvements have been made to the structure of the game. The greatest weakness in the original game has been addressed. What was once a strictly D-pad controlled game with just a few touch options, has been vastly enhanced with even more touch options and menus putting the iPhones capacitive display to real use. It needs a little getting used to, but I believe the touch changes are for the better.
One of the biggest drawbacks to the iPhone - as any good smartphone these days - is having to shell out some serious coin to get one: and you're not even done there, next you have to sign a contract just to use it. If you want an unlocked version you sometimes have to resort to shady means to finding a modified device, then pay an arm and a leg more without any sort of restitution. Starting today however, iPhones are available at Radio Shack for an insignificantly reduced price. The real reason for this price drop, which probably negates any profit Radio Shack could have made on the iPhone, is to attract attention to their trade in program. Basically they want your used phones, but your iPhone more specifically.
Frogger ruled the arcade, came out to consoles, and eventually the PC. It's even made its way over to the iPhone and iPod Touch, and is actually a pretty solid port of the game. Today Konami, maker of the original game and app, has announced a Frogger tournament edition on the iPhone and iPod Touch. The Tournament is actually more of a sweepstakes more than anything, prizes will be drawn at random according to the official rules.
A new app was released this week by Yahoo for the iPhone will help you find restaurants in your area and beyond. The app is called Yahoo! Sketch-a-Search and is available free from the iTunes App Store. Yahoo! Sketch-a-Search is primarily a restaurant search app that allows you to find places to eat in an area you search. You search by sketching a circle around that area with your finger, Yahoo then looks for restaurants inside that area, points them out, and lists them.
Managing your email's on your iPhone will are going to get easier with the promise of a universal email inbox on the next Apple iPhone. Current iPhones separate emails into separate boxes based on different email addresses, soon they will be neatly converged into one neat box, according to an email received from blogger Julio Manuel. Julio fired off an email to Steve Jobs complimenting their customer service and asking if there would be a universal email inbox on future iPhones, Jobs simply replied “Yep” from his iPad (big surprise in the device he used to respond).
Spartacus: Blood and Sand is a fighting game iPhone app in the vein of their Soul Calibur series. You play as Spartacus in story mode or select from other gladiators and go head to head in a battle to the death. Story mode attempts to follow the plot of the first few episodes, and faithfully shares in the gore. Little clips from the show are also spliced into cut scenes to tell the story but there are no voices, just subtitles.
In a landmark decision, British courts have ruled in favor of popular rock band Pink Floyd, against its former label EMI. According to the BBC, the court ordered EMI to pay the band over ten million pounds in unpaid royalties due to online sales. This ruling greatly impacts digital music sales, and could result in Pink Floyd’s music being pulled from iTunes. iTunes releases and sells more digital music than anywhere else in the world. Songs bought on iTunes can be transferred to iPhones, iPods, and iPads.
The newest version of The Price is Right video game has just been ported to the iPhone and iPod Touch. A sequel to 2008’s The Price is Right, the popular game already owned by many, so the question now is whether I upgrade to the new version or has the price gone wrong? The Price is Right 2010 has all of the features and controls of the original Price is Right app, plus several improvements. New games are added such as Golden Road, the avatars now get customizable wardrobes, the look of the game got a huge overhaul, and the prices and prizes are updated for the new decade.
While Sony struggles with sales of its PlayStation Portable, it has decided to get into the smartphone foray. Sony has been at the forefront of interactive electronic technology for the last 15 years, starting with the release of the first Playstation. In a market long dominated by BlackBerries, iPhones, and Androids, Sony could pose a legitimate threat. A new Sony smartphone could have the ability to play games from Sony’s home and portable consoles by downloading them directly onto the device from Sony's network.
The smartphone war just got a little bit more interesting, as Microsoft just launched its first app for the Android OS of their nemesis Google, which makes the app release all the more puzzling. This new app release clouds the landscape of the conflict between Apple, Google, and Microsoft in regard to their respective smartphones. According to the Washington Post, the app Microsoft released on the Android is Tag, an app also released on the iPhone, Windows Mobile, J2ME, Blackberry and Symbian S60 platforms.
Apple has announced a lawsuit against handset manufacturer HTC for violating patents it owns with the iPhone. Apple has been involved in numerous struggles over the past years defending their own patents. Potentially infringing patents of the past were most notably brought about by Kodak and Nokia. This time however, it is Apple on the attack.
Apps are an integral part of smartphones and their appeal to us. They are essentially enhancements for a device that lets us do useful, silly, fun, and important things. A recent study has broken down the number of app downloads per device, and the results are somewhat surprising. In a recent report from AdMob, app downloads of over 900 people were tallied and averaged to determine how many apps were downloaded per month.
Apple, in its never ending quest to make their gadgets more James Bond like with each generation, has bought a patent involving motion sensing controls through a camera. This would allow the user of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, more control over the device in a much more “touchy” way. If applicable to the next generation of Apple products, it could be a major coup for Apple. The patent, according to Patently Apple, will allow for almost total control of the iPhone through motion sensors in the devices camera.
There has been a lot of talk over the last year or so about the iPhone 4G (fourth generation) and its impending arrival. While the iPhone 4G stands for an increase in operating system and technological features of the device itself, it may also stand for the fourth generation of communications technology on the iPhone. Beceem, a company known for making components that make wireless communications possible, has managed to create a new chip that is indeed a 4G chip. According to MacVideo, the new chip called the BCS5000 is said to have speeds and reliability up to the standards of the 4G.
Most gamers over the age of ten are sure to have heard of or even played the Tetris game. Tetris of course, is known as the most popular puzzle video games and one of the most popular games of all time. Its sold over 70 million copies throughout the world and is available on almost any gaming device, including the iPhone. If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch and might have forgotten about the old school favorite, you can download it to your device on iTunes for the only $4.99 (£2.99).
Zenonia, is a very popular app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that is regarded as one of the best RPG games on the iPhone. It has won numerous awards since its release over a year ago and is still a highly downloaded app. However is this an app that lives up to its reputation, or is it a relic of the early days of apps?