Unlike the vast majority of color-matching puzzle games, the play mechanics that power Fractal: Make Blooms Not War may not be readily apparent the first time you play it, nor does the game offer up a dead-simple intro tutorial. Fractal is a bit obtuse, no doubt, but this elegant puzzler is well worth scratching your head for, as the grid-shifting approach gives it a unique feel unlike that of its contemporaries.
It’s looking like a green Christmas for those of us on the East Coast, so we can use all of the cheering up we can can get over here. Yeah, we won’t have that awful snow to shovel or plow out of our driveways when the family comes to visit, but there’s just something not quite right about a holiday weekend without the white stuff. With that in mind, let’s settle in for a short winter’s night with some tasty tech news for this fine Thursday, December 22, 2011.
Even basic phones have cameras these days. Add to that a profusion of inexpensive, high-quality printers, and photographs are everywhere.
In many homes, people are swapping traditional paintings for personal snaps. But with myriad photos demanding your attention from dawn to dusk, it’s easy to become wearied by them and yearn for something a little more creative and natural. Yet you also don’t want to remove pictures of those you care about from your walls and mantlepiece. What to do?
The speed with which we lose touch with our own family history is amazing. Digging deep into the building blocks of what makes up your DNA can quickly become compulsive as you rediscover ancestors long forgotten and uncover the occasional exciting – scandalous even – tidbit along the way.
Wouldn’t it be great if every speeding ticket you’ve ever gotten added up to something cool? Colin McRae: DiRT 2, Feral Interactive’s Mac OS X port of the off-road racing game, tallies the results of your high-speed antics to open up new locations across a variety of event types, including Rally, Trailblazer, and Land Rush. You can even create a character to guide through a lengthy race career.
Whoa, it's certainly been a week for app updates, hasn't it? If you've visited your App Store app lately, it's been updates to nearly everything every day. End of the year and everyone's pushing out the improvements they've been working on to deliver before holiday breaks start. And that's not all that's been going on. Check out the hottest Apple news of the week. Oh yeah.
Whether you develop software, work at the help desk, or are simply assisting a friend or relative, creating a step-by-step tutorial can be a huge help--but corralling all those screenshots and notes can be a chore. Clarify aims to clean up the process, letting you easily create tutorials--complete with screenshots, instructions, and annotation. The software also includes tools to share your documents, although the limited options might present a few problems.
While many pundits may have scoffed at the idea of a Mac App Store when it was first announced, the people have spoken -- with their wallets! On Monday, Apple revealed that the Mac App Store has now soared past the 100 million downloads milestone, less than a year after it was launched.
Despite the rumors of a Logic Pro X being nearly complete, Apple has today released a minor update to the existing Logic Pro 9 and MainStage 2.2 to the Mac App Store, thus ending an era of boxed software from Cupertino. The good news is you can now buy these pro music apps cheaper than ever before!
First introduced in 1440 by Johannes Gutenberg, and still in use by enthusiasts today, letterpress printing uses raised blocks of reversed, reusable letters and graphics laid out in a frame, which are then inked and pressed onto a sheet of paper to produce a right-reading image. Those born after the advent of desktop publishing can now experience such old- world craftsmanship right on their Mac, thanks to the $9.99 LetterMpress app.