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.
We're getting ever closer to what Apple's going to do this September and we're also coming up on Labor Day weekend, so why not order yourself some fresh new gear to be there when you get back from your cookouts? Check out these sweet refurb ideas, plus get a load of these hands-free cases and holders that can make any time iOS time.
A wise man once sang that time keeps on slippin’ (slippin’, slippin’) into the future. But when you’re at work, it’s crucial to not let time, or expenses, slip through the cracks. OfficeTime is a robust time and expense tracker that scales from a single person to a small business. It’s great for tracking billable hours, creating invoices, and generating quick expense reports, and it syncs seamlessly between your Mac (or PC), iPhone, and iPad over the local network.
While there are recording apps for iOS from GarageBand on up, Auria is the very first app to call itself a pro-level Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), and even within the memory and processor limitations of the latest iPad, we’re stunned by what we see – and hear. Auria delivers up to 48 tracks of audio processing power (no MIDI) on the new iPad and iPad 2 (and 24 tracks on an original iPad), with up to 96K audio recording quality, which is an amazing technical feat.
It's not quite as earth-shattering as a $1 billion dollar court decision in its favor, but Apple yesterday announced a couple of important promotions to its executive management team. Craig Federighi, vice president of Mac software engineering, and Dan Riccio, vice president of hardware engineering, were each given a bump to senior status, which instantly anoints them as members of Apple's coveted executive management team.