Weekly news roundup on all things “Touch”

Apple shares are still rising, iPads are selling like hot cakes “virtually”, as well as receiving last minute design changes. Microsoft, Palm and Android are playing catch-up in the mobile space at GDC, and in sales figures. Some with more success than others…. Oh, and eBooks, or iBooks?, may be in a format you recognise and can be read aloud, … Read More

Stephen NorthcottWeekly news roundup on all things “Touch”

Apple and Google about to have a public fall out?

Apple were recently in the news for filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer HTC and now it looks like Google and Apple could soon be in a heated debate. Google and Apple have worked very well together in the past, they brought together Google maps for the iPhone. When Apple sued HTC they were also taking a swipe at Google, … Read More

Jane JonesApple and Google about to have a public fall out?

The “Freemium” Game sales model? Lipstick on the same old pig?

When I first sat down to write this article I was a little lost initially as to how to attack it. You see I am not convinced that the “Freemium” model is actually the “next big thing” that the blog-o-sphere is hyping it up to be. Certainly a large number of apps are being shifted under that banner. But then … Read More

Stephen NorthcottThe “Freemium” Game sales model? Lipstick on the same old pig?

50 in 1 : APPZILLA – The Swiss Army Knife of iPhone Apps. Great value!

50 in 1 : APPZILLA Rating: When I first fired up APPZILLA I was a little overwhelmed! There are a full two and a half screens full of just about every mini-app and widget (both useful and fun) I could think of that I might want to have on my iPhone or iPod. That’s 50 individual apps all individually launch-able … Read More

Stephen Northcott50 in 1 : APPZILLA – The Swiss Army Knife of iPhone Apps. Great value!

Rick Sammon’s 24/7 Photo Buffet: An almost picture perfect application

Rick Sammon’s 24/7 Photo Buffet Rating: Don’t get me wrong, I like to take a picture as much as the next person, as long as the next person is someone who is not too bothered about it! But after just a few moments looking through Rick Sammon’s 24/7 Photo Buffet I was already inspired to go out and try something … Read More

Craig WillisRick Sammon’s 24/7 Photo Buffet: An almost picture perfect application

Apple Removes Camera Option in iPhone (iPad) OS 3.2 SDK beta 4 [Images]

Almost every soon to be released Apple product goes through a lot of speculation before it is officially available. The iPad has undoubtedly become one of the most discussed topics in the blog-o-sphere and there has been speculation regarding its hardware and software since the time it was first announced by Steve Jobs. The first rumor which became very popular … Read More

Ravin MohindruApple Removes Camera Option in iPhone (iPad) OS 3.2 SDK beta 4 [Images]

Ngmoco Gives Interesting Talk on How Eliminate Was Built | GDC 2010

In one of the first GDC (Game Developers Conference) panels this morning in San Francisco Ngmoco kicked things off with a presentation on how they put their flagship “freemium” FPS Eliminate together. Their aim from the outset was to produce the definitive iPhone FPS which boasts all the features gamers expect from a console or PC equivalent. With a small … Read More

Stephen NorthcottNgmoco Gives Interesting Talk on How Eliminate Was Built | GDC 2010

Phone Patent Battle lines drawn. Microsoft eyes opportunities.

As I suggested last week, Apple’s lawsuit against HTC over phone patents did not come out of the blue, and is not the last of what may mushroom into a multi-company skirmish, perhaps even including Microsoft. Oppenheimer analyst Yai Reiner issued a report yesterday that illuminated the issues and industry discussions that have been going on behind closed doors prior … Read More

Stephen NorthcottPhone Patent Battle lines drawn. Microsoft eyes opportunities.

Bigpoint announces iPhone v PC head to head racing | GDC 2010

At GDC today, Bigpoint and Unity hooked up to showcase a game called Uniter, which allows iPhone and PC gamers to race against each other. “This is an important and historic opportunity for the online gaming industry,” said BigPoint CEO Heiko Hurbertz. “We believe the future of gaming exists in a world without borders and platform boundaries and in real-time. … Read More

Stephen NorthcottBigpoint announces iPhone v PC head to head racing | GDC 2010

Apple appears to be making more moves to “tidy” the App Store.

We reported last week about Apple removing the vast majority of apps from iTunes that they considered contained too much “adult orientated” material. Over the weekend we also took a look at how Apple were removing some WiFi Signal Finder apps from iTunes (otherwise known as “Stumblers”). This second case was clearly to do with those apps using Private Frameworks. … Read More

Ravin MohindruApple appears to be making more moves to “tidy” the App Store.

New 3D Games Potentially Coming To The Palm Pre and Pixi

The biggest barrier for good quality high-performance 3D games on Palm Smart-phones has finally been removed. Palm (PALM) have finally officially confirmed that they have added a component to their webOS Software Development Kit which will allow developers to target high-performance 3D graphics and native ARM code. This is in the form of a webOS plugin that Palm plans to … Read More

Ravin MohindruNew 3D Games Potentially Coming To The Palm Pre and Pixi

Apple removes Wi-Fi finders from the App Store. Some fear another purge!

It seems Apple may be starting another round of application removals from the App Store. On Thursday it started removing selected Wi-Fi finder apps, otherwise known as “stumblers”. These apps enable iPhone and iPod Touch users to locate Wi-Fi networks around them and then try to use those networks for internet access. One reason given by Apple to one app author was … Read More

Ravin MohindruApple removes Wi-Fi finders from the App Store. Some fear another purge!

Mobile Operators Announce App Store To Compete With Apple

A consortium of mobile operators, including Verizon Wireless, AT&T, NTT DoCoMo, Deutsche Telekom, China Mobile and Vodafone, have announced an agreement to create a unified mobile application store. This is of course a direct attempt by the providers to muscle away some of the power Apple now exerts on the mobile market and place it back in the hands of … Read More

Ravin MohindruMobile Operators Announce App Store To Compete With Apple