Looking for something to do while you're waiting for your Apple devices to receive the rumored iOS 7.1 update "any day now"? We've got a pretty juicy Tuesday recap to snack on while you wait, including Apple buddying up with BlackBerry for CarPlay (sort of), RadioShack store closures and oh so much more. Rather than tell you about it, let's just dive right in, shall we...?
Song Blaster is an arcade-style shooter that loosely incorporates your personal music library into gameplay. The concept has been done before by games like Beat Hazard and Audiosurf, but rarely has it been this playful. You won’t find in-depth strategy or demanding tests of reflex with the free-to-play Song Blaster, but what you do get is a fun, stimulating way to virtually interact with your favorite tracks.
If the word “beat” quickly leads you to "tab," "bat," "ate," "bet," "tea," and "eat," you’ll probably do just fine at Writer Rumble for iPhone and iPad. Proving the pen is mightier than the sword, combatants in Writer Rumble duel not with fireballs, but word tiles. Dragging your finger across the grid of letters to spell words creates not only terminology but also projectiles, which are flung at the opponent to cause damage. The longer and more complicated the word, the more powerful the attack. Think Boggle, but more violent.
Hey, the weekend is here! And for those of you in the United States, it’s probably a three-day extravaganza, thanks to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday. Although we’re not sure getting an extra day off work is really showing appreciation for those in the Armed Services who keep us safe, we’ll take it where we can get it. The daily recap will be taking Monday off as well, so we’ll see you back here on Tuesday -- in the meantime, enjoy the day’s news for Friday, May 25, 2012!
Well, Netflix has been in the news a lot lately, and it hasn't all be pleasant for the one-time darling of Wall Street. In July, Netflix announced they would be splitting up their DVD and streaming into two separate products, which effectively raised prices around 60 percent. Many customers were angry, and yesterday CEO Reed Hastings said, "I messed up."
But the apology also included some more disruptive news, that Netflix would be spinning off the DVD business altogether into a separate company called Qwikster. Not sure if this is a good or a bad thing yet, and confused why Netflix choose the name of a Twitter account belonging to a weed-smoking Elmo for their new venture, many customers are giving up on CEO Hastings and Netflix and looking for new ways to get their movie fix.
As we edge closer to September, the August rumor cycle begins steaming up. Will September 7 prove the magic day? Will the iPhone 5 make its appearance? Will you be able to buy it that day? And what about this mysterious discount iPhone we keep hearing about? Prepaid? All in the cloud? What gives?
This week GameFly announced its exciting new PC and Mac online rental service that will allow gaming fans to subscribe to the service and download any of the games GameFly has to offer straight to their desktop. Now, while they're not the first to offer such a service -- Steam already offers a heaping pile of Mac games -- they'll hopefully add more to the library in the future, which is why we’re so excited for it. Here are nine of the reasons we can’t wait to give it a spin.
In case it’s not already apparent, physical media for entertainment is on the endangered species list. Following Netflix in their attempts to ditch optical discs in favor of streaming, GameFly has just announced their intentions to do the same with the launch of a digital gaming distribution platform later this year.
Netflix announced two separate tiers of pricing last week, separating their disc and streaming options and raising the ire of customers, who are now ready to separate their wallets from the service with all the ferocity of an F5 tornado. Is there really life after Netflix?