According to Flurry Analytics, smartphones are continuing their march to dominance in the video gaming sector. The company released a set of data accompanied by two year-on-year graphs that show the total revenue of the video game industry (console vs portable vs iOS/Android) and a more specific breakdown of portable game revenue (Nintendo DS vs PSP, iOS/Android.) As you might guess, smartphones are accounting for an ever larger share of the market.
While most of us are still waiting for true cloud syncing to become a reality, Flying Mac has been looking inward -- making it easy to access any Mac remotely with a slick piece of software called FarFinder. Over the weekend, the company released a major new update, rebranding the software as Presence.
A slow week in the world of Maclandia. No revolutions, no one overthrown, no magical new devices or apps that promise to change your life. Could it be the calm before the storm? Well, there is WWDC on the horizon, which always promises to shake things up, and there was Final Cut Pro X, which had the video editing cognoscenti crying with joy, but what else happened in the last seven? Join us in finding out.
Wim Crouwel, a well-known Dutch graphic designer and typographer, has an interesting quote about Helvetica in Gary Hustwist’s documentary of the same name. “It shouldn’t have a meaning itself,” Crouwel said in praise of Helvetica’s neutral qualities. “The meaning is in the context of the text, not in the typeface.”
While few people are probably unaware of Helvetica’s existence at least peripherally -- it’s used in everything from advertisements to street signs -- Crouwel’s quote is particularly apt for describing Vetica, a vertical shooter based entirely around this most popular of typefaces.
ReaddleDocs gives your phone a robust Documents folder that lets you do everything you need to do with important files, including edit and save, rename, move, copy, archive, mail and store -- and it supports everything from PDF to image files and web pages, as well as all your word processing documents.
Butterflies in the sky, you can go twice as high. Just take a look, it's on one of those apps on your iPad, it's Reading Rainbow. Yeah, the song doesn't work so well with those lyrics, does it? Well, Executive Editor Susie started singing it the other day and we sort of derived a little inspiration from it and decided to scope out a few apps you can read. And don't worry, this isn't a column where I regurgitate the three e-book readers available in either of the App Stores. We actually found some pretty cool apps, including one that has every piece of information you could ever want to know about Apple's computer history, an iOS app for sad, emotional poetry buffs, and the link to an amazing website full of all the creative inspiration you could ever hope for.
We've seen some weird stuff on the App Store over the past couple years, but this one is right up there at the top of the weirdness list. Someone over at the WWE has masterminded a new iOS game that combines the gameplay of Angry Birds with the superstars (as they like to refer to them) of the WWE wrestling organization.
What is it about pandas that capture or hearts and minds? Is it the juxtaposition of their intimidating size and docile attitudes? The adorable way they consume bamboo? Or the monochromatic doe-eyed patterns in their fur, giving them a sad, noble air? Whatever our fascination with our fat, fluffy friends may be, we can't help but want to make them happy. So in Land-a Panda, when Yang Guang is separated from his girlfriend Tian Tian, it's our job to help him reunite with her. And bring her money.
The strange saga of 4th and Battery's Unpleasant Horse continues today as the game appeared ever-so-briefly on the New Zealand App Store, then it was reportedly pulled from the store abruptly. It was available long enough for discussion to begin about the game on the forums over at TouchArcade, but then it was gone with no official word or explanation.