Facebook is all fun and games on the iPhone; and why shouldn’t it be? you’ve got scores ways to disseminate your preferences and personal information to the web, all through the lens of ‘social networking’. It wasn’t always that way though, and in lieu of recent official decisions such as the Digital Economy Act, the sharing of personal information makes loads of sense, at least from a witch-hunting perspective. Facebook has had to erode its privacy policies to manage stay on top of the social world; if it hadn’t, it’d be snowed under by the next aggressive phishing trend.
Just a friendly reminder to mind your own information whilst farming, mafia’ing, and facing around on the good – and now stodgily pervasive – social network agent.
Not that we are taken with wild stories or anything, but this one is a quite a read. One of the App Store’s most respected devs, Joe Hewitt has quit the App Store because of Apple’s horrid review policies. His App Store claim to fame is the hugely popular Facebook app which has gone through numerous updates and is considered by many to be one of the most elegant apps out there. Love or hate the app, the man behind incessant friend updates is gone. You can read all about it at TechCrunch. But there is more…
In typical forward-thinking fashion, Chillingo are harnessing the facebook fallible, the twitter totalled, the stumbling stumbleuponers; their new endeavour is aimed at the heart of social-networking. Essentially, with massive yearly increase in users, social networking sites are taking ground from bingo halls, bowling alleys and roller-skatign rinks. Large networks of similarly minded gamers are perfect places for people to share their interests and their games and Chillingo themselves, developers, gamers, marketers, etc., – are a microcosm of the sort of platform which they intend to commandeer to yet another success.
Crystal is that game platform that has potential to create borderless gaming on the iPhone. Follow the jump for Chillingo’s press release.
Our favorite virtual candy store, aka the App Store, will turn 1 come July 11, 2009. Who would’ve thought that in such a short time span, over 50,000 apps would make their way onto the iDevice? While plenty of these are include useless fart, puke and other silly applications, we have come to bear witness to some excellent games that rival or even surpass those on the DS and PSP. To celebrate this 1 yr anniversary, Apple has released their 30 favorite Game and Non-game apps.
Needless to say, choosing 60 from the tens of thousands of quality apps to highlight the App Store’s birthday is no easy task. Personally, I think the list is pretty good, and will surely vary for each individual you ask. So what’s missing for you? For the complete Birthday Bash list, click here.
A new 2D platformer is scheduled to hit the App Store this week. Blimp’s story is heroic: you are a retired war vet who manages to get caught up in a dark and grand scheme that has you locked back behind the guns. Blimp’s developer and publisher, Craneballs are confident that their debut game will turn heads and minds with great graphics, story and friendly competition via Facebook support.
I have tried to see the significance of pulling for your mates who are ‘eating a new cereal today’ or ‘waiting for the bus’, but I just cannot. Facebook is just one of those useless internet apps for me. Sometimes, however, it is good to use as a communication tool with those people to whom you really don’t want to give out your email. Have you ever wanted to read the weather and the gossip column at the same time? There is an app for that – thanks to Maplewood Associates, you can blithely blog your life across weather networks.
If you’re already on Facebook AND love word games, then you’ve probably heard of and even played Scramble, one of the most popular and addictive word titles on the social networking site. Developed by Zynga, who is also responsible the slew of Live Poker titles at the App Store, they now bring you Scramble Live for your iPhone/iPod Touch. This Boggle like word game allows you play by yourself or live against other players, both on Facebook and on the iDevice.
I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on this portable version the past 2 days and already its become one of my favorite word games for the iPhone. Competing against other Scramble players online is simply fantastic and definitely gets the competitive juices flowing. If you’re a fan of the game, better grab it now while its on sale for $2.99 (until March 8th). Check out more screenshots and a video after the jump.