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TiPb Apps 2.2 -- QuickOffice for iPhone and iPad (Macworld 2010)

Live from Macworld 2010, Rene and Leanna talk to David Halpin about QuickOffice [$9.99 on sale - iTunes link] for the iPhone... and iPad! We also chat about their latest update which lets users access documents stored on popular cloud-services like Box.net, DropBox, Google Docs, and MobileMe.

Watch along after the break and let us know what you think!

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5000 Sex-based iPhone Apps Removed, Are These the New Rules?

Chillifresh, who first sent TiPb word of their Wobble iBoobs app being removed from the App Store due to what Apple termed its "sexual content" has followed up with another blog post, now claiming 5000 apps have been removed and presenting what they say are the new App Store rules:

  1. No images of women in bikinis (Ice skating tights are not OK either)
  2. No images of men in bikinis! (I didn’t ask about Ice Skating tights for men)
  3. No skin (he seriously said this) (I asked if a Burqa was OK, and the Apple guy got angry)
  4. No silhouettes that indicate that Wobble can be used for wobbling boobs (yes – I am serious, we have to remove the silhouette in this pic)
  5. No sexual connotations or innuendo: boobs, babes, booty, sex – all banned
  6. Nothing that can be sexually arousing!! (I doubt many people could get aroused with the pic above but those puritanical guys at Apple must get off on pretty mundane things to find Wobble “overtly sexual!)
  7. No apps will be approved that in any way imply sexual content (not sure how Playboy is still in the store, but …)

Apple has already commented to TiPb that they took action following customer complaints over objectionable contents, and our readers have been split between "good on Apple, we don't want to see that in the App Store" and "shame on Apple, we should be able to decide for ourselves" camp.

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Find My iPhone Working on iPhone Safari, iTunes Preview Categories Now Working on Web

Apple has changed MobileMe's me.com site, previously inaccessible from iPhone or iPod touch Safari, to not only allow access to Find My iPhone, but to offer help in setting up accounts and getting additional apps. iTunes Preview, meanwhile, has duplicated even more of the media and app browsing experience on the web by adding support for categories.

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Apple Comments on Removal of Sexual-content Apps

Following up on last night's story about the removal of apps with sexual content from the iTunes App Store, TiPb asked Apple for comment and they responded:

"Whenever we receive customer complaints about objectionable content we review them. If we find these apps contain inappropriate material we remove them and request the developer make any necessary changes in order to be distributed by Apple."

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TiPb Give-away: HAVA Titanium HD WIFI + iPhone App

The fine folks at HAVA have a top-of-the-line, factory sealed, $250 Hava Titanium HD WIFI box, along with a $15 iTunes gift card to purchase HAVA Player for iPhone/iPod touch from the App Store [iTunes link], and they want to give it to a lucky TiPb reader!

All you have to do to enter the give-away is to head on over to the TiPb Forums and tell us what TV show, event, or movie you most want to watch via HAVA on your iPhone! We'll pick one reader at random and HAVA will send you your box and gift card. (US shipping address required for delivery). Give-away starts now and ends Monday, Feb. 22 at 12pm PT.

For more info on HAVA, keep reading after the break!

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TiPb Apps #2.1 -- Farm Frenzy 2 for iPhone (Macworld 2010)

Live from Macworld 2010, Leanna and Rene of TiPb talk to Hilary Wall and Maren Faulkender of Appency about Farm Frenzy 2 [$2.99 - iTunes link] for the iPhone, and the future of games on the iPad.

Watch along after the break!

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UPDATED: Apple Removes Sex-based Apps from the App Store

UPDATE 1: TiPb received a comment from Apple.

UPDATE 2: Chillifresh reports Apple has now removed 5000 sex-based apps and suggest new "rules" are in place.

Developer Chillifresh sent us a link to their blog post where they claim Apple is removing "all non-PG apps" (read: sex-based apps) from the App Store.

Here's the email they received:

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iTunes App Store Now Supported in Armenia, Botswana, Bulgaria, Jordan, Kenya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, Tunisia, and Uganda

Apple's iPhone Developer News feed has announced that the iTunes App Store is now supported in 9 additional countries:

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Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies: Verrückt

Activision's first person shooter hit, Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies is taking advantage of in-app purchasing with a new map - Verrückt (Zombie Asylum).

This new map will run you an additional $4.99, added to the app's original price of $9.99. (Full disclosure: Activation was nice enough cover the cost for TiPb's test-drive of both the app and the new map). Price aside, it does not disappoint. Zombie Verrückt has been brought over pretty much exactly from console versions, electric barriers and all.

Also worth mentioning are the slew of impovements the recent free 1.2.0 update to the game brought to the table.

  • Verrückt Map Now Available; Support for In-App Purchases of downloadable maps
  • 9 New Weapons including FG-42, Gewehr-43, PPsh-41, M1 Garand, and the Springfield
  • 13 New Achievements for Nacht der Untoten and 10 New Achievements for the new Verrückt map
  • Overall game engine optimizations for a smoother, richer gameplay experience
  • Leaderboard Enhancements to track Highest Wave Reached, Points Scored, Kills, and Headshots
  • Control Tweaks to Touch Screen & Dual Stick configurations with Options to adjust controls based on user preferences
  • Tutorial adjustments to allow for experimentation of control schemes before game start
  • Multiplayer Point Display to track your comrades’ in-game progression
  • Improved Network Reliability
  • More connection types will be able to support online multiplayer; UPnP support to address players with Wi-Fi routers that block players’ ability to connect to MP
  • Support for French localized text

This game is one heck of an experience for you to check out on your iPhone or iPod touch. If you find yourself still on the fence we highly recomend that you at least try the lite version for free. [iTunes Link] Sure you only get to play a few rounds but everything else is there including multiplayer.

We're also curious to know what you think about the price point. Is $9.99 for the full version plus an additional $4.99 for a single new map still cheap compared to console games, or does it deter you at all? Are you willing to pay a premium for premium games? Let us know in the comments, and we'

A few screenshots after the break!

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Google Buys reMail, Kills iPhone App

Yesterday it was announced that Google is buying reMail a localized high-speed email search service, and now as part of that deal, founder Gabor Cselle has posted that they're killing the reMail iPhone app, effective immediately [iTunes link dead].

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