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4 years ago

Quick Review: Air Hockey for iPad

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Quick Review: Air Hockey for iPad

Air Hockey [$0.99 - iTunes Link] by Acceleroto is now a universal binary that works on both your iPhone and iPad (that's right, pay once, play everywhere). It offers fluid air hockey action, simple controls, and a lot of fun.

For more about Air Hockey from Acceleroto as well as video of my son and I playing please stay with us after the break!

Air Hockey lets you choose one or two pucks and one and two players. If you do not have anyone to play with, one player mode gives you a computer opponent with varying difficulty, from kiddie to INSANE. With the larger size of the iPad, however, a human opponent becomes more more do-able, and much more fun.

Take a peek at the video where I play with my son in a two puck game. Who won? watch to find out, but also watch to see how much fun it is.

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4 years ago

iPhone 4 folder magic: hide built-in apps you don't use

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iPhone 4 folder magic: hide built-in apps you don't use

While iPhone 4 still won't let you delete built-in Apple apps you don't use (looking at you Weather, Stocks, Compass, etc.!), with the new Folders functionality you can group them together hide them away, effectively wasting only one icon space instead of many.

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4 years ago

Tweetie to become official Twitter or iPhone

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Tweetie to become official Twitter or iPhone

Hot off the presses from the official Twitter blog, we learn they're buying Atebit's Tweetie, renaming it Twitter for iPhone, and making it free. Atebit's founder, Loren Brichter, will become a key member of their mobile team. What brought this on?

Careful analysis of the Twitter user experience in the iTunes AppStore revealed massive room for improvement. People are looking for an app from Twitter, and they're not finding one. So, they get confused and give up. It's important that we optimize for user benefit and create an awesome experience.

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4 years ago

iPhone 4: Notes Sync for IMAP

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iPhone 4: Notes Sync for IMAP

When you add an IMAP-based email account (including MobileMe and Gmail) to iPhone 4, in addition to the previous options you now get a toggle for "Sync Notes".

Notes syncing was famously listed as an iPhone 1.0 feature but then mysteriously vanished only to return in iPhone 3.0 as an iTunes-limited option (i.e., not push or over-the-air).

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4 years ago

Is Apple's cross-compiler ban pro-multitasking not anti-Adobe?

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4 years ago

Adobe fires back at Apple over cross-compiler ban

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Adobe fires back at Apple over cross-compiler ban

With the apparent iPhone 4.0 SDK ban on cross-compiled code, Adobe has begun firing back at Apple. The New York Times Bits Blog carried the following statement from Adobe:

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4 years ago

TiPb Advisory: Not a developer and thinking of going to 4.0? Think twice!

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TiPb Advisory: Not a developer and thinking of going to 4.0? Think twice!

iPhone OS 4.0 is already readily available over the internet. Somewhat less than honorable “developers” are even offering to “sell” access to the 4.0 beta. This has led to a lot of users getting, or at least thinking about getting, the 4.0 beta for their own iPhones (it's currently not even loading on iPod touches -- and forcing complete restores for recovery, so don't even consider that at the moment!). Well before you take the jump think carefully. And think twice!

Read more after the break!

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4 years ago

Apple debuts "Shopper" iPhone commercial

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Apple debuts "Shopper" iPhone commercial

Apple recently just release yet another iPhone commercial and this one is called "Shopper". This particular commercial only highlights one 3rd party application, a barcode scanner app called RedLaser. [iTunes Link - $1.99]

The man in the ad is in search for a espresso maker for a gift for his wife. He first uses Safari to do a little research, then he shoots off a text message to seek advice on what color espresso maker to purchase, and finally he uses RedLaser to scan the barcode to check for cheaper prices.

It's all about the apps...

Video after the break!

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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4 years ago

BlackBerry making 8.9" tablets? - the competition

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BlackBerry making 8.9" tablets? - the competition

When the first Apple Tablet (now iPad) rumors hit years ago, I made the little mock-up above as a way of having some fun with our buddies over at CrackBerry.com because there's no way RIM would ever make BlackBerry Tablet, right?

Right?

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4 years ago

iPhone OS 4: What's still missing

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iPhone OS 4: What's still missing

Yesterday's iPhone OS 4 sneak preview event gave us 7 new "tent-pole" features, 1500 new APIs for developers, and once again took Apple's mobile OS a step closer to feature parity and a step further towards elegant functionality... but we didn't get everything we wanted. And no matter how hard we tried, we found we didn't even get everything we needed. In other words, iPhone 4.0 is still missing out in some key areas. Even though we got some good stuff, this is what we didn't get:

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