Halfbrick Studios, the guys that brought you the dominating Fruit Ninja for both iPhone and iPad are by far one of my favorite developers. Today, their newest game, Monster Dash launched and with its Canablt like premise, intriguingly named character, and cute cartoon graphics it is a definite winner! In
I was able to spend a few days with Wi-Fi Sync on my jailbroken iPhone and found only two downsides to this extremely simple app: It doesn't work on the iPad and it's not available in the App Store. Wi-Fi Sync allows you to sync your iPhone or iPod Touch to your Mac without having to use the USB cable to do it. This is a feature that should be standard on all iDevices, unfortunately the app was rejected by Apple and is now only available for the brave souls who are willing to jailbreak their device.
Following Apple's launch of the iPad on Saturday, a number of users have complained of difficulties with their new tablets. Two of the highest-profile complaints in the early days have been weak Wi-Fi signals and confusion over USB charging of the device.
Per MacRumors, users have posted in the Apple Discussion Board about reduced Wi-Fi signals, the iPad receiving a significantly lower signal than computers or iPhones held in the same location relative to the access point. The reduced signal is resulting in slower performance and smaller range for many of these users. Users have also reported seeing significant fluctuations in signal.
CES 2010 may have ended on Sunday, but we're still finding lots of cool products from the expo. One of my favorite items shown this year is RCA's Airnergy Charger; a device that collects energy from ambient Wi-Fi signals and turns it into DC power. It can also store the energy in its internal battery for use later, but if you're looking to charge up at a Wi-Fi hotspot, it shouldn't take too long. According to RCA, they were able to fully recharge a BlackBerry from 30% in about 90 minutes. That's not fast, but it's not slow either!
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A recent job opening posted by Apple on their website may hint at 802.11n Wi-Fi in the next iPhone. After the third generation iPod touch was found to contain the Broadcom BCM4329 chip capable of 802.11n (but only enabled for 802.11g) it was suspected that the faster protocol was just on the horizon. This advertisement, which is looking for a software engineer specializing in Wi-Fi protocols to join the iPhone team, would appear to be intended for just that purpose.
In an attempt to transition their public appearance from a fast food grab-and-go style restaurant to more of a hangout coffee shop, McDonalds will now be offering Wi-Fi for free through none other than AT&T. Previously they only offered Wi-Fi for a $2.95 fee for two hours, and it was only available at 11,000 of their 14,000 locations.
Earlier this week, news of the iDriver application, which was developed by computer science researchers at Berlin's Free University, hit the web. As the name would suggest, the application allowed users to drive a modified minivan, the "Spirit of Berlin." Per PopSci, steering, break and acceleration commands are sent over Wi-Fi and the demo video features researchers are driving it around an airport for testing.
At long last and after months of rumors, China Unicom has reached a 3-year deal with Apple to offer the iPhone in China. According to Macworld, the company is expected to launch the phone in the fourth quarter of this year, it said in a statement. The deal brings the iPhone to a huge market in a country with nearly 700 million mobile subscribers.
Per TheStreet.com, an official representing China Unicom confirmed that the wireless carrier is currently in talks with Apple to function as the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in China, but denied that the company recently purchased five million handsets.
Apple has posted a new support document responding to issues with connecting to Bluetooth and WiFi on their 3GSs. According to the document, titled "Unable to use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth with iPhone or iPod touch because there’s no address listed for the device" if you have a grayed-out bluetooth icon, no address for either Bluetooth or WiFi, or you can't use a WiFi network even though it says you're connected, or you can't pair Bluetooth devices to your 3GS, then they list some things you can try to fix it.