Video game publishing juggernaut Electronic Arts announced today that they will be acquiring independent video game developer PopCap games for a kingly sum. PopCap Games is best known for its casual and social gaming titles like Bejeweled Blitz, Plants vs. Zombies and Zuma.
Developers that have splintered off from the main team that worked on the classic PC/Mac game Bioshock from 2007 have announced that they've formed a new studio. They're also showing off their very first game that will eventually be making its way to mobile platforms including iOS.
As great as iOS is, it’s had one missing feature since the days of the original iPhone: lack of built-in to-do management. That will change with iOS 5’s upcoming Reminders app, but you can take charge of to-do’s today with BusyToDo, which brings familiar to-do management to your iDevice. How familiar? Picture iCal’s to-do features, then imagine most of them transplanted to a no-nonsense iOS app. That’s BusyToDo.
There are many ways to save and share on the iPad, but until now it wasn’t so easy to turn most anything into a PDF document with a tablet. That’s where PDF Converter comes in, the latest productivity app from Readdle that easily converts Microsoft Office, iWork, web pages and more into PDF files, right on your iPad.
There are iPad apps for theme parks, but we've focused on the iPhone and iPod touch ones because we can't think of anything we'd less want to lug around and leave behind while we ride roller coasters than our iPads. While it may be of interest to look at the maps of parks back at the hotel on your big iOS device, it's the pocket-sized ones that are really going to get the work out.
The video chatting sphere is really heating up online. In roughly the same week, Facebook announced their partnership with Skype and Google rolled out Hangout in their Google+. FaceTime for Mac hit the Mac App Store not too long ago and is set to get much bigger with Lion. Meanwhile, old hand Skype was bought by Microsoft just this year. Clearly, everyone's investing in video in a big way.
Procrastination is a major killer. You might be the fastest worker in the office, but if you’re not actually, you know, working, you’re in for some long nights. If you’re a chronic procrastinator, there’s little-to-no chance you’re going to take the extra time to fill out complex to-do lists to get your work in order. That’s where iProcrastinate comes in.
Anger problem? Don’t punch us for this suggestion (kidding!), but there’s a trio of iPhone apps in which a Muppet-esque “doctor” named Shrinky (shrinky.net) talks you through mental health–related topics. Shrinky: Anxiety and Shrinky’s Anger Remedy are $2.99; Shrinky: Cheap Chill is $0.99. It seems silly at first, but if you listen to the puppet (through headphones, ideally) and follow his calming instructions, you should actually feel better. And at the very least, you’re taking a proactive step toward doing so, instead of simply reacting to whatever made you angry in the first place.
Stressed out? We feel you. Stress is the worst. Fortunately, the iTunes Store has tons of solutions. Podcasts are free, and searching for “stress” yields dozens of results. Since different people will respond to different techniques, download a few episodes and listen to them on your commute or in a quiet corner with headphones. A couple of our favorites are Dr. Harry Henshaw’s Enhanced Healing Podcast, which features relaxation music and binaural tones at five minutes an episode, and The Meditation Coach Podcast’s episodes “8-minute Guided Breath Meditation with Theta Rain” and “4-minute Mini Vacation Guided Meditation.”