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With the start of the US Open tennis tournament in New York today, the US Tennis Association has launched an updated version of the official free tournament app, which is now fully iOS 4 compatible. The app, which is available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, is designed to service both fans who are physically attending the event over the next two weeks, and those who are following the championship from home. The app features, among other things, live scores and completed match results, latest news updates from on and off the court throughout the tournament, and the augmented reality feature -"Around Me"- which is a "camera-driven experience" that lets the user see through walls at the National Tennis Center and helps attendees to find the nearest live matches, concessions, or even the next train home. Live streaming radio is also included in the app, courtesy of USOpen.org Radio, as well as On Demand video, which includes highlights, "Around the Grounds" and American Express insider player profiles. Fans can even use the app to view Tweets from the US Open official Twitter stream and those of featured players.
You can download the app for free from the Apple iTunes App Store here.
Colin Gibbs who writes for the Giga Om Network has written up a nice article about a recent Apple patent application to identify the hacking, jailbreaking, unlocking or removal of a SIM card from a phone so the device can be located and its data erased.
This is aimed squarely at the people who are modifying/hacking their devices and giving themselves the ability to install apps not seen in the app store and other benefits.
The question is, should Apple really be focused on this? Apple has a sterling reputation, and with the exception of the recent iPhone 4 Antennae issue they've handled every mis-step in a great fashion.
This however could potentially expose them to some really nasty feelings from users who have their devices "bricked" remotely. Imagine plunking down your hard earned cash for an iPhone 4 or an iPad and hacking it as you see fit only to see Apple render the device useless from afar.
I can't imagine I'd feel to good about that. I own the device, I should be able to use it as I please... at least, that's my opinion.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Please let us know as a reply to this post.
Full Article: Why Apple Should End Its Fight Against iPhone Jailbreaking
Fortuna Mobile's SharkWatch! is a very handy social networking app dedicated to keeping track of shark sightings all over the world. Whether you're a surfer, diver, researcher, beachgoer, or just someone who's fascinated with sharks, SharkWatch! will help you keep track of your hobby. SharkWatch! users can share their shark encounters with other users of the app, as well as with Facebook and Twitter friends, browse through sightings posted by community members, learn about documented shark attacks dating back to the 1800s via the regularly updated database, and check out images of sharks and detailed information about individual shark species.
The position-based "nearby" feature enables you to call up a list of sightings in your near vicinity, ordered by distance from your current location. Each sighting includes associated images and first-hand details of the encounter. The app also includes an interactive Regional Map, which takes you directly to a list of species living in your area of interest.
You can download SharkWatch! here for $0.99.
Italian developer beCrush has released its bloodsucking new adventure game, Vampires Until Dawn, to the Apple iTunes App Store today for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The game is a survival shooter located in Mexico, in which the player must battle the hordes of darkness, armed with an arsenal of weapons that includes a gun with unlimited bullets, a stake-shooting crossbow, and a sawn-off shotgun. Special attacks can also be unlocked during the game to help you defeat the 10 different types of enemy, all of who have different attacks and moves at their disposal which change according to which level you're playing. Each level will also conclude with a titantic boss battle. Aside from all that evil-slaying combat action, you'll also get to discover the past of the hero, Elia Garlic, via story mode.
beCrush says that future game updates will include OpenFeint interactivity among other things. You can download Vampires Until Dawn here for $1.99/£1.19.
So here it is guys, the iCarbons giveaway. Rules are simple, you must be subscribed to enter and also leave a comment that says "enter me" on the video for the vinyl you want. So lets say you want an iPhone 4 one, that means you go to the iPhone 4 video and comment "enter me" as well as subscribe if you aren't already. If you want to enter for a chance to win all of them, you are allowed to do that as well, just comment on each video you want a chance to win.
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ApeZone has updated its iPhone/iPod touch/iPad card game SoliScare with OpenFeint compatibility so that you can now compete against your Facebook and Twitter friends. The new version adds 11 leaderboards and 18 achievements to the addictive little card game, which takes the player on a creepy journey through graveyards, haunted houses, and spooky castles, as they put the beat down on ghosts, zombies, and classic movie monsters across 100 levels of play.
SoliScare is very simple to play: all you have to do is move monster cards to your hero pile by choosing cards that are one higher or lower than your current hero card. Basically, it's solitaire with ghouls, ghosts and monsters! As you make longer runs, you'll capture creatures and add them to your jailhouse. Capture all 37 ghosts, zombies and monsters to become the new Van Helsing.
You can download the latest version of SoliScare from the App Store here for $0.99, and there's also a free lite version featuring 10 ghost levels to try as well.
Yesterday, you all saw that I got a package in from iCarbons that included a whole bunch of carbon fiber skins. Well, in this video I show you guys how to put it on and the end result of the white skin making my phone look like the white iPhone 4. In the end, I loved the look. I took off the white home button sticker, not because there was anything wrong with it, but because I thought it looked better with a black home button. I ended up taking off my bumper skin as well just because it didn't fit in a few of my tight cases. Overall its a great product, so stay tuned for the giveaway.
CNET's Crave Gadget Blog reports today on the iControlPad, which enables you to insert a jailbroken iPhone into a console-style gamepad add-on that is then connected via a sync cable. The iControlPad's designer, Craig Rothwell, told Crave that the device locks the iPhone securely in place with a spring-mechanism padlock. The device also has an integrated battery, which Rothwell says could greatly increase the iPhone's battery life. Although it looks like a pretty cool idea, the iControlPad is not officially supported by Apple, so therefore you can only run specially written games on it, and it will only work with a jailbroken iPhone. Basically then, it's really more of a prototype or "proof of concept", even though Rothwell says that he will be making 3,000 units available this September. However, it does let us see what exactly could be done in terms of adding a physical controller for the iPhone, should Apple ever be minded to do so.
To find out more about the iControlPad development and design, visit the official site here.
'80s arcade classic side-scroller R-Type has finally hit the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch. Retro-gaming fans both old and new will finally get the chance to relive the seminal '80s video-arcade experience on their iPhone/iPod touch, with this latest version of the game staying true to its roots, re-capturing the look and feel of one of the biggest arcade smashes from back in the day.
In the game, you get to pilot a futuristic fighter, the R-9a "Arrowhead", and attack endless waves of Bydo enemies, old-school, side-scrolling style. This new version includes all the features of the original. There are eight levels in total to fly through, and eight unique bosses to defeat along the way. Three different control options are available: tilt, touch and virtual D-Pad, and you can also upgrade with new weapons, power-ups, and attachments.
And just in case you're thinking that eight levels isn't that many and you'll probably breeze through it, don't forget that R-type was named one of IGN's Top 10 "Toughest Games to Beat", so players can expect a game that is very hard to master.
You can download the game here from the iTunes App Store for £1.19/$1.99.
iCarbons were nice enough to send me a bunch of their white and black carbon fiber skins for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. I just put one on my iPad, while installation was little bit annoying, it is not the skins' fault, the iPad is just a darn big. But if you put maybe 5-10 minutes of work into it, it should look great. The sticky side has a very strong adhesive that allowed me to mark it all up with my fingerprints and it would still stick perfectly. The feeling of these skins is really cool as well. They have a big of a lightly rough/ gripped feel to them. Stay tuned for a big giveaway on these and tutorial on installing them on your iPhone 4.
Check them out at www.iCarbons.com
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