If you're a strategy gaming type of person, you know there is no shortage of tower defense games in the iTunes Store. It shouldn't be that big of a surprise, I suppose, because the iPhone and iPod Touch touch screens might be the best interface for games of this genre. Using your finger to choose and place towers couldn't be more intuitive. But even with the huge amount of tower defense games, some manage to rise above the rest. One of my apps this week is a sequel to one of the more popular games in the … Read more
Apple sent an e-mail to iPhone app developers on Friday afternoon announcing the App Store Resource Center, a destination for details on application review and distribution, ranging from advice on preparing an app for submission to managing an app once it is available on the App Store.
According to Apple:
"The App Store Resource Center provides details on how to get started with iTunes Connect, including setting up your account, contract and banking information, what you'll need to have prepared before you submit your binary, and quick reference guides on assigning a rating to your app and using … Read more
Many people use and like the grid view in iTunes, where albums are shown in a grid layout and can be played individually instead of having the songs of all albums in one big list. Unfortunately Apple does not provide a way to customize the background in the grid view, and in the latest version of iTunes people are forced to use the new white backdrop to their albums. This has not been a welcomed change by some people, who wish to still use the darker background.… Read more
First it was Steve Jobs' health. Then it was the layoffs earlier this year. Now the Google Voice rejection. Apple's credibility is being questioned yet again.
Anyone who deals with Apple on a regular basis knows it is a company that gives information on its own terms. But now even the federal government is having problems getting a clear answer regarding Apple's rejection of the Google Voice application for the iPhone.
It took a little while, but an update for Mint.com for iPhone brings the financial monitoring app in line with iPhone's 3.0 features, including push notification for the notable financial events you designate online. Push notifications will appear automatically, in the same way you would get an alert via Mint.com when you go over budget or when the bank charges a fee.
While a perk, other enhancements will prove more significant to frequent users, like editing transaction details instead of just viewing them. This includes assigning a spending category from the iPhone, tagging a transaction, and … Read more
As I noted in my previous post on subjective sound quality, I primarily listen to my portable music players in my car. It's a 2010 Prius, and Toyota cleverly designed it to support portable music--under the armrest between the front seats, there's a small plastic container that's the perfect size to hold an iPod or cell phone, and below that platform there's an auxiliary input and DC outlet (cigarette lighters are so 1973) to plug it into. (You can see the set-up in the third photo in the "interior" gallery here.)
There's only … Read more
Updated 10:25 a.m. PDT with additional details, and at 10:52 a.m. with comment from Apple.
Google told the Federal Communications Commission in a redacted letter to the agency a few weeks ago that Apple did in fact reject its Google Voice application from the App Store.
Google dropped its request for confidentiality in the manner concerning the rejection of Google Voice from the App Store in July, and directly contradicted Apple's version of events Friday. In the letter (click for PDF), Google said Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller informed Google that … Read more
Before you make another run for the Canadian border in search of cheap meds, try flashing the NeedyMeds iPhone app at your local pharmacist.
This drug-discount card promises to save you up to 75 percent on your prescriptions. It's not insurance, but rather a free program that's available to anyone.
No, really. There's no charge for the NeedyMeds app, no charge to use it, and no registration required.
Just install it on your iPhone or iPod Touch, head to the drugstore (NeedyMeds is accepted at over 50,000 pharmacies, including all major drugstore chains, according to the … Read more
Like products in the real world, iPhone apps often go on sale. But those deals are hard to find and usually don't last long.
Free iPhone app PandoraBox can help you track down the latest and greatest sales on iPhone software.
On the surface, PandoraBox is similar to the App Store. You can search for software by name or browse by selecting among categories. The New Apps section points you to the latest software, while the What's Hot and Wish List sections display cool and popular apps. You can keep tabs on an app by adding it to … Read more
One of my biggest complaints about flat-fee GPS apps for the iPhone is the lack of real-time traffic updates. That's about to change.
Navigon AG, the developer of the Navigon MobileNavigator app, announced Wednesday that live traffic capability, called Traffic Live, for its GPS phone application is coming soon. This feature will be available in October for the North American version of the application.