IPhone Baby Shaker App Saga, Part N

May 13, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

See what happens when your application certification process is faulty? When the protests end and you give in, you become the butt of jokes, and of this pretend video ad by IGN.

Screenshot of the Baby Shaker App

Screenshot of the Baby Shaker App

The video basically features the iPhone BAC Reader, Dial 911, and the infamous Baby Shaker app, showing how they’re perfect for that “romantic” date. And because some of you may be too lazy to click through the video link in the first paragraph, and I have nothing better to do, here’s the complete copy:

Say you’re at a party, and you need to find out if the chick you want to rail is drunk enough. Well… there’s an app for that.

Or you’re worried the next morning coz the chick you railed is no longer breathing. There’s an app for that.

Or, nine months later, you have a little mistake that needs to be fixed. There’s an app for that too.

Yup, there’s an app for just about anything. Only on the iPhone

Baby Shaker iPhone Game Taken Down

April 23, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Gaming

There really is something wrong with the Apple App Store certification process. While you read about designers complaining about their apparently legitimate apps getting rejected, you also read about Apple having to take down a game because it outraged organizations throughout the country.

baby-shakerThe game in question, “Baby Shaker”—which is definitely outrageous—isn’t even revolutionary nor interesting. What’s so engaging about shaking a virtual baby until it stops crying? What’s so visually-catching about line-art drawings of a baby, when the game’s developer Sikalosoft simply puts red X’s over the virtual babe’s eyes to represent death?

Now, why would Apple allow this kind of game to show on the App Store? Had Sikalosoft found a way to trick the certifiers at Apple? Or was someone within the App Store team basically running on automatic, deciding that the game met all of Apple’s criteria for certification, without realizing what kind commotion a shaken baby would cause.

The Best $0.99 You’ll Spend for the iPhone

April 1, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

how-to-make-your-first-iphone-appIf you really want to jump on the iPhone-to-riches bandwagon (and, despite my partially anti-Apple stance on this site, I won’t blame you), here’s a $0.99 that could conceivably bring you lots of money. How to Make Your iPhone App is a virtual textbook for the iPhone platform. It features 70 virtual pages worth of information, all geared towards helping you build your first iPhone app.

At least, that’s how the official seller line goes. The best part is, at barely below the dollar, those who want to tread the iPhone development waters can do so with less financial pain. They’ll still be able to pay for the coffee they’ll need to stay awake while figuring things out.

Another great thing: any iPhone Apps for Dummies book that comes out in the future will have to be really awesome to compete with How to Make Your First iPhone App’s low low price.

(image is screenshot of said app)

Stored Apps: An Easier Way to Look for iPhone Apps

November 29, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Services


Having a hard time looking for an iPhone or iPod touch app that suits your category and price-point needs? Stored Apps attempts to catalog all the apps in the iTunes Store and make available as a searchable and filterable database. Search results provide a direct link to each app’s iTunes Store page.

Looking for free apps? Games? Just click on the filter tabs on top. Problem is, the site isn’t working properly; some features are not quite 100%. So here’s to hoping that the people behind the site, from somewhere in the Philippines, get their act together soon. And of course, I wonder how Apple will react to this.

Google iPhone App Anti-Brit!

November 21, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

google-mobile-app.jpgImagine sharing a word with voice-recognition software, only to hear system confirm your word as “sex”. That’s what some people with British accents reported about Google’s voice-based search tool, part of Google’s recently released Mobile App for the iPhone:

The free application, which allows iPhone owners to use the Google search engine with their voice, mistook the word iPhone for “sex”, “Einstein” and “kitchen sink,” … “Awesome job google. only problem is every time I say the word ‘fish’ it registers as sex,” wrote one, identified as Kevin.

Check out the app page here.

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