When I was a kid, we were always drawing out stories on paper. The boys were creating war scenes, complete with explosive sound effects (pew! pew!). The girls were drawing horses and jumping them over fences, complete with movement lines. Pixel Press now makes it possible for you to turn your drawings into video games that you can actually play.
Modern Combat is the most popular series of first-person shooter (FPS) games on mobile devices. It comes ever so close to being console quality. Players enter the role of a fighting soldier and battle through a variety of situations, usually involving a foreign threat. Gameloft has regularly released a new version in the series every year since its first. However, we haven’t seen a new Modern Combat game since Zero Hour launched in December of 2012. According to Gameloft, we are in for a treat later this year.
The company recently announced that the fifth installment of Modern Combat is “coming soon” to smartphones and tablets. The name of the game; Blackout.
Hulu recently held a star-studded event where celebrities took part in announcing new and returning shows, technological advancements, and advertising changes to a room of 1,700 advertisers. While many of the announcements involved what the company plans to do forthcoming to reach a wider audience, one small addition to the lineup will have a huge effect on viewers with mobile devices. Starting this summer, Hulu will add a “selection of ad-supported full episodes” to mobile devices for free.
CNBC is celebrating 25 years in business this year. To honor the occasion, the media giant created a list of the top 25 most influential business people of the past quarter century. The list is filled with names of CEOs, investors, and entrepreneurs. At the top sits former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Taking the number one spot above the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Rupert Murdoch, Jobs was given the coveted spot due to his innovation and “creative genius.”
I go back and forth with my opinion of mounting an iPad to your dashboard, or any place in the front of the car where the driver can be distracted by it. However, I have to admit, it would be nice to be able to use Google Maps (or whatever your preferred mapping service is) on the larger sized screen. It would be more akin to using CarPlay without having to purchase a whole new car. We found a do-it-yourself project that makes it easy to mount your iPad to your dashboard without obstructing your windshield and it only costs about a dollar and five minutes of your time.
Apple’s rumored upcoming wearable computing device, the iWatch, is purportedly already in early production in preparation for launch during the second half of 2014. Although the date is still unknown, China Times is reporting that Apple is already gearing up for a big release later this year.
Finnish security firm F-Secure recently released a report based on cyber attacks on mobile devices and found that 99 percent of all new mobile malware threats detected in the past three months were targeted at Android. Apparently, malware makers have just thrown in the towel when it comes to attempting to infect Apple’s iPad and iPhone devices.
A few weeks ago, Microsoft finally launched its productivity suite on the iPad. Users can now have complete access to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint right on their tablets. With all the glamor and fanfare that Microsoft put into creating the perfect iPad version, they forgot one important feature; printing from the app. Today, Microsoft updated their app to include the important printing capability, so you don’t have to access files on your desktop in order to print copies for everyone in the office.
Technology is for the young and young at heart. Or, at least mobile device use appears to be embraced by the younger generations more than the older ones. According to Ofcom, Adults are turning to smart phones and tablets more for their online activities. In 2013, the number of adults using tablets has doubled from 2012.
Not too long ago I wrote about the beneficial competition between point-of-sale app developers and today we see yet another benefit of the competition heating up. Square has announced three new features which are going to provide indispensable infrastructure to small and growing businesses.