Jordan Mechner, later responsible for the Prince of Persia game franchise, released his first game in 1984 for the Apple II. This game was Karateka. It’s a side-scrolling game featuring industry changing one-on-one combat about a lover trying to save the Princess Mariko from Akuma’s castle fortress. It’s a simple, classic video game story.
Mechner returned to his independent roots earlier this year to remake the game in HD. First appearing on consoles, the remake has an all-star developer team: Screenwriter John August (who is listed as a producer), Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin, and artist Jeff Matsuda were all involved in the production. I never played the original, so I’m walking into this with fresh eyes. And I was not disappointed.
Passwords are a giant pain in the behind (pardon my language). First and foremost, passwords need need to be secure, and in order for them to be secure they have to be a long string of letters (random mix of uppercase and lowercase), numbers and symbols (for good measure). When you create a strong password they’re nearly impossible to remember, the theory being that if you can’t remember it how will anyone trying to hack your account crack the barrage of characters you created.
So, when you create these 15+ character passwords, how are you to keep track of them? There are certainly a number of options available (I know some opt for a good old-fashioned spreadsheet), but if you want a secure, user friendly experience 1Password has been to the go-to choice for quite some time. In December 2012, AgileBit released version 4 of 1Password, which includes an impressive list of new features. Hit the jump to take a peek at what the new 1Password has to offer. (more…)
I’m not the only iPad user who’s received a ZIP file full of photos over email or been directed to download a RAR file over the Internet. Unfortunately, there’s nothing I’m going to be able to do with that until I get back to my main computer, even if the final destination of those unarchived files is going to be my iPad.
Archives changes all that, and with compatibility with pretty much every archive type, I can finally get at all those files. How well can Archives really integrate with your iOS workflow? Let’s take a look! (more…)
Ever wish you had access to all of your movies and TV shows all the time? It would be amazing, right? Yes, there are a few streaming apps out there, but Plex comes with all the bells and whistles. Honestly, I don’t know how I survived this long without it.
This way to learn how to make your life more amazing. (more…)
So my wife and I have a problem. When it came to our first child, naming him was no big deal. We had a name picked out fairly early, we both loved it and everything was great. But now, just two months away from kiddo No. 2 coming out, we have no idea what we’re going to name her. Making things more complicated, we’re locked into a naming convention, so our selection is even narrower.
In the interest of figuring out the problem, I turned to the iPad and Baby Names. Could it be the solution to our baby naming issue, or just another deadbeat dad in a sea of crummy apps? Let’s find out after the jump. (more…)
Ever walk into a mall and see some kid wearing an Angry Birds T-shirt? Maybe there’s a friend of yours who has a stuffed animal shaped like the red bird in the game. Possibly your dad is hooked on the app like crack — you get the picture.
That game was developed by Rovio, and recently a few of their developers spun off to create their own company, Boomlagoon. Their first release is called Noble Nutlings, and it’s the tale of three squirrels, a car and a bunch of acorns. Did they create the next Angry Birds or will these rodents go feral? Let’s find out after the jump. (more…)
At a few of my past (and current) jobs it’s been necessary to send large photos and videos back and forth on Dropbox, and my attempts to request photos often got lost in the shuffle. Not to mention there were a few unfortunate Dropbox deleting accidents, which effectively wiped out entire folders. If only there was an app that was super simple to send, receive and store files and didn’t require clients and the occasional contributors to log in. Oh, and it would be nice to be able to have accurate data about all of those files, like when and who added to the folders and downloaded files. If only, right? Well, as luck would have it, ShareFile is on the horizon and it’s going to make life easier.
Find out how after the jump. (more…)
There has been a definite rise in social gaming as of late, with titles such as Draw Something and Hay Day dominating the App Store.
Only last month, social networking giant Facebook announced that SongPop had placed first in the website’s top 25 games of 2012, receiving the highest star ratings and engagement levels over the course of the year. But what is it exactly that makes this FreshPlanet-developed game worthy of such stature? Find out after the jump. (more…)
There are many cloud storage services available these days (SkyDrive, Google Drive, SugarSync, Box and even Apple’s iCloud), but in my mind, Dropbox reigns supreme. I love the file management system, the ease of syncing content between devices, and the manner in which I can share files with others. Simply put, I’m a Dropbox fanboy.
Just before the holidays version 2.0 of Dropbox was released, bringing with it a brand spanking new design and new features geared towards uploading and managing photos. Having put away my ugly sweaters and wiping the eggnog from my chin, I’m ready to let you know if version 2.0 is a winner. All you have to do is hit the jump. (more…)
We’ve just started a new year, and so many of us already need help getting back on track. I, for one, always set really important goals for myself with high hopes of making them stick, only to be caught off guard by my own lack of willpower and motivation.
All I need is a little help to keep me on the right path, and that’s what My Wonderful Goals offers. The forward planning and positive reinforcement inherent in My Wonderful Goals may give me the boost I need not to stray this time. But can an app really do all that? (more…)