An iPad stylus is like a little umbrella in your piña colada. You don’t need one. But it’s a nice extra.
The Nomad Compose is different from every other stylus I’ve tried in that it doesn’t mimic the feel of a pen or a pencil, but rather a paintbrush--it has real bristles, blending natural and synthetic fibers. I tested the Dual Tip Long version, which has a 0.7-inch brush tip on one end, and a much shorter 0.05-inch “glide bevel tip” on the other. The bevel tip is made of the same brush material, but its beveled shape mimics the feel of classic styluses you may be used to. It works for drawing lines as well as tapping buttons in iOS apps.
This past weekend, roughly everyone (everywhere) downloaded Angry Birds Space. Well, at least 10 million people did, but that's still quite the figure. While a huge shadow was cast by the massiveness of Rovio's franchise -- or is that the space station it built with all that money -- there were still plenty of noteworthy headlines in the iOS gaming world.
Angry Birds' remarkable success has made it an easy target for snide remarks and copycats alike, but it's been difficult for other creators to successfully mimic its beguilingly appealing formula – and it must be harder still for Rovio to try and expand its own design without losing the magic that made it such a smash. That's part of why it's so pleasing to see Angry Birds Space launch as a carefully considered and well-designed extension of the brand, rather than a quick attempt to draw some easy cash from the legions of series fans.
More often than not, licensed video games don't amount to much more than glorified advertisements. So, when word spread of a free-to-play The Hunger Games movie tie-in arriving on iOS, you'd probably be forgiven for any initial apprehension. But when that same game is developed several noted members of the indie games community, it's hard not to snap to attention and take a look. And as a free, universal download, there's certainly not reason not to see whether it lives up to the hype of the books and blockbuster film.
Boy, those new iPads sure are hot stuff, huh? Hot selling items that seriously get hot when you use them. Apparently Retina Display does come with its prices, and all those pixels generate a lot of heat. So, there's plenty of heat where Cupertino is concerned.
Switching away from the genre's typical in-car or behind-the-bumper view doesn't suck the thrills out of Reckless Racing 2, which uses a top-down camera to spotlight the action across muddy trails and cracked asphalt alike. While not quite as fresh or revelatory an App Store entry as the original, Reckless Racing 2 is a hearty upgrade packed with fresh tracks and customizable vehicles, plus a slick visual overhaul.
The controversy over Path uploading users’ address book data continues to create ripples across the tech world, with two members of Congress sending a joint letter to 34 developers of social apps in an effort to understand how they collect and use such data.
Now that we’ve all had enough time with the new iPad to separate the facts from the fiction surrounding the device, it’s time to move on to more important matters: The unconfirmed scuttlebutt surrounding Apple’s upcoming hardware and software releases. This week, we're looking at rumors surrounding the MacBook Air, the iPhone 5's probable inclusion of LTE connectivity, and whether or not we'll see a smaller iPad in the near future.
There is almost always a plethora of new titles that hit the App Store every week, but this go-round seemed a little sparse. That said, there's no shortage of games worth checking out--especially if you're looking for some heavyweights. From blockbuster games to blockbuster movie tie-ins, and a few under-the-radar hits, this week might be light in number of releases but its no slouch in quality.