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Review: Ancient Vampire by Monzini

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Let’s face it, who doesn’t want to pretend to be a vampire these days? Kids have always dressed up as the blood sucking creatures, but now movies like Blade, Underworld and Twilight make it seem cool to be one of the undead. Besides, you’d save a lot of money on shades and suntan lotion. Ancient Vampire gives you the chance to play one of the ancient fang-bearers, albeit a self made one. Unfortunately what could be an entertaining game is marred with some technical issues that make it downright deadly to play at times.



Pocket Tunes Contest: WIN a Free Internet Radio iPhone Tuner!!

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 Pocket Tunes recently came out with a new version, so you know I had to try and get some freebies out of the deal for our loyal iPhone Life peeps! I'm still working on my own review, but in the mean-time, go check out Werner's awesome write-up here! So, we are giving away copies of Pocket Tunes to 3 lucky posters, and I think you know the dealeo by now--gotta post in a relevant manner before Saturday, 14th of Nov, 2009 (11PM EST) for a chance to win... Read on for full contest rules.



Review: Horror Racing by Chillingo

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I’ve been looking for a racer that I could enjoy for quite some time, but I’m not really into the more realistic fare like Real Racing. That’s why I was excited when I first heard about Horror Racing. Now that I’ve had a chance to spend some time with the game, I’d like to plagiarize the immortal words of James Cromwell and say “that’ll do, Chillingo, that’ll do”.



Win a Real GTI by playing Real Racing!

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 This is SO FRIGGIN AWESOME, I wanna cry!! You can check out my review of Firemint's Real Racing here, but the new free Real Racing GTI lite version has been downloaded over 2 million times! Volkswagon released the 2010 GTI, also sponsoring the App store release of the lite version of the game, and they are giving away a real GTI to 5 more lucky winners! Read on for the full details of the contest...

 



Review: Kamikaze Race by Orb Games

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Kamikaze Race is one of those “guilty pleasure” games. You know, the kind where what have to do is something that (hopefully) you wouldn’t do in real life. In this case you’re weaving in and out of traffic, trying to go as fast as you possibly can. It’s a simple game that can actually become a bit addictive. In the end, however, it suffers the most from being almost too simple.



Review: Penguin Break by GameFlow Entertainment

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Truthfully, I just sort of glanced over Penguin Break when it appeared in the New Releases list on the web site that I monitor daily. However, when the developer requested that a staff member of iPhone Life take a look at the game I figured “why not? It can’t hurt anything, right?” I’m actually glad I decided to take the developer up on his offer. Penguin Break takes the “ancient” concept that was introduced to me via that game Jawbreaker on one of my Pocket PC devices, throws in some cute penguins and a couple of neat power up twists, and actually manages to make a simple yet engaging game out of the whole thing. The big question is “who will break first, the penguins or you?”



iTunes App Store undergoing subtle but significant changes... with some difficulty

 If you've been paying close attention, as most developers do, to the App Store, you may have noticed some changes.

  1. New Releases only show BRAND NEW apps, i.e. version 1.0
  2. Updates are not included in the New Releases

This is potentially a good thing for users but there are some downsides.

The good news is, you won't have to search through old apps to find new gems.  It might also discourage developers from submitting minor updates just to be featured on the New Releases page.  That will also cut down on approval time as fewer apps need to be reviewed.



Streaming Media News

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I'm currently working on a review of streaming solutions, and recently noted some interesting news items that relate. Orb, the excellent PC-based streaming media service is bringing their fabulous software to OS X. Go here to read more and get Orb for Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Pocket Tunes (which I will review here soon), an Internet Radio app for iPhone and iPod, has also recently added a very useful feature to it's player that enables record and time-shifting of streams.



Misc news: Web browsers, IM, radio apps, multiplayer games, emulators etc.

There have been quite a few major updates, announcements, releases lately, since my publishing my previous news catch-up article slightly more than a month ago. Let me show you some of the most important ones.
(NOTE: I’ve already published some of these pieces of news in my all-in-one roundups and “bibles”. That is, if you do follow them (you should if you really want to know what’s happening on the iPhone scene), you already know of them. If you don’t but, in the future, would like to get notified of new releases / versions of a given application / game genre, don’t forget to subscribe to the given articles. It’s very easy.)


New SafeWallet Versions Released

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 "For the past several weeks we've been working around the clock to bring great new features to SafeWallet! Since our last newsletter announcement we've already had two new SafeWallet updates. The first was version 1.2 about two weeks ago, and today's release, version 1.2.1. For your convenience we've included here a list of the main new features introduced with these last two updates." Read on for the details...



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