If you’ve been holding out on your Black Friday shopping to see what Apple has in store, you were wrong to do so; Apple’s specials are never as good as those from the big box retailers. You do get the benefit of shopping online for some items other retailers aren’t offering online, such as the iPad mini with Retina display…except Apple isn’t offering a discount on the iPad mini with Retina display. So never mind.
I don’t think there’s a war on Thanksgiving. I know some people like to say there is now, but that’s crazy talk. People have been bemoaning the war on Christmas for decades, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned from playing Risk all our lives, it’s that it’s futile to launch a two front war, be it in Europe or in the holidays. So, yes, I went to a store on Thanksgiving Day. It’s partially Apple’s fault, as of course I have to get the kids the latest and greatest, and I know it’s going to be in short supply.
Back in June, I told you about a wonder iOS game I demoed at E3 2013 called Icycle: On Thin Ice. It’s been a while, but I’m happy to let you know your chance to play it has finally arrived. Chillingo has announced the launch of Damp Gnat’s highly anticipated Icycle: On Thin Ice on the App Store, and trust me, this one is worth the wait.
You know, this actually makes perfect sense to me. I’m a guy who enjoys quality in my audio products: good sound, solid craftsmanship. The ladies in my life (specifically, my wife and daughter) like things that are pretty and/or purple. If a speaker system doesn’t look good sitting on the bookshelf, then it’ll be sitting in a box. If you’re in the same situation, the new Acoustic Research AR for Her line means you won’t have to sacrifice audio for fashion.
You know, I agree. I, too, am tired of headlines that somehow incorporate the terminology of the announcement in a clever-clever way. I’ll do better next time. But! That shouldn’t detract from the announcement that Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Pirates will be available for “high end” smartphones and tablets on December 5th. The game features “… brutal naval combat, Caribbean exploration and an epic quest for legendary treasure.”
Here are five iOS games I’ve played in the last year that would make really good gifts. Because of the free-or-nothing App Store mentality, some of the more “expensive” $1.99 and up games get ignored by iPhone and iPad gamers. This is your chance to make it clear to them that you usually get you pay for. And because any friend of yours is a friend of mine, none of these games require in-app purchases at all.
If you’re an iPhone or iPod touch gamer, this holiday season is going to be a fun one for you. Earlier today, we let you know about one of the first iOS 7 gaming controllers to be released. Here’s another. The Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery provides console-style game controls for increased play-time on your iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, or iPod touch (5th generation) running iOS 7.
MOGA has been a leader in mobile game controllers for some time, so it makes sense they’re leading the way to iPhone game control with their MOGA ACE POWER for iPhone 5/5c/5s and 5th gen iPod touch. If you don’t recall, Apple snuck an announcement regarding game controller support for iOS 7 into their WWDC presentation, and that support has now come to fruition.
MacBook or iPad? Laptop or Windows Surface 2? It’s a question that’s getting harder to answer these days. Our own Charles Moore has been wrestling with it, and Joanna Cabot over at TeleRead is faced with a similar dilemma. Her current MacBook is aging quickly, and with the amount of work she’s offloaded to her iPad, she was wondering if a Microsoft tablet isn’t the way to go.
Its 7500mAh power capacity can hold its charge in standby mode for up to six months thanks to innovative power lock technology, making the Jackery Fit perfect for those who don’t often need the extra power, but expect it to be ready to go when they do. But perhaps the most unique feature is that the Jackery Fit has an integrated LED flashlight that provides up to 450 hours of illumination.
You know Spacetime Games by now, right? They’re company that brought us the MMO games Arcane Legends, Star Legends, Dark Legends and Pocket Legends. Their latest isn’t quite so legendary, apparently, but it’s just as massive. Battle Command! for iOS and Android is free to play in both single player and online modes, but it does feature optional micro transactions that enhance the play experience with vanity items and speed boosts.
The weekend I bought my iPad Air, I wouldn’t let my children touch it. This didn’t sit well with them, what with all the mines to be crafted and monster lives to live, but I had no protection on the device. Hard Candy had sent us a couple review cases, but I forgot them at TechTell Towers. Once I put the iPad Air inside the Squish for iPad Air, my fears were allayed; this case offers some serious (but fun) protection.