Monster Hunter is now in App Store

First Monster Hunter game in iPhone platform is now available in App Store at US$4.99 .

The well-known game, titled Monster Hunter: Dynamic Hunting, features 3 types of weapon, ‘Sword & Shield’, ‘Dual Sword’ and ‘Great Sword’. Also, 40+ weapons & 13 armors are available for forging ( forging needs items collected from boss ). Elements in original game title are preserved, such as dodging, breaking boss’ body parts, various status effects, items, achievements, etc. Boss is from Monster Hunter 2, instead of the latest version of Monster Hunter, Monster Hunter 3 in PSP.

Also, the game supports multi-play via Bluetooth. Players can co-op to kill bosses. We recommend this game.

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Cannot open all App Store apps after jailbreak – Solution

My friend’s iPhone 3GS ( iOS 4.3.3 ) is just jailbroken yesterday using redsn0w. After standard jailbreaking procedures, all App Store apps cannot be opened ( once launched , crash back to Springboard ) while original iOS apps like Camera & Phone remain normal .

The solution is : try to download a free app from App Store . After launched the newly downloaded free app , all apps become normal again .

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Apple offers free repairs to all iDevices damaged in Japan earthquake

iMac, MacBook, and other iOS devices (such as iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch) that directly damaged by the Japan earthquake are eligible to have free repairs, offered by AppleCare. This offer however excludes iPod Classic, iPod Nano & iPod Shuffle and only applies to the area covered by the Ministry of Health’s Disaster Relief Act.

Apple offered a series of services since Japan earthquake, including providing a free Softbank phone in replacement of lost iPhone in earthquake & allowing free long distance call from U.S. to Japan.

But you have to act quick, because this promotion will ends on 30th June.

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Choosing which mobile platform to develop apps? This will help.

Hello programmers , if you are interested in stepping into app development industry, these stats may help you decide which platform you should go. iOS & Android are the most popular platforms, Windows Phone 7 followed. WP7 is still young in terms of its API coverage, hardware support and development environment. For me, I am an iOS developer, as the IDE tools and iOS API are very complete ( though sometimes tiny bugs in API can be annoying ). Make your decision now, or it will be too late.

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Free Apps on Android more than iOS

Though there are much more apps in Apple’s App Store than Android Market, there are more Android free apps in Android Market than in App Store. There are 134,242 free apps for Android users, while iOS has only 121,845 free apps.

Yet , figures are just numbers. Apple did a good job on screening the quality of new apps, while Google is still weak in this part, causing a lot of low-quality apps appearing in Android Market. To truly overtake Apple to be the smart phone apps’ conqueror, Google’s Android must put more effort on the whole app production workflow, such as cleaning their Android SDK and the approval process.

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Apple iOS firmwares (IPSW) – Official Direct Download Links

Here is a list of Apple iOS firmware (IPSW) official direct download links . We are actively updating the links . Links for iOS 4.3.1 , 4.2 and lower, as well as old iPods’ firmwares, are coming soon .

How to restore / update firmware of your “iDevice”?
After downloading the desired firmware below, you can shift-click (PC) or option-click (Mac) the Restore or Update buttons in iTunes. A file dialog will open and let you choose the downloaded ipsw-file. (Your browser may change the ipsw-file into a zip-file. In that case, just rename it to end in .ipsw and iTunes will accept it.)

iOS 4.3.3

New feature: None (mainly bugfix)
Note: for iPhone 4 (CDMA model), the version is named as 4.2.8

iPad 2 (Wi-Fi model) iPad2,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw
iPad 2 (GSM model) iPad2,2_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw
iPad 2 (CDMA model) iPad2,2_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw
iPad 1 iPad1,1_4.3.3_8J3_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 4G iPod4,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 3G iPod3,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 4 (CDMA model) iPhone3,3_4.2.8_8E401_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 4 (GSM model) iPhone3,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 3GS iPhone2,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw

iOS 4.3.2

New feature: None (mainly bugfix)
Note: this version is not available to iPhone 4 (CDMA model)

iPad 2 (Wi-Fi model) iPad2,1_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw
iPad 2 (GSM model) iPad2,2_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw
iPad 2 (CDMA model) iPad2,3_4.3.2_8H8_Restore.ipsw
iPad (8F190) iPad1,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iPad (8H7) iPad1,1_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 4G iPod4,1_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 3G iPod3,1_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 4 (GSM model) iPhone3,1_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 3GS iPhone2,1_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw

iOS 4.3.1

New feature: None (mainly bugfix)
Note: this version is not available to iPhone 4 (Verizon model)

iPad 2 (Wi-Fi model) iPad2,1_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw
iPad 2 (CDMA model) iPad2,3_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw
iPad 2 (GSM model) iPad2,2_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw
iPad iPad1,1_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 4G iPod4,1_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 3G iPod3,1_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 4 (GSM model) iPhone3,1_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 3GS iPhone2,1_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw

iOS 4.3

New feature: Personal Hotspot

iPad 2 (GSM) iPad2,2_4.3_8F191_Restore.ipsw
iPad 2 (CDMA) iPad2,3_4.3_8F191_Restore.ipsw
iPad 2 (Wi-Fi) iPad2,1_4.3_8F191_Restore.ipsw
iPad iPad1,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 4G iPod4,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 3G iPod3,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 4 (GSM) iPhone3,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 3GS iPhone2,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
Apple TV 2G (8F191m) AppleTV2,1_4.3_8F191m_Restore.ipsw
Apple TV 2G (8F202) AppleTV2,1_4.3_8F202_Restore.ipsw

iOS 4.2.1

New feature: Bugfix
Note: last firmware for iPod Touch 2G & iPhone 3G

iPad iPad1,1_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 4G iPod4,1_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 3G iPod3,1_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 2G iPod2,1_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 4 (GSM) iPhone3,1_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 3GS iPhone2,1_4.2.1_8C148a_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 3G iPhone1,2_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw
Apple TV 2G (8C154) AppleTV2,1_4.2.1_8C154_Restore.ipsw

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Google Search App: Enhanced version of Google Mobile App

Google Search app in iOS is going to replace Google Mobile App to become primary app of Google (though the app name remains to be Google Mobile App). The old Google Mobile App was criticized to have too little functions, due to the constraints of Apple App review process.

Now, the new app, Google Search App, focuses on search functions with a new slide-bar on the left. It provides fast filtering of searched results. To download, go to the link below or use the QR code above. Available in global iTunes store for free.

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Apple released iOS 4.3

Apple released iOS 4.3 one day earlier. iOS 4.3 is now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The main features of iOS 4.3 are:

  • mobile hotspot : share your 3G network through Wi-Fi
  • AirPlay
  • MobileSafari : new & improved browser

iOS 4.3 is now available in iTunes. Just hit the “Check for Update” button after connected your device to iTunes. For jailbreaker, please hold. There’s no jailbreaking tool released yet. Stay tuned in for latest news for jailbreaking iOS 4.3.

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iPhone 4 trick : Enable FaceTime

“Hey, where is my FaceTime in my iPhone 4? I can’t search it in App Store !”
No, it is not an app. It is a built-in function in iOS 4.1. By default, it is disabled. (!)

To enable it , go to : Settings > Phone > FaceTime > ON

That’s it !

Note: As of October 2010, FaceTime is not enabled on devices bought in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt or Jordan, possibly due to regulations in these countries which restrict the use of IP-based communications technology. Devices bought elsewhere continue to support FaceTime even in these countries.

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