With the Push support in the iPhone OS 3, the iPhone has become an excellent platform for instant messaging.
Before the Push support, you could only keep them listening using hacks like Backgrounder on jailbroken devices or using clients that forced the entire phone remain “alive”. Neither is an optimal solution. Now, the Push support provides the platform with something that, in some respects, is even better than the current instant messaging support on competing smartphone operating systems (at least Symbian S60, Blackberry and Windows Mobile).
In my increasingly sickening quest to assimilate all games iPhone, I ran across an interesting web site: the App-A-Day Project. The original directive of this project was that the developer was literally going to release a project each day (by 11:59 pm) to the App Store for 30 days. As happens with most projects like this, the developer has simmered down a bit. The new goal is to take the equivalent of a day's worth of work (4-5 hours) to complete each project, though an individual project might not necessarily be coded all in one day. The concept intrigued me, and the developer offered promo codes to anyone wanting to cover the games, so I figured "why not?" I will do my best to cover the games in the proper order, but given his new philosophy of spanning certain games over more than one day, there may not be a proper order to everything. At any rate, the first game that I'm going to cover in this series is Tic-Tac-Bacon.
After using Bento for a few more weeks, I am really sold on it! It’s the best database I’ve found that works with an iPhone app and I’ve tried them all. The Bento app is simple, but it serves its purpose. The real workhorse is the desktop application.
In this blog I’m getting back to my roots, literally. The people at Antenna Theater have something very special to show you in their blend of the iPhone, natural world and the arts, and it’s called ECOcal.
This weekend I stumbled across the ESPN ScoreCenter app. And let me tell you this app is a must have for any sports nut or even a non-sports nut like myself.
Now you can volunteer without ever leaving your chair by simply turning on your iPhone! An organzation called The Extraordinaries is encouraging a new kind of social networking, Microvolunteering, to do good. (NPR's article on Microvolunteering) The premise is that you can volunteer your time anytime, anywhere, for just a few minutes as you available. (no more excuses!)
I reviewed the 1.0 version of this great free web service on the WinMo side of our site here. Now version 2.0 brings full syncing of your tasks between the web and your gadgets (including iPhone). The service is free, but iPhone client is $2.99.
I’ve reviewed the great game Archon some days ago. Now, it’s on a 50% sale and only costs $2. A real steal, if you ask me!
To tell you the truth, I was not very enthusiastic when one of our bloggers and contributing writers, Todd Bernhard, told me about his 100sounds program. However, I did enjoy it more than I thought playing the various sounds ranging from an air raid to a bugle to clapping to doorbell, etc. Then when Todd told me about 100animals and 100birds,
There has been much disappointment with AT&T for not enabling tethering the iPhone to your laptop for Internet connections.
A number of people have reported difficulty in calibrating their 3G S Compass.
The documentation is rather vague in the procedure. It states:
"The compass needs to be calibrated the first time you use it, and may need to be calibrated occasionally after that. iPhone alerts you whenever calibration is needed.
The iPhone 3G S documentation indicates that "The icon at the bottom of the Compass screen lets you find your current location in Maps. Maps also takes advantage of the built-in compass to show which way you’re facing."
Initially I couldn't make it work as unfortunately there is no more information presented on how to make that work!
Here's the secret.
1. If you liked Wolfeinstein 3D
back in 1992 (or later), you will most likely want to check out the iPhone version of the title.
Yesterday, June 30 Maine’s Department of Education put in an order for 64,000 MacBooks, to be followed by an estimated 7,000 more over the next several weeks to Apple.
I have some news that should resolve the overheating issue that has been plauging a percentage of iPhone 3GS owners since its release.
I personally have not experienced this issue, however I have a very reliable source who claims that they have solved the issue thanks to some internal knowledge of a known issue during production. It apparently has do do with a corrupt software image when the 3.0 OS was flashed onto the devices during production.
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As usual, there have been several great game releases lately. Of them, let me elaborate on Archon and Knights Onrush.
1. As far as Archon is concerned, first and foremost, I recommend reading THESE first impressions.
I’ve really enjoyed playing on my C64 in the eighties and was pleasantly surprised to see the quality of the iPhone version.
The pros, compared to the original C64 version:
Probably the best Tower Defense game out there is Sentinel by Origin8, which is offered for $1 only and is an excellent buy. (See my Strategy Guide HERE
The sequel to Sentinel is considerably better than the first version. Most importantly, it has four always-available, additional weapons freely available (depending on your "energy" level, which depends on how many still not destroyed gates you have and whether you’ve bought new "Energy" droids):