It's our last recap of the week, which means the weekend is once again upon us! There are plenty of Thursday updates you'll want to get a heads-up about before wrapping up the work week, particularly for owners of mid-2012 MacBook Air models. Don't be shy, dig in and enjoy our bite-sized nuggets of tech news -- it will only take a few minutes!
If you were a gamer with an Apple II in the mid-'80s, there are a few names likely to stir nostalgic echoes somewhere deep in your heart; names like Choplifter, Hard Hat Mack, Ultima, and (most relevant to this review) Karateka. The first-ever game by Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner, Karateka finally reappeared as a rhythm-based remake in late 2012, but now Mechner's giving old-school Karateka fans what they really want: the unvarnished original, adapted for iOS and fitted with tweaks designed to tug at our sense of nostalgia (while also making the game less frustrating).
To the surprise of virtually no one, Android and iOS dominated almost all of the smartphones shipped in the first quarter of this year, but the real surprise came with the two companies duking it out for third place.
As you've probably heard, Apple's App Store hit 50 billion downloads on Wednesday, which means we've all been waiting with bated breath to find out who the lucky so-and-so was -- and which app they purchased.
Google I/O kicked off in San Francisco on Wednesday with an exceptionally long keynote mostly aimed at developers this time around. Aside from the three bits included in our recap today, the only real news for consumers was a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 with stock Android coming June 26 -- and surprisingly, the rumors of Android 4.3 (or an even higher version) didn't quite pan out. But hey, the conference has two more days, so maybe we'll hear something today…?
Firaxis, the developer behind Civilization, has been busy on Apple platforms lately. The past few weeks brought us an excellent Mac port of XCOM: Enemy Unknown and the kid-friendly iOS strategy game Haunted Hollow, and now the company's rolled out Sid Meier's Ace Patrol, a free-to-play, turn-based tactics game set in the skies above World War I.
Would you like to enjoy download speeds around 1Gbps from a mobile device? Sure you would. Unfortunately, we'll all have to wait until 2020 for 4G LTE to get smoked, but companies like Samsung are already hard at work on the future tech that will be required to make such speeds a reality. If that's too far into the future for you to worry about, fear not: Most of our Tuesday recap is focused on the here and now.
Despite the fact that its expected announcement is still nearly a month away, speculation around iOS 7 is already at a fevered pitch. For the first time since iPhone OS 1 introduced us to the home screen, there's a lot riding on this year's release; usually we're just waiting to see what new tricks Apple has up its sleeve with the hopes for "one more thing," but this WWDC is different. Since Jony Ive took over as human interface chief, we're all expecting the first honest-to-goodness redesign of iOS, and frankly, anything less will be disappointing.
We all have a vision of what iOS will become. But Philip Joyce, art director at Simply Zesty, took his idea one step further: He actually made it.
The best way to “clean up” a device that was previously owned is to reset iOS and all of the settings to start anew. This will wipe the device of all of the previous owner’s settings and content, allowing you to enter your information as if the device were new.