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Bill Stiteler
Associate Editor

A Macintosh user since 1988, Bill is a director, playwright, and filmmaker.

Kinivo BTC455 Bluetooth car kit review

Whenever I rent a car, I make sure it has three features: air conditioning, cruise control, and Bluetooth. The first two are modern necessities, and the other makes me feel like I’m living in The Future. The car automatically detects my iPhone, plays music and podcasts, and by using Siri, I can give commands to a car. And now with the Kinivo BTC455 Bluetooth car kit, I can live out my Knight Rider fantasies in my beige Kia.

Red Giant Universe: a video FX plugin community

Red Giant—makers of video effects plugins for digital filmmakers—are well know for their simple-yet-powerful programs such as Magic Bullet which specialize in making digital footage look cinematic and professional. While they still sell those program suites, they’ve branched off into new subscription-based community called Universe.

“Together We Game:” Logitech crowdsources game dev

Logitech has announced they’re working on a new tower defense game, to be developed via crowdsourcing on a subreddit. The project is titled “Together We Game,” and users will contribute to and vote on every element of the game, from initial ideas to final product.

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PhoneSuit Elite Battery Case for iPhone 5/5s review

Your iPhone battery stinks, but it’s your fault. You’re shooting HD video, playing 3D games, constantly checking Facebook, and applying filters to high-res photos. If you’re a hard core iPhone user, you’re going to need a battery backup. The PhoneSuit Elite Battery Case for iPhone 5/5s provides a power top-up along with wraparound protection.

iHome iDL46 Dual Charging Stereo FM Clock Radio with Lightning Dock does all that

The IDL46 is the latest in the line of affordable clock/radio docks from iHome. Out of the box it comes with a Lightning connector, a USB port for accessories, excellent sound for the price, and a slew of alarm functions for the sleep and nap enthusiast. Paired with the iHome connect app, it becomes even easier to configure.

Atari announces “Pridefest” game

Atari has announced that they’re developing Pridefest, an LGBT-themed game where players will design and run a Pride parade. The app will be available for “tablets and mobile devices,” according to the press release, and players will customize floats, as well as decorate the city and add other attractions.

Jackery mini external battery for iOS

Look, the idea of “standby time” is a joke. You’re not waiting to take calls on your iPhone, you’re using it constantly—for Twitter, for Facebook, to play Simpsons Tapped Out. Your iPhone is not going to make it through the day. You need an outlet, or better yet, an external battery to keep you going so you don’t have to tote around a computer all day. The Jackery mini external battery can charge it, and it won’t take up much space doing so.

Fantasy Football! Blood Bowl coming to iPad

It’s fantasy football which takes “fantasy” literally: Blood Bowl—the game that combines football and elves, orcs, and dwarves—is coming to iPad and Android tablets in July. Based on the popular tabletop game, Blood Bowl lets you take command of your own team of mythical creatures in a brutal stadium battle. Think of it as the Battle of Five Armies set at the Super Bowl.

Civilization Revolution 2 now available on iOS

To the joy and dismay of humans everywhere, Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2 went live today for iOS, insuring that humans everywhere will miss their bus stops, meals, and children’s first steps as they play just one…more…turn. The game, in which you take command of a nation and compete against others, is on the iTunes store for $14.99.

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Review: Mac Internet Security X8

Do you need virus protection if you’re running OS X? It’s not a terrible idea. Do you need a firewall if you’re on a Mac? Absolutely. Mac Internet Security X8 from Intego provides both in a flexible package that makes security understandable, friendly, and flexible for mobile users. It keeps you safe without interfering with the work you need to do on the Internet.

Review: Lego The Lord of the Rings for iOS

Lego movie adaptations are their own subgenre at this point, having tackled Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and both Marvel and DC superheroes. With Lego Lord of the Rings for iOS, they put the entirety of Peter Jackson’s adaptation into one game, with the same familiar gameplay but a tone that’s markedly different from other Lego games.

Review: Guacamelee! Gold Edition just gets stranger and stranger

Guacamelee! Gold Edition is a fun platformer with an off-kilter sense of humor and design that uses Mexican lucha libre wrestling as it’s starting point, then just gets stranger and stranger. Your master spends most of his time as a goat, you get training from a chicken (who has his own gym), and the quickest way to get around is teleporting Olmec heads.