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TidBITS#948/06-Oct-08

Although it doesn’t directly impact customers right now, this week’s big news was Apple lifting its overly restrictive iPhone non-disclosure agreement; iPhone software developers can now communicate with one another freely (and technical books in the pipeline can finally be published), which should result in better applications in the future. In other news, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) makes an unexpected return to the Mac, Easy Wi-Fi simplifies hotspot access on the iPhone or iPod touch, and a French newspaper article claims that older Mac Pros could be poisoning owners. Joe Kissell starts writing a review of iPhone games and realizes that the task isn’t so simple, and Adam revels in the font of typographical goodness that is Bravefont. We’re also extremely excited to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Take Control with a big half-off sale! In the TidBITS Watchlist, we cover the releases of Apple TV 2.2, Firefox PDF Plugin for Mac OS X 0.9.9, iTunes 8.0.1, SousChef 1.0, OmniWeb 5.8, Quark Publishing System 8, Drive Genius 2.1, and You Control: Desktops 1.3.

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The iPhone Game Review Conundrum

When Joe Kissell set out to review three casual games for the iPhone/iPod touch, he thought he found a great way to justify wasting hours of time. But there was a hidden gotcha: making meaningful recommendations given the huge number of competitors (41 different Sudoku apps - ouch!).