Hit for the fences with these games for your smartphone

As we settle in to another exciting baseball season this spring, what could be a better time waster on your smartphone than a good baseball game? I usually write about iOS apps in my weekly collection, but this week all the games I selected have both iOS and Android versions, so everyone can get in on the fun.

This week's collection of apps for both iOS and Android are all about baseball. The first two will appeal to all baseball fans, but are more the quick pick-up-and-play arcade game variety. The second two games are more involved, with a complete baseball experience where you can play full nine-inning games and progress through a season.… Read more

Cook with the pros and play ball as one: iPhone apps of the week

The big Apple iPhone news this week involved a new app approved in the iTunes App Store called Skyfire Web Browser (link will open iTunes). This new Web browser's claim to fame is that it can display Flash content by using an interesting workaround. The browser sends Flash content to its own server, converts it to HTML5, then streams the content back to your iPhone. Jessica Dolcourt wrote about Skyfire's shaky launch here.

Apparently, within 5 hours, Skyfire's servers were overloaded (imagine that!) as people swarmed to a new way to view Flash on the iPhone. To be honest, I haven't run into many problems with not having Flash, but I definitely hope that Apple and Adobe or someone can come to an agreement so any smartphone user can get ALL the Web content available.

As of right now, Skyfire is still available at the iTunes App Store, but I have to wonder how it could not know there would be an onslaught of traffic and prepare accordingly. It also makes me wonder if it's really worth the trouble.

What do you think? Are you content waiting for developers to convert everything to HTML5 (if that's even possible)? Should Apple just throw caution to the wind and make it so Flash works (and open the platform to those alleged dangers)? Let me know in the comments!

This week, get cooking with chefs from the Food Network and play a fun arcade baseball game.… Read more

EA touts Madden social 'experience' on Facebook

Electronic Arts has launched Madden NFL Superstars, which lets players create a fantasy football team and compete with others on Facebook.

The game, developed by EA Sports and EA-owned Playfish, features 1,500 current players from all 32 NFL teams.

I checked out the game this morning. When I first loaded it up, I was given 10,000 points to buy less-capable real-life players. Upon doing so, they were added to my team, which allowed me to play with others.

Aside from playing games, I was also able to "practice" with my players to improve their abilities. It … Read more

World Cup Soccer collection for iPhone

The World Cup is now down to the final eight. In the U.S., where soccer mostly flies under the radar, the success of the USA team brought out a huge number of fans, many of whom probably now have a new appreciation for soccer. With the U.S. out of the running, and only eight teams left, it will be sad to see the most popular tournament in the world come to an end.

Fortunately, you can continue the fun on your iPhone with the right iPhone soccer game. I've rounded up the best soccer games at the iTunes App StoreRead more

Become the superstar of soccer

Soccer Superstars is a unique and fun soccer game for iPhone with cartoony, anime-style graphics, RPG elements that let you level-up special players, and challenging gameplay. Unlike most 3D soccer variants you find in the iTunes App Store, Soccer Superstars has a much more arcadelike feel. At the beginning of every match, you're able to choose a special character who plays as a striker with super moves for scoring goals. This arcade style is particularly apparent in the My League mode, which lets you play as your own special player you can level-up and comes complete with special moves … Read more

Batter up!

Though it's not licensed by Major League Baseball, Baseball Superstars manages to be a fun, arcade type of baseball game--even without the big-name players. With cartoon-like graphics, you can play a single game, a 32-game season, or a Home run derby. There is a mission-based mode, and a My League mode, in which you can level-up a pitcher or a batter over the course of a season. There are 10 teams to choose from each with varying strengths and weaknesses. Both batting and pitching takes some practice (especially with the wide variety of pitches available), but the game is … Read more

Retro image effects and mobile baseball: iPhone apps of the week

The big news in iPhone software this week is Silicon Valley start-up Booyah announced yesterday they had raised $4.5 million in Series A funding from Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, & Byers (KPCB) iFund for a new mystery iPhone product. The "iFund" is a $100 million venture capital fund that was set up specifically to fund exceptional iPhone software development.

So, how did this obscure start-up secure this kind of iFunding? Booyah was started by Keith Lee, Brian Morrisroe, and Sam Christiansen who had worked previously at Blizzard Entertainment, Activision, and Insomniac Games, respectively. This group of industry heavyweights … Read more

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