Sometimes a sequel to a sub-par game is so close to the original, you wonder why the game developers bothered. Other times, the sequel is so far removed from what made the first one popular that no one cares. Then there are games like G5 Entertainment's Youda Survivor 2 HD (Free, or $6.99 In-app purchase for full game). While mechanically it doesn’t seem much different than its predecessor, it’s so easy to get into and so hard to put down that you won’t care. I’m not sure what makes the style of game play so catchy, but whatever it is, the developers behind the Youda Survivor series have pretty much perfected it.
When Square was first released, it garnered a lot of buzz: it was an extraordinary combination of practicality, cool, and cost-effectiveness. You simply plugged a small square gizmo, which was free, into your iPhone, and used it to swipe credit cards. The best part was that unlike other credit card processing systems, there was no monthly fee. You simply paid 2.75 percent of each transaction, with no other fees. This low cost convenience was ideal for small businesses, and needless to say, Square was widely adopted.
This article contains highly technical information tailored to hardcore geeks/engineers. However, section “2. Which one to go for?” is digestable for beginners.
I haven't been able to find any reliable information on the internet about the image quality, speed, and scaling differences of the two 30-pin HDMI adapters: the first-generation MC953ZM/A (model number A1388) and the second-generation MD098ZM/A (A1422) one. The only information I could gather on the differences were the news items reporting the release of the new adapter.
As I know quite a bit about both video theory, processing, and iOS programming, plus have the necessary hardware to properly assess HDMI image quality and speed, I found it necessary to come up with an in-depth article on the differences.
I've written about Sculpteo before, which lets you order custom 3D printed cases and accessories from its app. But its latest effort takes its capabilities a step further, which lets you create virtual works of art and then order real-life equivalents!
The app, Let's Create! Pottery HD ($4.99) is a partnership of Sculpteo with Infinite Dreams, letting you create artwork and generate it in 3D.
Let's Create! Pottery stands on its own as a fun, beautifully-designed app, which my kids have used for some time.
Ballistic has a new series of cases for the iPhone 5. The Aspira Series Case ($34.99) offers stylish but tough cases for iPhone 5.
There is little doubt that the corners of a phone take the most beating. Accordingly, Ballistic has reinforced the corners of the Aspira cases for extra protection.
The case itself has a high polish, anti-scratch coating to keep it bright and shiny and has multiple layers in the semi-rigid shell.
The cases come in a wide array of designs to choose from that include a pink floral design on a white background, pink, black, green, white, honeycomb, and black with green borders.
After seeing A Knight's Tale the movie, I seriously wanted to get in a time machine and go back to the Middle Ages (though I'd likely end up a lowly field peasant instead of a knight)! It would be awesome to see knights with swords clashing, gleaming armor, damsels in distress and well... jousting! Jousting has to be the coolest sport ever, am I right? Think two medieval maniacs thundering toward each other set on knocking the other into oblivion! Want some of that action today in modern times? Get the most excellent Knight Storm (Free) now!
We hear the debate often—which mobile operating system is better, Apple's iOS or Google's Android? If you follow tech news and blogs, most likely you've seen the numbers broken down every way possible. And while this new infographic is not unique in that it pits iOS and Android against each other, the "war" isn't over market share or user experience— it's about app revunue. The graphic, designed by Ben Moss, editor of WebdesignerDepot, offers a very useful comparison for the so-called starving developer.
With more than a billion smartphones now in circulation worldwide, it comes as some surprise that one in three developers live below the “app poverty line,” unable to support themselves from their apps. But the 7 percent of developers living the dream, making more than $10,000 per month off a single app, keep others strategizing to do the same. That strategy starts with choosing a platform.
Although there had been rumors of a June announcement and July launch of the next iPhone, it increasingly seems likely it will arrive in September. And one of the more interesting details to emerge in recent days is that it may have a sapphire crystal home button. It won't be a physical button, as in current iPhones, but will be capacitive touch just like the display.
Historically, ABC has led the way in making its content available through on-demand streaming, via its website and mobile apps. However, until now, that content was delayed 12–24 hours after the original broadcast. That's about to change if you live in New York City or Philadelphia. According to The New York Times, ABC will release an update this week to ABC Player (free) that will include a "Live" button. Tap that button, and you'll be able to live-stream the programming from the local ABC affiliate stations in those two cities. However, as with other streaming apps such as HBO Go, you won't be able to live-stream the program unless you subscribe to cable or satellite TV and first log into your account. The feature, according to the Times, will be available in six additional cities this summer. And ABC is in talks with affiliates in 200 other cities to offer live streaming in those cities.
Increasingly, businesses rely on audio and video technology for enterprise training, conference calls, not to mention spring and summer office parties! Therefore, I'm reviewing two new speakers, not through the lens of the audiophile, but of the business user for a change.