Apple recently revealed that almost 20 billions apps were downloaded in 2012, this brings the total number of App Store downloads to an astounding 40 billion. In December alone a record breaking 2 billion apps were downloaded.
Rovio Entertainment, the guys behind the hugely popular Angry Birds, have released version 1.4 of Angry Birds Space to the App Store.
Users now have another 30 levels to sling their way through as the birds find themselves in a new galaxy called “Splash” with all new water-based planets, underseas life, and pigs in boats.
Angry Birds Space is US$0.99 for the iPhone and $2.99 for the iPad.
According to several developers Apple has kept their promise and is now starting to decline app submissions that access the UDID of an iDevice. According to sources this will only become more stringent in the near future. Currently Apple has two review teams actively rejecting UDID-accessing apps with all ten teams expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.
If you love logic puzzles then this is just the game for you. GraviMaze the first game developed by hart[dev] has everything you would expect from an amazing App.
According to the iTunes page:
“Challenge your mind with GraviMaze, a gravity-based 2d puzzle game for the iPhone that will turn your brain upside-down.
Bend gravity to your will to collect the treasures of long forgotten mayan temples, but beware of the cunning traps that guard them!”
We were lucky enough to get to trial the game before it was released on the App Store, and after a week of twisting and turning, we can only conclude that this is one addictive game. Unlike other games you don’t actually turn your iDevice, instead you swipe your fingers on the screen to control the world. Pretty much the whole purpose of the game is to get the block from point A to point B. As the levels become more complex so does the steps you need to go through in order to beat the levels.
What makes GraviMaze great is the currently new types of levels that help the gameplay from becoming boring, which sometimes tends to happen with logic puzzles, where the levels end up being repetitive after a few stages.
You can check out the trailer below, GraviMaze can be purchased for an introductory price of $0.99 from the App Store.
Being the avid photographer that I am, I am constantly trying to find apps that will help me improve the images that the iPhone takes, recently I found Snapseed, and have had nothing but good experiences with it, now according to an announcement by the developer Nik Software Snapseed will arrive on Android in early 2012, at the same time Snapseed has already made its way to the Mac App Store.
Snapseed was voted Apple’s ‘App of the Year’ in 2011, during CES, Michael J. Slater, president and CEO of Nik Software, stated the he was “very pleased to bring Snapseed to the Android tablet market,” furthermore he adds,”Offering Snapseed for Android tablets is a great opportunity for more users to experience the fun and creativity of photo editing and sharing. We worked with NVIDIA to make Snapseed fast and responsive for Android users everywhere.”
The Android version of Snapseed will set users back £3.24 ($4.99), while the Mac App Store version costs £12.99 ($19.99).
Apple has released the third beta of iOS 5.1 to developers. iOS 5.1 beta 2 was released nearly a month ago, but now that the holiday lull is out of the way it’s probably not going to take that long before the next beta comes out.
The beta is available both through over-the-air download and a direct download link on the Apple Developer Center website.
Once released, iOS 5.1 is expected to introduce improvements to Photo Stream and address battery life issues that some users, particularly iPhone 4S owners, have experienced in iOS 5.
Step 2: Click on “Extas” button
Step 3: Click on “Just boot” button
If Trial A didn’t fix the issue you can follow Trial B
Step 1: Once you have launched Cydia, tap on “Manage”.
Step 2: There you would be able to see an Installed list and an option, “Cydia Installer”.
Step 3: Select it and then modify it by tapping on the “Modify” button.
Step 4: In the final step, all you have to do is to tap the “Re-install button”, and the job is done.
If Trial A and B didn’t fix white cydia icon issue you can follow Trial C.
Step 1: When you launch Cydia, proceed to the “Changes” tab and hit the “Refresh” button. This would prompt Cydia to update all necessary packages.
Step 2: You would get an option demanding an “Essential Upgrade”. In a few minutes duration, all the update procedure would be completed.
Step 3: Once you have confirmed the update, all necessary changes would be completed.When this is completed, close Cydia and your job is done.
This is great news for the Chinese readers, according to People’s Daily, the official news outlet in China, Apple has been given the green light to start selling their immensely popular iPhone 4s in Mainland China.
The report in People’s Daily reads as follows:
“After obtaining the network entry permit from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT), the iPhone 4S received China Compulsory Certification (3C) for electronic products on December 22, meaning that it has met all the requirements for coming into markets of China”
During the third quarter of 2011 China surpassed the U.S. as the largest smartphone market in the world, China saw 23.9 million units shipped, while the U.S. saw 23.3 million units shipped.
Currently the hottest feature of the iPhone 4s, Siri is only available in English, however it is expected that Apple will introduce support for Mandarin, China’s most popular language, sometime in the first quarter of 2012.
The story behind the new app released byyoung programmer Cameron Cohen is really quite remarkable.
At a mere age of 13 Cameron has already released two successful Apps, however the real story is what motivated him to write these apps and what he does with the money earned through the Apps.
When Cameron Cohen was 11 he had surgery to remove a benign tumor from his leg. Since he couldn’t play any of the sports he loved during his 9-month recovery he turned to his other big interest, computers. As he states “I began to read anything about programming that I could get my hands on. I watched Stanford University professors on iTunes, scoured the web for articles on programming and taught myself several different programming languages.”
Determined to somehow give thanks to the hospital where he had received treatment, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Cameron decided to create iSketch, a drawing app, which he sold on the App Store for just $0.99. The app became a huge success and Cohen donated $20,000 from the sales to the hospital. The money was used to purchase computers, iPads, iPods and entertainment for patients to use during their recovery.
Now at 13 Cameron has done it again with the release of his newest app, AnimalGrams, Race against the clock to unscramble words! Once again Cohen states that a significant portion of the proceeds with be donated to Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.
We wish Cameron the best of luck in the future.
Many products follow the product lifecycle and are initially accepted only by the early adopters and then slowly gain mainstream popularity, the Apple iPad however doesn’t seem to follow this pattern, according to Apple execs the iPad is a runaway hit and it’s going mainstream faster than anything they’ve seen before.
To set up the aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard, follow these steps:
-Apple wireless Keyboard
– Mac with bluetooth option.
Use a coin to remove the battery compartment cover.
The other day a friend of mine asked me how he could find the UDID for his new iPhone 4. Therefore I have decided to compile this quick How-To Guide. The UDID number is a 40-digit sequence of letters and numbers, associated with every iPhone and iPod touch device, it is really easy to find if you know how to.
Earlier today Apple released an update to iMovie ’11. The update improves overall stability and fixes an issue that causes audio playback to be out of sync.
So far connecting a USB drive has only been possible if you jailbreak the iPad, now since we are not going to post anything on here about jail breaking the iPad here is a way you can transfer files from the USB drive to the iPad without jail breaking it first.