Apple TV 2 Gets HTML5 Game via Jailbreak

The Apple TV 2 has been jailbroken for some time now, but progress has been slow in the app department. Users suspected that a jailbreak would open the doors to an entire App Store’s worth of possibilities, but we have yet to see any major support for games. But, an HTML5 blackjack game has emerged from the primordial ooze, once again giving us hope that maybe the Apple TV could be used for more than just video. The game is still pretty rough, but it proves that it is possible to bring games to the tiny device. We’re unlikely to see iOS-quality games anytime soon, but it’s a small step forward that could lead to something much more exciting.

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Application Review: Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed

Professional racing on the track meets the paint grinding, fast-paced, wreck-seeking arcade gameplay. This is the basis behind the Need for Speed: Shift game. Due to the success in this game, Electronics Arts decided to bring the game into its second installment. In the newest version of this game, they attempt to improve on the flaws in the previous version while upgrading everything else that was good about it. Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed offers gamers gripping gameplay, good graphics, ample audio, excellent replay, and a big bang for your buck.

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Verizon Blocking Hotspot Tethering on Jailbroken Devices

Following in the muddy footsteps of AT&T, Verizon has now begun to block tethering on jailbroken iPhones and rooted Android devices running apps, like MyWi, which bypass the need for a dedicated tethering data plan.

It’s unknown if Verizon will automatically upgrade users to a tethering plan if they do not comply, which AT&T started doing earlier this week. Verizon offers tethering plans starting at $20 per month for 2GB on top of a minimum $29.99 data plan.

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Skype for Mac Updated with HD Video Calling and Lion Support

Skype has updated their Mac client to add compatibility for Lion and also HD video calling capability. If you have an HD webcam, such as the Logitech C910, then you can use it to chat with your friends in a much more clearer way. You can also use the built-in HD 720p webcam included on newer Macs for HD video. Skype recommends that you have at least a 1.5 Mbps connection to initiate an HD video chat session. If you don’t have an HD webcam, find one over at Skype’s webcam shop.

Skype notes on their blog that there will also be some stability and performance improvements to coincide with the new OS, so hopefully any previous bugs have been destroyed.


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Google+ Comes to the iPad (sort of) and iPod Touch

9to5Mac has just reported that Google’s social network app now works with the iPod touch. Previously, the app was exclusive to the iPhone but it seems that google has found time to add support to one more device.

The iPad support is not actually full support, but simply a double-pixeled iPhone simulation. Whether Google plans to add full native support to the app is currently unknown, but if you want it then go tell them on their contact page.

Also added in the update were Huddle settings and aggregated circle add notifications. If you don’t already own the Google+ app, you can download it here.


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Comex Shows Off Ways to Fake FaceTime Calls and More

Well-known iPhone hacker comex (yeah, him) unveiled a couple of interesting links via Twitter over the weekend that can be typed into Mobile Safari on your iOS device to do some pretty quirky things. The first URL, facetime-accept://Mom launches a fake FaceTime call from your “mother” when accessed from a FaceTime-compatible device. You can customize the link by changing “mom” to whichever fake caller you would like to show up.

The second link, tellock://, will automatically force your device into a lock screen-esque mode until you press the home button. Other users were quick to point out other links including telprompt://*, which can be customized to dial different numbers on an iPhone, and sms:// for sending messages. iOS 5 compatibility is supposedly lacking, so let us know what works and what doesn’t!


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Apple’s Rumored “iTunes Replay” Service is Far From Ready

Last week, the rumor mill was churning about Apple preparing to launch their iTunes Replay service, which would allow for iTunes users to stream movies from Apple’s servers and then re-download them to their iOS devices. Early reports suggested that the service was set to launch in the coming weeks, but a new report by CNET all but rectifies that early speculation. The new report claims that  (more…)

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Apple Quietly Launches $999 iMac for Educational Institutions

Apple has quietly rolled out a new “education only” low-end iMac for $999 on their Higher Educational online store this morning. The computer, which cannot be purchased by individuals, sports a 3.1GHz Intel Core i3 dual-core processor, 250GB hard drive, 2GB RAM, and a 256MB AMD Radeon HD 6750 graphics card.

Interestingly enough, this new model does not contain a Thunderbolt port, but instead a mini Display port. The next best iMac model would be the $1,149 student-priced Core i5 iMac, which has 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and a 512MB graphics card. That same computer is available to the general public for $1,199.


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EA’s Back to School Sale is Underway, Save Up To 80% Off

Unfortunately for students, the summer holidays are coming to an end and school will soon be–or already is–back in session. This time of year isn’t entirely bad news, however, as back to school sales can offer students great savings; for those who just spent their summer months working for their hard earned dollars, these deals are most especially appreciated. Electronic Arts is amongst the developers offering back to school savings on many of their popular App Store titles, some slashed by as much as 80% off. The most notable apps that EA has put on sale include  (more…)

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Release Date for iOS 5 Beta 6 Pegged as Wed, Aug 17th

Apple only just recently rolled out the fifth beta release of iOS 5, but sources for 9to5mac are already pegging the release date of iOS 5 beta 6 as Wednesday, August 17th. A few developers believe that they have cracked the over-the-air update date code for iOS, and were able to decipher the release date of iOS 5 beta 6 as a result. These same developers were able to pinpoint the exact release date of iOS 5 beta 5 this past Saturday; however, they warn that since it is still days away from the planned release of the sixth beta, that it could still be delayed because of bugs or other reasons out of our control.


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