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Last month it was reported that Electronic Arts (EA) was combining two of its mobile game design studios. Firemint, who make the hit racing series Real Racing, with Iron Monkey, who have developed for EA, stellar games like Mass Effect: Infiltrator as well as the award-winning Dead Space, have now been consolidated to form Firemonkeys. What can we expect to see from the joining of these two great design studios?
Well, good news racing fans! Now hot on the heels of this merger, Firmonkeys has just released a trailer for the upcoming Real Racing 3.
The third and final chapter of the Moonwall series (originally called “The Train”) has finally arrived on the iPad, and I couldn’t wait to dig into it. I’ve always been a fan of the series thanks to its intriguing story, even though part two had a few annoyances where the game engine was concerned. This last episode seems to have fixed those issues for the most part, and continued to uphold the tradition of strong story and some challenging puzzles. There were even a couple of innovative uses of the device, at least where adventure games are concerned. My biggest disappointment, however, besides the fact that this was the end, was how it ended. Still, up until the last few minutes of the game the journey was certainly worth it.
Welcome to my weekly recap here at iPhone Life. Each week I take a look back at some of the top stories, news, rumors and updates in the world of iOS that made headlines.
*Jonathan Ive: “our goal isn't to make money.”
*Infinity Blade II: "SkyCages". Their biggest update yet, just released! Now on sale for $3.00!
*Mark your calendars folks: September 12...
*Dead Trigger: Updated for more chills and thrills!
*Siri: Say whaaat?!?
I never had a piano lesson, even though we had a piano in the house, growing up. That piano collected dust and was more useful as a piece of furniture to display picture frames on. I always wished I had more initiative and learned to play.
But today, thanks to the magic that is the Piano Apprentice from ION Audio
, I actually learned how to play the melody from The Entertainer! And it just took about 30 minutes! The Piano Apprentice is a creative combination of a physical piano keyboard, and a free app with several lessons included, and tight integration between the software and hardware.
After iMore broke the story on Monday that their source said Apple will hold an event to launch the iPhone 5 on September 12, a number of other trusted websites also reported that their various inside sources confirmed the date (including The Verge, The Loop, Reuters, Bloomberg, the New York Times, and CNN).
It's always been a struggle for Apple peripheral vendors. They have to find a way to build a better mousetrap, so to speak, than Apple. Look at the Apple Magic Mouse for example, and notice that nobody has really even tried to build a better mouse for Macs. In the PC world, where mice and keyboards are almost an afterthought, it's easy for a vendor like Logitech to make better keyboards than what comes with the computer.
But with Apple, their wired and wireless keyboard are built well and wouldn't be out of place in the Museum of Modern Art.
The iPad is great, but even after three generations, it's hard to grip. It really could benefit from a handle. So I was excited to see the TabletClaw
, an innovative multipurpose solution for gripping your tablet as well as propping it up.
The TabletClaw is made of rubber and hard plastic, made in the USA by the way, in a portable package designed to slide on to most tablets, not just the iPad 2 and new iPad.
Amazon released a new free app today, Amazon Instant Video, that gives U.S. iPad users access to Amazon's catalog of over 120,000 videos. It's great to see yet another rich source for movies coming to the iPad. If you're an Amazon Prime member ($79/year), you have access to thousands of free videos — a subset of their catalog, just as with Netflix. Of course, anyone, whether or not they're a member of Amazon Prime, can also purchase or rent videos (48 hours) for watching on their iPad.
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What's bigger than an iPhone, smaller than a MacBook, and the most anticipated Apple product since the original iPhone? On January 27, at a special invitation only event at the San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Steve Jobs announced Apple's new "magical, revolutionary product" -- the iPad. Meant to fill the gap between the laptop and phone, Jobs said it was "way better" than either. Let's take a look at it.
Thin, lightweight, and powerful
The iPad shares many hardware features with the iPhone, including an accelerometer, an orientation sensor to switch from portrait to landscape mode, solid-state memory, and the same 30-pin doc connector. Connectivity is also virtually the same, with wireless 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR included on all models.
iPad runs iPhone apps!
The iPad will run a version of iPhone OS, and the new device can run virtually any app developed for the iPhone or iPod touch. Aps developed for the iPhone can run on the iPad in native resolution but is large enough to touch type on.
The larger screen not only makes familiar iPhone apps like Calendar, Mail, and Safari look stunning, it also provides screen real estate for more complex elements in the UI. For example, Calendar display a split-sreen view that describes the day's appointments on the left and shows you a color map of used time slots on the right. The split-screen view in Contacts displays you contacts list on the left and the full information for the contact you've selected on the right.
An ebook reader and more
Although not build into the iPad, Apple will offer a free app called iBooks, which will allow you to download and read books from it's new virtual bookstore. The new iBooks store will be accessed from and as easy to use as iTunes.
The ultimate media device?
The iPad is not the world's first tablet PC or the first eBook reader. Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer, and others sell Windows-based tablets, and Amazon has had considerable success with it's Kindle. But Apple thinks the iPad will reinvent the category by offering a vastly superior multi-touch interface an easy access to a wide-variety of apps and media via iTunes. Aple hopes to make the iPad the ultimate media device by leveraging it's existing assets which include over 100 million paying iTunes customers, established relationships with music and video content providers, and over 100,000 iPhone OS app developers.