It's easy to overlook, but there's a very simple formula for Apple's success. It's the reason why you can take an iPhone or an iMac out of its box and it just works, and the reason why Samsung is secretly working on its own mobile OS: control. Steve Jobs summed it up perfectly during the 2007 Macworld keynote: "Now, you know, one of the pioneers of our industry, Alan Kay, has had a lot of great quotes throughout the years. And I ran across one of them recently that explains how we look at this. Explains why we go about doing things the way we do, because we love software. And here’s the quote: 'People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.'"
Without question, LEGO Legends of Chima Online is geared towards younger gamers. It is, after all, based on a toy line and a CG-animated TV show on Cartoon Network. But don’t write it off just yet — this is a massively multiplayer online action-RPG in which a driving motivation is to collect loot. In many ways, Legends of Chima Online is like a simplified Diablo, and that’s why it can work for older gamers, too.
Some really great-looking games headline the week’s release slate. We already know Smash Hit is stellar — check out our review from earlier — but side-scrolling sci-fi adventure Mines of Mars is also intriguing, as are Wave Wave, Block Fortress: War, and the second episode of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Season Two. Be sure to keep an eye out for full reviews of some of these titles in the coming days, and then check back next Thursday for an all-new list of notable games to consider.
It's amazing what you can make with your hands. With nothing more than a ball of yarn and a hook, you can create handcrafted fabrics and spin those out into all sorts of unique goods. The process of crocheting consists of the seemingly simple process of pulling loops of material through other loops, but by the time you're done, you can have a comfortable blanket, an ideal carrying bag, a hat and matching gloves, or any variety of creations. When you know the craft of crochet, there's little limit to what you can make. With National Crochet Week on the horizon this month, we’ve stitched together eight apps that’ll have you creating homemade works that are as beautifully crafted as they are practical.
Few consumers, it seems, really care for Windows phones. But what if Microsoft brought its beloved Xbox Live service to iOS--would you be more interested then? Microsoft certainly hopes so, as The Verge claims that the Redmond giant is on the verge (sorry) of bringing the service to iOS "in a big way." The problem? That would bring it into direct competition with Apple's own Game Center.
Our monthly recap looks back at the games we reviewed during February, with a total of 18 iOS and Mac games presented here in bite-sized, to-the-point encapsulations. And if you want to see more, simply click the link on each slide to read the full critique and find the link to purchase each game. The App Store produced a pair of 5/5-rated games in February, thanks to the amazing Threes! and Eliss Infinity, but other iOS titles — like redone classic Final Fantasy VI, plus Bug Heroes 2 — also impressed in recent weeks. And on Mac, the month was headlined by the great revival of Tomb Raider, which luckily comes in at a very appealing price.
We’ve got a diverse array of intriguing new releases to scope out this week, from sci-fi drama Out There to the wacky, retro-stylized card-battler Calculords and NimbleBit’s free-to-play Disco Zoo. Be sure to keep an eye out for full reviews of some of these titles in the coming days, and then check back next Thursday for an all-new list of notable games to consider.
The origins of yoga date back to ancient India, but the craft is still widely practiced today. There's a reason it has stuck around for so long: it's one of the most flexible disciplines you can take part in. If your goal is to stretch your body, lose weight, or rest a worried mind, you can find a routine that suits your needs. One of the great things about yoga is it uses your entire body and no additional equipment, so it's easy to practice just about anywhere. You can sneak in a quick session no matter where you are with the help of these eight apps designed to make your practice fully portable.
Last week was a little quiet for App Store releases, but consider this a fine bounce-back, thanks to very alluring originals like Tengami, Oquonie, and Second Chance Heroes, along with the anticipated Bug Heroes 2. We’ve already got reviews of a couple of these titles up, but be sure to keep an eye out for more in the coming days, and then check back next Thursday for an all-new list of notable games to consider.
It’s hard not to look up at night sometimes and wonder what’s out there, off in the world of unimaginably humungous stars so far away that they appear as mere specks of dust to our eyes — or even just in our planet’s backyard, over on the Moon or Mars. The universe is infinitely vast, and despite millennia of insights from studying the skies as well as the Earth, we’ve barely begun to unlock its many incredible secrets. With these eight apps, you can gaze at the cosmic beauty of the universe and pick up some juicy factoids about the planets, stars, cosmos, and everything in them.