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Review: imPig from iPho Game Development

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I’m not really quite sure who the target audience for this game is. With the whole “three little pigs” motif you’d almost think it was a kid’s game, but the atmosphere seems a bit violent. When you shoot the wolves with an arrow they bleed, and in the intro cartoon the pig comes off as kind of a gruff, mean protector. Not to mention the fact that this game gets tough rather quickly. That being said, it is a somewhat amusing game that will definitely keep you challenged. Did I mention it was tough?



iPhone marketshare grows! Where it stops, nobody knows!

 A new report shows Apple's marketshare of the smartphone market continues to grow, at the expense of the entrenched suppliers.

The iPhone now accounts for 30%, up from 25% and trails market leader RIM (BlackBerry) by ten points, as RIM slipped one percent to 40%.  Considering that BlackBerry includes a variety of platforms, touchscreen and non-touchscreen, and that Apple's iPod touch sales aren't included, it's clear that the iPhone platform is on its way to becoming the dominant platform for smart devices.



Yes, you can put several hundred applications on your iPhone!

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The iPhone operating system has never allowed for listing more than 9 (SpringBoard) pages of 16 applications each, which has severely restricted the number of applications you can install on a phone. (Actually, the number of third-party apps you can display is even less as the built-in applications take up one tab – around 14-16 icons.)

The problem was slightly cured by the introduction of OS 3 this June. It allowed for both slightly more (11) SpringBoard pages so that you could see a bit more applications. However, additional programs you synchronized did not show up – even when they are there on your phone.

Fortunately, there are several solutions for the problem.

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Multiplayer game news

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I dedicate a brand new article to this news item as I have a lot of great news and I don’t want them not to be noticed when posted to the original article. (NOTE: I’ve posted at least one update a day to the original article in the last two weeks, announcing new games, videos, price drops etc.



Review: WiFi Photo

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I don't normally write about non-game apps, mainly because I quite frankly don't do much with my iPod besides play games and listen to music.  However, I recently ran into a problem with my computer where Windows Explorer won't recognize my iPod, so I cannot copy images to my computer.  This usually isn't a problem except for the fact that I will often take screen shots of games that I am reviewing, and I really don't have the patience to email those screen shots to myself to get them off of my device.  Thankfully there's an app for that, and it's called WiFi Photo.



Book Reader - a nice read, but not all that it's advertised

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The graphics on Book Reader are stunning when you first turn it on. The sample book included on the app beautifully displays on a wooden shelf and appears to have a gilt-edge, leather cover. Tap to select the book and it opens to an antique white page with easy-to-read text. It’s very pleasant on the eyes. The pages turn in a way that simulates page turning in a print book. There are even some black and white illustrations included in the sample, which adds to the reading pleasure.



A Developer's View on In-App Purchases for Free Apps

 Apple recently announced a major shift in how they treat free apps and I have been mulling over what it means to developers, in addition to end users.

In the past, "In-App Purchases", or the ability to add features to an app, were only available for paid apps.  Free apps could not be upgraded, short of purchasing the paid version separately.  Now, users of these free apps can purchase upgrades.

On one hand, more choices are a good thing.  But I have some concerns.



Rockband for iPhone & iPod Touch is Available in the AppStore

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Fanboys and girls are understandable excited that EA has released Rockband for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The base game costs $9.95 and is 158 megs. Each song is reported to be between 10 and 20 megs each. People with smaller capacity devices may have to delete some content.



Chiming in on StoryChime

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I think Siena Entertainment has hit one out of the park with StoryChime's The Queen Bee (.99) a 21st Century take on the Brothers Grimm 1884 Fairy Tail.

Let me walk you through why. According to the company press release, Story Chimes was created by two young fathers who were looking for a way to educationally entertain their kids while promoting a contemporary way to make reading fun.” Well if my son is any indication, they certainly have found a way to make reading fun.



iPhone OS 3.1.2 A2DP / AVRCP (stereo Bluetooth) iPhone 3G / 3GS test results

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You may well remember that, immediately after the release of OS 3.0 and the 3G S, I’ve published quite a few tests on stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) headphones compatibility with both the iPhone 3G and the 3G S (see THIS for my latest report).

Now that version 3.1.2 is out and I had some time to research how it can be safely jailbroken, I’ve re-run the tests, particularly in order to find out how voice control over Bluetooth works.



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