It's been awhile since my last WIPTW postup, but the hardware review queue had been piling up. Anyway, I managed to grab at least three keepers this week, and all of them were free at the time of this writing (though two have now have reverted back to full price—sorry about that). First up is Undead Slayer (free), a 3D hack/slashfest; Pinball HD ($1.99 with 3 tables), a realistic pinball simulation; and finally Time Surfer ($0.99), a side-scrolling slider akin to Tiny Wings.
Apple is touting its new fingerprint-scanning security in the latest iPhone 5S as, "making something as important as security so effortless, so simple. We believe that technology is at its very best, and its most empowering, when it simply disappears." As anyone who has worked in the field of security knows, to accomplish this is not a small order and the devil is in the details. Most online services use two-factor security as well as encryption for a reason—because for every security apparatus that you put in place, there will probably appear multiple hacks to circumvent it. That said, Apple is boldly implementing a technology that was been tried before. Based on today's press event, it may change the way we authenticate to our iPhones and even the way we authorize purchases from them.
Well, the press event just wrapped up, and I'm sure our excellent bloggers will be digesting and rounding up all the details for days. Coming to iPhoneland will be a bevy of colors (iPhone 5S: Gold, Silver, and a "Space-Gray"; iPhone 5C: White, Blue, Green, Red, and Yellow). To accompany the new 5S: $39 leather cases, in 5 colors, and $29 silicon cases for the 5C. News about older iPhone models was somewhat surprising, but makes sense when you think about it: The iPhone 5 goes away, and the 4S 8GB model will become free with contract. A pricing roundup on the new models follows. (source CNET):
Holy s'molies, the new iPhone 5S will sport an A7 64-bit mobile chip, and a motion co-processor, creating a whole new era in game graphics as well as health and fitness apps for iPhone! The specifics include support for xcode and 32- and 64-bit apps (2x gen, and floating point registers).
Wow, there is a bunch of great news already coming out from the press event today at Apple. Am following the excellent CNET live coverage here. Not only will Siri get pumped up to search tweets and Wikipedia sources, iTunes Radio lets you create custom radio stations. Outstandingly, iWork apps, iMovie, and iPhoto will be free!
As is already widely known, Apple has just kicked off a press event today to likely announce that it is doubling down on new iPhone models (5S, and 5C, more technical covereage on that angle from Todd Bernhard forthcoming) at a press event at their Cupertino, CA headquarters. Most will undoubtedly love the new 5S 4G LTE network download speeds, with a snazzy new iOS shell to gaze at to boot and maybe a fingerprint sensor. Mainly, I was interested to hear about other stuff, like maybe new iCloud/iTunes (since so much press has been leaked about the new iPhones already), or something earth-shatteringly cool like a new iWatch or iPad model (though not likely), but anyway... All of our iPhoneLifers are keenly scouring every tech news outlet to grab news about this exiting event for our readers!
Booq makes an array of tech-savvy and sturdy carrying and covering accessories, and recently I was able to review the Booqpad mini Agenda for iPad mini ($39.95). This leatherette folio brings together your iPad mini, stylus, and business and credit cards, with a 50-page notepad. Lightweight but functional, the Agenda ensures you are ready for that next important meeting.
If an environmentally friendly group of alien programmers had written Angry Birds Space, it might have turned out much like Solar Flux HD ($3.99). Instead of destroying pig domiciles in the far reaches of the universe, you need to heal ailing suns through clever manipulation of your spacecraft.
The game is 226MB in size, so you might want to grab it through iTunes or Wi-Fi. When you start it up, it walks you through the basic tutorial levels to teach you how to control the ship, collect plasma fragments, and use the various gravity effects to score on each level. The game ran pretty well, though it seemed to take longer and longer to load as I progressed.
Tylt came out strong at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, with eye-catching designs, packing NFC smart features into its gear. Hopefully, new iDevices will be able to take advantage of NFC technology, but even without it, smart products like the Capio ($34.99), let you easily attach any device to your dash or window using a clever adhesive.
Backdoor (free), which works with Facebook and Google+ sign-in, is a social-messaging app created by Daniel Singer, the teenage co-founder of YouTell. YouTell is an anonymous web service that allows you to invite friends to comment, without revealing their identity, on questions you present to them. The idea is that they can answer your questions truthfully while remaining anonymous.
Backdoor provides a similarly anonymous messaging service that your friends can use to text you. The hook is the unknown identity of your texters, with in-app purchases required to unlock clues to their true identity.