This week, at the Worldwide
Developers Conference for Apple, the company showcased 20,000 of the most
popular iPhone apps on a massive video wall inside San Francisco’s Moscone
Center West. The wall of information as this reporter will call it was made up
of twenty edge-to-edge 30-inch Apple Cinema Displays, and each was powered by a
Mac Pro running Max OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
Our friends at Apple Insider
have some excellent images of the displays, which is nothing short of amazing.
The big news, however, on the
app front wasn’t on the wall. It was going round and round like a Dutch windmill,
which is appropriate enough because the word is that Apple could be looking to
invest in Dutch-based TomTom. This would certainly change the GPS space
considerably. Earlier this week TomTom introduced an iPhone GPS app and
accompanying car kit. So is an iGPS in the works? We’ll have to wait and see.
This week, Oceanhouse Media
announced that it has the exclusive rights to bring Hay House Publishers’
line-up of self-empowerment authors to the iPhone and iPod Touch. The company,
which is a developer of enrich apps, is now offering card decks and calendars
for your iPhone handset from best-selling authors Dr. Wayne W. Dyer (Change
Your Thoughts – Change Your Life), Cheryl Richardson (Stand Up for
Your Life) and Esther and Jerry Hicks (The Law of Attraction).
Playlogic Entertainment Targets iPhone and iPod Touch
Independent game publisher
Playlogic Entertainment announced this week that it will be developing games
for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, and this will include the release of new
IP, as well as new iPhone versions of existing back catalog titles.
“We plan to fully
support Apple with a wide selection of new IP as well as our existing back
catalogue of games,” said Rogier W. Smit,
executive vice president of Playlogic Entertainment. “Over the
past year it has become apparent that the iPhone has moved from being just a
mobile platform to becoming another console in the mix. Our business is
based on building great games. Adding another platform to the mix like the
iPhone or iPod touch provides great revenue possibilities for Playlogic, and
provides us with new customers to experience our games.”
Pre Loaded With Apps
The Palm Pre arrived last
week with a solid batch of apps ready to go. The Pre App Catalog (which is the
fancy way of naming the store) is still in beta, but there is not shortage of
downloads, including apps from AccuWeather, LinkedIn, Pandora, Fandango and
CitySearch. Among the new apps are the Sporting News Baseball app for fans to
check scores and get the latest news, LikeMe, a personal recommendation app for
restaurants and other services based on your particular location.
Shortcovers, which is already
available for the iPhone, BlackBerry and Anroid platforms, is now also in the
Palm App Catalog. This will turn the Palm Pre into a full-fledged eReader with
more than 50,000 popular book titles now available.
And while the Pre maybe a
business device at heart, you can relax with the old classic game CONNECT 4,
which EA Mobile has rolled out. The game developer is an exclusive launch
partner, and was one of the few developers selected to provide the first gaming
apps for the Palm Pre.
After Hours Apps of the Week:
A Business Tycoon – Want to make a killing in business? Why not try your hand at a
simulation first. This new business strategy game from SherylApps is now
available from the Apple App Store for an introductory price of $1.99 (regular
price will be $2.99 because that’s business!). The title is the first investment-based
business sim for the iPhone, and players must try to invest wisely while
starting with a mere $10 million to buy companies and make investments. It
seems the recession is even hurting people in the virtual game world.
This game combines cutting-edge graphics with gameplay that hails back to the
golden age of the arcades. In this one you play a hacker, navigating cyberspace
while trying to infiltrate “the Network.” The game evokes the classic
pre-cyberpunk story Shockwave Rider, where you battle the System Admin and face
off against trace routes, intelligent AI and all sorts of other ICE (Intrusion Countermeasures
Electronics), while navigating three difficulty levels. In real like hackers
are bad, bad people but in this game you’re routing for the hacker. The game
can be legally obtained at the Apple
Apps Store for $2.99.