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iPhone Free App Of The Day – Touch Hockey: FS5

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Touch Hockey

I think I’ve found my favorite free game app for the iPhone, and iPod Touch. I’ve been noticing a trend that it’s the simple games on the iPhone/iPod Touch that are the best. Touch Hockey: FS5 represents this trend, as it’s just a miniature Air Hockey game for your iPhone. You can play against the computer, or can play with two people on screen at once. Or you can play someone over wi-fi.

Touch Hockey: FS5 App Page

*Rumor* Apple Is Upgrading Time Capsule To Include Internet Access Functionality

For those who get a lot of use their Time Capsule, some wonderful rumors have been floating around the Apple blogosphere. The original reports of the rumor seem to have originated from 9to5mac.com.

It seems that Apple is working on a device, or perhaps upgrading Time Capsule that will allow access of local files over the internet. Steve Jobs has mentioned something along this line before, when talking about what functions could be added to Time Capsule in the future.

Here are some of the features that have been rumored that will be available with Apple’s media server device:

- User’s MobileMe accounts will be directly tied in with the media server, which will be used in accessing the files on the server.

- iTunes database would be shared, not just for music but video.

- Media would be available for access on the iPod Touch, and iPhone.

Some other bits of the rumor were that Apple might offer these services on ‘the cloud’. I really don’t see how it could be done, as storing that much information would take a hefty amount of server space. I do like the idea of adding the function to Time Capsule. It would be a nice addition if they are able to allow the function for existing Time Capsule owners.

iPhone Free App Of The Day – Taxi!

Taxi

For those who frequent bars, and clubs this app is a godsend. Have you ever gotten stuck somewhere, while drinking with no ride back home? Then, you have to deal with the hassle of trying to catch a cab. If you’re in a smaller city, you have to call in a ride. If you’re in a place that you’re unfamiliar with, it’s even a bigger hassle. With Taxi!, it automatically finds taxi services in your area and give you the number for the location. There’s also places to provide comments of the service, and will give you payment options for each service.

In Lexington, Ky there are three cab services all with good ratings. All services take credit cards as well.

Taxi! App Page

Apple’s Future In Gaming

It’s never been a secret that Mac users have always gotten the raw end of the deal when it comes to PC gaming. Very few developers give the Mac the time of day that it rightfully deserves. Now that video games have turned into the behemoth market that it has, can Apple change their fortune? My answer is that it looks like they might already be starting.

Fieldrunners, an iPhone Game App Was Rated #9 On Time’s Top 10 Video Games Of The Year
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iPhone App Of The Day – Dr. Awesome

Dr. Awesome

I could easily recommend this game based on name alone. Dr. Awesome is game you should own, for more reasons than just its name. The game is based around you, Dr. Awesome, stopping a deadly virus strain from effecting those around you. The surgery portion of the game utilizes the tilt controls, and it handles very well. One of cool aspects of the game is that you can use your iPhone contact list as a list of the patients you need to save.

Dr. Awesome Page

Steve Jobs Will Not Speak At Macworld 2009

In what many consider to be a blind-sided move from Apple, Steve Jobs has stepped down as keynote speaker of Macworld 2009. In what could be considered even bigger news, is that this will be the last Macworld Expo for Apple.

It’s quite sad to see the last Macworld Expo be without Steve Jobs, the man that made them so great. VP Phil Schiller will take his place, which is a decisions that many have questioned. Due to Schiller’s lack of star quality, and energy.

Many have been trying to find reasons why Apple would drop MacWorld from their agenda. I think that it’s pretty obvious that the economy has had quite a bit to do with it. Trying to cut costs is something that even the large, successful corporations are having to go through. Although, many analysts predict a huge falling out in Wall Street for Apple, due to this decision.

Another aspect of the situation that people are questioning, is the absence of Steve Jobs. Since this will be the very last MacWorld Expo, you’d figured he’d be the man to deliver it. Many attribute this decision to Steve Job’s health. He’s had complications with a previous pancreatic surgery this year.

Here’s the official press release, with all the information straight from Apple:

CUPERTINO, California—December 16, 2008—Apple® today announced that this year is the last year the company will exhibit at Macworld Expo. Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, will deliver the opening keynote for this year’s Macworld Conference & Expo, and it will be Apple’s last keynote at the show. The keynote address will be held at Moscone West on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. Macworld will be held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center January 5-9, 2009.

Apple is reaching more people in more ways than ever before, so like many companies, trade shows have become a very minor part of how Apple reaches its customers. The increasing popularity of Apple’s Retail Stores, which more than 3.5 million people visit every week, and the Apple.com website enable Apple to directly reach more than a hundred million customers around the world in innovative new ways.

Apple has been steadily scaling back on trade shows in recent years, including NAB, Macworld New York, Macworld Tokyo and Apple Expo in Paris.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.