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Just in time for the long Memorial Day Weekend, a bunch of (indie) developers have banded together and created the “Because We May” initiative, slashing prices off their titles in an attempt to promote their work.
We believe that developers should have the freedom to price their games how they like, without interference from the online stores that sell the games. Why? Because it allows us to promote our games more freely, as we are doing here! We rely on the ability to promote our games for our livelihood and control over pricing is an important tool for this purpose.
Setting up and configuring a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on the iPhone and iPad can be a daunting task for many. You can first search online and choose from one of the many providers, pick a plan that suits you, and then manually enter the account details into the Network area under Settings. You can of course use the the recently released Onion Browser for more secure browsing, but relying on the Tor network can be frustratingly slow at times. For those not familiar with VPNs, they’re great for accessing websites or social networks that have been blocked by your company’s (or even country’s) firewall and allow you to surf the web without revealing your true IP address. But perhaps even more important for iOS users, using a VPN while logged onto a public WiFi network — something we’ve all done, be it in a hotel, coffee shop or airport — will ensure that your data (namely usernames and login passwords) is encrypted and protected from would-be snoopers. Let’s take a look at two iOS apps that will easily let you setup a VPN and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Google has finally launched their highly anticipated Google Drive today, a cloud storage service that will finally give Dropbox some serious competition.
Today, we’re introducing Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.
Read It Later, a popular read it later service with over 4.5 million users, has rebranded itself as “Pocket” and is now free across all major platforms (iOS, Android, Kindle, Web). Much like Instapaper and Readability, it lets you save web content for reading at a later time, with a user friendly format and offline viewing as well. Unique to Pocket however, is a video/image filter that allows users to easily find Youtube or Vimeo links that have previously been saved (or any article with a video embedded). The universal app also supports bulk editing, favoriting and tagging and is integrated into over 300 apps, including Zite and Flipboard. From my brief use so far, I’ve been impressed with its UI, ability to tag, and more importantly, I love the fact that I can now save videos I come across and watch them whenever via a neatly compiled list. Definitely worth checking out if you like saving articles/webpages to read later on your iPhone/iPad. Check out the promo video and full press release after the break.
Idea Shower, Pocket (Formerly Read It Later) - Free
After only 3 days of release, Angry Birds Space can officially be deemed a major hit. Through Twitter, Rovio announced that the latest space-themed Angry Birds game saw 10 million downloads over its initial launch weekend.
10 million Angry Birds Space downloads in less than 3 days! Thanks to our fans, stay tuned for more! #angrybirdsspace
What’s not known at this time is the breakdown between the different platforms, though its probably safe to assume that a large chunk of the downloads are from Android users (it’s free on Google Play, unlike iOS App Store). And with all the hype and publicity surrounding Angry Birds Space, don’t be surprised if the game surpasses the 100 million mark within a few weeks time.
Smartphone-controlled helicopter enthusiasts can now unleash their fury at annoying (and unsuspecting) office colleagues thanks to the release of the HELO TC Assault . A follow up to Griffin’s HELO TC helicopter, this menacing mini-copter packs 6 “live-fire” missiles which can be launched at will with the free iOS or Android app. Using your iPhone/iPad/Android device as a remote control, you can fly the cool gizmos via either the touchscreen’s virtual joystick or tilt controls. There’s even an auto land feature and the ability to record up to 3 flight plans for maximum fun. The HELO TC Assault is now available for $59.99 and shipping’s free within the US (international orders start at $8 for “economy” shipping). Check out the rather hilarious promo trailer of a boss getting even with his underlings after the break.
Today, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’ birthday (as well as Read Across America Day) and to celebrate Oceanhouse Media is launching a sale for 25 Dr. Seuss digital books on iOS and Android, with prices ranging from $0.99 to $2.99. Some of the more notable apps include Horton Hears a Who! ($2.99), The Cat in the Hat ($1.99) and The Lorax ($0.99). In addition, the virtual tree growing game Lorax Garden is now available to download for free. This of course, also coincides with the theatrical release of the animated The Lorax movie today.
For the complete listing of Dr. Seuss apps on sale, which runs thru March 8th, head on over to Oceanhouse Media’s webpage for more info. Video trailer highlighting the Dr. Seuss apps and press release after the gap.
IM+ Pro, one of the best instant messaging apps on the iDevice, is now on sale for $0.99 – down from its regular price of $9.99. This IM supports nearly all the major chat platforms, including MSN, Yahoo, Facebook, AIM and more. In addition, a recent update introduced Beep, a free alternative to SMS and MMS that lets you chat with contacts from your phone’s Address Book (similar to WhatsApp).
Introducing Beep: free mobile-to-mobile in-app messenger.
We figured you’ve been looking for a free alternative to SMS for a while now. And now we’ve got that right in IM+. Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and other mobile devices that your friends use IM+ on: Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone.
Whenever you send and receive text messages, photos, video or voice messages, IM+ Beep will make sure that your message was successfully sent and notify you when it is safely delivered. Push will make incoming messages instantly pop up on your device.
And for all you Angry Birds fans, SHAPE Services even teamed up with Rovio to bring you an interactive Angry Birds theme (just think occasional flying birds and pigs in the background). If you’re after an All-in-One IM app for your iPhone/iPad, this is a fantastic deal at only a buck.
SHAPE Services, IM+ Pro, – $0.99
There’s a new Siri Port in town and this time, it’s completely legal (unlike this one). Brought to you by jailbreak developers chpwn and Ryan Petrich, Spire allows older (jailbroken) iOS 5 devices like the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3/4G and iPad 1 to run Siri. Available on Cydia as a 100mb download, the port will also require additional info from an iPhone 4S (needed to communicate with Apple’s servers) and a proxy server.
LogMeIn, the company behind Ignition (TMA Review) – a fantastic app that lets you remotely control your computer – has just released LogMeIn and it’s completely Free. Users can now access their PC/Mac on their iPhone or iPad and it won’t even cost them a dime. Also new is the ability to stream HD video and sound from your computer to the iDevice (available for Windows while coming soon for Mac). This sweet feature is included in the premium Ignition app, while free LogMeIn users can have video streaming, file transfers, My Cloud bank integration and remote printing via an annual in-app purchase of $39.99.