Wipeout Dash will force you to use the iPhone accelerometer, as it is tilt-controlled along with a simple tap gesture that makes the ball jump. In the beginning, you will get the idea of how the basic controls work for the app before you jump into a real game. We liked that you select the levels by tilting the iPhone and keep it balanced to launch the game, emphasizing once again that the app has lots of challenges ahead. The app will get you to race to the finish line to get the best time while battling against a bunch … Read more
Sonic 4 Episode II for Android looks and plays just like the old platform Sonic the Hedgehog games we're used to, minus the tangible game controllers, of course. Still, with a virtual directional pad and jump button flanking the sides of your touch screen, running around and snatching up rings is just as fun as before. The game settings also let you turn on haptic feedback or switch to tilt control if you prefer.
In this follow-up to Sonic 4 Episode I, Sonic teams up with his old buddy Tails, bringing an array of new partnered attacks into the … Read more
Cockroaches are way faster than you and me. Relative to their body weight, they can flee at the equivalent of hundreds of miles per hour and are gone long before your newspaper hits the floor.
But researchers from the University of California at Berkeley recently described how cockroaches can also run toward a ledge and then flip around to its underside in the blink of an eye, effectively disappearing from predators. Now they're working on robots that can do the same. … Read more
Android in the dash remains a hot question (while many of you wait for iDash!) and so is the kind of fuel that goes in your car. Let's sort this out once and for all.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 47 SHOW NOTES
We examine the end of the in-car CD player, our supposed hatred of Chevys, how to upgrade the head unit in your Prius, and the need (or not) for Android in your dash.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 42 SHOW NOTES
Car manufacturers are racing to integrate smartphones with infotainment systems, but one startup wants to cut to the chase and build a head unit around the iPhone.
Dash is a sleek, double-din automotive head unit concept that uses interchangable faceplates in which the driver snaps in his or her smartphone to use as the stereo's interface. Colorado-based Devium designed the product and has turned to Kickstarter.com to raise the money it needs to manufacture and sell it.
Smartphones attach to the faceplate and are held in place by a removable rubber lining in the cavity that snugly fits … Read more
With almost 550,000 active apps in the iTunes App Store, you get plenty of variation, and one developer continues to release games that are downright silly.
Many iPhone gamers will probably remember Justin Smith's Enviro-Bear 2010 (99 cents) from Captain Games. When the game came out in 2009, our Mac and iOS freelance reviewer, Paul Hughes, started the review by saying, "Enviro-Bear 2010 is part game, part joke, part art piece, and part game-design experiment." In Enviro-Bear 2010, the premise is that you are a bear getting ready to hibernate and you must drive a car … Read more
Google hopes to better the Web with Dart, but Microsoft has declared itself an opponent of the programming language rather than a potentially valuable ally.
The latest creation from University of California at Berkeley's robotics researchers draws its inspiration from that seemingly indestructible insect: the cockroach.
Known as DASH Plus Wings, it scampers along at 1.3 meters per second and climbs 17-degree inclines. (DASH stands for Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod.) The researchers hope that some day, with further development, the robots used in large numbers could aid in search efforts for survivors of disasters such as earthquakes. … Read more
Programmer and project leader Lars Bak detailed the project in a talk today at the Goto conference in Denmark and in a blog post. Dart is geared for everything from small, unstructured projects to large, complicated efforts--Gmail and Google Docs, for example.
"If we want to focus on making the Web better over time, we have to innovate," including with new programming languages, Bak said in an interview … Read more