A well-made strategy game reminds us of a season of Survivor,
requiring a player to struggle, conquer, bargain, backstab, and
dominate until all resistance has been removed. Rome: Total War,
published for the Mac by Feral Interactive, certainly fits that
bill--only instead of eating bugs for a million dollars, all you have
to do is conquer the world.
For something that looks roughly the same wherever it’s played, video
sure comes in a lot of formats. Online videos, including YouTube’s, are
often Flash (FLV or F4V) files, while DVDs contain the Video_TS
structure, TiVo shows get wrapped in their own proprietary MPEG-2
format, your camcorder captures clips in AVCHD--and the list keeps
going. You shouldn’t need to know any of this to play and watch video,
which is where Popcorn steps in. Roxio’s software imports these and
other formats and compresses them for use on an AppleTV, iPhone, PS3,
YouTube, DVD, and more. While it occasionally stumbles, the app comes
in handy more often than it disappoints.
Internet radio offers options well beyond the powers of old-fashioned
broadcasting, but something’s still missing--that’s because many music
apps don’t go the extra mile themselves to let you record
internet-radio streams. Radio Gaga plays and records thousands of
stations, but the more you try to do with it, the more you’ll only hear
Twitter feeds and Facebook are replacing web browsing and email for
many of us, but seasoned social networkers know the revolution is only
just beginning. In fact, the next phase may already be underway with
Knocking Live Video and Ustream Live Broadcaster, two video-streaming
tools that put the power to share live video with friends, family, and
followers in the palms of your iPhone-clutching hands. Both apps offer
fun features, impressive tech, and our favorite price tag: free! But
which one should you use?
If you made a Venn diagram (you know, with the overlapping circles) of
people who love point-and-click adventures, people intrigued by
Leonardo da Vinci, and people who don’t get carsick, everyone in the
overlapping area absolutely needs to play The Secrets of Da Vinci. But
anyone else might find this game’s flaws too much to take.
One of the great excitements about the iPad bringing books to its large
screen was the potential for comic books and magazines to really deliver
some killer content. The 9.7" color screen could bring seriously
enhanced readability as well as create a new genre of interactive
In response to one overlooked demographic,
Oceanhouse Media has launched additional iPhone and iPod touch apps
featuring some beloved children's titles.And they've got their eyes set on the iPad.
If you’ve ever found yourself diving for your phone to silence an
embarrassingly juvenile ringtone (mine is a Guns N’ Roses song, but I
don’t embarrass easily), iRingPro can keep you from being “that guy.”
Sure, you could just use one of the iPhone’s 25 packed-in ringtones,
but how generic is that? iRingPro’s Origin, Tek, and Zen collections
offer ringtones of sophisticated taste and style. But they’re more than
just nifty sounds--they’re thoughtfully designed for the needs of the
iPhone user, who, let’s face it, is used to a top-notch experience all
It was the biggest let down when Chrome was first released. Whaaaat? No
Mac version? But, but, but, Apple and Google were the best of buds back
in those days. How could they do this to us? How could they treat us
Then Chrome arrived for Macs. And another heartbreak
followed in its wake. Every single new feature they've added to the
browser, Google has rolled out first for Windows users months earlier.
And this time is no exception.
The earlier release of the latest iPhone/iPad software development kit
has been updated to a Beta 2 release. As we get closer to the official
sell date on the iPad, we're getting hopeful and excited for what kind
of wonderful newness our iPhone's will be picking up.