What we have here is a clone/spin-off of the very popular mobile game Angry Birds where the goal is to control this Tank character and try your best to make the monkey explode. There are multiple types of ammunition to shoot at the monkey, some similar with small tweaks and some that just act unique. There are some things that separate it apart from Angry Birds(which is good), but there are some things that it lacks as well.
The story and the characters in this game are not it’s brightest spots, so lets just focus on the gameplay.
The PowerCam iPhone app intends to be a one-stop iOS photography and video app filled with editing tools, vast one-touch sharing options, collage capability, and filter and effect application. And, it is a great idea to combine many popular, desirable tools into one iPhone app, but the dull interface and lack of graphic punch makes it seem dated and wonky.
The PowerCam iPhone app’s in-app camera lets you shift back and forth between video and photography modes. You simply touch and swipe the desired mode to activate it. You can shoot a photo or video through the lens, or you can apply filters during the process by swiping them across the screen or tapping the random icon in the lower left hand corner. The icon in the bottom right corner gives you the chance to add a bold color splash, shoot a panoramic photo, create a tilt-shift image, add a timer, and add magic filters. These features work nicely and create interesting results, but the PowerCam iPhone app stalled and stranded me in that window. Hopefully, this will be fixed in an update. That’s the frustration of the PowerCam iPhone app. You’re able to do neat things, but the navigation and interface become far from intuitive and downright frustrating.
How much fun can some random lines and a skinny motorcycle be? Don’t reply till you try out Bike Race by Top Free Games or you’ll miss the right answer by a mile.
Your track looks like a two-year old’s notebook with curved lines, whorls, zig-zags & cuts and you have to maneuver your tiny ride over it to reach the finish flag. Make it in the least time for three stars and that is the real challenge. The controls are simple with accelerator under your right thumb, brake under the left and the gyroscope for swaying. Do flips or twists or any stunts in the air but make sure you always land on your rubber.
As we reported earlier today, news broke on Sunday that Apple has apparently reduced its orders for key iPhone 5 components by half. The decision was supposedly made based on weak demand for the phone, but as we pointed out, the move could very well be part of Apple’s plan to move to a six-month release schedule for new iOS devices. Nevertheless, the report spooked investors, prompting them to sell off Apple stock and cause its price to briefly dip below $500 today, according to AllThingsD. The stock closed today at $501.77; it closed at $520.30 on Friday, January 11.
The site makes a good point regarding the scare, which is that analysts seem unfazed by the news despite the obvious skittishness of investors. In fact, it doesn’t sound like the news was entirely unexpected among analysts, given Apple’s initial hopes of selling a whopping 65 million iPhone 5 units in one quarter.
It’s possible that Apple will address iPhone 5 demand during its Q1 2013 earnings call, which is scheduled for January 23. We’ll be covering the call and will bring you more details as they surface.
Demand For Samsung Smartphones Jumps To 23% For Early 2013, iPhone Interest Down 21 Points From Last Quarter
ChangeWave has released its quarterly consumer smartphone report, which tracks North American demand for devices and satisfaction with handsets. The survey covers planned purchases during the next 90 days, and indicates that Samsung sales could see strong early gains in 2013, while interest in Apple’s iPhone takes a hit. Samsung’s Galaxy Note II in particular made a promising showing, meaning consumers are eager to wrap their hands around gigantic devices.
The December survey found that while one in two North Americans still plan on buying an iPhone in early 2013, that’s down from 71 percent during the previous quarter. ChangeWave notes that this is still historically a good amount of interest for Apple, and it’s to be expected that demand would simply taper off to normal levels after a buying frenzy following the release of the new iPhone 5. Typically, Apple demand spikes immediately following an iPhone release and then returns to a lower mark, but it’s worth noting that it remained higher following the iPhone 4S launch than it has for the iPhone 5. Apple still far exceeds Samsung overall in terms of stated consumer demand, but Samsung made big gains in this survey.
If you were online at all on Thursday it was virtually impossible not to see a headline reporting on the 2013 Academy Award nominations. If you did happen to miss them, you can see all the nominees and get more information than you would ever need about every actor and film with the only official Oscars app.
Between now and Oscar Sunday (February 24th) the app lets you watch hosted specials on celebrity fashion and the nominated films and actors, access a plethora of information on the nominees, view movie trailers for the nominated films, watch exclusive videos, and view exclusive photos. A nice feature is also the ability to cast and share your virtual ballot so you can see how your vote stacks up against others. Come Oscar Sunday the app will allow users to view exclusive live footage from over a dozen feeds of backstage events.
UPDATE: Reuters has withdrawn its original report about Phil Schiller’s interview with the Shanghai Evening News based on “substantial changes” to original story, though its not clear what those changes are. The Shanghai Evening News report remains online here.
Earlier this week, reports that a cheaper iPhone is in the works caused plenty of buzz as observers speculated about how such a device could help Apple target emerging markets, including China. But an interview Apple Marketing SVP Phil Schiller gave to the Shanghai Evening News (link via Google Translate) appeared to refute the rumors. (TNW confirmed with Apple that this was an official interview).
Take all the rapid gameplay of Fruit Ninja, add a Neo-Kung Fu theme, and you’ve got Gun Fu. It’s a reflex-pushing, ninja-shooting, action-packed series of minigames, and it’s not for the faint-hearted. There’s no story, and no sweeping setting. It’s just you, your guns, and a lot of angry ninjas coming your way.
Gun Fu offers four modes to tap through, with each offering small variations from the basic gameplay. The core stuff remains static throughout all modes. Shoot the appearing enemies before they shoot you, and don’t miss too many times, or it’s game over. Your character’s two pistols allow for you to tap in two places at once for double shots, which are as satisfying to pull off as they sound. Oh yeah, and there’s no health. So one shot from any enemy means game over, you fail. It sounds brutally difficult, which at times it is, but the fun factor will keep you coming back.
The first game mode, The 10 Trials, has waves of increasingly difficult enemies to survive through, as you try to rack up points for a high score. Here, you get three chances to miss, and a special bar called a “Fury Meter”. The Fury Meter increases with each scored kill. Then, when it fills up, you get a brief respite from the threat of death by grabbing a shotgun and gaining temporary invulnerability. Offering arcade-esque fun, 10 Trials works well.
Apple has enjoyed a recent burst of success in China, with the new iPad mini selling out faster than supplies can be replenished, but rather than sitting back and enjoying the regional boom, the company is going on the offensive with a new Chinese New Year Gift Guide. M.I.C. Gadget reports that the new buyers guide is included in Apple’s online store in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Not surprisingly, the iPad mini is feature prominently in the guide, along with both first-party accessories like the Smart Cover and third-party wares from the likes of Logitech and Plantronics. Prices are displayed in the appropriate regional currency, and each Apple gadget on the page is accompanied by a bounty of related products. Apple is also promoting free shipping and gift wrapping as part of the holiday guide.
Apple has announced that app screenshots will be locked in iTunes Connect once an app is approved. New screenshots can only be added when developers submit a binary for an updated to an existing or new app.
This move will help combat a common scam tactic that tricks people into buying fake apps with screenshots stolen from more popular or non-iOS games. Past examples include fake descriptions for various apps titled Halo 4 that were actually just a chess or racing game and a non-functional “Pokemon Yellow” app. Many scam developers managed to get past App Store monitors by using different screenshots when they first submitted their apps for approval and then later changing the store description