Considering the amount of games that there are on the app store at the moment, it’s perplexing that I have never once, in my two years of being a gamer played a game that involves pirates and an epic story of plundering. The other day, I started playing Plunderland by
At a time when newspaper readership is at an all-time low, newspaper publishers need to find new and better ways to get its content to the public. The iPad looks to be a great resource for newspapers all over the world for getting new readers and increase their revenue. The problem these publishers are facing right now is that they are fighting the next generation of news publishing instead of embracing it — much in the same way record labels fought the iPod and MP3s. Pulse News Reader for iPad is a perfect example, as it was pulled from the app store by a request from The New York Times.
No one can argue that Google hasn't done an amazing job of catching up to the iPhone. A year after the release of the iPhone, Apple looked unstoppable. Then T-Mobile launches the G1 — which was a horrible device — and it didn't look like Google could come up with anything any better than Blackberry or Palm. Despite a rough start, Google has done a lot of things right. But for everything Android has done right, they've managed to do as many things wrong.
iPhone users wasted no time in downloading the new Opera Mini Web browser [App Store, Free], putting the app in the number one free download slot in 22 international app stores. The new browser is the first true third party web browser to appear on Apple's iPhone OS.
When Opera originally announced plans to release a version of their browser for the iPhone, many were skeptical that it would be allowed entry into the app store. In the past there have been numerous cases of Apple rejecting apps that "duplicated functionality" of their core apps, such as Mail or the Phone app. Opera Mini was most likely accepted because it is a different kind of web browser than Safari. One of the major differences between the two browsers is how they render and display web pages.
Apple has started telling developers if their app name contains the word "pad", it needs to be renamed. So far no apps have been removed from the store for this title conflict, but updates submitted to Apple are being rejected if the title of the app includes "pad". We spoke to GameHouse, makers of a new iPad app entitled, PartyPad - Marble Mixer [App Store, $4.99], who confirmed that Apple recently requested a change of name for their app. A quick search on the App Store for the word "pad", reveals a lot of developers are going to be scrambling to find new names for their apps, some more difficult than others. Names like "Drum Pad", "Note Pad" or "Score Pad" are not going to be easy to comply with this new rule.
With the iPad due to hit tomorrow, Apple has already begun approving universal applications which contain both iPad and iPhone/iPod touch user interfaces created specifically for the devices. The apps are available as single downloads that recognize which device the user is working with. After recognition, the app launches the appropriate version optimized for the smaller iPhone screen or larger iPad interface.
Popular iPhone apps such as Pandora [App Store, free] and Evernote [App Store, free] have been included in the initial lineup of universal offerings. Pandora maintains its standard layout on the iPhone and iPod touch, however running the app on an iPad will present the stations on the left column and additional information, such as artist bios, on the main column.
We poked around the iTunes App Store for the coolest and most unique iPad apps and came up with a list of some of the apps we'll be trading in our weekly Starbucks allowance to purchase. In no particular order, below is a small sampling of what we liked.
If you've been worried about the quality of apps that will available for the iPad when it ships on Saturday, now is your chance to put your mind at ease and waste the rest of today, because the iPad store is now live in iTunes!
Apple is heavily promoting iPad-ready apps on the front page of the app store, currently highlighting their own iWork apps [App store, $9.99 each]; The Wall Street Journal [App store, free]; ABC Player [App Store, free], as mentioned earlier; Labyrinth 2 HD [App store, $7.99]; and Marvel [App store, free], which is the only universal app in the bunch. We are finding a few dollar apps in the iPad store, but what is more noticeable is the number of high-end apps now cropping up such as The Omni Groups, OmniGraffle [App store, $49.99], priced closer to their Mac apps. So feel free to blow off whatever you planned for this afternoon and take a peek at what you'll be spending your hard earned money on come Saturday.
Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers on Wednesday announced that the company would be double its investment pool for software on Apple's App Store to $200 million.
Per AppleInsider, the announcement centers around the iPad, as more than 20 iFund-supported applications are being written for the device, which is slated for a Saturday release in the United States. The firm stated that it believes the iPad "will lead the next wave of innovation in mobile computing."
Yesterday MacStories.net received a video of the iPad App Store in action. Not a whole lot of new information is contained in the video, although several iPad-ready apps have been spotted. As a follow-up, MacStories posted a second video today showing even more of the App Store. You can check 'em out below!