OnLive is a new way of playing video games. There’s nothing to download, and no discs to insert. Instead of running on your local machine, the gameplay takes place on a cloud server, converting the in-game graphics to video and streaming them to your Mac or other OnLive-compatible device over broadband internet.
It’s looking like a green Christmas for those of us on the East Coast, so we can use all of the cheering up we can can get over here. Yeah, we won’t have that awful snow to shovel or plow out of our driveways when the family comes to visit, but there’s just something not quite right about a holiday weekend without the white stuff. With that in mind, let’s settle in for a short winter’s night with some tasty tech news for this fine Thursday, December 22, 2011.
On par with the Kindle, iPad was designed to be the ultimate on-the-go back-lit reading device. What's better: the iPad has opened the doors to exploring new social media options. With FLUD, you can read your favorite feeds and easily share articles with your friends. Read on to find out how.
Games designed specifically for holidays are rarely worth a time or money investment, but luckily, more and more awesome existing games are entering the fray with updates that add visual and/or audio elements that fit the time of year. Here are 10 iOS picks current sporting seasonal updates.
Backups to the cloud encrypt and transmit your Mac’s data to online servers that could be anywhere in the world. These backups depend on a fast, reliable internet connection, and may lack the speed of local backups and restores, but they offer important advantages over backing up locally. For starters, most cloud backups offer some storage for free, with additional plans to choose from as your needs grow. Your files are kept far from where thieves could realistically reach them, and they’re protected (again, within reason) from disasters and random acts of clumsiness better than most external drives. We have yet to hear of a server brought down by a spilled iced latte at Starbucks.
Christmas falls on Sunday this year, which means most of us have an extended work week and are now truly feeling the “hump day” blues like never before. The good news is, you still have time to take care of everyone on your gift list, but hurry -- time stands still for no one, after all. We’ve found one of the best ways to get through “hump day” is to kick back for a few minutes and catch up on the day’s news… which we just so happen to have right here for Wednesday, December 21, 2011.
This week, the United States International Trade Commission finally released the long awaited (and delayed!) decision regarding Apple’s complaints against HTC. Apple had claimed that HTC was infringing on ten separate patents, and the ITC ruled that only one of those claims was valid.
So, what does this all mean for Apple, HTC, and the rest of the patent wars currently laid out on the table? Cue the “dun dun” and let’s take a look.
OnLive's cloud-streaming gaming service allows folks to experience the latest AAA releases via a high-speed Internet connection, even if you don't have top-of-the-line hardware or a very recent Mac or PC. Following a long lead-up, OnLive is finally knocking on the door to the App Store with its submitted app, which lets iPad owners get in on the fun with either custom touch controls (for select games) or a Bluetooth wireless controller. As the app continues to await Apple's final approval, I've had a chance to try out several of the titles available on the service, and spend more time checking out the touch controls following an initial hands-on at the Penny Arcade Expo in August.
This post-apocalyptic, robots-versus-robots affair works the same way an arcade light gun shooter does, only using streamlined cover-based mechanics and a progression that’s dependent on clearing environments of enemy waves before moving on.
By default, passcodes in iOS are only 4-digit numerical codes that aren't as secure as passwords using upper and lower-case characters, special characters, and numbers. If you want to make your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad even more secure, it's best to create an alphanumerical passcode.