Gaming and television seem to be where the smart money hangs out these days, plus it just happens to be the focus of more than a couple of the hottest stories this week. As Apple TV owners, we just wish Cupertino could move a little faster on some much needed app integration. Meanwhile, what else is going on?
Whatever you think of Kickstarter as a concept, nifty ideas sometimes pop up on the service that are worthy of another look — especially for frustrated MacBook owners looking to keep their power cables securely attached.
Kickstarter has long been the refuge of the "little guy"--the place where independent developers can gain funding for quirky projects that otherwise may never see the light of day--but now it appears the big guys are starting to pay attention as well. Today Logitech announced its acquisition of TT Design Labs, which received considerable media attention after a Kickstarter for its "TidyTilt" accessory for the iPhone brought in over $200,000 last year. Starting today, Logitech's rebranded (and apparently improved) version of the product is available for preorder, and we had a chance to speak with co-founder Derek Karnow ahead of the announcement.
Shovel Knight — a side-scrolling, retro-styled action game that successfully earned more than $300,000 on Kickstarter back in April — is on its way to Mac. The development team at Yacht Club Games is currently hard at work on the title, preparing it for a tentative holiday 2013 release, but company “captain” Sean Velasco took some time out of his hectic schedule to tell us why we’re gonna dig this whimsical, retro-inspired adventure.
It's impossible to know exactly how many quarters we shoved down the throat of the Atari classic Asteroids in our misspent youth, but the game lives on in a new version where the player actually becomes the spaceship.
After six years of cases, keyboards and camera lenses, I figured I had seen every iPhone accessory there is. Over the years, I've tried more stands, cable organizers and styluses than I care to remember, but I've pretty much abandoned them all. It's not that they didn't perform as advertised, they just never seemed to be around when I actually needed them. I tend to travel light — my favorite "case" for the iPhone is AppleCare+ — so I've never really cared enough about any iPhone accessory to let it take up precious pocket space, no matter how well designed. But XiStera might be the first.
When Craig Stern, the singular force behind Chicago video game developer Sinister Design, unsuccessfully tried to fund his Mac game Telepath Tactics at the tail end of 2012, he saw the result not as a closed door, but as an opportunity — a chance to refocus both the campaign and the game itself to better execute his battle plan. And now that the second Kickstarter has doubled its original goal and generated much more backer enthusiasm with a few days still left to go, he spoke with Mac|Life to discuss how initial crowdfunding failure doesn't have to be ultimately fruitless.
Friday marks the end of the March business month, which means Apple has yet to release any significant new products for the entire first calendar quarter of this year. We're pretty sure the folks in Cupertino aren't just taking naps at their desk, however, and we fully expect to see them unleash a lineup of new stuff soon enough. Until then, here's what you might have missed on Thursday...
It's the weekend again, people. Which means you finally have a chance to catch up with all the news that broke this week, to check out some sweet reviews, to take our app advice, and to find some of the best how-tos and Mac help this side of the Genius Bar. It's the top stories from the news you missed.
There's plenty of weather apps for iOS devices, but all of them have one glaring problem: they rely on another service to find out the temperature. The team at Robocat have a better idea. What if there was a tiny thermometer you could plug into the headphone jack of your iPhone, that tells you the exact temperature? The Thermodo Kickstarter project is hoping the concept appeals to a lot of iOS users.