>The Strikester Asks…. Rovio

12 03 2011

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The Strikester Asks...

To coincide with the Angry Birds Seasons St. Patrick’s Day update, Go Green, Get Lucky, I shot through an email to Rovio with a few questions about Angry Birds. I was atonished as to get an answer within seven hours. Thankyou to Oona Hilkamo for answering these questions.

 Q. How did you come up with Angry Birds?
A. The idea for the game originally came from Jaakko Iisalo, who created the characters.

Q. Did you think that Angry Birds was going to be as successful as it is today when you first created it?

A. We knew there was something special about the characters, but did not expect this big a success.

Q. How did you react when the game got all the attention that it did?

A. We were of course surprised and very happy, and had to hire a lot more employees as the game became a huge hit 🙂
So there you go. Do you have any questions for them? If so, send them an email here
NB. I did ask a few more questions, however, I have yet to recieve an answer. When I do, I will post them here.




>Angry Birds Seasons Goes Green for St. Patrick’s Day

11 03 2011

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St. Patrick’s Day falls in only six days time (March 17), so Rovio have gone creative with Angry Birds Seasons, with a free update – a section called Go Green, Get Lucky.

But what does the upgrade contain? If you’ve been wanting more levels, Rovio has delivered. There are 15 new ones, in fact, all with St. Patrick’s Day themes. It looks great.
It’s already out for iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad and Google Android users. Those with Symbian^3 and Palm systems will have to wait a little while.
Coming Soon: We ask Rovio about the success of Angry Birds.




>Gallery: iOS 4.3

10 03 2011

>As announced on this post, Apple released iOS 4.3 to the public today. So what better way than to compare major changes than through images?




Home Screen – iOS 4.2
Home Screen – iOS 4.3*

* I changed the background myself, not the iPod

Settings (1) – iOS 4.2
Settings (1) – iOS 4.3

Settings (2) – iOS 4.2
Settings (2) – iOS 4.3




Settings (3) – iOS 4.2

 

Settings (3) – iOS 4.3

The main visual changes are the FaceTime logo, and the location services section has moved to the top-four under settings.

So that’s iOS 4.3. What do you want in iOS 5? Let us know below, or by using our chat app on the sidebar





>iOS 4.3 Released To The Public

10 03 2011

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Apple has released version 4.3 of it’s iOS operating system to the general public.

This update is available after an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch is connected to iTunes.
But what is new in iOS 4.3?
  • Personal HotSpot

– Share iPhone 4 cellular data connection with up to 5
devices (combination of up to 3 Wi-Fi, 3 Bluetooth,
and 1 USB, available on Verizon and AT&T in the US)

  • iTunes Home Sharing

– Play music, movies and TV shows from a shared iTunes
library on a Mac or PC (requires iTunes 10.2)

  • New AirPlay features

– Play videos from the Photos app including the Camera
Roll album, iTunes previews, enabled third-party apps
and websites on Apple TV

– Play slideshows from Photos on Apple TV using
transitions available on Apple TV

  •  Apple Nitro JavaScript Engine
– For improved Safari performance
  • HD Video Output with the Apple Digital AV Adapter

– View 720p HD videos from Videos app, iPod app,
Photos, YouTube, Safari, Keynote, and enabled
third-party apps on an HDMI display

  • Ping Features

– Push notifications for comments and follow requests

– Post and Like songs directly from the Now Playing
screen

– Parental controls

  • New Settings

– Messages setting for number of times to repeat an
alert

– iPad side switch setting to lock screen rotation or mute
audio notifications and sound effects

  • Conference Calling

– Single tap conference call dialing with a pause to send
a passcode

  • Bug Fixes

Our exclusive visual gallery is available here





>GDC 2011: The Wrap-Up

7 03 2011

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The 25th Game Developers Conference (GDC, for short) wrapped up on Friday. If you are not familiar with the event, the website describes it as “the world’s largest professionals-only game industry event”.

Anyway, lots of new gaming & tech related news came out of the conference, and so we have made a list of all the big going-ons at the conference.

Nintendo unveiled some details about a new Mario game for the 3DS. The logo seems to have a tail, resembling that Racoon Mario or Tanooki Mario may return. They also showed four screenshots, with the levels being similar to Super Mario Galaxy 2, and some like Super Mario Bros. 3. We’ll have to wait until E3 in June for more….

Electronic Arts released this Battlefield 3 trailer. It looks EPIC
Activision & Bungie have confirmed that they are working on a MMO, which, for once is not fighting related…

But the best news was Apple with the iPad 2. OMG, it has a camera! All that we know is available here.

What did you think of the GDC news? Have your say down the bottom!




>What We Know About The iPad 2 So Far

6 03 2011

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Only last week Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad 2, the successor to the iPad. It will be released on Friday (March 11) in the United States, while it should be released in Australia on March 25.

But what do we know about this iPad successor?

• 33% lighter than the original
• Front & Rear cameras, with 720p HD video recording and FaceTime
• Built-in gyroscope
• 1 GHz Apple A5 processor
• Nine-times better graphics
• 16GB, 32GB & 64GB models – choice of WiFi or WiFi + 3G
• 30-pin connection adapter for 1080p HD video output
• New Smart Cover
That’s all we know at the moment. What do you think? Will you buy one?
Note: This post was created on my iPod Touch, as my PC is in a bad state at the moment.





>Welcome to GT | Gaming & Tech

5 03 2011

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GT is a new blog from the Aussie GAM3R team, focusing on the latest tech and gaming news.

Want the latest 3DS news? It’s on GT. Details on the iPad 2? It’ll be on GT.

Remeber, GT is Gaming & Tech!