It sure is something to realize how much power is in your iPad, especially if you’re a musician pining for classic analog synthesizers — heavy, expensive, temperamental instruments that are increasingly hard to find, and even harder to maintain. Arturia, creator of the Minimoog simulation app, iMini, has done it again, delivering an exquisite simulation of the venerable Oberheim SEM (Synthesizer Expander Module), that company’s very first synth. In many ways, iSEM is an improvement upon the hardware it models, starting with the fact that it’s polyphonic.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. Glossy action affairs lead the week’s offerings, with sci-fi dungeon crawler Echo Prime and free-to-play zombie blaster Dead Trigger 2 debuting in the App Store. Also particularly intriguing this week are Even Up and Combat Monsters, with already-released brawler Combo Crew receiving a huge update in the form of playable Street Fighter characters.
Eating great food has become a hobby, like sports, games, or needlecraft, and its lovers take their passion very seriously. Often referred to as “foodies,” food fanatics seek new eating and dining experiences, fresh flavors and aromas, and above all, great food of all stripes. There are thousands of iOS apps for finding restaurants and recipes, but relatively few meet the exacting standards of a discerning foodie. So we’ve gathered together 10 delicious apps that are sure to get your mouth watering with beautiful photos, tempting testimonials, and succulent recipes.
Batman’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, possessing a genius-level intellect and an endless arsenal of gadgets that let him maneuver and solve problems in interesting ways. He’s also known for getting into plenty of fistfights with thugs, and it’s this latter aspect that the iOS version of Batman: Arkham Origins focuses on. While Bats explores Gotham City, unravels mysteries, and terrifies criminals with stealthy scare tactics in the console and PC versions, his iOS adventure couldn’t be more straightforward, as he tackles tap-heavy one-on-one fights against a seemingly unending procession of goons.
[UPDATED] There may have been new Macs, apps and the surprise announcement that OS X Mavericks would be free, but the iPads were definitely the star of Apple's special Oct. 22 event. There weren't a ton of new features to speak of, but Apple still managed to make all of our old iPads and iPad minis feel obsolete. Here's a look at everything that's changed.
CSR Racing was an unconventional entry for the racing genre, seeing as it included very little actual racing. Instead of steering around obstacles, you were tasked with dragging down a straight stretch of road, with timed control prompts like gearshifts used to influence your performance. Still, it became a massive free-to-play hit, spawning numerous copycats along the way. Follow-up CSR Classics offers much of the same tone as the original affair, though with the added element of classic hotrods to appeal to the gear head in us all.
Created by one of the designers of the mesmerizing and atmospheric Limbo, the pint-sized 140 strikes a much different image. Gone are the gloomy, shadow-centric backdrops and the eerie happenings, replaced by vivid pixel graphics and thumping electronic beats, which sync up well with the rhythmic obstacles and platform movements in the world of this ultra-minimalist side-scroller. Yet despite the many differences, 140 is very much cut from the same cloth as its pseudo-predecessor, as both drop you into an alluring world without a trace of explanation, yet impart their rules and mechanics with ease. And neither lingers for longer than is needed.
Fist of Awesome is a game with time-traveling bears, a talking fist, and bears being uppercut by said fist. Suffice it to say, it's all a bit absurd; when your character is told not to think too much about what's going on in the story, it's advice that you would be wise to follow yourself. Underneath all of the silliness and some less-than-enjoyable attempts at humor, though, is a surprisingly fun action game when played in short bursts.
OS X Mavericks has proved once again that Apple not only cares about the Mac — it cares about making the best operating system in the world. Mavericks includes a ton of updates and tweaks that bring the beloved Mac OS one step closer to perfection. While many of the changes are under the hood, Apple also included some visible alterations and features that we’ll cover in this article. So get your boards ready, because we’re going surfing at Mavericks with 70 tips and tricks that you can apply to daily use to make your Mac even better.
Apple's taken some heavy strides in an attempt to make Siri more appealing to iOS users, but it seems that the majority of users favor simple typing over voice commands. How much is a majority? As Cnet reports, research from a firm called Intelligent Voice suggests that as many as 85 percent of iOS users haven't even used Siri yet.