Die-hard "Star Trek" fans may remember the franchise's very first game released in 1979, called Phaser Strike, for Milton Bradley's Microvision. Though a far cry from any modern conception of gaming, Phaser Strike still retains the intrinsic relationship with the 1960s "Star Trek" and its vision of the far-off future, now ripe for nostalgia for everything from the early days of television to science fiction's steady influence on pop culture.
Thirty-four years later, "Star Trek" is returning to its retro roots -- though with a bit of a technological upgrade -- with Trexels. The new video game venture will debut on the App Store Wednesday at 9 p.m. PT (Thursday at 12 a.m. ET) in the form of a $2.99 iOS game for iPhone and iPad. Equipped with an 8-bit art style and a time-shifting plot line, Trexels mashes up the series' later characters from "The Next Generation" with those of the original crew. … Read more
Microsoft may try to compete with Android by offering Windows Phone and Windows RT for free.
Citing "sources familiar with Microsoft's plans," The Verge reported Wednesday that both operating systems would be free of charge to device makers as part of Microsoft's future overhaul of Windows. The decision to offer them as freebies hasn't yet been reached but is under serious consideration by Microsoft OS VP Terry Myerson.
Microsoft earns a healthy chunk of money by licensing its operating systems to PC, phone, and tablet vendors. In the case of Windows Phone, most of the … Read more
Micron Technology has finally settled with Rambus on DRAM memory patents, agreeing to pay up to $280 million over a period of seven years.
According to the agreement announced Tuesday, Micron can use any Rambus patent for the manufacture of "specified integrated circuit products."
The agreement requires quarterly royalty payments to Rambus over the next seven years capped at $10 million per quarter or $280 million during the initial term, the two companies said in a statement.
"This was our last major outstanding litigation," Rambus CEO Ron Black said in a conference call Tuesday. The two … Read more
Given that the popular to-do list app Any.do has a simple, polished design, it's no surprise that the company's new calendar app, Cal, would also be visually stunning. Cal uses Any.do's simple aesthetic, but adds a library of impressive photos to jazzy up your boring calendar.
If you're unfamiliar, Any.Do is a to-do list app for iOS and Android with a clean, polished design and a ton of features. For instance, it knows when you miss a call and asks if you want to follow up and helps you schedule meetings from your … Read more
Certain Apple and Samsung products will drop down to no money down at T-Mobile starting Wednesday, the company said today.
The same offer applies to the iPad Air and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.
While T-Mobile is easing the upfront payment, … Read more
When Apple first announced the iPhone 5S and its new slow-motion camera feature, the thought of being able to upload sol-mo videos across social networks was exciting.
Then the phone launched, users started messing with the new camera features, and quickly realized that uploading a slo-mo video directly from the iPhone to Instagram (along with other social networks) wasn't possible. Or rather, it was possible, but you would have to use some workarounds to make it happen.
But a few weeks ago, a young developer who is still in high school, contacted me about the pending release of an … Read more
If you have an e-mail inbox that stretches back years and years, searching for a particular e-mail can be a challenge, particularly when using the iPhone Mail app. Many times, my search query returns dozens or hundreds of results, and I find it difficult to sift through them on the small screen of my iPhone 4S (and I don't see it getting much easier next month when my current Verizon contract expires and I upgrade to an iPhone 5S and its slightly larger screen).
Thankfully, there is a handful of search parameters you can use to limit the number … Read more
Apple seems to have its eye on the curved display market, at least as evidenced by a newly awarded patent.
Granted Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent dubbed simply "Curved touch sensor" outlines a technical process to achieve higher-quality curved displays. Current sensor displays are typically very thin, so thin that their components can sometimes be damaged during the fabrication process. Apple has a way around that.
The patent suggests placing a thin film over a flexible substrate while the substrate is flat. This new pattern is then joined to a flexible substrate. A … Read more
Consumers who buy the iPhone 5S from Apple's online store now have to wait just a day or less before it ships.
The new wait time of "within 24 hours" applies to all capacities and flavors of the 5S, both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi+Cellular through AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. The unlocked version through T-Mobile shows a ship time of one to three business days, while the unlocked, SIM-free edition imposes a wait of three to five days.
The new ship time reveals Apple's and its suppliers increasing progress at meeting heavy iPhone demand. … Read more