After all the hooplah, jabs, hype and hyperbole leading up to its launch, the Kindle Fire -- which lends itself to so many failure puns, it’s almost as if Jeff Bezos is daring us not to buy it -- is not an iPad. It’s not even an iPad attacker.
You may recall awhile back that a huge $12 billion plan was put into place in Brazil for Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn to help meet iPad demand. According to government sources though, that deal may be "in doubt" because of faltering negotiations over tax breaks, as well as Brazil's lack of skilled labor.
Faraway has been in the works for some time, but for many, the upcoming indie game first appeared on the scene a couple months back with the release of the alluring teaser trailer included below, which shows essentially nothing of the gameplay experience, yet still hooks viewers with powerful text, audio, and imagery. Luckily, after playing numerous rounds of Steph Thirion's game at the Fantastic Arcade portion of Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas this past weekend, I can safely say that the hype built by that slick trailer is well-deserved, as the engaging constellation-creating game is a true standout on the upcoming iOS horizon.
Dutch game developer duo Vlambeer has only been making games since September of last year, but the studio has made a strong impression on fans of independent video games in that short span of time. Part of that impact has come from its games -- notably Radical Fishing and Super Crate Box, a pair of free Flash-based titles that rely on simple mechanics to deliver electric play experiences. Unfortunately, the other part comes from the notoriety of having one of their games copied by another company, which proceeded to take the idea near the top of the App Store charts -- while the studio was quietly creating its own iOS version of the original game.
Tiger Style Games' debut release, Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, was one of the first truly original App Store standouts, letting you command an arachnid by flicking it around stages, all the while unraveling a mystery as you spun webs and captured flies. The studio's next big release looks to make a similarly distinct impression on the iPhone and iPad, this time by blending familiar play elements in a very different way with a game that features side-scrolling exploration -- and gardening.
When the iPad 2 launched earlier this year, Apple offered a program to donate your first-generation model, where Teach For America would in turn use them in some of the poorest schools across America -- and now, more than 9,000 units have made their way across 38 states.
Since the moment it hit store shelves, Apple’s iPad has been a runaway success. Even with a glut of Android, QNX and -- albeit briefly -- WebOS powered tablets flooding the market, the Cupertino designed iOS device has not only held its own, but stifled the sales of computing hardware like the Xoom and Eee Pad Transformer.
Despite being the yard stick against which all other current tablet hardware is measured, Apple’s slim sliver of awesome wasn’t the tablet to hit the market. Far from it, as a matter of fact. We’ve put together collection of five tablets that, while may have been technologically tasty in their day, faded into obscurity as the days wore on.
The rumor mills are heating up as September enters its second half. Next week we expect things to really get hot and the week after that'll be like living on Mercury. We've got a few of these tasty stories, mainly involving a third (possibly fourth?) carrier for the iPhone, as well as some gaming news sure to make at least one reader squee in our hottest stories of the week round up.
According to an article translated from the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has reaffirmed his position that mobile game development would be bad for Nintendo in the long run.
Even in a world where SMS messages can be pecked out on a virtual smartphone keyboard and internet searches made with a single voice command, there’s still a place for handwritten notes. For those of you that prefer jotting down your memory joggers using an iPad, we’ve put together a short list of pointers to ensure that your digital writing experience is a pleasant, legible one.