Hey y’all. Its time for another GameTime. This week we’ll take on slicing vegetables, dicing epic poems, skewering a side scroller, and cutting through the snow. That’s about as good as we could do for a theme this week, but check it out below.
It's no secret--we've got a whole lotta love for Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars for the iPhone, so much so that when we reviewed it back in January, we had no choice but to prop it up with a coveted Editor's Choice Award. Playing the iPhone version of the game, it's easy to lose track of time thanks to the GTA Chinatown Wars' user-friendly controls, awesome cell shaded graphics and excellent missions and storyline. To put it bluntly, being a drug dealing scumbag has never been more fun.
Say, remember a while back when Steve Jobs mentioned that in addition to sorting out iPhone 4's death grip reception woes, they would also be seeing to the issue of the handset's proximity sensor causing calls to randomly end or mute? Yeah, that's still not fixed.
If you currently use your Mac as a home media hub, you might already be using Plex instead of competitors like XBMC or Boxee. If you aren’t, you may very well be downloading it after midnight tonight, because a new update -- coupled with an all-new iOS app -- brings some magical new capabilities.
Welcome to yet another Game Time. This week we take on a few games that differentiate themselves from other titles in the App Store with elements like subtle gameplay mechanics and unique visual styles. Not all of the games featured scored a grand slam on their first try, but all are worth checking out.
Whether you’re just getting into iOS development, or you’re a seasoned pro coding away since 2008, sometimes you need a few resources to pull off a successful application. Otherwise, your apps could get lost in the dark corners of the App Store. To help you build the best app you can, we've gathered our ten favorite resources for iOS developers. These tools can help you throughout planning, developing, and managing your applications in the App Store.
There's nothing that warms the cockles of a Apple fanboy's heart more than a freshly discovered listing for "unknownHardware" nestled away in a bit of software. If you listen closely, you'll hear the screams of joy sounding out across the globe, for "unknownHardware" has indeed been listed for the rumor mongers to wax speculative over.
The one thing Apple really excels at is innovation in design, and they know it. So, three years ago they sought to patent both the slide to unlock feature of the Lock screen and the letters that pop-up when you're typing on the iPhone's keyboard.
Today, those patents were finally granted. Titled "Animated graphical user interface for a display screen of portion thereof," the patent covers both features Apple sought to protect. Most smartphone manufacturers have avoided elements like these, but now Apple can officially ask for license fees from copycats.
According to mobile ad network Millenial Media, whose ads reach 81 percent of the U.S. mobile web, requests for ads on Android OS and the iPad are soaring. Since January, requests for ad spots on the Android OS have grown a total of 690 percent since January; they're now number two on the millennial network, surpassing even BlackBerry maker, RIM. Requests had also increased 47 percent in July, compared to the 23 percent in the previous month.
Requests for Apple ad spots increased 24 percent, month-over-month. The iPad in particular has grown massively--327 percent in July alone. And, Apple is still number one in terms of ad impressions, with a 55 percent share of the total. Top ad spots include games, social networking, and music.
Welcome to this week’s GameTime. This week we’ll take a look at spiritual successors, sequels and downright ripoffs. But the surprise here is that even the games with the most blatantly jacked play mechanics still shine on the iOS Devices.