The world is getting tired of waiting for Microsoft to make Office widely available on mobile devices. At least, that is what Reuters is saying. The go-to news organization recently reported that young companies are done hoping for Microsoft to make its productivity apps for tablets and smartphones, so they are moving onto something they can use now. Apparently, the Office maker actually has a full version of the productivity suite in-house, but is waiting to launch it publicly.
Crazy Taxi is one of those games I played religiously in the late 1990s. I’d come home from work, turn on my Dreamcast and veg out for hours, picking up fares and collecting tips. The iOS version is a direct port of the original game with a few additional iOS treats. Today, Sega announced the upcoming launch of a brand new version of Crazy Taxi by the same guy that created the original game.
DigiTimes, the same tech blog that earlier reported Apple had already placed an order for 80 to 90 million iPad Pro units is now claiming that the company never made those orders, but has instead, “shelved its large-size tablet project.”
According to DigiTimes, brand vendors have pushed for larger sized tablets in recent months, but due to lack of support from platform developers and ecosystems, Apple has decided not to follow through with their original plans to launch a 12.9-inch iPad.
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is big on inspiring the world to make movies. Not only movies, but more specifically, animations. Last June, the organization launched a comprehensive catalogue of Norman McLaren’s short films, which included a few workshop features where users could create their own McLaren-esque animations. Today the NFB announced the launch of another app that lets future filmmakers try their hand at animation. This time, it involves the stop motion kind.
Epic role-playing adventure games hit their stride in the mid 1990s. With some help from titles like Final Fantasy turning the gaming world upside-down. A lot of game makers wanted to try their hand at the genre. In 1995, Namco launched the first in its “Tales” series, which grew in popularity to the point it has been ported to a number of different device, including the recent port to iOS.
When Apple launched iCloud three years ago, the company intended to make seamless integration between iOS and OS X. Since then, major updates to the company’s productivity apps for both operating systems have improved greatly and iCloud has helped make integration much better than it was before. Today, 9to5Mac claims to have information that Apple will be adding OS X’s TextEdit and Preview apps to iOS with the next version of the mobile operating system.
Evidence continues to mount that Apple is working on a new ‘wearable’ device, either in the form of an iWatch or some other exciting new product. A patent application was published today that points towards Apple getting into the finer details of what it is going to take to make a really great device.
I should have seen it coming. I think, secretly, I knew it was. Amazon just sent out emails to Prime members letting them know that the subscription to the service has increased to $99. Members whose renewal date starts after April 17 will be charged the new fee. Student Prime subscribers will see their rate increase to $49.
Commercial Airlines have been slowly inching toward integration of mobile device use on flights. By 2011, United Airlines had already begun trading heavy flight bags with iPad tablets for the company’s pilots. Once the Federal Aviation Administration approved passenger use of portable electronic devices, all bets were off. Today, United Airlines has announced a new in-flight entertainment program that will allow iPad and iPhone users to watch TV shows and movies on their own devices.