For some gamers, there’s no school like the old school. Thanks to the jailbreaking community and the Bluetooth connectivity of Nintendo’s Wii Controller, you can combine the gaming greatness of the 1990s with the high-tech power of Apple’s iPad. Let’s get started!
Good news everyone! For years, Apple's water damage policy has kept dedicated iOS gamers from blissing out with a bit of Doodle Jump in the bathroom, as thanks to the presence of a Liquid Contact Indicator (LCI) inside of every iOS device, a single drop of moisture from your sink or toilet could bork your warranty support. Fortunately, if recent a recent leak from an Apple Authorized Service Provider is correct, it looks as though Apple has had a change of heart surrounding their much-maligned water damage policy.
Yes, that's right, other than the five minutes of novelty and the hours of torture for everyone around you that an iOS application like Cat Piano can provide, it seems that one can also turn it towards loftier pursuits... like riffing on Katy Perry. In what could easily be the best video you see all day, an intrepid YouTube user has managed to pull together a very respectable cover of Perry's "Teenage Dream," playing every part of the song on his iPad.
There are a lot of translation applications available via the iTunes App Store. Some are excellent and some are pretty terrible. Many can help you find your way around town, but none of them to date, however, are as cool as Word Lens. In blending the essentials feature set seen in many iOS translation applications with some basic augmented reality features, Word Lens has changed raised the bar for what both translation and augmented reality applications should be.
That's not to say Word Lens is perfect--far from it, actually. During our testing of the application, we found that the program often had difficulties locking on to the text we wanted it to translate, or worse still, couldn't decide on a single option for what a word should translate to. Looking past the program's short comings, however, we can't help but see a little glimpse of the future here. It has more than a few of us at Mac|Life excited at the prospect of being able to rely on Word Lens during our next trips abroad, or at the very least, into the international food aisle of our local supermarket. If you haven't taken the time to download the application and check it out, we've put together this how-to guide to get you started.
There's a whole lotta ruckus surrounding the fabulous iPad/iPhone game The Incident of late. With the recent release of the of Version 1.2 of the The Incident, The game's developer Matt Comi gave giddy players the ability to control all of the action on their iPad screen by using their iPhone or iPod touch. If that wasn't enough awesome sauce for you, then you'll be thrilled to hear about the second generous helping he has planned: With the release of Version 1.3 of the application, gamers will be able to get their pew-pew fix on an even larger scale as the incident will be playable on TVs and monitors via a direct iPad connection.
The folks at Valve just dropped the mother of all gaming news bombs: One of the most beloved and most played games in the world, Defense of the Ancients--widely known as DOTA--is getting the sequel treatment. are now officially old news. Get ready for DOTA 2!
The internet can be a frustrating place for the consuming public: it's so full of web ads, popups, poor site design and tasteless humor, that sometimes it's tempting to just turn the computer off in favor of going outside to experience real life. Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of Github user Erik Rothoff, the world needn't resort to such draconian tactics such as exposing oneself to sunlight or reading a book. Thanks to his genius-level coding performance, that which vexes you during your forays into the digital world can be shot at, fragged and done away with.
On any other morning, shuffling out the door in search of coffee after four hours of sleep would be the height of drudgery. Today, however, thanks to a discovery made by MP3.com founder Michael Robertson, there is an extra little spring our my step.
While many of us have been waiting with bated breath to see what Apple's intends to do with LaLa, the music streaming service they purchased a while back, Robertson has been streaming his music from iTunes to his Apple mobile devices. The new ability comes thanks to Apple's recent iDisc App, and is detailed in the deep in the legal flotsam released notes. See? it always pays to read the fine print.
There's been a lot of ballyhoo made over the iPhone 4's innovative antenna design and high resolution Retina Display, but you don't often hear too much about one of the unsung heroes of the handset's hardware, the gyroscope.
"A gyroscope, you say?" Yep it's in there, and it's a fine upgrade over the iPhone 3GS' compass and accelerometer hardware.
One of the biggest talking points during Apple's press conference earlier today (aside from the fact that Apple Loves us,) was that no new products leave the company's Cupertino campus without stringent testing. Given the veil of secrecy that Apple prefers to operate under during product development, it comes as no surprise that they'd be none to thrilled to outsource that testing to third-parties or to facilities that they don't control. Under such circumstances, there's only one thing to do: build your own test facilities.