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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Game Price Rises: How High Will You Go? Premium Apps

The App store is a wild success.  No one can deny that.  With over 15 000 apps, it is proving every major naysayer wrong.  However, there are many trends in the store.  Everyone is out for a quick buck and with some apps certainly requiring no more than a few hours programming, it is like a crowded lazy person’s lottery.  In fact I can story this with my own creation, iNails®.  It is super top secret — basically you just shake the iPhone near any wall and it will make fingernail-on-chalkboard sounds.  Naysayers beware, it will make me a rich man because the market is huge.  Idea thieves, beware, this is in before you thought of it!

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iPhone/iPod Touch Firmware 2.2.1 point release

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Is it the release we are all hoping for or not?  Browser geeks are looking for Safari tweaks and upgrades and mail buffs are looking for many fixes including mail and pictures compatibility.  Hopefully those issues have been resolved as Apple have mentioned in the update log:

This update contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following:
- Improved general stability of Safari
- Fixed issue where some images saved from Mail do not display correctly in the Camera Roll

Products compatible with this software update:
- iPhone
- iPhone 3G

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Tired of iTunes? Try the App Store (the other one)

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App Store Messiah

Load times.  Memory.  Indirect links.  iTunes is a glorious application but with its numerous functions, even in OSX it is not as fast as it was just months ago.  Widows Windows users have a right to complain, it is slow in Vista or XP and probably in the upcoming Windows 7 Widows, but now, Apple are causing disbelief even among their most loyal followers:  the Mac faithful.

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iPhone, the next Snooper Super Sniper

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The real AppSniper

Just in case your iPhone suffers infiltration (Today’s E90 report), there are deadly weapons of revenge at your disposal.  The first and safest option is to rollback to Apple Firmware until the the smoke settles and the digital fugitives are either caught or sentenced retirement with former President Bush.  The second option is to take revenge with a little sniping of your own.

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Jailbreaked iPod Touch/iPhone users: beware of snoopers!

As reported by Today’s E90, snipers may have already landed in a jailbreaked iPhone or iPod Touch near you.  According to the article, whilst tinkering with the calender in the /var/root section, nao, Today’s E90′s author found a suspect .* directory.  Any directory beginning with a full stop is invisible to the ls command unless appended with -a.  Nao found it because he usually appends the -a extension and was able to discover the directory.  The source of the attack remains unclear.  

At the moment, there seems to be no other commotion over this attack however, the threat remains.  Do not store sensitive documents on your Jailbreaked iPhone especially if this is not an isolated incident.  Apple Firmware users have yet to worry about this however, that does not mean the threat does not exist.  

You can read the full translated article here and the original here.

Better than bleach: SoundClip brings out the brights

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Ten One Design, creator of pogo stylus and pogo sketch stylus for the iPod Touch and iPhone have brought out SoundClip, a new device that passively brightens the sound of the iPhone’s built in speaker.  According to them, it is no magic trick, just a bit of good science:

The way SoundClip works isn’t all that hard to understand. The iPhone emits a fair amount of acoustic energy through the speaker. Unfortunately, many of these sound waves are directed down and away from the user. SoundClip reflects them toward you so you can hear them better.

But how does it actually amplify? The dimensions and shape of the conical chamber create a resonance chamber facilitating the attenuation of some frequencies, and the amplification of others. The next part is the trickiest. We tuned the resonance chamber to actually improve the sound from your iPhone, resulting in a frequency response that is flatter, and more natural sounding.

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