While not likely to be implemented in the near future, Samsung‘s MEMS (Micro Electromechanical System) shutter is a technology to look out for in the world of mobile phones. Shutters allow light to the sensor for a determined amount of time and more quickly prepare the sensor for another shot by physically blocking light from the sensor as the image is transferred to memory. No matter the advantage to image quality, mechanical weight and voltage requirements have kept their application in the mobile phone arena impractical.
Despite enormous hype surrounding the App Store and enthusiasm from developers and customers alike, Apple may not yet be making returns from the App Store that they had hoped. Visiting a tool from O’Reilly, LightSpeed Venture Partners’ Jeremy Liew proposes that Apple may have made revenue of only 20-45 million dollars US.
Appbank, somehow got ahold of Wolfenstein RPG, a game that is still dungeon slinking rather than the tasting the free air of the App Store. It appears to be a hi-resolution port of the EA title of that has been firing up good ol’ RPG action in mobile users’ hands for some time. Thankfully, before Apple pulled Wolfenstein from the App Store, Appbank got away with a nice gameplay video and some screenshots. After a bit of drooling, I can officially declare that though I know nothing official, this game WILL be The Quest meets Wolfenstein in EA flavour. Mark me for a purchase when available and if it proves to be a quality title, then shove a tasty spot aside for this RPG.
In 2008, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, otherwise known as ‘Steve Notes’ sold out for the first time since 1996. You won’t be able to get in this year either if you have not already bought your ticket and signed the non-disclosure agreement stating that you will not let any secrets fly that are not loosed already from somewhere in China. Yep, 2009′s WWDC is as good as gone but how will it fare compared to its earlier incarnations?
Ever been in a situation where your mortal enemy was in the cubical next to you? The one individual who causes you to look inferior in front of your boss, because he completes his work on time while you’re desperately trying to slack off? Has the thought ever crossed your mind that if you had control of a missile launcher in the palm of your hand, you would cause his being to explode all over Suzie, that cute receptionist who refuses to date you? If you’ve answered yes to all of these questions and aren’t currently in a padded white room, iLauncher is the application for you.
Not a fatal one, at least not yet, but a strong enough blow to pull it out of the game and off the App Store. Ow My Balls!, is described by its developers Jetson Creative as, “A comedy game that brings top shelf kicked-in-the-crotch humor to the iPhone and iPod Touch”. Yet there was nothing funny about the game’s release. Less than 24 hours after it’s eruption onto the service, it had to be yanked off due to a castrating crash bug hidden deep within its canals that play testers, “MariJane” and “Igor” along with others, were unable to find before its coming out party.
Okay, so which TouchMyApp reader won? Was it you in the Where’s Waldo hat? Probably not. The odds for winning fit somewhere just below getting struck by lightning whilst accepting a Jackpot Lottery ticket and being saved from a death-jump by flying pigs.
Chillingo, publishers of many acclaimed iPhone apps, are dripping fairy dust all over the web today with screenshots of the upcoming title, Vampire Origins. As tight-lipped as the Count himself, Chillingo’s director Chris Byatte informed us that this title is to be: ‘an advanced “point-and-click” adventure’! Because TouchMyApps’ power of deduction is impressive, we have sussed out that ‘Origins’ will be the first in a dark trilogy of games from Chillingo.[more screenies after the jump]
The iPhone is a great success story that has had a happy beginning long before the App Store. Now, it is just cleaning up the industry with great sales despite a saturating market and cool economic climate. Well, AT&T are weighing their options as the exclusive deal with Apple is fast approaching a 2010 close. The bottom line for the telecom giant is that it wants Apple’s iPhone again. For either giant, this upcoming rift is a both an opportunity and a blackhole of trepidation.
While many developers work to keep their app ascending the purchase stairway to Heaven, Discussion Works have a different goal: retiring their app early. On 20 May in the year of our Lord 2009, l33t ROFLCOPTER will make history as the first app to give a finger to the prophecy that app usage sharply decreases over time. In fact, at precisely 11:59 (23:59) on the 20th, the l33t version will take off to another domain after just over a month in the App Store.