When I was a young man, I stumbled upon a Ben Franklin quote that read, “Beer is proof that God exists and wants us to be happy.” I’m no longer a young man and I’ve since been told (by people much smarter than me) that Franklin probably never said that, but I adore the sentiment and the quote still hangs above my desk.
Ahh, there’s nothing quite like a relaxing daytime drive. The idylls of the open road, the quiet hum of tires meeting road, the feeling of traveling through open air. Conversely, there’s a reason you shouldn’t climb into the driver’s seat while intoxicated -- it can make for one hell of an unwieldy and dangerous ride.
Holy guacamole, it's practically October? October is tomorrow? Is this the fastest year ever, or what? As the leaves start turning and the days get shorter, it's comforting to know that some things never change -- like all the sales in the App Store.
OK, technically those do change; they change all the time! Which is why we tell you about them, in Friday's Price Drop column. This week we'll help you work out, pig out, and then bliss out with one of the funnest games of all time.
Tonight, I'm going to the movies. I'm going to go see 50/50 and I'm hoping that I get a few laughs out of it (and hey, maybe even shed a few tears considering the subject matter). And maybe you feel like going to the movies tonight with a friend or a significant other, or plopping yourself down on the couch with the cat to a rental. Whether you're into mainstream movies, B-movies, Bollywood, or Disney flicks, here's a few apps to help you catch the best of them.
Bam! Pow! Regardless of whether or not you’ve seen the Batman television series from the '60s, you’re probably familiar with the pop-cultural trope of using visual onomatopoeia to induce an appropriately “comic book-y” feel to any given medium. And if you’ve ever felt the urge to create your own homage to camp violence or schlocky melodrama in paneled form, now you can with your iOS device.
At first I was going to make a screencast of my time with Touchgrind for Mac. The plan was to impress you all with my sick laser flips and bluntside nosegrinds. But after playing Touchgrind for Mac for a while, I'm sure that anything I screencasted would be nothing more than a fails compilation. I am objectively and quantifiably horrible at Touchgrind.
You’re sitting there and that commercial comes on. You know, the one with the cool indie music in the background. What is that song? Normally, this would be the moment you’d whip out your iPhone and Shazam that -- but wait, your friend pulls out her iPhone and fires up SoundHound. Who gets the song first? And more importantly, who gets it right?
Ever since Ernő Rubik crafted his famous cube in 1974, there's been a certain satisfaction in matching color-coded blocks to one another. Nowadays, unless you're a genius you likely gave up on one of those after 10 minutes or looked up a solution. Qvoid similarly tasks players to combine color-coded cubes, only this time you're pushing a cube around a three dimensional plane and it's a lot more forgiving and fun.
As developers continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible on the iOS platform, we can’t help but feel sorry for the competition -- especially when companies like Madfinger Games are pushing out mobile games which set new standards for graphics, such as this week’s release of Shadowgun.