If the current crop of Android-based tablets have been unable to dethrone the iPad, perhaps Sony will succeed where others have failed. That’s the logic behind a pair of tablets launched at a media event in Japan overnight, although you’ll have to wait for the leaves to start falling to get one.
Kairosoft is a bit of a favorite around here at Mac|Life. Their first amazing cult-hit iOS game, Game Dev Story has earned its right as a permanent fixture on several of our iPhones. Kairosoft has now officially announced the Japanese release of Pocket School Story 2, though it's still unclear as to whether the game will be released in North America.
The highly celebrated casual games develop PopCap has announced today that for 48 hours, beginning Saturday at 12:01 AM PDT, all of their iOS games will be on sale. The proceeds of the sale will be donated to the Red Cross for Japan's tsunami relief fund. The sale ends at midnight on Sunday March 20. For the duration of the sale, all of their iPhone games will be reduced to 99 cents and iPad games will be $1.99.
Following a report earlier this week that Japanese Apple Store locations had served as a means of communication for many in the beleaguered country after last week’s earthquake and tsunami comes word that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has pledged his company’s assistance with employees there.
While no one wants to see tragedy on the scale of what happened last week in Japan, it’s heartening to see how people can come together in the wake of such events, with Apple’s retail stores in the country helping offer solace.
This time last year, the Internet was in overdrive speculating about Apple’s as-yet-unannounced tablet. Flash-forward to a year later, and we’re now distilling rumors about the followup to that groundbreaking device.
Google wasn’t content to end their Tuesday with the unveiling of Chrome OS and the Chrome Web Store -- they slipped a Google Latitude app for the iPhone past the goalie, as it were. But don’t go looking for it, because it’s already gone.
iAds have had their ups and downs in the US, leaving many developers skeptical, but many are still hopeful after Apple started rolling out the in-app advertisements worldwide. Apple recently announced that iAds will be rolling out to Japan. With the help of The Dentsu Group, developers will be able to target iAd-based applications to the Japanese app market.
The Japanese government has twisted Apple’s arm, and now Cupertino will be forced to replace first-generation iPod nanos sold in that country which were found to have a potentially serious overheating defect.