Defender Chronicles – In the App Store today and Out to you!

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Out officially today, Defender Chronicles promises to mess you up with cleverly furious 2D Tower Defence action. We have already done a hands-on preview and a heads-up — we just cannot get enough of the next Chillingo release! Of course, for your reading and playing pleasure, we are ‘working’ on an in-depth review.

Gimka Entertainment (Chillingo), Defender Chronicles, 2.99$, 40.9MB
Defender Chronicles

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Q-Jays Inner Earphones in Review – Dual Balanced Armature Precision

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Jays – Design and Quality
The Q-Jays represent our 3rd Balanced Armature earphone review. This time, Sweden’s Jays’ top product, the Q-Jay are on the table. They are also the smallest dual armature earphones in the world. And tiny they are – the body could fit two or three times into a Monster Turbine shell!

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Down She Goes! Apple’s Mac and iPod Line Losing Ground for 2nd Straight Quarter

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While not the news we hope and pray for, we can still pray. Pray that things set themselves aright (aside from sliding prices). Apple have been losing selling power now for the 2nd straight quarter. Mac shipments for the month of April have slipped 1.8 percent and quarterly sales by 3, a number that proves that even Apple are susceptible to recession.

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Background Apps – Apple Say Maybe

Apple (APPL) have been stubborn in regards to adding third-party background app support. Previously citing battery life problems, security concerns and added consumer confusion as reasons to leave support out of iPhone OS firmware, Apple may be changing their stance. Lack of such support flies in the face of Apple’s staunchest of competitors who each have some sort of support for the function. 

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Microsoft’s Touch Killer or Handheld Death Knell – ZuneHD

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Courtesy of WMPowerUser.com

Impressive as the iPod Touch is to us fans, it is even more impressive to Apple’s (AAPL) dearest enemies. Microsoft have struggled to market the somewhat lackluster Zune which is otherwise, a great PMP with solid roots. The next time around, however, the Redmond giant will be sure to mark its territory in the handheld market with the introduction of the ZuneHD, a device that says “me too” but in an impressively threatening voice.

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Apple 2009 WWDC – 2nd Time is a Charm?

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In 2008, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, otherwise known as ‘Steve Notes’ sold out for the first time since 1996. You won’t be able to get in this year either if you have not already bought your ticket and signed the non-disclosure agreement stating that you will not let any secrets fly that are not loosed already from somewhere in China. Yep, 2009′s WWDC is as good as gone but how will it fare compared to its earlier incarnations?

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Happy Tuesday: OS 3.0 Preview – Updated

Thank you Engadget

In less than a half-hour, 10AM PST or 1PM here in Toronto, Apple will be showcasing a public preview of their iPhone OS 3.0 software which has yet an unspecified release date. Such previews are necessary not only to keep user hype at peak levels and fan websites busy, but to help developers famiarise themselves with upcoming features of the OS which will impact their applications.

Though there is uncertainty as to whether tethering and MMS will actually be delivered in OS 3.0, we have certain hope that copy and paste will finally grace our small screens. With those simple implementations, Apple could take the bite out of naysayer’s mouths in one fell swoop. But then again, Apple thrive on controversy.

TouchMyApps will have plenty to say today about the upcoming OS as our interest is as peaked as a bore-hole in a change room.

For many users, the inclusion of the following will be welcome:

Cut and Paste

MMS

Tethering

Search

Landscape Mode

and many more features especially aimed at the developer.

You can check out the live blog action over at Ars Technica and Apple’s Quicktime video of the event here. The entire transcript verbatim from David Chartier is available after the jump as well as photos from Gizmodo. Thanks Ars and Giz for the great work! Continue reading…

New iTunes: that is Happy News!

itunes-logoJust in case you did not know, I have been vaccilating between using iTunes and Mozilla’s Songbird for a long time for music listening. The reason, iTunes is now even on Macs, sometimes slow. Today – in fact, just about an hour ago, iTunes 8.1 was released. In its log it is noted as improving upon performance. Let’s hope so.

iTunes 8.1 Log:
iTunes 8.1 is now faster and more responsive. You will enjoy noticeable improvements when working with large libraries, browsing the iTunes Store, preparing to sync with iPod or iPhone, and optimizing photos for syncing.

In addition, iTunes 8.1 provides many other improvements and bug fixes, including:

• Supports syncing with iPod shuffle (3rd generation).
• Allows friends to request songs for iTunes DJ.
• Adds Genius sidebar for your Movies and TV Shows.
• Improves performance when downloading iTunes Plus songs.
• Provides AutoFill for manually managed iPods.
• Allows CDs to be imported at the same sound quality as iTunes Plus.
• Includes many accessibility improvements.
• Allows iTunes U and the iTunes Store to be disabled separately using Parental Controls.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

You can download iTunes 8.1 from Apple’s iTunes Website for Windows and Mac.

EYE vs. EYE in Review – Very niche game, but addictive in its weird way

eyevseye1To clarify, I’m no designer; I don’t have an eye for décor or what not; and to be honest when I heard that this game was “one in a series of design-oriented games…”, it didn’t really pump up my enthusiasm towards it. However, given that OSX iPhone platform had given rise to a new generation of applications, my curiosity got the better of me to take a look.

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m•Box Mail in Review: Calling all Hotmail users!

I know not everyone uses Hotmail, but one of the complaints early on by iPhone users was that the native Mail app didn’t support Hotmail of the box (unlike Yahoo and Gmail). Well, you can’t blame the iPhone since Hotmail Live does not support the standard IMAP, POP3, or Exchange protocols. You can use IzyMail as a webmail gateway, thereby giving you POP/IMAP settings to enter into the native mail app to retrieve your mail. The downfall here is that your emails pass through a third party server and not to mention a monthly fee for the service. To get around this dilemma, I dug out my rarely used gmail account, forwarded my Continue reading…