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4 years ago

New Sony PSP ad takes aim at iPhone

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New Sony PSP ad takes aim at iPhone

Sony has released a new ad for their PSP gaming system and it takes aim squarely at Apple's iPhone and iOS gaming.

"That [iPhone] ain't built for big boy games", the latest PSP spokeskid, Marcus Rivers, says to a goofy looking guy playing "Lame Castle". "That's built for texting your grandma and calling your girl."

Rivers then shows off a few older, $9.99 catalog titles, and calls the goofy guy to drive home the $9.99 price point before hitting the tag line: "step your game up."

Obviously this acknowledges the growing competition from iPhone, especially the low price point of iOS games.

And since goofy guy can text grandma, call his girl, and play great new games without having to lug around a second, gigantic device -- one that's still bound to physical media and hasn't seen a real hardware update since before Marcus was born -- it might not be a winning strategy for Sony. (That Android PSP phone, however...)

Video after the break. Does it make any of you want to carry around an iPhone and a PSP?

[Ars Technica]

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4 years ago

iPad live podcast #17: Centerfold hold

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iPad live podcast #17: Centerfold hold

Crazy iPad rumors, more crazy iPad rumors, Jalibreak vs. malicious exploit, InvisibleSHIELD vs. BodyGuardz, Genius recommendations, try before you buy, and oh yeah, even more crazy iPad rumors. We're foot loose and Chad free, this is iPad Live!

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4 years ago

Petition to bring more font support to the iWork suite on iPad

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4 years ago

Apple field testing CDMA/Verizon iPhone, iPad 2?

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Apple field testing CDMA/Verizon iPhone, iPad 2?

Boy Genius has a source that informed him both the CDMA/Verizon iPhone 4 (code named N92AP) and iPad 2 may be heading into field verification testing:

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4 years ago

BodyGuardz vs InvisibleSHIELD in ultimate iPad scratch test

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BodyGuardz vs InvisibleSHIELD in ultimate iPad scratch test

If you had to put your precious iPad through the ultimate scratch test, which protective film covering would give it the best chance for survival -- the BodyGuardz or the InvisibleSHIELD? They're both ultra-thin, ultra-durable plastic skins, but which is the most durable? That's the challenge they gave me for the latest episode of TiPb's Amazing Case, our hardcore, case vs case tests of strength, durability, and performance.

We figure if either -- or both -- of these skins could survive being ground against rocks, etched with metal, and -- quite frankly -- screwed, then they can survive pretty much whatever normal, day-to-day use throws at them.

Follow on after the jump for the details, and the give-away!

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4 years ago

Crystal Defenders for iPad- app review

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Crystal Defenders for iPad- app review

With this weeks sale of Square-Enix games in honor of Chaos Rings release, I thought it fit to review Crystal Defenders for iPad. This is a very fun strategy/tower defense game: hardcore players apply only.

Crystal Defenders has you assume the role of master strategist as you place your units on a map to destroy the oncoming 30 waves of monsters trying to steal your crystals. Before you begin a game, you have to choose which game style you want. There are three to choose from: W1, W2 and W3. W1 is the easiest and simplest. The maps are not difficult and you do not have any power crystals (more on that later). W2 brings in the use of power crystals during gameplay and more challenging levels. W3 is the ultimate challenge. New monsters, units and very challenging maps.

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4 years ago

iPad putting a hurt on Asus netbook sales

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iPad putting a hurt on Asus netbook sales

Since iPad doesn't seem (yet?) to be cannibalizing Mac sales, those 1 million units moved a month have to be eating into something and it looks like netbooks -- which Steve Jobs said aren't better at anything -- are the ones on the buffet:

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4 years ago

Apple hires mobile payments expert -- iPhone to replace your credit card?

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Apple hires mobile payments expert -- iPhone to replace your credit card?

Looks like Apple has gone and hired a NFC (near field communications) expert to be their new head mobile commerce. Benjamin Viger, formerly product manager for mobile wallet, payment, and NFC at mFoundry, NearFieldCommunicationsWorld rounds up a plethora of recent Apple patent filings he just may be helping bring to market:

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4 years ago

What's the deal with iAds on iPhone?

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What's the deal with iAds on iPhone?

iAds is Apple's attempt to bring the emotion of television to the interactivity of online, but the Wall Street Journal says it's off to a bumpy start. Apparently, part of the reason is -- surprise, surprise -- Apple is exerting tight control over the platform (what, punch the monkey ads aren't good enough for iOS?!). Apple is also producing the ads themselves at this point and there appear to be longer than expected delays getting them up and running even after they've been signed off on.

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4 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 15 August 2010

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 15 August 2010

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4 years ago

iPad live tonight! 6pm PT/9pm ET/2am BST

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iPad live tonight! 6pm PT/9pm ET/2am BST

You know the drill. Come time, we'll be talking about everything iPad. We'd love to talk with you, so come by, chat, and share you views.

  • 6pm PT/9pm ET/2am BST

We'll take over the front page 15 minutes before the show -- chat with you soon!

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4 years ago

TiPb contest idea contest

TiPb contest idea contest

We'll be running some amazing new, weekly contests in the iPhone Forum and iPad Forum and what better way to start than a contest to help us think of amazing new contests?

Let us know your ideas for cool, weird, funny, and all around fun contests and if we like your idea and use it, we'll get a prize. Have multiple ideas? Don't worry, we will be giving away multiple prizes!

So head on over to our official TiPb contest ideas contest post and add your ideas in a reply.

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4 years ago

Don't want to use your credit card in iTunes? Use a gift card instead!

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Don't want to use your credit card in iTunes? Use a gift card instead!

Want to buy from iTunes but don't want to use your credit card? No problem. Just head on over to a pharmacy, supermarket, big box, or any of the myriad of places that sell iTunes gift cards, buy one for yourself, and use it to top off your account. (Extra tip: Costco sometimes has packages for a few dollars off, like $50 worth of cards for $45).

The tip comes by way Ian Ross and Shelby Lee Engels, who shared it with Apple's iTunes team.

[iTunes News]

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4 years ago

Installing Frash on a Jailbroken iPhone

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Installing Frash on a Jailbroken iPhone

A lot of people have been waiting for Flash on an iPhone (unofficially of course), and if you're jailbroken, you can have it now, via Frash.  Frash is basically a port of Flash 10.1 for mobile.  We also have to keep in mind, it's in a severe Alpha stage.  And it shows.  But if you just can't wait to get your hands on a way to run Flash on an iPhone, click on through for some more thoughts as well as a walkthrough complete with video of how to install.

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4 years ago

Star Trek production artists talk iPad

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Star Trek production artists talk iPad

Ars Technica's Chris Foresman has a terrific interview up with Star Trek production artists Michael Okuda, Denise Okuda, and Doug Drexler about how they conceptualized iPad-like devices for TV and movies... some 23 years ago. Their device was known as the PADD (Personal Access Display Devices):

Drexler said that to him, the iPad is "eerily similar" to the PADDs used in Star Trek. "We always felt that the classic Okuda T-bar graphic was malleable, and that you could stretch and rearrange it to suit your task, just like the iPad," he said. "The PADD never had a keyboard as part of its casing, just like the iPad. Its geometry is almost exactly the same—the corner radius, the thickness, and overall rectangular shape."

"It's uncanny to have a PADD that really works," Drexler said, unlike the non-functional props made for the TV series and later films. "The iPad is the true Star Trek dream," Drexler told Ars.

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