Yesterday, Amazon's Jeff Bezos took the stage to talk about the company's new line of Kindles. The Paperwhite, despite its sort of goofy name, looks promising enough. But the Kindle Fire HD may prove the most stunning example of how Amazon plans to muscle its way into tablet market domination. Can it really beat the iPad at its own game?
The end of the world is rarely a beautiful thing. Bastion bucks the trend with a story-rich, action role-playing adventure set in a colorful fantasy landscape that easily makes for one of the most visually striking post-apocalyptic tales I've ever encountered. But the unusual way this quest to salvage the remnants of humanity unfolds is even more memorable than its stunning design. Nearly every action you make -- from simple combat maneuvers to the choices you make as you play -- elicits a clever narrative response that ties the magical journey together in a very personal way.
We all wait with baited breath for what will come next week. With an event scheduled for a mere six days from now, we're sure gear dealers and refurb sellers are waiting for a glut of trade-ins, so be sure to come back next week when the deals will probably begin popping like corn at a theater. For now, here's some pretty sweet deals just for you.
Whenever I have a random thought while using my iPad, there are plenty of places to quickly jot it down. But if I have the makings of a real idea, I generally want to keep it somewhere safe so it can it germinate and someday reach its full potential. Concept understands that great ideas need room to grow. While it might seem like just another variation on the digital notebook, it's actually more of a skeuomorphic mind mapper, adorned with scraps of paper, sticky notes, and mini Polaroids that keep track of your thoughts (and your thoughts' thoughts).
Platformers often come with an expectation of nostalgic bliss -- that starting the game will bring back feelings of blowing into a large plastic cartridge. Mikey Shorts nails its 8-bit-inspired aesthetic. It looks like an HD-infused Super Mario Bros. and sounds so Eighties that it should have the faint noise of a Metallica album behind the chiptune score, as if it's creeping in from behind the closed door of an older sibling's bedroom. The simplicity trickles down to the controls, which consist of a two-way directional pad and jump and slide buttons.
Though Pitfall! for iPhone and iPad shares its namesake with the classic 1982 Atari game, this 30th anniversary "remake" bears little resemblance to its predecessor. It is, through and through, an infinite runner -- a style of game popularized by fantastic titles like Canabalt and last year's hit, Temple Run. Pitfall! doesn’t push any boundaries or blow away expectations, but it is bigger, flashier, and bolder than others of its kind.
You might be wondering: "What can a hotspot do for me?" Wonders, actually. It can turn your phone into a nifty little portable Mi-Fi so that you can hook up your iPad, MacBook, or other neighboring iOS devices to it to get on the internet via your phone's wireless connection. Sure, it'll be slower than Wi-Fi, and you'll need to have an unlimited data plan lest you get charged an arm and a leg, but it's a great way to really turn your iPhone into the supercharged mini computer that it really is. Read on and we'll show you how to do it.
Rumors! Rumors! Nothing but rumors half the time! Well, we've got a few of those and plenty of other news. Just wait until next week, though, as September officiallykicks off "Overheated Speculation Month" for Apple watchers. Meanwhile, here's a few overheated news stories from this week that are raising up some dog day like weather around these parts.
Ever since Steve Jobs first praised Pulse at the iPad’s launch event, the highly attractive app has become its news aggregator of choice. Stylish, slick and still devilishly simple to use, Pulse gathers all your news-feeds into one place, offering you a snapshot of the day’s biggest stories.
The presidential election season is in full swing, with the candidates vying for your approval this November. But if you're quickly growing tired of the back-and-forth campaign ads and serious subjects at hand, VOTE!!! The Game offers some comic relief. Unfortunately, the relief is short-lived; the game's nothing more than a quick novelty gag, hardly worth the space it takes up on an iOS device.