In what can safely be called a "cautionary tale," a young girl named Madison (currently attending second grade) racked up a gargantuan $1400 bill for her parents this week while playing Smurfs' Village - a Farmville-esque freemium online game. The item that caught her eye? Dozens of barrels of delicious, delicious smurfberries.
In this week's Game Time we take a look at three excellent action games that are all under a dollar (for a limited time). If you like stabbing, shooting, and punching you should download these games ... and consider looking into an anger management course while they download.
Augmented reality applications seem to be taking mobile devices by storm -- and for good reason, since we've wanted a RoboCop-like heads-up display since...well, since we first saw RoboCop. Augmented reality apps over overlay data on the camera of your smartphone, allowing you to see information like weather and local points of interest -- and they can even keep you from walking into walls while texting or emailing.
What do you do if you're itching to get a new Verizon iPhone, but you aren't near an Apple store, you don't want to order online from Apple, and you don't want to make the trip to your local Verizon store? Starting February 10th, you'll be able to take a stroll to your neighborhood Walmart and pick up the phone, along with some potato chips and a new pair of pants.
I have an iPhone 4 and an iPad. The devices are synced with my MacBook Pro so that apps appear on both. I would prefer to run iPhone apps on the iPhone only, and have the iPad-specific versions of the same applications running on the iPad. But it’s hard to tell which versions have been developed for which platform, especially for older versions, like Words with Friends (iPhone) and Words with Friends HD (iPad).
For many of us on the Mac|Life staff, Instagram is our go-to iOS app in the event that the good times start rolling in our presence. It seems that a lot of other folks feel the same as we do about the photo capturing-and-share platform, as close to 300,000 photos are uploaded to Instagram's servers every day. It could be that those already lofty numbers might swell in the days to come as Instagram is now offering their application's API to developers.
Just after news reached us about the potentially offensive Karoshi: Suicide Salaryman, we heard about yet another App Store game that is sure to ruffle some feathers in the United States. App Store developers seem to be on a never-ending quest to offend everyone in the country with their games. First we got Baby Shaker, then Karoshi, and now Smuggle Truck is set to become the focus of media ire across the country.
EA has announced today that they'll be holding a 48 hour App Store fire sale. Over 25 of their titles will be on sale for just 99 cents each. Now, before you get too excited, it needs to be noted that the sale does not include the amazing new EA release, Dead Space, but there are still some very high quality gems on this list.
What fun is a new gadget from Apple if you can't take it apart right? Well, you don't have to worry about doing that to your new Verizon iPhone as iFixit has taken the liberty of doing that for you. What treasures did they find? Apparently a Qualcomm MDM6600 chip. Why is that important? Oh just the fact that it's dual-mode GSM and CDMA compatible!
Thanks to a stunning revelation by Redmond Pie, we now know that the flavor of iOS being used in the upcoming -- and hotly anticipated -- Verizon iPhone (iOS 4.2.6), will be jailbreakable, just like every other version of iOS that's been released to date.