It's become quite an expectancy, at this point in the App Store's successful existence, to see blatant clones of popular originals. We've seen multiple ripoffs of Imangi Studio's widely acclaimed title, Temple Run, and have also been graced by graphical spin-offs of other chart-topping titles that simply vary in graphical style. Today yet another app has breached the App Store's walls, which mimics the clever, intuitive interface that was first introduced by Realmac Software's utility, Clear ($1.99).
If you've opened the App Store and navigated to the Top 25 list recently, you may have noticed Pokemon Yellow ($0.99) sitting at the top wedged between legit applications. You may have either jumped with joy or not believed it - the latter is what you should be doing instead of mindlessly handing over your money to a developer who has evidently made a fortune off of the blatant ripoff he's released onto the App Store.
iOS has had its fair share of unofficial ports of various console games, including PC, of which some have been pulled while others have remained in the realms of the App Store. If Mario Kart was down your alley, Nintendo isn't approaching the App Store anytime soon, so developer, Shanghai Taomee Network Technology Co.,Ltd. has taken the cue and released their take on the popular game. But it's not really their take, it's pretty blatant.
If you jailbroke your iPhone, you understood there were both positive and negative elements to doing this. Still, if you're staring at a picture of Rick Astley that you never installed or the new iPhone worm is sending personal information out to others, you're in a bit of a bind and need to remove them. Presently, the three known worms out there for the iPhone are as follows: Ikee changes your wallpaper to Rick Astley, iPhone/Privacy.A pores through all your personal information, and the third as-yet-unnamed worm copies your personal data and redirects online banking customers of a Dutch bank to a fake phishing website.
I'm guessing that many of you have run into the dreaded "not enough free space" message once while installing apps onto your iPhone even though the app should be small enough to fit. So why does the message appear? The truth is that, even though an app may report that it's small enough to squeeze into the last few gigabytes on your iPhone, every app is compressed before it's downloaded. This means that an app is transferred to your phone, uncompressed, and then the compressed version is discarded, effectively requiring a little more than twice the space of the reported size of the app.
So how much space does a large app need in order to be installed?
Most of you have probably heard by now that AT&T rolled out MMS today for US iPhone owners. But as the day went on, I got the impression that not everyone fully understands what this means. So for this first edition of iPA Explains, I'll be going over what MMS is, how to get it, and how it works. Let's begin.