Apple is relaxing some App Store rules to make room for a broader range
of official applications for the iPhone. The download store now has
applications like iFart Mobile and Pull my Finger that do exactly what
their names suggest. However, porn and sexual content is still off
limits, at least officially, as the iBoobs software was kicked out.
Most developers greeted the much more liberal approach to approve
applications, but some believe Apple should make even more changes –
especially to allow the sale of third-party software that competes with
Apple's own applications.
Chicago - Rolando has finally hit the App Store as the most anticipated game for iPhone and iPod touch this holiday season. Great use of tilt and touch controls, unique idea and smooth gameplay make this a must-have iPhone game that numerous reviewers already describe as killer gaming app and a potential system-seller that Apple has been waiting for. Combined with a $9.99 price tag and a digital distribution model, Rolando also demonstrates the advantages of Apple's platform. The fact that gaming content on the App Store is becoming a big business should get Sony’s and Nintendo’s attention. EXTRA: SLIDESHOW
While Blu-ray player and disc sales apparently are climbing, movie
executives repeatedly said that the Blu-ray has been a rather
disappointing business so far. HD DVD may be dead, but movie streaming
is developing into a serious rival for the Blu-ray disc and we hear
that this Christmas is considered to be a make or break event for the
technology. A new Blu-ray/DVD hybrid disc brings new hope that more
Blu-ray media will be sold. Is it enough?
If you are used to watching your favorite music videos via YouTube,
then you might be surprised to find that task is going to become much
more difficult. Warner Music said in a statement that it “simply cannot
accept terms that fail to appropriately and fairly compensate recording
artists, songwriters, labels and publishers for the value they provide.”
Valve's Steam content distribution service has scored an important win
with the addition of Electronic Arts to the list of participating
publishers. The announcement is somewhat surprising given the fact that
the world's largest game publisher runs its own online store that also
sells select games as digital downloads. Electronic Arts currently
offers five triple-A titles on Steam, including Spore, and is expected
to grow the list of games by the end of the year with several new
additions, including Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3.
Recently, YouTube released their high-definition video option. They have now created new landing pages in attempt to make finding popular video categories simple.
If you ever enjoyed building sandcastles on a beach and destroying it
afterwards, there is a good chance that you were playing one of the
many versions of SimCity on a PC as well. EA Mobile recently released
an adaptation of the game for the iPhone which lets you create a finely
structured city and, if you want to, bring sudden change through
monsters or tornadoes.
Joost, founded by the Skype creators Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis,
has been downgraded to a YouTube clone as the company announced that it
will disable streaming to its desktop client tomorrow.
Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 have been dominating game
console headlines lately and there was not really a whole lot positive
to say about the Playstation 3 lately. Sony’s game console desperately
needs new reasons why people should choose the platform – and the Home
social gaming and entertainment network and may be one of them. After a
long delay, Home went live earlier today as an Open Beta. Extra: SLIDESHOW
Sony today announced that Playstation Home will finally launch as
an open beta tomorrow. Designed as a virtual world and social
networking platform for Playstation 3 owners, it has been delayed several
times since Sony first announced the project in 2007. Basically a
virtual community, Home lets users “live” in a virtual world, create
their own apartment and personalize their living space with items like
furniture, clothing and gadgets. Gamers can communicate via VoIP, play
mini-games, attend events and explore game-related spaces.
Back in the 1980s, Monty Python was a living comedy troupe for the last
time with the release of “The Meaning of Life.” Eric Idle, an English
comedian and former member of the group, has worked for decades to
ensure that Monty Python is not lost. The name continues through books,
DVD’s, a Broadway show, video games, concert tours, and even ringtones.
He is now making an effort to place Monty Python on the Internet,
Netflix “Watch Instantly” movie streaming for Intel-based Mac is out of
beta and now available to all Netflix subscribers who own Macs. Netflix
emailed Mac subscribers earlier today to announce that the service is
now open to all Mac users who wish to try it out. Watch Instantly still
features only a small portion of Netflix’s library, but users are
promised that they will be able to stream more than 12,000 movies and
TV shows by the end of the year.
Negotiations between the Beatles and EMI, which releases the Beatles
music catalog under the Apple Corps label, to make titles of the
legendary band available on iTunes have “stalled”, Paul McCartney told
the BBC earlier today. He said that EMI was demanding “something: the
Beatles “are not prepared to give.” Welcome to a new round of
iTunes-Beatles speculations and why the band’s music is not available.
Our bets are on DRM.
Opinion - Microsoft’s New Xbox Experience (NXE) announced yesterday is
much more than a simple update to the software’s dashboard. It
transitions to a completely new look and feel of the interface. Oh, and
yes, there are several new features as well. Here is our first
The Batman sequel The Dark Knight was a smash hit at the box office,
with $400 million in U.S. ticket sales in its first 18 days after
release and more than $1 billion in sales globally so far. But the
title achieved another significant milestone: It amassed over one
million illegal downloads on BitTorrent in less than seven days.
Ok, we admit it, there are ways to get Half-Life for free, you may even
have a copy in a graphics card box in your closet (at least I do in the
box of the original ATI Radeon AIW), but we felt it was worth noting
that Valve’s Half-Life game turned 10 today and the company is
celebrating the birthday with a 98 cent edition of the game.
Microsoft updated its Xbox firmware and upgraded Xbox Live service
today. The new software+service combination, called the New Xbox
Experience, is released in 26 countries and is available in 11
languages. The software maker considers the product a milestone release
with the hope to make the firm’s game console the center piece of home
entertainment, replacing rival consoles and set-top boxes. A
cornerstone of this strategy is the unlimited Netflix HD streaming
feature. However, early user reports indicate that Netflix streaming
did not work for at least a certain portion of users who updated their
Making video games is serious business, but creating the
world’s most popular MMO, World of Warcraft, is a monumental feat
requiring hundreds of developers, programmers, artists and
videographers. It’s easy to forget these people because they usually
aren’t publically recognized, but today you’re getting a special treat
that we’re pretty sure has never been done before. During last night’s
launch of the World of Warcraft expansion: Wrath of the Lich King at
the Electronic Fry’s store in Anaheim, we snapped photos of 140 WoW
developers and you can see all of them in the three slideshows below.
Google Earth remains one of the most impressive 3D applications
available today. A new highlight for Earth is a layer visualizes
ancient Rome as it is believed to have looked like in 320 A.D. It
includes buildings that have withstood test of time, like the famous
Coliseum, in addition to objects that no longer exist, as well as roads
and terrain. Users can experience a breathtaking Rome in 360 degrees,
fly though streets and even see the detailed interior of some
My thumb is numb from taking hundreds of photos and I
can't even feel my feet anymore. But that doesn’t matter because I own
the newest World of Warcraft expansion pack Wrath of the Lich King.
After interviewing the first people waiting in line at the Anaheim
Electronic Fry’s store on Tuesday, I headed back Wednesday afternoon to
capture the launch.