Electronic Arts has released an update to The Sims 3, adding support for new expansion packs and transferring Sims into future Sims games. The update includes support for a new “prank pack” that can be purchased from the in-game store to allow players to play pranks on their fellow Sims, and additional theme packs are also available via in-app purchase. Each pack sells for $1 and push notifications can now be enabled to notify users when new content is available. The latest update also adds a new import/export feature to allow players to transfer their Sims between The Sims 3 and the upcoming The Sims 3 World Adventures game. The Sims 3 is available from the App Store for $7. The Sims 3 World Adventures for the iPhone was previewed at CES 2010 in January; a release date for the game has not yet been announced.
Mobile advertising network Mobclix has released a new iPad-specific software development kit to enable developers to integrate advertising into their iPad apps. The new SDK allows developers to integrate video and rich media ads into their apps in four different sizes: 468x60, 300x250, 120x600 and 728x90, with more options to come. The Mobclix iPad SDK is available for download from the Mobclix Developer Dashboard (free registration required). [via TechCrunch]
Simplify Media, developer of the Simplify Music and Simplify Photo iPhone applications announced Friday that it will no longer be offering its current software to new users and that it has removed the Simplify iPhone apps from the App Store. Simplify Media was best known for its applications that allowed iPhone and iPod touch users to stream music and view photos from their computer over a Wi-Fi or 3G connection, even while away from home. In a post in its blog, the company indicates that it is heading in a “new direction” and has taken these steps to focus on that transition. The post goes on to state that Simply Media will continue operating and supporting the service for at least the next 3 months for existing users, and that the company hopes by that time to be able to announce more information on “future incarnations” of the service. [via TUAW]
Ngmoco has released a new version of its popular first-person shooter. Eliminate:CO-OP provides a new multiplayer game mode where users can team up with their friends for cooperative game play against computer-generated battle drones. The new game builds on the original Eliminate Pro, providing ten new multiplayer environments, the ability to collect items and credits from demolished battle drones and an enhanced global matchmaking system for quickly connecting with other players. Eliminate:CO-OP is also fully compatible with Eliminate Pro for online deathmatch play. Eliminate:CO-OP is available from the App Store as a free download.
TomTom International has released an update to its series of turn-by-turn GPS navigation applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. The latest version allows users to subscribe to real-time traffic notifications via an in-app purchase and adds support for Google local search to find points of interest. The update also adds new maps, automatic music fading during voice instructions, automatic day and night modes and the ability to add locations from other supported iPhone applications. Real-time traffic notifications require an iPhone and are only available in the U.S. at the present time. TomTom U.S.A. is available from the App Store for $60; real-time traffic updates require an in-app subscription of $20 annually. Updated versions for other geographic areas are also available.
Worldly Developments, creator of the Plancast.com social networking site has released an iPhone app for users of its service. Plancast.com is a social networking service designed to allow users to share information about where they are planning to be in the future, as opposed to where they currently are. The new Plancast application allows users to create new plans and share them with their friends directly from their iPhone or iPod touch. Users can browse friends’ plans, including mapped location information and a list of who else is planning to attend, and can add themselves to the list. The app also allows users to search for their friends’ plans or browse from a list of featured users, and plan links can be sent out via Twitter and Facebook. Plancast is available from the App Store as a free download. [via TechCrunch]
In a week that continues to see an expansion of location-based social networking apps, Hot Potato Media has released an update to its Hot Potato Mobile application. Designed for users of the hotpotato.com social networking service, Hot Potato Mobile allows users to share social experiences specifically focused on live events. The latest update adds integration with Twitter hashtags and Foursquare locations, including the ability for users to automatically check-in to Foursquare when attending events. Other new features include enhanced friend management, notifications for new event updates, improved filtering and support for posting messages and images only to friends. Hot Potato Mobile is available from the App Store as a free download.
According to a new page on Apple’s website devoted to the new iBooks application for the iPad, iBooks will support non-DRM ePub books not downloaded from the iBookstore. According to the text, “you can add free ePub titles to iTunes and sync them to the iBooks app on your iPad.” In addition, iBooks also supports Apple’s VoiceOver technology. “iBooks works with VoiceOver, the screen reader in iPad, so it can read you the contents of any page,” the site says. Finally, the app will offer the ability to tap and hold on any word to look it up in the iPad’s built-in dictionary, in Wikipedia, or search for it within the book or on the web. iBooks will be a free download for iPad users from the App Store.
Atebits has released an update to its highly acclaimed Tweetie 2 Twitter client for the iPhone and iPod touch. The new update adds support for OS 3.2, Foursquare integration, Instapaper Mobilizer and video uploads to Vodpod. The new Foursquare integration identifies tweets that display Foursquare (4sq.com) links within users’ streams and allows Foursquare location information to be viewed from directly within Tweetie. Tweetie 2 is available from the App Store for $3 and is a free update for existing users of Tweetie 2.
Following the same testing strategy used for its previous Plus+ network games, Ngmoco has launched its newest game, GodFinger, as a limited release on the Canadian App Store. GodFinger puts the player in the role of an all-powerful deity who must customize and cultivate their world and convert its inhabitants into loyal followers. The game supports an open-ended gameplay where users can choose their playing style from being a benevolent god to a destructive demagogue. As players increase in level, additional Wonders become available for players to either impress or subdue their subjects. The game supports the Plus+ network so that players can invite their friends to become their followers or turn them into Mystics to help rule on their behalf. GodFinger is currently available from the Canadian App Store as a free download. Ngmoco has not yet announced when the game will be released in other countries. [via Touch Arcade]
Namco Networks has released Pool Pro Online 3 for the iPhone and iPod touch, incorporating Namco’s new UniteSDK technology to provide cross-platform online play with opponents on other mobile devices and desktop computers. Pool Pro Online 3 is a 3D pool game that allows players to compete against friends online in 8-ball, 9-ball and Snooker. Players can make in-game wagers against their opponents and use the winnings to upgrade their equipment and buy new pool halls. Online features include a friends list, global leaderboards, sharing of achievements via Facebook and real-time chat with opponents. In addition to online play, users can compete in peer-to-peer games with other iPhone and iPod touch users over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Pool Pro Online 3 is also expected to be available in PC, iPad, Mac, Android, RIM and Windows Mobile versions in the coming months, allowing players to compete with each other on multiple devices regardless of platform. Namco also plans to use its UniteSDK technology to expand the features of Pool Pro 3 Online to include tournaments as well as developing other titles that take advantage of the cross-platform gaming capabilities. Pool Pro Online 3 is available from the App Store for $5.
Barnes & Noble has confirmed plans to release its own eReader application for the iPad. The application is expected to be released as a free download “around the time” of the iPad availability and will allow users to read existing books in their Barnes & Noble digital library, including eBooks and content that customers have already downloaded to their nook eBook reader, as well as providing access to the Barnes & Noble eBookstore. [via Engadget]
iPhone OS 4.0, the next major revision to the software that powers the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, will offer support for multitasking, according to a new report. Citing anonymous sources “with a proven track record” in predicting Apple’s technical advancements, AppleInsider reports that iPhone OS 4.0, expected this summer, will include a “full-on solution” for multitasking, allowing third-party applications downloaded from the App Store to run in the background. According to the same sources, the software will include a multitasking manager built on interface technology already bundled with Apple’s Mac OS X operating system. Finally, the report states that the software is under development and has quite a “way to go” before its ready for release; no further specifics were given.
The City of Edmonton, Alberta has announced plans to sponsor an application development contest. Scheduled to be formally announced later this month, the Apps4Edmonton contest will aim to encourage local iPhone developers to create apps that improve municipal information sharing and communications. The contest will offer $50,000 in prizes and the winning application will be showcased at the 2010 Canadian Government Technology Conference (GTEC) in Ottawa in October. Edmonton is also planning the launch of its own iPhone application, CityWatch to allow residents to report problems to 311 call centres. [via iPhoneinCanada.ca]
A pair of files offering support for new gestures have been found in the latest beta version of the iPhone SDK 3.2 for iPad. 9to5Mac reports that the latest SDK’s “gestures” folder contains two previously unseen files, named “3Tap.plist” and “LongPress.plist,” presumably offering support for triple-tap and tap-and-hold gestures, which Apple currently uses in its implementations of VoiceOver and the iPhone OS’ cut-and-paste feature. In addition, 9to5Mac discovered that the files related to video chat features found in the previous beta SDK have been removed in the latest version.
Alamofire has released a major update to its Gowalla location sharing application for the iPhone and iPod touch, introducing a completely new interface design and support for several new features. Gowalla 2.0 now allows users to upload photos when checking in, browse photos from friends, or view photos that were taken at a specific location. Users can also now comment on their friends’ checkins and update their own checkins with additional messages. The update also improves browsing for friends and viewing their favorite locations and integrates Facebook, Twitter and web links for friends. Gowalla 2.0 is available from the App Store as a free download.
UpNext has released an update to its interactive 3D city map application for the iPhone and iPod touch, adding support for three new cities and integration into the Foursquare location sharing service. In addition to New York City, the update now adds 3D maps for Boston, Washington, DC and Austin, Texas. Integration with Foursquare now allows users to see checkins from Foursquare directly on the 3D maps, and the updated version also provides menu links for restaurants and bars, expanded reviews and ratings for venues, and a faster and smoother interface. The release notes indicate that users will need to download their cities again after updating the application, but that favorites and notes will be retained. UpNext 3D Cities is available on the App Store as a free download.
Foursquare has released an update to its popular location-based social networking application for the iPhone and iPod touch. Sporting a completely redesigned user interface, the update also provides a more efficient checkin process, category support in the “Places” view and a pull-down-to-refresh option. Users can also now view a history of where they’ve been, and locations now display category icons and more detailed address information. Foursquare is available from the App Store as a free download.
Thing Labs, developer of the Brizzly.com online Twitter and Facebook reader announced today that it has acquired the Birdfeed Twitter client from iPhone developer Buzz Andersen as the foundation for its new Brizzly for Twitter iPhone application. The original Birdfeed application has been removed from the App Store and the former home page for the app now simply displays an announcement from Brizzly informing users of the news and where to download the new Brizzly for Twitter application. The announcement notes that Birdfeed will continue to work for existing users but will no longer be supported or updated. The new Brizzly application provides support for multiple Twitter accounts, Twitter Lists, sharing of photos via Brizzly Pics or Flickr, saved searches, and integration with the Brizzly.com online reader. Brizzly for Twitter is available from the App Store as a free download.
Capcom has released the highly anticipated Street Fighter IV for the iPhone and iPod touch. First announced last month, Street Fighter IV brings the popular console game to the iPhone and iPod touch with a user interface specifically redesigned for the touchscreen and the same visual style and artwork found in the current generation console game. Eight classic characters are available in the game, including Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, Able, Blanka, M. Bison, Dhalsim, Guile and Ken and the game provides seven different playing environments. Familiar moves such as Unique Attacks, Special Moves, Focus Attacks, Super Combos and Ultra Combos are all present, and the game provides a “Dojo” mode to introduce new players to the game’s moves and features. In addition to the standard single-player mode, players can choose to compete against other iPhone and iPod touch users over Bluetooth in a two-player head-to-head mode. Street Fighter IV is available on the App Store for $10.