Transit Syndey App Developer in Collision with City Rail

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Screenshot from Transit Syndey - Courtesy Sydney Morning Herald

News Digital Media developer Alvin Singh’s hopes have were derailed as Transit Sydney, an app which displayes timetables for trains and ferrys garnered the unwanted attention of CityRail. Singh’s app has been selling an upwards of 20 copies per day for the last two weeks.

CityRail informed Singh via email that would be sued if he does not remove the application from the App Store as they own all timetable information. Pertinently, TouchMyApps wonder why the timetable has been copyrighted. According to Singh, CityRail have said, “we are in the planning stages of getting our own application up there”. Whether that is true or not or will may someday materialise. At TMA, we cannot stop wondering if it is rather that the timetable much like Liverpool’s record is enough hit-and-miss that it has become a mascot of sorts and worthy of copyright.

You can check the full article at the Sydney Morning Herald. and Singh’s website here.

MGS4: Official Trailer and Touch-happy website

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mgs4-01Not news, but just a damn delicious website and preview trailer for Metal Gear Solid 4 for the iPod Touch and iPhone. Konami may not be re-creating our beloved Metal Gear Solid as it has been known for consoles and portables since the Nintendo Family computer, but they are releasing a highly anticipated shooter that sports everyone’s favourite snake and some great graphics. For those with fast fingers or addiction to Metal Gear games, this looks to be a portable pleaser. [Check out our review here]

For fans of the iDevice, it is a welcome sign that more and more big gaming companies are taking the platform seriously. Not only have Konami put the effort into coding a unique release for us touch gamers, but they have created an amusing and relevant webpage complete with ‘touching’. Kudos to you who navigate Konami’s webpage with iTap!

Konami’s Metal Gear Solid 4 for iPod Touch and iPhone webpage.

Football for the iPhone: Hooliganism’s Price

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Football doesn’t only happen to be the biggest sport the world over, it happens to be the 3rd largest religion and 2nd most powerful political movement that unites millions of people fans around this globe. However, it has not really made a big impact on the iPhone, yet.  Shane McCafferty is hoping to change than and has brought the Premier League to our hands and what more would we really want?

I downloaded all four of the originally released teams:  Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester Utd and Arsenal but spent meaningful time only with Liverpool.

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iDracula Love: Top App of the World

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Sucking the World's blood one country at a time!

No more chortling over farts or breasts, the world has voted and iDracula the App Store’s new Lord and Master; it is the new Top Paid App. In fact, it is a clean sweep of the USA, Canada, UK, Japan and France.  Whose finger did developer More Games Entertainment have to pull to get there?  Not sure, but I am certain it was enough all night work to leave the poor souls bloodless, cold and ready to devour.  

Our review pointed out some of its strengths but iDracula has to be played to truly be appreciated.  Quick and smooth with great graphics and engine work, iDracula is bound to remain a genre-defining game for the iPhone despite carrying such a small pricetag.  

Take a look at Top App of the World from time to time to see how your favourite apps fare in global rankings.  

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A Real RPG arrives at the App Store – The Quest

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The Quest – 3D Fantasy RPG is a simply titled game from Redshift and published by Chillingo that looks to follow the classic formula for a PC RPG, not a console cartoon stat monger adventure like the myriad of Square/Enix knock offs.  The Quest has been on Windows Mobile and Palm for some time but has finally made it to a superior platform and for only 5.99$.  If you are fans of the Elder Scrolls, Ultima Underworld and of course Sierra’s genre defining, Betrayal at Krondor, this new RPG should appeal to you.

Notably however, its graphics are far richer than any of the classics listed above and you can play from the comfort of your iPhone or iPod touch.  I know I have waited for a release of a real RPG since the App Store’s inception.  Count me as one who is waiting for this game to be bloody amazing.

More Pickies and Chillingo’s video after the jump!

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More Anime for the iPhone: Evangelion cometh

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Anime's 'real McCoy'

Though years since bursting onto televisions across the globe, Evangelion remains an anime favourite and to many people, a benchmark to which other Sci-Fi films and series must strive to attain. Until recently, the iPhone has been devoid of anything anime. Sure, some RPG that use anime drawings or anime-inspired  characters have hit the shelves of the App Store but not an official anime release.

Details are still out but Tokyo-based software producer, Appiliya (Appiliya have 26 App Store applications to their name and are quickly ramping production of more) are producing what is to be the iPhone’s first licensed Evangelion application.  The App is purported to make use of many hardware features unique to the iPhone.

From their website:

Appliya’s initial offerings for Evangelion will be “casual” apps that utilize the visual style, characters, and storyline from the Rebuild of Evangelion films. The applications will be the result of a joint production effort between Appliya and Japanese media company Broccoli Co., Ltd. The apps will take advantage of the innovative touch screen on the iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as the device’s camera, calendar functions, and clock. 

Evangelion was first aired in 1995 in Japan and became a worldwide multi-billion dollar production.  It has been a favourite of anime fans since its creation.  

EFF and Apple: Jailbreaking is Illegal

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The Freedomless iPhone
In declaring Jail-breaking illegal, Apple pragmatically slammed the door on reverse-engineering.  In some ways it makes sense.  They have been actively pursuing patents to stifle any innovation set forth by their rivals since the days of  Microsoft’s DOS.  Now, Apple are trying to copyright all aspects of the iPhone’s user interface.  They have been successful in the past, powering past other moguls such as Xerox, Apple Corp (the Beatles), eMachines and Creative (maker of the Zen line of portable audio players) among others. Legally, they are a virtual mother goose: hissing at any passerby while madly winging in their biological and adopted baby iPhone elements. And that is exactly the reason we should be wary:  Apple are about all about the ‘i’ as it pertains to ‘me’ – as in Apple.  

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Toy Bot’s $10,000 Excellent Adventure!

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Escape from City 17: Toronto’s other Claim to Fame

Toronto may be Canada’s most bustling city and her economic heart, but when taken in a global context, it is trite.  New York is bigger and louder, London is more expensive and Montreal clings to chic traditions.  Until the release of 7Cities by Neptune Studios, Toronto had little to report itself by on a global scale.  This morning, a cricked neck woke me early and I was greeted with a youtube video:  Escape from City 17 by Purchase Brothers.  I have never played HalfLife but many times have watched over Louis’s shoulder as he hammered crab-headed aliens with a crowbar and gained another freakish personality – I was in deep.

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iDracula coming soon to an App Store near you

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Update: iDracula is now available at the app store [iDracula, 0.99]. Read our review of the here

Chillingo has dropped by TouchMyApps to give us the scoop on their soon to be released iDracula, an action packed title that transports you into a Van Helsing like world. While not a whole lot is known about the game at this time, we’ve been able uncover some details regarding weapons, gameplay and controls that should wet your appetite. More info and screenshots after the break.

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