Much to the surprise of...a few people, Mashable reported that Apple's iOS6 shall be dropping the YouTube app. So what is one to do if you're a YouTube junkie? Easy, either go to m.youtube.com in your mobile browser or turn to services like Vimeo or, hell, Tumblr even has a decent video hosting service.
I keep seeing the intranetz harping about how shocking this is. If you've used the app, you'll know it's not. Brazen? Yes. Shocking? No. Also, if you've been paying attention, you'll remember that Apple also dropped Google Maps and replaced it with its own service. (Oh, and did I forget to mention that YouTube is owned by Google?)
Keep an eye out, the dropping of YouTube could only mean that Apple either created a new service or they're sitting on news of a new partnership. Exciting times ahead!
I'm going to experiment with my social media intake next month. I'm going to deactivate my personal Facebook account for the entire month of February. I encourage you all to do the same, as well! I'll be deleting my Facebook app from my iPhone. I already stopped any email notifications from reaching my inbox long ago, so I'll be good on that front.
But note, I'm not a tech-age sadist, so Twitter and my "Harvey" page will still be in full swing. And if you're familiar with my Harvey Facebook
page, then you're aware I don't use it personally. It's basically become one giant redirect feed towards NerdJizz.
And they're not going to take it anymore!
If you're one of the few people who've not given in to the Angry Birds craze, I'm going to attempt to persuade you to jump on the bandwagon. I understand your skepticism. I really do. I was never a fan of "catapult" style games. Flash versions have existed online for years, and each one is just a sad rip off of the other. Some of them incorporated tower defense-style gimmicks, but the gameplay remained largely unchanged.
So what makes Angry Birds different? I think it boils down to three things: style, widespread adoption and challenge.
Style: There's no denying the game has character. Each bird is designed with it's particular "power-up" in mind. The rotund green pigs are amusingly loathsome. A level design often seems simple, only to later test one's mettle during the 15th attempt.
Adoption: As I said above, I wasn't a fan of catapult games. The reason I ended up giving in was because so many of my friends had done so. A game becomes far more interesting when you can engage in some friendly social competition.
Challenge: One thing that keeps this game interesting is not only upping the difficulty level slightly with each new "world" of levels, but interspersing a few easier levels before a particularly difficult one. Momentum of success builds and then BAM! Now you won't stop playing the difficult level until you finally succeed because you don't want to break that stride, now do you?
The best thing about the app is that once you've made your purchase, all subsequent updates are free. Note: Console releases of the game, including the Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 versions are not likely to follow this same format. That means pay your couple of dollars (or 99 cents if you find it on sale like I did) and all new levels and content will be included as updates for free.
Once you've finished the available levels of the original Angry Birds, invest in Angry Birds: Seasons
. It began as Angry Birds: Halloween, and then evolved into Seasons once the Christmas levels were included in an update. I haven't heard any rumors as to what holiday Rovio will include next, but these birds are just quirky enough to pull off either Valentine's Day or St. Patricks Day with ease, so don't be surprised if levels full of hearts or shamrocks show up after you've made your purchase.
Click on any of the pictures to purchase the apps.
CNN has finally released an iPad app. To which I say, ABOUT DAMN TIME. For better or worse, CNN is my choice of news source, and while their website is one of the most iPad-friendly urls out there (with the exception of some of their contributor pages,) there are so many news apps on the iPad that are far more functional and just look, well, sexy
. Now, CNN has finally joined the likes of Pulse, BBC News, Time and NPR in providing a functional and oh so stylish app for iOS on iPad.
If you'd like to try it out, just go get it in the App Store
. Below is an excerpt from CNN's own article highlighting the app.
"High-quality, world-class journalism is what CNN does best, whether live breaking news, hard-hitting interviews or in-depth investigations, and our iPad app presents that content to the world in a wholly new way," KC Estenson, CNN.com's senior vice president and general manager, said Tuesday in the release.
"This app harnesses the best of what the iPad offers by leveraging striking photos and videos; elegant, multi-touch navigation; and the ability to share content with your friends via social media."
via CNN releases 'immersive' iPad app - CNN.com