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Hi everyone!

As a Black Friday treat, we’re offering discounted prices on iOS versions of the Linkinus IRC client. For a few days only:
- Linkinus for iPhone is $0.99 instead of $2.99.
- Linkinus for iPad is $1.99 instead of $4.99.

On a related note, updates of these apps are being reviewed by Apple, and add full multitasking support as well as iOS 4.2 compatibility, as well as a few bug fixes. The updates should be up soon.

Get them while they’re hot on the App Store!

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Posted in by Nicolas

Presenting TapQuotes! October 15th, 2010

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I’d like to introduce everyone to the first game in our new Tap N’ Learn series, TapQuotes; hundreds of fun and insightful quotes right in your pocket.

What’s inside?

  • Learn Mode: Study quotes one by one. Shake or double-tap to display random quote.
  • Everything: Direct quote access by sorted and searchable list
  • Play: Random, timed quizzes to test your quote knowledge
  • History: Progress-based live-updating graphs
  • Game Center: Leaderboards and Achievements, match your wits against players from all around the world and unlock achievements to gain that extra boost you need to put you in the top spot!

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TapQuotes is compatible with iPhones, iPod touchs, and iPads running iPhone OS 3.0 or later, and supports Game Center on OS 4.1. Grab your FREE copy on the App Store today!

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Posted in by Nicholas

Hey folks!

Just wanted to let you all know that Linkinus for iPhone 1.1 and Linkinus for iPad 1.2.1 are now available in the App Store. This pair of updates fix several user-reported issues and are highly recommended for all users.

What’s New?

  • Support for /ignore and /unignore
  • Font size and other style preferences now take effect immediately
  • Fixed a bug where certain visual settings weren’t applied properly
  • Fixed a bug where input bar may be hidden below keyboard under certain circumstances
  • New Style: I Are Sea!
  • Updated Styles: Better link detection, removed flash embeds, resolved several minor UI glitches in Control, Circus, Midnight, and Whisper.

Linkinus is the most powerful and flexible internet relay chat (IRC) software for iOS there is, yet it’s easy to use and newcomers will instantly know how to use it thanks to its elegant design and over 330 built-in networks. You can purchase both Linkinus for iPhone and Linkinus for iPad on the App Store.

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Posted in by Nicholas

Hey everyone, it is with great pleasure that I announce the immediate availablility of Linkinus for iPhone! Now, you can enjoy the most powerful and flexible internet relay chat (IRC) software on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Mac.

Linkinus for iPhone provides many great iOS features, including:

  • (new!) Multitasking: stay connected in the background for up to 10 minutes at a time. You’ll receive a notification when your about to be disconnected so you can jump back in if you’d like to remain online
  • (new!) New Styles! Control, Circus, Midnight, and Whisper!
  • (new!) Media Embedding: Just like the desktop! Get inline images, audio, and some HTML5 video. (More embedding options coming soon!)
  • (new!) Configurable style options including font size, emoticons, timestamps, nick coloring, and more!
  • (new!) Adjustable scrollback buffer
  • (new!) Sort user list alphabetically or by privileges
  • (new!) Redirect CTCP requests or notices to console, current window, or separate window
  • (new!) Auto-correction (toggle on or off to your liking)

Aside from these great new iOS features, it shares many great features found in the Mac and iPad versions, including:

  • Network selector helps you pick servers from the most popular chat networks
  • Connect to an unlimited number of networks and channels
  • Highlights: IRC can be overwhelming, but with Linkinus you’ll never miss an important message. When someone mentions your nickname, that line will be highlighted so you don’t miss it.
  • Identities: it’s you, on IRC. Save your preferred and alternate nicknames in a reusable fashion. And if you provide password credentials, Linkinus will automatically authenticate to NickServ, NickOP, Q, X, G, SrvAuth and AuthServ.
  • Displays IRC colors
  • Autoconnect/autojoin features
  • All standard IRC commands supported from the input field, such as: /me, /all, /away, /ban, /bankick, /clear, /nick, /join, /query, /notice, /quit, /part, /topic, /server, …)
  • Blowfish support in channels & queries (/setkey sets the key, /delkey removes it, /key shows it). Automatic key exchange is also support via /keyx
  • Channel op commands (/op, /deop, /voice, /devoice, /halfop, /dehalfop, …)
  • OPER commands (/oper, /kill, /gline, …)
  • Exploding emoticons (tap to cause them to explode)

Linkinus for iPhone costs $2.99 and is available now in the App Store.

PS: A note to our iPad users: These great new features will be available in Linkinus for iPad 1.2, submitted to Apple and waiting for approval.

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Posted in by Nicholas

So yesterday Apple introduced the iPhone 4 at their annual developer’s conference, WWDC. Details of the phone have not beensecret, but Apple did have a few hidden gems.

  • The back case of the phone is made out of aluminosilicate glass, which is the same type of glass used in the windshields of helicopters and high-speed trains and is comparable in hardness to a Sapphire crystal. Based on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, sapphire is rated at a nine (9); bested only by the diamond at ten (10). This should be very resistant to scratches while providing both signal accessibility and an extreme sense of build quality. One of my major gripes of the 3G(s) iPhones were that they do not pass the creak test, they flex and scratch extremely easily.
  • FaceTime: no-setup video chatting while on WiFi. The concept is very simple, if two people have the iPhone 4, they can simply call each other’s cellphone number and press the FaceTime button to convert the call to a video chat. There is no setup required other than the fact that you have iPhone 4 on both ends. Until now, voice chat has yet to really catch on. Requiring a WiFi connection is an unfortunate side effect of slow network providers, however I am looking forward to testing it’s viability over 3G with the My3G application (available in Cydia, removes the WiFi restriction for applications).
  • Three-axis gyroscope. This is great news for iPhone gamers. Sony’s PS3 console has similar technology in their Sixaxis controllers, providing six-axis motion sensing . I’ve used it in a few games and it is pretty cool; very Wii-like. As Apple states on their website:

    When paired with the accelerometer, it makes iPhone 4 capable of advanced motion sensing such as user acceleration, angular velocity, and rotation rate. Translation: More motion gestures and greater precision for an even better gaming experience.

  • The addition of a second microphone on the top of the phone for noise cancelation is a welcome one. The Nexus One from Google features the same configuration and it does help out a ton.
  • HD Video Recording and iMovie for iPhone. I can’t say I expected this one. Being able to shoot, edit, and publish 720p HD video directly from your phone is a really compelling feature for a device that you carry with you virtually everywhere.

Overall, I’m very impressed with the offering Apple unleash on June 24th (you can pre-order on June 15th, and I suggest that you do if you are interested in picking one up). I think that the new additions in hardware and the new features in iOS 4 further push Apple ahead of the competition.

Note: This is a repost from my personal blog.

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Posted in by Nicholas