Lots of devices this week, so if you're getting ready to go back to school, now's the time for picking up some killer deals that will rock your world without smashing your budget. We're talking MacBooks and iPads alike, so read on and find the deal for you.
Giving a heavy nod to Ridley Scott's oh-so-creepy Alien film series, Alien Breed delivered a good dose of top-down sci-fi arcade adventure back when it first came out for the Amiga. Its portable debut is punctuated with plenty of crawly beast-blasting fun that spans the original game, an updated special edition, and a handful of all-new levels created for its iOS release. While the formula feels a little dated, there's still plenty of pull left in this intense bid for survival amidst the horrors of deep space.
When you open an Apple-built application on your Mac that supports the new Documents in the Cloud feature, you are greeted with the new iCloud document pane. You need to have the Documents & Data option enabled in the iCloud System Preferences in order to use this feature, but once you enable it, it can make your work life much simpler.
Real talk time: the iPad’s onscreen keyboard isn’t the world’s greatest typing tool. It functions admirably for short tappings, but for anything longer than an email, using a virtual keyboard can be an exercise in frustration. But many solutions to this problem sacrifice one of the iPad’s greatest features: its portability. Keyboard-packing cases are nifty, but most add so much weight and bulk to the svelte device that you might as well get a netbook--or deal with constantly swapping your iPad in and out of different cases.
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.