Application Review: Nyxquest

Beginning with an enveloping storyline, Nyxquest details the friendship of Icarus and Nyx, two distantly separated beings on the evolutionary chain. In the first opening of the app, a montage beings to unfold, presenting the first encounter between the human Icarus and the lesser god Nyx. Icarus, an innovative inventor of the time, was fascinated by flight and exploration. He built a pair of wax wings to soar through the sky, and one day journeyed into the heavens far above the earth and found a kingdom. It was a glorious land beyond human imagination, and there he found Nyx, radiant in the glory of her homeland. A steadfast friendship was born between the two, but each night the kingdom in the sky disappeared, and Icarus was forced to return home to Terra, where he awaited the morning sun signaling the return of the empire in the skies. (more…)
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Quebec Man Builds Mini-Fortress With Vintage Macintoshs

A man from Quebec, Canada has uploaded an image to RetroMacCast that shows off his large collection of classic Macintosh models. The set of vintage Macs includes the Mac Plus, Mac Classic, and the more recent, but still quite old, rainbow colored iMacs.

There are also Power Macintosh G4 computer towers within the picture that date back to as early as 1999. How nostalgic. What would you do with this many Macs?

[RetroMacCast via Cult of Mac]


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iFans Week in Review (September 26th – October 2nd 2011)

Here’s another great roundup of this week’s events, brought to you by forum member Tkf1.

So, what happened on iFans during September 26th – October 2nd 2011?


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Theme Review: SuaveHD

“Oh my gosh! Your iPhone looks so cool! What theme is that?!” Almost everyone who’s ever applied a theme to their device has heard this before. A theme is a very personal thing; you use your phone so often and want it to look nice. For some, Apple’s stock design is very cluttered and ugly. When applying your own wallpaper just isn’t enough, we all look towards themes. Suave HD was first created by a user by the name of Thyraz; Pat97.4 helped port the theme over for iDevices with Retina Displays.  Read on for the full review: (more…)
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Apple’s Stock Struggles Ahead of Oct 4th Event in Cupertino

Just weeks after Apple’s stock set all-time records, peaking at roughly $422 per share, the Cupertino-based company’s AAPL ticker now reads $381.32 per share as of market close on Friday. For investors, that’s a sharp $40 decrease in Apple’s stock value in a period just shy of two weeks.

While this should not be taken as any form of financial advice, the reasoning behind the decline in Apple’s stock value could be associated with the uncertainty of the company’s upcoming October 4th fall media event in Cupertino.

There have been contradicting rumors about Apple releasing an iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, low-end iPhone 4, or all three together at this event, but nothing can be absolutely confirmed at this point. There’s also a tremendous amount of pressure that Tim Cook will face as he delivers the keynote for this fall media event in the absence of Steve Jobs.

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Foxconn Plant in Brazil Manufacturing a Low-End iPhone 4

Gizmodo Brazil today received pictures of a low-end iPhone 4 model that is being produced in a Brazilian plant operated by one of Apple’s manufacturing partners, Foxconn. The phone itself does not have any glaring differences when compared to the current iPhone 4, but the prototype’s model number, “N90A,” is rumored to be associated with a low-end, low cost iPhone 4 with less storage (8 GB) and possibly reduced hardware specifications.

It was rumored that Apple would launch this cheaper iPhone in a few weeks, but Gizmodo claims that these phones won’t be launched because they “didn’t meet Apple’s manufacturing standards”—yet anyways. This doesn’t mean that Apple won’t be releasing a more affordable iPhone on Oct 4th in Cupertino, but it just won’t likely be this model in particular. I can’t wait to see the first iPhone that says, “assembled in Brazil.”


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New iTunes Beta Mentions iPhone 4S, Gets Pulled

It looks like Apple made a small mistake with their latest iTunes beta released yesterday. As 9to5Mac reports, inside iTunes 10.5 beta 9 there is a string that mentions the iPhone 4S by name.

As you can see, it also mentions that the icon will be the previous iPhone 4′s icon in both CDMA and GSM. This could be a confirmation that the iPhone 4S will not be a design change at all and simply a speed boost with previously-rumored dual-mode support. However, nothing is official until Tuesday.

Shortly after 9to5Mac’s post, Apple pulled beta 9 from the Developer Portal, most likely because it contained information that was not to be revealed until the 4th.

As far as we know, there is no mention of an iPhone 5 in the code, but this doesn’t mean it won’t be released. Remember, this was a mistake on Apple’s part which means there could be something that they left out.


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Review: i̶P̶h̶o̶n̶e̶ ̶4̶G̶[̶S̶]̶ Cookie Case

Like my i̶P̶h̶o̶n̶e̶ ̶4̶G̶[̶S̶]̶? OK, by now I should inform you that iFans doesn’t have an iPhone 4G[S] or we would have told you about it before we reviewed it. We don’t know what the iPhone 4G[S] looks like, how it will function, or even any specs. This review, however, is about the CookieCase Touch, a nice, deceptively creative case created by CookieCat LLC. This case disguises your iPod as a shiny iPhone 4. It works pretty well too! I’ve had a couple friends come up with the look of confusion on their faces, “You have an iPhone?” Another one comes up and asks, “Is that an iPhone? Wait, what? What is that?” It is definitely able to catch eyes’ attention. The CookieCase not only has a unique, yet familiar design, it also offers great overall build, good protection, and a big bang for your buck.  Read on for the full review: (more…)

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PhoneGap:Build Compiles HTML5 Code into Native Apps for Mobile Devices

Developers who want their application to work across all mobile devices have two choices: code native apps for every platform, or use HTML5 to serve a webapp via a browser. Native code is obviously the most appealing option since the app can be published to the App Store/Market(place)/World and easily be found by users, but just directing customers to a mobile site can save lots of development time.

PhoneGap:Build is a service that can gobble up HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and spit out submission-ready native applications for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, webOS, and more. The service is free, and has an excellent set of tools and plugins to make sure applications take advantage of platform-specific features. PhoneGap isn’t for everyone, but it is a great alternative to publishing cross-platform apps without having to learn the intricacies of every mobile operating system.


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Apple Sends “Welcome to iCloud” Email to Certain Individuals

A reader of AppleInsider has shared an email he received from Apple, welcoming him to iCloud and informing him of his account details for the cloud-based service. While most of the links do not properly function yet in the email, its an early sign that iCloud should be released in the coming weeks.

Apple is holding their fall media event on October 4th to “talk iPhone,” and could release iCloud at this event alongside the complete launch of iOS 5 for the iPhone 5. If you’ve received this email, we’d love to hear about it.


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