Monthly Archives: January 2013
Early Bird is the latest app to go free on the Apple app store. This is a light and fun-filled game, packed with adorable and gorgeous graphics. Developed by the company called Booyah, Early Bird is available for both iPhone and iPad devices.
The gameplay is pretty simple and the controls consist entirely of finger swipes to get the bird from one point to another. The objective of the game is to try and get the Early Bird from its starting position to the worm, by swiping the screen with your finger. The number of swipes are limited for each level, and the path is riddled with various obstructions and other elements. Early Bird is physics based, and the aim is to find the best way to reach the destination, even though there are multiple ways to finish each level.
As you progress through the game, levels become more and more challenging, which makes it hard to get a perfect score. This subsequently enhances the replay value of Early Bird. As is the norm with mobile games nowadays, an in-app purchase is available to help you solve the levels if you get stuck.
The game description on the app store reads:
Help the Early Bird catch the worm! But be careful, challenges await as you flutter through over 160 amazing levels. Discover beautiful landscapes & earn achievements as you swipe your way to success in this incredible action puzzle game.
★ 168 beautiful, fun-filled levels across 7 challenging zones
★ Gorgeous HD graphics
★ Simple & intuitive gesture controls
★ Game Center leaderboards and achievements
Apple has unexpectedly announced a 128 GB version of its latest iPad (with Retina display) quite out of the blue. The new iPad variant will be available from February 5 onwards, and will be priced at $799 for the WiFi only model, and $929 for the WiFi + Cellular model.
Apple device users have often had a common complaint right from the early days of the iPhone - a lack of expandable memory. While Apple had good reasons to avoid flash memory (witness the scores of Android devices around that get slowed down to a crawl thanks to 10s of GBs added in , in the form of microSD cards), it was a bit annoying that Apple decided not to offer a 128 GB version of even its much vaunted 'post PC' device - the iPad tablet. However, from the looks of it, early leaks in the iOS 6.1 developer code seem to indicate that Apple may have a 128 GB device lined up at some point in the future after all.
Apple may have done an absolutely fantastic job in promoting its iPad and iPad Mini over the past year, judging by the sheer demand volumes involved in the sales of two Apple tablets. Apple probably still thinks that another push would do the sales prospects of the 2 iPads no harm, as they have started to promote the iPad and iPad Mini prominently in their online store ahead of Valentine's Day.
There has been a popular narrative among Android / Google fans that Apple is a corporate Goliath that is willing to take up any step whatsoever in its attempts at launching, in the words of Apple's now deceased CEO Steve Jobs, a 'thermonuclear war' on its rivals like Android. While there has been a fair amount of evidence to prove that those claims may be at least a tad exaggerated, some new reports emerging from court documents related to a class action suit against several Silicon Valley giants seem to indicate that Jobs himself was not exactly diplomatic in trying to threaten the currently non existent Palm with a multitude of consequences if they didn't comply with his (and Apple's anti poaching measures).
Temple Run was the unexpected hit from Imangi Studios that has gone on to define the genre of casual mobile gaming, along with the likes of Angry Birds and the like. Pretty much everyone with an iPhone, iPad or iPad with some time to kill seemed to have Temple Run installed, made in app purchases, and effectively turned a rather basic game into a phenomenon of sorts. From the looks of it, its just released sequel, Temple Run 2, is a chip off the old block to say the least.
Reuters has said in a report that Sharp Corp has 'nearly halted' the production of 9.7 inch screens for Apple's ubiquitous iPad tablet. While the company itself is (naturally) evasive on the subject, Reuters' sources in the industry have claimed that "Sharp's iPad screen production line at its Kameyama plant in central Japan has fallen to the minimal level".
'Big in Japan' is an oft used (and abused) phrase used to describe fading or nondescript acts getting unexpectedly famous in the Far East. Google Nexus 7 though isn't exactly cut out from the same cloth, as it has been a raging success in almost all the markets it has been launched in, and now, it has zoomed past the sales of Apple's bestselling iPad in the Japanese holiday season!
Imangi Studios have released the sequel to their highly praised endless-running game, calling it Temple Run 2. The first installment was extremely successful on both iOS and Android platforms, spawning dozens of games set in a similar gameplay model of running endlessly, jumping and sliding to avoid obstacles while trying to get away from what appears to be monster monkeys.
Temple Run 2 is pretty much the same, in that the core gameplay elements and controls have not been changed too much from the original game, even though Imangi Studios completely rewrote the game. The basics remain the same, swiping up, down, left and right to maneuver ‘Guy’ through a path laden with various obstacles and full of sharp turns. The difference, is now the graphics are much better and richer than before, along with a lot of gameplay enhancements. The power-ups found in the game remain more or less the same, but players can now activate a shield at any time in the game which will protect them from bumping into obstacles and dying. There’s also an option to revive your character if you die, by paying using diamonds. As expected, these diamonds are hard to come by and can be purchased as an in app purchase.
The new features as mentioned in the game description on the App store are as follows:
- Beautiful new graphics
- Gorgeous new organic environments
- New obstacles
- More powerups
- More achievements
- Special powers for each character
- Bigger monkey!!!
The game is only available for iOS for now and can be downloaded free of cost. The Android version is supposed to come within a week.
It is no secret that Apple completely turned the tech world on its head with the announcement of its iPad tablet way back in 2010, and has enjoyed an undisputed hegemony in the tablet market over its numerous rivals at every single point of its existence. The staggering success of the iPad has been quantified even further now - according to a new report, in a hypothetical scenario where the iPad would spin off into an independent business, it would still be the 98th largest company in the world according to the Fortune 500 list valuations. Moreover, it would also be the 11th largest American company!
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