WWE Smackdown vs. Raw is one of the most popular games on the Playstation consoles. Thanks to THQ, it has finally made its way to the iPhone and iPod Touch, albeit in a very light weight manner. With just 11 superstars from Raw, Smackdown and ECW, you’ll feel like a lot is missing – and it definitely is. The game weights in at just 12.8MB in times when games like Need for Speed Shift are around 197MB in size, so as said earlier, a lot is lacking.
A lot of people have been having issues with Push notifications not working on their hacktivated iPhones (2G, 3G, 3G S). There was a fix available for this issue called PushFix available in Cydia, but it stopped working after a while. But now version 2.0 of PushFix is available and it actually works. How the developer gets it to work is by creating unique certificates for each device which results in Push notifications working for everyone unlike in PushFix 1.0 where a few working certificates were being used by many people. This ended in wrong push alerts or in most cases, none at all.
A week ago, Apple released a special iPhone advertisement titled ‘12 days of Xmas’ which showed 12 different apps for Christmas that help you from sending cards and gifts to cooking and lighting up your Christmas tree. Lighting up your Christmas tree? Yup, there’s an app for that, and it’s called Schlage LiNK. Using this app you can control your thermostat, lock and unlock your doors, and stream real-time video from security cameras all to your phone.
According to the latest from Apple Insider, Mascone Center Calendar lists a Corporate Event from June 28 to July 2. They say that previous Apple events have been registered with the same title, so it’s quiet possible that the dates are reserved for WWDC 2010, the annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference by Apple. The iPhone was originally launched on June 28, at WWDC 2007, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Apple hosting the event again for new possible announcements which may include the fourth generation iPhone and iPhone OS 4.0.
Almost everyone who jailbreaks their iPhone or iPod Touch uses Backgrounder, which lets you run apps in the background. This allows for some level of multitasking but switching between running apps still remains a problem. If you’ve seen the Palm Pre, it uses a cards based innovative multitasking switcher which lets you view open apps by swiping left or right and close them by swiping up. This same technique has been implemented in ProSwitcher, which is free and available in Cydia or Rock for jailbroken iPhone and iPod Touch.
Apple has released a new iPhone 3G S ad just before Christmas called 12 Days of Xmas. It shows 12 apps that range from card sending, to cooking, gift sending and other such holiday traditions. It ends with an app that can light up your Christmas tree. Now, that is cool!
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Here’s an awesome info graphic by GigaOM which shows how much everyone is earning off the iPhone. If you thought that it’s just Apple, you’ve been wrong the whole time. AT&T isn’t in the deal with Apple just for nothing.
And for those who always wondered, the 16GB iPhone 3G S costs just $178.96 to make and is advertised for $199 ( contract charges not included ). This price doesn’t include the data plan revenue on top of it that AT&T earns from a 2 year contract, which costs around $720.
No wonder Steve Jobs and Apple are enjoying the recession.
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Google Mobile App for the iPhone and iPod Touch just got an update of sorts. The changes aren’t too visible unless you count the web pages from search results opening within the app. Another ‘new’ feature is the ‘Bells and Whistles’ feature is now clearly visible. This feature lets you style your Google Mobile App with any color, change the sounds or show a Live Waveform during speech recognition and screen rotation.
After a long time, Google has finally released Chrome Beta for Mac OS X and Linux. This is a pleasant announcement for all those users anxiously waiting to try out Chrome on their favorite OS. While this beta release is an important milestone in Chrome’s development for these platforms, don’t expect total stability or functionality when compared to the released versions for Windows.
Flickr app for the iPhone and iPod Touch just got updated to version 1.1. The new app finally brings support for multiple photo and video uploads at a time, which was one of the biggest complaints people had with version 1.1. Along with multiple uploads, you can now edit titles, descriptions, sets, tags and privacy controls for photos and videos.