The Zumba craze has spread to sports clubs, living rooms, and even video game consoles over the years, and its blend of dance and fitness moves makes exercising feel more like a party than a chore. Making its way to iPad for the first time, Zumba Dance gives you the same tried-and-true Zumba gaming experience, but lets you take it with you wherever you go. It may not offer a whole lot of songs to dance to without spending extra cash, but if you’re looking for a fun way to sweat away some calories, Zumba Dance is the way to go.
Remember when Apple's Mac OS was largely a niche system and the cyber thugs of the world largely left us alone? There were some good aspects about those days, as Malwarebytes reminds us with a report of some nasty "ransomware" currently circulating through Macs that masquerades as an official FBI notice demanding $300. Trojans like these are old news for most Windows users, but they're unfamiliar enough on Macs that they might catch some users unaware. Worse yet, they also feed on contemporary fears about the monitoring of electronic devices by the NSA.
It’s not clear, at this point, exactly what the second season of The Walking Dead will bring to the unassumingly brilliant adventure series. If the new add-on episode 400 Days is any indication, however, it’s going to be riveting — and possibly very different from Lee and Clementine's adventure in Season One.
Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s blockbuster paean to classic Japanese monster flicks, seems tailor made for a video game adaptation, and Reliance Games' workmanlike effort dutifully pits enormous robot mechs (called Jaegers) against monstrous kaiju in a series of Infinity Blade-esque duels. Unfortunately, control issues and an irritating progression approach make what should be a cool experience feel instead like a grind.
A pint-sized pickpocket and his doe-eyed ferret pal make charmingly mischievous cohorts in this fresh, funny take on the point-and-click adventure genre. Rather than send you gallivanting along through one seamless quest, Tiny Thief challenges you to navigate through individual puzzle stages set up as clever little animated scenes. By studying your surroundings and tapping the environment to see what you can interact with as you sneak around, figuring out how to grab the goods and get out undetected proves a delightful jaunt.
Blurring the line between marketing tool and vanity project, Kavinsky features the music and comic-like visage of the titular French house artist, who released an album earlier this year. Designed around the fictional backstory behind the record – about a teen who crashes his supernatural Ferrari in the '80s and returns two decades later as a beat-making zombie – the free game alternates between beat-em-up and driving segments without ever explaining the events or hinting at that narrative, but it sure does look and sound cool along the way. Too bad the game itself isn't terribly interesting.
Monaco: What's Yours is Mine is one of the most appealing indie titles of the year to date. Rich visuals and engaging cooperative play turn this top-down action game about a group of oddball thieves into something really special. And when you're playing with a group of friends, planning out your attacks and commiserating over inevitable defeats, Monaco is one of those unique experiences where the social element of gaming soundly trumps going solo. So much so, in fact, that the single-player experience eventually becomes an outright miserable undertaking by contrast, hampered further by increasingly repetitive gameplay.
These days, the No. 1 social network wants to be your everything, constantly assaulting your eyes with ads, suggestions, and updates from people you haven’t thought about in years. Luckily, the settings are fairly flexible, and you can tweak ’em to dodge some of the clutter.
Hey listen, I'm not trying to tell you how to live your life or anything, it's just that you're doing it wrong. Sure, it's nice to go for the occasional Jetpack Joyride, but engaging with the real world is fun. You remember fun, right? YourExtraLife is an augmented reality project designed to challenge its members into venturing into the hot sun -- or staying in and watching a trilogy on Netflix -- and push them into areas outside of their normal comfort zone.
A few new developments in the world of Apple and associated products. Which carrier's making big big promises on your unlimited data, how many people are really into this smartwatch business, and what little goodies are apparently socked away in these new iOS 7 betas? That and more on the flip in this week's hot news.