There is a stumbling block that must be surmounted before we as a species can hope to tackle such dark issues as war, famine, and racisim. It is a topic of heated debate, being bickered out in multiple locales around the world as we speak. It is a subject so divisive, that it has torn the bonds of brotherhood and family with the murmur of its discourse.
Of course, we're talking about what iOS device can claim to be the speediest of them all.
As we previously mentioned, the Unreal Engine that powers many console-quality games was going to make the move into the hands of iPhone and iPad developers, allowing game developers to create more graphically-rich games for iOS devices. But as Know Your Mobile reports today, the UDK (Unreal Development Kit) may make it's way into the hands of iOS developers very soon.
Developers are a lucky lot. They get to play with Apple's latest iOS before the rest of us. Of course it's beta software and they're expected to write apps based on it, but it's still a pretty cool gig.
Well developers, today Apple announced the immediate availability of iOS 4.2 beta.
Apple knows that your favorite check out line at the grocery store is the Express Lane, which is why they've added their own. While it's not the same as making sure you've got 15 items of less in your basket, it does up the ante in customer service, making sure that faithful buyers are tended to very carefully.
With iOS 4.1, Apple released a completely new social gaming platform for the iPhone, iPod touch and in November, the iPad called Game Center. Game Center is the mobile equivalent of Nintendo’s Wii Network Play, Xbox Live, or Playstation Network. When you download games that have been designed to support Game Center, you can interact with leaderboards, special per-game achievements, and even multiplayer support complete with VoIP.
Ask anyone in marketing and they'll tell you that branding is everything. Finding the right name for your product can mean the difference between raging fiscal success and utter financial failure for developers. There there are few companies on the planet that understand this better than Apple. The Cupertino-based company has one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Don't believe us? Flash a photo of their iconic fruit logo anywhere in the developed world and watch people's eyes light up like a pair of iPod nanos.
OK, that was a terrible simile, but you get the idea.
With the success Apple has enjoyed in getting the name of their products 'just so,' not to mention the trials and tribulations the company has undergone to secure the rights to those names, it's great to see that Apple's taking a stand against name-squatters in the iTunes App Store.
Well, once again, it was kind of slow iPhone news week, as iPods iPods iPods were all the rage (Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!), but it's not like no one was talking about it, especially with the new SDK rules that rolled out. Flash on the iPhone? Well, not really, but sorta yeah, if you count apps made in Flash being legit all over again. Thanks, FTC!
Y'know, when we first laid eyes on the new iPod nano in clock mode, we definitely thought that it resembled a twentieth century pocket watch. Well, apparently it doesn't have to stay in your pocket. The new iLoveHandles "Rock Band" turns your iPod nano into a wrist watch, so you can use your nano to check the time or keep it clipped onto your wrist for easy playlist access. Also, we got some sweet email from a reader who fashioned his own iPod nano wristwatch.
Lately we've been playing a lot of Team Fortress 2 on Frag the Editor Friday. Okay, it's really all we've been playing. This week we're going to mix it up and have the editors playing different games, giving our readers the opportunity to play against us without having to delve into the face-shooting world of FPS.
So pick an editor and get ready to battle:
Roberto Baldwin & Nic Vargus - Steam - Team Fortress 2 - Mac|Life Steam Group - Join the group chat room to be invited to the game.
Ray Aguilera - Enigmo - Game Center & Strategery- Username: raguilera - Will announce on his Twitter feed when he's ready for another game.
Susie Ochs - Words with Friends & Strategery - Will be accepting new games over the weekend - Username: sfsooz
Florence Ion - Cro Mag Rally - Game Center - Username: Ohthatflo - Will announce on her Twitter feed when she's ready for another game.
They say that home is where the heart is. So then, if your heart isn't in your home, where is it? Sure, decorating a home is a pricey endeavor, not to mention a stressful one. But when all is said and done, a house that fits your style will only make you feel more comfortable. So, take out those tools, put on your overalls, and use these apps to help you turn your home (or in this editor's case, small studio apartment) into the dwelling of your dreams.