As I was sitting in a dark little cubicle during E3 last week watching a presentation for King's Quest, I started to wonder how much it cost to make. This was no idle speculation--no meaningless mind-wandering. Quite the opposite. I was trying to figure out whether we could officially say the adventure game, that much-maligned genre, was a "Big Deal" again.
Capturing good audio isn't easy. But it's essential if you're recording a new track, producing a podcast, or chatting over Skype.
You've been away from your desk for an hour--just one hour!--and already, you've got 20 or 30 email messages stacked up in your inbox. It could be nothing more than the usual pile of newsletters, retail promos and updates from company mailing lists--or it could be something big. The only way you'll know is if you stop what you're doing and take a peek.
It's time. Time for trailers, for loud dubstep, countless Inception-style bass drops, and "Welcome to the new age" hammered into your ear drums for hours on end. It's time for at least one borderline-tasteless joke made by a corporate stooge, at least three trailers for games that look functionally identical, and Assassin's Creed Whatever-We're-On.
None of the many advancements to Wi-Fi over the past decade compare to the potential of this emerging technology. It's one of the most complex and beneficial enhancements yet, because it enables Wi-Fi routers to do something they never could before: simultaneously send data to multiple devices.
Okay Google, let the air out of that balloon and slow down that self-driving car. Your I/O developers conference starts Thursday, so this is a perfect time to remind you about a few products of yours that still need attention. You know, the more established services that some of us have been using since Day Zero and, frankly, they're still not quite there--or they've gotten worse.
Spotify took the wraps off its new app at a major New York press event last week that featured appearances from D'Angelo, Questlove, DJ Tiësto, and Broad City stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Streaming music's dominant player spared no expense to prove that it's the company to beat.
Tim Cook called the Apple Watch his company's "most personal device yet," and the smartwatch is already promising to shakeup our notion of finding love on-the-go. Talk about wearing your heart on your wrist.
Third-party running apps are at a disadvantage on the Apple Watch. They don't have access to the watch's sensors, which means they can't accurately measure the intensity of your workout and calculate how many calories you burned. They also require some initial setup on your iPhone to make sure they're tracking the information you want on your wrist, whereas the watch's native Workout app just, well, works. The nail in the coffin: You can't use them when you leave your phone behind.