Mac|Life - All Articles http://www.maclife.com/articles/all/feed en Review: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Mac) http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_lego_marvel_super_heroes_mac <!--paging_filter--><p>The LEGO games continue to actually deliver entertainment over disappointment. As a result, other heavyweight property licenses are gatecrashing the block party, eager to piggyback on the success. This time it’s the turn of Marvel and an incredible cast of iconic superheroes, 150 in fact, to assemble inside a world full of typical TT Games humor.&nbsp;</p><p>Doctor Doom leads a band of comic-book villains on the quest for “Cosmic Bricks” – the powerful remnants of the Silver Surfer’s shattered board. Thwarting his plans rests on guiding Iron Man, Wolverine, Thor and friends through armies of foes, bashing and crashing through detailed environments.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/legomsh_620.png" width="620" height="349" /></p><p>Chaotic and cartoonish the action may be, but the real joy and reward comes from using each character’s unique skills to progress. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is nothing if not an imaginative puzzler, colorful enough for young fans while still challenging veteran players. It’s not without scope either, somewhat surprisingly shifting from linear levels to an open-world mode to great effect.&nbsp;</p><p>Choose a hero from the growing roster unlocked along the way and explore a sprawling LEGO Manhattan, uncovering secrets and playing mini-games. It’s here the genuine replay value lies and that nagging need to collect absolutely everything kicks in. On a technical level, too, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes excels on Mac, despite minor control and camera issues that occasionally frustrate.&nbsp;</p><p>Well-scripted cutscenes, plus charming voice acting and sounds, ensure you won’t stay annoyed for long. Graphically this is a feast for all ages, with animation slick enough to keep the pace frenetically fun.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Cute characterization, wit, and multiple gameplay styles bring new life to Marvel’s universe in a tongue-in-cheek caper fans will adore.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>LEGO Marvel Super Heroes</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feral Interactive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.feralinteractive.com" target="_blank">www.feralinteractive.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $29.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>OS X 10.8.5, 1.8GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 512MB VRAM, 7.0GB hard drive space</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Fun-filled gameplay, not without challenge. Loving treatment of Marvel’s most popular heroes. Open-world mode extends substantial campaign.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Camera and controls not always 100 percent reliable. Very young players may struggle with puzzles.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_lego_marvel_super_heroes_mac#comments Reviews App Comic Book Feral Interactive lego LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Mac Games Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:08:35 +0000 Mark Billen 20833 at http://www.maclife.com The Week's Best Deals for Your Mac and iOS Device, October 23 http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/weeks_best_deals_your_mac_and_ios_device_october_23 <!--paging_filter--><p>We've got to say that there's a product in this week's deals that blows our minds. We won't say which one here, but it's a definite problem solver that hooks you up with some serious coolness and the price is a knockout. So enjoy this week's offerings of tasty Mac deals and when you see it, we hope you recognize a piece of genius when it's right there in front of you.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/weeks_best_deals_your_mac_and_ios_device_october_23#comments Gallery airplay Deals earbuds External Battery external hard drive external speaker Flash Drive Headphones iHome iMac LaCie MacBook macbook air macbook pro refurb Refurbished refurbs sales weekly deals Wireless Camera Remote Selfie Shutter wireless flash drive wireless speaker Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:24:29 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 20832 at http://www.maclife.com Deals: Grab These Two Deals Designed for Your Game Loving Side http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_grab_these_two_deals_designed_your_game_loving_side <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>Love playing games? We're all guilty of getting lost in a game world every now and then, but some people truly live it. If you are one of those enthusiasts who can't help but always feel like you're in the action, then we have two deals for you. Learn how to make your own games and show off your love with these awesome offers on sale right now in our Deals tab.</p><p><img src="/files/u323895/screen_shot_2014-10-19_at_2.49.27_pm.png" width="630" height="253" /></p><p>Do you want to make your own games? Then you'll love the Name Your Own Price Game Design Bundle. It consists of all the coures you need to kickstart your game career. Learn how to build your own game world, master an art style that will give your title a unique look, learn how to market your game and get it to your audience, and more. It's the perfect starter kit for any person looking to get in to the game creation business.</p><p>You can <a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-game-design-bundle" target="_blank">pick your price</a> for this bundle of courses. <a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-game-design-bundle" target="_blank">Pay what you can afford</a>, beat the average to unlock everything, or reach the top of the leaderboard with your purchase. No matter what you pay, 10% will go to a charity of your choice. It's an offer you can't beat, so <a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-game-design-bundle" target="_blank">grab this deal</a> today!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-game-design-bundle" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p><p>Want to show off your love for games in another way? Show off your passion right on your iPhone with these <a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-retro-classic-iphone-6-cases" target="_blank">Retro Classic iPhone cases</a>. They'll give your smartphone the look of an old school Gameboy or NES controller. It's a great way to display your passion and game cred while still getting the protection you need on your device. Get it on sale now for <a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-retro-classic-iphone-6-cases" target="_blank">just $14</a>.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-retro-classic-iphone-6-cases" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_grab_these_two_deals_designed_your_game_loving_side#comments Deals Deals sponsored Stack Social Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 20813 at http://www.maclife.com Morning Report: Big Retail Plans for China, Christian Bale Confirmed as Steve Jobs http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_big_retail_plans_china_christian_bale_confirmed_steve_jobs <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/christian_bale_620px.png" alt="Christian Bale" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>It's widely known that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had a dark side, so why not go straight to The Dark Knight himself to play the iconic CEO on the big screen? Our Thursday Morning Report includes details on Sony's ambitious biopic, as well as Apple's pending retail invasion of China, plus Google's new take on email.</p><h3>Apple Planning 25 More Stores in China Within 2 Years</h3><p>Apple CEO Tim Cook is in China this week, and <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/apple-plans-more-stores-in-china-1414056873" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em> reported today</a> that Cupertino is planning to increase the number of retail stores in that country from 15 to 40 within the next two years. Speaking to Chinese news portal Sina.com, Cook announced the ambitious plans, which were confirmed by an Apple spokeswoman.<br /><br />“In the future China will become Apple’s biggest revenue contributor,” Cook prognosticated. “It’s just a matter of time.”<br /><br />The report noted that the "Greater China" region cited by Cook also includes Hong Kong and Taiwan, suggesting that not all of the forthcoming 25 stores could wind up being located in mainland China.</p><h3>It's Official: Christian Bale Leaps from Batman to Steve Jobs</h3><p>After Ashton Kutcher was announced as the lead in an unauthorized biopic on the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs more than two years ago, <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/features/ican_act_5_actors_we’d_rather_see_play_steve_jobs" target="_blank">we tossed out a handful of actors we'd rather see cast in that role</a>, which included <em>Pirates of Silicon Valley</em> star Noah Wyle, who actually portrayed Jobs twice — one in the aforementioned TV movie, and again during a 1999 Apple keynote alongside the iconic CEO himself.<br /><br />Our top choice at that time was none other than Christian Bale, who <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-23/christian-bale-didn-t-have-to-audition-for-jobs-film-role.html" target="_blank">Bloomberg today confirmed</a> as now starring in the official adaption of Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography. Penned by the same writer who brought us <em>The Social Network</em> (screenwriter Aaron Sorkin), the Steve Jobs biopic is scheduled to begin shooting "in the next couple of months," and should prove to be a new challenge for the artist formerly known as Batman.<br /><br />“He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined,” Sorkin teased. “There isn’t a scene or a frame that he’s not in. So it’s an extremely difficult part and he is gonna crush it.”<br /><br />Bale has widely been rumored as a contender for the coveted role in recent months, and Sorkin himself considered the actor the best "on the board in a certain age range," noting that Bale didn't have to audition for the role. (Can we officially brag about calling it back in April 2012 now?)</p><p>Danny Boyle, of&nbsp;<em>Slumdog Millionaire</em>&nbsp;fame, is reportedly directing.</p><h3>Google Opens Invite-Only System for New Inbox Email App</h3><p><a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/an-inbox-that-works-for-you.html" target="_blank">The Google Official Blog announced Wednesday</a> a new email solution called Inbox. Currently available by invitation only, Inbox comes from the same team behind Gmail, but is being billed as "a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters." The app, which will be available for both iOS and Android, includes unique features like Bundles (for automatic organization) and Highlights (important information at a glance), but also combines to-do features like reminders, assists, and snooze all in one place. Eager Google lovers can send an email to inbox@google.com to speed up the invitation process, and once invited, will be able to bring friends into the fold as well.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="https://twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_big_retail_plans_china_christian_bale_confirmed_steve_jobs#comments News Aaron Sorkin Apple Inc. Apple Retail Stores China christian bale Google inbox Morning Report Steve Jobs steve jobs biopic Tim Cook iPad iPhone iPod Mac Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:16:02 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20831 at http://www.maclife.com Working 1976 Apple I Sells at Auction for $905,000 http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/working_1976_apple_i_sells_auction_905000 <!--paging_filter--><p>The next time you think you've paid a lot for your Apple computer, consider the buyers of a rare working Apple I motherboard who put down $905,000 for the unit at a Bonhams <a href="http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22247/" target="_blank">History of Science</a> auction in New York. The Bonhams video accompanying the auction (below) suggested it might go for around $300,000 or $500,000, but it left the lot for about double that.</p><p>The computer itself, bearing the model number 01-0070, dates from 1976. It's one of 50 Apple 1 computers that Apple co-founders Steve "Woz" Wozniak and Steve Jobs built in Jobs' garage in Palo Alto, California specifically for sale in The Byte Shop. Around 150 more were made in the original run (although they went to individual buyers), and of the total 200, only around 17 are thought to still work today. At the time, they sold for the decidedly devilish price of $666.66.</p><p><iframe src="http://content.jwplatform.com/players/XsKNUiWJ-uJeNAjNM.html" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0" scrolling="auto"></iframe></p><p>According to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/22/us-applecomputer-auction-idUSKCN0IB2FG20141022" target="_blank">Reuters</a>, the lucky buyer was the <a href="http://www.thehenryford.org/museum/index.aspx" target="_blank">Henry Ford Museum</a> in Dearborn, Michigan, which collects important artifacts from American history with a focus on industry.</p><p>"The Apple-1 was not only innovative, but it is a key artifact in the foundation of the digital revolution," Henry Ford President Patricia Mooradian said in a statement following the acquisition.</p><p>It's been a relatively quiet year for auctions of the historical units, but last year one of the motherboards sold along with schematics and a manual signed by Woz for <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_i_auction_brings_387750_christies" target="_blank">$387,750</a>. A little over a month earlier, another Apple I sold for <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/original_apple1_auction_germany_fetches_671400" target="_blank">$671,400</a> at an auction in Germany. At this rate, the next auction we hear about might break over $1 million.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/working_1976_apple_i_sells_auction_905000#comments Gallery News apple Apple I auctions Bonhams history history of Apple motherboard Steve Jobs Steve Wozniak Woz Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:45:09 +0000 Leif Johnson 20830 at http://www.maclife.com Review: GameSmart CTRLi Mobile Gamepad http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_gamesmart_ctrli_mobile_gamepad <!--paging_filter--><p>When the MFi (Made For iOS) controller standard came into being about a year ago, it had the potential to usher in a new era of iOS gaming that allowed developers to deliver true console-quality gaming on an iOS device. Unfortunately, most MFi controllers have suffered from one problem or another: too expensive, too unwieldy, too unresponsive, or a combination of the above. The GameSmart CTRLi Mobile Gamepad from Mad Catz aims to succeed where others have failed, and it does a very admirable job.</p><p>All it takes is one look at the CTRLi to see where it gets its inspiration: the controller is clearly modelled off of an Xbox 360 gamepad. That's not a bad thing; the CTRLi has a good heft to it — it doesn't come off as flimsy or cheap in the slightest — and feels very natural in one's hands. Unfortunately, the controller also borrows one negative feature from Xbox — the somewhat clunky D-pad (digital directional pad). The D-pad on the CTRLi is arguably superior to that of an Xbox controller, but it still sometimes requires an extra-firm touch to get it to do what you want it to.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/madcatz_ctrli_620.png" width="620" height="465" /></p><p>Luckily, just about everything else about the CTRLi is excellent. The two analog sticks have just the right amount of tension, the shoulder buttons are well placed, and the face buttons are very responsive. There are plenty of <a href="http://madcatz.com/compatibility/ctrli/" target="_blank">compatible titles</a> in a variety of genres, and every game we tested benefitted from improvements to maneuvering and action; gameplay was significantly smoother and easier to control than it was via touchscreen-based virtual joysticks and buttons. The controls were less consistent when navigating menu screens, but that's a fault of the software rather than the controller itself.</p><p>The CTRLi was easy to get up and running as well; all it takes is a couple of button presses to get it synched via Bluetooth to your iOS device. It comes with a detachable smartphone clip, too. Though you can play with your iOS device propped up or in a stand, you can also attach the easy-to-use spring-loaded adjustable clip and slide your iPhone right in to create a makeshift portable gaming system. The clip is surprisingly sturdy and it's big enough to even hold an iPhone 6 Plus.</p><p>Speaking of which, don't worry about the fact that the package claims it's made for iOS 7 and iPhone 5s/c; we tried it with iOS 8 and the aforementioned iPhone 6 Plus (as well as a 4th-gen iPad running iOS 7), and the controller worked beautifully. Perhaps the biggest strike against it, however, is the fact that doesn't feature a rechargable lithium-ion battery; though that helps keep the cost down to just under $60, it means you'll have to keep a supply of AAA batteries on hand for whenever it runs out of juice (which reportedly won't happen for 30 hours or so).&nbsp;</p><p>If $60 is a bit too pricy for you, you could also consider Mad Catz's Micro CTRLi; it's smaller, so it may be less comfortable depending on the size of your hands, but it's $10 cheaper and offers most of the same functionality as its larger sibling.</p><p>Though the CTRLi isn't perfect, it's the best MFi controller we've tried. It provides comfort and responsiveness in a reasonably priced package, and it significantly improves the playablity of console-style games on iOS devices.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> If you're looking to get an MFi controller, this one should be at the top of your list.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>GameSmart CTRLi Mobile Gamepad</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mad Catz </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://madcatz.com/gamesmart-c-t-r-l-i/" target="_blank">www.madcatz.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $59.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>iPhone 5, iPad (4th gen), iPad mini, or iPod touch (5th gen) or newer device running iOS 7 or later</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Feels great. Controls are mostly responsive. Reasonable price.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>D-pad is a tad sticky. Runs on AAA batteries rather than built-in lithium-ion.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_gamesmart_ctrli_mobile_gamepad#comments Reviews controller CTRLi GameSmart iOS mad catz MFi controller Micro CTRLi iPad iPhone iPod Games Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:02:55 +0000 Chris Hoffman 20827 at http://www.maclife.com Glitch Causes Apple Pay to Double Charge Some Bank of America Cardholders http://www.maclife.com/article/news/glitch_causes_apple_pay_double_charge_some_bank_america_cardholders <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple has enjoyed a generally smooth launch of its Apple Pay mobile payment service, but that track record changed today in the face of reports from <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/22/technology/mobile/apple-pay-double-charge/" target="_blank">CNN</a> and <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/bi-intelligence-tests-out-apple-pay-2014-10" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> that some Bank of America customers found the service was charging them twice for certain transactions. Considering that the service relies on a delicate balance between technology, banks, retailers, and credit companies, it's actually rather surprising that we haven't heard many more horror stories besides this.</p><p>It's a nightmare that shouldn't last long. Bank of America claimed in a statement to <a href="http://recode.net/2014/10/22/bank-of-americas-apple-pay-glitch-should-be-fixed-today/" target="_blank">Re/code</a> this afternoon that the problems stems from an issue "between the bank and at least one payment network," and that around 1,000 customers were affected. Bank of America has already agreed to refund all the affected purchases, and a fix for the glitch should go live sometime this afternoon. Notably, Apple apparently wasn't to blame.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/cnn.jpg" /></p><p>But the ordeal caused no small amount of pain for customers affected by the glitch, leading them to express their grievances on venues like <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/2jyr4w/is_anybody_else_getting_charged_twice_when_using/" target="_blank">Reddit</a>. CNN reporter&nbsp;Sam Burke was one of the people affected, and his story hints at some of the dangers of a service like Apple Pay in relation to the Cupertino company's celebrated privacy policies.</p><p>"Bank of America transferred me to Apple Pay customer support," Burke wrote. "The only problem: Apple’s representative reminded me that for security's sake — as promised — Apple keeps no records of names or amounts for any of the transactions. That meant there’s nothing Apple could do, the representative told me. So Apple told me to call Bank of America. It was every consumer’s worst nightmare: customer service for two companies telling you to call the other."</p><p>Other issues associated with the service are comparatively minor, such as Chase and Citibank credit cards that show the wrong designs in Facebook (via <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/10/22/apple-pay-card-display-bug/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+9To5Mac-MacAllDay+%289+to+5+Mac+-+Apple+Intelligence%29" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>). As <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/bi-intelligence-tests-out-apple-pay-2014-10" target="_blank">Business Insider </a>reports, customers have also faced transitional issues at the participating retail establishments, where clerks didn't know the service existed. Out of the 11 establishments surveyed, only employees at McDonald's, Whole Foods, and American Eagle Outfitters knew how to use the service, and even then, American Eagle Outfitters only figured out how to grant a refund with the service "after a period of trial-and-error."</p><p>Apple's Eddy Cue, the company's senior vice president of Internet software and services, seemed to expect such hurdles in the days before Apple Pay's launch in an interview with <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/apple-pay-rolls-out-with-holes-in-system-1413762943?tesla=y" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>.</p><p>"We’re trying to do something that I think is a game changer and it requires a lot of people to play together,” Cue said. “There’s a lot to do here and we have a lot of work to do, but it should be huge."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/glitch_causes_apple_pay_double_charge_some_bank_america_cardholders#comments News Apple Pay Bank of America iphone iphone 6 Passbook Touch ID Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:40:48 +0000 Leif Johnson 20829 at http://www.maclife.com 10 Spooky Halloween Apps http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/10_spooky_halloween_apps <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/10_spooky_halloween_apps#comments Gallery App Store AppLife Apps Best Horror Movies Database Costume Quest games halloween Haunting Melissa Horror Can iOS iPoe 2 Mickey's Spooky Night Puzzle Book Night Terror scary Scary Prank Halloween Scary Soundboard Pro Slender Rising 2 spooky iPad iPhone iPod Games Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:26:01 +0000 Richard Moss 20828 at http://www.maclife.com Review: MagiCam http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_magicam <!--paging_filter--><p>The latest iPhones take pretty amazing pictures, but an app from the creators of Camera+ aims to improve upon that experience by transforming images into perfection within seconds. You’ll hear the sound of a bell and, before your very eyes, the app magically improves contrast and color saturation to make almost any photo look great.</p><p>We say “almost” because MagiCam isn’t perfect for every situation. The app occasionally overexposed correctly lit shots, or excessively boosted grain in darker images. In other apps we could hit undo, but with MagiCam there’s no way to revert — users can toggle a before and after view, but you’re stuck with the end results.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/magicam_620.png" width="620" height="349" /></p><p>There are also no settings in MagiCam; you can’t even tap the screen to manually adjust focus or exposure, since the app handles that. MagiCam includes options for switching between front/rear cameras, auto/on/off flash control and the ability to shoot with Instagram-friendly square framing, but it would benefit from a way to export untouched photos or save before and after images separately.</p><p>MagiCam does feature one option for controlling the look of images, courtesy of nine different “Moods” that can be applied live or after a shot is taken. Sharing is also about as easy as it gets, with one-tap save to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or other apps for further tweaking, including Camera+ should you own it.</p><p>A row of thumbnails across the bottom displays only images taken with MagiCam; tap one to open, with options to go back, trash, share or apply Moods, while swiping left or right scrolls through adjacent pictures. We accidentally deleted shots on more than one occasion due to the back button being located too close to the trash button — here’s hoping the developers can adjust this UI faux pas in a future update.</p><p>We also noticed shots appeared somewhat fuzzy when viewed inside the app, despite looking sharp in the Photos app; for some reason, MagiCam images also refused to automatically import into our favorite journal app, Heyday.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> When it works (thankfully most of the time), MagiCam shoots eye-popping photos, but we’d prefer the option to retain the original, unaltered shots just in case.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>MagiCam 1.1</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> tap tap tap LLC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.taptaptap.com/magicam" target="_blank">www.taptaptap.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $1.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>iOS 7.0 or later</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Effortless great photos, automatically. Fast, one-tap sharing. Nine different “Moods” can be applied live or on previous shots.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>No option to save original photos. Occasionally produces over- or underexposed images. View mode back button too close to delete button.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_magicam#comments Reviews App AppLife MagiCam Photography Photos iPad iPhone iPod Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:17:13 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20826 at http://www.maclife.com Deals: Put Your Wallet Away and Grab These Great Freebies http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_put_your_wallet_away_and_grab_these_great_freebies <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. 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