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Yoda Bong Origami App

Yoda Bong Origami

The instructional app for how to fold your favorite Star Wars action figures, with bongs, out of paper.

We reviewed this a year ago when the app designers initially tried to release it for iPhone and iPod Touch. But the instructions were pretty hard to follow, given all the zooming in and out.

But this time around we’re looking at it on a preview version of the iPad. Both of us are agreed. Yoda Bong Origami is fantastic on a large screen. Almost feels made for this device. Really crisp. Instructions are easy to follow and the two we folded up – “Darth Bong” and “Queen Padmé of Nabong” – look pretty sweet. Unfortunately, you wont get the chance to fold your own because the app didn’t make it past App Store censors. Again…

Apparently you need permission from Lucasfilm, Fox Home Entertainment and a smarmy guy named “Stuart” at the Jim Henson Company before releasing an iPhone or iPad app using the Star Wars brand. That must not have seemed obvious to the designers until a 19-page cease-and-desist order arrived. Even the Yoda Bong Marketers Association threw its rasta hat into the ring.

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Why Was This App Banned? legal entanglements
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Ground Control To Space Station x10 App

Ground Control To Space Station X10

Take your protein pills and put your helmet on!

Experience the thrill of controlling the International Space Station (ISS) from your handheld. Anywhere, anytime. Ground Control To Space Station X10 is an open source X10 app enabling you to control the lights, the in-wall speakers and even the full electrical system onboard the ISS.

It’s 2009 baby, and in-orbit cameras and microphones are rigged-up throughout the work and living quarters so you can watch as you let your impish impulses take over the coffee grinder or random power tools 350 kilometers away. All communications are on a nearly-live stream (only an eleven-second delay). The longer you stay online, the more control you’re given. Initially you can only dim lights. As you outlast competition and demonstrate mastery of each level’s play, you eventually gain access to the Space Station’s guidance and navigation systems. Safe for children 12 and up.

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Why Was This App Banned? Apple's beta testing appeared to cause electrical and plumbing problems with the auto-flushing toilets
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Star Wars Pets App

Star Wars Pets

Photo sharing and online slideshow app for dogs who look like Wookiees, cats who resemble Princess Leia and pet turtles who could pass as stunt doubles for the emerging head of a giant exogorth. — “This is no cave!”

Apple censors may have been uncomfortable with an occasional and fleeting reference to a certain movie franchise.

George Lucas, we love you but do you really have to go after the pets of your biggest fans?!?

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Why Was This App Banned? unlicensed use of characters and likenesses protected by Lucas Arts
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Yoda Bong Origami

The instructional app for how to fold your favorite Star Wars action figures, with bongs, out of paper…

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Why Was This App Banned? legal entanglements
This app released on | Also tagged , , , ,

Ground Control To Space Station X10

Experience the thrill of controlling the International Space Station (ISS) from your handheld…

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Why Was This App Banned? Apple's beta testing appeared to cause electrical and plumbing problems with the auto-flushing toilets
This app released on | Also tagged , , , , , , ,

Star Wars Pets

Photo sharing app for pets who look like Star Wars characters…

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Why Was This App Banned? unlicensed use of characters and likenesses protected by Lucas Arts
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