Hands On / First Looks
Icycle: On Thin Ice is a platformer about a man named Dennis trying to survive the frozen apocalypse and find his way to his true love with nothing more than his bicycle, hat, and scarf. Literally, nothing more than that. Dude’s naked. Because if you’re going to place the post-apocalyptic fate of humanity in the hands of anyone, it may as well be the naked fellow on the bicycle.
Deus Ex: The Fall was easily the biggest iOS reveal heading into E3 2013, but could a tablet version live up to the Deus Ex legacy? In short, yes. At length, absolutely. I spent about ten minutes playing the iPad on the show floor and another 15 getting a media demo from Square Enix digital producer James Wright, and I can safely say that Deus Ex: The Fall is everything fans of the series will want it to be…other than it being on a console, I mean.
By now, you all know the iOS 7 Beta is available for developers (it won’t be available for all of us until September). I have the iOS 7 Beta on my iPhone 5, and what can I say? iOS 7 blows me away. Apple did it again, successfully revitalizing an otherwise aging mobile OS and transforming it to something fresh. I can bravely say iOS 7 is a cleaner, leaner, and simpler version of Android.
In essence, Voxer is a walkie-talkie, Push To Talk (PTT) app with some texting and picture messaging thrown in. There are heaps of them on the market. With Voxer however, you get a package that’s produced to the standards I would expect from Apple themselves. The design is almost flawless and the reliability is exceptional.
Already maker of one of the best iPhone accessories and its newly-released companion app, ōlloclip’s newest creation turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a full-fledged camera. The Quick-Flip case features a convertible cutout for positioning your ōlloclip, and a Pro attachment that adds dual tripod threads to the case so you can mount your iDevice and attach an accessory.
PhotoFast’s i-FlashDrive HD promises to deliver file storage and transfer between Macs, PCs, and iDevices, acting as something of a storage Swiss Army Knife. With support for file sharing via USB, 30-pin Dock, and Lightning devices, the iFlashDriveHD lives up to its promise, assuming your iDevice apps are capable of overcoming their anti-filesystem roots.
Everyone can play angry birds for hours but maybe not write a decent paper and print it out afterwards. I once read an article about this very topic which seemed rather like a list of popular recommended apps. Here, I am instead going to try to present iPad apps for education I like to use together. Each of them is doing a great job, and they sure helped me ever since I installed them.
Although battery pack cases for the iPhone have slimmed down over the years, a certain amount of bulk is unavoidable; they’ve got to have that battery, after all. The engineers of iKit have come up with a pretty slick solution to this with their NuCharge iPhone 5 Battery Pack and Case, for which they’re currently completing funding on Kickstarter.
Apple released OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 on Thursday. I downloaded and installed the update last evening via Software Update, and that went reasonably smoothly except that my first attempt at a (mandatory) restart after the App Store app’s prompt still yielded OS 10.8.2.
Cloud is all the rage right now, but the ability to exert precise control over privacy and security settings can be difficult when your’e using someone else’s hardware. Connected Data’s Transporter takes a hard drive you own and makes it available over the Internet in a secure manner, letting you retain control of your data and giving you additional privacy when sharing.
Trident cases for iPhone range from light and stylish protection to hardcore device trauma prevention. Each series features interchangeable parts that let you create custom color combinations and tailor the level of protection to suit your needs. Some cases also feature an integrated accessory mount, which is accompanied by several options including bike, windshield, and tripod mounts.
Returning to Macworld 2013, iBallz had a small item on display for this year’s show. The iBallz Minis offer the same fun looking protection as their larger iBallz brothers but in a pint sized package perfect for your iPad mini. And for a limited time, AppleTell readers can save 20% off their order with an exclusive discount.