A funny thing happened at Google's I/O keynote yesterday. While everyone was expecting a new tablet and Android update designed to escalate its war with iOS, which Google delivered, it also pulled a page from Apple's playbook and released a "one more thing" of sorts--a stunning, high-priced luxury device that everyone wants to hold in their hands.
The App Store isn't exactly wanting for Final Fantasy experiences, with four distinct games released to date, though everything we've seen thus far – Final Fantasy I, II, and III, and Final Fantasy Tactics – has been a revised port of some previous console release from several years back. Recently announced for a planned release this summer, Final Fantasy Dimensions bucks that trend, serving up a retro-stylized title that hasn't previously been seen in the States, giving die-hards a new entry in the long-running series to savor on the run.
Fieldrunners was one of the first big iOS original sensations, delivering a slickly animated and well-executed take on tower defense strategy, but it's been nearly four years since its 2008 release, and we're only now talking about a sequel. Why the lengthy wait?
Luckily, Fieldrunners 2 looks to have been well worth the wait. I had a chance to scope out and briefly play the game this week at E3, and not only does the game build upon its predecessors most successful elements while incorporating other tower defense titles' best qualities, but it also makes some innovations of its own along the way.
This week is E3 down in Los Angeles, where game companies show off upcoming titles and strut their stuff. We'll be there covering iOS and Mac gaming for you this week, but until the articles are up and ready for you to read, why not join us for a fun little contest we're doing? Sound interested? Today we're giving away a copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum.
I love the App Store, but I'm getting a little perturbed at all the apps asking me to sign up for a service before I can get any use from it. That is why this week's free app is totally barebones. Kind of.
Inkflow is your basic notepad app. It lets you draw on the screen with your finger or a stylus, and has unlimited pages for your unlimited ideas. In addition to offering the feel of writing with a fountain pen, Inkflow also allows you to pan and zoom in, so you can write out notes without worrying that it won't fit within the dimensions of your iPhone or iPad's screen. There's also a selection tool that allows you to resize or rearrange a portion of your note.
Of course, we at Mac|Life know full well that the iPad is in a class by itself, but after two years and three revisions, we figured at least one of its competitors would have stepped up to challenge its throne by now. So after reading the umpteenth report of market domination by Apple's mighty tablet, we got to thinking: What it is that the iPad's biggest competitors can't seem to get right?
Granted, there aren't too many criticisms about the new iPad; but then again, there aren't many complaints about the iPhone, either, and Apple's been fighting off formidable Android challengers for years. Among the dozens of failed attempts, there are five major things that each would-be iPad killer has gotten critically wrong (and that's with giving them all a pass on the retina screen).
According to the Center for Hearing and Communication, 38 million people in the United States go through life with significant hearing loss or with the sounds of the world around them completely muted. Luckily, modern technology has made great strides in improving communication for people that suffer from hearing loss. We've compiled eight apps for iPhone and iPad that have made life a little louder for those with difficulties hearing.
A couple days ago, we told you all about Facebook's rather weak photo-sharing app, Camera. But what if you're looking for a decidedly more local solution to share your pics? Scalado, a Swedish imaging company with its technology already available in over half-a-billion phone cameras, has just released it's first iOS app, PhotoBeamer. While you'll find no bells and whistles, it is quite possibly the easiest way to mirror image from your iOS device to a larger screen.