The popular and gory 3D first person shooter, Duke Nukem, has made its way to the iPhone and iPod Touch albeit with some touch screen control issues.
The game was first released for the PC in 1996 and has since been a hallmark of the computer gaming world for its impressive use of visuals and implementation of gore. 3D Realms has created an iPhone port of the game which stays faithful to the original implementation including risque content but is plagued with touch screen control issues. It’s expected that porting a game that relies on a keyboard and mouse for controls to a full touch screen environment would be somewhat difficult but the game’s co-author, George Broussard, has said an update will arrive soon that fixes these issues.
However, the iPhone port of Duke Nukem developed by 3D realms, arrives ahead of the company’s highly anticipated sequel Duke Nukem Forever.
The App is available on the App Store (iTunes Link) for $2.99.
CourseSmart, a competitor in the eBook space, has made available an iPhone App bringing over 7,000 textbooks to students.
CourseSmart, a leading competitor in the eBook space is hoping its platform for the iPhone catches on amongst students. The App itself is free but to download books, you must have a subscription to the service. While some find reading eBooks of any kind on the iPhone an uncomfortable experience, CourseSmart would be beneficial for students in that only a few pages of a select book would only be read at a time to jot down problems for their homework. In addition, it cuts down on the space and weight paper books would take up making a student’s transit to class much more efficient. While CourseSmart will surely help students with their homework, it might find opposition in the classroom by teachers who forbid electronics in their classrooms such as most high schools.
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A little over 7,000 titles are currently available from CourseSmart, so it’s not exhaustive, by any means. Regardless, it should offer a cheaper and more convenient option for you, in case… more...
A new update is ready for SlingPlayer that will enable 3G streaming for non-US iPhones if Apple approves the App.
If you’ve been following the recent controversy surrounding Apple’s ridiculous App Store rules then you surely know that one of the more popular Apps available, SlingPlayer, is limited to use over an active WiFi connection. However, the App was supposed to use both WiFi and 3G to stream content from a compatible SlingBox until AT&T stepped in and asked Apple not to approve the App as it would consume too much bandwidth. While Apple and AT&T have yet to allow a 3G compatible SlingBox, a version for iPhones outside of the US will be made available that brings the feature.
“The 1.1 update will be capable of showing 16 x 9 video to fill the entire screen of an iPhone or iPod touch. Additionally, the remote control interface has been updated and overall speed and response times have been improved. The added DISH Network support allows the app to connect directly to DISH hardware and pull guide information that can be easily searched within the app.”
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Apple recently pulled GV Mobile and VoiceCentral, two Apps for allowing the iPhone to access Google Voice and even went so far as to bar Google from releasing it’s own App on the App Store. VoiceCentral’s developer has chosen to speak out against Apple.
The pulling of VoiceCentral was followed by a call from one of Apple’s representatives. An excerpt of the following conversation:
“Can you tell me what portions of the app were duplicate features?” Duerr asked.
“I can’t go into granular detail,” Richard replied.
Duerr persisted. “Is there something we can change or alter in order to regain compliance and get back in the Store?” he asked.
“I can’t say,” responded Richard.
Searching for Apps in the App Store has always been a tedious process consider that thousands upon thousands of Apps reside in the store and that searching doesn’t always bring up what you want. Apple is hoping to change things up a bit by allow developers to tag their Apps.
Developers will be able to add keywords to their App submissions but will be limited up to 100 characters. This should freshen up search results and combat the “race to the bottom” pricing mentality most developers have as costlier Apps are often overlooked.
“It is important to enter keywords for all applications as soon as possible so your application can continue to be successfully located on the App Store,” the update from Apple reads. “Keywords can be updated with the submission of a new binary.”
The European based Spotify is set to bring its music streaming service to the iPhone and iPod Touch but could face some opposition from Apple.
Spotify, which has over 6 million songs available for streaming to users of its desktop client, is looking to port the App to the iPhone and iPod Touch. However, Apple has yet to approve the streaming client. The reasoning would be Spotify’s duplicate functionality of the iPod and iTunes App but even if Apple approves its App Store entrance, legal troubles could plague the company. Popular music streaming services such as Last.fm and Pandora have all had their fare share of licensing issues in the US as the major labels demanded a cut of the profits. But if Spotify is able to survive the legal gauntlet thrown at it, the issue of pricing comes in to play. Users may either have to pay a monthly fee or put with the occasional ad.
Apple recently blocked promo codes for Apps rated ages 17 and up but after enough noise from the Blog-o-sphere, the Cupertino based company has finally relented.
The reason for Apple blocking developers from releasing promo codes for Apps rated ages 17 and up was never disclosed but speculated to prevent users from bypassing the iPhone’s built in age restriction. However, it hindered developers from promoting their Apps since they could not offer discounts or give them away to attract interest. Luckily, Apple has enabled promo codes for these Apps which ranges from Twitter and IM clients to Apps with built in web browsers.
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For a limited time, you can score a free Starbucks coffee with a simple flick of your iPhone.
Barnes & Nobles recently released an iPhone App (iTunes Store link) that allows users to peruse it’s selection of books but also carries a hidden discount. By bringing in your iPhone to a Starbucks located inside any Barnes & Nobles with the B&N App running, you’ll get a free coffee.
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Over 65,000 Apps reside on the App store. Navigating through such an assortment is tedious let alone finding a discount on your favorite Apps.AppGiveAway is here to help.
AppGiveAway touts itself as a legal resource for finding discounts and special promotions for iPhone and iPod Touch Apps. The site which has been gaining much notoriety since earlier this Spring allows developers to submit promo codes for many of their Apps.
“We seek out developers and they also find us,” said Al Lijee, an AppGiveAway spokesman, adding, “Developers have been kind and posted us in forums and are linking back to us from their websites.”
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The App Store has been a major success since it’s launch alongside the iPhone 3G a year ago but now Apple has the numbers to prove it’s the dominant App marketplace amongst any carrier.
Today, Apple announced that 1.5 Billion Apps have been downloaded since the store’s public debut. It was only 3 months ago that Apple held a contest leading up to its Billionth App download. In addition, the store now carries over 65,000 Apps from 1000,000 developers.
“The App Store is like nothing the industry has ever seen before in both scale and quality,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With 1.5 billion apps downloaded, it is going to be very hard for others to catch up.”