Doctor Who Legacy celebrates its first birthday with lots of plans for new content

Tiny Rebel Games, the developers behind Doctor Who Legacy for iPhone and iPad, are celebrating the game’s first anniversary by offering a look at what’s coming up next. From the Tiny Rebel Games blog

We’re happy to say that we’ve been able to squeeze something extra into our crazy end of year plans – this week, we’ll be releasing the first 4 levels of the next chapter prologue (which will see the 12th Doctor join the storyline), and on or about the 1st Birthday of the game (27th), the final 3 levels will be released (which will see the 4th Doctor join the storyline), right before the advent calendar levels start rolling out!

Another update will feature the first Doctor dealing with Zygon copies of all 13 Doctors. Creepy.



Posted Saturday November 22 2014 22:20 in News | Comments (0)

Best iPhone and iPad apps of the week: Vainglory and more!

It’s been another week, and another batch of awesome apps and games are ready for the downloading. We’ve got a smattering of particularly dark games this week, as well as some top-notch strategy titles. On the app side, there’s a bit from Facebook and some apps to help you have fun with images.

Grab your iPhone or iPad and dive into our top ten favorite new iOS apps. As always, sound off in the comments with your favorite new downloads.


Sunburn!

Sunburn is a wonderfully morbid physics puzzle game about fulfilling a death pact among an astronaut crew. Your ship is gone and your colleagues are scattered on planets. Use what little fuel you have left in your jump pack to collect them, tether them behind you, and hurtle in a final blaze of glory to the sun. Planets have their own gravitational pull which must be taken into consideration before leaping onto the next planet, plus there’s all sorts of planetary debris in between that can ruin your day. The cutesy retro graphics stand in stark contrast to the decidedly dark subject matter, and that’s a big part of Sunburn’s appeal.


Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Games

The wonderful Dumb Ways to Die series is back with a batch of athletically-themed mini-games. Riding dolphins, diving, landmine curling, javelin catch, and many more obviously dangerous sports await as reflex-driven minigames. The game structure is a bit more involved now, with a Candy Crush-style location path that you can work through. There’s also a new freemium currency to collect new characters, though a single in-app purchase can do away with all of that.

Kingdom Rush: Origins

The classic tower defense game is back, and is elfier than ever. Kingdom Rush: Origins goes back in the fantasy story’s timeline to when everything started, but to be honest, players are really into this for the finely tuned strategy gameplay, and goofy cartoon graphics style. Defend against waves of monsters, gather up their gold, and level up your defensive structures to take on bigger threats. Let too many through the gauntlet, and it’s game over.

Most of the towers will be familiar, though the old artillery tower has been replaced with a druid. There are new heroes to control, including an assortment of premium ones, though heroes now have their own signature spells to unleash. The gem system is still in place for consumable power-ups, and heroic and iron challenge versions of every level give you some real tricky stages to chew on. Strategy fans will get sucked right back into Kingdom Rush: Origins. Be sure to check out the predecessor, Frontiers, if you haven’t already.

Darkness Reborn

Darkness Reborn is a beautifully-rendered twin-stick action-RPG. Deploy a range of deadly techniques to take on the forces of darkness, upgrade your equipment, and once you’re satisfied with the single-player campaign, take the fight online in player-versus-play matches. You can also get together with buddies to take on some truly savage bosses, if you think you’ve got the grit for it. The graphics are particularly fantastic, and the over-the-top action has its own particular charm.

The Last Door

Don’t let the blocky graphics in The Last Door fool you; this is a dark and chilling episodic adventure game with shades of Lovecraft. Dive into the mysterious past of Jeremiah Devitt in 1890s Britain. Bear witness to atrocities that are mercifully low-fidelity. The game’s funding model is particularly interesting. Only the latest episode will cost you money, and go towards funding future episodes. Anything older than the most recent one is available for free. If you’re up for a spook, try out The Last Door.

Vainglory

Vainglory is a beautiful new multiplayer strategy game with tons of colorful characters to try out. It follows the classic MOBA formula whereby you go head-to-head in a 3-on-3 battle, plowing through enemy heroes, hapless minions, and tough turrets down a lane in order to blow up your opponent’s headquarters. Try out the heroes on the free rotation, and save up some coins from your victories to permanently unlock your favorite characters. Though Vainglory is a very pretty game, it’s more than a tech demo for Apple’s Metal API. There’s a distinct steampunk style, lots of humor, and highly polished gameplay. Read our Vainglory review for the deep dive.

Super!

Super is a fun, lighthearted image-sharing network with editing tools that let you slap captions and stickers onto your photos. You can reply to and like photos on your timeline, but the catch is that all replies are also photos. Captions all start with one of a handful of preset lines, not unlike fridge poetry, and are polished off with a custom signature. Set a background with any of the included designs, shoot your own with your iPhone camera, or search for something specific from within the app. Though not complicated, Super has a distinctive style, and a format with lots of creative potential.

ACDSee

ACDSee isn’t so much an old rock band as it is a photo shooting and editing suite that has made the leap from desktop to mobile recently. It provides manual control over exposure, focus, shutter speed and white balance while shooting, and exposure bracketing if you want to get lighter and darker shots taken at the same time just in case. On the editing side, you have a suite of creative filters, as well as denoiser and shadow tools. Of course you’ll also get the usual options for brightness, contrast, saturation, and more. ACDSee is a promising, all business, all-in-one photography app that’s worth a gander.

Weather or Not

Weather or Not plugs into your calendar so you know whether or not to bring your umbrella to your next meeting. Appointments show up through Weather or Not in Notification Center, alongside the local forecast for that time. You can also have Weather or Not show current conditions, chance of precipitation, humidity, high, and low temperatures for the day in the tray. Besides being extremely useful, Weather or Not is a very handsome app.

Facebook Groups

Facebook has released another new messaging app this week so you can stay in touch with friends, family, and other groups you may be a part of. Photos and links can be shared along with usual text updates to the group, and groups can be dropped onto your home screen for easy access. You can still talk to groups through Facebook Messenger, but the dedicated groups app can help you communicate without getting sucked into your usual timeline content. Here’s hoping some better group administration options get added soon.



Posted Saturday November 22 2014 22:20 in News | Comments (0)

NSFW: Developers hold the future of Apple Watch in their hands

NSFW is a weekly op-ed column in which I talk about whatever’s on my mind. Sometimes it’ll have something to do with the technology we cover here on iMore; sometimes it’ll be whatever pops into my head. Your questions, comments and observations are welcome.

I’ve been running on fewer cylinders than usual this week. A week ago last Thursday I had an operation that I’ve been planning for a while (gastric bypass surgery, for the curious), so I’ve spent most of this week recuperating. And by “recuperating,” I mean stewing in a Vicodin-induced stupor. So if I’m having trouble mustering the requisite rage for one of my weekly curmudgeon rants, I apologize. This week I’m ruminating on the Apple Watch.

The big news on the Apple front this week is that WatchKit is in the hands of developers. WatchKit is the API Apple’s developed for its forthcoming Apple Watch, which will be released some time in early 2015. “Early,” of course, is open to interpretation — does that mean some time in the first quarter or the first half of the year? Time will tell.

As it stands now, the Apple Watch is still enough of an abstraction that I’m having trouble imagining that I’m going to want to get one the day it comes out. I haven’t worn a watch in nigh on a decade, ever since I started using a laptop computer as my main computer. Wearing a watch was physically uncomfortable, because the band kept pressing against my wrist, but more to the point, it scratched the surface of the laptop. Once I got a cell phone it became even less of an issue, because almost all cell phones have a clock built into them too.

So far I haven’t seen a “killer app” from Apple that tells me the Apple Watch is something I absolutely have to get: The idea of customizing it with different watch faces and drawing penises to troll my other Apple Watch-wearing friends simply isn’t enough of a draw, as far as I’m concerned.

But now that WatchKit is in the hands of developers, the interesting stuff starts. It’s third-party developers that are ultimately going to determine whether this thing lives or dies. It’s third-party developers that are going to create the apps we can’t live without.

To that end, I think my ambivalence to date about the Apple Watch has a lot less to do with what it actually is than a deficit of my imagination. I’m not a developer, and I don’t pretend to be imbued with new ideas for how technology can work that will make life better either for myself or for others. That I leave in the hands of the millions of talented individuals who create products for the App Store.

Over the coming months, we’re going to hear a lot about the Apple Watch from third party developers. And I’m sure that much of it is going to be fluff; stuff we can safely ignore, silly stuff that’s going to waste time. But every once in a while we’re going to hear about something truly revolutionary and really interesting.

And that’s where the Apple Watch may lead to another sea change in the way we use technology.

I, for one, can’t wait to see where that goes.



Posted Saturday November 22 2014 22:20 in News | Comments (0)

Nexus 6 Unboxing (Video)

My Nexus 6 just arrived from AT&T and as is the proper protocol here on the web, that means I have to do an unboxing. Here’s the box with its […]

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Posted Saturday November 22 2014 20:20 in Jailbreak | Comments (0)

Ringtones and text tones gone after updating to iOS 8.1.1? Here’s the fix!

If you upgraded your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8.1.1 only to find that your ringtones or text tones had gone missing, you aren’t alone. Unfortunately, this seems to be a common problem around iOS update time. However, there are a few ways you can try and get them back, and even better — something you can do to help prevent lost ringtones and text tones from ever bothering you again!


1. Sync with iTunes

The easiest solution is to sync ringtones and text tones back from iTunes. Of course, that only works if you’ve synced them to iTunes in the first place. However, if you normally plug your iPhone or iPad into iTunes in order to sync movies or other content, or you use iTunes to back up, your tones should be there.

  1. Plug in your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC.
  3. Click on your iPhone in the top navigation.
  4. Under the On My Device section, click on Tones.
  5. Check the box for Sync Tones.
  6. You’ll get a prompt asking you to agree to removing and replacing your tones.
  7. Make sure that your tones are all in the list of tones before clicking Sync or Apply.
  8. Let iTunes sync and then check to see if your tones are back.

If your tones are there again, you’re good to go. If not, continue on.

2. Restore from an iCloud or iTunes backup

This particular issue doesn’t seem to be caused by the tones actually being removed from your iPhone or iPad, but more of a glitch where they don’t show up. Some users have reported that performing an iCloud restore seemed to bring their tones back. You’ll need to back up one last time, wipe your device, and then restore from an iCloud backup. If you aren’t sure how to do either of those things, you can follow our directions in the following order:

3. Don’t purchase again, they may still disappear

Unfortunately ringtones and text tones aren’t like tv shows, books, music, and movies. You can’t simply download them again from your purchased section. A few people have that after simply trying to purchase them again, the ringtones and text tones only disappeared a few hours later again. So whatever the issue is, it’s not with the actual purchase itself.

However, if you already tried to re-purchase only to find your items mysteriously disappearing again, you can request a refund through iTunes. If you don’t know how, you can follow our directions:

How to prevent ringtones and text tones from getting lost again

While iCloud backups should technically keep your ring and text tones safe from harm, bugs and glitches happen. The safest possible way to keep your ringtones safe is to simply transfer them to iTunes. This way if anything ever happens to your device, or you have to restore, you always know that your purchased tones are safe.

It’s as simple as plugging your iPhone or iPad into your computer, launching iTunes, and clicking on the Back Up Now button as shown in the photo above. That’s all there is to it. iTunes will import the tones so they’re available in the future, should you ever need to manually re-sync them like you did in step 1.



Posted Saturday November 22 2014 18:20 in News | Comments (0)

Rene’s favorite things: 2014 gift guide

It’s that time of the year again — time for everyone here at iMore to share our favorite things in the hopes it gives you some ideas for both the Black Friday sales and the holiday season. We’ve already posted the mighty Mobile Nations gift guide, which has something for everyone, but we also wanted to do something more personal. (We are people, after all, and tech alone cannot contain us!) So, whether you’re looking for a gift idea, trying to find an excuse to treat yourself, or are simply curious about what all of us here have been using throughout the year, we’ve got you covered — with a few of our favorite things!

Hardware

Retina 5K iMac

Apple has brought Retina to the desktop and it’s stunning. Sure, you can get fast processors and tons of RAM and storage, but you could always get those. The Retina 5K iMac is all about the Retina 5K. It’s about a display that looks as good at the iPad Air but at a whopping 27-inches. As gifts go, it’s stupidly expensive, but if your loved one is a photographer, designer, or works in visual media in any way, it can also be the absolute best one.

iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 has an incredible laminated display and a powerful Apple A8X chipset. It’s thinner, lighter, and faster than ever. But once again the technology alone is not enough. For the mainstream, but iOS and the enormous variety of apps means it remains the most usable, most enjoyable tablet on the market. With iOS 8 Extensibility and Continuity, it’s also now one of the most flexible and functional. For anyone who wants a computer in their hands, who travels a lot, who wants access to a ton of apps and amazing games, the iPad Air 2 is a great gift.

Software

Final Cut Pro X

iMovie is fine for most things, but Final Cut Pro X takes it to another level. I edit our video podcasts in FCPX. It’s the easiest, most accessible professional-level video editor I’ve ever used, and I’ve been editing video since the Toaster. Earlier this year, after all of 5 minutes of instruction, I managed to turn around a 3 camera podcast edit in about 45 min. My mind is still boggled. Again, it’s expensive, but it can help your loved one get started in something great.

Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure

It looks great, it sounds great, and it plays great. Space Age is an 8-bit cosmic adventure that takes you back to the future for alien encounters, puzzle solving, and more. Best of all, it’s just a few bucks up front, with no in-app purchase or up-sell of any kind. It’s fun the way fun is meant to be.

Services

Adobe Creative Cloud

I’ve been using Photoshop since… pretty much forever. Originally I got education versions, then licenses through work. But it was always expensive so I only upgraded every other version, every few years or so. When I first heard about Creative Cloud, I was skeptical. It seemed like a way for Adobe to get more money out of me more often. It’s turned out to be the exact opposite. Now, for $10 a month, I can get Photoshop and Lightroom, and keep them updated, all the time. If your loved one uses those apps, it’s as good a deal as it is a gift. When you factor in the mobile apps the subscription enables, it’s as great a one.

Marvel Unlimited

You know all those awesome Marvel movies, like Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, X-Men, Spider-Man, etc.? They call began as comic books, and almost all of their classic and best story lines can all be found in Marvel Unlimited. I just re-read Walt Simonsons Thor run, and previously re-read Frank Miller’s Daredevil and everything ever drawn by Art Adams. Next up, some classic Avengers. Think of it as Netflix for comics, right on your loved one’s iPhone and iPad.

Accessories

Hue lightbulbs

I currently light my studio with 3 Philips Hue lightbulbs and 2 blooms. I have 2 Hue lightbulbs in my kitchen, and 1 in my hallway as well. I intend to keep adding to them until most of my lighting is powered by Hue. Why? Because I can control it from my iPhone or iPad, and that includes not only each individual light’s intensity, but color as well. Watching Star Wars while your room is lit red and gold like Tatooine dawn? Priceless. Start with the combo back, build from there. Best of all, you can gift different lights to different members of the family.

SONOS home theater system

Kevin Michaluk has been recommending SONOS to me forever. I have an open, octagonal living room and I’ve never been happy with the way I ran speaker wire around it. When my old receiver started vomiting HDCP errors all over the place, I decided it was time to pull the trigger. Now, my TV and network cable plug straight into a Playbar, and two Play:3 speakers handle rear surround duty. I also have the SUB on order. It looks great, it sounds great. It can be controlled by my iPhone or iPad, and, no more speaker wire. Definitely for the music lover in your life!

Extras

Incase DSLR Pro bag

I’d previously used the Incase DSLR slings, but had grown to dislike non-balanced bags. (Back and neck problems, ugh.) I just ordered the backpack, and its combination of amazing camera and lens storage and laptop pocket makes it just about perfect. If your loved one loves to travel with a DSLR, they’ll love this bag.

Global knives

My family gives me one or two of these knives every year. Yes, they look like the cheese grater on the classic Mac Pro, but that’s just a bonus. From the single piece design to the amazing quality, there’s just nothing else like them. The starter pack, with block, is pricy but if you know someone who cooks a lot, oh so very worth it. (And these are the kind of gear they can pass down through the generations.) Otherwise, start with a good chef’s knife and help them build from there!

AeroPress and Blue Bottle coffee

Espresso machine? Need a masters degree. Drip coffee? Burned on the bottom. Instant? What are we, animals? French Press? So last decade. Unless you earn Clover money, right now AeroPress is where it’s at. Easy enough for everyone, good enough for a serious coffee snob. It’s not an expensive gift, but it’s a terrific one.

If your loved one already has a coffee maker they like, then consider getting them some coffee they’re love. Most of the brown liquid we ingest these days isn’t coffee. It’s a stale, over-caffeinated, coffee-flavored something. Blue Bottle (formerly Tonx) is coffee. Fresh roasted, fresh shipped, punch-you-in-the-face-when-you-open-the-bag coffee. It’s absolutely delicious. Gift subscriptions also makes sharing it really easy.

  • AeroPress – $24.94 – Buy now
  • Blue Bottle – Variable – Buy now

Lego Arkham Asylum Breakout

When I needed something cool for my podcast studio background, I went straight to Lego Batman and the Arkham Asylum set. It’s big, it’s bold, and it’s a lot of fun to put together. I hunted down and added every extra mini-fig I could find, of course, but it comes with plenty to get you started, including Batman, Robin, and variants of the Joker and Harley. If you know someone really into Lego, it’s a great gift. If you’re looking for something less expensive, there are a lot of cheaper sets as well, and even individual mini-figs.

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Posted Saturday November 22 2014 18:20 in News | Comments (0)

Save 39% today on these low-profile hybrid cases for iPhone 6!

Transparent, impact resistant hybrid casing with a durable TPU bumper protects against damage from drops and bumps. For extra protection you’ll find a TPU covering over the side buttons, making them easier to press, too! Get yours in black or white today for only $7.95



Posted Saturday November 22 2014 18:20 in News | Comments (0)

Dell ships UltraSharp 27-inch 5K monitor

Dell is now shipping its previously announced $2,500 UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor through its online store. The display sports the same 5120 X 2880-pixel Ultra HD resolution that we saw on Apple’s recent Retina 5K iMac. However, Dell is pricing its monitor-only solution at the same price as Apple’s all-in-one, which includes a full computer running OS X Yosemite.

The Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K requires two cables and two ports to connect, and even then it’s still unclear whether or not a Mac could support it as a single, logical screen at 60 Hz. If not, low refresh and potential tearing down the middle would be deal-breakers for most.

The Dell display comes with Dell’s PremierColor tech, which boasts 99 percent color accuracy with Adobe RGB and 100 percent accuracy with sRGB coverage. It also has two integrated speakers with Harman Kardon sound quality. It also features 1 Mini DisplayPort, 2 full-sized DisplayPorts, 5 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB port, and an integrated card reader.

It’s certainly not as elegant and inexpensive a solution as the Retina 5K iMac – read our review here at iMore — but for people who already have a Mac Pro and want 5K, here’s hoping it’s a workable one.



Posted Saturday November 22 2014 18:20 in News | Comments (0)

The TouchArcade Show – 182 – Earlier Than Usual

LogoWe recorded a bit earlier than we usually do today, which means it’s just me and Jared as Mike fell asleep in a pile of Ritz crackers. That’s alright though, as we have a great conversation about side scrolling racing games, iOS controllers, and a bunch of other cool stuff.

Don’t forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read ‘em all, even if they don’t make it into the podcast. As always, you can listen to us with the links below… And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

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Posted Saturday November 22 2014 07:40 in Applications | Comments (0)

TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Crossy Road’

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn’t necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable “best” thing. Instead, it’s more just us picking out the single game out of the week’s releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one.

These picks might be controversial, and that’s OK. If you disagree with what we’ve chosen, let’s try to use the comments of these articles to have conversations about what game is your game of the week and why.

Without further ado…

 

Crossy Road

I can’t even tell you how difficult it is some weeks to pick a Game of the Week. This week was definitely one of the hardest yet, as it was neck and neck between several different titles. But then Crossy Road [Free] came along and just blew everything out of the water by being about as near a perfect mobile game as I’ve ever seen. The premise is simple: It’s an endless Frogger, meaning you’re tasked with getting your character safely across various–hazards like busy freeways, railroad track and waterways–one hop at a time. The game uses voxels so it’s pixely and retro but in a nice, clean three-dimensional way. The gameis presented in an isometric viewpoint and simple taps and swipes move your character along.

Crossy Road 2

It all sounds pretty basic on the surface, but it’s really the details that set Crossy Road apart. For one, the number of playable characters is extensive. Your default character is a chicken (Get it? Why did the chicken crossy the road?) and as you play you can collect coins which go towards unlocking new characters through a random gumball machine process. The different characters don’t really have any gameplay advantages, but they’re fun to unlock and use, and certain characters actually change up the visuals in the game a bit. For example, the Frankenstein character makes the game look like an old, scratchy black and white movie reel, or the penguin which turns the world into a winter wonderland. There’s a total “Gotta catch ‘em all” vibe to the unlockable characters in the game.

crossy-road-eye-of-the-unihorseYou can tell a lot of thought went into Crossy Road being a mobile experience. As mentioned, controls are simple taps to move forwards or swipes to move left, right or backwards. The game can be played in either portrait or landscape, and switches on the fly. Needless to say, this is my new favorite “one-hand one-thumb” game. Being an endless high scoring game, leaderboards are a big deal, and Crossy Road does an awesome job here by actually printing your Game Center friends’ best times right smack dab in the playing field, making it feel especially good to pass up a buddy’s score.

Finally, it has to be mentioned just how well the pay model for Crossy Road is implemented. It’s free to play, and you can earn the additional playable characters by collecting coins through playing or they are available for 99¢ apiece. They are in no way required, so buying one or two (or eleven) is just a nice way of getting a character you want right away and giving the developers some money for their efforts. Also, there are video ads in the game, but they are entirely opt-in. Every so often after the end of a run you’ll be given the option to watch a video ad for some extra coins. It’s totally not in your face and easily ignored, but it’s also a nice way to earn some extra cash should you want to. This game should be the poster child for how to do free to play right.

There’s so many more little details in Crossy Road that are worth mentioning, but just writing about it is making me anxious to play some more so I’ll just stop here. Plus it’s fun to notice those details and experience all Crossy Road has to offer on your own. The game is free, so every single person who is reading this now should at the very least download and try Crossy Road, and drop by our forums for to talk about it with the developers and the community.

Posted Saturday November 22 2014 07:40 in Applications | Comments (0)

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