This week, starting on Father's Day, I discovered a veritable trifecta of great and mostly free games. First is the momentous Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous ($2.99 now, but was free), which is so awesome, it should be an iTunes Gaming Essentials! Next up is Semi-Automatic (free), a kookie retro time-stress zapper. Tap, slap, and spin to stay ahead of a pixelly robot attack. Last but not least is Pure Pinball ($1.99), which brings realistic pinball action to your idevice. Read on for the low down.
Notification Center, which was introduced in iOS 5 and expanded in iOS 7 with several tabbed views (Today, All, and Missed), will now be greatly enhanced in iOS 8, with new customization features including the ability to add third-party widgets to the Today view. In the current beta, the default in the Today view is Today, Traffic Conditions, Calendar, Reminders, Stocks, and Tomorrow Summary. A new Edit button lets you somewhat rearrange this list and also hide items. Developers of apps can now also develop widgets associated with their apps that you can choose to display on your Today screen. You'll be able to add widgets such as weather, sports scores, and current eBay auctions.
Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. Among the App Store’s myriad games, it’s all too easy to overlook some of the greats. Each installment of Game Centered will take a closer look at a select few worthy of special recognition. This week we'll take a look at some of the newest fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled action games to hit the Apple App Store.
We do enjoy the games at iPhone Life. What's not to love about having something like a kabillion titles to choose from?! So, we decided to run a series amongst the gamers here that highlight our favorites over the years (some of us been swiping, tapping, or joysticking since the 1970s), and expound a bit on our opinions about freemium, downloadable content (DLC), and regular old-school purchase models. Siva Om has regularly covered this area (and does a superb job) in his column, but the other iPhone Life gamers thought maybe we would each throw in our two cents as well. Here is mine...
If you go to Apple's website today, the home page is exclusively a 2-minute video honoring founder Steve Jobs on the anniversary of his passing. The menu bar across the top appears once the video finishes. After the video plays, the image fades and a message from CEO Tim Cook appears noting the anniversay of his death and praising what he achieved. It's a moving video, and all tastefully done -- a fitting tribute.
At the age of 40 the late Apple founder Steve Jobs was one of a number of tech visionaries interviewed for a 1995 documentary titled "Triumph of the Nerds." Jobs's segment in the documentary was only 10 minutes, but the original interview with him was 72 minutes, and notable for understanding his vision at a time just before he rejoined Apple after having been pushed out of the company in the mid-80s. That original interview was thought to have been lost, but was found last October on a VHS tape. It generated a lot of interest in that it coincided with his passing and the release of the Walter Isaacson biography.
Just wanted to Share a few of more of my favorite Steve Job Tribute videos:
First is a short slideshow tribute that we created:
We wanted to create a short video here at iPhone Life headquarters to discuss the legacy of Steve Jobs. Martyn Webber sat down with Hal Goldstein (Founder of iPhone Life magazine), and David Averbach (CEO of iPhone Life magazine) to talk about the impact Jobs' has had on all of our lives. See video below:
I heard about your passing in the early hours of the evening last night, just as the news was breaking.
I was on my iPhone.
I looked down to take a moment and saw my iPad close by on one side, my Mac on the other, and I realized how much a part of my life you have been.
It wasn’t always that way. For years, my wife would tease me: she called me a “PC geek” and tried to entice me to drink the Apple juice. I was stubborn, but I did eventually give in and I bought an iPod.
And I loved it.