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!

toybotdiaries2_1IUGO Mobile Entertainment, the masterminds behind the very popular Toy Bot Diaries series, has just launched a huge promotion that will see one lucky winner take home a cool $10,000 first prize. Those who already played through all three Toy Bot installments will be ahead of the game, but it’s certainly not too late for those who are new to the series. To be eligible, you will have to collect 25 datapads from each of the three Toy Bot Diaries games – for a total of 75 datapads. There will also be 10 second prize winners ($100 iTunes gift card), as well as one third prize winner who will receive all future IUGO App Store releases free of charge. Complete details after the jump.

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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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How would your iPhone behave at a cell phone reunion?

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College Humor has a pretty hilarious cartoon up titled “Cell Phone Reunion -When Bluetooth, Car Phone and BlackBerry team up, iPhone gets what he deserves” , where an iPhone shows up to the par-tay with a bad case of superiority complex. Needless to say, cartoon mayhem ensues as the former and ancient mobile darlings gang up on the pompous iDevice. Definitely worth checking out if you want a good laugh. (The video does contain some mild language, so viewer discretion is advised)

Google Sync for your iPhone

Google has once again added more functionality to your beloved iPhone. This time it is over-the-air syncing of your built-in iPhone contacts and calendar with that of  your Google account. Non MobileMe users as well as those relying on NuevaSync to easily sync contacts and calendar between your iPhone and desktop can now do the same with Google Sync.

  • Get Google Calendar events on your device (and be alerted for upcoming appointments with sound or vibration)
  • View multiple Calendars in different colors
  • Synchronize your Contacts with Google
  • Have changes pushed directly to your phone

The best part about all this is that both your calendar and contacts stay synchronized whether you add or edit entries on your iDevice or on your Google account on the web. Sweet. Instructions on how to get started can be found here.  Be sure to back up any contacts and calendars to your computer before proceeding. [PCMac]

ExZeus: Giant Robots and Lasers

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30 January, 2009, a beautiful shooter popped onto the App Store.  ExZeus is developed by HyperDevBox and reminiscent of the days of Galaga or Space Harrier, but gloriously rendered and spectrally highlighted in 3D.  If you like Japanese robots in particular and shooting things as a hobby, get excited because no one does robots better than the Japanese and no one shoots better than a robot.  ExZeus is as per the App Description, a port of the famous arcade hit that has more recently made waves in in the Nintendo Wii and Playstation 2 crowd.  

Gameplay video after the jump.

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Flash on the iPhone – Flying Pigs Sighed over London

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After Steve Jobs’s 2007 concession that Adobe’s Flash would be too slow on the iPhone and that a lite version wasn’t “capable enough to be used with the Web”, many potential users and even some Apple zealots were left in the cold.  Proper Flash and Java implementations are fundamental building blocks of the internet.  Since the launch of the iPhone, rumours and whispers of Flash and Java have tickled the ears of iPhone fans and users.  However, only recently have rumours from reputable sources trickled in from blogs and newssites – many of these sites rely heavily on Java and/or Flash interfaces.  

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