Ah, back-to-school season. It used to be about spiral notebooks and Trapper Keepers, but now that everyone has iPads and iPod touches, the first day of school is all about showing off your shiny new apps. We've tracked down 10 of the best that'll keep your grades as high as your cool factor.
We hate to be the ones to tell you this, but not everything about your Vegas vacation stayed in Vegas. iPhoto’s Info button can show your pictures’ resolutions, shutter speeds, and so on -- but it can also reveal more private stuff, like the location of your hotel room and the time an image was captured. That’s metadata, and there’s plenty to explore inside every photo on your Mac. To see it all, you’ll need a metadata reader like iExifer. Apple’s Preview can do the job for free, but iExifer’s interface tweaks make it worth a look when looking into your pics.
The awesome developers over at Kairosoft have revealed that their next iOS release will be a port of their Android game, Grand Prix Story. It's a fairly well regarded game, but the release will come with a catch.
With a few exceptions, mascot kart racers are generally a phenomenon to approach with caution and trepidation. It may seem like fun when a well-loved company takes a bunch of their most beloved characters, outfits them with racing gear, special abilities, and weapons, and sends them on their merry way through a variety of themed tracks. But often these sorts of projects don’t reflect the same level of polish and care a fan might expect from Company X’s flagship titles themselves.
Not the case with Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing...
August, the month that could really use a holiday but doesn't have any for some crazy reason, is dragging on. It's Friday again. That's a good thing, but if you have time to kill this weekend, whether you're hiding from lousy weather or wiling away the hours in an airport, we've found some great time-killers on sale in the App Store, at low, low prices of free to $1.99. Treat yourself...
It’s hard to say what you’d do in the event of a zombie apocalypse, though most people agree that they’d arm themselves to the teeth -- and perhaps set the undead hordes on fire. As you do in Burn Zombie Burn, a third-person strategic shooter in which you fight wave after wave of assorted zombies. Initially you have a revolver and a torch, then upgrade to assorted Uzis, shotguns, clubs, explosives, flamethrowers, chainsaws, lawnmowers, mind control rays, and Gatling guns.
Games, games, games. The more you play, the more you enjoy, the better you feel. Mac gaming hasn't always been a priority for game publishers, but with digital distribution platforms like Steam and the Mac App Store, the world's made it easier to buy a game, download it and then play it right away. So if you're ready for it, from free to five bucks to full-priced must-plays, here are 10 top-shelf games every Mac gamer should be playing right now.
Minecraft is an enigma. The simplicity, both visually and conceptually, might turn off hardcore gamers who have no urge to build massive structures and replicas. But take up your tools for even a few hours and you'll inevitably be addicted by the game's scale. In Minecraft, your only impediment is your own creativity. Here's a glimpse of my time in the Minecraft world.
We can't for the life of us figure out how there is even a legal case to be made that lets us do this App Showdown. Making words with tiles is so generic a concept that Scrabble can't have a beef with Banagrams, but Words With Friends is so completely similar to Scrabble in every particular that it boggles our minds. Nevertheless, which is the better game?
It's really heartening to see the tide turn back towards Mac game development since the launch of the Mac App Store, with big-budget blockbusters and familiar iOS apps alike coming to Mac screens everywhere. While paid games are in steady supply, it may be tougher to locate worthwhile free offerings amidst the loaded listings -- and sure enough, the selection isn't quite as robust as you'd expect from the iOS App Store. But give it time! Until then, we've rifled through the current selection and picked out 10 worthwhile offerings that cover a wide variety of genres (and attention spans).