Today Coca-Cola launched a Tron: Legacy app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners. But nevermind the Coke Zero sponsership; this game appears to look awesome in theory. It’s being touted as the “first location-based video game” and the objective is simple: Build a Light Wall as you move about the real world and earn points by forcing other players to crash into it. The app uses the iPhone’s GPS to track your location and show you on a Grid-themed map where other players are located. Coke promises to push out updates to the app surrounding the release of the film it’s based on, and you can expect new single and multi-player modes to come with them. Also, an Android version is on the way. But enough blabbing; get a better idea of how the game works in the video above and download the *free* app right here.
But not so fast! There are two stipulations that must be discussed. First, SlingPlayer for iPad is only compatible with Sling SOLO and Sling PRO-HD boxes; all the rest are left in the dust, unfortunately. According to Engadget Sling will soon offer a $50 voucher for those who are itching to upgrade to a newer box. What’s interesting is that SlingPlayer for iPhone has a wider compatibility range; it works with the aforementioned boxes and the SlingBox PRO. And that brings me to point number two and more bad news. If you already purchased the $29.99 app for iPhone, you’ll have to shell out another thirty bucks to use the iPad version of the same app. Well, it’s not exactly the same app since the iPad version is tailored for a larger screen, but still. Sling assures that users can use the iPhone app to stream content on the iPad in a “Compatibility Mode”, but these users will not experience the “higher quality resolutions” provided in the iPad version. If I may quote Jigsaw from Saw, the choice is yours. Full PR after the break.
When Sling released the $29.99 Slingplayer app for the iPhone back in May, AT&T restricted it from streaming live TV over its 3G service because they were worried the overload of data would bring its cell service to its knees. Poor AT&T. This week AT&T has come out and stated they have been working closely with Sling to optimize Slingplayer’s streaming capabilities so that it would not hurt AT&T’s customers. As soon as Apple approves it, a free update will allow Slingers to stream their content over 3G, in addition to WiFi. With news of AT&T approving VoIP calls and now Sling streaming over 3G, it seems as if AT&T at long last has come to accept the fact that restricting significant features on its most popular device is a major no-no.
Logitech has gone ahead and turned all iPhones into portable keyboards and mice for computers. Sure, it’s not the first company to do it, but it’s here and the execution is top notch. And there’s this: it’s absolutely free. It uses WiFi to wireless connect to your PC or Mac, and the text you type is displayed on the screen, removing the annoyance of looking up at the computer every second. Additional features include:
Multi-touch trackpad with the option for two or three mouse buttons Two-finger scrolling Keyboard with Control, Alt, Command/Windows keys On-screen text display while typing Show or hide the keyboard at any time Trackpad and keyboard are available in landscape and portrait modes
It’s available for the iPhone and iPod touch at the App Store. And did I mention it’s free?
Do you think your spouse is cheating on you? Do you have trust issues? Is your name Elin Woods? In any case, the iTrust app is for you! It works like this: You take a snapshot of your iPhone’s homescreen (holding down the home button + the power button), open the iTrust app, select the homescreen image you just took, and tap start. That’s it. Now when someone tries to go snooping on your phone he/she will get passed the lock screen to find a frozen image of your homescreen. The culprit will think the still image is actually the homescreen and will go about pressing various apps trying to pry into private text messages or emails. All the while the app is recording his/her every move. When you get back to your phone you can open iTrust and playback a log to see what exactly the culprit was trying to find. Neat, huh? Obviously there are many ways to bypass the iTrust mirage but the concept is interestingly sneaky, isn’t it? iTrust is available in the App Store for a buck. Full demo in the video above.
From WaveMachineLabs comes a new innovative app for the iPhone called Voice Band. Simply put, the app turns your voice into an instrument in real time. Instruments include 2 guitars, a bass, sax, 2 synths, drums, and a mic. Basically you make sounds with your voice and the app converts and records these sounds into instrument sounds, allowing you to layer them on top of each other to create a final product that may actually sound like an intricate, well thought out song. In mic mode you can even top it all off with your own vocals; don’t worry, a built-in auto pitch helps you stay on key. You also have the option to play your iPod library in the background and “play along with your favorite music.” Songs can be saved and emailed to friends within the app. Voice Band is available in the App Store today for $2.99. It works with all iPhones and the 2nd gen iPod touch; you must have OS 3.0 or later installed. One more stipulation–a pair of headphones (with a built-in mic) is required for iPod touch and original iPhone users. See it in action in the video above. Definitely one of the coolest apps I’ve come by in a while.
Welcome the latest addition to the App Store, Type n Walk! This apps allows you to text on the go by “display[ing] a transparent viewport of what’s directly in front of you.” In other words, using the iPhone’s camera, the app displays a transparent text messaging screen, allowing you to ‘type n walk’ without worrying about tripping on a rock or walking into a tree. Seems a bit unnecessary; but then again, there’s an app for everything these days.
Amidio has created the “world’s first” true DJ software for the iPhone and iPod touch with Touch DJ. This app allows you to use your own MP3 or M4A files to create your own DJ mixes; this includes the ability to scratch and loop as well as manipulate positioning, equalization, effects, and pitch. Very neat stuff. Touch DJ is available in the App Store right now for $19.99. Peek after the break for a demonstration.
The Apple App Store now proudly sells over 100,000 (paid and free) applications. With an offering of oh-so many apps and 2 billion downloads and counting the App Store leads the way in smartphone (and PMP) innovation and functionality.
Congratulations, Apple! (*fart* Sorry, that was my iFart..))