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Voice-Controlled Game 'Pah!' Guarantees You'll Be the Most Obnoxious Subway Rider

Aahhhh. Pah! Pah! Aaahhhh. What's that you ask? Oh, nothing -- just the dulcet tones of the most annoying video game ever created. A tall claim, what with all the Zynga choices out there, but we really do think this one's got it in the bag. This Lucky7 Labs iPhone game is voice-controlled; "aah" moves the ship, while "pah!" fires away. Multiply that by an entire subway car full of players, a...

Democratic Senators Ask Apple to Remove DUI Checkpoint Apps

A group of Senators is asking Apple to remove from its App Store all apps designed to help drunk drivers avoid checkpoints -- apps that the politicians consider "harmful to public safety." In a letter, four Senators -- Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Tom Udall (D-NM) -- argued that apps that help drivers avoid speed traps, sobriety checkpoints and police...

Amazon Launches Appstore for Android, Apple Files Lawsuit

Amazon launched its own Android app store today, despite facing legal challenges from Apple. The Amazon Appstore will provide a new way for Android users to purchase apps for their mobile and tablet devices, while offering a few features unique to Amazon. Because the online retailer already enjoys a strong consumer base, Amazon will be able to integrate its own marketing and recommendation t...

Censorship Goes Both Ways: The Case for an Ex-Gay App

Perhaps you've heard of this Exodus International iPhone app fracas? The leading organization behind the ex-gay movement (the belief that religious counseling can help LGBT people "struggling" with their sexualities to reorient themselves to heterosexuality) recently had its official app approved by Apple, and gay rights groups are now in an uproar. Surprise? Despite the fact that Apple deemed ...

Green-Screen Tech Comes to iPhone With 'Kromath 3' App

If you have an iPhone and $20 to burn, you can now do your best impression of a weatherman, or Michael Jordan in 'Space Jam' -- thanks to the new 'Kromath 3' chroma-keyer app. Simply snap a photo of yourself in front of a solid-colored wall, and you'll have as many bizarre-o self-portraits as you could ever want. ...

FTC, DOJ Eyeing Apple's Subscription Policy for Antitrust Violations

Earlier this week, Apple unveiled its new App Store subscription plan, and immediately caught flak from journalists, developers, and even some consumers. The policy requires that companies offering subscriptions through the app store offer the same service, at the same price they do elsewhere -- but Apple skims 30-percent off the top for itself. Of course, this could force some developers to choos...

Apple Awards $10K to Lucky Winner, Lucky Winner Hangs Up on the Call

On Saturday, iTunes VP Eddy Cue called a woman named Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, U.K., to congratulate her on winning Apple's 10 billionth app download sweepstakes, and to award her with a $10,000 prize. Davis, however, politely declined the offer, and hung up. "I thought it was a prank call," Davis told Cult of Mac. "I said, 'Thank you very much, I'm not interested' and I hung up." But one ...

Playboy Is Coming to the iPad, And It Won't Be Censored

Apple may have a strict and widely ridiculed policy on keeping "adult" material out of its App Store, but it's apparently willing to make an exception for Playboy. Yesterday, Playboy founder and world's greatest granddad Hugh Hefner cheerfully announced that his gentleman's magazine will soon be available on the iPad, in its entirety. "Big news! Playboy--both old & new--will be available on...

8th Grader's 'Bubble Ball' Unseats 'Angry Birds' on Apple's Top Free Apps List

Thanks to a tween, the avian reign on the iPhone is over. According to All Things Digital, a game created by a 14-year-old boy unseated 'Angry Birds Seasons' from its spot atop the App Store's Top Free Apps list. 'Bubble Ball,' which 8th-grader Robert Nay coded on his own, became the App Store's #1 free game late last week. Nay spent more than a month using Ansca Mobile's Corona SDK to write more...

Apple's Mac App Store Hacked, Rampant Piracy to Follow?

It's only been a day, and hackers have already figured out a way around the Apple App Store's DRM, opening the door for pirated apps. The trick is simple enough, and doesn't actually break Apple's DRM; it simply bypasses it. Some apps check for a receipt file that then authorizes the program to run. The problem is that many simply check if the receipt exists, and not if the receipt is specificall...

Mighty Eagle Now Available for 'Angry Birds' Players (With iDevices)

Christmas has come early for impatient 'Angry Birds' addicts, because the Mighty Eagle has just landed in the App Store. As expected, the new feathered projectile allows players to skip particularly frustrating levels in one fell swoop, and pick up extra achievements along the way. The catch, however, is that the eagle can only be used once every hour, and it's not free. The basic app update is f...

How To Turn Your iTunes Into a Work of (Album) Art

Since album art practically defines music (e.g., Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures,' Nirvana's 'Nevermind', even Britney Spears's 'Britney'), no collection is complete with covers in disarray. Artwork is a key component to any obsessively organized music library, and the latest version of iTunes makes it a breeze to sort and add art. While most downloads from the iTunes Store come with artwork, y...

'FanGo' App Lets You Avoid Waiting in Long Concession-Stand Lines

The worst part about attending a sporting event or concert is waiting in long lines for food and drink. Thanks to 'FanGo' -- a new iPhone app that allows fans to order food delivered to their seats -- fans won't have to miss a minute of the action. The app displays menu options and pricing for concession-stand items located throughout a venue. Just make your selection, enter your seat number and ...

'Color Identifier' iPhone App Helps Blind to 'See' Colors

In a post on his blog, Austin Seraphin describes how recently purchasing an iPhone and the 'Color Identifier' app allowed him to "see" a whole new world of colors. Seraphin, who is legally blind, sees objects in blurs, and doesn't recognize colors -- just sources of light. He was skeptical of the praise for the iPhone until another visually impaired friend bought one and confirmed what Seraphin h...

'Awareness!' App Allows Only Important Noises Into Your iPhone Headphones

If you live in the city, noise-canceling headphones are a must-have accessory. But the thing that makes them so great -- the ability to block out surrounding noise -- also makes them dangerous for navigating busy streets. The new 'Awareness!' app for iPhone plays external noises that are louder than a preset threshold via the headphones' microphone (or the iPhone's mic) while you listen to music,...