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5/19/2009: News Crumbs

Posted in News Crumbs with tags , , , , , on May 19, 2009 by Bryan

Two interesting blog posts from the guys over at wired.com’s Gadget Lab.

Next-Gen iPhone Spec RumorsLink

The iPhone is quickly becoming the Swiss Army Knife of portable electronics. If the rumors are true, now you will be able to talk on the phone, listen to music, play apps, and use the GPS function to navigate around town. Sounds like a win win to me. Although, I question the wisdom in a device that does so many things.

Devious Developer Fools AppleLink

This developer (Jelle Prins) is just asking for a one way ticket out of the App Store. He must not get much attention at home or anywhere else for that matter.

Mission Accomplished: Billion Apps Served on the App Store

Posted in News Crumbs with tags , , on April 23, 2009 by Bryan

A Billion Apps Served

“Thanks a billion. Over 1 billion downloads in just nine months. Only on the App Store.”

“Baby Shaker” App Pulled

Posted in Editorial, News Crumbs with tags , , , on April 23, 2009 by Bryan

A Billion Apps Served

Back in January of this year, I called for Apple to develop an app quality assurance program.

“What Apple needs to do is offer its own gold seal of assurance. Simply being on the App Store should be a signal to the consumer that the app has been reviewed and found to be of quality (will add to the function, entertainment, and general knowledge of the consumer).  Currently, the App Store seems to be operated on a quantity over quality mentality.”

Today, I came across an article on a Yahoo Tech Blog that talks about the recently pulled “Baby Shaker” app. Baby Shaker allows the user to shake their iDevice in an attempt to quiet a screaming baby. Guardian.co.uk and MSNBC have videos and a corresponding articles relating to this “controversy”.

At first glance this app appears to be harmless. A drawing of a baby cries, you shake your iDevice, red x’s appear over the baby’s eyes (signifying death to those unfamiliar with basic cartoon protocol). So what is the big deal? Shaken Baby Syndrome anyone? This situation launches one into questioning digital entertainment as a whole. What about apps/ games that allow the user to simulate murder? Why is it that we get angry about virtually shaking an infant to death and yet have no problem blowing away countless humans across other apps/games?

The discovery and removal of Baby Shaker is but a small demonstration of Apple’s need to be more diligent in reviewing incoming apps. I am not calling on Apple to become the parent or even moral police of the App Store, but I am calling on Apple to show good taste.

Good taste = allowing apps that do not embarrass nor taint the Apple brand.

– The Pacific Commander

Wolfenstein 3D Classic!

Posted in News Crumbs with tags , , , , , on March 25, 2009 by Bryan

Wolfenstein

Just came across this article over on Kotaku. Seems that id Software has released Wolfenstein 3D Classic (link will open iTunes)  for the iDevice in your life. Priced at $4.99, this game looks amazing!

Also, one of our readers just  sent in an interesting link to an article over on joystiq.com that details creator John Carmack’s thoughts on developing for the iPhone. Below is an excerpt from the article:

“The developers came back and said it would take two months and exceed their budget.

Rather than having a big confrontation over the issue, I told them to just send the project to me and I would do it myself. Cass Everitt had been
doing some personal work on the iPhone, so he helped me get everything set up for local iPhone development here, which is a lot more tortuous
than you would expect from an Apple product. As usual, my off the cuff estimate of “Two days!” was optimistic, but I did get it done in four, and
the game is definitely more pleasant at 8x the frame rate. And I had fun doing it.”

App Store ripoff?

Posted in News Crumbs with tags , , , on March 7, 2009 by Bryan

Ars Technica has a great article on the seemingly seedy underbelly of the App Store. Check it out.

The case of the App Store ripoff

App Store Rumor: Premium Apps?

Posted in News Crumbs with tags , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2009 by Bryan

Would you be willing to pay $20 for an app?

Would you be willing to pay $20 for a premium application on the iPhone/ iPod Touch?

Spies over at AppleInsider are reporting a rumor that Apple could be adding a premium section to the App Store.  Early last week, I wrote an article that asked Apple to come up with a seal of approval/ seal of quality assurance for apps.  Sounds like someone has been listening.

Part of the allure and wonder of the Apple App Store is the app price point (granted, I do not enjoy paying $10 for an app only to have it drop to $0.99 the next day). I often find myself buying apps without thinking. The low price point and high level of satisfaction (on most apps) has shown me that top level games/ apps do not need to be priced at $20-$40. Adding a premium section to the App Store may sound like a good idea (higher level of quality, etc.), but I do not think it is a direction Apple should go with their App Store. All apps need to be reviewed and tested by the same set of standards. Having a separate section for expensive/tested apps makes no sense and diminishes Apple’s brand overall.

What do you think?

Mafia LIVE!

Posted in News Crumbs with tags , , , , on January 26, 2009 by Bryan

Mafia

Well, iMob Online turned out to be a buggy disaster. Great concept though. In the fallout of iMob, I have come across another app of the same nature, Mafia LIVE! Stable. Deadly. A total time sink. Priced at $0.99, Mafia LIVE! is the perfect app to get you through your work week. Want to join my crime family?

Family Code: 297659582.

The Bad Plum crime family welcomes you!