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App World to distribute Android apps for BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry maker RIM has just announced that they'll be providing a way for developers to package, sign, and distribute Android apps for the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook. (They'll also be able to develop BlackBerry Java and, soon, C/C++ apps). iPad has a huge head start, but this could prove an interesting way to mitigate that lead:

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Thursday, March 24

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Tapatalk: Now a universal app for iPhone and iPad with access to TiPb forums! [$2.99 - iTunes link]

  • tawkon (jailbreak): Monitor the level cell phone radiation you are exposed to. [Free, via Cydia]

  • Hungry MonstR: Defend your ice cream cart from hordes of MonstRs rushing for your ice creams! Universal app for iPhone and iPad. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

  • Max and the Magic Marker: You have a magic marker that enables you to draw freehand in the game – everything you draw becomes a real, interactive object within the game world. Master Max’s extraordinary talent and help him overcome enemies, obstacles and puzzles! [$1.99 - iTunes link]

  • Bubble Bubble 2: The neon fish need to survive! To do so, dodge yourself with accelerometer to run away from evil fishes coming after you. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

Any other big apps or game releases or updates today? If you pick any of these up, let us know what you think!

Check out a video of Max and the Magic Marker after the break!

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Final Fantasy III for iPhone hits App Store... at $16

Final Fantasy III, which debuted in 1990, has just hit the App Store and is now available for iPhone and iPod touch (or pixel doubled on iPad if you really have to) for... $15.99. It features:

  • New and improved 3D visuals and story sequences exclusive to the iPhone/iPod touch
  • Smooth, intuitive touch-panel controls specifically tailored to Square Enix's iPhone RPGs
  • Quicker browsing through the monster bestiary and other game records
  • New visual designs for the Job Mastery Cards
  • Retina Display compatible

Now Finally Fantasy III is absolutely a classic that you can spend ours of your day (and night!) on, but $16 is much more expensive than pretty much any other iPhone game I can remember. Is this just a temporary price point aimed to make money off the biggest fans and early adopters or is Square trying to see if they can push iOS prices higher and more in line with portable gaming console prices?

Some of you tell us you want better games and don't mind paying a higher price, so is this what you had in mind? If so and you grab it let us know what you think of the game. If not, let us know what you think of the price!

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International iPad 2 online orders going live, already 2-3 week wait for shipping

It's March 25 in Australia and that means international iPad 2 online orders have begun going live... but with a 2-3 week estimate on shipping. Other online stores are also up now, like Canada and UK, but simply list iPad 2 as currently unavailable at the moment (that should change as 1am rolls around in those time zones -- though we still don't know if Canada will be PDT or EDT.)

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Boxee iPad coming soon, streams to other Boxee devices

Boxee will soon release its own iPad app which will offer streaming to other devices that can run the Boxee software. The Boxee app will not use AirPlay but something similar provided by Boxee itself.

VP of Marketing for Boxee, Andrew Kippen describes it as “kinda like AirPlay, but not quite”. The iPad app will allow you to stream content from your original iPad or iPad 2 to any device running the Boxee software. This would include the Boxee Box, PC’s, Mac’s and Linux machines.

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Time Warner Cable receiving cease and desist orders for its iPad App?

According to Business Insider, TV networks are very unhappy with the Time Warner iPad App TW Cable TV. TW Cable TV can stream 32 channels of live television to your iPad as long as you have a cable TV subscription and internet service from Time Warner; you are even restricted to WiFi only.

The problem is television networks say that streaming video over to a tablet is totally different than providing content for cable televisions. This means they should own the rights to the content and get a fee for providing the content for the streaming iPad programs.

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Microsoft announces remote device management... for iPhone and iPad?

ZDNET reports that Microsoft has announced that System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012 will provide remote management for ActiveSync devices... like iPhone and iPad. The successor to Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager (MSCMDM, an acronym that, if spoken out loud, no doubt sends a Superman villain back to the 5th dimension...), it makes you wonder why Microsoft would be expanding to support devices other than their own Windows Phone? Mary Jo Foley answers:

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Apple to extend AirPlay video streaming licence to third parties?

According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple is weighing up the possibility of extending its current licensing of AirPlay to include video. Currently third party manufacturers can use AirPlay but only the audio protocol. This is why we are seeing high end stereos and iPod docks with AirPlay but no products that can receive video streamed from an iOS device.

Under the new plan, according to “two people familiar with the project”, Apple will license AirPlay video software to consumer electronics makers this year. This could then be included in TV’s, Media Players, Blu-ray Players etc.

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iPhone survives 1,000 foot drop from an Air Force plane

Okay, how impressive is it that U.S. Air Force Combat Controller Ron Walker's iPhone 4 survived a 1,000 foot drop from an airplane without a scratch on it?

The plane was traveling at 130 knots (roughly 150 mph) when he stuck his body out of the plane door to look for landmarks. At that point, one of his pockets opened and his iPhone took flight before plunging to the ground. “Well, guess I’ll be buying a new phone,” he thought to himself, and continued on with his duties.

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Head of Mac OS X software, Bertrand Serlet is leaving Apple

Apple has announced that Bertrand Sertlet, Vice President of Mac Software Engineering, is leaving to pursue scientific interests.

“I’ve worked with Steve for 22 years and have had an incredible time developing products at both NeXT and Apple, but at this point, I want to focus less on products and more on science,” said Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Craig has done a great job managing the Mac OS team for the past two years, Lion is a great release and the transition should be seamless.”

He'll be replaced by Craig Federighi, current VP of Mac Software Engineering. While this represents a change to the Mac group and not the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad group run by SVP of iOS Software Engineering, Scott Forstall, Apple has a history of bringing technology from Mac OS X to iOS X and vice versa. Also, since iOS and Cocoa Touch are based on Mac OS X and Cocoa, and Serlet played a pivotal roll in in the development of both, his contributions even to Apple's mobile efforts have no doubt been immense.

Everyone at TiPb wishes Serlet a successful future! Video memories after the break!

[Apple PR]

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