Ever since the release of firmware 2.1 for the iPhone, users had to resort to a slew of different hacks and methods (done through jailbreak apps or the importing 27 contacts trick) in order to enable the very popular Emoji icons found on Japanese iPhones. Now a simple search of ’emoji’ at the App Store will reveal three apps that will do the dirty work for you and enable these funky icons. While two are currently $0.99 apps (Touch Dial Emoji and Typing Genius – Free Emoji), Spell Number – Emoji For Free can be downloaded for free. After installing Spell Number, go here to see simple instructions on how to activate your Emojis. This is probably the easiest (and cheapest) way to go if you want to add some flavor to your iPhone messages.
Ketara Software has recently released SpaceX as a free download (for a limited time) at the App Store. The space shooter does have fairly good graphics and even features a fully customizable ship, where you can purchase both weapon and armor upgrades. Overall I found it to be a pretty decent shooter that kept me busy with all those darn upgrades. Those picky with controls will be glad to know that tilt and touch controls are interchangeable without the need of changing any settings. Simply tap the screen to active the touch controls and let go to to start the accelerometer (very intuitive). If you like blowing things up in space, better grab yourself a copy while its still free. Few more screenshots and video 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]
I find that I’m using my iTouch less as a music player and more as an extremely portable computer. I spend more time surfing the web, using apps, and playing games than I do just sitting there listening to music. This is a testimony to the versatility and functionality that Apps, such as gFlash Pro, bring to this wonderful platform.
There’s nothing quite like coming to a new world or city, to find out it hasn’t been developed yet. Welcome to Westward pardner! You are among the first settlers in the West!! While this may be a port of a PC game from a few years back, it’s still a whole lot of fun! Most importantly, it really is implemented very well on the iDevice thanks to its touch screen. But we’ll get to that in a bit…
Great Apps’ iSteam has already gained a cult-like following since it debuted at the App Store a little over a month ago and has seen over a million downloads. If you’re unfamiliar with this neat app, here’s what the app description has to say:
Your phone can now do so much more… Welcome the first “steamy” photo editor for the iPhone / iPod touch. We are proud to deliver you the unique chance to turn your device into a foggy surface just like your mirror after a hot shower or as your window on a winter day. iSteam exploits all the features of your device (accelerometer, multitouch, microphone, speakers) like never before, for an astonishingly realistic experience!
The coolest aspect of iSteam is that you can interact with the on screen moisture. As you “wipe” the fog away, your photo underneath is revealed a stroke at a time. Realistic droplets will also streak in the direction of the iPhone/Touch’s tilt. This is definitely an app worth checking now that its free (for a limited time). Click here to grab your copy of iSteam and recreate your favorite shower scenes!
GameResort, creators of the unique bowling title Downhill Bowling (a game we enjoyed immensely and gave a “Grab It” rating) has dropped by TouchMyApps to let us know about an upcoming and yet to be titled game that indeed looks very promising. The game will be launched with 2 game modes:
Arcade: Defend the island against waves of enemies, shoot down as many as you can to collect the maximum amount of points. Enemy ships spawn crates when shot down. You can pick up the crates and drop them on a specific target for additional points.
Race: There are 9 different track configurations around the island. You have to fly through a series of hoops in sequence and complete 3 laps as fast as possible. The same mechanics as in arcade mode apply (shooting down targets, pickup/drop crates) but they give you a time bonus instead of points.
I have also been told that the controls will be ‘casual’: accelerometer to steer, a button to fire, a button to drop the crates (when available). The game should making its way into the App Store sometime this month and we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for this sweet looking arcade shooter.
ngmoco, the fine folks behind Rolando, has released a lite version of the beautifully designed and well executed game. Rolando was one of the first games to hit the iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly considered a defining game for the platform. Its long been one of my favorite titles at the App Store and one that cements the iPhone/Touch as a serious contender as a mobile gaming device. Rolando Lite will take you through the tutorial levels of the first world Honeycup Meadows and give you a taste of how the game is played. If you haven’t tried Rolando ($5.99) just yet, grab the lite version here and see what all the fuss is about.
TouchMyApps is giving away 3 copies of the newly released BubbleHead, a stylishly designed arcade flyer developed by newcomers CrowdCafe. I originally covered the app here and personally found the game lots of fun with its challenging gameplay, cute visuals and tight controls. To win a copy BubbleHead, submit a comment and let us know what your impressions are of the game after watching the video trailer (found after the break). Winners will be selected randomly and the contest will close Feb 9th, 2009 @ 11am EST.