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Babel Rising – iPhone Game Review

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Babel Rising – iPhone Game Review

The iPhone game is called Babel Rising. The story about the Tower of Babel, which you can read at Wikipedia.  (tl;dr version – People try to tell God “Yo, we are as good or even better than you that we too can reach the heavens. God gets mad and kills them.)  In this game you play as god and use several different powers to make sure humans don’t ever complete their tower.

Read the full review and check out the gameplay video past the break. I recorded it while on the toilet.

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iPhone 4 jailbreak now available

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iPhone 4 jailbreak now available

Thanks to some hard work from a team lead by Comex, the iPhone Dev Team have released, what could possibly be, the easiest and most ingenious jailbreak for any iPhone or iPod touch running iOS4 (apart from the iOS4.1 beta). JailbreakMe.com is as simple as it sounds. Go to the site in Mobile Safari and ‘slide to jailbreak’, sit back and watch the magic, no PC or Mac needed. Cloud utility at it’s finest here folks. It’ll work for your brand new iPhone 4 along with the 3GS, 3G and iPod touch 3rd/2nd gen, but not an iPad running iOS 3.2.1 currently.

Of course jailbreaking your iDevice comes with a few caveats. It is apparently legal in the US, but will still void your warranty. Especially on the iPhone 4, there are features that are in the process of being made stable under jailbreak like FaceTime and MMS (does anyone still actually use those?), which Comex assures us is now stable according to Engadget. We recommend making a good backup before you attempt this, because you never know you might need to restore your device. And yes there is a lot of talk about ‘bricking’ your device. I want to re-iterate here what I’ve said before, it is very difficult to actually brick your iDevice. A DFU restore will sort almost anything that revolves around jailbreaking, so don’t worry, if you have a full backup the only thing you’re likely to lose is time. As of writing JailBreakMe.com is up and holding steady, but large volumes of traffic meant that it was up and down through the night, so if you don’t see it at first try again later.

Now, whether you actually want to jailbreak your iPhone 4 is another matter, since the major onus for jailbreaking – multitasking, has been implemented in some manner with iOS4. Whilst carrier unlock is not possible with this jailbreak method, you’ll have to wait for redsn0w for iPhone 4 for that, if you’re after apps that only Cydia can provide, SBSettings for instance or PDAnet, then go fourth and jailbreak dear readers!

JailBreakMe.com

[Comex, MuscleNerd]

Ballistic iPhone 4 Case Review

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Ballistic iPhone 4 Case Review

Well the line might have been long but I was going to get my iPhone 4. I lined up rather early at the AT&T launch at my local store. There was a downside to purchasing the phone that early and that was the lack of Case Choices. With only 3 cases to choose from and 2 being bright florescent pink you could say there was a bit of a shortage. Well Ballistic was nice enough to send us a review unit of their HC Series for the iPhone 4. I decided to put the case to the ultimate test the San Diego Comic Con. It would be a full week of use, with tons of walking. How’d this case hold up?

Full Review and Fall Test Videos after the break.

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Friday Fix

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Hey all yall beautiful Pixelatedgeek readers out there in Internetlandia. Friday is here and what a busy week it has been for the site. Half the site is roaming the floor at this years Comic Con doing their best to not pass out from all the awesome they are experiencing. We here at Pixelatedgeek decided we are going to try and round up some of the articles on the site in one neat and tiny post so you can get all the geek you want as conveniently as possible. Also, I am going to recommend bands to all you music lovers out there because dear tiny Nelson lets me run rampant on his purdy little site.

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TomTom with background navigation – has the iPhone GPS come of age?

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TomTom with background navigation – has the iPhone GPS come of age?

So by now you should know that one of the main enhancements Apple made to the iPhone in iOS4 is the ability to do limited multi-tasking and maintain certain services such as core location, music playback and VoIP in the background for minimised apps. It’s been great news for apps such as Last.fm and Pandora, but one of the best uses has to be background navigation. The problem with iPhone car navigation apps up until now has been that if someone called, a text came in or you needed to access something else on the phone, the navigation app you were relying on to guide you to your destination had to be quit and you’d therefore lose your navigation aid. It could be a real problem if you were navigating through a complicated series of directions when a call came in, disrupting your navigator, even if you didn’t want to accept the incoming call, leaving you in the lurch.

Now that turn-by-turn navigation apps such as TomTom have got the ability to maintain navigation, position and even shout out directions when not in the foreground, have iPhone navigation apps really come of age? The first major car navigation app to take advantage of background core location was the infamous TomTom. Arguably one of the best navigation apps available for the iPhone, and although pretty pricey, TomTom is certainly a fully featured match for a dedicated PND. We’ve covered the TomTom iPhone app before, so we won’t go into the program’s basics, but with background navigation enabled, TomTom continues to run when minimised as you might expect. It’ll even shout out directions and traffic notifications to you from behind something else, a pretty important feature if you happen to be on a call when a crucial turning comes up. You could argue that having a dedicated PND solves the problem entirely, but these days who wants to carry around more than one device when your smartphone basically does it all, and for the most part just as well as multiple devices. Read On

iPhone 4 ‘Antennagate’ Press Conference Recap

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iPhone 4 ‘Antennagate’ Press Conference Recap

Today, Steve Jobs held a press conference to inform the media that they “aren’t perfect.”  They have been “working [their] butts off” for 22 days.  The Apple team have been testing this theory of phones dropping signal strength when you hold them on other phones like the Blackberry Bold 9700, HTC Droid Eris, and the Samsung Omnia II. Surprisingly, they all do this.

More from the press conference past the break.

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Apple drops bars with iOS4.01

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Apple drops bars with iOS4.01

We knew it was coming – and out of the ether it arrived on our iPhones, reducing our bars in numbers, but bolstering them in size. iPads were also graced with a point update addressing the same thing, Apple’s formular for calculating signal strength. But what did it really do? Did it fix those pesky little left handed signal issues that are plaguing some, bothering others? How could it? Although a software update could indeed help the situation, software cannot fix fundamental hardware issues, at least for the most part.

For us the update has made very little difference; we still wield five golden bars of signal coverage and can’t notice any other difference other than visibly larger signal bars. The update is available now in iTunes, and unless you fancy a bit of jailbreak action, hook up your iPhone be it a 3G, 3GS or a 4. What have you dear readers? Anyone notice a drop or an enhancement?

Apple iPhone Commercial Parody – 3G using iOS4

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Apple iPhone Commercial Parody – 3G using iOS4

Times are tough right now for Apple.  With the constant complaints of the new iPhone 4 reception problems, the mass deleting of complaints on the Apple support forums, and the use of duct tape to fix said iPhone 4 reception problems, it has been a rough time to keep that Apple name as glossy, reflective, and shiny as possible.

Past the break, you’ll see one iPhone 3G’s version of the classic iPhone commercial.  What’s so funny about the video? It’s the fact that the 3G iPhone is using iOS4 and is very sluggish. See what I mean past the break.

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iOS4 Pac-Man Wallpaper is Geektastic!

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iOS4 Pac-Man Wallpaper is Geektastic!

OK, so having wallpaper on your iPhone’s homescreen is still a novelty for most, even for iPhone 3Gers. Whilst I’ve found that something simple and dark aids actual use of the iPhone, because let’s be honest, it can be difficult to see your icons and their names with complicated backgrounds, I’ve still found some choice wallpapers to decorate my homescreen. Thanks to Brit-focussed Pocket-Lint, I’ve just found the most geektastic iOS4 wallpaper imaginable – Pac-Man.

With ghosts and Pac-Man himself running round a maze made by your app and folder icons, you’ll be a envy of all your mates when rocking this beauty. Although it’s not Retina Display ready, a quick doubling up in photoshop has produced decent results, so even if you’ve got an iPhone 4, there’s no excuse.

Click for full image

[GeekSugar via Pocket-Lint]

Pixelated Geek at the iPhone 4 launch, London

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Pixelated Geek at the iPhone 4 launch, London

Have you ever wanted to see what it’s like to queue overnight, to be one of the first to get your hands on a new piece of kit from the most famous of fruit-flavoured companies? Want to know what it’s like when you first step into the store, feel like you’ve won something and finally claim your new and shiney? Well look no further those without the time/inclination to do it yourself, we have a short video to show you precisely what you’re missing. The excitement, the buzz, the crowds and the spontaneous clapping, oh yes the clapping. So sit back and enjoy safe in the knowledge that you didn’t have to waste your time queuing, but can still live the experience vicariously through us, with a little help from The Wrap Sheet crew, aka myself, Richard Lai and Vlad Savov from Engadget.

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Video shot on the Kodak Zx3 PLAYSPORT we reviewed here.