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.
Opinion – There is no other game title that is as important for the
Playstation 3 as Gran Turismo 5 (GT5), yet it appears to become a title
that may seal the console’s fate as the losing platform of the
current-gen console battle: A Spanish Sony executive recently said that
GT5 will finally be launched in the Christmas time frame – that is the
good news. The bad news is that it will be Christmas 2009.
Opinion - Blockbuster and 2Wire today announced a small set-top box that is
designed to stream movies from Blockbuster directly to your TV. Would
you choose this service over Netflix? I doubt you will.
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