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Cute Bears Battle it Out: Battle Bears for iPhone Reviewed

Posted September 29, 09 1:00 PM by Jovan Washington

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Growing up, I cherished my little bears and the TV show, “Teddy Bears” just won me over with their cute and innocent behavior. The game I got my hands on changed my perception of these cute bears for the rest of my life.

The description says it’s a shooter that pits you against a horde of mercilessly affectionate bears (the Huggables) that want nothing more than to hug you…to death. You play as some sort of special forces bear with an assault rifle who rides unicorns and steals pots of gold.

You start off behind enemy lines with only your gun and what looks like a Unicorn horn crossbow to defend yourself against the swarms of Huggables. The enemies make a beeline to hug you, and their rainbow souls beam up when you kill them with a headshot. Regardless of how you kill them, they’ll spill colorful blood that can be any colour of the rainbow.

The controls are cool. You pan the screen using one finger, but you shoot by tapping with another one. You can switch weapons and reload using the icon in the top-left corner of the screen.… more...

Rhapsody Music App Approved

Posted September 11, 09 4:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: App Store Music 

We reported that Rhapsody submitted its music streaming App to Apple and was set to compete with Spotify’s own music subscription App. Due to Apple’s reputation of denying Apps for petty reasons and somewhat false claims, some speculated that Rhapsody’s offering would face some opposition from Cupertino but the App has been approved without any trouble.

While the App is free, you will have to pay a monthly fee to download content from Rhapsody’s library of over 8 million songs. However, you can sign up for a free 7-day trial to try out the service. Rhapsody’s VP of business management, Neil Smith had this to say:

“This breaks us out of the non-Apple MP3 player segment and now we can reach the iPod Touch and iPhone audience that was unavailable to us before,”

You can download the App via the App Store.

Via: iPhone Alley.

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Apple Approves then Removes Manomio’s C64 Emulator

Posted September 8, 09 4:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: App Store Apple Software 

imageIn another game of cat and mouse, Apple has subjected Manomio’s C64 emulator to a strenuous review process. However, it was finally approved, which brought a glimmer of hope that Apple would be reforming its App Store review policies; but alas, it was null and void as the App was promptly removed.

Manomio’s C64 App was first denied in June of this year due to its ability to execute run time code (it is a Commodore emulator after all) which is expressibly forbidden according to the iPhone SDK 2.0 agreement. However, once Manomio stripped out access to the BASIC interpretor from the App, it gained access in to the App Store only to be cut out again. The reason? While BASIC was removed originally, it was hidden within the App and could be accessed with a simple shortcut. The shortcut to enable BASIC within the emulator is simple according to the The iPhone Blog:

(If you’re dying to get your BASIC on, however, reader Stooovie let us know you can still access it by enabling “always show full keyboard”, starting a game, paging over to the EXTRA keyboard, and then… more...

Apple Bans uTorrent Monitoring App

Posted September 3, 09 4:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi

imageApple has banned another App from entering its App Store. The App in question, uMonitor, allows users to check the status of their Torrent downloads on their computer. However, the App does not allow users to download Torrents on to their phone.

The App was denied after sitting in review limbo for well over four months which is far beyond the normal time frame Apps are usually approved but then again, this App touches a sensitive subject in the tech community: Torrenting. While using the protocol itself isn’t considered illegal, the fact that it has become synonymous with downloading pirated media usually causes concerns. However, Apple assumes you will use the App to abuse a third party’s rights while in reality, it just monitors your current downloads.

A quote from Apple reveals that the Cupertino based company believes that whoever downloads this App would automatically use it to download media that would otherwise require being bought and to infringe on third party rights:

“We’ve reviewed µMonitor and determined that we cannot post this version of your application to the App Store at this time because this category of applications is often used… more...

Rhapsody Music Subscription Service Coming to the iPhone

Posted August 26, 09 4:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: App Store Music 

imageiPhoneMatters previously wrote about Spotify, the European based music streaming service making its way to the iPhone and is pending authorization in to the App Store but it may soon face competition from Rhapsody’s own music streaming and subscription service.

Rhapsody, known for its music streaming and subscription offerings has reportedly submitted its own iPhone App to Apple and is awaiting its release in to the App Store. The Rhapsody App will allow users access to over 6 million songs that can be streamed over EDGE/3G and WiFi. While the App may be free, users will need to pay $14.99 a month to stream content. However, Rhapsody VP, Neil Smith is confident the App will be approved and issued this statement:

“The app store is likely to be bigger than the music store some day, and not approving things for the app store is giving people a reason to say, ‘I’m not going to buy an iPhone,’”

JKontherun also gave its own opinion on why the App will be approved.

For Apple not to approve the Rhapsody music streaming App would bring further scrutiny to the App Store’s… more...

SlingPlayer 1.1 Approved To The App Store, 3G Streaming Still On Hold

Posted August 23, 09 7:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: App Store News 

image After a teaser from SlingMedia that the next version of SlingPlayer for the iPhone would arrive with 3G streaming for non-US iPhones, many had thought Apple would turn over a new leaf in the App Store submission process.  With the roll out of SlingPlayer 1.1, 3G streaming isn’t quite here, but will be arrive “imminently” according to SlingMedia.

The 1.1 update brings full 16x9 widescreen support for Slingbox SOLO, PRO, and PRO-HD users, DISH Remote Access integration, faster start and channel change and improved remote control interface. However, the 1.1 update is Wi-fi with some clarification from SlingMedia.

There has been some confusion lately regarding whether this version would have 3G in the rest of the world which I’d like to clear up. 1.1 was always Wi-Fi only. We submitted another version of the app that works on 3G that is intended for the rest of the world. We have not heard back from Apple on that app yet, and will keep you posted.

SlingPlayer for the iPhone was limited to Wi-Fi streaming after AT&T asked Apple to prevent Apps that consume massive amounts of bandwidth over the iPhone’s 3G connection.… more...

App Store Reviewing Policies Revealed

Posted August 23, 09 6:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: App Store Apple 

image  After Apple filed it’s response to the FCC, it’s App Store reviewing policies have been revealed, which give more insight into the highly veiled App Store.

According to Apple there are more than 40 full-time reviewers overlooking App Store submissions and updates while an executive board that meets weekly to discuss App store policies and escalated issues. However, this quote by Apple sums up the core breakdown of the App Store:

95% of applications are approved within 14 days of being submitted. Apple generally spends most of the review period making sure that the applications function properly, and working with developers to fix quality issues and software bugs in applications. We receive about 8,500 new applications and updates every week, and roughly 20% of them are not approved as originally submitted. In little more than a year, we have reviewed more than 200,000 applications and updates.

Mike Ash of Rogue Amoeba did some math on the numbers released by Apple and gave a basic run down of what kind of process goes behind approving Applications and updates to the App Store.

There are 8,500 App Store… more...

Qik For iPhone Gains 3G Video Uploading

Posted August 23, 09 5:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: App Store Software 

imageQik for the iPhone was originally designed to arrive with 3G streaming and catapult the iPhone in to the online video world by transforming it in to a portable recorder. While the iPhone 3GS supplemented that functionality and allowed users to upload their videos to YouTube and MobileMe easily and efficiently, Qik had already become the premier Jailbreak App and eventually arrived to the App Store sans 3G streaming. However, a recent update has re-enabled the feature.

While the newly update Qik App gains 3G functionality which will allow users to upload their videos anywhere, it was initially limited to WiFi data uploads and could not instantly stream a user’s recording due to limitations in the iPhone’s SDK. Instant streaming is one of the high points of the Qik App and while it’s limited in Firmware 3.0, hopefully Apple will expands its SDK library soon.

Qik is available from the App Store

Via: iPhone Hacks

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TomTom GPS Navigation App Arrives For The iPhone

Posted August 17, 09 10:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: App Store Software 

imageTomTom has finally released it’s navigation App for the iPhone which leverages the device’s built in GPS and combines it with the company’s award winning navigation Software.

TomTom has made a bold move by challenging the 99 cent market bundled with subscriptions but the asking price may be a little steep for most users. The App first made its appearance on the Australian App Store followed by compatible version for New Zealand, Western Europe, US and Canada. hey cost $79.99 $94.99 $149.99 $99.99 respectively. While the TomTom navigation App has been in development since Apple publicly released the iPhone SDK but was restricted from the App Store due to the developer agreement. However, since the release of Firmware 3.0 and its accompanying SDK, Apple has relented and is allow 3rd party navigation Apps to be sold on the App Store. The TomTom Navigation App comes ahead of the accompanying car mount which brings a built in charger and an external, more powerful GPS.

Via: Arstechnica

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Facebook 3.0 Soon To Be Released On App Store

Posted August 17, 09 4:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: App Store SDK 

imageThe highly anticipated update to the Facebook App has been submitted to Apple for approval.

The 3.0 update brings many feature rich optimizations to the iPhone App following Apple’s public release of Firmware 3.0 for the iPhone and iPod Touch. New in this update is a totally revamped user interface, news feed and functions for creating Photo Albums. However, the 3.0 update lacks push notification which is scheduled for the 3.1 release. Joe Hewitt posted details about the new Facebook iPhone App on his Twitter feed:

Just uploaded Facebook for iPhone 3.0 to the App Store for review. I’ll be posting more details and screen shots to the app’s page on Facebook this week

Via: Macworld

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