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App Mix: TomTom, Pac-Man, Q*Bert, GoPayment

An U.K.-based online retailer has posted pricing for TomTom’s upcoming GPS car mount and application bundle for the iPhone. According to the item’s Handtec listing page, the TomTom for iPhone Mount will sell for £99 plus VAT, or roughly $168 plus tax. Unveiled during Apple’s 2009 WWDC Keynote, the Mount will offer a more accurate, consistent GPS signal than that made possible by the iPhone 3G or 3GS alone, a louder speaker, a microphone to facilitate hands-free calling, the ability to power the iPhone while docked, and the ability to stick to either the windshield or dashboard. An exact release date has yet to be revealed. [via Daniweb | MDN]

Namco has released Pac-Man Remix, its latest game for the iPhone and iPod touch. Announced in July and featuring an angled overhead 3-D view, the game is similar to the Pac-Man Arrangement game found on Namco Museum Battle Collection for the PSP, and adds maze traps, the ability to jump, and a number of power-ups to the classic Pac-Man gameplay. Additional features include a choice between on-screen, flick-, and accelerometer-based controls, six unique boss characters, and stage-specific gadgets. Pac-Man Remix is available now from the App Store and sells for $6.

Sony Pictures Television has released Q*Bert Deluxe, its newest release for the iPhone and iPod touch. An updated version of the 1982 arcade game, Q*Bert Deluxe features three game modes—arcade, modern, and jungle—a choice between accelerometer- or touch-based controls, five different enemy types, and four friendly objects. The developer also promises “regular updates” with “new themes and gameplay.” Q*Bert Deluxe is available now and is priced at $2.

Intuit has released its new GoPayment application for the iPhone and iPod touch. Intuit GoPayment allows business owners to process credit card payments directly from their devices, view past charges and send customers electronic receipts via e-mail or text message. In addition, users can also review transactions online and synchronize them with Intuit’s QuickBooks software. In addition to the app, users will need an Intuit GoPayment merchant account, which costs $19.95 a month and requires a one-time setup fee of $59.95; Intuit will, for a limited time only, waive both the setup fee as well as the first 60 days of monthly fees and minimums. Intuit’s GoPayment application is available now as a free download from the App Store.

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Comments

1

The forthcoming Pac Man Championship Edition looks even better!

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on August 5, 2009 at 10:02 AM (PDT)

2

I am still waiting to hear HOW the tomtom hardware is supposed to enhances the GPS signal.

Posted by scott on August 5, 2009 at 12:40 PM (PDT)

3

@#2

I think I read in a post on another forum that the TomTom “cradle” will have a speaker/microphone for hands-free usage along with an additional GPS chip inside of it to allow for “enhanced” GPS service.  I don’t know if this was just speculation, but seems to me to be the only thing that would justify a price upwards of $150 (which is also speculation) for the “kit”.

Posted by jandrewmorrison on August 5, 2009 at 4:13 PM (PDT)

4

@#2 & #3: Jandrewmorrison is correct. The cradle contains its own onboard GPS receiver which the software will use in place of the iPhone’s built in receiver if the cradle is present. (Recall part of the OS 3.0 release was about software talking to accessories?) On the TomTom website is a link to the video of the TomTom presentation at the Apple WWDC where they talk about the “other” GPS receiver in the cradle. What I’m curious about is how they plan to market the cradle if the software and installation comes from the app store and the cradle comes from TomTom. I think a lot of people will just buy the application and say the onboard GPS is good enough.

Posted by Rand on August 5, 2009 at 5:13 PM (PDT)

5

While I’m looking forward to reviews of the TomTom system, I have to say that I’m disappointed that they decided to make the holder incompatible with iPhone cases.  There are a bunch of car integration holders that do this as well.  Don’t these manufacturers realize that lots of us have our iPhones protected in cases and skins. 

Sometimes it’s not easy or convenient to take them out of the case in order to dock it in a holder that doesn’t account for the added thickness.

Posted by Stephen on August 6, 2009 at 1:07 PM (PDT)

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