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…
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.
Avengers fans assemble!
A new iOS/Android Avengers game is coming titled Avengers Initiative, and it’s is deemed to be the “mobile gaming event of the year.”
According to the trailer, the premise is somewhat vague, but what we do know is that someone has released every super-powered criminal you’ve captured, and those criminals are now running rampant through the city. The trailer shows specific game-play controlling the Hulk only, and – though it doesn’t show any on-screen control buttons – claims that the game’s controls and high-definition visuals have been built exclusively for touch-screen devices, which could mean a better gaming experience for those jaded by shoddy controls in previous action/adventure games.
As previously stated, the trailer shows Hulk footage only, but it is revealed that this is only the first installment, and that there will be free – I smell micro-transactions! - episodic content coming that looks to include other fan favorites Captain America, Thor and Iron Man.
Stay tuned to BiffBamPop! for the official review after the release!
You can check out the trailer here:
If you’re a comic book lover (and if you’re reading Biff Bam Pop I’m guessing you do love your comics), you likely know that it’s a huge day for Marvel Zombies like myself, thanks to the release of the first issue of Avengers Vs X-Men. Marvel has been teasing this massive event for months now, so it’s pretty exciting to finally be able to see the teams get ready for battle. If you’re going to read the issue, and I recommend you do (the script from Brian Michael Bendis hits all the right note and the art by John Romita Jr is solid), you really want to make sure you check out the digital version available at comixology.com or via the comixology App.
It’s pretty much the future of comics.
For a few years now the landscape of social media hasn’t been known for its variety in terrain. Myspace has become primarily a destination for music and not much else, and Friendster has turned into an online gaming site. Which, of course, left the only real landmark, the world-conquering time-waster known as Facebook. That is, right up until earlier this week. Google + opened to the public several days ago, and those of us not privy to a beta invite can now enter and explore what some claim to be a serious competitor to Zuckerberg and Co. In my opinion, there’s a problem viewing the two companies as a winner/loser scenario, since there’s more than enough room in the market for both of them to thrive.