It’s happening all the time but the last 48 hours stressed the importance of both hardware and software. The successful marriage of both produces successes and/or improves the experience for everyone whereas an imbalance could spell disaster and defeat. It’s not necessarily just a matter of technical support either — the business side of hardware and software has a significant impact as well.
LTTP or ‘late to the party’ pieces are opportunities for me to catch up and write about games I missed out on the first time around. They may contain spoilers.
After finishing Capcom’s Ghost Trick, I am finally able to articulate why I didn’t enjoy 999. Both titles share adventure game elements and both asked me to retread scenarios but only Ghost Trick fabricated an in-fiction reason to tie everything together.
Today’s Apple event was chalk full of new products and even contained a couple of genuine surprises.
Let’s start from the top.
13″ Macbook Pro w/ Retina Display
The rumors were right, Apple were planning to announce a 13″ version of their expensive (yet pretty) “next generation” Macbook in the autumn. Starting $1699 may seem reasonable in comparison to the $2199 15″ version but it’s still very pricey when you consider the underlying hardware.
The lack of a quad-core CPU is tolerable but the lack of a dedicated GPU solution is baffling to me. Intel’s HD4000 integrated graphics aren’t going to fare so well at the native resolution of 2560 x 1600. And what’s with the paltry 128GB SSD? Couldn’t they just throw in a 256GB drive for that price?
This year’s Steam Summer Sale started a bit late. It had people worried but for the next week or so, folks will be far too busy refreshing Steam on a daily basis and then some.
Valve introduced 8 hour Flash Sales and Community Choice sales that have people checking the site more than once per day for new deals and new opportunities to give them more money. I’ve visited multiple times in hopes of something new and exciting but I only came away with: 1) Trine 2 and 2) the Alan Wake Collection.
I’ve never used a calendar for personal reasons. I never felt the need to. My life wasn’t complex enough to warrant plotting down events and reminders. It took a big move to my new house and all its moving parts in order to convince me to start plotting all this down.
But I didn’t start using a calendar until I got my iPad.
For me, a calendar needed to be on an easily and quickly accessible “always on” device. At work, my always on device was my workstation which I spent a majority off my time at. At home? There wasn’t such a device at home. I don’t own a smartphone and my Macbook Air isn’t always with me. And even if it was, it wasn’t as long lasting as an iPad to pull off the task of being “always on”.
Now one could argue that e-mail would be a more suitable fit to my criteria above and they would be right. But I don’t need (or want) to know when e-mail arrives which means for the longest time I could live without that instant notification. A calendar serves the much more important role of notifying me of incoming events that need my attention. I wouldn’t need a calendar with reminder notifications if I was willing to wait and check my events at my leisure.
Do I feel more organized since I started using this? Sure. Will I continue to use it after my move is complete? Why not? I will have many other things to track. But if you were to ask me if I was pleased by this decision to use it? My answer is: no. It marks the beginning of more and more obligations.
I want to take this long weekend opportunity to rundown some of my favorite iPad apps. These apps have become my go to apps that I believe no one should live without. I’ll start with some that would normally have an Apple made equivalent on the iPhone.
There is no clock app on the iPad. There isn’t even an alarm clock. I could set reminders, but that’s an inelegant workaround. The app I found to serve this very basic function was surprisingly elegant and for a limited time: free.
My Alarm Clock is a beautifully designed app with multiple clock faces, a built in weather widget and — most importantly — an alarm clock. It’s easy to set alarms and configure them with its built-in alarm chimes or songs from my music library.
This was a baffling omission when I noticed this omission on the iPad. I searched for a free alternative and the one I gravitated towards was Calculator+. The reviews griped about calculation errors, but I have yet to encounter any. It works for me, it’s easy to use and it’s pleasing to the eye. The most basic functions are also free which is nice.