iLauncher – Giving you the Power to Obliterate your Enemies using your iDevice

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Ever been in a situation where your mortal enemy was in the cubical next to you? The one individual who causes you to look inferior in front of your boss, because he completes his work on time while you’re desperately trying to slack off? Has the thought ever crossed your mind that if you had control of a missile launcher in the palm of your hand, you would cause his being to explode all over Suzie, that cute receptionist who refuses to date you? If you’ve answered yes to all of these questions and aren’t currently in a padded white room, iLauncher is the application for you.

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Ow My Balls! – Suffers a Crushing Blow

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Not a fatal one, at least not yet, but a strong enough blow to pull it out of the game and off the App Store. Ow My Balls!, is described by its developers Jetson Creative as, “A comedy game that brings top shelf kicked-in-the-crotch humor to the iPhone and iPod Touch”. Yet there was nothing funny about the game’s release. Less than 24 hours after it’s eruption onto the service, it had to be yanked off due to a castrating crash bug hidden deep within its canals that play testers, “MariJane” and “Igor” along with others, were unable to find before its coming out party.

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iPhone OS 3.0 – Preview coming 17 March!

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Yep, Engadget spake and so it will happen. Apple will show and ‘advanced preview’ of the new 3.0 operating software, so we should probably not get our hopes up for a brand new OS by the end of March. However, those who are good at praying should join me in spiritually ushering in this new OS ahead of schedule.

Engadget will get a sneak peak at the new SDK and of the new OS. Make sure your heads are not in the mud that day as Apple Faithful the world over will have new reason to cry from both joy and disappointment.

So, what features are you hoping for in this new release?

Transit Syndey App Developer in Collision with City Rail

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Screenshot from Transit Syndey - Courtesy Sydney Morning Herald

News Digital Media developer Alvin Singh’s hopes have were derailed as Transit Sydney, an app which displayes timetables for trains and ferrys garnered the unwanted attention of CityRail. Singh’s app has been selling an upwards of 20 copies per day for the last two weeks.

CityRail informed Singh via email that would be sued if he does not remove the application from the App Store as they own all timetable information. Pertinently, TouchMyApps wonder why the timetable has been copyrighted. According to Singh, CityRail have said, “we are in the planning stages of getting our own application up there”. Whether that is true or not or will may someday materialise. At TMA, we cannot stop wondering if it is rather that the timetable much like Liverpool’s record is enough hit-and-miss that it has become a mascot of sorts and worthy of copyright.

You can check the full article at the Sydney Morning Herald. and Singh’s website here.

MGS4: Official Trailer and Touch-happy website

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mgs4-01Not news, but just a damn delicious website and preview trailer for Metal Gear Solid 4 for the iPod Touch and iPhone. Konami may not be re-creating our beloved Metal Gear Solid as it has been known for consoles and portables since the Nintendo Family computer, but they are releasing a highly anticipated shooter that sports everyone’s favourite snake and some great graphics. For those with fast fingers or addiction to Metal Gear games, this looks to be a portable pleaser. [Check out our review here]

For fans of the iDevice, it is a welcome sign that more and more big gaming companies are taking the platform seriously. Not only have Konami put the effort into coding a unique release for us touch gamers, but they have created an amusing and relevant webpage complete with ‘touching’. Kudos to you who navigate Konami’s webpage with iTap!

Konami’s Metal Gear Solid 4 for iPod Touch and iPhone webpage.

Flash on the iPhone – Flying Pigs Sighed over London

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After Steve Jobs’s 2007 concession that Adobe’s Flash would be too slow on the iPhone and that a lite version wasn’t “capable enough to be used with the Web”, many potential users and even some Apple zealots were left in the cold.  Proper Flash and Java implementations are fundamental building blocks of the internet.  Since the launch of the iPhone, rumours and whispers of Flash and Java have tickled the ears of iPhone fans and users.  However, only recently have rumours from reputable sources trickled in from blogs and newssites – many of these sites rely heavily on Java and/or Flash interfaces.  

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Game Price Rises: How High Will You Go? Premium Apps

The App store is a wild success.  No one can deny that.  With over 15 000 apps, it is proving every major naysayer wrong.  However, there are many trends in the store.  Everyone is out for a quick buck and with some apps certainly requiring no more than a few hours programming, it is like a crowded lazy person’s lottery.  In fact I can story this with my own creation, iNails®.  It is super top secret — basically you just shake the iPhone near any wall and it will make fingernail-on-chalkboard sounds.  Naysayers beware, it will make me a rich man because the market is huge.  Idea thieves, beware, this is in before you thought of it!

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3rd iPhone Revealed by Apple?

In a recent article, Macrumors.com reavealed that Apple’s own iPhone 2.2.1 firmware hosts a juicy morsel:  the current iPhone -1,2 will be superceded by iPhone 2,1.  While it was bound to happen at some point, this rather well-founded rumour spells some uncertainty especially in the mobile gaming arena.  

TMA and other review sites will of course have to get our lovely iPhone 2,1 as soon as it comes out (certainly not soon) but barring massive changes, developers and users too could be forced to use emulation layers or old-style moslo type of software to run our favourites.

iPhone/iPod Touch Firmware 2.2.1 point release

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Is it the release we are all hoping for or not?  Browser geeks are looking for Safari tweaks and upgrades and mail buffs are looking for many fixes including mail and pictures compatibility.  Hopefully those issues have been resolved as Apple have mentioned in the update log:

This update contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following:
- Improved general stability of Safari
- Fixed issue where some images saved from Mail do not display correctly in the Camera Roll

Products compatible with this software update:
- iPhone
- iPhone 3G

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Tired of iTunes? Try the App Store (the other one)

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App Store Messiah

Load times.  Memory.  Indirect links.  iTunes is a glorious application but with its numerous functions, even in OSX it is not as fast as it was just months ago.  Widows Windows users have a right to complain, it is slow in Vista or XP and probably in the upcoming Windows 7 Widows, but now, Apple are causing disbelief even among their most loyal followers:  the Mac faithful.

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