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.
iPhone Alley is undergoing an update. Many of you have likely already noticed that some things are different, some things are or were temporarily broken, and some things have stayed the same. Typically, we update things offsite and then make them live so that our users never notice any disturbance, however this time we zigged when we should have zagged. Since we've begun, I have received quite a bit of feedback. Some of it has been positive. Some of it has been...well, less than positive. Take this recent gem I received (anonymously of course) via our contact us form:
The iPad SDK for OS 3.2 hints at a few unannounced features for the iPad. The first one is a Mac OS-like dashboard for widgets. In the new version, the Contacts app is referred to as LittleBrownBook instead of MobileAddressBook, and is catigorized as "stand-alone-contacts", implying that there will be another one that won't be stand alone.
Macworld Expo starts this week and iPhone Alley will be there to cover everything there is to see! We'll be posting most of the good stuff to the site (under the MW2010 tag), but for those who want even more coverage, we'll be tweeting throughout the week and streaming live video via Qik. If you're coming out to the expo, give us a shout in the comments or on Twitter!
Before we get to today's big event, I'd like to announce that we're currently searching for several experienced writers to help us expand at iPhone Alley. Duties will likely include blogging about current iPhone events, reviewing applications and products, and possibly writing a tip or two. If you live, breathe, and eat all things iPhone, we want you! To apply, please send us the following...
I would like to wish everyone a wonderful and merry Christmas from all of us at iPhone Alley! Enjoy your families, food, and hopefully one or two gifts which restore a sense of childlike wonder in your lives.
Thanks to each and every one of you for reading and being a part of our little community. Enjoy some Christmas music below, courtesy of Lala.com and stay tuned to our Twitter stream for a couple app redemption codes!
Starting tomorrow, the International Mac Podcast will begin streaming a live, twelve-hour audio show about all things iPhone, Mac, and everything in between. Stu Helm was gracious enough to ask me to be a guest for one of those hours to talk about the iPhone with the wonderful Andy Ihnatko. Our segment will begin at 1PM Pacific and last for one hour, so tune in at 1 Pacific! Lots of our other friends—including Adam Christianson, Jeff Gamet, and Mac OS Ken Ray—will be doing separate hours throughout the day, so be sure to check out the schedule.
The stream begins at 8AM Pacific and ends at 8PM and you can listen and chat live here.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that we've just added the ability to subscribe to iPhone Alley updates via email! The service is provided by Google/FeedBurner so you can be sure that your address is safe. The updates will come in daily between 5PM and 7PM and are grouped together as a single email.
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Oh yes, you have a chance to meet "those iPhone Alley guys" in their natural habitat! We'll be waiting in line for the iPhone 3G S at the Deer Park Apple Store in Deer Park, Illinois [map]. If you plan on coming out to wait for the iPhone, or even just to say "hi guys," leave a comment below or send a tweet to @MichaelJohnston. Bring some coffee!
In case you've been away from your RSS reader for the past week, this is a reminder to let everyone know that we're geared up to bring you live coverage from the last Apple keynote at Macworld. Hit up iPhoneAlley.com/macworld for all of our live coverage goodness, and don't forget to play keynote bingo!