A Macintosh user since 1988, Bill is a director, playwright, and filmmaker.
It was probably inevitable that The Walking Dead would start to feel familiar. Season one had some amazing twists, both in terms of unexpected violence and consequences, but in season 2, the fabric is starting to wear. Clem will have to fight zombies in a quick-paced action scene. Someone will make a horrible choice, leaving Clem to deal with the fallout where it’s impossible to make everyone happy. These same scenarios worked brilliantly in season one, so what’s changed?
The Notchbook is a fine case for the iPad Air. It has everything you’d expect. It has a leather shell and a suede interior. It folds into a stand for watching videos or for using as a workstand. It even activates the sleep/wake mechanism. It’s an entirely familiar design, except for its gimmick—it has a notch cut into the fold for your thumb, allowing you to easily use it two-handed.
Winter’s been playing havoc with my iPhone, causing the battery to drain quicker or just outright die even when there’s a substantial charge left. And even in ideal conditions, I’m still working the battery like a rented mule with video, social media, and game playing. There’s no shortage of power solutions to keep your iPhone charged, but the Leaf case by Jackery is one of the better integrated battery cases out there.
The Seido Dilex case by is odd beastie. The packaging pitches it as an “active” case for running and exercising, with “go out and play” printed across the back of the box several times. It features drop protection in its two-part shell, but also has a kickstand. So you can, I guess, watch movies while running? So how does it function in the real world?
Battle Worlds: Kronos looks familiar—something like a Starcraft clone made up of just the human armies. The story feels familiar, too—the armies of megacorporations transform an entire planet into a huge battlefield. But once you get past the surface, Kronos harkens back to tabletop wargames, prizing tactical play over the story elements, and never holding the player’s hand.
The Mummy case from Loop is an odd duck. It’s styled to be fun and colorful, but with its goofy criss-crossing straps that recall the ’80s Swatch Watch craze, it also wants to be a wallet, holding your credit cards and ID for easy access. While it works well as a bumper case, I can’t recommend the way it leaves your plastic exposed, nor the lack of full scratch protection.
And so The Walking Dead returns. The first season combined simple puzzles with a story that had real emotional stakes and ended up winning numerous “game of the year” awards. So how do you top a game that good? By going bigger, and more intimate, at the same time. Season 2 of TWD picks up a short time after the end of season 1. Clementine, the little girl you worked so hard to save last time, is now the protagonist.
While iPhoto is a wonderful tool for the consumer market—helping people store and tweak the photographs they take in everyday life—it is completely inadequate for managing the large libraries that professionals or dedicated amateurs will quickly accumulate. Adobe Lightroom 5 is a library system for images, allowing you to tag, catalog, and export photos in a nondestructive environment, along with basic manipulation tools.
Padcaster—an aluminum frame with a neoprene insert that allows you to use the iPad as a tripod-ready production studio—has announced an upcoming version for the iPad Air. The Padcaster Air will allow you to take advantage of the iPad Air’s video capabilities, as well as mount accessories (including depth-of-field lenses) to give your mobile production a professional look.
Transport Tycoon is a port of the classic PC game where you build an empire based on moving people and goods from town to town, enhancing businesses while fighting off competitors. Originally released in 1994, the new iOS version suffers from a complex management system and lack of sufficient tutorials.
There are a lot of protective screens out there for your iOS device, offering enhancements from anti-glare to glitter. But what if you could have a screen protector made of tempered glass, that went on easily, and gave you the same sensation and clarity as using the screen of the iPad mini itself?
Truffol has announced a new line of iPhone 5/5s skins: “Autograph”—a slim line of leather with an optional monogram. Only 0.6mm thick, the cowhide leather skin is available in several colors and two variations, one of which has a pocket for a credit card or driver’s license. Available in black, navy, orange and red, the skin covers the back of the device, and can be inscribed, free of charge, with up to three letters.
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