With stellar followups like Angry Birds Space, developer Rovio has once again proven that its bird-flinging saga has every reason to deserve its status as the unofficial poster child of mobile gaming, and for the next week, you can download it for free for both the iPhone and the iPad. Considering that it reached 10 million downloads in the first three days after its release last year, there’s a good chance you already have it.
Angry Birds Space follows the eponymous birds into space, where they now have to contend with the gravitational pull of planets rather than boring ol’ earth gravity as they did in the first release. We reviewed it last year, and while we found that it takes awhile to get moving, the second half presents quite a challenge, as do the new boss fights scattered throughout the playthrough. Since then, Angry Birds Space has witnessed several updates that helped to remedy our initial concerns, and now it ranks as the most downloaded app of all time.
The timing couldn’t have been better. Earlier this year famed guitarist Slash teamed up with Rovio to create a rocking new theme song for Angry Birds Space, which now comes with all versions of the game. With the latest update, there’s also an honorary Angry Bird modeled after Slash in the game itself. Slash had previously announced his love for the game in a tweet from 2010, which allegedly served as the basis for the collaboration.
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Tomorrow AppyFridays will offer three usually paid apps for free as a part of their April Awesomeness promotion, with this weekend’s selection covering search engine customization, unit conversion, and photo editing. This marks the last weekend of their free app promotion for April, but AppyFridays also announced that we’ll see more great deals in May.
Bundles like this are a regular sight on AppyFridays, where the apps themselves run the gamut from simple photo enhancers to useful (and often pricey) video and audio editors. This weekend, you can grab Phlo, Converto, and FX Photo Studio HD for the low, low price of free.
Of course, if you visit the actual App Store, you’ll see that FX Photo Studio HD is already free in celebration of the app’s 1 millionth download for the iPhone. Eventually the highly rated app will revert to its standard price of .99, but we’re told that visitors to AppyFriday will continue to find the highly rated photo editor for free every weekend.
One of the other offerings is Phlo, a relatively under-the-radar app for the Mac that allows you to search multiple search engines at once via a hotkey command. Normally priced at .99, Phlo comes with support for popular engines such as Google, Amazon, Twitter, and Facebook, but its robust customization options allows you to include a wide range of other engines such as IMDb.
Rounding off the bundle is Converto for the Mac, which lives up to its name by allowing you to convert almost any unit of measurement into another. It’s the little details that make this .99 app a mandatory download, such as live updating for currency conversions and the option to keep it over all your other onscreen apps.
The apps will be available on AppyFridays starting tomorrow, and they’ll remain free until April 28.
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A Chinese website has found a loophole with Apple’s enterprise licensing tools which allows pirated apps to be side loaded onto a user’s device, skipping the jailbreak process entirely.
The Verge reported Friday that Chinese website 7659.com is taking advantage of Apple’s bulk enterprise licensing software to illegally distribute free versions of paid App Store titles.
The process uses a developer provisioning profile, which then allows the device owner to side load a pirated app onto their iOS hardware, completely bypassing the App Store — along with any payment to the developer and Apple.
While the website blocks IP addresses from outside China, Venture Beat managed to use a proxy server to gain access, where they discovered a host of paid App Store titles available absolutely free.
More shockingly, the company who runs the website actually defends their piracy by claiming 7659 is a better way to “effectively manage” apps than iTunes, and far safer than jailbreaking.
“Our goal has always been about bringing Chinese Apple users with quick, convenient and pleasant IOS experience,” the online statement reads. “Since the introduce of Kuaiyong, the proportion of jailbreak in China has declined dramatically from 60 percent to around 30 percent. Kuaiyong will hold on to this goal in the future and we would like to see more support for Apple as well as Kuaiyong.”
Good luck with that, guys — it shouldn’t take Apple long to find and shut down the provisioning profile used to make 7659.com possible, but for now the company remains mum on the situation.
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