Ten years ago, The Walking Dead made its quiet debut as an independent comic book. The unassuming comic made a big stir in the comic community for having an interesting take on the zombie genre. It has since become a huge hit as a television show, which has prompted all manner of merchandizing. The Walking Dead: The Game launched in the App Store in 2010, and won many awards for its original design, immersive storyline, and addictive game play.
Renown for its artful, creative approach to iOS storybook apps for children, British publisher and developer Nosy Crow is preparing to release an interactive, choose-you-own-adventure-style take on Little Red Riding Hood. The forthcoming iOS app will recast the timeless tale, sans linear narrative, for a digital generation of young readers.
Tom Bonnick, Nosy Crow’s Digital Product and Marketing Manager, shared his insights about Nosy Crow’s newest venture, how fairy tales are like Shakespeare, and why Grandma doesn’t die in their version of the story (psst: it’s interactive; nobody wants wee readers participating in killing Grandma, digital or otherwise).
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Rat Stands launched the telescoping iPad stand, the Z3 in the summer of 2011. Although the company is known for its high-quality music stands, the Z3 is much more than just a sheet music holder for your iPad. It is lightweight, portable, and adjustable to a multitude of heights, making it the perfect stand for practically any use. Today, the company has announced the second-generation Z3 with added security measures and a removable mount for future model sizes.
The Z3 features a telescoping stand so you can adjust the height between 16 and 54 inches. The iPad mount is adjustable with 360-degree rotation using a friction joint, which allows the user to view their tablet at practically any angle.
Nihilumbra was one of the App Store’s best games of 2012. It is visually stunning, emotionally compelling, and offers unique gameplay set to a traditional platform background.
Players control “Born” who was created out of nothingness and is constantly on the run from The Void. Travel deep into caves, across blizzard-like snowstorms, and into lush, green forests to help Born discover his true identity and nature.
Last fall, we told you that PopCap Games had announced the future launch of the second installment of their castle defense game Plants vs. Zombies. In August, it was scheduled for a “late spring” launch. However, it appears the game developers have been spending too much time on the Facebook adaptation and we won’t see PvZ2 for a few months more.
We almost forgot about the iTV rumors. What with all of the iWatch rumors and the cheap iPhone rumors, its no wonder the dusty old TV rumor got lost in the shuffle. Well, DigiTimes grabbed it, wiped it down with a rag, and gave it a prominent place in the spotlight again.
The Taipei-based news blog has reported that the purported Apple-built television set is likely to support “Ultra HD,” which is 3840 x 2160p. Additionally, the rumored set will include voice and motion control functions and Internet connectivity.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office today granted Apple a new patent (No. 8,407,623) that covers a system designed to allow multitouch on a mobile device screen even when the display is not showing any images. This is a patent that could potentially save battery on Apple’s devices by allowing users to perform simple eyes-free gestures to get a response.
In the patent description, Apple details commands that could be carried out without viewing the screen. For example, swiping a finger in a circular motion could change music volume or switch tracks, while a tap on an unactivated display could bring up the homescreen.
Welcome to another edition of Wacky App Wednesday, where I share some of the craziest, wackiest, and most awesome apps in the App Store. Last week I shared the super silly interactive music app Cat Piano, and this week, I have a little something for those of you who are stressed out and looking for a bit of good old fashioned smashing fun.
Smash Dude is designed as a mindless stress relieving activity, where you beat up a sackman with a wide variety of weapons, from lightning bolts and fire to nail guns and paintball guns. It’s not all violent though – you can also give Smash Dude tickles and kisses.
According to The Economic Times, Apple is planning to triple the number of reseller stores that it has in India, reaching 200 by 2015. Apple is not able to open its own retail stores within the country due to restrictions that state that single-brand stores must source at least 30 percent of their products within the country.
The news comes from three of Apple’s current franchisees, who have said that Apple asked them to scale up operations in the country in order to facilitate rapid growth. Apple has said that it plans to grow “aggressively” in India.
It is time, again, for another spotlight on a Do-It-Yourself project for iPad owners. We love making things from scratch, especially when it involves re-purposing things from around the house. Last week, we told you about a homemade gaming console using a jailbroken iPad, Apple TV, and Sony’s Dual Shock 3 controller. Why wait for Apple to build a television set for you to game on when you can do it yourself with a few household items?