The ball is rolling. Accessory makers and game controller companies are on the move. It took a while to get started, but we are now spotting more and more iOS 7 controllers in the wild. Even more exciting is that companies aren’t narrowing their options to just the iPhone anymore. MOGA had a hit on their hands with the iPhone-only gamepad, “Ace Power.” The company is already working on their second submission to the market and this one will be compatible with both iPhone and iPad.
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It is possible that Apple is preparing to move old stock to make room for a new version of Apple TV. Today, the company has launched a special deal that would essentially make the set-top box only $75, brand new. The discount comes in the form of a $25 iTunes gift card, which you could use to stock up on movies for your new Apple TV.
Almost a full year ago, Namco Bandai launched their official Tamagotchi app for iPad and iPhone. I admit, for months, I cared for my pixelated baby, cleaning up its poops, feeding it, and playing games with it. I had fun with my Tamagotchi, but just like the real thing, the fun wears off after a while. I’m ready for a new one.
This week, Namco Bandai launched their second virtual pet app in the form of Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. Angel.
How often do you send physical cards to others through the mail? Does anyone other than grandma get greeting cards from you in the mail? It used to be that people would send birthday wishes, congratulations messages, get well cards, and condolences through traditional postal services to friends, families, and colleagues where they would then sit on the mantel for weeks before finally being relocated to a drawer somewhere. Now, birthday wishes, baby announcements, and party invitations are quickly typed up in emails or on Facebook. They may be more convenient, but they have no staying power.
American Greetings has the ability to change that with Creatacard. This new app lets kids create cards using digital drawing tools, stickers, paint brushes, and more, right on the iPad. Then, you can mail a physical copy of the card to your friends of family as a professionally printed greeting card.
NimbleBit, creator of such games as Tiny Tower, Pocket Trains, and Nimble Quest have just launched their newest free-to-play title in the App Store. Instead of building a tiny tower for citizens to live in, or traveling the rails on pocket sized trains to distribute goods, players build the best zoo in the city and throw a disco party.
In Disco Zoo, players travel the globe in a rainbow-colored hot air balloon, rescuing animals (from the wild, apparently) and bringing them to the zoo to let the world see them. Oh, also, there is a disco party.
The U.S. Patent & Trade Office just published a patent application from Apple that could protect the backlight from getting scratched, which produces “artifacts” on iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers. The self-healing and Teflon coating would make it possible to eliminate artifacts on Retina display screens.
According to Patently Apple, the patent, titled “Systems and Methods for Preventing Light Guide Plate Scratching Artifacts,” details a method for coating backlighting guide plates to protect the technology from being scratched. When backlighting gets scratched, it causes unsightly artifacts, which result in white spots on the screen.
Year, after year, after year, Apple takes the number one spot for Fortune’s list of World’s Most Admired Companies. Thanks to uncompromised quality, a wider audience than ever before, and a long-term investment in innovation, Apple has, for the seventh year in a row, been honored with the number one spot on fortune’s list.
Do you remember when all of the rumors about a Steve Jobs biography movie were spreading around? Some said an independent filmmaker would make the picture. Others said Aaron Sorkin was the writer. Aston Kutcher was slotted to play Jobs. All of those rumors have come true, but time has divided them out and made their realities more clear.