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Elasticr iPhone App Giveaway

Hey guys, so we have a new giveaway for you all. This time it’s an iPhone application called Elasticr. It’s a really fun game and it’s a lot more addicting than it looks and we can give away 5 promo codes for the app.

To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is follow me on Twitter, @connerowen, and then in one week from now (August 15, 2010) I will send the winners a Direct Message with the promo code. In order for me to send a Direct Message, you have to be following me.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave a comment or email be at conner@techgeec.com.

[OVER] Defend Your Universe App Giveaway

UPDATE: We now have more promo codes to giveaway! We still have the three promo codes for the iPhone/iPod touch version and we now have an additional 23 promo codes for the iPad version!

TheiPhoneFix, developer of the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad game, Defend Your Universe, was kind enough to provide TechGeec with three (3) promo codes to get his application, Defend Your Universe, for free. This giveaway will only be open for one week. After that, the developer will release a new update for the application which will provide better graphics. We will have more promo codes to give away once the update is released as these three promo codes that we currently have can only be used to redeem the current version of the app.

Defend Your Universe Description: Earth’s in trouble, what will you do? do you have the skills to keep it from falling into the hands of aliens????? In Defend Your Universe your job is to destroy enemy ships that are headed towards Earth, or at least for as long as you can. But, you also have defenses, as time goes by you will build up shields to protect you against aliens

All you have to do in this game is tap the ship to destroy it, or as time goes by, you may find swiping works just as well, what ever your method see how long you can last while trying to defend your planet in Defend Your Universe.

How to Enter the Giveaway:

1. Leave a comment on this post. Your comment must begin with “#DYU” and then you may write your comment.

Ex.: “#DYU I want to win!”

2. Your comment MUST contain either your YouTube account name or your Twitter username. This is so that if you win, we have a way to contact you. If you’re leaving your YouTube account name, becign it with “YT: “, if it’s your Twitter username, begin it with “@”.

Ex.: “#DYU I want to win! @TechGeec”
“#DYU I want to win! YT: iPT2gGeec”

That’s it! That’s all you have to do to enter the giveaway – just leave a comment. In one week, on August 5, 2010, we’ll announce the winner here on TechGeec in a new post. The three winners will be listed there and we will contact the winners and give them a promo code for Defend Your Universe.

Doodle Kart App Review

                                        Name: Doodle Kart
Category: Games
Homepage: Jerry Lee
Version: 1.0
Size: 46.4 MB
Price: $0.99

Doodle games, with graphics that appear to have been hand drawn, are hot. Lima Sky’s Doodle Jump, for example, is currently sitting in third place in the best-selling apps column.

Among the latest of these games is  Doodle Kart from j2sighte, a novel top-down racing game that pits cleverly crafted racers against each other on a graph paper background. j2sighte says Doodle Kart was inspired  by Sauce Digital’s Nano Rally, a similar game also with hand-drawn graphics.

There are five stages with 25 unique tracks in all, providing for hours of track time.  To begin , you’ll choose between single race and championship modes. In single mode, you have the option of going solo or playing against a CPU opponent.
In Championship mode, you have the option of taking it easy, normal, hard or nightmare.

After choosing one of three cars, you can select settings for speed, acceleration, handling, weight and items, actually weapons, such as pencils and rockets and other power ups. You control the car using a gas and brake pedals in the lower right corner.

You have two options for steering your car: touch and tilt. Touch is accomplished using right/left arrows. If you opt for Doodle Kart’s tilt control  you’ll find there are three settings (low, medium and high). I found maneuvering the course using tilt control to be difficult, so I decided to stick with the right/left arrow touch controls.

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I initially found the car difficult to control, even on it’s lowest settings. It took a few hours of playing before I started to feel comfortable. I finally settled on setting my speed and acceleration to about the halfway mark and handling cranked all the way up. You’ll want to experiment with these settings because they make quite a bit of difference.

Doodle Kart features a number of other options. There’s the usual music and soundtrack on/off switches,  portrait or landscape mode, tilt control on/off and item or weapon.

This app also has leader boards, forums, chat and other functions derived from the increasingly popular OpenFeint social networking platform.

Losses from Pirated iPhone Apps Surface

Due to the work of Haklabs back in July of 2008 (when they successfully cracked Sega’s Super Monkeyball), cracked apps have been popping up everywhere from online file sharing sites, to sites that are designed for people to download cracked apps, and mainly, Appulo.us, by far the largest website which offers the ability to download thousands of cracked apps from your computer or from a native application on your iPhone/iPod Touch. We know that cracked apps have become incredibly popular but hardly any of us actually stop and think how it’s affecting the developers… in a big way. Apple doesn’t seem to care so much to these numbers however.

Quote (via The Big Money)

The financial blog 24/7 Wall Street had a detailed post calculating the amount that Apple (AAPL) and developers of paid apps are losing when copies of their wares are downloaded to jailbroken, or unlocked, iPhones. On some pirate hubs, you can download nearly 1,000 iPhone apps in a single click. Their conclusion? For every paid app downloaded in the App Store, three are distributed for free through means that Apple hasn’t authorized. Why isn’t Apple protesting? For one thing, $140 million is less than 2 percent of the $7.8 billion revenue Apple is expected to see this fiscal year. 24/7 also notes that Apple didn’t make a huge fuss over music piracy either, given that it was making more revenue from iPods and iPhones, including those that were playing pirated songs.

This problem seems unlikely to cease unless Apple gets involved and if they don’t, the developers likely will. Other sources report that Apple has lost upwards of $140 million from pirated apps which is believably significant considering Apple has only made five times that off of the AppStore.

As for the losses that the developers are facing – it’s around $310 million.


Developers Neptune Interactive Inc and Smells Like Donkey Inc have reported piracy rates has high as 90% for their game $1.99 Tap-Fu, and claim that it was available in a pirated version within 40 minutes of its release on the App Store.