MLB At Bat 2009 Review (iPhone)

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I’ve been listening to MLB.app since the start of the season and as rocky as it has been for the fighting phils, the app has been great.

It streams audio from the Phillies home radio station, even though I’m in San Francisco.

It plays highlight videos from mlb.tv.

It costs $10 per season, whereas the streaming audio feature from mlb.com costs $15.

Most importantly, it gives you a box score and play-by-play text.

Overall, I’ve had few issues with At Bat. Mainly, I’d appreciate it if there were full streaming video of the game, but I suspect they’ll do that for next season and charge $10-$20 more for the app.

The lesser issue is with my connectivity. I live in SF and AT&T’s network stinks, but the inability (on the part of the app or the iPhone) to switch between edge/3G while streaming the in-game audio is terrible. I have to wake my phone up just to get it to realize it should keep trying to get signal.

If you are usually in a wifi-zone like I am, though, you’ll be fine. We’re lucky to have At Bat on the iPhone and it is a steal at $9.99. As far as I know there are no blackouts for the radio stream.

Check out the gallery after the break for all the screens. Then go buy it from the app store.

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Wolfenstein 3D Updated, Cydia Pirates out of Luck

The pirates using the Cydia version of Wolfenstein 3D are now out of luck if they want the latest version. Wolfenstein 3D Classic for the iPhone (I reviewed it favorably here) has now been updated and the GPL release hasn’t been. So if you want the latest version of the app, you’re going to have to be legit and use the app store. Check out the full list of changes for Wolfenstein 3D Classic 1.1 after the break:
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Hoping to Make iPhone Toys as a Full-Time Job

The New York Times has an article up about the “iPhone Gold Rush”. It features iShoot developer Ethan Nicholas, and is pretty well written, go check it out. I’m not quite sure why it is in the fashion section, but at least it has some good sources. Like Ars Technica’s Erica Sadun.

Solid Snake and the Heartbreakers in: iGame Squadron #4 (more iPhone game reviews!)

feature_tdsquadI’ve got five more iPhone games reviewed on AtomicGamer.com:

  • Metal Gear Solid Touch
  • Pocket God
  • Hurdler
  • Beast
  • Cronk

Also included in the newest iGame Squadron is my take on what the latest iPhone update means for gamers. Check it out!

iPhone OS 3.0 Summary

Apple is launching the marketing operations for what will be included in the new iPhone OS today. TimeDoctor Dot Org will list out the highlights so you don’t have to read all the liveblogs.

Only the important items are listed. Full details and executive sarcasm after the break, executive summary before it:

  • Developers can now charge for subscriptions, DLC, in-app purchasing of content, etc. Of course, Apple still takes their 30% cut on all this.
  • Bonjour-powered adhoc bluetooth pairing for multiplayer games and other applications.
  • Accessories can communicate with software over the dock connector or via bluetooth.
  • Fancy push notifications are in (sound effects, etc). Background processes aren’t.
  • Developer access to built-in music is in.
  • Copy and paste is in.
  • Landscape (including keyboard) mode in all of Apple’s apps.
  • MMS
  • Spotlight searching across many apps’ content.
  • Stereo bluetooth for headphones.
  • All developers have access to the beta versions of both the SDK and firmware now. NDA in full effect on beta versions.
  • Ships this summer. iPhone 3G and iPhone 2G get it for free. $10 for iPod Touch. iPhone 2G will be missing some features.

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