Bungie is fresh out of a 10-year exclusive agreement with Microsoft, and to celebrate, the company is launching Bungie Aerospace, a partnership where Bungie will work with independent game companies to kickstart their projects and support their game releases. Even though most gamers know Bungie because of the Halo series of games, it wasn’t too […]
Google+ released this week to a flurry of attention from every part of the internet (Mark Zuckerberg even joined up to try it out for himself). While most of the frenzy’s been about the overall design of the site, the way it works, and how it directly jumps into Facebook’s realm, half of Google+ is […]
Although Google+ is still invite-only, its number of users is climbing. Of course, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page are on the social networking, but there’s also another tech heavyweight using the new Google feature: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. This may come as a surprise since Google is claiming Google+ will be a contender […]
Theme Park Pinball ($1.99) by ASK Homework is the newest release from the makers of Ball Towers HD. Similar to Ball Towers HD, this game utilizes high quality graphics to bring a lifelike pinball experience to your iPad.
When you open the app, you get a cinematic shot of the pinball table, showing off the intricate detail that Ask Homework is known for. The stainless steel pinball realistically reflects images that are out of your view. The glass covering of the tabletop shows various imperfections, including smudges that appear as the result of wiping it down with a dirty towel.
There is only one pinball table, but you have your choice of five different games. Classic mode is self-explanatory. In Hardcore mode, the game simulates a higher tilt angle, making the game harder to play. In Running Board mode, the point score is based on how long you can keep the pinball on the table. In Checkpoint mode, you must hit each of the six drop targets within a predetermined amount of time. In Target Shooting mode, your goal is to hit the rollout targets as fast as possible to gain the most points.
Visually, this game is astounding. Ask Homework goes out of their way to make the most realistic-looking graphics. Their attention to detail is what sets them apart from other high quality graphic games. There are five different camera modes for viewing the table, but all of them are from a follow-the-ball perspective, which can be disconcerting for some. The point of the app is to show off the beautiful graphics, but it will not stop people from giving the game a poor rating for not offering a stationary view. Hopefully, the developers will decide to add that feature in an update.
Overall, this is just as awesome as the developer’s previous release, Ball Towers HD, but it is much easier to play. It is pinball at its finest. The graphics are stunning and the action is highly responsive. There are five different types of games, so if you are a fan of pinball, this app will leave you drooling for more.Theme Park Pinball – So Realistic, Even The Pinball Wizard Would Be Impressed is a story by AppAdvice.com
Apple is in a very happy place at the moment as a company. It has billions in the bank, its iPad tablet computers dominate the market, the iPhone and iPod touch continue to sell well, iTunes and its two App Stores just seem to print money, and Steve Jobs has recently wowed everyone with a […]
The App Store could be without one of its most popular residents as soon as tonight. Amazon’s Kindle app could soon go away thanks to Apple’s new rules for in-app payment and subscriptions links, according to CNNMoney.
Apple’s new rules, announced earlier this year, require merchants to either use Apple’s payment system, or include no mechanism at all for subscriptions and other purchases.
This is an especially bitter pill to swallow for companies such as Amazon, who rely on its customers to frequently buy e-books.
Were Amazon be forced to remove the links, the Kindle app would become quite a bit more “user-unfriendly.”
Conversely, Amazon would suddenly begin losing 30 percent of each e-book sale, were it to begin using Apple’s payment system. That is the amount per transaction Apple collects in the App Store.
So far neither Amazon nor Apple has spoken out publicly about the situation, even as the hours tick by.
Assuming Apple sticks to its guns, the Kindle app will begin disappearing very soon from the App Store. Personally, I am hoping both sides can resolve this very soon.
What are your thoughts? Leave your comments below.
The newest contender in the tablet game, the HP TouchPad, will be hitting store shelves tomorrow, July 1. There’s been a lot of buzz about this tablet, and the reviews are out. Most of them are good, but with any new product, there are always a few gripes. So what makes this tablet different from all […]
Facebook is expected to “launch something awesome” next week, according to its Chief Executive and founder, Mark Zuckerberg. Could this be the long overdue arrival of the social networking site’s native iPad app?
According to a Reuters report, Zuckerberg said the new project launching next week was developed at Facebook’s 40-person Seattle office. This is the same office that developed Facebook’s unified mobile site, first available in March.
Just last week The New York Times reported Facebook’s iPad app has been tested internally for nearly a year and will include features not currently available via the Facebook website.
According to a person who has seen the app:
“The photo and video experience is amazing, offering full resolution and full-screen images.”
Hopefully Facebook’s announcement next week is indeed for its iPad app. We’ll keep you updated.
Amazon affiliates in California are yet another casualty in the battle between online retailers and local governments who want to enforce the collection of a sales tax for online purchases. Affiliates are website operators who receive a commission from Amazon when they successfully promote a product that is then purchased. New laws, which have already […]
There are tons of electronics trade-in programs out there. Most of them give you a small percentage of what your device was originally worth in the form of a gift card or an in-store credit. Barnes & Noble, however, is offering a little something of its own to anyone trading in their old e-reader for a […]