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Fruit Ninja Updated for Game Center, Banana Mode Coming Soon

The Fruit Ninja 1.4 update was released to the App Store today, adding multiplayer support for Game Center. Battle your friends and enemies in an all new network multiplayer mode that throws blue fruits and red fruits at your screen. Slice away at your blue fruit while avoiding your opponents red fruit. The regular rules of the game still apply in multiplayer mode, such as bonuses and combo fruits.

In addition, Halfbrick, the developer of Fruit Ninja, announced that a new secret Banana mode is nearing completion and when it’s release it will add new leaderboards and achievements.

If you have Fruit Ninja on your iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 4.1, you can download this update for free by going to the App Store (on your device) and clicking Updates.

You can learn more about Game Center multiplayer by checking out our Complete Guide to Game Center on iOS.

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Rotten Tomatoes Coming To A Facebook Near You

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In an idea that you knew probably had to happen sooner or later, it appears the social network everyone loves to hate (or hates to love?) is planning on integrating with Rotten Tomatoes.  You’ll now be able to see the reviews most relevant to you, search for friends, and the like, according to the Facebook Blog.

Once you’re logged into Facebook, Rotten Tomatoes will wind up becoming personalized upon your jumping to the site.  With instant personalization, you get to see your pals’ reviews right away, in addition to the movies that they’ve recently liked or wouldn’t mind seeing, as well as some recommended viewing based on the movies that you’ve liked or reviewed through the web.  You’ll now get to see reviews from both professional critics and your friends all in the same spot.

For those wondering about those rascally privacy issues, you only bring the public parts of your profile to Rotten Tomatoes so that they can set up the experience for you. 

If you’re interested in possibly learning more about what’s to come, check out the video here.

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Unreal Engine SDK Coming Soon to iOS, Android to Follow

As we previously mentioned, the Unreal Engine that powers many console-quality games, like Gears of War, was going to make the move into the hands of iPhone and iPad developers, allowing game developers to create graphically-rich games for iOS devices. But as Know Your Mobile reports today, the UDK (Unreal Development Kit) may make it’s way into the hands of iOS developers sooner than we though.

According to the blog, iOS is Unreal’s main focus right now, but they’ve also demoed the Unreal Engine on the Android platform, and said that the company would “eventually” release a version of the UDK for Android developers.

It is still unclear exactly when the UDK will be available for iOS developers, but it will no doubt mark a new era of mobile gaming when it is available.

The Unreal Engine on mobile devices means that developers for both mobile operating systems will be able to create beautiful, console-like applications for game play anywhere. Unreal recently unveiled the Unreal Engine on iOS devices by placing Epic Citadel on the App Store.

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Rumors Abound of FaceTime Coming to iChat, Mac and PC

Ahhh, you gotta love the French Mac news sites because they divulge rumors in such a lovely way. Hey, French is a beautiful language, non? Anyway, the rumors from Mac4Ever speculate that iLife ’11 will be announced this sunny summer, but that iDVD will not be a part of the package. Additionally, the site alleges that Apple is preparing to include FaceTime for both Mac and PC by making it a part of the iChat software.

But of course, these pieces of news are all rumors, and should be taken with the tiniest grain of sale. C’est la vie.

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GTA Pack Coming To The Mac

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You gotta love gaming news for the Mac.  There’s no doubting the popularity of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto Series.  Well apparently the company is planning to expand their hit series to the Mac according to their Facebook page.

The company had responded to a query on their page about Mac support for Grand Theft Auto and had this to say:

“Look for the long-awaited released of the classic Grand Theft Auto Trilogy (Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas) for Mac — most likely later this year,” Rockstar had been able to confirm.

The query also made the promise that a more formal announcement would be happening soon.  Stay tuned!

via Joystiq


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Apple Peel iPod Case Coming Soon to America

For those of you harboring a bit of buyer’s remorse having shelled out the money for an iPod touch, when the device you truly wanted was an iPhone, we’ve got some cold comfort for you today. A while back, we told you about a dandy case called the Apple Peel that provided 3G cell phone capabilities to the iPod touch. It was the stuff of fairy tales: a reasonably priced case that allowed iPod touch users to get their smartphone game on. We all looked at it, wondering how well it’d work. Would the Apple Peel fill our needs? Could those still clinging to their Motorola RAZR handsets finally enter the new decade? Only those with access to the Chinese black market could know for sure, as the case wasn’t readily available stateside.

Until now.

That’s right folks, according to a press release issued by GoSolar, the Apple Peel 520 will be hitting our shores in the very near future.

So, what does it do? Here’s the lowdown: The Apple Peel 520 is an enclosure for an iPod touch that hosts an additional battery, SIM card and all the fixings required for you to transform your lowly iPod touch into the fully functional smartphone stud you always knew it could be. By slapping an Apple Peel case on your iPod touch, you’ll gain access to close to five hours of talk time and close to 120 hours of stand by use. There’s no word on what the device will cost as of yet, but we can only imagine that it’ll be significantly less expensive than the sticker price of a new iPhone 4.

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Apple Touts iOS 4.2 Update Coming Soon to iPad

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We haven’t even gotten our hands on iOS 4.1 for the iPhone and iPod touch yet (that’s coming next week, supposedly September 8) and already Apple has posted a page trumpeting the iOS 4.2 update for the iPad due in November.

As announced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at Wednesday’s media event, iOS 4.2 will be released in November and is mostly cause for celebration for iPad users, since it will finally bring feature parity to that device as well as the iPhone and iPod touch. To keep users’ interest over the next 60 to 90 days, Apple has posted a “Coming Soon” page chatting up the “new features and innovations” that patient iPad owners will get when the calendar turns to November.

At the top of the list is multitasking, much the same as what iPhone and iPod touch users received with iOS 4 in June. “Run all your favorites apps — and switch between them instantly — without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily,” the coming soon page boasts. Another iOS 4 tent pole feature, Folders, will also come to the iPad with iOS 4.2.

New to iOS 4.2 and presumably also for the iPhone and iPod touch as well as the iPad is printing. “Print mail, photos, web pages and more directly to a printer on a wireless network,” Apple explains. There are already a long list of printer apps for iOS, but most of them require a computer to use, so it will be interesting to see exactly how Apple implements this system-wide.

As shown during the demo for the new Apple TV, AirPlay is another new feature for iOS 4.2 which will allow you to wirelessly stream videos, music and photos from your device to the diminutive black box, as well as streaming music to speakers or receivers, including the AirPort Express.

Rounding out the feature list is Game Center, a unified inbox and threaded e-mail for the Mail app, enhanced enterprise support, text search on Safari web pages, accessibility, keyboard and dictionary enhancements and you can bet, plenty of those awesome bug fixes.

Now we just have to wait until November…

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GTA: Chinatown Wars HD Coming to the iPad on September 9

It’s no secret–we’ve got a whole lotta love for Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars for the iPhone. So much so, that when we reviewed it back in January, we had no choice but to prop it up with a coveted Editor’s Choice Award. Playing the iPhone version of the game, it’s easy to lose track of time thanks to the GTA Chinatown Wars’ user-friendly controls, awesome cell shaded graphics and excellent missions and storyline. To put it bluntly, being a drug dealing scumbag has never been more fun.

Just imagine how excited we were to discover that all of the criminal shoot ’em up goodness we’ve come to adore on the iPhone version of the game is being embiggened and refined for consumption on the iPad! That’s right: RockStar Games has announced that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD will be available for for purchase from the iTunes App Store on September 9.

In addition to the extra screen real estate afforded to us by the iPad, we’ll also be able to enjoy updated high-definition graphics that have been designed to make your iPad-based crime spree that much sweeter. As with it’s handheld counterpart, GTA Chinatown Wars HD boasts 50 satisfying missions that allow you to follow the adventures of the game’s protagonist Huang Lee as he works his way through Liberty City’s criminal element looking to solve the murder of his father.

Needless to say, we’re stoked, and if the game’s iPad version is anywhere near as impressive as its iPhone counterpart, you should be too!

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