When historians inevitably attempt to make sense of this generation’s obsession with smartphones, they’re bound to be baffled by one ubiquitous trend: cutesy, physics-based, star-ranked puzzlers. Now that Angry Birds fruit snacks are being sold on the "impulse buy" rack at Walgreens, I think we can all agree that the strangely specific sub-genre has more or less jumped the shark, and anything released from this point on is retreading familiar territory. This may be why I was initially pretty quick to dismiss Shark Dash, Gameloft’s recent foray into the “fling-adorable-animals-at-stuff” formula -- and a game in which you quite literally make sharks jump.
After quietly lurking in the App Store, “read later” services have recently exploded in popularity. Apple even has a horse in the race with Safari’s Reading List, but one of the pioneers of the genre is Pocket (Formerly Read it Later), which recently bulked up its content-saving superpowers alongside the rebranding. Pocket saves web-based content and makes it available for later use from any web browser or via free apps for iOS and Android. No longer just for saving web articles for later reading, Pocket is also savvy enough to grab images or video as well.
Monday’s iOS 5.1.1 update may not have been the most exciting thing to come out of Cupertino, but it turns out the patch also includes some very welcome security updates for Mobile Safari and Webkit which didn’t get outlined in the release notes.
You won’t find a ton of new features waiting for you, but iOS devices have a new software update waiting for them on this sleepy mid-Monday that brings the version number up to 5.1.1 and squashes a few minor bugs.
Spun off from the popular Burnout arcade racing franchise on consoles, Burnout Crash turns a horrifying real-life fate – causing a huge vehicle pile-up – into a comical high score chase, as you attempt to pull more and more cars and buildings into your explosive wave of destruction.
Grab bag o' news this week as no one really duked it out for top dog in the headline race. Apple's got a few tricks up its sleeves, Samsung did well in sales, lawsuits are such a constant they're like air anymore, and the iPad still kicks major butt. So what else did happen this week worth your time? How about these 10 stories, tips, and reviews?
There’s no shortage of people looking for new ways to tell other people how to do things on the Internet, but usually these tutorials are better seen than read. That’s where Snapguide comes in. The free iPhone and iPod touch app makes it easy to teach or learn skills, tricks, or tips. Its core approach is simple: Just take pictures or videos of whatever needs to be shown, and then write captions to create slideshow tutorials for anything.
The summer movie season kicks off in earnest this weekend with The Avengers, the monstrously hyped, years-in-the-making Marvel Comics adaptation that pulls together the storylines of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Black Widow, and surely many other familiar faces. If you're planning on waiting on line for a midnight screening, or just want to catch up on the heroes' adventures before seeing the film in the near future, here are eight apps starring members of The Avengers that'll get you pumped and prepped for the movie ahead.
Capturing the feel of the 80s is like shooting fish in a barrel. Looking at children's entertainment from the era, we had a cartoon designed around selling action figures that turned into cars, while another featured a skeleton antagonist named Skeletor (good job, guys). And on the live-action front, we had Fred Savage saving the day with a host of Nintendo products. You barely need to satirize these when the source material is already this outrageous. It's an easy target, but that doesn't make Saturday Morning RPG's nostalgia-tinged look back at the days of G.I. Joes and Care Bears any less entertaining.