'Strider' review: Amazon's new game studio brings a classic violently back to life
Double Helix seemed like a strange choice to reboot a beloved franchise like Killer Instinct — it’s a studio that had previously worked on licensed games based on GI Joe and Battleship. Yet, despite this modest history, it still managed to turn Killer Instinct into one of the Xbox One’s best launch titles. Stranger still, the California-based studio was recently acquired by online retail giant Amazon to be folded into its fledgling gaming division. Just what Double Helix will be building now that it’s under Amazon’s umbrella is unclear, but it appears that Killer Instinct wasn’t a fluke — this week the studio launched its last game as an independent company, and once again it’s a terrific reimagining of a classic.
Colleen Taylor found love at Zoosk while shooting next week’s episode of TC Cribs
Watch Apple’s tribute to 30 years of Mac, shot entirely with iPhones
The company says the below clip was shot entirely with iPhones over the course of a single day. 15 camera crews were sent out across the world on January 24th with the goal of documenting “people doing amazing things with Apple products.
Dell’s latest laptop combines OS X and Windows 8, creates ultimate marketing mistake
Some PC manufacturers choose to imitate Apple’s MacBook line with various products, but Dell has taken a slightly different approach. In a recent marketing video, the company has raised the bar above MacBook imitation and transformed its very own Dell XPS 15 into a laptop that combines OS X and Windows 8. The entire marketing video, released in December, shows a laptop that seamlessly switches between the Windows 8 Start Screen and apps running in OS X, all thanks to a flick of the wrist or a tap on the screen.
30 Years Ago, Apple Was The Same Company
The other day, Megan dug up the original New York Times review of the first Macintosh from 1984 and read it to me. Hearing it outloud was amazing.
It’s not that the review by Erik Sandberg-Diment is particulary good — in fact, in many ways, it’s exceedingly silly. But listening to it made clear just how little Apple has actually changed in the past 30 years from a product and perception perspective.
A few examples — first, on the topic of the then brand-new mouse:
Look at all those subway stops! No, it’s not NYC. This is what L.A. could look like…
If you live in a city and take public transit, you’ve probably looked at the system map and thought to yourself, “I wish this thing went everywhere.”
You’re not alone. There’s a whole bunch of daydreamers just like you who’ve considered the additional subway lines, bus routes, and train tracks it would take to bring more people to more places. Some of them have even mapped these ideas out. The internet is full of these fantasy transit maps, where professional transit planners and dedicated amateurs alike imagine how public transit in our cities could look.
Mac & Me
While this usually surprises people, I used to loathe Macintosh computers. It was the 1990s, and not only were they not insanely great, they were insanely slow. 1 I was a PC guy. Windows for life.
Or so I thought.
When I first saw the iMac, I thought it was a fun design. But wasn’t it just a toy? When I first saw OS X, I thought it was beautiful. But again, was it just visual candy? It wasn’t until I moved out to California that Apple really entered my life.
Iconic Bell Labs campus will be revived as an urban hub
Some 50 years ago, Bell Labs was bustling and full of life. The Eero Saarinen-designed facility was a hub for scientists who helped contribute to innovations like touch-tone dialing, the microwave, and the cellphone. Its complicated yet functional layout allowed workers to collaborate by running into each other in its sprawling hallways, sharing the occasional cigarette on its ashtray-equipped balconies.
Nineteen eighty-four was not like 2014. When Steve Jobs launched the Macintosh, he had to generate excitement about a product — a computer — that was unfamiliar to most people, if not downright scary. His creation would eventually entice them into changing their minds, but first, they had to be intrigued enough to learn about it.
The Macintosh was new, but the media would have to be old. There were no tech blogs, no Facebook, no Twitter, and certainly no Mac rumor websites. There were no websites at all. So Jobs had to generate his own campaign to tell the world about the computer that he would announce on January 24, 1984, 30 years ago today.
As so many reflect on the 30th anniversary of the Mac, this is the perfect way to look back at not only that product line, but all the different Apple product lines throughout the years.
So well done. Easily worth the price. It’s art.
Also be sure to check out the Celebrate the Mac site the team behind the book made yesterday.