In most games and other depictions, necromancers are usually the bad guys. But in Undead Horde you get to play as one. Come to think of it, that could still make it the bad guy. Your enemy is the paladin Benevictor, who defeated you and imprisoned you in a cage. But thanks to an unlikely hero you have escaped. Slay the living, then reanimate them as your own soldiers. Upgrade your character with an endless number of weapons, armor, and magical items, and sell and trade your loot for more gear. And the best part about Undead Horde is that it’s one of those “old-fashioned” games without in-app microtransactions. No coins, gold, gems, etc. Just one purchase and you get to play. App Store: US$5.99
Apple introduced the Slofie – the slow-motion selfie, on the iPhone 11. The company even moved to trademark the phrase! It shared a short new video showing how the tool can be used in skiing, in a whiteout.
Truth Be Told is coming to Apple TV+ plus in the near future. It tells the story of Warren Cave, a man who is imprisoned for a murder he may or may have committed. In a video released Thursday, the stars and executive producers of the show explained how Warren develops as the series goes on, and he spends more years in prison. It looks like it is going to be a powerful, moving show.
We all know people have collections, sometimes extensive ones, of Apple gear. They serve as personal archives of what the company has done. There’s an unofficial archive on the web too. It begins with the ‘Introducing the Apple II’ ad from 1977 and ends in 2019 (so far). It includes press releases, products, event details, and more. It really is a great collection of almost everything the company has ever done. The person behind it is Sam Henri Gold. Perhaps one day Apple itself could put together something similar in an official archive!
LAS VEGAS – At CES 2020 Victrola put together what appeared to be a retrospective exhibit which actually included pieces of the past, present, and future all rolled into one. Want a turntable with Alexa support? Look no further. Enjoy, along with the sights and sounds of the CES 2020 show floor.
LAS VEGAS – Solo New York was showing off their Re:cycled backpack series at CES 2020, all of which are made from recycled water bottles and other biodegradable materials. The Hybrid backpack here easily converts between being a briefcase and a backpack, perfect for that on-the-go lifestyle where you’re not sure what mode you’ll need to be in throughout the day.
Apple released a new film over the weekend celebrating Chinese New Year. It tells the story of a taxi-driving mum and her daughter. It’s a beautiful, moving story of mother-daughter relationships and redemptions. And it was all filmed on an iPhone 11 Pro. There is also ‘making of’ video that tells the tale of the film’s creation.
LAS VEGAS – Elliptic Labs has developed software that uses a smartphone’s speakers and microphones to do motion sensing – and a lot more – without adding any hardware to the phone. I happened to meet CEO Laila Danielsen on a bus where she showed us just one demo application of their tech.
OWC Founder and CEO, Larry O’Connor, takes us through the details of their Mercury Elite Pro Dock. This is a Thunderbolt 3 Dock and Dual-Drive RAID all-in-one. RAID 0 or 1 is done in hardware, or you can configure it as a JBOD and manage it yourself. With seven ports, including Ethernet, two USB 3.1 Gen 1, DisplayPort 1.2, SD Card, and Gigabit Ethernet, this US$299.99 device might be exactly what you need to complete your setup.
14 years ago today Steve Jobs unveiled the first MacBook Pro at Macworld 2006. Most of the keynote is focused on other products, like Aperture, iLife, iMove, iWeb, iWork, and more. The MacBook Pro’s introduction came as a “one last thing” announcement. In this segment, he discusses the performance per watt of various Apple microprocessors like the PowerPC G4 and PowerPC G5. But Intel’s Core Duo processor was better at energy efficiency, and that’s what the MacBook Pro used.
A new app called Rainway lets you play PC games on iOS devices. It supports controllers like the PlayStation DualShock, Xbox One Controller, MFI controllers, and robust touch controls. To get started you’ll need an iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 or higher, and a Windows 10 PC running Rainway. For the best performance use a physical Ethernet connection on a 5GHz router.
Our mission is to enable PC gamers around the world to have the gaming experience they desire on any screen. Rainway for iOS is the first of many new products and features we have planned in the pursuit of our mission.
App Store: Free
With the arrival of the Apple Pencil, more and more artists and designers are using their iPad to draw. Braintreehouse, a studio of artists who have worked on shows such as Adventure Time and The Simpsons, created Sketchboard Pro. The stand fits your iPad perfectly and has a slot for the Pencil. It essentially turns your iPad into a classic drawing board. The product launched on Kickstarter and hit its target. The makers brought it to CES this last week. Sketchboard Pro is expected to ship in March 2020. You can pre-order one now at Indigogo for $50.
LAS VEGAS – At CES this week, Brydge was showing off their new Brydge Pro+ Keyboard with Trackpad for iPad Pro. Leveraging iPadOS’s AssistiveTouch to add a cursor-like dot to the screen, using the trackpad feels smooth and natural throughout. Available for pre-order now, Brydge Pro+ is $229.99 for the 12.9” iPad Pro, and $199.99 for the 11” model.
LAS VEGAS – LifeProof’s FLiP wallet case puts your cards and cash inside so that, when closed, the back of the iPhone remains flush. The FLiP case can even open up and act as a stand and, when open, Qi charging is possible, too. Available now from LifeProof for US$60.99.
LAS VEGAS – At Pepcom at CES on Monday LiftMaster (and, their home brand, Chamberlain) were showing off their latest garage door opener that now incorporate a camera so you can remotely see what’s going on in your garage. These units also contain Wi-Fi and MyQ, meaning they’re HomeKit-compatible out of the box. Available now for $299 for the Chamberlain B4545 base unit, and $399 for Chamberlain B6765, which includes a battery backup and LED lighting.
LAS VEGAS – At Pepcom here at CES on Monday, Speck was showing off their latest Presidio2 line of cases that use Presidio2 Armor Cloud technology. Like an air bag for your iPhone, Presidio2 incorporates air capsules around edge to resist damage upon impact, cushioning your iPhone when it falls and keeping things safe. Expect to see these available in the spring.
LAS VEGAS – Aukey, a leader in charging products, was showing off their Omnia line of chargers at Pepcom Digital Experience on Monday. These are all built with Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology allowing them to be cooler and smaller than those made with silicon. The highlight of the line is their 100W USB-C PD charger that’s a full 66% smaller than Apple’s comparable model. These are all due out in Q2 of this year.
Delta Airlines and Sarcos demonstrated a full-body exoskeleton at CES. The Guardian XO Full-Body, Force-Multiplying Industrial Exoskeleton Robot is designed to help staff carrying heavy payloads. The exoskeleton bears the weight so the worker doesn’t have to. Consequently, the firms say it may enable someone to repeatedly lift up to 200 pounds for up eight hours at a time without strain or fatigue. They said that this could also help broaden roles to a more diverse group of people.