SWAT Stories August 1, 2012

Apps & updates: Readdle 5th anniversary sale, Amazon Mobile, Dead Trigger, HopStop, more

Today’s list of apps and updates hitting the App Stores kicks off with a huge sale on Readdle apps to celebrate the publisher’s fifth anniversary. As always, we will update the list when more apps hit the store.

Readdle 5th anniversary sale: Readdle, a premier productivity application developer for iOS, has begun a major sale for its suite of popular productivity App Store software. The company is doing this sale in celebration of its fifth-year anniversary as a company. The sale begins today and will run for the next 48 hours. The folks at Readdle created a new web page that describes their work and success so far. It is an interesting read for both other app developers and app users. Here are the discounts:

Scanner Pro: $6.99 to $1.99

PDF Expert: $9.99 to $4.99

Remarks: $6.99 to $0.99

Calendars: $6.99 to $1.99

ReaddleDocs: $6.99 to $0.99

PrinterPro: $6.99 to $1.99

PDF Converter: $6.99 to $1.99

Shakespeare Pro: $9.99 to $1.99

Amazon Mobile version 2.0.0: Amazon’s universal mobile app for shopping through Amazon.com received a notable update that includes the ability to utilize the “Subscribe & Save” option at checkout to get 5 percent to 15 percent off purchases. You can also now shop by department.

HopStop version 2.0: The popular iPhone app that provides subway and bus directions and transit maps for NYC, Boston, Chicago, San Fran (and elsewhere) was just updated with an all-new design that includes interactive route overview maps and built-in compass functionality, “station-to-station schedule search,” and much more.

Dead Trigger version 1.1.2: Madfinger’s latest title has been getting a ton of praise from game reviewers lately, and it received a huge update today that brings tons of new weapons, upgrades, gadgets, zombies, and environments. A full list of new features and fixes is below:

New weapons: Chain Saw, Lewis Machine Gun, Marine Engine with blades and American West Rifle

*New gadget: Head-Flator X100 to inflate the heads of zombies to XXXL size!

*New zombies: mutated mobsters or armoured SWAT members

*New environments: underground car park or secret research base

*Survival arena, that is tailor-made for massacre of hordes of zombies

*Daily rewards

*Casino: try your luck with a slot machine

*Save game data with cloud backup

☣ Bug Fixing

* Revive Kit (cooldown, number of usage during mission)

* Crash in Menu when too many missions were “available”

* Booster “Ammo Supply” did not working properly

⋆ Crash in GameCenter code

⋆ Various fixes in missions and graphics

☣ Tweaks

* Enemy AI

* Aiming on crawling enemies when enabled iron-sight

* New Hope accessible after first mission

* Shop ( items with zero owned pieces, etc. )

* Damages caused by mines, deactivated turret, cutters, exploding barrels that did not injure enemies on higher ranks

☣ Weapons, Gadgets, Upgrades

* Decrease price of various items

* Decrease required ranks

* Damage tweaks, etc

SWAT Stories January 12, 2012

Breaking out of Beijing right now: The flagship Apple Store cancelled selling the iPhone 4S after a fight broke out between scalpers (via Mic Gadget). Beijing’s SWAT team is on the scene right now to help tame the rowdy lines. Bloomberg said the angry crowd eager to get the iPhone 4S is pelting the store with eggs.

The Store was set to open at 7 a.m. local time to begin selling the iPhone 4S on China’s second largest carrier China Unicom. We showed you the large lines earlier today as customers gathered. What most people do not know, however, is that the majority of the people in line are scalpers looking sell the devices on the street. Scalpers reportedly started the fight in Beijing, according to MIC Gadget:

There are over thousands of people at the scene and seems like 99% of them are scalpers, according to local media reports. And according to our tipster, the scalpers are well organized, and they are divided into hundreds of teams, just like military forces. Each team includes 10-20 scalpers. Some of them even threw eggs at the glass door of the Apple store, while others threatened to assault the police.

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