Remains of the Day: iCloud, therefore I am
Apple’s rumored cloud service may have a moniker, two controversial iOS games battle with the App Store, and the white iPhone may actually not be identical to its black counterpart. The remainders for Thursday, April 28, 2011 are just a hop, skip, and a jump away.
Apple May Have Snapped Up iCloud.com (GigaOm)
Sure, we’ve heard plenty of rumors about what an Apple cloud service might entail, but what are they going to call the thing? Well, according to Om Malik, Cupertino’s purchased the iCloud.com domain name from Swedish owners Xcerion. iCloud, huh? Gee, Apple, how original. I’m sure it’ll work great with my iComputer while I’m sitting at my iDesk doing some iWork—oh, crap, that one’s real, isn’t it?
I know what you’re thinking: Apple rejecting an iOS game that involved smuggling illegal immigrants over the border? Shocking. Still, you have to give Owlchemy Labs credit for quickly rebranding and changing the art in their Smuggle Truck game. Now it’s a game in which you smuggle adorable stuffed animals from the wilderness into a zoo. The name? Snuggle Truck. Now I’m going to mentally do the same thing whenever I have to listen to politicians debating the issue.
Get your fake Mario iPhone game before Apple pulls it (Electricpig)
For every game that gets rejected, some spurious title somehow makes it through. Monino is a rip-off of Nintendo’s classic Super Mario franchise—and a shoddy one at that, with pilfered artwork and clumsy animation. And yet, it somehow snuck by an App Store reviewer? Fortunately, the app was pulled after the plumber’s local 439 had a fit.
iPhone 4 is thicker in white (Ryan Cash)
Just when you thought it was safe to stop talking about the white iPhone 4. According Marketcircle’s Ryan Cash, the ivory version of Apple’s phone might be just a smidge thicker than the ebony version, to the point where some cases won’t work. Now we need different cases for the white Verizon iPhone, the white AT&T iPhone, the black Verizon iPhone, and the black AT&T iPhone? So this is what they meant by platform fragmentation.
Discover Mobile 2.0 for iPhone - Discover has updated its mobile finance app to version 2.0, adding a new money messenger feature that allows users to send cash to almost anybody via their Discover card. Free.
News360 for iPad 1.3 - The 1.3 update to the news app for the iPad adds support for video segments compiled from news sources, an improved 360 view, better layout view in landscape, and the ability to quickly add links to story articles when tweeting. Free.
PayPal 3.3 for iPhone - With version 3.3, PayPal's financial app for iPhone now lets you sign up and manage your PayPal Local listing from inside the app, adds intelligent search for help, and fixes some bugs. Free.