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Daily iPhone App: Agricola is Playdek’s great adaptation of the board game

Daily iPhone App Agricola is Playdek's great adaptation of the board game

Agricola is one of the most popular board games around these days — it’s sort of a farming simulation game, where you can take two turns every round, and then periodically get rewards paid off in a harvest.

Playdek is an up-and-coming iOS developer that’s mostly done card games so far — they’re behind the Penny Arcade card game, as well as the excellent Ascension and a more complicated one I really like called Nightfall. Now, Playdek has teamed up with the creators of Agricola and Lookout Games to produce this iOS adaptation, available right now on the App Store for US$6.99.

DevJuice: iOS/Android PortKit translates visual metaphors

The clever folk over at Kintek have posted a handy system-to-system guide for anyone working in the mobile development space.

This metaphor overview quickly references how items like buttons, switches, one-of-n selection, and other common interface items are expressed by default in the target arenas.

Knights of Pen and Paper now updated to +1 edition

The excellent iOS RPG Knights of Pen and Paper has been updated to the +1 Edition (as we heard it would be back at GDC) and is now available as a free update on the App Store.

This new version, which is technically 2.02, brings lots of new content, game updates, new dungeons to explore, and many other extras.

AT&T begins FaceTime over cellular rollout

As noted by AppleInsider, AT&T has begun its FaceTime over cellular rollout to users. Back in May, AT&T stated that, by the end of 2013, all users would be able to use FaceTime over cellular. It appears that transition has begun. According to AppleInsider:

So far, activation of the service has been verified in parts of New York, Maryland, Georgia, Louisiana, California and Hawaii. Voice and video quality is

Goal Zero and AT&T join up for Street Charge in NYC

Goal Zero’s solar charging products are a favorite here at TUAW, and the company loves New Yorkers — it provided a number of charging products during the power outages after last fall’s Hurricane Sandy.

Now Goal Zero, AT&T, and Brooklyn-based design studio PENSA are teaming up to offer public solar-powered charging stations in NYC. Street Charge will be going live today at Fort Greene Park, with a total of 25 units bringing power to the people this summer.

Additional Street Charge devices will be installed as the summer heats up at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Coney Island, Riverside Park, Rockaways, Summerstage in Central Park, Randall’s Island, Governor’s Island, Union Square, and Hudson River Park.

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