Critics of the video game industry delight in exposing stale ideas. It’s a noble goal, I suppose, but when a game comes along that performs all the good old tricks correctly, it’s hard to be disappointed – especially if the price is right. 10000000, a new tile-matching, dungeon-crawling romp from EightyEight Games, walks a well-worn path. But the result is a reliable, crisp experience that feels more like a comfortable reunion than a thrilling new adventure.
When you dream of computers, do you dream of high-resolution displays? What about 5.1 million pixels on a screen that is almost comparable to the resolution of the human eye? A screen where the picture is as detailed and sharp as the scenery outside your window? Whether or not you’ve got the cash for it, you can’t deny that the MacBook Pro with Retina display is one of the most impressive notebooks ever built. But unlike the iPad’s vast library of Retina-ready apps, the Retina Mac apps are lagging a bit behind. More often than not, owners of the new MacBook Pro have to adjust the dimensions for apps that haven’t been updated. Developers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to convert, however, and they’re starting to do what’s necessary to make their applications shine on Apple’s new vivid display.
iPads used to turn heads, but after 63 million sold, give or take, an iPad in the wild isn’t the conversation starter that it used to be. But more than any other stand we’ve tested, Octa’s creative TabletTail is novel enough to draw attention at coffee shops, on planes, or anywhere you’ll use it--and with its compact size and 6-ounce weight, you’ll use it almost everywhere.
For those of us who read magazines more than any other print or digital publication, the idea behind Next Issue is marvelous. Much like a Netflix for such periodicals, the iPad app lets you plunk down a subscription fee each month in return for unlimited access to dozens of top magazines, with both current and back issues (only 2012 releases at present) available for all. It's a prospect that could have serious effects on both the buying and reading habits of magazine aficionados, with multiple plans offering various monthly, biweekly, and weekly publications, though the execution doesn't live up to the brilliant concept at present.
Over a decade ago, Nintendo brought deep, turn-based strategy to the handheld games market with Advance Wars. The cartoony military battles were a perfect fit for the Game Boy Advance, and in many ways, Rubicon has captured the same spirit on iOS with Great Big War Game. Strategy games generally work splendidly with a touch-screen interface, but it's extremely rare to find an iOS title in the genre with such a massive amount of content.
The more music you collect in iTunes, the more you’ll need a good way of organizing it all. Otherwise, you’ll be constantly skipping through songs to get to the tracks you want. The way to keep things in order is with playlists, of which there are two kinds: normal and smart.
When Apple refreshed its laptop line in June 2012, the entry-level price of the 13-inch MacBook Air came down by $100, to just $1,199. Surprise, that’s also the price of the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro. We can’t remember Apple having two entry-level machines like this--in the days of the white plastic MacBook, that was always the rock-bottom-priced option, and until this revision, the MacBook Air was always slightly more expensive than the MacBook Pro, since the Air’s fancy, shrunken innards cost a premium. So now the question becomes how to choose.
When I was a kid, I discovered something amazing: detangler. You spray some on your hair, and voilà, a comb will run right through it no matter how tangled it was. To my knowledge, this product hasn’t been invented for headphone cables, and that’s a darn shame. But Jays seems to have solved the tangled cables problem anyway with the a-JAYS Four. These earbuds sport a flat rubber cable that just doesn’t tangle. I really tried, too. I balled them up and shoved them in my pocket, let them roll around in the bottom of my bag, never used a carrying case -- I even wore them in bed a few times. The cable is just wide and flat enough to resist knotting, and it simply doesn’t catch on itself when you ball it up. There’s no need to wrap or coil the headphones on anything. Just pull them out of wherever you stashed them, give ’em a shake, and they’re ready to go, untangled.
We usually have some killer deals on Macs or we have a bevy of cases for your inspection, but this week our hottest deal is on an iPad. Now, if you're in the market for a Mac, we've got a couple that might suit and there will never be and end to cases or case sales, so we've got that covered too. But if you've been holding out on buying an iPad, perhaps a look below at this price will entice you.