There were a lot of case vendors and manufacturers at Macworld, and we didn’t have time to run around and talk to all of them (not to mention that most of them aren’t all that interesting anyway). But we did make a stop by the iFrogz booth, because we’d heard about something interesting they’re doing with their customizable MyFrogz iPhone cases.
Theirs is the first case that you can completely customize with an actual iPhone app. To start, you go into an AT&T store (the deal is an exclusive there, but only for a little while longer), and buy a card with a code on it for US$39.99, which comes with just a plain clear case. With that code, you can then go onto the MyFrogz iPhone app, and design your own case in terms of top and bottom colors out of 100,000 combinations.
Finally, you enter your information into the app, along with the code from the store, and iFrogz will send you your customized case.
We stopped by the Armpocket booth at Macworld last week, and while we expected to find just another accessory sales pitch, we found something surprising: a family.
The product was actually designed by a couple named Jyette Nielsen and Mark Morgan, and as Mark explained the cases to us (which are made from high-quality, renewable materials like recycled bottle plastic and natural bamboo), we could see that this was a product with real people behind it. He’s a retired military guy, and he and his “significant other” (“She’s too smart to marry me,” he joked) simply had a problem and came up with a solution: they’re both runners, and they needed a sweat-proof, secure case to keep their iPods and cell phones in. Armpocket was the case they came up with.
Apple has expanded its trademark on “iPhone” with the inclusion of the US Patent and Trade Office’s (USPTO) “category 28,” which reads as “handheld unit for playing electronic games.”
Other USPTO categories included in the trademark are number 9 (mobile phone and digital audio player) and number 38 (electronic data-transmitting device). Note that Apple filed to include category 28 way back in December of 2007, so don’t take it as a sign that the next gen iPhone will be a gaming monster.
This news is no great shakes, but an example of Apple covering its bases. For example, back in 2002, Apple applied to register the iPhone trademark in China, but that application was limited to computer hardware and software, not mobile phones. Earlier this year, Apple took control of the “i-phone” trademark in China (yes, “i-phone”) from manufacturer Hanwang Technology, who briefly sold a device with that name in 2003 (three years before the iPhone’s introduction).
Well it looks like Apple has started banning iPhone hackers from the iTunes App Store. Sherif Hashim, the iPhone developer and hacker who recently found an exploit in the latest iPhone OS 3.1.3, which could enable the unlock on 05.12.01 baseband for iPhone 3GS and 3G devices has been banned by Apple for the so called “security reasons”.
This is what Sherif gets when he tries to access App Store from his iPhone.
Sherif posted about the ban on his twitter account today. Saying:
When Zooloretto hit the board game scene in 2007, it pretty much became an immediate hit. It won the Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year) that year, after all.
Sure, there was a lot of love for the basic game mechanics thanks to the elegant and popular card game Coloretto that came out in 2003, but gamers enjoyed the colorful animal graphics, the new decisions that needed to be made and, as time went on, plenty of expansions (14 small and large ones, plus the standalone game Aquaretto that can also be combined with Zooloretto.
The Zooloretto iPhone and iPod touch app (US $4.99) includes just one of those expansions – the polar bear – but it’s a great introduction to the series. Serious board gamers who think that Zooloretto is a too-fancy version of Coloretto might find the app winning them over, because the play time is much shorter than the tabletop version (around 10-15 minutes, which is just a little bit longer than Coloretto takes, instead of 45). Gamers new to the ‘retto series will find lots to like in this strategy game. The app is not a perfect representation of the board game, but it is a heck of a lot of fun.