The changing of the guard for Apple nation is hard to miss. The annual rite of the new iPhone is a harvest feast of social jubilation, hand-wringing, and eye-rolling for those not among the faithful. Lest we be unclear from the outset, I’m a card-carrying “fan-boy”, owning Apple computers and mobile devices, not to mention Apple stock. This year the keening of the iMasses is louder than ever, with the most sweeping update to the iPhone’s operating system since the original ground-breaking iPhone was introduced in 2007. Is iOS 7 really a big deal, and should you care? Jump with me, through the looking glass…
Technology moves so quickly these days, so quickly that sometimes we can’t even keep up with it. Madefire is technology so new it doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page yet! All kidding aside, for those of us who love our comics in digital form, you can forget standard motion comics, flash animation, even ComiXology to an extent. Madefire takes even Thrillbent to the next level. Meet me after the jump to learn more about Madefire, the future of motion comics.
If you’re in need of a tablet and don’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars for the Apple iPad, check out the Google Nexus 7.
At 10″, with a quad-core CPU and 1280×800 display, it’s really more of a direct competitor to the Kindle Fire than anything else. The N7 is a well-built, great looking handheld that packs a punch. It feels great in the hands thanks to the rear texture, and the screen looks great and bright, with a good viewing angle (better than most tabs I’ve seen). The touch screen is responsive, gaming feels and looks great and hi-def movies look really crisp.
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What can be said about the iPhone 5 when one is upgrading from a first generation Motorola Razr? Yeah. That’s right. Up until October of this year, yours truly was stuck in the dark ages, contacting friends and family via a device, not five years old, in a form of communication akin to Morse code, telegrams or…smoke signals.
Taking photographs? Yeah, the Razr did that. Grainy, washed out pictures frustratingly tucked away in some labyrinthine subfolder that took numerous pushes of a button to find. Texting? Yeah, it did that too. Push three times for the letter “c” and all that. Predictive text, here, is a boon only if you’re looking to communicate comedy gold. When I caught my two-year-old Goddaughter frustratingly pushing the Motorola “M” symbol on the flip cover in hopes of having the “home” screen light up in front of her, I knew it was time to upgrade. Never mind her insistent (and disappointing) swiping across the miniature screen.
“Hello Moto”? More like “Goodbye and good riddance”! This is a gift guide column dedicated to the brilliance of the iPhone 5. Bigger, better, faster.
I’m admittedly a little late to the party on this one, but if you haven’t tried Fieldrunners 2 for the iOS, you don’t know what you’re missing!
For fans of tower defense games, FR2 will make you feel right at home. Instead of defending a specific point, however, you’re simply trying to stop the “fieldrunners” from getting across your screen. This is pretty simple in the opening levels, as they enter the screen from one point, and are relatively weak – allowing you to dispatch them with ease. Once you progress however, you’ll find a multitude of different units including airships, zeppelins, tanks and more coming across your screen, with varying levels of armor and speed. It gets hard…really hard.
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This year, digital is making waves in the comics scene. So it was great to hear it from the horse’s mouth at Comic-Con 2012: David Steinberger, CEO of ComiXology and John D Roberts, co-founder, were on hand to tell us all about what’s next for digital comics.
Read about the future of comic books after the jump!
I’ve always been a fan of anything zombie related, especially zombie games like Left for Dead and Resident Evil. Surviving the zombie apocalypse with nothing but a baseball bat or a hand gun always seems so awesome, and I love immersing myself into those worlds.
Zombie HQ for the iOS is another game that had my interest piqued when our editor told me about it, and I had to try it out to see for myself.
The game’s premise (or lack there of) is simple. You’re a survivor of a zombie outbreak, and you’re currently living on a rooftop in the middle of a city that has been overrun by zombies. The main goal is to survive, while building your home base into a fortress.
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