Jul 02, 2012 - 1:20 PM - by Maura
Call a game “Crazy Teapots” and you’ve already got my attention! It’s about time us tea lovers got to play games with our favourite beverage as the star! One look at the trailer and I was even more sold on the game. Crazy, red-eyed-with-rage teapots storming their way around old-school death-match style environments and blasting hapless pieces of fruit to pulp, all to the accompaniment of jaunty background music, who can resist that?! The game is the work of indie developer Alexander Efremov, and is his first attempt at releasing an iOS game. In the game, you can either play against computer-controller players (bots) or your friends. Here are some of the game’s main features courtesy of Efremov:
Fun indeed! I’m off to put the kettle on!
• Universal application for iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad devices.
• Game interface translated to all languages currently supported by iOS devices.
• Native support for Retina display.
• Network game play with friends via Bluetooth, over Wi-Fi or Online.
• Voice chat option in network games.
• Several maps to play on, each with their own design.
• Three bots intelligence levels.
• Up to 8 players in one game.
• Adjustable game parameters (incl. an option to choose your player's color).
• TV out support.
• Three virtual camera modes: first-person perspective and two third-person tracking perspectives (behind and above).
• Three kinds of missiles, each with their own features.
• Health and shield packs.
• Physically realistic motion.
• Intuitive game controls (joysticks).
• Players appearances reflect their health state in the game.
• No banner advertising.
Click here to download the game for $1.99: Crazy Teapots 3D for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store
Source: Alexander Efremov
Jul 02, 2012 - 7:08 AM - by Maura
DigiTimes reports on a new story printed by the Chinese language Apple Daily, which says that Apple is planning to launch an upgraded, normal-sized (9.7-inch) iPad as soon as this summer. Apple Daily says that this upgraded iPad will be even thinner than the latest version of the iPad, thanks to being fitted with indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) panel technology. According to the report the panels will be supplied by Samsung instead of Sharp, and the new iPad will have a longer battery life as well.
This claim comes rather out of the blue; although there have been widespread reports that Apple may be planning to release a smaller version of the iPad, or “mini” iPad, this fall, there have been very few reports until now of Apple refreshing the standard iPad range, especially so soon after the release of the newest iPad. Even DigiTimes refers to the story as “highly doubtful,” so take it with a huge grain of salt! Worth noting all the same, stranger things have happened so you never know.
Source: Apple rumored to release upgraded iPad in summer, says paper
Jul 02, 2012 - 6:45 AM - by Maura
The Huffington Post writes today that Apple has finally come to a settlement in its legal dispute with Chinese company Shenzhen Proview Technology over the rights to the iPad name. Apple has always said that it had bought the rights to the iPad name from the Chinese company, but the Chinese courts have ruled that those rights in China were not transferred. The Guangdong High People’s Court made the following statement:
As the HP points out, China is a major market for Apple, its second largest behind the United States, so clearly Apple wanted this legal matter settled as soon as possible, as did Proview, which has heavy debts it needs to pay. It’s likely that the newest iPad will also soon be released in China now that the dispute is resolved.
“The iPad dispute resolution is ended. Apple Inc. has transferred $60 million to the account of the Guangdong High Court as requested in the mediation letter.”
Source: China court: Apple pays $60M to settle iPad case
Jun 29, 2012 - 12:24 PM - by Maura
Red Wasp Design has announced that its iOS turn-based strategy RPG Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land is currently available for free, until 30th June. The game was inspired by the horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, and the classic paper RPG of the same name. And maybe the Metallica song too? Would be nice to think so! Anyway, the game takes place in The Wasted Land, where you get to use your team of investigators to uncover a deadly conspiracy underlying the Great War. As you attempt to progress through the game, barbed wire, mustard gas and machine guns will all be in your way, along with many more obstacles besides. The reason for the celebration and offering the game for free is because, according to Red Wasp, the twilight of June is an auspicious time in Lovecraftian fiction, with many important events occurring at the end of June in Lovecraft’s books and short stories.
Click here to download the game for free, but you’ll have to be quick, it’s not for long!: App Store - Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land
Source: Red Wasp Design
Jun 28, 2012 - 5:27 PM - by dgstorm
This week, Apple released a new app for podcasts – (prerecorded audio shows that users have a chance to download and listen to later). Apple joined the podcast team somewhere in 2005 promising an open and integrated service that would make it easier for users to manage and be up to date with everything audio.
One surprise in the new app constitutes the new “Redeem” button which was not present in the older version. The feature also pops up in the beta version of iOS 6 and once clicked jumps to a separate “Redeem” page that looks very similar to the App Store’s.
The Podcast app shares the iTunes pipeline so that the application can be updated without Apple having to intervene inside iOS codes. This might be a valid explanation for why the button is there in the first place.
Another theory states that given the fact that the button is present only in the latest version of the iOS and not in the older one, it probably makes sense to suspect that Apple might be interested in making a profit out of podcasts.
Up until now Apple was against podcast creators to name a price for their audio files, but as the industry seems to be growing and a lot of big names are started to get interested in the business (like TED Talks and NPR programming) the dogma might change.
Source: Apple possibly prepping premium podcast model for iOS 6
Jun 28, 2012 - 4:08 PM - by Maura
Google is certainly making a lot of exciting announcements this week at its I/O, with The Next Web reporting hot off the press that aside from announcing Chrome for iOS, Google has also just announced that Google Drive is now available in the App Store for iOS. Basically, Google Drive enables you to access your files on the go, as well as share them, and edit them in real time. It also enables you to save files for offline viewing. 9to5 Mac writes that during the announcement today, Director of Google Apps Product Management Clay Bavor demonstrated how he could use the Optical Character Recognition feature in the app to search for an untitled image of a “pyramid,” which sounds like pretty impressive stuff on your iPad or iPhone. Google is obviously very pleased with Drive, as the cloud storage system has only been out for 10 weeks, yet already has 10 million users. Google also starts you off with 5GB of free storage along with the free app.
Click here to download Google Drive: App Store - Google Drive
Source: Google announces that Google Drive is now available on iOS and Chrome OS - The Next Web
Google Drive comes to iOS | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence
Jun 28, 2012 - 2:55 PM - by Maura
Source: Google announces Chrome for iPhone & iPad, coming to App Store today | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence
Daring Fireball Linked List: Google Announces Chrome for iPhone and iPad, Available Today
Jun 27, 2012 - 5:51 PM - by Maura
Lucky drivers in Tennessee are finding that the procedure to renew or replace their driving license has been speeded up by the introduction by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security of 72 iPad kiosks, costing nearly $80,000. Mashable writes that the kiosks have been installed in 26 driver service centers across Tennessee. The kiosks are called ASSETS (automatic self-service electronic terminals) and are mainly located at service centers in the urban areas of Tennessee. If you’re applying to renew or replace your license, you can fill out the relevant forms using the terminals, and also use your debit or credit card to pay for the license. And no waiting for the thing to arrive in the mail, either, as you’ll actually get the license there and then too.
“Reducing the wait time at driver service centers is one of our top priorities,” Commissioner Bill Gibbons told Mashable. “These self-service iPad stations will cut down on the number of customers waiting for service from a driver license examiner and will help reduce the overall wait time for all customers.”
Jun 27, 2012 - 4:51 PM - by dgstorm
Apple is set to build a new mega facility in the upcoming next ten years, and make a $1 billion investment. The information has been revealed by the Reno Gazette Journal who happened to come across some online postings from city officials in Reno, Nevada. The new deal apparently involves a vast iCloud data center and a business park in down town Reno plus an independent 2,200 acre data farm to be built in Sparks, Nevada this time.
Curiously enough, Apple has confirmed the existence of the project in a statement:
“We hope to build Apple’s next data center in Reno to support Apple’s iTunes Store, App Store and incredibly popular iCloud services.
If approved, this project would expand our presence in Nevada and create hundreds of construction jobs over the next year, plus permanent jobs at the data center will add to our existing total of nearly 400 employees in the state.”
The project has been codenamed “Project Jonathan” and is expected to create nearly 600 jobs in construction and another 200 contractor jobs when it's first opened. The center will of course boost the economy providing some extra revenue of $103 million. The project has been in development for quite some time now, but only recently did Apple start talks with officials.
So far, Apple owns a completely green energy data center in Maiden, North Carolina and another one in Newark, California. Also the Cupertino group will be investing the sum of $250 million in the creation of another center located in Prinevillle, Oregon.
Source: Apple to invest $1B in Nevada data center, business facilities
Jun 27, 2012 - 4:45 PM - by Maura
A great story here from TUAW, which writes about an Easter Egg that has been discovered by a developer called Ben Lenarts, in the design of Apple’s new Podcasts iOS app. Lenart noticed that when you play a podcast in the app, you do it on what resembles Dieter Rams’ classic TG 60 reel-to-reel tape recorder, which was popular in the 1960s. TUAW says that just as with Apple today, in his time, Rams was famed for his focus on product design. Apparently this is not the first time that Apple has sneaked in a little homage to Rams in one of its products, as TUAW writes that the iOS calculator app design was inspired by the Braun ET66, which was designed by Rams. It also looks a little like a face when you look at the Podcast player, or is it just me that thinks so?! This excellent app just gets better and better!
Source: Apple's Podcasts app UI inspired by Dieter Rams' TG 60 tape recorder | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
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