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.
IUGO 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.
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.
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.
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 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. [PC – Mac]
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.
Currently, there is nothing bigger than breasts in Japan. Nope. Not even Alphaville can tobble topple Wobble. I’ll say it as I have been saying it, breasts are back and with full support from Apple. Firstly, after the jump let’s remember the last big thing to hit Japan …
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.
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!