As iOS gamers we're not used to being jealous of owners of other platforms. We're used to having every gaming company in existence grovel for our attention and charging 99 cents for their million-dollar games. So when info leaks that the developer of the indie sensation Minecraft is developing a mobile version of the game we simply assumed it would be coming to iOS first. Well, we were wrong.
How concerned should I be about this news that my iPhone keeps a database of everywhere I’ve been? I’m sure the truth is somewhere between Steve Jobs’ “We don’t track anyone,” and that funny (and insane) South Park episode “HumanCentiPad,” but what’s the real deal?
For all of its faults, iTunes is a versatile media player, allowing you to organize music in interesting ways -- assuming you know how to do so in the first place. Among the built-in tools offered are Ratings and Smart Playlists, which can be used in tandem to display media in most any way you can imagine.
What do you do with your iPhone or iPad when it’s sitting next to your Mac? Air Display connects your iOS device and your Mac over Wi-Fi, allowing you to use the additional screen space as part of your Desktop -- and also interact via the touch display. The possibilities are numerous; designating a display to your Twitter and IM clients or grouping your Photoshop palettes and brushes on to one screen are just a couple of examples.
It may look a little goofy in action, but we're pretty excited to try out Illusion Labs'new extreme sports game Touch Grind BMX. It's the spiritual successor to the fun early iOS multi-touch game Touch Grind in which players flicked around a skateboard on the screen with their fingers instead of feet. This new game ups the ante in many different ways and brings it into a full-fledged 3D world.
We don't simply hand out 5 out of 5 Editor's Choice ratings to every iOS game that comes along. It takes something pretty special to wow us like that, but Super Stickman Golf was more than up to the task. We awarded the game our coveted perfect score last week in our review.
If you want to see just how much Apple dominates the mobile video arena with its iOS platform, look no further than a new report citing the company’s devices making up 80 percent of mobile video views -- with Android coming in a distant second with the remaining 20 percent.
Possibly our favorite aspect of iOS gaming is the simple fact that anybody can develop, and they can do it cheaply. This leads iOS gaming away from the ultra-serious hardcore tone of console gaming, and gives it its very own personality. Lately, that personality has been utterly bonkers. First Desctructopus. Then Laser Dolphin. Now we've got Techno Kitten Adventure to add to our stable of increasingly weird iOS titles.
The iPad 2 is an amazing device capable of all sorts of wonderous feats, but it just doesn't have the awesome 3D whizzbang gadgetry of some other new devices. i3D is hoping to change that with a new 3D app that brings glasses-free 3D to the iPad. We can't wait for this software to be licensed and used in actual apps.
The Mobile Safari web browser Apple includes with every iOS device is quite fine indeed, but some simply want the freedom of choice we enjoy on desktop platforms. Now that the popular Opera Mini browser is making the leap onto the iPad, we have more choices than ever.