Wednesday, March 11, 2009

'American Idol' is on the iPhone

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This $1.99 app, which appeared on the iTunes store Monday night as an exclusive to the iPhone and iPod Touch, turns the iPhone into a portable "American Idol" tracker. It shows headshots of season eight's final 13 contestants. Every week, the rankings will change to reflect who is still in the competition. Better, though, is the fact that you can predict the final rankings, call out the winners and have your prediction marked with a date and time — just so you can prove you prognosticated perfectly. So, yes, you can show people that you picked Michael Sarver before anyone else to be the winner.

The "Idol" iPhone game will include live-action footage of 15 other contestants, all played by unknown actors, a rep for the project told MTV News. Players have to make that all-important decision about which songs to sing, as well as taking other strategic steps on the way to becoming the next American Idol. As for the singing, players won't be crooning at all. Instead, they'll need to tilt the iPhone in different directions to match the rhythm of the competition's music. It's a tilt version of the kind of pattern-matching that players of "Rock Band' or "Guitar Hero" use to rock out in those games.

Clips of the judges' commentary have been culled from the show and will be used to critique each performance. Get ready for Simon Cowell's harshest barbs to be directed right at you.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Should we reconsider legalizing marijuana?

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"What do President Barack Obama, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps and musician John Lennon all have in common?

They’ve all smoked pot.

An anti-drug speaker once told a group of students that if we smoke pot, we won’t get anywhere. This speaker must not have been aware of these influential men. Any facts she had to show the evils of marijuana were made void by that statement."

FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Cydia Store Sells Jailbroken iPhone Apps

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iPhone and iPod Touch owners rejoiced when Jay Freeman released Cydia, a software installer for jailbroken iPhone OS. The Cydia store was launched on Saturday for developers to sell their apps for jailbroken iPhone and iPod Touch devices. Independent developers will now have a platform to sell their applications outside Apple's 'Walled Garden' - the App Store.

Jailbreaking is a process to enable an iPhone OS-based device to bypass the digital rights management for privilege escalation. Users can install applications that are developed by independent developers whose applications aren't available in the official App Store.

Cydia application installer already includes applications like Cycoder that turns the iPhone into a camcorder, and PdaNet, which turns the iPhone into a Wi-Fi hotspot, using the data connection.

Freeman's Cyntact is the first paid package in the Cydia Store. Cyntact shows the contact's profile picture in the contact list. However, this application faces some conflict with the IntelliScreen app.

Freeman in an interview with Wall Streen Journal said that Cydia Store "intends to charge developers no more than the commission Apple does for his site's billing services."

It has been reported that two more rival App Stores are underdevelopment of which one focuses on selling porn-themed games for the iPhone.

Watchmen Game for the iPhone

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The new movie Watchmen launched last Friday and it looks cool. The movie follows a group of super heroes and the product tie-ins include video games. The iPhone and iPod touch are getting a game based on the movie that is available now.

The game is called Watchmen: Justice is Coming and justice is cheap too at under a buck on the App store. The game offers 3D graphics and is a MMORPG title that lets players fight in a virtual New York City of the 1970’s.

The game is set before the movie events and the servers for the MMORPS game are from Amazon’s cloud platform. Players can create their own super hero avatars and take on enemies and adventure through the city.


MacBook Touch/iTablet/iPhone HD Panels

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Straight from rumorville...

MacRumors is reporting on a Digitimes story that says Taiwan-based supplier:

Wintek revealed that it is currently working with Apple to develop some new products, but it said it does not know what applications the new products are for.

Apple has denied interest in producing both a tablet and a netbook in the past, which is what they do both when they really have no interest, and also when they’re about the release something. What with all the new hardware Apple dropped last week, TiPb has speculated that the March 24th date for a rumored Apple Event could be used to debut the iPhone OS 3.0 beta, a higher resolution iPhone HD… or an iTablet form factor.

If Apple does release a new device, would it really be a netbook scale version of Mac OS X or a large-size iPod touch running the iPhone version of OS X? Either way, developers would need time to ramp up (or down) their apps. Either way, could this be more fuel for that fire, or simply more grist for the rumor-mill?


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Web Sites Sell Phone Apps Online

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Apple Inc. faces a growing threat to its iPhone business, as renegade stores spring up online to sell unauthorized software for the device.

The developer behind some popular iPhone software on Friday plans to open a service called Cydia Store that could potentially sell hundreds of iPhone applications that are not available through Apple's official store.

Users must download special software that alters their iPhones before they can run these programs.

Another small company plans a store called Rock Your Phone for iPhone users who have not yet modified their devices to make it easier to download and buy unauthorized applications. A third start-up is building an online store that specializes in selling adult games for the iPhone.

The new stores take aim at one of the underpinnings of the iPhone's success: Apple's App Store.

The upstart sites can carry software programs that Apple's official store won't, since the company tightly controls the kinds of applications it allows.

Among the programs that Apple doesn't allow is a free one called Cycorder, which turns the iPhone into a camcorder. Another program, which costs $29, dubbed PdaNET lets people use their iPhones as laptop modems to connect to the Internet.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Obama has Grey Hair? - Get a Real News Story!

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President Barack Obama, left, on January 20, 2009 and on Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (CBS)

Hey dipshits at Fox.com, CNN, CBS, and every other substantial News source. Why are you talking about his hair color so much?

Lack any brains to write about actual events? There's still a war going on....

Obama dyed his hair for the election you retarded bitches. Look at pictures of him back when he was a senator.

He just stopped giving a fuck what you people think - He has way more important shit on his mind than making sure he rinses with Just For Men at 530am when he wakes up while youre still sleeping, passed out from watching American Idol and Deal or No Deal re-runs.

Please ignore news stories with no resonance in the community.

Robots!

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Like Robots?
Check these fuckers out: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/03/robots.html

Zynga’s “Scramble Live” on iPhone & iPod Touch

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Zynga (www.zynga.com), the largest social gaming company, announced today the launch of “Scramble Live”– the mobile version of its wildly popular word game – exclusively for the iPhone and iPod Touch. “Scramble Live,” a fast-paced casual game that challenges players to quickly find words in a grid, marks the first word game on the iPhone that allows players to compete live with other users on Facebook, the iPhone, and iPod Touch in real time. Scramble is currently one of Facebook’s Top 25 games with more than 1 million monthly active users and its popularity continues to grow.

“Scramble Live” takes full advantage of multi-touch technology through gameplay and uses the iPhone and iPod Touch’s accelerometer and multi-touch to rotate the board. At the end of each round, players are shown how missed words are formed on the board. The game includes three modes of play:

  • Solo – Play in ladder mode to beat your friends’ scores
  • Live – Play against other users in real time
  • Play & Pass – Play with up to three other people sitting next to you on the same device

“Scramble Live” is available for all first and second-generation iPhones, as well as all first and second-generation iPod Touches. “Scramble Live” is available for $4.99, with a $2.99 limited-time launch special. The game is offered in the iTunes store at: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=305904527&mt=8.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Kindle 2 vs. Kindle for iPhone Application

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I bought a Kindle 2 last week, after a year of waiting for the second iteration of Amazon's e-book reader. I was hesitant at first, as I still love reading hardcover and paperback books, but the free cellular Web access and the addition of magazine subscriptions from publications like the New Yorker had me convinced. I've had it for a week now, and I love it. It feels great in my hands, and the e-ink screen creates the illusion of a reading a real book. I can hold it in my hand and read from it for hours.

So when I first heard that Amazon released the Kindle application for the iPhone, I immediately second-guessed my purchase of the Kindle 2. Did I make a foolish purchase? Why wasn't I patient enough to wait for the iPhone application? A free iPhone app is definitely a lot cheaper than the $359 for the Kindle 2. So I downloaded the Kindle for iPhone application to find out if I should send my Kindle 2 packing with a return slip.

Also, the Kindle iPhone application does not resolve my earlier complaint about reading ebooks on the iPhone. Reading on the iPhone's screen for a long duration is just not very enjoyable. This is especially apparent if you encounter long paragraphs with no breaks in the text -- the entire screen of the iPhone becomes just one block of words and can be difficult to read. If you want it for reading in short bursts however, this is acceptable. But for longer reading while relaxing on the couch, the Kindle wins.

I downloaded those same comic samples to the Kindle application on the iPhone. I still couldn't zoom in, and it's still hard to read the word balloons. But I was awed and amazed that they arrived in full-blown color. Yes, I couldn't read any of them, but it gave me a small glimmer of hope that maybe some day there'll be a way. Until then, I guess I'll have to live with the individually-sold iVerse comic applications.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

More Sales with E-Commerce iPhone Apps

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Analytics Pro; $3.99
If you're not using Google Analytics to measure your Web site's performance, you're missing out. Not only does it provide detailed statistics on site visits, page views, traffic sources, and more, but it's completely free. Now you can access the same detailed reports that Google Analytics offers with an easy-to-navigate iPhone app. Analytics Pro lets you view stats for multiple sites, making it easy to manage several at once. We're thrilled that the latest version added a landscape mode so that users can view reports by holding their iPhones sideways. That extra room makes it much easier to read report information.

Cellfire Mobile Coupons; free for application, contact for service pricing
This iPhone app isn't for you, but for your future customers. Cellfire is a free application that delivers digital coupons to cell phone users (the company offers applications for other phones besides the iPhone). Business owners can choose who sees their coupons based on region, so if you're a local company only locals will see your offer. When people use the app, they choose the coupon they want to view from the Cellfire interface, then press a button to use that coupon when they're ready to pay for the product or service.

Credit Card Terminal; $49.99
Sure, you love the work, you love being your own boss, but nothing beats getting paid — now. With Credit Card Terminal, that expensive iPhone can start earning its keep. You'll need an Authorize.net account to use it, so sign up for a merchant account first, if you haven't already. Once you're done, you'll be able to set up Credit Card Terminal in less than five minutes. You only need to enter your ID and transaction key once; the app remembers that information afterwards. Enter a customer's credit card number, expiration date, payment amount, and zip code and you're all set. The app offers fraud protection, including AVS (Address Verification Service) and Card Security Code (CVV2/CVC/CID), so you don't need to worry about getting scammed. Once you send a transaction, you'll know instantly whether or not it was approved.

Ring It Up POS; $39.99
If you don't work out of an office, but instead visit your clients at their homes or offices, Ring It Up POS helps you get paid quickly and keep track of sales. Once you've downloaded the app, create a catalog with your entire inventory of goods and services (including any discount coupons). Then, after you've made a sale, you can create an invoice of the transaction just by tapping the purchased items.

Salesforce Mobile; app free but requires account
If you're already a Salesforce CRM customer, you'll love having this app on hand. It puts all the tools of Salesforce in your pocket, so that you can spend more time away from your computer. With it, you can view dashboards of sales numbers, log your customer calls, access current account activity, and respond immediately to new leads

SunShop Tool; $6.99
For those who use SunShop shopping cart software, this app is the perfect extra. SunShop lets small business owners create an online store and costs $249.99 for a standard license. Use it to create a customizable online presence in minutes and accept credit cards. With the iPhone app you can view up-to-the-minute sales statistics and monitor your store's performance wherever you go.

Thirsty Pocket; free
For quick one-time sales, you've got to check out Thirsty Pocket. This app is like a mobile version of Craig's List, but better. You simply snap a picture of what you're trying to sell using the iPhone's camera, write a brief description — and you're done. We love that there's no need to create an account, since the app creates one automatically.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Apple's iPhone Controls Most of Mobile Web Use

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In its first detailed look at web market share for cellphones, a research firm has found that Apple's iPhone represents a staggering 66.61 percent of mobile traffic while its competitors have only just gained a foothold.

Other smartphone platforms haven't fared any better, according to the metrics. Google's Android and Symbian were both locked in a tie for 6.15 percent. Research in Motion's email-centric BlackBerry OS was used less often at just 2.24 percent and was even outmatched by PalmOS devices, which represented 2.37 percent of cellular web use last month.

The news may have to placate Apple fans given a fairly stale month in desktop-class operating systems. Windows has reclaimed a small portion of its steadily declining share and climbed a fifth of a point to 88.42 percent, while Mac OS X share has backed down from its all-time high in January to 9.61 percent.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

iPhone Fart App 'Pull My Finger' Still In Dispute

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The producer of a farting iPhone app is making a legal stink over another flatulence app in a looming trademark battle over the phrase, "pull my finger."

The brouhaha concerns Air-O-Matic of Florida, the maker of the popular "Pull My Finger" app, which claims the maker of rival "iFart Mobile" is misappropriating the phrase "pull my finger" in its advertisements. Such an assertion, according to iFart Mobile maker InfoMedia of Colorado, reeks of an misunderstanding of American fart culture.

Kevin Houchin, InfoMedia's lawyer, explains:

The phrase "pull my finger," and derivations thereof, are generally known and widely understood in American society to be a joke or prank regarding flatulence. The prank begins when the prankster senses the deep stirrings of flatulence. The prankster then requests that an unsuspecting person pull [his or her] finger. The prankster extends his index finger to the victim. As the victim pulls the prankster's finger, his flatulence erupts so as to suggest a causal relationship between the pulling of the finger and the subsequent expulsion of gas. In other words, the phrase "pull my finger" is understood to be a description of the act of passing gas.

"InfoMedia's efforts have been directed at merging 'Pull My Finger' and 'iFart' in the consumers' minds, so that searches for 'Pull My Finger' pull up the iFart application," AOM attorney Karen Koster Burr wrote (.pdf) InfoMedia in a letter demanding $50,000 payment.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Adult Industry Has SomeTech Ideas

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If the desperation at the XBIZ Conference this week is any indication, the adult industry is now in a frantic struggle to adapt to the digital era and find a profitable business model that will work on the web.

That is leading to all kinds of innovation. A device called RealTouch relies on ‘haptic’ technology to allow viewers to literally ‘feel’ what is going on on-screen. Here’s how it works: the user plugs an egg-shaped device into a computer, inserts his penis, and then can simulates the sex acts occurring in a porno film, aided by heat or lubricants.

At the end of the conference on Wednesday evening, one new idea was attracting notice: a gyrating, woman on an iPhone who stripped progressively.

FULL ARTICLE HERE

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Why is Apple such a douche sometimes?

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First of all there's those ads ^ which are just lame I mean seriously, come on.

And then there's stuff like this: APPLE ABSENT FROM UNIVERSAL CHARGER PUSH, where it's just obvious that they aren't driven to help their customers, but instead are more interested in their financial success. But can we really hold that against them?

They are certainly within their right, obviously, to make their products as exclusive as can be. And with a reliance on quality over price, Apple has definitely found their niche. With excellent customer service, (they even taught my 80-year-old grandfather how to use a computer), Mac has carved itself a place in the tech world no other company could ever hope to replace.

But this is where the problems begin...when you realize that because Macs are Macs, and are not compatible with the rest of the tech world, it becomes more difficult to upgrade your hardware, especially laptops, software can be really difficult to find for the mac, and even things like that little jack for your headphones on the iPhone doesnt allow you to use your favorite pair of Seinheissers, so you have to shell out the 20 bucks for the mac headphone earbuds (which look retarded in my opinion) and the charder etc etc etc.

The iPhone is the shit. You can watch Porn on it, anywhere, iPhone-Porn.us has solved that for us...but I want to see Jobs and the rest of the Apple team take a nod from Obama and stop worrying about their stock prices for once, just once...make a universal charger and stop being a fuckin DOUCHE.

Top 10 iPhone Games - MORE!

Jellycar

10. JellyCar (Free)

You said: "You guide your car through various courses trying to complete in the best time. The game uses 'Jelly Physics,' where your car bends, stretches and even breaks. It seems silly at first but after a few minutes, you're hooked!"

Our take: Based on the Xbox Community Game of the same name, JellyCar has clever crayonlike graphics and a unique gameplay gimmick where your gelatin-based vehicle rolls and smooshes its way toward the goal. Figuring out the physics can be challenging, and playing with the iPhone can be a bit of a pain. You have to press the left and right areas of the screen to get the car accelerating, then tilt the iPhone to add rotation to the vehicle. A few minutes of this and it's carpal tunnel time.

Wordwarp

9. WordWarp ($1)

You said: "Take six given letters and make as many words as possible in the time limit."

Our take: Do you enjoy playing Jumble in the daily paper? Just like the well-known pen-and-paper puzzle, WordWarp gives you a scrambled six-letter word. You're tasked with unscrambling it, but also with coming up with as many smaller words as can be made from its letters in a two-minute time window. The "warp" feature lets you randomize the letters, which helps when forming words. Unfortunately (and aggravatingly), the word list isn't complete -- we found a lot of words it didn't accept.

Cuberunner

8. Cube Runner (Free)

You said: "Free and highly addictive."

Our take: Looking very much like an early prototype of Star Fox, Cube Runner is a very simple exercise in not screwing up. Pilot your ship by tilting the iPhone left and right. Don't hit any of the cubes. For each second you stay alive, you get points; crash and it's game over. No checkpoints, no goal other than a high score. Cube Runner makes great use of subtle and responsive tilt controls, but it's less a test of your gamer aptitude than an exercise in seeing how long you can be exposed to the same repeating stimulus until you inevitably get distracted and crash.

Tapdefense

7. Tap Defense (Free)

You said: "Set up turrets, then let the demons attack. It's great for playing in short bursts."

Our take: You're lucky we even let this one on the list, considering we covered its genre to death with Crystal Defenders and Field Runners in our previous Top 10. Tap Defense is nearly identical to those games -- waves of enemies approach your position, and you have to set up increasingly powerful sets of weaponized defense towers to hold them off. Once you buy and place your towers and the enemies flood in, there's nothing you can do except wait to see if your automatic defense system works.

Topple

6. Topple (Free)

You said: "Fun, casual stacking game from the folks that made Rolando. Bought Rolando but seem to end up playing this free game more. It's fast and fun and makes great use of the iPhone interface."

Our take: Blocks fall from the sky. But instead of just rotating them by 90-degree increments and placing them in neat piles, you have to drag and rotate them with your fingers, then gently build a stack that doesn't fall over. At first it's easy, but then you get more-challenging oddly shaped platforms (above) and things like eggs that don't stack perfectly. It's charming, addictive, works very well with the iPhone -- and you can't beat the price.

Ishoot

5. iShoot ($3)

You said: "Seriously? How could this not be at the top?"

Our take: Hey, it's Scorched Earth! We used to play this in high school on the computers in the library. This classic DOS game pitted four tanks against each other in turn-based, 2-D battle. Each tank takes its turn firing off a round of ammo, which destroys other tanks as well as the environment. Last tank standing wins, and you can buy more weapons between rounds. In iShoot, you can aim with the touch screen. Otherwise, it's pretty much identical to the classic, down to the taunting battle cries from your opponents.

Trism

4. Trism ($3)

You said: "Bejeweled-like but better, with tilt controls and more complex movement/combo possibilities. Very addictive. You can save games too (they can last quite a while). I would pick Trism over Bejeweled every time."

Our take: I'll agree with this -- Trism is much more complex than Bejeweled. So much so that it seems to be out of my league. Matching three like-colored gems by sliding the diagonal rows of pieces is one thing. But going beyond that initial match to set up combos isn't something my brain can process. Especially since you can alter the way the blocks fall by reorienting the iPhone so "down" is a different direction. Clever. But I just started sliding the rows in all different directions and racked up crazy combos by tilting the iPhone around randomly. Trism might be great for puzzle nuts, but I wouldn't call it casual.

Wurdle

3. Wurdle ($2)

You said: "Wurdle is similar to the board game Boggle, but even more addictive. Wurdle is the only game which has the privilege of living on my home screen."

Our take: One of many Boggle clones in the App Store, Wurdle's gameplay will be immediately apparent to you if you've ever played the famous word-creation game. Join up contiguous letters from the randomly generated 5x5 grid to make as many words as you can in 12 minutes. The word lists are far more complete than WordWrap's, so it'll recognize just about anything. But you won't even make a dent in the list of possibilities. If a 5x5 grid is too much for you, competing game Quordy ($3) is almost identical to Wurdle, but with a 4x4 grid instead.

Galcon

2. Galcon ($5)

You said: "So easy, yet so challenging."

Our take: This is my favorite of the iPhone games recommended by Wired.com readers. It's a lightning-fast game where you and your opponent start out with a planet, and quickly start dragging your ships to nearby planets to take them over. The number on each planet is the number of your ships it'll take to conquer it. Each time you take over a planet, it starts generating more ships depending on how large it is. So the optimal strategy is to drag your ships to large planets with small numbers. Games take a minute or two at most -- you don't have time to plan a huge strategy, just to think on your feet.

Lux_touch

1. Lux Touch (Free, deluxe version is $8)

You said: "A casual, Risk-like game that is thoroughly addictive. Can't save, but hey, it's free. And you can finish most games in 10 to 15 minutes."

Our take: Similar to Galcon, Lux World is about taking over territory and building your armies in a short span of time. But this game is turn-based instead of real-time, and hard instead of easy. In each turn, you can attack neighboring territories, place more armies on the map and shuffle their positions around. But it takes a careful balance of offense and defense to secure more land without leaving yourself vulnerable.

No More Ananymous Calls - Unblock blocked calls.

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The service, called TrapCall, is offered by New Jersey's TelTech systems, the company behind the controversial SpoofCard Caller ID spoofing service. The new service is likely to be even more controversial — and popular.

"What’s really interesting is that they’ve totally taken the privacy out of Caller ID," says former hacker Kevin Mitnick, who alpha-tested the service.

TrapCall instructs new customers to reprogram their cellphones to send all rejected, missed and unanswered calls to TrapCall’s own toll-free number. If the user sees an incoming call with Caller ID blocked, he just presses the button on the phone that would normally send it to voicemail. The call invisibly loops through TelTech’s system, then back to the user’s phone, this time with the caller’s number displayed as the Caller ID.

TelTech is no stranger to controversy. Its Spoofcard product lets customers send any phone number they want as their Caller ID. Among other things, the spoofing service has been used by thieves to activate stolen credit cards, by hackers to access celebrities’ voicemail boxes, and by telephone hoaxsters to stage a dangerous prank called "swatting," in which they spoof an enemy’s phone number while calling the police with a fake hostage situation. The goal of swatting — realized in hundreds of cases around the country — is to send armed cops bursting into the victim's home.

“The only way to block your number after this is released is to use Spoofcard,” he says with a laugh.

FULL ARTICLE HERE

Casinos FREAK over iPhone Card Counting App

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An iPhonecard-counting system recently turned up in a California Indian casino. This new application is causing a lot of fuss, and Nevada gaming regulators have issued a general alert about it, warning Las Vegas casinos about its potential use in gameplay.

That's not the case across the country. In New Jersey, the case of Uston v. Resorts Internation Hotel Inc was decided in the gambler's favor, as the state Supreme Court ultimately ruled that Atlantic City casinos could not bar skilled players. It's different in Las Vegas—they can bully, harass, and back off customers so long as they stay within certain legal boundaries.

So when it comes to Las Vegas, while thinking isn't technically illegal, casinos can and will choose to kick you out when you think too much or too well. But using assistive devices? That is definitely illegal pretty much everywhere, whether you're gaming in NJ, Nevada, or California. In Nevada, you can count in your head all you want, but the second you start using technological assistance, you've crossed a line and are committing a felony.

In Nevada, each casino makes its own rules regarding the policing of electronic devices at gaming tables. Obviously not all devices are used to give players advantages. I'm sure it's nice when you can call the wife on your cell phone and say you'll be a little late returning to the hotel room, for example.

Casinos are well aware of the hazards though. Harrah's Entertainment banned the iPhone at the World Series of Poker shortly after the iPhone debuted. With this latest system exposed and the flexibility and programability of smart-phones on the rise, you can expect more crackdowns on electronic device use near the gaming tables.

FULL ARTICLE HERE

Monday, February 16, 2009

Games for Jailbroken iPhones

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Steve Jobs’ worst-case scenario is about to come true.

Comes now Variah, with a brand new mobile “gaming” app exclusively for jailbroken iPhones and iPod Touch that lets users interactively touch, strip and stroke beautiful models to climax.

Apple’s mobile devices are soon enough going to be definitely NSFW, and we’re not talking anything near as tame as iBoobs, either, let me tell ya.

A brave new world is coming for iPhone and iPod Touch users and some of it will be clothing optional.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Does Clive Owen have Beta Carotene Poisoning?

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The Dude is ORANGE man, ORANGE! Eat less carrots bro, serious.

This photo was originally posted here.

Photo by Stephen Chernin, Reuters.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hot Sex Gadgets



For the phone lover:
BodiTalk Escort: The iPhone app store may have cracked down on "adult" apps—but that doesn't mean you can't use your phone to get your rocks off. The BodiTalk Escort kicks into gear whenever a nearby cell phone is in use. Finally, you'll be able to live out those dreams of an iPhone menage a trois.

For the girl with too many cables:
Lelo Mia: With all the chargers and cables in our lives, the last thing anyone needs is yet another gift with yet another easily lost power cord—which makes the USB-powered Mia so very, very refreshing. This little lipstick vibe needs nothing more than a computer to get its charge back—and with its discreet appearance, you should have no trouble charging it anywhere you go. (Just, uh, remember to wash it after using it.)


For the couple that geeks together: WeVibe: Valentine's Day isn't just about presents, presents, and more presents—it's about celebrating the deeply felt love that you and your partner share. And what better way to celebrate that love than with a gadget you can use together? The WeVibe is a flexible, C-shaped, silicone vibe that's worn by the lady during the sex, made to add a little extra bump to your bump and grind.


For the boys: Bo and Real Touch (see it in action here>: Sexy gadgets aren't just for girls—after years of giving all the good sex tech to the ladies, companies are finally starting to take notice of the other half of the population. We've got two good picks for boys. First up is thethe Bo, a cock gentleman's ring that—with its sleek silicone body and rechargeable motor—leaves those gummy rings with bullet vibes trailing in the dust. Secondly, there's the Real Touch, a robotic vagina that syncs with your favorite porn clips. It won't actually be on sale until later this month—but this is one IOU you can probably get away with.


For the porn loving lovers: FyreTV: If your idea of a romantic evening is watching other people getting it on, than look no further than FyreTV this Valentine's season. The discreet, Wi-Fi enabled box provides streams porn directly to your bedroom. And since their database of adult entertainment is constantly being updated, its definitely a gift that keeps on giving.


For the girl who has every (sex) gadget: Sasi: A few years ago, it seemed as though vibrator tech had pretty much reached its peak. Sure, you could make the batteries last longer, or switch up the pulse patterns, or find a funny new animal to stick on your toy—but for the most part, vibrator functionality was pretty much set. Vibrators were pieces of plastic that went inside the vagina or on top of the clitoris and vibrated. Maybe they twirled around a little, or had rotating pearls, but that was about the extent of their moving. Until the SaSi. With a revolutionary new method of stimulation, and programmable patterns, it's the best thing to happen to vibrators since, well, the birth of the vibrator.


When money is no object: Lelo Inez: We used to think that JimmyJane's $3250 Little Platinum Eternity was the height of luxury vibes—but that was before Lelo came out with Inez. The latest addition to the Lelo Luxe line, Inez will run you anywhere from $7900 (for stainless steel) to $10,500 (for gold plate). Money may not be able to buy you love—but giving someone a $10.5k vibrator will probably get you pretty far anyway.



Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Best Outdoor Apps for iPhone

NatGeo has posted the top outdoor, wilderness Apps for you iPhoners and your iPhone. Check them out:

ASTRONOMY

Moon Atlas
Cost: $5.99
Gorgeous atlas of the moon, richly detailed, high resolution, and search by name, too.
MoonMap Lite
Cost: Free
A great first moon map, but "lite" is the operative term: The NASA photos of La Luna are useful for basic ID of seas, canals, and more, but you might crave higher resolution. SoLuna
Cost: $.99
If your werewolf intuition isn't quite strong enough, get this simple lunar phase almanac. Finally learn what "gibbous" means and be able to answer, "Is the moon full tonight or tomorrow night?" Star Walk
Cost: $4.99
The prettiest and most enjoyable way to scan the night sky short of walking outside and looking up. Starmap
Cost: $11.99
Simpler and not as pretty as Star Walk, Starmap actually has more controls, faster searches, and more stellar info. SNOW

Ski Report
Cost: Free
Despite a clunky design, this is a killer app: Everything a snow geek needs to know about ski and board conditions worldwide. iTrailMap 3D
Cost: Free
Displays a three-dimensional view of the resort, so you can grasp the topography you're riding faster than with any trail map. iTrailMap
Cost: Free
This freebie is the best software for viewing trail maps. The North Face Snow Report
Cost: Free
This is the best designed, most modern-looking of all the snow reports, but not always easy to navigate. REI Snow Report
Cost: Free
It's free, but be forewarned: This snow reporting app is poorly organized, slow, and very commercial. Ski Jump Lite
Cost: Free
Almost as addictive as ski jumping itself. Download NOW. Utah Snow Report
Cost: Free
Nicely built, useful, and clever—this Beehive State snow report also includes direct links to call the resorts. TRAIL/NAVIGATION

Google Earth
Cost: Free
Free, fun, and there's nothing like it for seeing the blue marble at a glance. iMapMyFitness
Cost: Free
Record, upload and share training runs, rides, hikes, etc. This iPhone app works seamlessly. Motion-X GPS Lite
Cost: Free
There are dozens of apps that use the iPhone's GPS to record speed, distance, routes, waypoints, but this comes closest to "real" GPS. No maps, though. Trails
Cost: $2.99
Its emphasis is on tracking routes and waypoints and the maps are excellent.

Trailguru
Cost: Free
Uses Google Maps to track your route, but you can't add waypoints.

WATER

Oakley Surf Report
Cost: Free
Could be the best outdoor app yet: This surf report does everything well, including giving tide info, forecasts, and inside info on wave dynamics.

RiverGuide
Cost: $4.99
RiverGuide tells you current conditions on just about every creek, river, or waterway you can put in. Must-have for paddlers.

BIKE

Bicycle Gear Guide
Cost: $4.99
Calculate gear ratios—if you're a wrench, single speeder, or fixie fanatic, you'll find it irreplaceable. If not, not.

iMapMyRide
Cost: Free
Map My Fitness is a big social networking site that allows you to upload and share training rides—this is the bike version.

FITNESS

Absolute Fitness
Cost: $15
Out of dozens, perhaps scores or even hundreds of fitness trackers, this is the best.

WEATHER

Accuweather
Cost: Free

Weather Bug
Cost: Free
AccuWeather, Weather Bug, and the Weather Channel offer solid free weather apps, but AccuWeather has the most features, the most video reports, and the best interface. WeatherBug beats it on multi-location reporting.

Flashlight.
Cost: Free
Turns your screen white. Helpful when trying to find, well, anything.

Knots, Splices, & Ropework
Cost: $1.99
Learn the ropes from this classic 1917 book.

FULL ARTICLE HERE

Porn is Gold

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This week, intrepid reporter Tracy Moore took it upon herself to answer the age-old question How can I still afford to drink, smoke and screw to my heart's delight when I'm broke? What came of that query was Cheap Thrills: Your Recession-Friendly Guide to Vice in Nashville. In it you'll find a handy sinnin'-on-the-cheap how-to. You'll also find a perhaps unsurprising conclusion: even as paychecks suffer, the demand for vice does not.

Billed as "the world's first and only investment community designed specifically for the adult entertainment industry" (i.e. a porn hedge fund), AdultVest has pumped money into operations like iPorn, a start-up looking to, you guessed it, deliver porn directly to Apple's iPhone. As AdultVest CEO Francis Koenig put it to the Atlantic Monthly: "You've got six billion people on the planet and they're all horny."

ARTICLE LINK

Is the iPhone Changing Porn?


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

iPhone Porn - #1 searched for iPhone search term

It is interesting to note that porn and overall adult industry is always the #1 most popular thing on every single platform, including the iPhone.

And statistics from Wordtracker.com prove that the above is true: “iPhone porn” is currently the second most searched for iPhone-related phrase term with 2,973 Google searches a day, after “iPhone” itself (5,674 Google search requests a day)…. so half as many folks are really looking into getting some iPhone porn as there are looking to get an iPhone?

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Apple iPhone” is number three, “iPhone features” is the fourth most looked for search phrase, while “iPhone 5 download” is at number 5.

The full top 20 list is below, along with the estimated number of Google searches a day.

5675 iphone
2973 iphone porn
1469 apple iphone
800 iphone features
775 iphone 5 download
702 free iphone porn
673 iphone 3g
658 iphone accessories
637 iphone wallpapers
602 iphone games
590 where can i purchase an iphone
578 iphone price
529 iphone ringtones
500 iphone reviews
468 iphone apps
418 iphone applications
416 iphone complaints
342 walmart iphone
319 cidco iphone
306 how much does an iphone cost

Monday, February 9, 2009

Hot iPhone Game List

There’s always a wide variety of entertainment and gaming options on your iPhone and iPod touch, thanks to the ever-expanding selection of titles on the App Store. Here’s a roundup of some recent releases.

Time Crisis Strike

Time Crisis Strike

Time Crisis Strike is an on-rails 'duck and shoot' arcade-style game for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Namco Networks has released the $5.99 Time Crisis Strike, an iPhone and iPod touch game based on the popular “duck and shoot” arcade game. You shoot at terrorists and bad guys by pointing at them on the screen, and you reload and dodge their bullets by tilting the device either away or towards you. Arcade mode, “Crisis Missions” and other features round out this game.

Days of Thunder

Available for 99 cents for only a few days, then it goes up to $4.99—Freeverse Software’s Days of Thunder, licensed from the Paramount movie. It’s a stock car racing game in which you have to knock your opponents out by “rubbing” them and hitting them to get them off the road. “Rubbin’ is racin’!”

Photo Spot

In Photo Spot, your goal is to spot the differences in the two photos before time runs out. The 99-cent game features more than 100 sets of images, the ability to save game progress and support for your own soundtrack.

Treasure

Treasure makes you a pirate who’s out to capture all the treasure he can. It’s a brick bashing game similar to Breakout, but there is no paddle—you control the ball. You have to clear each board of differently colored bricks to change the color of the ball. There are powerup bricks and poison bricks. It costs 99 cents.

Circuit Defenders

Sector3 has released Circuit Defenders, a $2.99 tower defense-style game where you must defend your computer’s circuits from being attacked by virus armies. The game features 10 levels, a variety of tower types with upgrade attributes, automatic save and online high scores.

SlotZ Racer updated

Freeverse has released an update to SlotZ Racer, its slot car racing game for the iPhone and iPod touch. The 1.1 release adds a new Track Manager page, lets you spruce up your track designs with scenery, adds five new camera modes, a Shake feature, four new cards, four bridge heights and more. The update is free for users, and the game costs $2.99.

SpongeBob Tickler

Nickelodeon is bring games and entertainment products to the iPhone and iPod touch starting with SpongeBob Tickler. For $1.99, you can shake, poke and stretch SpongeBob SquarePants, make him dance, blow bubbles and more. Just the thing if you have a young SpongeBob fan who you want to entertain with your iPhone.

TapStar

In TapStar, you have to test your reflexes to perform various commands at a faster and faster pace. The game features five increasingly different puzzle levels and a party mode. It costs $1.99.

Golf Smak

Golf Smak, for 99 cents, isn’t a game as much as a way to smack talk and have a good time the next time you’re golfing. The game features more than 50 sound bites to liven up your next round on the links.

LuckyDice (Valentine’s Fun)

Viximo’s 99 cent LuckyDice (Valentine’s Fun) is a romantic dice game that tells you what to do next, each time you give the dice a roll (which you do by shaking your device).

LovePotion

From the same company that makes LuckyDice comes LovePotion, a 99 cent app for Valentine’s Day that lets you brew “a potent passion cocktail” that you can pass along to that special someone.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Jesse Jane talks Porn and iPhone

There’s always new stuff going on. Just in toys, they’re always coming up with these inventions like Sybians and crazy machines to have sex with or get tied up with.

Now we’re shooting on the Red [digital HD] cameras — I think Digital Playground is the only one — and we have all the Blu-ray coming out. I’m learning with my little camera and my website, where I’m able to upload daily diary videos, which is fun. Technology is getting a lot easier to make things more personal with your fans. They like the daily clips.

Now we can watch porn with our iPhones, and in the next month or two, with Digital Playground we’re going to be able to stream, Twitter and live iChat on our website from our iPhones.”

Jane also hearted her iPhone, which she calls a lifesaver during downtime.

“I love my iPhone because I can sit there and check my e-mail and update my website from my phone while I’m sitting there waiting at the airport.”

Thursday, February 5, 2009

iPhone Fart App = $10,000 a Day for creators

A fart app is the most downloaded iPhone application this week. Is this a means to celebrate or feel depressed? You decide.

iPhone App written by Nine-Year-Old

Lim Ding Wen, a nine-year-old, has written an iPhone App called Doodle Kids, an application which allows children to paint on the iPhone.
"I wrote the program for my younger sisters, who like to draw," Lim told Reuters.

Lim started using a computer at age 2. He is fluent in six programming languages, and he's completed 20 programming projects. Lim is wise to get an early start on the App Store, where some developers are striking it rich with their iPhone apps. For example, independent developer Steve Demeter, said he made $250,000 in just two months with his iPhone game Trism.

Lim's father Lim Thye Chean is a chief technology officer who also writes iPhone applications.

With Doodle Kids complete, Lim is already working on his next iPhone app: a science fiction game called Invader Wars.

Touchgrind - iPhone Skateboard Game



In a world first, Illusion Labs has created a multitouch skate game for the iPhone: Touchgrind. The game is unique in that finger gestures are used for control, similar to the motion of the legs and feet on a real skateboard.

TouchGrind is a skateboarding game for the iPhone, and it's probably the most addictive game I have played since Desktop Tower Defense. Don't expect some crazy, Tony Hawk style jump-fest -- Touchgrind has a physics engine so real it can be just as frustrating as riding a real board. It's also controlled in much the same way as a real skateboard, with two fingers replacing the usual two feet.

In fact, anyone used to fingerboards -- those miniature finger controlled skateboards -- will feel immediately at home. I used to have one years ago and the learned muscle memory works great with the iPhone version.

Success in the competition mode, which involves scoring points against the clock, unlocks more courses and better boards, although noobs will be happy (and stuck) on the lower levels for some time. As a quick, pick up and blast game, it can't be beat. I prefer it to Monkeyball, my previous favorite time waster. And best of all, it's only $5.

Product page [Touchgrind]

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Crackulous: App Store Piracy

Crackulous, a program for pirating apps from the iPhone App Store has just been released.

Jailbreak required for it to work.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Finding Supercool iPhone Apps

Browsing apps in the App Store isn't quite criminal, but it's definitely not optimal for finding fantastic apps. Besides Giz's own iPhone app coverage and roundups, there are four other ways to find buried goodness.

TheAppleBlog lays out four different sites that make it way easier to find the quality app gems that are wallowing, helplessly, in the toxic cesspool of utter crap that makes up most of the App Store.

First up (and most highly recommend of the bunch) is AppBeacon, which requires an account, and you track what apps you own, like and dislike, filtering out the crap you're not interested in (or that's just crap) and bookmarking what you might wanna check out. Unfortunately, there's no recommendation system built-in yet based on what you do like, but that's the next logical step.

AppShopper is from MacRumors' Arn Kim, and it shows you the newest and mostly recently updated apps, which you can filter by pricepoint and even price changes, so you can see when an app you want gets cheaper.

Apptism is similar to AppBeacon, but has deeper, more customizable filters to get really specific about what you're looking for. The killer feature is its Preview listings, which encourages devs to post screenshots and other info about upcoming apps they're working on.

iPhonexe is apparently pretty crappy and ugly, but the value is that it lists apps for jailbroken phones too.

AppSniper tracks app prices and when they get cheaper, from your iPhone, no less.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Coffee? WTF. I hate coffee and caffeine.

Coffee sucks!

Every time I drink a cup it comes straight out my ass in about 25 minutes. I'm practically shitting coffee. That's just the first thing. Why do I feel incredibly anxious and like absolute shite for the next 3 or four hours after I've drank the damn thing? Is this supposed to be the 'awake' feeling that makes coffee so great?

I'll drink a tiny ass cup of coffee every now and then, with many milks and sugars, to remind myself of how much coffee sucks. Drink it black? Are you nuts?

Did we all forget that in school we learned that we all drank tea at one time, and liked it? But the Boston Tea Party changed that, and because of our high taxes (without representation) for tea, decided to switch. I can't believed we sacked a boat over tea. We had some big ass balls back then.

Coffee tastes like ass. Seriously. Don't tell me you liked the way it tasted the first time you tried it. You had to add like 6 sugars and mad cream didn't you. Coffee stretches the term 'acquired-taste' to an incredibly new low.

It looks like diarrhea. Sometimes it even has that green tinge like diarrhea too.

Starbucks sucks. Ever want to feel like an idiot? Go to Starbucks and ask for a small. Don't forget to wait over by that circle table thingy and definitely don't try to find a place to sit. All the seats are taken by that guy with the laptop.

A "frappuccino." Don't try to spell it.