There are a ton of great games to buy and play from the App Store today if you happen to have found an iOS device under your tree this past weekend. Infinity Blade 2 is one of the best you’ll find, with high-end graphics, tight gameplay, and a whole bunch of fun features that really build on the last popular game in the series. Whether you’re a Blade newbie or a veteran, Chair Entertainment has released some tips for the game that will really help you roll through the generations.
2011 December 26
The Boxee project has come a long way from its humble origins as a fork of the Xbox Media Center, bringing easy video playback and a couch-to-screen UI to the Mac, then later to Windows and Ubuntu, and now to the company’s own dedicated Boxee Box hardware (soon to support live broadcast TV). There’s a solid ecosystem of app developers making themselves at home with Boxee. The company is releasing version 1.5 of its desktop app for Mac, Windows and Ubuntu this week, featuring many of the improvements that will be appearing in the Boxee Box firmware early next year, but there’s a caveat.
As you can tell from our quiet start this morning, it’s a slow day around the TUAW HQ — most of us are still in the holiday mood, and with much of the United States off work today anyway, things aren’t too crazy. But we’re still here, and while some of us are buried under snow, we can still at least remember that somewhere on Earth, there are sunny skies and tropical breezes. In fact, you can see both in the video posted below , which was shot by a band called Passion Pit, completely on an iPad 2 and an iPhone 4.
After years of developing mobile tools for its own platform, Microsoft has finally released a series of apps for the iPad including Lync, OneNote and Kinectimals. Hands down, the most anticipated of the bunch is OneNote, Microsoft’s popular desktop app for taking and organizing notes. It’s the premier solution for the desktop, but, unfortunately, it falls short on the Apple tablet
The nominations are in, and the poll is ready to go! The TUAW Best of 2011 awards are all about you — the readers — and what you think is the cream of the crop of Apple or third-party products and software. To vote, select one entry from the top nominations made by readers. We’ll be announcing the winner in just a few days.
If you just got a new iPhone for Christmas, there’s one handy utility app that you might want to purchase right away. It’s 1Password for iPhone (sale priced at US$5.99) from Agile Bits Solutions, and it was named the best iPhone utility app in reader voting in TUAW’s Best of 2011 awards. The app is a favorite of the TUAW staff, and it’s obvious from the voting that 1Password is used faithfully by many of our readers as well — the app pulled in 49.7 percent of the votes, thoroughly trouncing the other nominees in this category.
I’ll be honest: I have come down with a pretty bad case of freemium ADD. Pocket Frogs was my first real freemium hookup on the iPhone (and it’s still pretty great), but since then, I’ve made my way through a train of freemium games, including We Rule , Tiny Tower , Battle Nations , We Farm , more Tiny Tower, DragonVale , and now all the way over to Spellcraft School of Magic . If you’ve played any of these before, you probably know how it goes: The game is completely free to download, and free to play, though you can spend money on in-app convenience items if you want to save time or level yourself up more quickly.