As You Read This, Apple Is Hard At Work On The iWatch
In a further attempt to capitalize on the attention spans and disposable income of the human race, Apple is - according to tech consultant/former Apple employee Bruce Tagnozzini - working on a watch that “will fill a gaping hole in the Apple ecosystem.” He goes on to say “Like other breakthrough Apple products, its value will be underestimated at launch, then grow to have a profound impact on our lives and Apple’s fortunes”
Bloomburg reports that a team of 100 designers are currently developing the watch.
So, like, this better be some videochat watch shit and not just an Apple version of Nike’s FuelBand.
Also, if it does pretty much all the core stuff that we smartphones for, will we still need smartphones?
The amount of Pokémon news that comes out every week honestly blows my mind.
Today saw the release of the official Pokémon TV app for iTunes and Google Play. Smartphone users can now download the video app to watch different episodes of the Pokémon animated television show. The app rotates 50 different episodes — get this — every single week.
The app is separated by region, which is really awesome, and every episode you can view is free to watch. The app will also be hosting full-length movies, starting with Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice from February 15-18. The app will also be debuting the animated short “Meloetta’s Moonlight Serenade” on February 15.
It is rare to find really amazing art that is meant to be a functional piece of daily technology. These iPhone cases from Twig Case Co. are just that.
The cases are indeed made from paper. Well, technically it is called Richlite. Made from trees from Sweden and Brazil. These are the first cases to use Richlite and it is extremely strong. It is also extremely efficient in production.
For those objecting due to forestry or unsustainability concerns, rest easy. Each case is FSC and Rainforest Alliance certified, meaning that the process is utilizing the responsible management of our planet’s wooden resources. The FSC is a non-profit organization that was created to stop the irresponsible foresting of the rainforest and other endangered areas.
For those looking for a unique and high-quality iPhone case, the choice is clear. These Twig Co. cases well designed and will last you beyond the life of the iPhone.
Get ready to break your iPhones. VVVVVV, and recent iOS hit, Superhexagon creator Terry Cavanagh revealed on Twitter that he is working on an iOS version of the game.
For those who don’t know, VVVVVV (originally released on PC, Mac and Nintendo 3DS) is a fantastic entry into the masochistic platformer genre which also includes I Want to Be The Guy and Super Meat Boy. These games take pride in killing the player as many times as possible and present an enormous challenge to anyone playing them. VVVVVV has a unique gameplay mechanic that allows players to bounce from the floor to the ceiling by changing the gravity. This creates thrilling moments of hope when falling upward through a spiked cavern only to be killed right at the end. At that point, it’s time to try again.
VVVVVV presents this die-reload-die-reload-succeed style gameplay in gorgeous pixel design and a killer soundtrack. I’d argue that the soundtrack, created by chiptune artist SoulEye, is one of the best that gaming has to offer in terms of chiptunes.
However, Terry Cavanagh claims that the game works best with buttons and that he hopes to make it work for iOS. However, he claims that the game will be released “not for AGES”
For now, we can load up the soundtrack on our iPhones and play that while imagining the many spiked deaths that await us.
I usually hate it when a franchise is whored out and merch is made left and right. But with one of my favorite things of all time, Neon Genesis: Evangelion, I can’t get enough of it. Stussy have collaborated with Gainax to create these classy iPhone 5 cases. Having the Stussy logo in Rei Blue (which should be an official Pantone color) was a great move.
Watch This Chick Explain Why She’s Waiting In Line For An iPhone 5
Not sure if she’s acting, or just depressing.
I’ll admit, I was once a bit of an Apple fanboy, but even I don’t understand paying so much money for a screen that’s just a wee bit bigger and a processor that’s just a wee bit faster. I can’t think of any time that I’ve tried doing something on my iPhone 4 and been like, “God! This is taking FOREVER!!!”
I was recently at a wedding reception where two good friends were showing off their iPhone 5’s. When I asked what the selling features were for them, all they could say was they liked the new design, bigger screen and the fact that it’s faster. Seems silly and excessive to me to drop hundreds of dollars on such minor details. Is it really worth it?
Super Hexagon is the trippy, hectic, sadisticly difficult yet hypnotically fun iOS app from Terry Cavanagh. It’s a puzzle game with a pretty simple premise: don’t get hit by stuff, but it gets real hard real quick. And don’t even get us started on the awesome chiptunes by Chipzel.
Peep the trailer below.
Super Hexagon is currently available in the App Store for 66% off (that’s just 99 cents, yo!) and you can play the flash version, Hexagon, for free right here. Terry also created the equally difficult platformer VVVVVVwhich is totally worth checking out.
New iPhone App Allows Users to Create Temporary Phone Numbers
Ad Hoc Labs has developed a brand new iPhone app that allows users to create multiple temporary phone numbers that can be used to call/text others anonymously. The app is called “Burner,” which also is a street term used to describe prepaid phones or other lines that are used for drug deals, or to simply avoid some sort of surveillance.
Each number has limited use, but it does allow you to call or text like you normally would a regular phone. The app simply redirects the fake number to your real number and can be deleted any time you’d like.
According to the site:
Need a phone number for a day, a week, a month or more? Create a Burner number for your iPhone in less than 30 seconds. Give out a number without fear of having your real phone number compromised. Publish your number to Twitter or Facebook and see what happens! Be in full control Turn off inbound SMS notifications or rings quickly and easily. Manage all your inbound calls, SMS messages, and voicemails in one place. Done with the number? It’s easy (and fun) to “burn” the number, taking it out of service and wiping it from your phone as if it never existed!
The app is being sold for $1.99 at the iTunes app store, and I’m sure it’s going to be abused as much as possible.
‘Street Fighter x Tekken’ Mobile Heads To iOS This Summer.
Capcom just announced that you’ll be able to take SFxT on the go when it hits iOS devices this summer. So far the only characters announced are Ryu and Chun-Li from Street Fighter, and Kazuya and Nina from Tekken.
The game will be compatible with iOS 5 and higher for iPhone 4 and 4S, iPod touch (4th Gen or later), iPad 2 and the New iPad.
I think I’ll hold out for the Vita version for my on-the-go fighting game needs, thank you very much.
Virgin Mobile’s $30 Unlimited Prepaid iPhone Plan Will Make Your Wallet VERY Happy.
That’s right, on June 29th Virgin Mobile will be offering iPhones with prepaid plans. You’ll have to buy the phone at full price since you’re not locked in with a contract, but the pre-paid plans are so cheap that you’ll be saving mad money long-term.
Even though you don’t get contract pricing on the phone itself—Virgin will be selling the 16GB iPhone 4S for $650 and the 8GB iPhone 4 for $550—it’s still an incredible deal that can save you buckets of cash: At least $500 over two years if you’re using Sprint, AT&T, or Verizon. Check out this handy chart produced by Cult of Mac. If you sign up for Virgin’s $40 per month plan you’ll pay only $1610 for two years compared to $2400 (AT&T and Verizon) and $2120 (Sprint).
You can also pay an extra $15 a month for tethering so you can turn your iPhone into a hotspot. You hear that? That’s the sound of every current iPhone user collectively dropping their current contracts.
What do you guys think? Will you guys be switching to Virgin Mobile? If you don’t already have an iPhone, is this deal good enough to make finally get one?
Cave Report: Mushihimesama Futari Hits iOS on April 5
An iOS port of Mushihimesama Futari [AKA Bug Princess 2] will be available on April 5 for $5. That’s less than a week away. If you dig it, buy the 360 port [it’s originally an arcade game]. The 360 version is region free and will ring in at less than $40 shipped since it’s been given the Platinum Collection treatment. Futari is one of only three games I gave a perfect score back when I wrote for TheBBPS (Border Down and Bayonetta being the others). Seriously - buy this game.
A Little Bit on the Fairey Side: Incase and Shepard Fairey have teamed up to make some Apple accessories. There’s protection for all your shiny things - cases for your iPod and iPhone, and sleeves and backpacks for your MacBook Pros and Airs. And they all feature Fairey’s signature “Andre goes to India” style. iPhone cases are $40 while iPod ones are $30. Sleeves range from $79 to $90 and the backpack runs $150.