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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...



VITO Celebrates App Store Anniversary with Star Walk Freebies!

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 VITO Technology is celebrating the one year anniversary tomorrow (Nov 6, 2009) of their award winning Star Walk application. Sorry I got this out late, but evidently you still have a little time to get in on the contest, and possibly some goodies. Prizes will include T-shirts, redeem codes (for Star Walk), and some iTunes $5 gift cards, so get over to their blog and answer the quiz questions for a chance to win!



Review: Zombie Dash by Clickgamer

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I’d say zombie games on the App Store were a dime a dozen, but that’s obviously not true since Apple won’t let you charge less than 99 cents a game. However, there are certainly a sizeable number of games in the App Store that feature zombies in some way, shape or form. So what does one do to make a zombie game that stands out from the crowd? One way would be to create a game like Zombie Dash. You won’t find any heavy artillery or mass destruction here. Instead, you must use your wits and some creative finger work to stay away from the zombies as long as possible. Thank goodness you can fuel up on mossburgers…



IMP Music Game Review

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IMP: Surf the Music from Koolhaus Games is a fun game, and in fact I wish I had gotten around to reviewing it sooner. The graphics aren't super sophisticated, and the goal is simple sliding around a curving track, hitting objects called, "bits o funk" in time to backing music, but the game features some catchy tracks and good beat mixes, and I had a hard time putting it down. Read the rest of my mini-review after the break, or go check it out here.

 



Apple to compete with Hulu, Zillion, TVu?

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The web is a buzz with information that Apple may further develop iTunes into a monthly $30 subscription service for TV and movies as reported in Forbes today.  Peter Kafka of All Things Digital indicates multiple sources indicate that Apple may be ready to take on the likes of Hulu and Zillion and tap into the growing trend of people's viewing habits shifting from traditional TV or cable and towards the internet. 



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