Rock Out with Instant Jam – the flash based Guitar Hero clone!

Remember Frets on Fire the open source Guitar Hero clone? Also, remember InstantAction? The embeddable gaming client? Well, put those two together, and you have Instant Jam! The embeddable and totally awesome rhythm game that lets you play to music from your own library.

Yes, you read that right from your own library. That is epicly awesome, thank you InstantJam.

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So what is so blatantly awesome about it, apart from it being a Guitar Hero clone lookalike that you can play on your own website? (As long as it supports iFrames, of course)

For starts, it marries social networking with half-decent gaming. (At least much better than Farmville or Mafia Wars). Secondly it allows you to use either your keyboard or a standard guitar controller. Also, it’s something like Grooveshark, with loads of songs being added daily for you to play.

Of course, it’s compatiblewith Facebook:-

Play along with your favorite songs from your own music library for free. Fully integrated with Facebook, Instant Jam combines the very best elements of rhythm gaming with social media: challenge friends, show off achievements, share in-game gifts and more.

Oh, you want to play it? Well, why didn’t you tell me? It’s right here!

Set your Frets on Fire!

This is not a game review. (Also, the title of this post is a wreck.) It’s more close to a game-recommendation than a review. If you like rock music, and you like playing the air-guitar, then you seriously need to download this awesome game this instant! Read on, if you still doubt me.

Frets on Fire is a free and open source guitar hero clone. Instead of the guitar controller, you use your keyboard as the guitar. The developers have executed this masterfully, as this early demo itself shows you:-

The game is cross-platform, with Windows, Mac and Linux versions accessible from the main page. Since the game is open source, it is highly moddable, with a developer-written modding guide and the ability to install a host of community-provided songs available from the wiki.

Still have doubts? See this modded version playing a sweet little song!

Make sure you play this on a desktop it’s not half as much fun on a laptop!

Download Frets on Fire!

WWDC 2010: Steve Jobs Keynote Highlights

So missed the Steve Jobs keynote at the WWDC 2010? Here are the main highlights of the Steve Jobs keynote.

iPhone 4

First and foremost, Jobs announced the new iPhone 4. The new iPhone 4 is definitely the smartphone to beat right now. The Retina Display, the stainless steel body, surely make the iPhone 4 a must have device. Here are the specifications and features of the iPhone 4, if you missed it earlier.

iBooks For The iPhone With New Features

The iBook application has now been released for the iPhone as well. Along with this, many new features have been added to the application as well. The application now has the ability to view and read PDF files. If a user purchases and downloads a book from the iBookstore, he can download the same book again on his other iBooks compatible iDevices for free.

Netflix, Guitar Hero And Farmville Applications For The iDevices

The long awaited Netflix application has been officially announced for the iPhone. The application uses adaptive video playback, and features seamless switching between Wi-Fi and 3G networks. The application will be launched sometime in summer, this year for free.

Netflix

Zynga also announced the Farmville application for the iPhone. The application features push notifications. The application has not been made in flash though. Sadly, the Farmville application was not announced for the iPad. Activision also released Guitar Hero for the iPhone and the iPad. The game is available effective immediately at the App Store for $2.99.

iMovies For The iPhone

The new iPhone 4G is capable of recording HD (720p) videos at 30fps. Thanks to the A4 chip inside, the phone is capable of editing these videos on the fly as well. To take editing videos on your phone to the next level, Apple has made iMovies specifically for the iPhone. The demo of the application sure looked impressive with super-smooth animations. iMovies is definitely the best video editing application ever available for a mobile platform. The application is available at the App Store for $4.99.

iOS 4

iOS4

Apple has renamed the iPhone OS4 to iOS4 now. The new iOS4 has more than 100 new features, and contains more than 1500 developer APIs. The iOS4 features a unified inbox, multitasking, Folders, enhanced camera application etcetera. The Golden master candidate of the iOS4 will be given to the developers today, and the final version will be out soon.

iAd

Steve Jobs also gave a demo of the iAd platform at the WWDC today. He said that he expects iAd to capture 48% of the mobile ad market in the U.S in terms of ad dollars. The iAd platform is targeted at developers for making money. The iAd platform already has support from some big companies like Nissan, AT&T, GE, Disney, Sears etcetera.

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