Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.drupalgardens.com or e-mail him at email@example.com.
The iW1 from iHome is a superb AirPlay compatible wireless speaker. I was the first person to get a review unit, so more or less the first guinea pig user. Consequently, I had some guinea pig type problems with it, but with help from the folks at iHome, was able to get it working quite well. It is arguably the best combination of features I have yet seen in a portable speaker system.
Not trying to steal Eric Pankoke's thunder on this, but am also a big AW fan from way back, and figured we should get the word out that you can now get this fabulous game (see Eric's preview at link above, and reviews forthcoming from both of us). Go here on the app store ($4.99 currently), or read on for the full PR scoop and video trailer...
Magic Defenders, a tower defense challenge for iPad and iPhone that requires you to master a mix of magic weapons to keep the invading orcs out. Other than pleasing animations, the game is pretty standard TD--not that it isn't still fun to flatten a bunch of orcs with a bombardment of lightning (especially the ones riding the green walruses, if that's what they are).
Posted up previously here on the majorly awesome SoundPrism app from Audanika, and also one of my top picks for 2011! Now there is even more great MIDI capability burned into the latest version to turn your iPad into a synth master control panel, which now includes the ability to interface with NLog. Read on for the full PR scoop...
Two accessories that you can't do without if you have an iPad, or really any tablet: A keyboard and a stand (at least in the case of the iPad 1G). The 2G has a handy cover that serves as an ok prop, but a good sturdy stand is more important than you realize. If I was to add anything else to the short list, it would probably have to include a stylus (since without jailbreaking, you can't use a mouse with iOS). Bracketron happens to have both a stand and stylus (which is also a pen) that are perfect for the job!
Working on a couple of reviews, but wanted to get the word around about two newer titles am trying out this week and also admit to playing SlotZ Racer for more hours than I should have. rRootage Online HD is a top-down, scrolling shooter port of a game originally from legendary programmer Kenta Cho. "Shoot-N-Squirm" from a hail of bullets might be an apt description. Magic Defenders is yet another Tower Defense, but with a wizard manning the watch... Read on to check out the videos and get the gory details...
Looking for a retro game to kill some time this Labor Day? Tapsteroids is free today, so don't wait, go grab it here. If you liked Asteroids (and who didn't), then you will love Tapsteroids. The classic title reborn with gameplay concepts and enhancements we only dreamed of back in the day. Read on for more press information..
This week, I discovered a slot car racing experience (called SlotZ Racer) which is about the most fun I have had playing games on the iPod touch (the developers really nailed it). Another fun distraction has been Destructopus, a scrolling smash-n-duck monster attack. Finally, not strictly under the "what I played" category, but figured I would close out with a mini-review of the social news reader called nu.
If you are in the market for something mind-numbing yet enjoyable on this long Labor Day weekend, go snag Destructopus: Total Ramage! (spelled that way on the AS). Hearkening back to the days of 16-bit nirvana, this Rampage-like scroller is more fun than a triple somersault cannonball off the high dive (which I hope you will attempt sober this year)! Read on for the full PR skinny, and please, folks...destroy responsibly!
One complaint I have about the iPad's screen is the beautiful, glossy surface. Sure it looks great, until you actually touch it. I'm tempted to wipe it with something 10 seconds after turning it on. The glassy surface is also not optimal for quick and constant finger dragging when gaming, and glare and reflections can be be distracting. The NuVue Anti-Glare protective screen guard will diminish these issues.