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Announcements

A couple of announcements from companies that have registered on the CHONG radar in the last couple of days:

  1. Apple
    • Copy & Paste text
    • Copy & Paste photos
    • New Spotlight – This will enable searching for anything in the phone, no matter where it sits
    • Search in Mail, Calendar, and iPod
    • 3G Tethering – Finally, and especially after the app was taken off the app store shortly after making an appearance
    • Landscape keyboard
    • Multimedia messaging AKA MMS. This may not actually make it to
      Australia, given that the visual voicemail feature never made it, I won’t be surprised if this feature won’t either.
    • Support for new calendar types – CalDAV (supported by Google and Yahoo) and .ics format (Apple iCal)
    • Improved stocks application
    • Stereo Bluetooth A2DP audio – An awesome addition, although battery life will need to greatly improve for this to be particularly useful and functional
    • Note synching with iTunes – I’m a big iPhone notes user, so this shall be very useful. It’ll be interesting to see how well it will integrate into iTunes
    • Automatic login in Safari
    • Shake to shuffle music
    • Wi-Fi auto-login
    • Anti-phising
    • Extended parental controls
    • NEW APPLE APPLICATIONS

    • Voice memo application – A great app addition, especially considering the 16GB iPhones with plenty of room to move. Voice memos will be a great time-saver, next thing will be some kind of dictation or conversion from voice to text.
    • Send and receive files
    • NEW THIRD PARTY APPLICATIONS FEATURES IN iPHONE OS 3.0

    • Peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connectivity
    • Browse remote content
    • Use your iPhone/touch to control peripherals
    • Maps inside other applications
    • Turn-by-turn directions – Finally, the ability for developers to put the GPS to the uses I believe they were intended for.
    • Push notification
    • Voice communication in applications
    • Rumbling
    • Audio recording – Another great feature that hopefully developers will utilise to it’s full potential
    • Access your music from applications

    They held an event to showcase their upcoming iPhone OS (Operating System) 3.0 on the 17th in America which was about 6-something this morning in Australia. It was long awaited and anticipated that copy and paste functionality would finally arrive, since being left off the iPhone since it’s launch almost 3 years ago…
    The list of features and amendments is quite impressive and will utilise some great functions of the iPhone which were slated for a long time ago:

  2. Marvel
    • Spiderman 4
    • Released on May 6, 2011.

    • Iron Man 2
    • Released on May 7, 2010.

    • Thor
    • Released on May 20, 2011.

    • The First Avenger: Captain Marvel
    • Released on July 22, 2011.

    • The Avengers
    • Released on May 4, 2012.

    There was a few announcements for upcoming movies and revised release dates:

    On top of that they’ve agreed with a company to make a number of Massively Multiplayer Online (MMOs) games featuring their superheros. This was slated for a couple of years ago, but fell through, and now they’re in the works again for both PC and consoles. I’m excited about this, and it will be an interesting time to come with rival studio DC Comics soon to launch their MMO with Sony Online Entertainment.

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Street Fighter IV

I managed to grab a collectors edition of the upcoming Street Fighter IV which is being released Friday 20th February on Tuesday care of JB Hi-Fi who were amongst a few (many!!) stores to break the street date.

Due to my epic birthday weekend combined with the glorious Saturday night weather, I managed to catch a summer cold and sore throat, nicely resulting in a Wednesday sick day…. Now I was anticipating to play on Tuesday night after the St Pauls AGM, however I made the wise decision to sleep instead….

Yesterday I spent a good 4 hours scattered throughout the day playing. It is a fun game, reminiscent of the old. I was using the standard PS3 gamepad, but I do need to look at and arcade stick as the pad, although sufficient to play with, doesn’t feel like Street Fighter, and has adverse effects on the thumb.

I played through the arcade mode with a couple of characters, unlocking color variations in costumes, characters and titles. I’ve also played a bit of the challenges, which are an interesting addition to the game. There’s 20 per challenge in a range of difficult and style of play, each with a bronze, silver and gold award at the end. The inclusion of these and an online ranking mode make for great replayability.