Pocket Gamer reports that Namco is holding an App Store sale to celebrate American Independence Day on July 4th. The sale starts tomorrow, July 2nd and ends on July 5th. Theres some nice stuff in there too, including the legendary Mr. Driller for under a dollar, Time Crisis Strike and PAC-MAN, whos already celebrating his own anniversary this year, the greedy little orb.
As few days ago, Lemmings for the iDevice was completed in 36 Hours. This was a port made by Mobile 1UP, a popular developer and publisher. Today, they received a Cease & Desist letter from Sony, which absorbed Psygnosis(original Lemmings publisher) in 1993. Mobile 1UP has decided to try to work out a deal with Sony where they could possibly buy the rights to the game. This could put a price tag on the game and it could no longer be free
BGR posted a recent article which quotes The Loop's Jim Dalrymple as saying that Apple already has a Verizon compatible (CDMA) iPhone laying around. The problem is that they need to negotiate a deal with Verizon.
This would not be unusual for Apple to design hardware (or software) in advance an anticipation of a release, even if it never sees the light of day. They did this with the intel compatible version of OSX when they switched over from the IBM G4/G5 lineup.
The real problem is negotiating a deal with Verizon. Verizon obviously has had great success with the Android operating system. In addition, they make more profit on the Android handsets as they don't have to cut any type of revenue share deal with HTC or Motorola or anyone else for that matter... and Google gives out the OS for free so the handset makers save money on R&D.
It all boils down to that war between Google and Apple.
Most interesting is Apple's perspective. They could certainly use this time to announce a deal with Verizon and try to redirect people's attention away from the iPhone 4 antenna design fiasco... and at the same time it would really steal alot of thunder from Google's sails. Verizon is without a doubt the biggest carrier and proponent of pushing the Android operating system. If Apple decides to court that partner it would put a damper on the spread of Android.
Let's face it, it's an all out war between Google and Apple. Both sides have a lot to gain or lose in this war... so how will it boil down? Only time will tell.
Theres no middle ground when it comes to vuvuzelas, those giant trumpets that have become the soundtrack of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa. If youre on the pro side, theres a plethora of apps in the Apple iTunes Store mimicking the delightful eternally buzzing blast of the vuvuzela, If, on the other hand, youve been driven to distraction by the constant blast emanating from your television set as you try and enjoy the festival of football, then Fabrication Games has the app for you!
Vuvuzela Whacker is an action-packed game for iPhone and iPod touch, with the aim of saving the world from the vuvuzela infestation by whacking as many vuvuzela players as possible with a big hammer in one minute. Tap the fans with vuvuzelas, but avoid hitting the regular fans. And there are zombies in the stands too, of course there are!
The game features score multipliers, beautiful graphics and the ability to release frustration for TV viewers whove grown tired of the buzzzzz. If youre really proud of the number of vuvuzelas youve whacked, you can show off your tally to your friends on Facebook.
Vuvuzela Whacker is available in the iTunes App Store for $0.99.
One of the readers over at BGR, CODENAME: "Tom", posted a video on YouTube showing the reception issue with the antenna. Apple reached out to him directly and had an interesting conversation with him. The conversation goes back and forth between Tom and "dictator" Steve Jobs. Steve is still pulling the "there is no reception issue" excuse:
Today, Facebook released it's 1.4 Update which includes the following changes:
I've been using it for a few hours and noticed something that ticked me off a little bit. There are still no Push Notifications for the chat feature. This wasn't a problem before since I was using a Jailbroken device with Backgroundr, a Jailbreak app that allows apps to run in the background. With the iOS 4 update this should be a must since they added Fast App Switching.
An icon should pop up telling you that you received a new message in chat. But instead, the app doesn't even update the chat until you reopen it. So much for taking advantage of the backgrounding feature.
Everything else is working fine to my liking and I do love the resolution update.
A reader at MacDailyNews inquired Steve Jobs about HD video uploading on the iPhone 4. Currently it is not possible to upload HD quality video from your to YouTube over the air. But this email swap says that it's coming!
So, there you have it. I find it easier to just upload videos over the air sometimes. Hopefully this update will come soon.
Today, planetbeing(Dev Team), Tweeted today that they are one their way to developer an iOS exploit with the iPhone 4's bootrom. What this means is that the jailbreak would be "immune" to Apple's firmware updates(the Tweet explains it all ):
In other words, we might be seeing a cure for the T-virus that is Apple's Firmware updates.
It has begun.... there has been much talk about the quality (or lack of quality) in regards to the iPhone 4's antenna design. Now a class action law suit against both Apple and AT&T has been filed in Maryland. The lawsuit focuses on the following:
• General Negligence (APPLE and AT&T)
• Defect in Design, Manufacture, and Assembly (APPLE)
• Breach of Express Warranty (APPLE)
• Breach of Implied Warranty for Merchantability (APPLE and AT&T)
• Breach of Implied Warranty of Fitness for a Particular Purpose (APPLE and AT&T)
• Deceptive Trade Practices (APPLE and AT&T)
• Intentional Misrepresentation (APPLE and AT&T)
• Negligent Misrepresentation (APPLE and AT&T)
• Fraud by Concealment (APPLE and AT&T)
The lawsuit was filed by Ward & Ward, PLLC and Charles A Gilman, LLC. Generally speaking, it's the lawyers that make out in class action lawsuits while the rest of us get appeased with pennies on the dollar.
Engadget reports today on a full page Droid X ad placed by Motorola in the New York Times in which it said the following about the new Android-powered phone:
Whatever do they mean?!
As Engadget points out, this follows hot on the heels of Nokia’s recent blog post showing customers the right way to hold their mobile phone and then telling them that they are free to hold their Nokia phone anyway they like.
Of course the ads are all just a bit of a laugh and you can’t blame either Nokia or Motorola for getting their digs in, but Apple really doesn't help its own case by still insisting that all mobile phones have similar reception issues.