All-new dial-in experience! See below -- do not call into Talkshoe, we won't be there. Be sure to set up Fuze Meeting before the show if you want to join in live.
Another Sunday, another TUAW talkcast!
We're in the thick of the Christmas season, so we'll probably be discussing gift guides, unless you really want to talk about iOS 7 adoption rates (almost as crazy as holiday shopping), or perhaps iBeacons (possibly crazier than holiday shopping).
Reminder on new-style talkcasting: With some help from the fine folks at Fuze, we're using a new system to record the show. This should let everyone listen in live -- and, if you want, raise your hand as you would in the Talkshoe room to get unmuted and chime in.
You can join the call in progress (meeting # is 20099010) at 10 pm ET from any computer via this link; if you download the Mac or Windows Fuze clients ahead of time, you'll get better audio and a slicker experience, but browser-only will work fine. Just click the phone icon to join the audio once you're in.
Using an iPhone or iPad? Grab the native clients from the App Store and get busy. (Even Android users can join the party.) Still feel like using the conventional phone dial-in? Just call 775-996-3562 and enter the meeting number 20099010, then press #.
While the Fuze web and native clients have a chat channel, we'd like to reserve that for host participants, requests to talk and other real-time alerts... so the full-on chat for the show will appear in this very post at 10 pm tonight. You'll need Twitter, Facebook or Chatroll credentials to participate in the chat. We'll remind everyone to check back in at that time.
Your patience and forbearance with our new tech is appreciated in advance. For the time being, the podcast feed of the show will continue to originate from Talkshoe and should be there within 24-36 hours. See you tonight!
Talkcast tonight, 7pm PT/10pm ET: Gift guide edition! originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sun, 08 Dec 2013 20:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
G-Technology's new G-DOCK ev ($749.95 with two 1 TB G-DRIVEs) is a different animal. Think of having two removable, portable USB 3.0 drives that you can take into the field with you, and then being able to plug those drives into a Thunderbolt dock for high(er) speed transfer of data when you're back in the office or studio, and you've figured out the idea of this device. Unfortunately, the concept and reality of the G-DOCK ev are two separate things.
The G-DOCK itself isn't exactly portable, measuring 7.87" x 5.12" x 3.54" and weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces. The removable drives, however, are little self-contained units that are perfect for popping into the pocket of a jacket or a computer bag. The G-DRIVE ev USB 3.0 drives are quite a bit more compact, measuring just 5.14" x 3.29" x .65" each and tipping the scales at 10.2 ounces each. Those drives have a USB 3.0 port on the back of them for use in the field, as well as a SATA port covered by a small removable (and easily lost) plastic door. To use the drive in the G-DOCK, you remove the door and then slide the drive in until it locks. To remove the drive(s), there are two large buttons on the front of the device next to the drives.
It should be noted that you don't just push the button to safely eject the drives, something that isn't immediately obvious. One would hope that G-Technology would have figured out a way to safely dismount the G-DRIVE ev drives automatically with a push of the button; instead, you need to be sure to drag the drive icons to the OS X trash to dismount them first. Likewise, G-Technology doesn't include any utilities for setting up the two G-DRIVEs as a RAID pair, instead pointing users in the direction of Apple's OS X Disk Utility.
The G-DOCK can be set up as two individual drives or as one RAID 0 or RAID 1 array. For the purposes of testing, I used it as two individual drives for initial testing and then set it up as a RAID 0 (a stripe set of two 1 TB drives) for the final benchmark.Benchmarks
Benchmarking of the G-Technology G-DRIVEs and G-DOCK ev was done with Intech Software's SpeedTools QuickBench 4.0 software. To ensure accuracy in testing, I performed a 100-cycle complete test. This subjects the drive to sequential and random read and write tests with file sizes from 4K to 100 MB, then graphically or textually displays that information to show the "sweet spots" for a specific drive or array. For example, if your work involves shuffling around a lot of very large files, you'll probably want a drive that has peak read/write speeds for files around your average file size.
I first tested an individual G-DRIVE connected via USB 3.0. The standard tests (first four results) use nine different file sizes between 4 KB and 1024 KB. The large tests use transfer sizes between 2 and 10 MB, while the extended tests look at file sizes between 20 and 100 MB. These test results were not compared to any other devices, as TUAW has not recently tested any non-RAID devices with the QuickBench software.
- Sequential Read: 110.628 MB/Sec
- Sequential Write: 113.286 MB/Sec
- Random Read: 21.857 MB/Sec
- Random Write: 28.756 MB/Sec
- Large Read: 131.540 MB/Sec
- Large Write: 125.343 MB/Sec
- Extended Read: 135.542 MB/Sec
- Extended Write: 135.014 MB/Sec
Next, I performed the tests on a G-DRIVE in the G-DOCK ev through a Thunderbolt connection:
- Sequential Read: 117.730 MB/Sec
- Sequential Write: 120.449 MB/Sec
- Random Read: 22.769 MB/Sec
- Random Write: 28.896 MB/Sec
- Large Read: 134.485 MB/Sec
- Large Write: 130.679 MB/Sec
- Extended Read: 135.313 MB/Sec
- Extended Write: 134.928 MB/Sec
I found it odd that the differences in speed between USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connections were negligible. Next, the two G-DRIVEs in the G-DOCK ev were set up as a RAID 0 volume approximately 2 TB in size, and benchmarks were run using a Thunderbolt connection:
- Sequential Read: 189.675 MB/Sec (140.504 MB/Sec for Drobo 5D)
- Sequential Write: 197.831 MB/Sec (93.245 MB/Sec for Drobo 5D)
- Random Read: 22.432 MB/Sec (116.435 MB/Sec for Drobo 5D)
- Random Write: 38.360 MB/Sec (70.410 MB/Sec for Drobo 5D)
- Large Read: 272.062 MB/Sec (341.327 MB/Sec for Drobo 5D)
- Large Write: 262.744 MB/Sec (282.060 MB/Sec for Drobo 5D)
- Extended Read: 266.927 MB/Sec (255.953 MB/Sec for Drobo 5D)
- Extended Write: 264.170 MB/Sec (262.864 MB/Sec for Drobo 5D)
The RAID 0 benchmarks showed some interesting results. Random Read/Write of smaller-sized files was surprisingly slow, while the G-DOCK ev performed admirably when reading and writing larger files. This indicates that the RAID configuration would work well for use cases involving large file sizes. It should be noted, though, that once you create a RAID array (either mirrored or striped) with the two G-DRIVEs, you can no longer pop them out for portable use. Essentially, you need to decide ahead of time whether you want a pair of portable drives that you can pop out of a Thunderbolt dock or a Thunderbolt RAID 0 or RAID 1 array.
That's why I think the G-DOCK ev is kind of an odd duck. For portable Thunderbolt drives, it's possible to get two 1 TB drives for about $300 -- much less expensive than the G-DOCK ev with its two 1 TB removable drives. If you're looking for Thunderbolt RAID setups, you can buy one of G-Technology's own 8 TB G-RAID arrays for about the same price as the 2 TB RAID 0 (or 1 TB RAID 1) G-DOCK ev -- but of course you lose the portability.Conclusion
The G-Technology G-DOCK ev provides fast read/write of large files as a Thunderbolt RAID array and the removable USB 3.0 G-DRIVEs are reasonably fast as well. However, most users would be better served by selecting their most common use case -- need for large RAID storage or need for portability -- and purchasing a single solution that fits that need. The users would save money and most likely gain capacity over this odd "portable / RAID" hybrid solution.
- Excellent construction, sturdy devices made of aluminum
- Relatively fast performer when reading and writing large files, although no faster than competing devices
- Expensive compared to dedicated RAID arrays or separate portable drives
- Doors for removable drives are small and would be easy to lose
- No speed advantage of putting the removable USB 3.0 drives into the Thunderbolt dock
- Drives do not perform well with small file sizes
- Removable drives should dismount automatically when the drive button is pushed; instead, the drives need to be dismounted manually
Who is it for?
- Due to the cost of the G-DOCK ev, it's relatively common performance, the fact that the removable USB 3.0 G-DRIVEs aren't any faster when placed in the Thunderbolt dock, and the fact that it's really an either/or solution (RAID or portability), we cannot recommend purchasing this product.
G-Technology G-DOCK ev: Thunderbolt and two removable drives for ultimate flexibility originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sat, 07 Dec 2013 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple-loving cats are like human Mac fans; as time passes, they end up getting upgraded equipment. In 2006, kitten Lulù of Rome, Italy enjoyed warming herself on her owner Federico's iBook. By 2008, she -- and Federico -- had both upgraded to a new MacBook Pro (below).
We'd love to see photos of your favorite feline soaking up the warmth of an Apple product, chasing a Magic Mouse, or just being a general nuisance while you're attempting to work on your Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Please let us know via our feedback page and please remember that your cat photo has to have some sort of connection to Apple or its products. For security reasons we can't accept inbound attachments, so you should host the photo (Dropbox, Flickr, iPhoto Journals, etc.) and send us the link.
Many thanks to reader Federico F. for sharing these photo with us. And thanks for posing so nicely, Lulù!Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
The splash page of Apple's US website changed this evening from the usual product displays and content links to a spare, elegant black and white portrait of Nelson Mandela. The South African activist, decades-long political prisoner and statesman who served as the first black president of a post-apartheid nation died Thursday at age 95.
The tribute page appears only on the US site at this time as far as I can tell, although it may end up on Apple's international web pages soon. While this "takeover" style of front-page tribute is unusual, it is not unprecedented on Apple's site. Founder Steve Jobs took over the home page in the days following his passing in 2011 and again on the first anniversary of his death. Longtime Apple board member Jerry York was memorialized on the front page in 2010, and other notables (cited by 9to5Mac) include dancer Gregory Hines, civil rights icon Rosa Parks and musician George Harrison.
Musical legends get memorialized via the iTunes splash page when they shuffle off this mortal coil. Soul singer Isaac Hayes was remembered there in 2008, and Lou Reed in October this year. The iTunes tribute practice may be considered somewhat crass, as it does capitalize on the surge of consumer interest when a performer dies.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
There is no shortage of clever and interesting iPhone cases out there, but VanD's line of polycarbonate light-up cases may just take the cake.
The cases take advantage of a toggle in iOS that allows users to set the LED light on their device to flash upon receipt of an incoming call or text message.
In iOS 7, this can be enabled by going to Settings > General > Accessibility and then toggling on "LED Flash for Alerts."
Using the same principles as fiber-optic tables, these clear plastic cases from VanD harness the light from your iPhone's flash to internally illuminate, revealing etched patterns and designs.
But as is typically the case, you really have to see these babies in action to fully appreciate their unique appeal.
The cases, compatible with both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5, cost US$19.99 and feature an assortment of designs just begging to be lit up.
Below is an example of what a VanD case looks like when not illuminated.
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TUAW's staff is made up of a lot of fans of the accessory lens products from Olloclip. They're designed to work perfectly with various models of the iPhone, and are nicely designed and well built. Now the company has announced the Macro 3-in-1 Lens kit (US$69.99 SRP) for the iPhone 5/5s, made specifically for taking those really close-up shots of everything in the world around us.
Things start off with a 7x macro lens, bump up to a 14x lens and then go into the realm of the microscope with a 21x lens. Since it's often difficult, if not downright impossible, to get properly focused on your subject when using macro lenses, Olloclip includes a pair of opaque focusing cups that make it much easier to hold the lenses the correct distance away.
As usual, Olloclip machines the lens casings out of aluminum and uses ground-glass, multi-element lenses. A small bag for the lenses is included, as are lens caps to keep everything dust- and smudge-free.
On one side of the Macro 3-in-1 Lens is the 7x macro, while the other side has the fixed 21x macro. To bump the magnification of the 7x side to 14x, you simply screw on the 14x lens and its included focusing cup if desired.
Rather than talking about how this lens works, I decided to put it to the test taking photos of two objects -- an Icelandic 1000 Kroner note and a euro coin:
In each case, the images are taken first at 7x, then at 14x and finally at 21x. As you can see, the amount of detail that the lenses can pick up at the higher magnifications is nothing short of remarkable. The images are razor-sharp at the center, but do have a tendency to lose focus at the periphery of the photos.Conclusion
Dedicated iPhone photographers will find a lot to like in Olloclip's Macro 3-in-1 Lens. It's extremely well constructed, includes the novel focusing cups to aid in focusing on subjects and, all in all, works beautifully as a set of three macro lenses.
- Reasonable price point, considering the quality of the lenses
- Opaque focusing cups are useful in holding the lens at optimum focus point
- Includes lens caps for protection
- Focus is a little off on the periphery of images
Who is it for?
- Anyone who uses the iPhone 5 or 5s as their primary camera and wants to have the ability to take macro shots with the device
Olloclip's Macro 3-in-1 Lens is a powerful little stocking-stuffer originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 06 Dec 2013 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Black Friday is a sales bonanza for stores across America -- heck, even our Canadian neighbors are getting in on the action. But there's more to the day than just blowing all your money on cheap consumer goods. It's also a day for selling your old consumer goods to pay for upgrades. Gazelle, the web's leading trade-in service for old tech, contacted us to let us know how its Black Friday went and what products drove trade-ins.
Here's a hint -- Apple products helped business a lot:
- Gazelle saw a 74 percent increase in traffic during the period between Black Friday and Cyber Monday (11/29 to 12/2) when compared to 2012.
- The most popular items traded over this time period were iPhones.
- iPad trade-ins grew 175 percent between Black Friday and Cyber Monday as compared to the same time period last year.
Considering the recent release of the newly upgraded iPhone and iPad options on the market, Gazelle's trade-in numbers make a lot of sense.
The company is still running its holiday promotion, a coupon that you can include with gifts that will allow recipients to get an extra US$10 with their own trade-ins.
Gazelle saw iPad and iPhone trade-ins jump on Black Friday originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
If you live in the US and own an iPhone or iPad, there's a really good chance you booted up an app or two on Thanksgiving weekend this year. In fact, there's a better chance you used an app this year on Thanksgiving than any year prior, with over 1.2 billion app start-ups initiated according to new data from Flurry Analytics. For comparison, Thanksgiving weekend last year didn't even break 800 million app starts.
So why the spike? Well, Flurry's data shows that Thanksgiving is a huge time for smartphone usage, which can be attributed to travel, cooking, football, and a host of other common Thanksgiving traditions. This year, however, both media apps (music, video, and camera apps) and games were used more than the previous two years, while travel apps were used less than in 2011 or 2012, possibly due to an untimely winter storm.
What did you use your smartphone for while relaxing with some turkey and stuffing this year?
US app usage spikes on Thanksgiving to the tune of over 1.2 billion app starts originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple provides a pretty efficient mail app for iOS, but 3rd parties are always trying to be better and some users are always looking for more. Inbox Cube is a free iPhone app (it's not universal but will work on the iPad) that makes some improvements on the basic Apple Mail app.
Inbox Cube supports iCloud mail, AOL, Yahoo and Gmail. One feature I think is very strong: The ability to just see photo, video, or document attachments in a single click. That includes attachments you have sent as well as received.
The on-screen display is attractive, and it is easy to navigate. You get notifications of new email just as fast as you would with the Apple mail client. I had them both activated and heard the mail alerts at the same time from both.
Search for content in mail is very fast. You can search globally, or by subject, text in the body of the email, or from or to. When emails are listed, each has a colored icon with the first letter of the senders name, which makes for a quick visual way to sort. Each letter is a different color. You can swipe through mail and attachments. You can also assign favorites for mail you want to get to easily.
I don't see any support for POP or explicit support for Outlook. So, if you are outside what is supported, beware. It should be easy to set up with most IMAP compatible systems. Outlook does support IMAP clients, but I was unable to test it. You can have multiple accounts, for example, on Gmail or the other supported mail protocols, and view them separately.
In my testing, the app was solid, although I've seen some reports of crashes. Moving to a new email app is always unsettling. Nothing is ever where you expect it to be, and only by staying with the app for awhile do I get comfortable. Inbox Cube is simple enough to not be intimidating. It has some good ideas that Apple should emulate, and if the features appeal to you it is certainly worth the free download. You mail will still come in on the Apple client, so you're not going to lose anything. I think the only question about any new email client be around for support. It's hard to get used to something and have it go away. Hopefully, Inbox Cube is here for a long ride.
Inbox Cube requires iOS 6.1 or later. It's optimized for the iPhone 5. If you're looking for something with some fresh ideas, try it and see what you think. You can find some videos showing Inbox Cube in action at this link.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
The site for Apple's "spaceship" headquarters and Campus 2 is in the process of being cleared, with demolition of existing buildings at the location now well underway.
MacRumors posted a number of photos today showing the construction fences erected around the location, as well as equipment being used for the demolition. The demolition work is proceeding on land purchased by Apple in 2006, where a massive underground parking structure will be built.
According to the MacRumors article, the headquarters building is to be located on land north of where the work is taking place. The 2.8 million-square-foot facility is included in Phase 1 of the construction, expected to be completed by 2016, along with a fitness center and auditorium. Phase 2 plans include 600,000 square feet of office and R&D buildings.
Image provided by MacRumors
Apple Campus 2 construction begins... with some demolition originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Xcode Fundamentals for iOS 7 - Learn to build Apps and Design User Interfaces [On sale for $79, down from $499]
So you want to make apps but you don't know where to start. You start a few tutorials on the internet but you end up without an app or any knowledge whatsoever.
If you want to make apps you pretty much have to use Xcode, Apple's app-making program. But when you download it and take a look it seems really complicated to use. There are tons of books on how to program and use Xcode but none of them are that user-friendly.
That's where this course is different! This course shows you how to use Xcode while learning another in demand valuable skill: user experience. User experience is one of the toughest jobs to fill in 2012 according to Forbes. With this course you get to learn mobile user experience and Xcode at the same time!
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- Icons can be used on retina resolution screens
- Wide range of icons
- Can be used in mobile apps, websites, dashboards and CMS
- Ready to use PNG files
Save 53% on The Icojam Raster Icons Bundle at TUAW Deals.Deals from Dealnews
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Daily Deals for December 6, 2013, featuring the Xcode Fundamentals for iOS 7 originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The winter holidays are usually presented as a series of idyllic, perfect family moments. But most of us know better.
Red Tettemer O’Connell + Partners teamed up with Sprout, the 24 hour preschool channel for parents and kids, to create “Holiday MOMents,” which they describe as “a site for moms to customize and share their very own moments with kids and their moms.” Read: awkward moments. The campaign was built around “consumer insight” (brought to you by Captain Obvious) showing how stressful and overwhelming the holiday season can be for moms with young children.
The site allows users to choose from a list of templates, including “Holiday Cheers and Tears,” ““’Tis the season to be messy,” “The Hostess with the MostStress,” and “Post Dinner Nap Time the New Family Tradition.” Visitors to the site then upload their imperfect holiday moment, and instantly have an honest holiday e-card on their hands. It’s a simple, fun idea tailored perfectly to Sprout’s audience. (Although I can’t help thinking fathers might feel a bit left out.)
RTO+P have also created a holiday giveaway campaign called MerryThon, which you can find on Sprout’s Facebook and Pinterest pages. The campaign, which started Wednesday and will run until December 24th, features a different prize given away every day. Also part of MerryThon is a daily craft or activity featuring one of Sprout’s popular characters. Sprout’s holiday campaign will also feature mobile and display ads. Credits and an additional “Holiday MOMent” below. continued…
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In addition to the nearly US$1 billion judgment Apple secured against Samsung for patent infringement, Apple now wants the Korean-based tech giant to foot a percentage of its legal costs.
In a motion filed on Thursday, Apple articulates why Samsung should fork over $15.7 million in attorneys' fees. According to the filing, that figure amounts to about less than one-third of what Apple spent on legal fees from the outset of the case through March 1, 2013, the date marking "the last order on motions arising from the first trial."
To bolster its position, Apple cites Section 1117(a) of the Lanham Act, which details appropriate remedies in cases where willful trade dress dilution is present. The Lanham Act allows for an award of reasonable attorneys' fees in "exceptional cases."
Apple's motion explains that previous court rulings have fashioned the term "exceptional" to mean cases where "fraudulent, deliberate or willful" conduct has been found.
To that end, Apple's motion doesn't mince words, calling Samsung's copying "willful, deliberate and calculated."
Under any measure, this was an exceptional case. The evidence that Samsung deliberately copied every aspect of Apple's revolutionary iPhone product was overwhelming. Apple prevailed on one or more claims of trade dress dilution or patent infringement against 26 of 28 accused products.
Apple's motion also references a 138-page Samsung report that painstakingly detailed the positive attributes of the iPhone and ways in which Samsung devices could incorporate them.
The Relative Evaluation Report compared virtually every aspect of the iPhone with the Samsung phone then in development, each time finding Samsung's phone wanting and each time directing that Samsung's phone be changed to resemble the iPhone. Samsung acted in complete disregard of Apple's IP - there is not a shred of evidence in the record to suggest that Samsung made any effort to determine whether the various iPhone features were protected, much less to avoid violating Apple's IP rights.
In sum, Apple argues that Samsung, in its zeal to amass market share in the smartphone market, blatantly copied a number of iPhone features without any regard to Apple's intellectual property.
As a final point, Apple insinuates that Samsung should be glad it's only being asked to pay $15.7 million, a figure which Apple claims is "conservative."
Apple seeking $15 million in attorneys fees from Samsung originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
We’ve just received confirmation from sources outside of Saatchi & Saatchi’s New York offices that CCO Con Williamson announced today his plans to leave the agency, reportedly to start a new shop. A toast in his honor was held at the NY agency earlier today.
Williamson joined Saatchi & Saatchi in 2010 after a CCO stint at the agency formerly known as Euro/RSCG NY. Over the past decade he’s also spent time at Fallon, JWT, and his own agency, Lodge212.
No word yet on who’ll be joining Williamson at his as-yet-unnamed new agency, but we’ve heard tips that a few other Saatchi NY colleagues announced their resignations today too. A more official announcement from Williamson and the agency is expected tomorrow. As always, we’ll keep you updated.
Also, as it’s Friday, we’ve embedded a Drake video below.
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Deer Hunting season may be drawing to a close, but Dear Hunter 2014 aims (pun intended) to keep you hunting game even in the off-season. You'll get a chance to own firearms you could only dream about and can travel to locations around the world.
This hunting simulator has impressive graphics that look great on the iPad Air. The scenery and animals are very well rendered and their movement is fluid and fast, especially at the more difficult levels. I even played it on the iPad 2 and performance was still very good.
You play the game as a stationary hunter who is aiming for animals as they run or fly by you. You can move left or right to get a better angle, but you can't track an animal like you can in some simulations. You have controls to zoom in on an animal, reload your weapon or swap between weapons. Deer Hunter 2014 not only has you hunting deer as its name implies, there are a wide assortment of animals from varying locales.
Currently featuring six different locations, the game requires you to hunt trophy animals for each locale before moving on to the next one. There are about 10 trophy hunts per level. Each trophy hunt will earn you the most money in the form of hunter's bucks, which can be used to buy new firearms, energy drinks and other items. There are also regular hunts, contract hunts and club hunts that come with a smaller bounty. During the holidays, there are holiday hunt campaigns that bring new weapons and animals to the game.
There are a wide variety of firearms from which to choose including rifles, assault rifles, shotguns, and pistols. As you progress through the game you will need to purchase various upgrades to your weapons including sights, barrels, stocks, and ammunition. The more you hunt, the more money you earn and the better weapons you can buy. Having the right weapon makes all the difference in some of the upper level hunts, so it behooves you to buy the best gun you can afford.
Those interested in a quicker way to get through the game than "hunt all the time" can buy additional hunter bucks and gold via in-app purchases. Gold is a commodity in the app, used to purchase high-end weapons, add upgrades to your weapons and replenish your energy supply. You earn gold when you level up, or by watching promotional videos. There's also a promotional page that'll give you gold when you sign up for a new service. If you have some real-life cash, you can buy gold via an in-app purchase, but it is expensive.
This brings me to one of the biggest detractors for the game. Playing time is limited. You cannot just hunt for as long as you want. Deer Hunter has an energy meter that decreases every time you begin a hunt. Once the meter is depleted you must wait a certain amount of time before your energy meter fills up again and you can continue playing. It takes about 15 minutes to drain your energy and an hour to fill it up. You can instantly replenish your energy meter with gold, but that gets expensive fast.
Another aspect I did not like about Deer Hunter 2014 is that some weapons can only be purchased with gold forcing you to make an in-app purchase or spend a huge amount of time watching video ads or filling out online surveys. As much as I would like the Grantham Model 2200x, I'm not going to pay 350 gold via a US$19.99 in-app purchase to buy it. Also, there are ads for other games that pop up intermittently when you play.
Even with the above complaints, Deer Hunter 2014 manages to draw me in for short periods of time each day. The stand-out graphics and sound are some of the app's best assets. I only wish the game was not so deeply integrated with the "pay to play" revenue model. I would have preferred to pay a reasonable price for the game and progress though it without the ads and the temptation to buy gold.
Deer Hunter 2014 is available from the iOS App Store for free and is provided as a universal app for both the iPhone and iPad.
Daily iPad App: Deer Hunter 2014 allows you to hunt even when hunting season is over originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
What if you could replace the dooming anticipation of your inevitable alarm clock ring with something spontaneous and interactive? We’re not talking about technology from Minority Report, but God Morgon, a Swedish company, linked up with Spotify for “a social wake-up clock” that let’s you choose songs for your friends’ alarms. Imagine if you give over Spotify power of attorney to that friend who wants to ruin your sleep by picking Slipknot. Or if a friend wants to trick you into oversleeping, he/she can throw on some Enya.
God Morgon is actually Sweden’s third largest juice brand – there’s got to be a joke in there somewhere. Sweden’s third tallest midget. But this non-juice product is very cool and seems simple and intuitive. Below, you can see some images of the interface:
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Spotify is looking to give users an added incentive to choose its streaming music service over the droves of competitors by offering free on-demand music via its mobile app. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the new option will be offered as an ad-supported alternative to services like Pandora and iTunes Radio.
Currently, Spotify's mobile app offers a free radio service which is streamed based on a user's preferred music genre, with the on-demand service reserved for Spotify paid subscribers. If this plan does indeed come to fruition, the only different between standard Spotify and Spotify Premium, which costs US$9.99 per month, will be that the paid service comes without ads.
Spotify ups its game, plans to offer free on-demand music for mobile originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Today, Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive and ESPN senior vice president Justin Connolly debuted a new brand campaign celebrating the planned launch of the SEC Network. Both national television spots and previews of print ads “were revealed as part of a series of SEC Network programming announcements made at a press conference prior to the SEC football championship game at the Georgia Dome, in Atlanta.” The new campaign, developed along with North Carolina agency McKinney, is called ”Take It All In,” which may or may not be a reference to butt chugging.
The campaign includes “a series of print, TV and online ads that not only focus on the overarching SEC Network, but also on each of the 14 schools of the SEC.” The full “Take It All In” campaign will roll out next year, leading into the launch of the network in August.
The debut TV spot, called ““Not Just a Casual Fan” (which, come to think of it, would have made a better campaign title), can be viewed above. It, in Justin Connolly‘s words, ”bring fans the grandeur of the SEC in a celebratory, immersive and real way.” As the title of the spot suggests, it features die-hard fans both old and young, many of them ridiculously dressed. This is a solid tactic, since these are the kind of rabid SEC fans who might shell out for the new network. It’s just too bad they didn’t think of all the implications to their tagline/campaign title. Or maybe they did. Credits after the jump. continued…
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