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George Romero's App of the Dead Shambles Onto iPhoneEver wanted to turn someone you know into a zombie, but you didn’t want to go through the hassle of killing them, finding an Indian burial ground and then waiting around for them to turn? (If not, then I totally haven’t wanted to either. I was just asking…)

Well, the zombie master himself George A. Romero, creator of such films as Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and pretty much 93 percent of all movies with “Dead” in the title, has come out with a new app for the iPhone and iPod Touch called, shockingly, App of the Dead that lets users turn their friends into the undead. More accurately, it’s a zombie-themed photo editor that you can use to alter and manipulate pictures of people to give them that certain air de death that Romero is known for.

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No Objections, Your Honor -- Phoenix Wright Is Coming To iPhone, Too

The Phoenix Wright series has a hardcore following. Sterling McGarvey even dressed as the handheld attorney for Halloween! There's a new platform you can experience it on, too: iPhone.

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Bolstered by the launch of the 3G-enabled iPad, Apple's announced they've sold one million iPads.

The sales milestone comes 28 days after the original April 3 launch. When the iPad originally released, Apple only made a Wi-Fi model available. Now, it can also access data via AT&T's network.

I'm actually in the middle of reading Game Change, a 484-page book covering the background antics of our most recent Presidential election, on my iPad. Other than being a phenomenally interesting read, I'm acutely impressed with the reading experience -- no eye-strain yet and I'm halfway done. I also finished the first episode of Telltale's new Sam & Max season, The Penal Zone, on the iPad, and I fully intend to finish the series through the iPad, too. Touch-based adventure games just feel...right.

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Tags: Apple, iPad, Tech

Apple Plans iPhone OS 4.0 Event For April 8

Apple has announced that their 2010 Worldwide Developer Conference will take place on June 7 in San Francisco. The event will run through June 11.

A certain tech blog may have already spilled the beans on Apple's plans for the next iPhone, but no doubt Apple has a few more tricks up its sleeves. Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference is likely where the company will choose to make those details finally official.

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Review: Mirror's Edge iPad

The iPad launch has brought plenty of games with it. While many have been criticized as overpriced versions of their iPhone counterparts, some titles have taken great advantage of a larger screen and a new medium. In between talking about his recently-acquired iPad, Patrick Klepek has been taking in gaming on Apple's new device. Among the first titles he played? Mirror's Edge. Here's a glimpse at what it's like:

"iPhone users will have an immediate familiarity with Mirror's Edge thanks to Canabalt, the gorgeous one-button post-apocalyptic indie platformer. Mirror's Edge is best described as a more complicated Canabalt, something that mostly works in the game's favor. More and more, depth masked in simplicity appears to be key in making a touch-only game work, in addition to distancing design from a reliance on traditional buttons, which tend to not work so well on the iPhone or iPad. The larger screen on the iPad does help make that less of an issue, however."

Another friend showed me Mirror's Edge on his iPad, and I was impressed. Want to know more (and read G4TV.com's first iPad review)? Click here to read!

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Dark Void Zero Soundtrack

With the release of the soundtrack for Dark Void Zero, I am now firmly convinced Bear McCreary is either a genius or a time traveler. McCreary has so uncannily captured the feeling and tone of the mid-1980’s game scene with this 8-bit soundtrack, that you would swear his name is just a pseudonym and he is actually a member of the Konami Square Wave Club of composers, who has come forward in time to remind gamers of their sonic roots. Ok, that’s not fair, because as we all know he is a highly accomplished composer in his own right. However, the music for Dark Void Zero is another reason why we should hope he treads from the film and TV score world, back into the realm of game music, sooner rather than later. Click the time travel link below and listen why.

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Did you know the Apple iPad is good for more than just impressing hipsters at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf? You can play games with it too.

In the video below, X-Play's Blair Herter and Morgan Webb compare iPad notes, and talk about about how the computer works in terms of gaming.

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OpenFeint Wasn't Briefed On Apple's Game Center Announcement, But Expected It

The developers of the many existing social game networks on iPhone and iPod Touch got a surprise during Apple's iPhone OS 4.0 unveiling yesterday: Apple's entering their territory. Apple announced Game Center, a cross-platform, cross-game service not unlike Xbox Live and PlayStation Network that incorporates achievements, leaderboards, matchmaking -- services that companies like ngmoco with Plus+ and Aurora Feint with OpenFent have been pushing themselves for months.

Apple is secretive about its reveals, even to its developers. OpenFeint found out about Apple's Game Center plans, effectively destroying the usefulness of many like services, with the rest of us.

"We were not aware of the [Apple Game Center] announcement but, like many in our space, we've been anticipating it for quite some time," said OpenFeint VP of marketing and developer relations Eros Resmini to me over e-mail yesterday. "We view it as a validation of what we've been working so hard to support: a fantastic mobile gaming experience."

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iPhone's Plus+ Developer, ngmoco, Excited For Apple's Game Center Plans

UPDATE 4:09 PM: Aurora Feint, creators of OpenFeint, have taken a similar stance as ngmoco. From a just released statement:

“OpenFeint X is currently built on top of OpenFeint and in the future it will also sit on Apple’s Game Center social graph, achievements and leaderboards so developers and gamers don’t miss a step,” said CEO Jason Citron. “Apple is a key partner and we are delighted that they have validated the first half of the OpenFeint vision and we can now fulfill the second half: OpenFeint X and Virtual Goods based Social Games. Our developers can be 100 percent assured that we will continue to invest in OpenFeint so our 1500 live games, 2000 games in development and 19M players have a flawless experience with OpenFeint and Game Center.”

Like ngmoco, Aurora Feint will adapt their current social infrastructure to better manage microtransactions and virtual goods.

ORIGINAL STORY: Apple announced plans today to roll out their own system-wide social gaming network across iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad called Game Center. Several of these networks already exist -- i.e. Plus+, OpenFeint -- each vying for the attention of developers and consumers, hoping their network catches on and becomes the de facto platform standard. Instead, it looks like Apple will take that spot.

What does this mean for companies like Plus+ developer ngmoco (aka the studio behind your latest obsession, We Rule)? Besides games, ngmoco's been focused on pushing Plus+, one of the many social gaming networks that's popped up in a number of games, attempting to tie them together.

ngmoco chief publishing officer Simon Jeffery is actually applauding Apple's efforts to unify their platform.

"Game Center is an exciting first-party innovation for the ecosystem that reinforces much of what plus+ has already accomplished and proven out early in its life cycle," said Jeffery in a n e-mail statement released to me this afternoon. "It will effectively clean up the social space on the iPhone, which has become confusing and cluttered to consumers due to the number of social gaming networks vying for attention. ngmoco has anticipated this move from Apple for some time, and is happy to see a cleaner developer and consumer experience on the horizon.”

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Smarty-pants Kids Build iPhone AppUPDATE 12:09 PM: I didn't make it clear in the original article the update will be compatible with the most recent iPod Touch (aka 3rd gen). It will not work on previous iterations of the hardware, same as iPhone.

ORIGINAL STORY: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPod Touch and iPod Touch 2nd Gen users, there's some bad news. According to Apple, the hardware isn't powerful enough: you aren't getting multitasking.

Apple sneaked this particularly important tidbit into the last minutes of their presentation this morning at the Apple campuses in Cupertino, California. Get ready to begin groaning loudly.

“For iPhone 3G and iPod touch 2nd gen, they will run many things, but not everything," said Jobs, before the bombshell. "They will not support multitasking, the hardware just can’t do it.”

iPad will also be receiving the iPhone OS 4.0 update, but it won't happen until sometime in the fall. Apple did not reveal a reason iPad users would have to wait several extra months for it.

iPhone OS 4.0 is scheduled to launch this summer. An updated iPhone to be sold later this year has been heavily rumored, but Apple made no mention of a new iPhone at any point today.

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Tags: Apple, iPad, iPhone, Tech

iPhone And iPod Touch Surpass 45 Million Units

The addition of multitasking to iPhone OS 4.0 may be the feature most people are excited about, but it's not the only thing Apple CEO Steve Jobs decided to unveil on stage today.

You can view the details on multitasking right here.

iPhone OS 4.0 will also introduce the concept of Folders, allowing users to sort and categorize the potentially hundreds of applications currently filling up home screen after home screen on their iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Folders act like the Stacks feature in OS X. Each Folder is created by simply holding down on a single application and stacking them on top of each other. The device will attempt to automatically categorize them by application type (i.e. games), but users are free to change the naming on their own (for example: first-person shooter games). This should clean up some home screens!

Folders can appear on the home screen or be dragged onto the interace dock. The added customization of folders has also lifted the application limit from 180 to 2,160. That's, uh, a lot. I don't have that many!

Enhanced Mail is something iPhone and iPod Touch users have been waiting ages for.

iPad owners have been given a glimpse at what an improved version of the Mail application is like, but iPhone OS 4.0 introduces some major, long-needed changes to the service. For one, a unified inbox. Most users have a work and personal e-mail linked to their device and now the interface supports a single inbox, including threading e-mails, rather than having them separate. You can also switch between inboxes quickly, open attachments via outside applications and, if you need it, add multiple Exchange-based accounts onto one device.

The addition of iBooks is about what you'd expect: a smaller version of iBooks for iPhone and iPod Touch. Nothing too flashy there, but most agree Apple needs a much larger selection of books.

Today's demos were shown on an iPhone, but the features should come to iPad and iPod Touch, too.

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There are a variety of iPhone services linking various games to one another in an Xbox Live or PlayStation Network-like interface with linked friends, achievements, etc. Apple has thrown a wrench into those plans, however, with their own social gaming network, entitled Game Center.

Game Center was unveiled this morning as part of Apple's iPhone OS 4.0 event.

The social network includes everything you'd expect and want from a cross-game network, based on other network successes: achievements, matchmaking, friends lists and leaderboards.

iPhone OS 4.0 is scheduled to launch sometime this summer.

This could be huge for games. But what happens to existing networks like plus?

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MMS (Finally) Coming To iPhones September 25

Apple has confirmed what we all suspected: multitasking is coming to the finally confirmed iPhone OS 4.0 upgrade. The upgrade itself won't be available for consumers until sometime this summer (Apple CEO Steve Jobs did not get more specific than that), but Apple claims their long-coming implementation of multitasking is "gonna be the best."

Jobs demonstrated multitasking on the iPhone, but it's expected for iPod Touch and iPad, too.

Essentially, when a user double clicks the home button, it pulls up a dock-like interface (very similar to what you'd see in a normal OS X session) that allows the user to swap between applications that are running. Jobs showed a user jumping from a URL in an e-mail to Safari, double clicking the home button, pulling up the apps that are running -- in this case Safari, Mail, ESPN and Tap Tap Revenge -- and simply clicking Mail to return to the e-mail account.

The company claims their solution to multitasking avoids the common issue with adding multitasking to device: sluggish performance of the device and a rapidly draining battery.

How much that claim holds up won't be known for a few months yet.

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The iPad

As we wait for the first details on the iPhone OS 4.0 to surface from Apple CEO Steve Jobs, he's been telling the gathered crowd in Cuptertino, California a little bit about the success of the company's latest device, the iPad. Apple has sold more than 450,000 iPads since Saturday.

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Apple Plans iPhone OS 4.0 Event For April 8

G4 is preparing to cover the events at the Apple event at 10:00 AM PST, where the iPhone, iPod and iPad maker will unveil the first details on the latest upgrade to the operating system that drives many of their devices. iPhone OS 4.0 is rumored to include third-party application multi-tasking, amongst several other new features.

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