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Sid Meier’s Pirates! now available for the iPad, well shiver me timbers!

Sid Meier’s Pirates! has just been released for the iPad and it is one of the games from that past that should bring a smile to the face of anyone over 30. Originally released in 1987, this was the first game to feature Sid Meier’s name in its title to attract fans of Sid’s other games; which were mostly flight simulators at that time. The iPad version released today has updated graphics but still has the great game play of the original.

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Cut the Rope's Om Nom breaking into digital comics soon

Today at Comic-Con, ZeptoLab has announced a partnership with Ape Entertainment to develop a digital comic series featuring Om Nom. If you're a fan of the popular game Cut the Rope, you'll be familiar with, Om Nom. He's the one everyone fell in love with when Cut the Rope was originally released.

"It’s an amazing opportunity to work with ZeptoLab on one of the app world’s most addictive and successful games,” said David Hedgecock, CEO of Ape Entertainment. “The comic book series is shaping up beautifully and we are making something that we know fans of Cut The Rope and fans of good entertainment everywhere are going to absolutely love!"

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Young Leukemia patient granted wish to make iPhone game

A nine year old boy has developed his own iPhone game and it is now available in the App Store. Owain Weinert has pre-B Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia and one of his wishes was to develop his own iPhone game. He asked the Make-a-Wish foundation, who did what they do best and made his dream a reality.

The game he developed with 4th & Battery is called Allied Star Police. It was released yesterday and already has a few 5 star ratings. You take command of the Allied Star Police and it is your responsibility to blast your enemies in the side scrolling all action shooter!

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Calvetica Calendar for iPhone and iPad receives huge update

Calvetica Calendar by Mysterious Trousers has received a big update with a new interface, gestures, notifications, and tasks.

We’ve sweated the details and carefully crafted an experience that is tuned to the way people really use calendars. We've included all the features that really matter to you.


  • We restarted from scratch. This is the new Calvetica.
  • Universal app. Will run natively on iPod, iPhone and iPad.
  • Month and day layout on one screen.
  • Beautiful portrait week agenda view.
  • Tap on the time by an event to quickly edit when it starts or ends.
  • New quick add screen that lets you type event start times with a keypad.
  • Tap on the month title to jump to any date, even years away, very quickly.
  • Customize the event details screen. Show/hide, reorder all the event details so it shows only what you want to see and in the order you want to see it.
  • Easily show/hide calendars.
  • Icons by event titles to quickly see if it has notes, a location, attendees or if it repeats.


  • Powerful, natural and intuitive gestures.
  • Long press on the plus button to quickly set a generic reminder that acts like an alarm.
  • Flick the month up and out of the way to give you more space to view your day.


  • Enable custom alerts to receive a notification from Calvetica when alarms go off that have a “snooze” button on them.
  • Custom alarm sounds that are longer and louder than the default calendar apps sound.
  • Alarm picker lets you choose many multiple alarms quickly. It also shows your complex alarms set in other applications.
  • Multiple default alarms.
  • Alarms specifically for all day events that make sense (i.e. remind me 6pm the day before).


  • Switch between event and task mode to manage both.
  • Organized into custom color coded groups.
  • Set title, priority and notes.
  • Free automatic cloud backup.
  • Free automatic cloud syncing between devices running Calvetica.
  • Open and easy to use tasks API for developers.

I haven't had a chance to check out Calvetica Calendar, but it comes highly recommended by many of our readers. I do like the interface for the month view on the iPad - the two panel design looks fabulous.

Calvetica Calendar is available on the iPhone and iPad for $1.99. Screenshots after the break.

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Keep track of your kid's allowance with iAllowance for iPhone and iPad

iAllowance, by Jump Gap Software, is an iPhone and iPad app for keeping track of allowance.

Put piggy banks and paper money behind you! iAllowance is the only thing you need to manage your child's finances and teach him or her about saving and spending money. Whether you want to set up a weekly allowance or pay out a special reward, iAllowance handles everything for you with an eye-pleasing and easy-to-use interface.

  • Run on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
  • Sync Your Data Between Devices
  • Support for Multiple Children
  • Unlimited Number of Banks with Optional Interest
  • Automatic Allowance Payments
  • Chore/Jobs Tracking
  • Reward Tracking
  • Use Real Money or Stars for Banks, Allowances and Chores
  • Copy Feature Makes Setting Up Banks, Chores and Allowances a Snap!
  • Email & Direct Print Reports Using AirPrint
  • Parental Controls
  • Dropbox Integration
  • Automatic Local Backup
  • Supports 150+ World Currencies

I love this app and I don't even have kids at an allowance-earning age! I've spent a little time playing around with it and it's a must-have for parents. My favorite feature is the ability to set up parental controls so that your kids can keep track of their allowance and chores on their own device, but not have the ability to make changes. I also love that "accounts" with interest can be set up.

iAllowance is available for $3.99. Screenshots after the break.

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Apple and Google continue patent war, both bidding for InterDigital?

The Nortel Patent auction looks to have been just the first in a series of bidding wars between Apple and Google, as reports now indicate both companies may now be interested in InterDigital, a wireless patent firm. Apple was part of the winning $4.5 billion Nortel patent bid, and according to their 10-K filings, it appears their share of that bid was $2.6 billion.

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Apple may be considering a bid to purchase Hulu

Two sources familiar with the auction are reporting to Bloomberg that Apple is considering a bid to purchase the Hulu service. This isn't too hard to believe considering Apple has $76.2 billion in cash and securities.

Hulu is already a competitor to Netflix but if Apple does make an offer, this may give Netflix an even larger run for its money. Especially after Netflix's recent pricing change that recently angered a lot of its customers.

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miCal for iPhone updated and on sale!

miCal - missing Calendar, by entwicklungsschmiede UG & Co KG, has been updated with optimized loading times and user defined repetition of appointments.

The app captures new appointments directly and is easily synchronized with existing calendars like Outlook, Google, Exchange or Facebook Events. The origin of various appointments can be traced at any time via color-coding. MiCal stores a suitable title for each event, a detailed description, a from-to-time and a possible repetition. Furthermore, an alarm may be set to alert the user through a beeper or via e-mail.

  • The well-structured day-, week-, month- and year-views help you to keep an eye on your events.
  • landscape week view with 5 or 7 visible days as a choosable option.
  • Innovative functions like a customizable default time and default titles enable you to create new events faster.
  • Moreover, invite other attendees quickly and easily to an event via mail. Now with iCal format.

Update includes:

  • Optimized loading time: The new version of miCal can be started noticeable faster from the background than its predecessor.
  • User-defined repetition of appointments: The user may now specify even more precisely in which intervals appointments should be automatically resubmitted.
  • Determine starting day of the week: By using the miCal-settings a specific day of the week may be selected to start someones individual week on the calendar.
  • Set language preference: The language used to start the app may also be selected in the miCal settings.

I really like miCal. It's different and packed full with features. The danger with jamming an app full of features is clutter, but the developers have done a great job with miCal and the organization of the UI works and looks great.

miCal is on sale for $0.99 until Sunday. Screenshots after the break.

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