Well, it may not be the Firefly series revival that many of us have been hoping for, but it looks as though fans of the cult sci-fi TV adventure will be able to scratch their 10-year itch with a Firefly-themed iOS app scheduled for a Summer 2014 release. According to the teaser trailer (viewable after the jump), it will be called Firefly Online.
Apple invested big in accessibility on iOS, with magnification, voiceover support – which lets your device read text and menus aloud to you – and voice commands supported out of the box, improving the lives of disabled folks of all stripes. But the built-in accessibility tools are just the tip of the iceberg, especially for the visually impaired. The App Store is full of great apps to help blind and partially-sighted people get the most of their iOS devices. Here are 10 of the best.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. A couple of slick action affairs headline the week's offering – tactical shooter Breach & Clear, and aerial dogfighting sequel Sky Gamblers: Cold War – though other intriguing options like same-screen iPad multiplayer curio Gentlemen! and "bullet hell" shooter Sine Mora are available, alongside new Pac-Man, Bloons, and Archie games.
The Daily Beast published a report today that points out that Apple devices like the iPhone have a "kill-list" of around 14,000 words don't register a misspelling when written correctly but fail to offer a suggestion when you spell them incorrectly. Many of these--such as "abortion" and "bullet"--are associated with controversies and hot-button subjects, leading some commentators to describe Apple's actions as tantamount to censorship.
When it comes to comic books, characters like The Avengers, Superman, and Wolverine get all the headlines, but for more than 70 years, Archie and his pals in Riverdale have been hanging out, having fun, and addressing everyday issues in the long-running family-friendly series from Archie Comics. And on July 18, iOS users will get to experience the escapades of Archie and friends firsthand when Archie: Betty of Veronica arrives in the App Store worldwide.
Well, that didn't take long. Barely two days after Deus Ex: The Fall's release, publisher Square Enix has already backtracked on its controversial decision to disable gunfire when playing The Fall on jailbroken devices. An update that remedies the issue is expected to appear soon.
Creating a new installment in the Deus Ex series is ambitious by definition. To meet the lofty expectations of fans (who've been perpetually on guard since 2003's disappointing Deus Ex: Invisible War), the games need to deliver freely explorable, believable worlds; unique characters who react to (and remember) your actions; multiple paths through their environments and multiple solutions to every problem; and smart, cleverly written storytelling rife with philosophical ruminations on the relationship between humans and technology.
To attempt all of this on a console or PC is tricky. To attempt it on iOS seems impossible, but — surprisingly enough — Deus Ex: The Fall does a competent job replicating the gameplay of 2011's Deus Ex: Human Revolution, albeit as a somewhat stripped-down companion story.
So apparently some of you are really into this whole smartwatch thing. We still don't have many ideas about what to expect from Apple's take on the tech, but apparently Pebble's smartwatch received as many as 275,000 preorders through Kickstarter and Best Buy before its launch last week. You can bet Apple's taking note.
Guitars have always been an iconic symbol of rock and rebellion, which is why it's no surprise that they're the instrument that so many budding musicians flock to en masse. While guitarists might be a dime a dozen these days, great musicians know that having a big bag of tricks to draw from can help push their skills to the limits and beyond. Fortunately, the App Store has everything a guitarist could dream of to give his or her noodling a serious tech-heavy boost. Fancy yourself a six-string samurai? You'll get a ton of mileage out of this virtual toolkit of essential iOS apps to boost your guitar wizardry!
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. This week is marked by notable releases like the console-esque stealth-action affair, Deus Ex: The Fall, as well as Rovio Stars' latest release, Tiny Thief. We've also got a brand new episode in the brilliant The Walking Dead adventure series, a fighter based on the film Pacific Rim, and fresh titles in the Zumba, Ravenmark, and Call of Mini franchises, among other new releases.