Thursday, December 1, 2011



Music to my ears: Smule aquires Khush

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 02:55 PM PST

Smule, the company behind some of the most downloaded social music making apps on iOS – Magic PianoI Am T-PainOcarina and MadPad  – announced earlier today that it has acquired Khush for an undisclosed amount of cash and stock. Like Smule, Khush is known on the App Store for their highly popular music apps: Songify and LaDiDa, both of which center around turning your speech/voice into catchy tunes.

"The Khush team brings world-class innovation, unique technological talent, and a passionately shared vision for the future," said Jeffrey C. Smith, co-founder and CEO of Smule. "Joining forces with Khush represents the next step in our plan to bring accessible, fun, and sometimes bizarre music making experiences to everyone."

As an interesting side note, both companies share academic roots. Dr. Ge Wang, co-founder and CEO of Smule, is an assistant professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). Whereas Dr. Para Chordia, co-founder of Khush, is a professor of computer music at Georgia Tech. It’ll certainly be interesting to see what these highly creative musical minds have in store for us and our iDevices in the near future. And to highlight this occasion, Smule and Khush have created a cool little video using Songify to spread word of the acquisition. The full press release and video clip after the gap.

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Three for Free: Anooki Jump, Linkoidz and Space Miner

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 11:55 AM PST

Ready for more freebies? Here are today's featured 3 Apps Gone Free:

Anooki Jump Anooki Jump - A hidden gem of of the “Infinite Jump” variety, Anooki Jump was reviewed by Eric a few months back and the visually stylish jumper received a Kiss It rating. Play as Anook and Nooki as you leap from one ice cube to another, though you’ll need to alternate between the two to replenish your health meter. If you enjoyed Doodle Jump, this one is certainly worth adding to your collection.

Linkoidz Linkoidz - From the makers of the adorable casual game Sneezies, Linkoidz is an out of this world (and fun) arcade puzzler. Suck Linkoidz into your space gun and shoot them back out into a different column with finger swipers, where multiple matches of the same color will be destroyed. Lots of different gameplay strategies for generating combos. Highly recommended for fans of fast paced match 3 games .

Space Miner™ Space Miner - Celebrating the release of Book Of Heroes (also a freebie), Venan Entertainment has dropped the awesome Space Miner to free. Another Kiss It rating in our review, this top-down Shooter/RPG makes space exploration fun even for casual gamers. The superb graphics, hilarious storyline and hours upon hours of gameplay made this one of the best games of 2010. The iPad version is also now free through the weekend.

These Freebies won't last long, so be sure to grab 'em pronto!

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Path receives major 2.0 update

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 10:17 AM PST

Path, a social networking app released over a year ago by David Morin (co-founder and CEO of Path and the man responsible for Facebook Connect), has received its biggest update yet. With version 2.0, Path is described as a “smart journal” and can do so much more than just being able to share photos with your Path contacts.

Path is the Smart Journal that helps you share life with the ones you love — your thoughts, the music you're listening to, where you are, who you're with, when you wake and when you sleep, and beautiful high quality photos and videos. And for those of you who like to share on public networks like Twitter, Foursquare, and Facebook, you can easily check-in, upload photos and videos, and tweet directly from Path.

Think of it as a journal app that can be used to record day-to-day stuff, much like how you can collect and store notes/documents on Evernote – but with a social twist. You can keep any post to yourself by turning on the private option, or simply share them with others. Unlike Facebook however, you’re limited to having 150 Path contacts, which ensures that you’ll only be sharing things with close friends and family. Take a look at the two demo videos below; they’ll give new users a quick rundown of Path’s latest update.

Path Path, Inc., Path, – Free

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Siri Hacked to change channels, power TV off

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 08:51 AM PST

Previously, we saw how Siri could be hacked to remotely start a car. Well you can add another to the list of cool stuff Siri can do (when hacked). Vimeo user toddtreece has cleverly found a way to change channels on his TV by simply talking to his iPhone 4S. The hack involves using a proxy to send commands to an Arduino microcontroller on a local network via a TCP socket. The program schedule info is then scraped from a tv listing website, and the requested data sent to the phone. Watch the video below to see how this nifty setup works. Gotta love it when Siri says ”I changed the channel for your lazy ass“.

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Firemint updates Flight Control, Flight Control HD and Spy Mouse

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 08:10 AM PST

In preparation for the holiday season, Firemint has updated their mighty popular iOS games with new additional content. Flight Control (TMA Review) for the iPhone receives the new Storm Airfield map. As the name implies, any aircraft zapped by lighting can’t turn for a period of Time. Meanwhile, Flight Control HD offers the new Moon Base Map, where you not only have to avoid other spacecrafts, but asteroids as well. More importantly, both Flight Control games now allow players to buy Rewind credits ($0.99 for 10 rewinds), which can then be used to turn back time and potentially earn higher scores by averting imminent disaster. Last but not least, the splendid puzzler SPY mouse is now Holiday themed (World 1). So expect snow, Christmas decorations, candy canes instead of cheese crumbs and more. Full “What’s New” details after the break.

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Freebie Alert: Apple giving away “Where’s My Water?” via Facebook

Posted: 30 Nov 2011 06:56 PM PST

If you like physics puzzlers AND freebies, this one’s definitely for you. Apple has started giving away copies of the bestselling and addictively fun Where’s My Water? via Facebook earlier this evening. All you need to do is visit Apple’s Facebook page, click on the Where’s My Water promo banner and “Like” the App Store. You’ll then be given a redeem code, which is good until Dec 15th. Nice and easy! Coincidentally, the game was also updated today, bringing 20 new levels, all new collectables and a whole new way to play the game – Steam (you can now convert water into steam and vice versa to solve puzzles). Just make sure you don’t try downloading the game via iTunes…the $0.99 price tag remains unchanged.

Where's My Water? Disney, Where’s My Water?, – $0.99

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