Capturing the feel of the 80s is like shooting fish in a barrel. Looking at children's entertainment from the era, we had a cartoon designed around selling action figures that turned into cars, while another featured a skeleton antagonist named Skeletor (good job, guys). And on the live-action front, we had Fred Savage saving the day with a host of Nintendo products. You barely need to satirize these when the source material is already this outrageous. It's an easy target, but that doesn't make Saturday Morning RPG's nostalgia-tinged look back at the days of G.I. Joes and Care Bears any less entertaining.
Word spread like wildfire on Wednesday that Electronic Arts was killing off its iOS-based ROCK BAND game, with users receiving a cryptic message with a May 31 target date. There’s just one problem: It was a mistake.
Owners of the iPad have a reason to rejoice today, as they are finally able to join their music-loving brethren on Mac and iPhone in the phenomenon that is Spotify. After a less-than-satisfying release of an iPhone app that wouldn't run natively on iPad, the music streaming giant sat down and built an app from the ground up to give Apple's tablet crowd access to 17 million streaming songs. While the wait was lengthy, the app appears to be worth it.
Clibe is an interesting note-taking app, as it strives to combine this basic concept with social media, by letting you share your notebooks with anyone on the web. Notebooks are saved online and accessible via iPad or Clibe's website, and can be shared with the wider user base, just a few friends, or nobody at all. Images, text, and backgrounds can be easily added to the digital pages, plus you can write and draw with your finger or stylus as desired.
Of all the memorable fighters to bear the Capcom name over the last couple decades, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes seemed perhaps the dodgiest choice to bring to touch screen devices when announced recently. We've seen solid examples of fighting games translated to the iPhone and iPad, such as Soulcalibur and Capcom's own Street Fighter IV Volt, but this crossover fighter is a very different kind of beast -- a dizzyingly quick tag-team affair that's known as perhaps the most chaotic genre entry to date.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to iOS apps: textured, skeuomorphic designs that try (often too hard) to create a level of real-world familiarity for the user, or clean, sleek interfaces with modern flourishes and a heavy emphasis on functionality. Paper by FiftyThree is iPad minimalism at its finest. With a compete emphasis on the digital experience, Paper pays little attention to mimicking its real-world inspiration, resulting in a slick approach that puts the focus where it should be – on the art you create.
The biggest news this week wasn't really all about Apple, but it was their week to shine in their financials, Google's chance to show off their new cloud storage, and Sprint's chance to show us how losing a LOT of blood wasn't really a horrible thing.
We've got what you're after this week. Oh yes, price cuts on apps across the board in all kinds of categories, but right out of the gate we're letting you know that topping off the list is a limited time only Electronic Arts Sports sale-a-thon. Tons of this gamemaker powerhouse's titles are seeing their prices shrink, so get 'em while they're cheap.
Cooking is a science that I don't seem to be catching on to, which is a bit of a bummer. I can make your basic dish of pasta and vegetables and things of that nature, but when it comes to the more complicated stuff -- like making pie crust from scratch or a Vegan dish that isn't bland -- I really need help. Recipe apps like Epicurious are fantastic when you know what you want to make for dinner, but they don't work if you're feeling uninspired.
If you haven't yet gathered, we here at Mac|Life love Instagram. These days, it's pretty much exclusively how we take pictures--even when we're posting to Facebook and Flickr. But, despite how beautiful our photos look on our screens, we sometimes yearn for something a little more tangible. So, we print them. Luckily there are more than a just few services to print our Instagram photos. Here's how you too can print your Instagrams and turn them into beautiful works of art.