Unfortunately, video gaming has a stigma attached to it in the eyes of popular culture. They see us as lazy nerds who sit around gaming all day instead of serving humanity. Well, now there's good news! You can now do both. You can sit around gaming all day while simultaneously serving your fellow man! It's called Play2Change.
Surprisingly, this is still a big honkin' deal for some people. iOS devices don't do Flash, they haven't ever, and the chances of them doing it in the future is next to nil. Natively, that is. Developers have been trying to crack this nut for some time and mostly, they've succeeded.
You might remember 4th and Battery from their exploits earlier this year when they were spawned as an off-shoot brand of Bejeweled/Plants vs. Zombies developer PopCap Games. Their first game was mired in controversy, the second was hardly ever seen, and now they're back with a third. Though they're being a bit coy with the announcement, we think we know what game it is.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced plans to regulate health and medical apps with a set of proposed guidelines. The FDA posted the guidelines today, and is encouraging "consumers to weigh-in on the guidelines during a 90-day public comment period that follows that posting."
So, with Washington D.C. now proposing to potentially dictate how apps should be developed and used, do you have something to say about it?
If Mad Men has reminded us of anything about the 1960s, it’s that it was common for office secretaries to be subject to sexual harassment in the decidedly masculine workplace. Office Rush XL doesn’t appear to take place in the '60s, but the first thing that stood out to me about this unassuming iOS game is the way the secretaries serve coffee to their bosses by offering it up to them on their knees.
Customers have been raising a fuss since Netflix raised their prices last Tuesday. Granted, a 60 percent price jump is difficult to justify, but the biggest question has been why. Netflix originally stated that the increase "better reflects the cost," and some of us may have scoffed at that; however, this may be exactly why we are now paying more. When costs go up, prices tend to go up, and the biggest costs to Netflix come from the six major movie studios in Hollywood.
The week is truly and really at an end and no, kids, there was nary a Lion to be seen. So chalk up another bad call for the rumor mill. Will people remember this the next time they cry "wolf in Lion's clothing"? Will they nothing. We're creatures who crave novelty and anticipation and nothing we do will ever cure the rumor addiction. And so just in case you weren't by your computer's side 24/7 waiting for the biggest cat of all to go live, here's a few stories you might just have missed.
Hey, iPad owners! This one's for you. iPad apps tend to be more expensive than their smaller-screened counterparts, but luckily they go on sale just as often. This week we found iPad apps for making comic-book heroes out of you and your friends, apps to give you a reason to haul your trusty iPad to meetings, and a game that lets you take over the world. And you can get all of 'em for less than the price of a six-dollar burger...
Printopia is a small System Preferences pane that, once installed, will give you access to non-AirPrint printers directly from your iOS device, but also includes a feature to print directly to your Dropbox folder on your Mac. With this feature, whenever you print, a PDF file will be immediately transfered to your Mac's Dropbox folder and opened.
Ah, the eternal questions: are we alone in the universe, just who did let the dogs out, and will that free TV on the curb fit through my doorway? You’re on your own with the first two, but CaMeasure can help with the last one. It’s an app that lets you measure objects just by taking their pictures and then putting in a fair amount of work on your touchscreen. It’s not magic, but it gets the job done.