With iOS 4.1, Apple released a completely new social gaming platform for the iPhone, iPod touch and in November, the iPad called Game Center. Game Center is the mobile equivalent of Nintendo’s Wii Network Play, Xbox Live, or Playstation Network. When you download games that have been designed to support Game Center, you can interact with leaderboards, special per-game achievements, and even multiplayer support complete with VoIP.
Ask anyone in marketing and they'll tell you that branding is everything. Finding the right name for your product can mean the difference between raging fiscal success and utter financial failure for developers. There there are few companies on the planet that understand this better than Apple. The Cupertino-based company has one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Don't believe us? Flash a photo of their iconic fruit logo anywhere in the developed world and watch people's eyes light up like a pair of iPod nanos.
OK, that was a terrible simile, but you get the idea.
With the success Apple has enjoyed in getting the name of their products 'just so,' not to mention the trials and tribulations the company has undergone to secure the rights to those names, it's great to see that Apple's taking a stand against name-squatters in the iTunes App Store.
Well, once again, it was kind of slow iPhone news week, as iPods iPods iPods were all the rage (Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!), but it's not like no one was talking about it, especially with the new SDK rules that rolled out. Flash on the iPhone? Well, not really, but sorta yeah, if you count apps made in Flash being legit all over again. Thanks, FTC!
Lately we've been playing a lot of Team Fortress 2 on Frag the Editor Friday. Okay, it's really all we've been playing. This week we're going to mix it up and have the editors playing different games, giving our readers the opportunity to play against us without having to delve into the face-shooting world of FPS.
So pick an editor and get ready to battle:
Roberto Baldwin & Nic Vargus - Steam - Team Fortress 2 - Mac|Life Steam Group - Join the group chat room to be invited to the game.
Ray Aguilera - Enigmo - Game Center & Strategery- Username: raguilera - Will announce on his Twitter feed when he's ready for another game.
Susie Ochs - Words with Friends & Strategery - Will be accepting new games over the weekend - Username: sfsooz
Florence Ion - Cro Mag Rally - Game Center - Username: Ohthatflo - Will announce on her Twitter feed when she's ready for another game.
They say that home is where the heart is. So then, if your heart isn't in your home, where is it? Sure, decorating a home is a pricey endeavor, not to mention a stressful one. But when all is said and done, a house that fits your style will only make you feel more comfortable. So, take out those tools, put on your overalls, and use these apps to help you turn your home (or in this editor's case, small studio apartment) into the dwelling of your dreams.
If you're like a most of the Mac|Life staff, you have more than one email address. If you're on Game Center, your main email address might not be the one you have attached to your Game Center account. Here's how to add all of your email addresses to Game Center so you don't miss an invitation from your game playing friendship.
GV Mobile, the unofficial Google Voice application, may actually make it back to the App Store after all. After the GV Mobile application was pulled by Apple almost 2 years ago, along with the Official Google Voice application (which never made it past the approval process), many Google Voice users wondered if they would ever see the Google Voice functionality in an app on their iOS devices. But a recent tweet by GV Mobile application developer, Sean Kovacs, revealed that Apple has finally broken their silence about Google Voice on the App Store.
Since Apple's big policy changes in app development yesterday, software developers have been jumping for joy at the freedom to build their own applications with whatever tool they well choose. However, the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple's change in policy on its third party app development may have a little something to do with being under fire from the FTC.
If this gets approval and the approval sticks (shed some tears for Google Voice), this might be some of the coolest news about the App Store in a long, long time. Could the sound we heard a few weeks ago be the cracking of the App Store and its over-the-top restrictiveness?