Stranded: Mysteries of Time in Review – Lost in the moment…

The AppStore will soon turn 2 years old and has matured enough to see a flurry of sequels start hitting the market. One such game that has recently seen a followup is Stranded! Without A Phone – an interesting and original adventure / RPG game that I thoroughly enjoyed a few months ago. Today, I’d like to welcome Glu’s take: Stranded: Mysteries of Time.

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1112 episode 02 in Review – The LOST of iPhone adventure games!

In my interview with the creators of Rogue Planet (TMA Review), Agharta Studio hinted at the sequel to their highly acclaimed adventure game – 1112 episode 01 – the first adventure game originally and exclusively designed for the iDevice and it’s unique capabilities. Following our sneak peak at the beta version a couple of weeks ago, 1112 episode 02 has now been released, so it’s time to give it a thorough run-down and sum up what we’ve got. Can the sequel to an excellent adventure that received an honorable mention in our The App Store’s Best Adventure hold its ground against the fierce competition of the App Store?

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iPad Spirit jailbreak out – already some nifty features unlocked!

Hallelujah. Just a few days after the iPad 3G started shipping, the long awaited untethered jailbreak for the “Jesus” devices – codenamed Spirit - is finally out (for the masses). It works on ANY iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch running OS < 4.0! I’m going to write out a detailed walkthrough of jailbreaking your iDevice later this week as part of my JBNator Diaries column, but for now, check the low-down after the gap.

P.S. A lot of the packages in Cydia are not optimized for iPad, so it’s best to be a bit selective on what you install.

With the iPad jailbreak finally out, some nifty tweaks have already been discovered and published on the internet. As with the Spirit jailbreak walk-through, I’ll get to it in the coming weeks. But here’s the quickie bit – you can (a) enable the voice control and (b) manually tweak the installed AppStore apps to take advantage of the fullscreen without the messy default 2X upscaling.

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iPhone OS 4.0 beta 1 jailbreak now available – but probably not a very good idea for most

With the first beta of iPhone OS 4.0 released just over a week ago, I think the hot topic topic for many has been the question of jailbreak. While there has not been any doubts that it would be jailbroken in the end (MuscleNerd showed off a jailbreak roughly a day after the initial release), I don’t think anyone actually expected a generally available jailbreak any time before the final summer release.

Guess what, there is one already! The Dev-Team have released a BETA version of their redsn0w 0.9.5 tool capable of jailbreaking an iPhone 3G. At the moment the package works on the following:

  • iPhone 3G only (for now)
  • Mac OSX only (for now)
  • the 4.0beta1 FW only (for now)

I have to make a special emphasis: the jailbreak is aimed at iPhone developers only and REQUIRES a properly-registered developer UDID with Apple to get past the activation screen. For the same reasons it does not support Windows, unlock or hacktivation.

What do we, common users, care? Actually – a lot! The generally available jailbreak means developers can start adapting their jailbroken apps for the new OS immediately (rather than waiting for the official summer release) and should considerably shorten the time we will have to wait to get them fully working on our brand new JB OS 4.0 iPhones!

You can find the full Dev-Team explanation after the gap, as well as instructions on what to do in case you upgraded to OS 4.0 beta 01 already and wish to downgrade.

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iPhone OS 4.0 Jailbroken in a day

Not even a full day has gone by and iPhone OS 4.0 has already been jailbroken. Dev Team’s MuscleNerd posted a video showing his 4.0 beta with Cydia installed, along with this tweet:

“Something you’ll only find on JB 4.0: VNC :)  (BTW don’t bother with betas, they’re *very* buggy!)”

Don’t get too excited just yet though. For various reasons, the Dev Team most likely won’t be releasing the 4.0 Jailbreak until it has been officially released by Apple. The big question though is whether iPhone and iPod Touch users will still have a need to Jailbreak their 4.0 devices. With multitasking, folders and a whack load of other new features coming, Jailbreaking may no longer be as appealing (especially for 3GS and iPod Touch 3rd gen owners). Of course, if you want to unlock your phone, Jailbreak is still your only option.

MuscleNerd’s Video after the gap!

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iPad jailbreak, specs and letdowns

While lucky Americans are already enjoying their iPads the rest of the world can only slowly die of envy while hungrily consuming all pieces of news appearing on the web. And some of these we receive with mixed feelings.

For one thing thanks to our recent interviewee ZodTTD and his iPad IO Registry Tree dumps, MacRumours has finally been able to decipher the true iPad hardware specs. And they have turned out not to be as exciting as thought of before.

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Geohot untethered jailbreak for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad coming soon!

One of the most frustrating things with jailbreaking the latest generation of Apple devices (most iPhones 3GS, iPod Touches 2G and 3G) is the requirement to have it connected to PC/Mac and pressing the “Make it rain” button on each reboot. The extent of the issue is clearly shown by the recently reported project of making a special iDongle to avoid the dependency on a desktop computer. Unfortunately for @mrbreakit (the inventor of the iDongle) this may soon cease to be an issue.

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Office² In Review – My New Portable Office

If you’re at all like me, you’ve integrated almost every aspect of your life with your iPhone. For me that means along with all the games and media, I also have what I need to do much of my job all in the palm of my hand. Luckily I happened to have Office² from developer Byte Squared sitting in my hands. Read on to see if this productivity app gets the job done.

Feel free to discuss this review of Office² in our forums.

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Vlingo In Review – Voice To Text On Steroids!

Voice to text is far from new technology. The ability to speak into your phone and tell it to call a specific person has been around for quite sometime. Unfortunately, that’s really been about all you could do till now. With recent improvements to everyone’s favorite iDevice, we found ourselves able to launch/control other features of the phone but even that was just a marginal improvement.  Taking the next step in voice-to-text evolution, vlingo corporation offer more than just s sonorous name in their latest update of Vlingo, they offer email and SMS paste, too! Feel free to discuss this review of Vlingo in our forums.

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AGS (Adventure Games Studio) coming to the iPhone via XAGE… Eventually… Possibly…

Whatever Apple thinks, they aren’t the first to open up the market to indie developers. Probably one of the first and simplest ways to date to get into the business of creating games (be it adventure ones) is still AGS – Adventure Games Studio – where even newbie developers are able to create games similar to the 90s Sierra titles without knowing one bit of programming. Quite a number of quality titles have been released based on the engine, including some commercial ones that have been well received by the critics. And now it seems the engine might finally find it’s way to the iDevice, bringing with it vast amounts of high-quality adventure games, thanks to Daniel Alexander and his Xna Adventure Game Engine.

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