Best iPhone apps 2018 Apps are the cornerstone of Apple's iOS platform. The ecosystem is what sets Apple's mobile platform apart from its rivals, and the highest-quality iPhone apps are typically best in class.But, like any app store, it is sometimes difficult to find out what are truly the best apps, the ones that stand out from the rest and offer a tool or service that's far beyond anything else available. There's a bigger problem to think about here: with over a billion downloads from the App Store it can be a nightmare trying to work out which title is for you.Research from analytics firm AppAnnie suggests that the average person uses nine apps per day, including the inbuilt options - and on the iPhone, there's more of an onus on creativity.The issue there is working out what's good for you, and what's superfluous. For instance, there are loads of brilliant weather apps out there, many with cutting-edge features and beautiful interfaces. Or alarm clocks that can connect to the … [Read more...] about The best iPhone apps to download in 2018
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Genius, which raised $56.9 million on the promise that it would one day annotate the entire internet, has been losing its minds. In January, the company quietly laid off a quarter of its staff, with the bulk of the cuts coming from the engineering department. In a post on the Genius blog at the time, co-founder Tom Lehman told employees that Genius planned to shift its emphasis away from the annotation platform that once attracted top-tier investors in favor of becoming a more video-focused media company. “After taking a careful look at the company and our priorities,” Lehman wrote, “we’ve had to make some tough decisions about how we want to spend our resources. And unfortunately this meant that today we laid off some very talented people.” The company then took the unusual step of posting the Genius usernames of those it had laid off — 12 full-time and five part-time employees. At the same time, Lehman noted that the company was continuing to … [Read more...] about Can Genius beat the rap?
Dead silence. A target is visible through the reticule of a high powered rifle, a lone gunmen carefully peeking out from behind a nearby tree. He is unaware that his life is about to end. It happens without warning. A whisper of a sound escapes from the rifle, and the man’s midsection is pierced. He falls backward, a red stain widening across his chest. We’re not holding the rifle, but we’re staring through the sights. We’re involved. We’re complicit.It’s a moment that could have been pulled straight out of a video game, but it’s actually the first act of aggression in Peter Berg’s grueling journey through war-torn Afghanistan in Lone Survivor. The film is based on the true story of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s experiences during Operation Red Wings, a 2005 surveillance mission that went horribly, horribly wrong. Berg’s kinetic camera trails Luttrell’s crack four-man squad as they attempt to survive in an impossible … [Read more...] about How ‘Lone Survivor’ turns audiences into complicit warriors
Video games are not just for kids, most of us who grew up with either the Super Nintendo or Atari 2600 game systems know that. So don't feel guilty about perusing our favorite games for this holiday season, whether you own a Sony Playstation 3, Xbox 360 or Nintendo Wii. Plus we threw in some "regular" games and even some favorite iPhone games to consider.Batman: Arkham Asylum(Available for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC)Batman: Arkham Asylum is the latest video game offering to feature the Caped Crusader in his never-ending quest to rid Gotham City of crime. Like so many other games of late, it uses the Unreal engine, which means you'll be looking at Batman's back in an off-center-left angle for much of the game.The game starts off with a bang -- Batman is bringing the Joker to Arkham Asylum after capturing him "easier than usual". Then, surprise(!), Joker has set a trap -- he wanted to be captured -- and it's up to Batman (you) to return control of the asylum to the guards and administration.I … [Read more...] about Holiday gift ideas: Video games and toys