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.
Looks like an Apple manager was accepting kickbacks for supplying information to companies to give them a leg up when bidding for Apple business. Yeah, it's as bad as it sounds. Hope he had fun with his alleged millions.
Apple's iAds are straining advertising agencies with their Apple-infused rules. So just get used to that Nissan commercial for now.
Plus we discuss pizza economics as it pertains to Hulu and Netflix.
Hey all you developers out there: the iOSDevCamp 2010 is coming up next week, August 20-22, at PayPal in San Jose, CA. They've only sold half their tickets, and are hoping to sell out of the rest of them by the time the conference starts (partly so they have enough food to feed everyone).
The lack of Flash on mobile devices can be a bummer for some, but the video streaming site Vimeo hopes to solve this on their end. Vimeo is the latest video streaming site to test a new HTML5 video player that is iOS-friendly. This new "Universal Player," which is set to be released later today, will allow viewers to watch video on their devices natively.
Sony has made it clear that they view Apple and the iPhone as a threat to their mobile gaming dominance with the PSP, with the latest “line in the sand” being drawn with a television commercial that sort of entirely misses the whole point.
While iAd may have been launched on July 1st, apparently they're still having trouble getting out of the advertising gate. Apple had originally named 17 launch partners for iAd, but only 2 had campaigns for most of July.
All good things must come to an end. It appears that Grooveshark was pulled from the App Store. We sent Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Josh Greenberg a note about it and he replied that the crew are now scrambling to figure out what's going on. No word yet on what really happened or why Grooveshark had their app pulled.
The Mac|Life staff members are big fans of the music streaming app and are sad to see them go from the App Store. But once we hear more, we'll keep you posted. Grooveshark has published an official blog post about what has happened to their iPhone app. The company stated the following, after the cut.
As we all know, the rumors that the iPhone will be available with Verizon are getting stronger. Regardless of how we feel about the carriers, we'd love to see a day when our iPhone network isn't bogged down with everyone and their dog using it (those of you in big cities know how that goes). We can only imagine a few more carrier options would help with that, and it looks like that's what people want--specifically, Verizon.