Monday, December 5, 2011

Top AppAdvice News And Apps Of The Past Week


Top AppAdvice News And Apps Of The Past Week

Where there’s smoke… The TouchFire and iPhones that caught fire were just two of the topics making news this past week.

Industry News

Sprint Hopes To Resolve Their iPhone 4S Growing Pains Soon / Read Entire Article

When the iPhone 4S arrived last month, some Sprint customers began complaining about slow or inconsistent connection speeds with their new handsets. Now, the nation’s third largest carrier hopes to put the issue behind them by initiating some much-needed network “enhancements,” according to CNET.

Using a combination of its own checks and feedback from customers, Sprint says it has determined where network upgrades are necessary and making the required adjustments.

Another iPhone 4 Handset Catches Fire, This Time One Foot Away From Owner’s Face / Read Entire Article

iPhone Catches Fire

A couple of days ago, we told you how an iPhone 4 handset “self-combusted” on an Australian flight. Now, an Apple fan in Brazil has endured a similar experience, with his iPhone emitting a large amount of smoke and catching on fire. Before anyone says “firegate,” let’s take a look at what happened in Brazil.

In a report published by Redmond Pie, the website claims that:

The iPhone in question was on charge just a foot from its owner’s face when it apparently began to smoulder, a sure sign that something isn’t right if you ask us!

Indeed – and this story, as mentioned, is highly compatible with the events that happened last week on the Australian Regional Express ZL319 flight.

AT&T Takes A Leap To Save T-Mobile Deal / Read Entire Article

In a last minute attempt to save its planned acquisition of T-Mobile, AT&T is turning to a little-known U.S. carrier for assistance. The No. 2 U.S. carrier is in talks with Leap Wireless to sell it some of T-Mobile’s business, hoping the move will convince the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve the AT&T-T-Mobile deal, according to The New York Times.

First announced last March, AT&T’s planned acquisition of the No. 4 U.S. carrier, T-Mobile, has been on life support since the U.S. Department of Justice announced plans to block the deal. It has gotten so bad that AT&T on Thanksgiving quietly announced it had withdrawn the deal’s application to the FCC.

This move, however, doesn’t mean AT&T is giving up. Rather, the company is simply reconfiguring how a merged AT&T/T-Mobile would affect the mobile carrier business as a whole.

TouchFire Is The Keyboard For iPad Apple Forgot / Read Entire Article

The TouchFire

The iPad has a number of excellent writing apps designed for it. Unfortunately, using these apps is difficult because of the iDevice’s virtual keyboard, which can sometimes be hit or miss. Now a new accessory arrives that makes typing on the iPad easier.

TouchFire is a new keyboard made exclusively for the iPad. Made of lightweight silicone, the add-on sits directly on the iDevice’s virtual keyboard and can also attach to the iPad 2’s Smart Cover for easy storage. The accessory is currently being offered exclusively through Kickstarter, where its creators, Steve Isaac and Brad Melmon, hoped to raise $10,000 before December 13. To date, they have raised nearly $80,000.

App News

Infinity Blade II Updated: Now Plays Nice With Older iOS Devices? / Read Entire Article

The recently-released Infinity Blade II has just received a minor update, which makes tweaks to the popular application and also squashes a number of bugs.

Earlier this week, chAIR Entertainment unleashed Infinity Blade II and Apple fans around the globe downloaded the $6.99 app (take a look at our review of the application if you haven’t already).

However, it was soon noted that the application didn’t play nice with older iOS devices, and chAIR announced that a fix would be made available as soon as possible.

EA Launches A New Version Of TETRIS For iPhone – Replaces The Old One / Read Entire Article

Electronic Arts has released a brand new version of its TETRIS for iPhone app.

The new application has completely replaced the old TETRIS iPhone app, which EA appears to have pulled from the App Store. Because of this, customers who purchased the old TETRIS app cannot access this all-new version through a free update – instead, because TETRIS has been relaunched, it must be repurchased.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Zombies Is Here — But Is It Zombie FPS Done Right? / Read Entire Article

Call Of Duty

Call Of Duty

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies by Activision Publishing, Inc. is the iOS installment of the well-known first person shooter (FPS) console game. This takes Call Of Duty: Zombies to the next level. Multiple maps, weapon upgrades, achievements, and point multipliers will keep you busy in this iOS version of the popular zombie FPS, but is it enough?

The menus are done in a comic book-like way and the graphics are amazing. Even the eerie music adds to the zombie killing fun.

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