We Rule Updates – In Progress

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Like a whole lot of people, I’ve been playing We Rule a lot over recent weeks.  And I’ve noticed that they’ve been having server issues – I’ve had times where the app refused to connect at all and presented a network connection error when trying to launch it, and even more occasions when I am able to launch it but then it loses connection while trying to play it, or just acts very flaky while using it.

Well … the folks at Ngmoco are working hard at fixing all these network issues.  They put up a blog post last Friday (4/30) detailing their efforts and explaining some of the reasons behind the issues – basically they underestimated the amount of people who would end up playing the game.

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Dropbox iPad Version Is Out Now

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Dropbox – the superb online backup and file sync/sharing service – has updated its iPhone app to support the iPad as well.

It’s very good to see this app provide full iPad support. I use this app every day on my MacBook and it’s a pleasure to use, largely because it absolutely ‘just works’ with very near zero effort on my part – basically just throw stuff in its bucket and know that it is synced and backed up and sweet.

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My iPad Is No Longer a Nudist

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My iPad had been shamelessly ‘naked’ since I got it back on the original (April 3) launch day – with no screen protector on it.  I had been looking to change that for weeks for two simple reasons: no matter what Apple says about its magical, revolutionary, oleophobic coating, the thing is a total fingerprint magnet – which is annoying and detracts from its general loveliness; and I am always worried about inadvertent scratches to it.

So I’m very pleased to report that yesterday I finally got some screen coverage on my shiny pal. I had an invisibleSHIELD for iPad (front only) installed for me at my local Best Buy outlet.

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Need a reason to Jailbreak your iPad? Here’s 3

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First up: Categories. I have 51 apps installed on my iPad. I use one screen. True Categories is pixel doubled and ugly as sin right now… but How many pages of apps do you have?

Second: The number one RSS reader (in my mind) Reeder. But what’s this?! Its not pixel doubled? How…

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And yes, Tweetie 2 native with no pixel doubling. Wouldn’t you like to run Tweetie 2 on your iPad and have back the (arguably) best Twitter app for the iPhone on your iPad?

I do. Go HERE and read all about it. But, do what I did and follow the advice in the comments (kopfdoktor) and instead of piddling around with Openssh and Textmate – download ifile from Cydia. It works perfectly!

Let me know in the comments if you try out any other iPhone apps…

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Recommended: iLounge Reviews the iPad 3G, Says AT&T Is Letting Down The Side

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iLounge has done a great, detailed review of the new iPad WiFi + 3G.  Although they give the device an overall rating of B+ and recommend it, they make it clear that AT&T is letting down the side, or as the label of one section of the review reads:

Harsh Reality: AT&T Still Sucks, And Its $15 Data Plan Is Awful

They are not impressed with the 3G speeds they saw in testing in four separate US states, which they found did not live up to their ‘superfast’ billing. 

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Crazy iPad Numbers: One Million Sold in Less Than a Month

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Sales of the iPad hit one million last Friday (April 30) – only 28 days after launching, and on the day of the iPad 3G launch.

"One million iPads in 28 days — that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone," said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in a statement released Monday. "Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers."

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Hello to Lots of iPads in Our Site Stats

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One thing I’ve been noticing in our site stats is the growing number of readers who are visiting via their iPads.  Not a huge shocker I guess, for an iPad-related site, but nice to see nevertheless.  Over the last week, iPad numbers were not that far below Windows and Mac.

And yesterday, they were ahead of Windows.

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Got Spirit? You do now… iPad Jailbreak Is Live

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You’ve all been waiting, holding your breath, turning blue… well stop it. Engadget is reporting that the Spirit Jailbreak is now live and ready to unleash you from the shackles of your Apple chroot jail.

So the question now is, do you have the stones? (not the Rolling ones).

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UPDATE: It’s been 6 minutes since I posted this. 5 Minutes of that time was spent talking on the phone. Next to some Geohot jailbreaks and maybe that .png exploit a couple years back – this was the easiest jailbreak I’ve seen in a while. Cool stuff. Now I go to go install a few things and see what blows up!

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Restore number 1 commencing. DO NOT install SBSettings. Your dock ends up iPhone size, icons also end up iPhone size and worse you can’t get to uninstall SBSettings because the tab bar at the bottom of Cydia stops working.

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There Are Over 5,000 iPad Apps Now, Here’s Where You Can See That on the iPad

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So there are now a little over 5,400 iPad apps in the App Store, as of around 10 minutes ago. And there is now an easy way to keep up with how many iPad apps there are, right in the App Store on the iPad itself.

If you go to the Featured section of the App Store and press to go to the Release Date tab, it shows you that you are currently seeing, for instance, apps 1-12 of 5,407 – as shown in the screencap above.

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iPad Apps on Sale: Enigmo Deluxe & 4 Other Pangea Software Titles

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Pangea Software – a leading publisher of iPhone, and now iPad, games based in my loverly hometown of Austin, Tx. – have got five of their iPad apps on sale this week.  All five are at right about 50% off until Friday, May 7th.  Here are the titles, and their regular and sale prices:

Enigmo Deluxe (iPad)     $9.99                     $4.99

Cro-Mag (iPad)             $9.99                     $4.99

Nanosaur 2 (iPad)          $9.99                     $4.99

Bugdom 2 (iPad)            $9.99                     $4.99

Otto Matic (iPad)           $9.99                     $4.99

You can check out all of Pangea’s iPad and iPhone titles here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/pangea-software-inc/id281736538

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What Do You Think of iPad Magazine App Pricing?

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If you buy the digital editions of Popular Science or TIME Magazine on the iPad, they cost $4.99 each — same as on the newsstand.

However, one-year subscriptions to Popular Science (the paper magazine) are currently selling for $12 — or $1 an issue. And TIME subscriptions can be had for $20 — around 35¢ an issue.

That’s an excerpt from a recent report by Philip Elmer-Dewitt at Fortune, on how some of the print publishing industry is thinking about pricing for iPad versions of their titles.

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