For the millions of gamers who enjoyed the games of Bizarre Creations, last year ended with some sad news. Their financier had elected to shut down the game studio. Bizarre was the studio behind the popular Project Gotham Racing series as well as Geometry Wars (of which there are innumerable clones on the App Store). However, from the ashes of Bizarre Creations comes Hogrocket, a new micro studio formed by veterans of Bizarre in Northwest England.
Since the official Google Voice app landed in the iOS App Store, there hasn’t been a lot of chatter from developers of third-party apps, which had long been the only way to use the service on your iPhone. One of the original Google Voice apps has returned after a lengthy hiatus with GV Mobile+ 2.0.
There's no shortage of weather apps that'll give you local temperature and forecast information, but let's face it: they're not exactly infallible. Wouldn't it be neat if you could just whip out your iPhone, and not have to hunt down an actual old-fashioned thermometer?
It turns out you can, at least in theory. No current iOS device boasts temperature sensors, but Thermometer 147 claims to measure ambient air temperature using only the onboard audio hardware. Because sound waves travel faster in warmer air, one need only measure the time it takes a sound to get from speaker to microphone.
In yet another signal that the iPhone has become one of the go-to platforms for high-quality Japanese role-playing games, Square Enix announced today that they have released an enhanced version of one of their classic games to the App Store. It's already passed Apple inspection and is available now. Square has positioned itself as essentially the only major player in the genre on iOS and is even more fully dominating with the release of Final Fantasy III under their belt.
As every parent knows, kids can get bored quickly -- but thankfully, the iPad makes a great companion with a wide variety of choices. Yoplait Kids has joined forces with the iStoryTime line to bring kids six new storybook options for the iPad, all absolutely free for a limited time.
Once you’ve experienced the magic of wirelessly sending video from an iOS device to a second-generation Apple TV, you’ll likely become eager to do the same with other consumer electronics. As it turns out, Apple may be exploring that very possibility soon enough.
On any given day in Apple’s iOS App Store there are 100 apps that rise above all others – where the owners of iPhones, iPod touches and iPads decide with their hard-earned dollars which cream rises to the top. Because we’re curious types, we decided to pick a random day, grab all Top 100 paid app icons and break them down into our own unscientific categories to see if there’s any science behind what’s popular and what’s not. The results may surprise you!
If you’re a guitar player and maybe even an avid reader of Guitar World magazine, you’re no doubt familiar with their free universal app Lick of the Day -- which just got a fairly significant update, adding sponsored licks, AirPlay support and much more.
Late last week we ran a story about a sale that PopCap Games, creator of the best-selling Plants vs Zombies and Bejeweled games was running to help victims of the tsunami in Japan. They discounted all of their iOS titles for 48 hours, and pledged to donate all of the proceeds to the Red Cross Japan Relief fund. We had no idea how successful to sale would end up being.
Each September, fans of the original iPod wait with teeth clenched in anticipation of Apple’s annual music-themed media event -- all to find out if the beloved iPod classic will live, die or maybe even get an upgrade once more. According to Steve Jobs, you can breathe a sigh of relief -- for now.