iAds have had their ups and downs in the US, leaving many developers skeptical, but many are still hopeful after Apple started rolling out the in-app advertisements worldwide. Apple recently announced that iAds will be rolling out to Japan. With the help of The Dentsu Group, developers will be able to target iAd-based applications to the Japanese app market.
Got your attention? Of course we did--who doesn’t love great software, entertainment, and even hardware for the low, low price of free? That’s why we’re pointing you to the best Mac and iOS apps; the top sources for free music, videos, and other fun; and even the best ways to make phone calls without dropping a dime.
If you’ve been waiting anxiously to get your hands on iOS 4.2 to take advantage of the highly touted AirPrint functionality, you may want to sit down while reading this -- Apple may be delaying the feature “indefinitely” for Mac and Windows PCs, meaning it will only work with a handful of newer printers from HP.
If you’re an iOS developer or just a user who’s hopelessly addicted to app updates, you might want to find something else to do come late December -- Apple’s iTunes Connect is closing its doors for nearly a week over Christmas.
Verizon introduces a new iPad commercial with a pretty sweet Mi-Fi deal. So sweet that Susie's pretty bummed about her iPad 3G. Apple drops another patent and this time it looks like our beloved menubar is in trouble. Oh no, not the menubar!
Plus, we answered a few reader calls, and your questions from Twitter and Facebook.
Ever wonder what Apple themselves might consider the best of the best where apps are concerned? As it turns out, you don’t have to wonder any longer -- Apple has created a section dedicated to what they consider the best 50 apps.
Puzzle Quest HD is a simple match-three game that heaps on tons of gratuitous (and fun) RPG elements. You get a chance to add armor, learn spells, and customize your character. RPG puzzle games are nothing new, but we love them for their ridiculousness. I mean, what says “Cast Water Tsunami Spell” like connecting four blue pog-looking things?
Sure, we’ve sort of compared everything to Doodle Jump since it was released in 2009, but that’s because it’s so good everyone wants to be it. Now, Hedgehog Launch isn’t exactly what you might consider a Doodle Jump clone, but its similarities are undeniable. With Hedgehog Launch you shoot a cutesy little hedgehog into the sky, and bounce off of platforms to get higher and higher. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Gun Bros is a non-stop 3D top-down dual-stick freemium shooter (say that ten times fast). You try to survive wave after wave of TOOL enemies until you die, earning Xplodium that can be refined into money. You then take that money and buy new weapons and armor that will make it easier to clear more waves (and earn more Xplodium – to buy more weapons and armor).
Age of Zombies is a loveably inappropriate top-down shooter (think Gun Bros but with sprites). Similar to Gun Bros, you gotta shoot wave after wave of bad guys. But in Age of Zombies, you must protect the universe from Zombies. The premise is awesome – the evil Dr. Brains has infected the entire world with Zombies by dropping them off in every time period, so it’s your job, as Barry Steakfries, to go to those time periods and save the world.