NIt's almost certainly not pulling in as many users as Words With Friends, but the App Store's buzziest word game right now is Letterpress, an elegantly designed asynchronous experience that even loops in territorial control elements. And it's a slick freebie that actually lives up to the hype. Spawned by Tweetie creator Atebits, Letterpress is a marvel of minimalistic design.
Beware playing O. with anyone who's aggressively competitive. This minimalistic orb-grabbing game has the potential to bring out the beast in even the most docile opponents. Games may start off friendly enough, but when it gets down to the wire, smacking hands, flicking fingers, and wrestling digits is par for the course. You might just find yourself declaring a thumb war... or worse.
Whether you’re a kid stuck at home on a snow day or a kid stuck at the office on a workday, toys rock. And kids of all ages know the coolest toys are remote controlled, letting you fly or drive away a dull afternoon from your couch or cubicle. If anything can beat that, it’s toys that you can control wirelessly with your iPhone or iPad.
So it was a big announcement week with not only the long rumored iPad mini, but surprises like the newly redesigned iMacs, Retina Display additions to the MacBook line up, and the fourth generation iPad. One thing Apple never does is disappoint. So a few other stories happened this week too, so why don't we take a look?
If you ever wanted to see how the pairing of minimal effort and a free-to-play model could decimate a play experience, NFL Pro 2013 may be the greatest example to date in any genre. It's a disaster in nearly every respect. NFL Pro 2013 has the real-life teams, but not the players, stadiums, or schedules, instead substituting laughable fake names and generic faces for the identical-looking player models. But that's not nearly the worst of it. As a wildly cynical freemium offering, you'll have to use your limited in-game currency to purchase even basic plays in the middle of a game.
Well, we don't know about you guys but we really dug what we saw this week at what everyone was calling the iPad mini event which turned out to be darn near a whole product line refresh. New iMacs! New Mac minis! New MacBooks and MacBook Airs! And then the kicker surprise of the whole day, the fourth generation iPad months and months early. Wow. So what do we have to top that? Well…we've got bargains….
Since its introduction, there are many users who have never downloaded a Newsstand-enabled app to their iOS device. The icon just sits, taking up space on your home screen, without any way to turn it off, or remove the icon--until now. Thanks to a small Mac and Windows app called StifleStand, you can hide the Newsstand app in a folder without jailbreaking your device.
If you're in the market for a new iPad, plenty of retailers and buyer sites are more than willing to take your old iOS device off your hands. According to at least two trade-in sites, the number of iPads sent in for trade has soared, thanks in no small part to yesterday's announcements.
So, after intently following Apple's iPad mini event, you've decided to pull the trigger. But whether you're completely new to the wonderful world of iOS, or a seasoned Apple aficionado, there's still a whole heaping ton of things to consider before spending your hard-earned dough. Thankfully, we've always got your back. Here's a handy guide to understanding all the choices surrounding the newest member of the iPad family.