Dont Run With A Plasma Sword, the runner game by XperimentalZ Games has been updated. DRWAPS includes 5 levels of difficulty in both a challenge mode as well as an endless arcade style mode. Each level of the challenge mode concludes with a Boss fight which allows the user to continue to the next level upon completion. The Endless mode includes a variety of objectives, some of which upon completion, unlock the next level of the Endless Mode. The lastest version of DRWAPS , 1.3.2, includes a host of updates and fixes including:
- Increased XP gains
- Lowered Price on some items
- Increased Daily XP Bonuses
- Fixed a bug which could result in being stuck in endless objectives
- Updated 3rd Party libraries
- Other Minor fixes
The game has been also updated to a free download and is now iOS 7.0 compatible. For more information or to download DRWAPS, check out the DRWAPS webpage at:
Well, another year has passed and of course Apple has updated their iPhones in September with the advent of the 5C and the 5S. While most of the S series phones over the years have been fairly stable, this latest version has left a bad taste in a few consumers mouths. Even our own in-house models of the phone have been less then stellar.
The first of these glitches comes in the form of the Camera. The new 8 megapixel camera was supposed to be the best iPhone camera yet. However, software issues with iOS 7.x have left the camera looking like the Hubble space telescope before they fixed the lenses. Photots taken with the camera are blurry and the focus on the unit seems to be constantly unable to focus on any one item within a picture. Several users have also reported that their iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 have had the same issue once they upgraded to iOS 7.
Another issue with the new iPhone 5S is the newly installed fingerprint reading technology. Supposedly, this technology was supposed to add one more layer of security for the users, however, it has left many users locked out of their phones.
Battery life with the iPhone 5S units here in-house have been less than desirable with the battery draining with average use at just over 26 hours. This issue seems to be much like that of early iPhone 4 series models where software issues were causing the iPhone to run down within a very short time.
With each generation of the iPhone, new items are added and some highly touted features are routinely adjusted, yet with the 5S the main selling points of the iPhone have left many questioning why they purchased the new phone and some even threatening to return them to Apple.
Apple, Inc. quietly shutdown their Apple Store and then added the Mac Mini 2. Long delayed by a number of issues, the Mac Mini 2 comes in 2 models and 2 colors. Silver and Space Grey are the colors currently available in the Apple Store.
While the US store has made both the Wi-Fi model and the Cellular model available, the Japan store is only listing the Cellular model. 4 memory configurations are available: 16, 32, 64, and 128 gb.
At the time of press, the websites on both sides of the water were say 5-10 business days for delivery of the Mac Mini.
By Hugh Hood (CSA2)
AppleIIWorks Envoy is a ‘faceless’ application for Mac OS X (10.4.x Tiger
through 10.8.x Mountain Lion) with a two-fold purpose.
First, it provides for Mac OS X Finder recognition of Apple II AppleWorks
Files, presenting both a custom Mac Finder icon as well as a custom ‘Kind’
description for AppleWorks Word Processor (AWP), Database (ADB) and
Spreadsheet (ASP) files.
Second, the application implements a Spotlight metadata importer for
AppleWorks Word Processor (ProDOS type ‘AWP/$1A’) files that not only
indexes the text content of these files, but also sets (2) ProDOS-related
custom metadata attributes that display in the ‘More Info’ portion of the
Mac Finder ‘Get Info’ window.
For more information on AppleIIWorks Envoy, including some screen shots, and
to download, visit:
AppleIIWorks Envoy is compiled as a 4-way Universal Binary for both PPC and
Intel, 32-bit and 64-bit, and runs under Mac OS X 10.4.x (Tiger) through Mac
OS X 10.8.x (Mountain Lion).
Rumors have been flying around for some time about the downtime experienced with the Apple Developer website. Today, Apple sent an email to all registered Apple Developers, stating:
Last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our registered developers from our developer website. Sensitive personal information was encrypted and cannot be accessed, however, we have not been able to rule out the possibility that some developers’ names, mailing addresses, and/or email addresses may have been accessed. In the spirit of transparency, we want to inform you of the issue. We took the site down immediately on Thursday and have been working around the clock since then.
In order to prevent a security threat like this from happening again, we’re completely overhauling our developer systems, updating our server software, and rebuilding our entire database. We apologize for the significant inconvenience that our downtime has caused you and we expect to have the developer website up again soon.
No timeframe has been given for the return of the website. For more information, go to the Apple Developer website at:
Changes Meter, the URL checker by Massimiliano Origgi and Intuiware, has been updated. The latest version for Mac OS X, 1.8.1, address a host of issues that users were having including:
- Performance and Stability
- Added option to toggle the ‘Check Complete’ Growl notification
- Updated Growl to the latest version
- Fixed a bug which would cause excessive resources usage, in certain specific situations.
- Fixed a bug which could cause Changes Meter to stop checking sites, requiring an app restart to restore functionality
For more information about the Intuiware app Changes Meter or the updated items, check the Changes Meter website at:
Apple has released a minor update to their Mac OS X operating system. Mac OS X 10.8.4 includes a number of bug fixes and security improvements including:
- Compatibility improvements when connecting to certain enterprise Wi-Fi networks
- Microsoft Exchange compatibility improvements in Calendar
- A fix for an issue that prevented FaceTime calls to non-U.S. phone numbers
- A fix for an issue that may prevent scheduled sleep after using Boot Camp
- Improved VoiceOver compatibility with text in PDF documents
- Includes Safari 6.0.5
With WWDC fast approaching, it is expected that Apple will be focusing their efforts on Mac OS X 9.0 from here on. Apple has traditionally released major beta versions of their OS at the WWDC event and while rumors point to delays in the operating system, we could still see the pattern followed this year.
Mac OS X 10.8.4 is available for immediate download through the Software Update function in the App Store or direct from the Apple Support website at:
Known for providing detailed minute-by-minute forecasts, as well as traditional daily to 7-day forecasts, the SkyMotion 4.0 app now also ensures maximum accuracy by relying on one of the largest weather crowdsourcing platforms in the world. SkyMotion is now the only full-fledged weather app that gathers and integrates validated ground-level observations, allowing users to actually influence forecasts. The free application, now available worldwide for all iOS devices, is also the only mobile weather app to offer both nowcasts (precipitation forecasts down to the exact minute) and traditional forecasts.
While weather radars have been traditionally relied upon by weather apps to track precipitation clouds, they provide little insight as to whether precipitation will reach the ground. Equipping SkyMotion users with a crowdsourcing platform circumvents this technological limitation, offering them an unprecedented level of accuracy.
SkyMotion’s patented nowcasting technology tells users the exact minute they can expect precipitation. It does so by translating data from hundreds of Doppler radars, every 5 minutes, into a unique forecast for every 0.6 square mile. That’s roughly 16 million zones simultaneously, every 5 minutes.
SkyMotion 4.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Weather category. Customer care is available 7 days a week in English, Spanish, French, and Italian. A free web app is equally available at SkyMotion online.
Visit the SkyMotion site
WWDC, Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference, has sold out their entire allotment of tickets in a matter of two minutes. In previous years, tickets were still available until a few weeks before the conference, however, as the popularity of the Mac has increased, the conference has been a more desirable destination. This record sellout is not likely to change next year either unless Apple increases the number of available tickets.
For more information about WWDC or the availability of the conferences sessions on Video, check out the WWDC web page at: