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Google Voice apps like GV Mobile+ and GV Connect are not the only apps to benefit from the significant changes that Apple has made to the iOS SDK agreement.
Apple has also approved Commodore 64 v2.0 for the iPhone with BASIC reenabled.
Manomio, developer of Commodore 64 had got into trouble with Apple around the same time last year when someone had figured out a way to access the BASIC interpreter in C64, Commodore Emulator for iPhone using a hack.
Apple had worked with the developer to remove the BASIC interpreter from the initial version of C64 as it violated the SDK clause specifically prohibiting interpreted or executable code.
So when Apple discovered that it was possible to enable it using the hack like we did, they had no choice but to remove it from the App Store.
But since the modified iOS SDK agreement allowed interpreted code under certain circumstances, Manomio resubmitted their iPhone app with BASIC enabled. After some correspondence with the developer, Apple approved the update.
With the BASIC mode, you also get the full C64 keyboard, which means gamers will have full and complete access to every game presented.
Here are some of the new features in Commodore 64 v2.0:
GV Mobile + has returned to the App Store. If you live in the USA and therefore have access to Google Voice, grab a copy of GV Mobile + for $3 and celebrate the return of arguably the best Google Voice app for the iPhone. (We also reported that another app by the name of GV Connect is available for the same price. The biggest initial difference is that GV Mobile has been well-known and developed for several years.)
The original app, GV Mobile, had to be renamed to GV Mobile + because Sean Kovacs, the developer, deleted it once it was removed from the App Store, and wasn’t able to reclaim the name. That means that even if you owned GV Mobile you’ll still have to pay for GV Mobile +.
Yes, that’s frustrating, but let’s keep things in perspective: it’s $3, not a kidney. Deleting the app was a very understandable thing to do when Apple removed all Google Voice apps from the App Store and gave absolutely no indication that they would ever be allowed to return. Click Read More for additional information about GV Mobile+.
Note: we received the iTunes link directly from the developer, but it usually takes some time before it is available to all iTunes users. To quote Han Solo, “it’s not my fault.”
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If you’ve heard of Google’s instant search, then you’ll be right at home with iTunes Instant. We’re all aware that iTunes doesn’t have the most friendly of search engines, but thanks to youthful developer Stephen Ou, searching the iTunes store just got a whole lot easier.
iTunes Instant doesn’t just give you suggestions or recommendations as you type in a search query, it actually gives you real-time search feedback (album and artwork in this case) as you enter a query, character by character. Possibly the best thing about iTunes Instant is that it’s the work of Ou, a 15-year old based in the Bay Area in California. According to TheiLoop, Ou developed iTunes Instant in under three hours, using Apple’s own Search API.
Ou says that iTunes Instant “will make your life better.” And we’re inclined to believe it. Trying to search for an artist that you can’t quite remember the name of in iTunes can produce some rather unfruitful results. Using iTunes Instant just might be the ticket to solving such frustrating queries.
Try iTunes Instant
Livebloggers, rejoice! Justin.TV, one of the world’s most popular live video streaming services, has released its new app for the iPhone and iPod touch in the form of an upgrade that enables live video to stream from the device.
Both the app and service are free, but the app only works on devices with a camera. Streaming is done over WiFi or 3G, depending on availability.
We’ve covered Halfbrick’s later game Monster Dash here in this space (and it’s a good one — I’m still giving it the occasional run-through on my iPhone), but their great Fruit Ninja title has never actually been given this particular spotlight. Let’s fix that now.
Fruit Ninja is a simple but well-polished title that has you hacking up fruit by slashing your finger across the iPhone’s touch screen. It’s only a buck on the App Store (the HD version on iPad is US$4.99), and if you haven’t bought it yet, you’ll find a fun pick-up-and-play game that looks great and runs smoothly.
If you have bought it (and considering that a few million people did, you probably have), then there’s good news for you, too. The game just got a free update that added Game Center integration to the mix, and Halfbrick included network multiplayer, which is something we haven’t seen a lot of yet.
Load up the update,