App of the Week – Asphalt 5


It has been time since we featured a game in the App of the Week section. This week, Asphalt 5 and Asphalt 5 HD caught our eyes. Asphalt 5 is for the iPhone/iPod touch while Asphalt 5 HD is for the iPad.

Asphalt 5 is a car racing game with extraordinary graphics, improved accelerometer controls and lots of different cars and tracks to choose from. The App is developed by Gameloft, a popular company which has a lot of games up on the App Store.

You have a huge number of cars to choose from, including cars from leading manufactures such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi and Ducati. The HD graphics allows you to see every detail and complete engrosses you into the game. While driving your Lamborghini or Ferrari, you could even play music from your iPod touch or iPhone and completely enjoy your drive.

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One Millionth iPad Sold


iPad, the device that brought glory and money to Apple is now owned by a million people. On the first day itself, Apple sold about 300,000 iPads and today it has sold about a million iPads in just a month.

Compared to the iPhone, this is really an enormous achievement which has been registered as the iPhone took 74 days to reach a million users. What really matters is whether the iPad sales would continue to grow or would come to a stop? Even more, what would be its share of the overall market in the next few years? All Apple fan-boys and nerds already own one and other technology geeks in general are most probably waiting for the next generation or other tablets.

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Steve Jobs Fires Back at Adobe

In a 1700 word letter, Steve Jobs explains to Apple’s customers and critics why Apple does not include Adobe’s Flash on their devices. According to him, there are many technical aspects which lead to this conclusion.

Jobs handles the situation very carefully and firstly elaborates on how Apple and Adobe were close friends and later they both grew up and had their own ways. Gradually, he gets to the end and stabs Adobe. Ouch! From heartbreaking messages sent from his iPad, Steve is in to complete letters.

He explains Apple does not include Flash because, Flash is closed, unreliable, insecure, decreases performance and battery life, bad for touch and flash has major technical drawbacks and even because Adobe is painstakingly slow to adapt to Apple’s Mac Platform.

Today, Jobs once again proved the fact true, that though Apple take on their competitors after some time, but when they do, they are the best at it! At the end of the staggering 1700 words article, Steve, the grand master, takes Adobe straight to the ground by saying -” Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.

UPDATE – Reportedly, Adobe’s CEO Shantanu Narayen came out yesterday to defend its Flash software and the developers who build it. He said that Jobs point of view was completely different and instead he should leave it to the consumers to decide what is best for them.

New iPhone Ads [VIDEO]

Apple is as usual back with new ads promoting their beloved device, the iPhone 3GS. The Ads show off some new Apps and how the iPhone manages to put everything in one single place. It even boasts about some of the iPhone features. All the Apps mentioned in the ads can be found on iTunes.

Well, not exactly the right moment to show off these ads with iPhone 4G in the making.

iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 2 Out Now

Apple has released iPhone OS 4.0 beta 2 and a new SDK for all the supported devices. The current build of the OS is 8A248c. This latest Beta version would include bug fixes and would be less buggier than the previous release – Beta 1.

Currently, we haven’t noticed any big changes apart from the earlier mentioned – Bug Fixes. The new OS is shortly approaching its release date and Apple wants to make sure that its end users don’t face any serious issue with the OS. These Beta releases help Apple fix issues with the product and even help improve the product. This release is yet again for developers, so that these geniuses could develop something extraordinary for the OS and even make their Apps compatible with the new OS. Apple hopes the developers take full advantage of the OS by including Multitasking and other stuff from iPhone OS 4.0.

iPad 3G to ship by May 7

Apple’s online Store just got updated and now they give you some more information about the iPad 3G. The iPad 3G shipments would start by May 7, 2010.

If you were not amongst the early adopters of the iPad and have made a very wise decision to go with the 3G version of the iPad, you just got lucky.

Starting from May 7, you could see every of your iPad 3G dreams come true.

iPhone OS 4.0 Jailbreak Tool Released

It has just been only a few weeks since Apple launched the preview version of iPhone OS 4.0. But the  Jailbreaking community is almost instantly back with a Jailbreak for the extremely new OS which has yet once again been Jailbroken. The iPhone Dev Team has released a jailbreak for iPhone OS 4 beta 1. If you are not a developer and have still managed to get your hands on the new OS, you could very well try this one too. Jailbreaking does have its pros and cons but this time there are a whole set of warnings included;so better be careful.

This Jailbreak unlike others is complicated and is aimed at developers and not at the general public yet. For now, this Beta release supports only Mac OS X, iPhone 3G and the 4.0 beta firmware. Eventually, if you want to have a step-by-step guide on how to Jailbreak iPhone OS 4.0 beta 1, take a look at the detailed instructions here.

Opera Mini App Review

Opera Mini, a web browser by Opera for iPhone and iPod touch has recently been approved by Apple. When Opera submitted its browser for approval to Apple, the situation seemed to be very risky as Apple usually does not allow other browsers to work on iPhone OS. Surprisingly, this time it did not seem to be the case.

Opera Mini is available for download from the App Store and is Free. It is a somewhat good alternative to Safari and looks pretty decent. When the app is launched, it gives you some details about how to use it. The home screen looks clustered and feels as if Opera has just somehow managed to fit everything in one place.

We opened TheAppleGoogle and a few other sites such as Gmail and Apple. What you would notice at first sight is that it is significantly faster. But the page display is simply horrible. The characters are absolutely unreadable. Speed Dial, a feature that offers visual display to nine of your favorite sites was good but it somehow did not manage to capture the sites which we browsed. Tabbed Browsing just appeared as Safari’s window previewer. Some sites simply failed to load on the browser and displayed only a few characters. Even after changing a few settings, the page display was abominable. The browser simply failed to render the pages properly. Though images and videos were displayed in an efficient manner and looked great.

The browser is very fast and unlike Safari, Opera Mini does not make use of the WebKit engine, instead, it loads websites via a proxy, which in turn means pages are not rendered directly on the device itself, bypassing any possible problems Apple may have with how code is seen. The browser uses Opera’s powerful servers to compress data up to 90% before sending it to your phone, so page-loads are lightning-fast. Nice work done by Opera, at least in bypassing Apple’s strict policies, but still looks like a long way to go.

Opera Mini would work on all devices running iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later.

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Dictionary.com Brings Offline Dictionary to iPad

Dictionary.com is a great website where you could find an alphabetical list of words with information about them. It helps you find the meanings and definitions of words. It is a virtual dictionary with great features which separates it from normal dictionaries. Thesaurus and Encyclopedia are also a part of Dictionary.com.

Dictionary.com is an Ask.com service. There is an iPad app of Dictionary.com available for download from the App Store. The best part of this app is that it can be used without being connected to the internet. You could use the dictionary and thesaurus offline. It has other great features such as Word of the Day, hear audio of a word and more. The iPad App is FREE and 43.3 MB in size as the dictionary could be accessed without the Internet. Though Internet connection is not required to access most of its features, but some features such as hearing audio and Word of the Day do require you to connect your iPad to the Internet.

The huge iPad screen is well utilized by the App. It has four tabs on the bottom – Dictionary, Thesaurus, Recent and Word of the Day. Recent displays some of the recent words you searched for. It has nearly 1,000,000 words in its dictionary and more than 90,000 synonyms and antonyms in its thesaurus. For some words, it incorporates the word origin and history. It uses the iPad accelerometer perfectly; if you shake your iPad, it would show you the definition and meaning of a random word.

It is a simple app presented in a stunning user interface.