Those precocious, over-achieving iPhone users, always multitasking:
Reading restaurant recommendations. Finding out where their friends
are. Playing games. Foursquare and Gowalla let them do all three of
those at once.
These hybrid apps combine the iPhone’s location
services, friends lists, databases of user-generated hot spots, and
user-achievement systems borrowed from the world of videogames. While
you’re out and about, you check in to nearby locations, letting your
friends know where you are, even via optional push notification.
Combining elements from Zuma and Breakout, Luxor has you firing your
own colored balls at advancing chains of other colored balls. You’re
trying to remove balls from the chain by matching three or more of the
same color. The chains move along tracks that twist and turn and double
over each other, so you can’t always get a clear shot. And if you don’t
clear them fast enough, they reach the end of the track--and you lose.
Taito’s Bust-a-Move, also known in Japan as Puzzle Bobble, resembles
the 1996 Mac puzzle game Snood. You fire colored balls at a puzzle of
colored balls, trying to match three and make them disappear. The balls
gradually move down the screen, and if they reach the bottom before you
clear the board, you lose.
Remember when Ralph De La Vega, AT&T's Wireless CEO, suggested that the carrier might have to figure out some way to effectively better manage the bandwidth of their 3G network?
Well, he's not the only one singing the "iPhone's hogging up the airwaves" blues. Turns out the Chairman of the FCC has that same song stuck in his head, and between the two of these men, iPhone users could be running into some stiff opposition to their unlimited access plans.
Initially we all had just one Mac and one iPod. We’d dutifully sync our iPod with our Mac, and life was grand.
Then we got a MacBook, another iPod, and finally, an iPhone. Soon it
was apparent that our music library was scattered across multiple
machines and the idea of trying to figure out which machine had which
songs became an onerous task. So we just threw them all together,
resulting in tons of unwanted duplicate tracks.
While Apple retains the right to deny apps that they claim duplicate
core features (the supposed excuse for the Google Voice blanket
rejection), there are any number of apps that do just that. Try
searching browsers in the app store for proof.
So with an announcement from Mozilla's CEO John Lilly that the open
source giant plans to "release an app to the iPhone App Store in the
next few weeks," that he claims will "surprise people," speculation
began. Theories centered around two strong contenders.