From action blockbusters like Iron Man 3 and World War Z to kid-friendly fare such as Despicable Me 2 and Turbo, most of the biggest films of the summer generated iOS games, including many free-to-play options. With endless runners, racing games, and high-impact brawlers in the bunch, there's plenty of variety on offer, though the quality swings wildly between them. Here's a look at 10 of the most notable games based on summer blockbusters, and how they turned out compared to their big-screen inspirations.
There are many solutions for storing photos and videos in the cloud, and Stream Nation is the latest to offer a range of affordable options. Users are initially given 2GB of free storage for photos (JPEG, TIFF, RAW, and others) or videos (MOV, AVI, MPEG, or even MKV), which can be uploaded from Mac or Windows applications or via the free, universal iOS app. It's a slick and secure app overall, though we encountered a handful of drawbacks during use.
One of the reasons that Netflix caught on so well is that it made the act of watching our favorite movies relatively easy; what hasn't been easy is finding something that suits your tastes if you don't know what you're looking for. Netflix hopes that "Max," its new game-like recommendation system, will fix that.
Remember the desolate island used by the villainous Silva in the latest James Bond epic Skyfall? Now you can visit the barren Japanese landscape that inspired the film without leaving the comfort of your own home.
In Hollywood, the month of August is typically reserved as a dumping ground for movies that probably never had a chance in the first place -- which seems to be the case with Ashton Kutcher's star turn as Steve Jobs.
The Fast & Furious movie franchise has gathered a cult-like following of fans who enjoy the intense action and tricked-out vehicles, with the sixth entry expected to dominate the box office once more this weekend. Fast & Furious 6: The Game is true to the elements that made the film series such a smash, with beautiful graphics and plenty of extras relating to the films – though the actual racing in this free-to-play affair can get a bit dull and repetitive after a while.
Cupertino may frown on formats like AVI and MKV, but that hasn’t stopped developers from creating apps to support playing such videos via iOS. The problem is, most of them are downright ugly. Luckily, that isn’t a problem for Infuse, a universal video player from the folks behind aTV Flash. However, while Infuse may boast refined visual flair, this slick player lacks expected features, like organizational tools and video output support.
Another day, another lawsuit against Apple -- only this time, it's not over patents or even the devices it makes, but rather Chinese animation content being sold in iTunes without a license from the company who owns it.