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EA Brings Yahtzee HD to the iPad

Sep 09, 2010 - 5:56 PM - by Maura

EA today brings the original, best-selling family favourite Yahtzee to the iPad, complete with colourful HD graphics, a bigger, brighter touch interface, simple tap controls, innovative modes of play, and new ways to share with, and challenge, your friends.

The game features a variety of different modes, including “classic” Yahtzee, the colourful Rainbow Mode, the strategic Duplicate Mode, multiplayer Battle Mode, Pass n’ Play, and the iPad-exclusive Duplicate Rainbow Mode. You can also become a “Yahtzee Adventurer” and take on in-game characters designed especially to test your skills and there are also lots of achievements to unlock.

The app also has great social gameplay features, including Facebook Connect, which enables you to post your high scores and issue challenges to other players, as well as an iPad-optimized interface designed for more dynamic gameplay.

Yahtzee costs £2.99/$4.99 and is available to download now from the iPad App Store. Gotta say it’s looking good! EA always does this sort of thing so well.

Source: EA Games
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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD Out Today

Sep 09, 2010 - 5:15 PM - by Maura

Rockstar has today released the long-awaited HD version of GTA: Chinatown Wars, and it’s looking pretty good! The critically acclaimed title brings the intense, story-driven action to the iPad with updated, high-definition graphics.

The game follows the tale of Huang Lee and his adventures in the dangerous criminal underground of Liberty City, a Molotov cocktail of the best gameplay elements of the GTA series mixed up with intuitive touch-screen controls, plus the aural delights of Independence FM, enabling you to customize the game’s soundtrack using music from your own iTunes library.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has already been a huge hit across many different platforms, making it the highest-rated handheld title of this console generation, and it’s bound to have even greater success on the system for which it was surely made. To get your hands on the iPad version, you’ll have to fork over £5.99/$9.99 at the App Store.

Source: Rockstar Games
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VLC for iPad submitted to App Store

Sep 09, 2010 - 12:05 PM - by JohnnyApple

We can only hope that the VLC App that was submitted to the app store this morning will get a quick approval. A group called Applidium is working with the VLC group to make this app a reality.

What exactly is VLC? VLC is short for Video Lan Client, a very popular and cross platform video playing tool that can pretty much handle any type of file/codec that you throw at it.

It works great on Mac, Windows and Linux and we can hope that the stability in the iOS platform is just as good. We recently told you about CineXPlayer but we think VLC has the potential to be even better.

You can follow the tweets for this event on the videolan Twitter page here: VideoLAN (videolan) on Twitter

Applidium can be followed here: Applidium (applidium) on Twitter

While your at it, why not also follow iPadForums' twitter account here: iPad Forum (iPadForums) on Twitter
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The Hero HD Swoops Into the iPad App Store

Sep 09, 2010 - 5:57 AM - by Maura

Chillingo’s fun crime-fighting caper, The Hero, has finally made the leap onto the iPad with an HD version. Along with the original iPhone game’s quirky humour and non-stop action, the new iPad version of the game, developed by Traplight Games, features a brand new single-finger flight control option that enables The Hero to glide gracefully and heroically through the sky, taking out villains with his usual aplomb. The new HD graphics give the game more visual pop, and online Leaderboards and Achievements enable you to showcase your crime-fighting prowess and pit your skills against other fans all over the world.

The storyline is the same as the iPhone version, with the game’s protagonist, The Hero, saving the world one metropolis at a time from the clutches of the maniacally evil Dr. Hubbub. Guide him around the friendly and unfriendly skies and marvel as he catches falling babies, puts out fires, and generally tries to gives the world’s villains a collective bloody nose. The Hero’s hobbies include puffing out his buff chest and chatting up the Police Chief’s sexy secretary, Miss Rose, but most of the time, he’s just being heroic, because someone has to!

If you like the sound of all that wacky mayhem, then you can download The Hero HD here for $2.59/£1.19.

Source: Chillingo
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Analyst Forecasts Apple Will Sell 28 Million iPads Next Year

Sep 08, 2010 - 4:07 PM - by Maura

AppleInsider reports today on the findings of an analyst who believes that Apple will sell at least 28 million iPads in 2011. Maynard Um, an analyst with UBS Investment Research, issued an investors’ note this week, upping his AAPL stock price target to $350 from $340. Aside from Um’s sales forecast, the main thrust of his report appeared to revolve around his findings that the iPad is “adversely affecting the PC industry”.

In his report, Um stated that notebook sales are suffering at the hand of the iPad, hence the recent surge of would-be “iPad killer” tablets. Um also believes that the iPad is mainly hurting the lower end of PC sales with its competitive pricing.

Whilst Um acknowledges that the iPad’s functionality still falls short of that of notebook PCs, he ventures that someone who has just bought an iPad may well be more likely to delay purchasing a PC or upgrading their current PC. Um also notes that there is no evidence that the iPad is having any sort of adverse effect on Mac sales.

Source: AppleInsider
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Chopper 2 Looks Amazing on iPad!

Sep 08, 2010 - 2:21 PM - by Maura
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fyx7U7TH2bQ]YouTube - Chopper 2 - iPad output to 42 inch TV, iPhone controlled[/ame]

Fosfor features an amazing video today of Majic Jungle’s side-scrolling sequel helicopter game, Chopper 2, playing on an iPad that has been hooked up to a 42-inch LCD TV, with an iPhone controlling the helicopter via Bluetooth. At the time that the video was shot, it was just a proof of concept, but now the game has been out a month or so and the remote control system apparently works a treat. An updated version of the game has just been released to the app store, supporting TV Out from your iPhone 4, as well as the ability to control your iPhone 4 remotely from another iPhone or iPod touch. The update also enables Wi-Fi based remote control, meaning that 1st generation devices can control the chopper remotely over an iPad or iPhone 4, as well as simplifying the remote-control set up procedure and improving the TV Out experience.

Chopper 2 features 36 missions spread over 12 unique locations, and you can download it from the app store here, for just $2.99/£1.79. Looks like a bargain, reminiscent of the likes of Jungle Strike - a great sequel to a classic iPhone game.

Source: Fosfor, MajicJungle
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iPad Orchestra Plays Sweet Dream on the Seline HD App

Sep 07, 2010 - 6:09 PM - by Maura
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBrHj_StdJE]YouTube - The iPad Orchestra[/ame]

Check out this really cool video on Pocket-lint featuring The iPad Orchestra playing Sweet Dream on the Seline HD app from Amidio. The app costs £5.49/$8.99 (30% off the normal price) in the iPad App Store, and you can download it here. The orchestra, formed this year, of course, because the iPad only came out this year, was performing in front of a live audience at the end of August.

The Seline HD app is the Number 1 iPad Music App. It uses Amidio’s advanced CrystalClarity HD sound engine to analyse and predict your melodies, altering sounds “on the fly” with a dozen subtle algorhythms. The app features a completely new, ergonomically designed playing surface called ioGrid, with the melodies played with both hands. It has 20 built-in factory voices such as flute, bowed strings, synth leads and so on, and is equipped with the full range of recording possibilities, including direct recording to .wav files.

Future updates to Seline HD will include Wi-Fi MIDI OUT, the ability to record to MIDI as well as.wav, and more instruments.

Source: Pocket-lint, The iPad Orchestra, iTunes
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Israeli Security Still Giving the iPad a Hard Time!

Sep 07, 2010 - 1:20 PM - by Maura

This story on WordPress founding developer (and one of PC World’s Top 50 People on the Web) Matt Mullenweg’s blog with the arresting headline “Israeli Security Hates the iPad” indicates that the iPad is still getting a hard time in Israel! Remember before the iPad was out in Europe, Israel banned any American iPads from being imported into the country? In his blog post Mullenweg details how the airport security bods at Ben Gurion airport detained him for about an hour asking questions (and no, they didn’t want to know how to install WordPress plugins or anything like that!), and turning on and taking apart all of the 20-plus electronic devices in his luggage, taking particular note of his iPad.

“They took it out of the Apple case, turned it on, scanned it, took it away for 10 minutes to scan somewhere else, asked if anyone else in Israel had used it, when I last used it, asked when I got it, and ultimately said that their ‘technology team’ had not cleared it for carry-on and they would need to pack it in a special box, wrap it, tape it, and check it directly with Continental.”
Mullenweg was also told that he couldn’t touch his iPad or the box other than to put some WordPress stickers on it. He concludes by saying that he had no problems getting his Sony PC through though, on the other hand!

And we thought it would be easier getting the iPad through airport security than a laptop!

Source: Matt Mullenweg
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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab To Cost Nearly $1000!!

Sep 07, 2010 - 12:31 PM - by Maura

Hands up who saw this coming? It seems from various reports that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab will not be priced at all competitively against the iPad, in fact it looks like the Galaxy Tab P1000, unlocked and SIM-free, will be retailing for around £600/$920! At that sort of price, can Samsung realistically expect the Galaxy to be an iPad killer?

Pocket Gamer has a good summary of the story, saying that it makes sense that the Galaxy will cost approximately £200 more than the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad, as it boasts two cameras, Flash support and MicroSD expansion capability, as well as being much lighter than the iPad, but even taking all that into account, it just doesn’t have the cache of an iPad, and that’s before we’ve started talking about all the Apple software and apps. Everyone knows the excitement caused when they show friends their iPad, but will whipping out your Samsung Galaxy cause the same wonderment? Probably not!

Source: Pocket Gamer via SlashGear
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The Settlers HD Scores in iPad Top Paid Charts

Sep 06, 2010 - 5:12 PM - by Maura
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiqPdADtqiU]YouTube - The Settlers HD - iPad trailer by Gameloft[/ame]

Gameloft’s HD iPad version of classic PC game The Settlers has swiftly risen to the Top Charts in various territories throughout the world since its release on September 2. No surprise really, as it’s always been such a popular PC game, and it looks absolutely tailor-made for the iPad’s larger screen.

The world of The Settlers is one where Romans, Vikings and Mayans either compete or cooperate with each other to attain various goals, including occupying land, attaining supplies of raw materials, trading with other factions, and generally trying to build the best settlement possible. It’s up to you how you want to play the game, aggressively with sword in hand, or peacefully with cooperation and understanding. However you choose to play the game, though, you’ll still need to pay attention to resource management and town-building in order to keep your army strong and fortify your settlement against invaders.

Although it might look a little complicated if you haven’t played the game before, there are extensive tutorial missions available so newcomers should soon get the hang of it.

Download the game here for £5.99/$9.99.

Source: Gameloft, iTunes
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