Review: We Rule for iPhone and iPad

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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.

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Apple creaes controller patent for iPhone devices

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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.

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Review: Zenonia 2 RPG on the iPhone

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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.

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Telus starts selling “refreshed” iPhones too

Telus offers "Refreshed" iPhones

For those of you who want to join the iPhone army but have a hard time justifying (or affording) the full retail price, you now have a more affordable option to consider. We’ve seen the “refreshed” phones sold elsewhere already, but Telus is jumping into the game with some “refreshed” iPhones of their own.

As you may recall, Telus Mobility of Canada first launched the iPhone 3G and 3GS last November to coincide with the launch of its new network. I guess in the interim, they’ve been hit with the usual number of returns and warranty units, so now they’re sitting on some refurbs.

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iPhone dock brings you back 25 years, long live the corded desk phone

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Feel like taking a few steps backwards on the technological innovation timeline? It must be nice to have a glorious touchscreen and the freedom of being wireless, but sometimes you like the nostalgic feel of a corded desk phone. Now you can combine the two.

At long last, an adapter has been created that is aptly called the Desk Phone iPhone Dock. As you can quite plainly see, it’s a dock for your iPhone that effectively converts it to a $10 corded phone you could probably buy from Radio Shack.

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Verizon iPhone 4G speculation mounts, expected this June

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Its that time of year again when the new iPhone is just around the corner. Just before the summer of every year, the Messiah Jobs comes down from his mountain to bestow upon the land his latest gift to mankind. The groundswell of anticipation from the people below reaches deafening heights as June approaches.

With all the anxious anticipation comes the plethora of educated predictions and “reliable sources” that foretell of the miracles that the latest and greatest will contain. The list seems ever-long, yet consistent. Rumors of a forward facing camera, HD video, higher resolution display, and multi-tasking are always at the top, accompanied with some believable-yet-bogus photoshopped image.

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Poll: What features would you like on Mobile Magazine’s iPhone app?

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The time has come and we are in the process of building an official Mobile Magazine iPhone app. Of course we could just set out to release an app that we think you would want, or we can take the time to listen to your thoughts and give you the best app you could ever imagine. We also plan to port it to other OSes, so don’t fret my Android friends.

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eBay releases iPhone selling app, iPad app coming Saturday

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eBay today announced the release of two new free apps for the Apple iPhone. The first app is a seller tool, it will allow members to easily snap a photo of a product on their iPhone camera, enter some basic auction information, and list it on the eBay marketplace. Their second app is a bit of a stab at Craigslist, as it’s the new eBay Classifieds application. This one lets you post free ads on the eBayClassifieds.com website for local buyers.

And don’t forget, with the recent release of the PayPal mobile app, you can quickly pay for your items from either eBay site.

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iPhones get large trade-in value at Radio Shack

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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.

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Google Nexus One smartphone is one hot tamale

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The Google Nexus One is just about the only mobile smartphone device that has ever launched on the market in an “unlocked” state, being able to be used on any carrier that will support it. Some think this was crazy, but now the true marketing genius behind Google’s actions is beginning to show.

RCS Limited is one of the world’s largest international traders of consumer electronics, including cellular phones. Recently they have seen demand for Google’s Nexus One climb steadily since 2010 started. Just last month demand for the Nexus One was 16% higher than that of the iPhone, according to RCS, and they don’t expect a slow down anytime soon.

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Play out your fantasies with Zenonia 2: The Lost Memories for iPhone

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The gaming market on the iPhone and iPod touch started out with some casual puzzle titles and others that were meant to hold your attention for a couple minutes at a time, say in a doctor’s office or other waiting room. Soon after, however, we were introduced to fuller games that were comparable to their console counterparts. But what about the RPG genre?

There isn’t much to be found in terms of role-playing games on the platform, but it looks like a pretty good option is coming up in Zenonia 2: The Lost Memories for the iPhone and iPod touch. The successor to the first Zenonia will be submitted for App Store approval this week, so it should be showing up soon.

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Yahoo! Sketch-a-Search for iPhone finds you good eats

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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.

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Opera Mini for iPhone is a huge improvement over Safari

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No you’re not dreaming, Opera Mini for iPhone was officially submitted to the Apple iPhone App store today.

If the new app can survive Apple’s cryptic and gauntlet like review process, it will be a big win for the millions of iPhone owners who have been left less than satisfied with their current browsing experience found in Safari.

The Norwegian company claims its mobile browser is “fast like a rocket” and host to a long list of features that are sure entice you: browser tabs, page caching, text search, and history are at the top but the real secret to its reign over Safari is its compression engine.

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Microsoft and Apple have one thing in common: no multitasking

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Rivals Microsoft and Apple have two mobile device platforms with one similar thing in common: both are unable to fully multitask.

For example, the biggest criticism being aimed at the iPhone is simply the inability to write an e-mail and listen to music in the background. You have to turn off the Pandora application for that. The only other way around this problem is hacking into the phone, commonly referred to as jail breaking. This is illegal according to Apple.

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Google Nexus One smartphone struggles

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The results of the smartphone sales race are in. Running the numbers and looking at the charts with Nexus One’s sales figures, things do look a little “slow” off the start for Google. But CEOEric Schmidt’s reports back in February show otherwise.

The Google HTC Nexus One has sold 135,000 units directly from Google since the phone was first launched. During this time period, Verizon sold 1.05 million Android phones while Apple continues to keep pace in the market by selling 1 million units of their original iPhone. The iPhone 3GS continued its market dominance by selling 1.6 million devices in just one week. Apple’s superstar has no reason to slow down and with a new revamped iPhone 4G on the horizon for its loyal customers, one can only assume a continued bright future.

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